Links For April 20, 2015

Patty Mills: Spurs point guard, Indigenous Australian and Bala

He’s nonetheless acutely aware of representing both categories of First Australians. For an American counterpart, you’d need to find the son of a father who marched in Selma and a mother whose Cherokee family walked the Trail of Tears. “He takes a lot of pride in being the first Indigenous Australian to win an NBA championship,” says Baynes. “But he’s just as proud if not more so to be able to do it for [all] indigenous people.”


The Unbearable Whiteness of Indie

The price of being outspoken about race–the price of speaking their truth—for Heems or Dap, for M.I.A., is much higher than it is for any white musicians with a message.... [Heems] explores racial problems in both American and Asian society with a distinctly satirical slant, but the label of “joke rap” is one that has become difficult to escape, and one that invalidates and writes off the truth of their experience as Asian Americans. M.I.A. prefers to take a route that relies less on humor and blunty screams about her problems with both the West and Sri Lanka. The often casual dismissal of her politics ultimately results in her having to scream even louder. M.I.A. or Heems’ assertion of their racial identities and experiences, becomes, at best, inconvenient, and often plays as badly in the underground as it does in the mainstream.


10 most (and least) diverse public elementary schools in San Francisco

“Parents have overwhelmingly demanded choice,” Carranza says. “Families say they want diversity and I believe they mean it but parent choices show they want to go where their peers are going and people tend to self-segregate. I don’t think we should force families to bus all over the city but for the most part we have racially isolated neighborhood communities in SF. So, there is no silver bullet. This is complicated and complex.”


The Wise Words of Maya Angelou. Or Someone, Anyway.

Britons tend to attribute anything vaguely political to Churchill (and before Churchill, Disraeli); Americans like to credit anything folksy to Mark Twain, and before Twain, Benjamin Franklin. In fact, “People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first” is a popular quotation apparently by a man named David H. Comins. A favorite Twainism-that-isn’t is “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work,” which might be the work of a 1930s newspaper columnist named Stubby Currence, but is more likely a variation of an older, anonymous joke.


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