We keep coming back to the question of representation because identity is always about representation. People forget that when they wanted white women to get into the workforce because of the world war, what did they start doing? They started having a lot of commercials, a lot of movies, a lot of things that were redoing the female image, saying, “Hey, you can work for the war, but you can still be feminine.” So what we see is that the mass media, film, TV, all of these things, are powerful vehicles for maintaining the kinds of systems of domination we live under, imperialism, racism, sexism etc. Often there´s a denial of this and art is presented as politically neutral, as though it is not shaped by a reality of domination.
bell hooks – Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies
You may or may not have asked yourself : „What are the stakes of identity politics in the 21st century proletarian novel Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax?” Well, either way, let’s take this opportunity to reflect on [REDACTED]
You can now read Part 1, Chapter 4: “Newsmakers” from Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax.
In this chapter, we are presented with a newspaper article from the fictional Twin Cities newspaper, the Sun Tribune. Witherslapt and Izzy have just purchased the paper, surprised to find out that a large number of persons died when the rave they were at the previous night was busted.
In doing a little research for this chapter’s subject matter, I came across this very surreal video of militarized police in Utah busting a rave party (which apparently even did have a permit) in 2005, just 2 years after the invasion of Iraq. How quickly the chickens come home to roost!
An article about that incident: Police bust Utah rave, arrest 60, assault others
Greetings to all,
You can now read the third chapter of “Part One: A Book Club Gone Awry” from Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax. This chapter is called “Post-Rave kind of Mourning” and it stars Paty, Witherslapt and Izzy (one half of the book club–but not yet the Radical Book Club). Enjoy!
“Chapter 2 – Piggies on the Prowl” from Raving Radicals Bathed in Blax is now available. In this chapter you’ll meet Officer Peabody and Lieutenant Jackson, two important foes of our protagonist youths.
Link to “Chapter 2 – Piggies on the Prowl” from “Part One: A Book Club Gone Awry”