Posted January 19, 2007 4:54 am (about 4756 days ago)
If you've read my last couple of blogs, I'm like, having deja vu all over again. I can't sleep! I have to be at work in a few hours, dealing with a bunch of teens (I love 'em to death, but they're high energy). I came home from work and passed out for a few hours, unintentionally. I'm tired, but can't sleep! Plus, there are lots of projects in the works that I'm excited about so my mind is probably over active.
Well, I had these grand plans to blog throughout my trip in Paris, but at this point it's rather anticlimatic. I had some thoughts on race relations, self-improvement, and pop culture, but for now they'll just remain scribbled on scraps of paper....doomed to obscurity. I'll try to get more thorough with the next few topics if time permits, but I think I want to mention them in case you have similar interests and want to exchange ideas and such.
1. Big plans for my students, we've been preparing scholarship apps, working on guest speakers, film screenings, and research projects. They just finished one on blackface and stereotypes in cartoons, as well as hate and separatists groups (not just White ones). My other class has one on techno and science fiction that I'm excited about. Will post that assigment soon.
2. Yesterday I caught a screening of Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a documentary about masculinity in hip hop. You MUST see this. I'm pretty jaded, but this was excellent. There was also a great panel featuring great speakers.
3. Spent last weekend at a Chicago Step conference in L.A.. I spent more time with the Detroiters, and thus spent more time Detroit ballrooming. I forgot how much I love dancing and meeting people in the scene. It was a great time.
On another note, there are some pretty strong racial problems going on L.A. That whole mess in Harbor Gateway with that idiot Latino gang targeting African Americas infuriates me. My school is predominately African American and Latino and we actively address racial/ethnic issues on a daily basis. Things aren't perfect, but we definitely don't have the tension in other schools. At any rate, this tension was on my mind as a group of us went to a club in South Central L.A. My sister and I were the only non-African Americans in the club and I wondered how we would be received. People looked us up and down and a waitress had a whole conversation with me, asking me if we were lost, in the wrong club, etc. No one was rude or threatening, just curious. By the end of the night, that same waitress kissed me on the cheek on the way out and several people invited us back the next night and the next weekend. My point? I'm not completely sure, but I tend to end up places where I'm "the only one (non-white, non-gay, non-rich, etc)" or one of the few and it's not usually a big deal. However, I could tell how those recent shootings had put me on edge and I'm not even living in L.A. I know there's a raggedy truce, but I seriously hope that things get squared away and don't become worse.
Well, I could rate about race relations, human relations, and education forever, but my alarm keeps getting closer and closer so I'm gonna try and catch some z's. Hopefully you won't be reading a part two of this blog in a few hours!