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BlackProf.com:
Two of my GW colleagues, Paul Butler and Spencer Overton, are among the distinguished group of lawprofs participating in a new group blog featuring African-American law professors: BlackProf.com. Right now, Paul has a post up on Lil Kim and Martha Stewart; Spencer has a post up about his work with an election reform commission; and Sherrilyn Ifill is discussing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Louisiana's political balance. Definitely check it out.
CJ:
What would happen if there were a blog specifically for white professors? Or for males only?
9.20.2005 12:03pm
S. Henderson (mail):

What would happen if there were a blog specifically for white professors? Or for males only?


By default, doesn't this describe the VC, and nearly every other blog you know?
Come on, man. The point is that the ranks of professors in this country are overwhelmed by white males (not a complaint, just an observation) so they have no problem getting space to blog. Take a look at the blog links on this site and find me mpre than three that aren't exclusively (or darned near) all white and all male. Because those are the demographics of the academy, they're the demographics of the blogosphere..

Moreover, people tend to associate (particularly in the blogosphere) with those of like mind and character. NOthing wrong with that. And the argument that blacks, (or women) who choose to associate only with each other in certain endeavors are engaging in the same kinds of discrimination that was visited upon them for centuries is quite specious. It's without any historical foundation.
Oppressed groups have always found comfort (and sometimes absolute refuge) in exclusive camaraderie. And, by definition, it poses none of the threats (to individual rights, or to life itself) that discrimination against them has not only threatened, but produced.

Sorry, but until blacks and women found a nation whose constitution defines white males as property (which will happen exactly never) it won't be the same thing.
9.20.2005 12:41pm
PJ:
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By default, doesn't this describe the VC, and nearly every other blog you know?


..I don't know. Don't particularly care either. On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog. (...unless you tell them)
9.20.2005 4:28pm
Sean MacLeod:
maybe this is just nitpicking, but i was disappointed to see a law professor claim stewart was convicted of perjury. she was of course convicted of obstruction and lying to investigators. while it may be the case that these crimes deserve equivalent punishments, it is a relevant distinction to make. i'm sure there are many who believe that lying under oath in court and lying to the police or the feds are quite different.

my comment on that site seems to have been held up in the approval by administrator stage for 8 hours. is it possible to have any sort of meaningful comments section if there is a long approval process before each can be posted?
9.20.2005 5:26pm
Joel Franklin (mail):
"By default, doesn't this describe the VC, and nearly every other blog you know?"

I don't know. I haven't poked around the internet for pictures of the VC bloggers so that I could determine their skin color. It has never entered my head to consider their skin color until this post.

If a blog trumpeted that only white people posted to it, I'd consider it racist (ie one that discriminated on the basis of skin color.) Should I think of blacks differently than I'd think of whites?
9.20.2005 5:34pm
Adam Steiner (mail):
S. Henderson:

Come on, man. The point is that the ranks of professors in this country are overwhelmed by white males (not a complaint, just an observation) so they have no problem getting space to blog.


Space to blog? You can get a blog for free, with all the space you need. Hanging your shingle out has never been easier.

I suspect that a blog for white law professors, publicized as such, would be decried as racist, or at least racially insensitive.
9.20.2005 5:53pm