laura pulido

For many years I have been very critical of the whole diversity, political-correctness kind of thing. Had you asked me this a year ago, I would have been much more dismissive of it. Now we’re at this particular moment [the 2016 presidential primary] when very overt forms of racism are being articulated and enabled and I have a new appreciation for it in terms of keeping certain people in check. Keeping people in check results in other people not getting hurt, and killed, and violated, and harmed.
—  Laura Pulido
Because whiteness is rarely problematized by whites, white privilege is scarcely acknowledged. According to George Lipsitz, “As the unmarked category against which difference is constructed, whiteness never has to speak its name, never has to acknowledge its role as an organizing principle in social and cultural relations” (1995, 369). White privilege is thus an attempt to name a social system that works to the benefit of whites. White privilege, together with overt and institutionalized racism, reveals how racism shapes places. Hence, instead of asking if an incinerator was placed in a Latino community because the owner was prejudiced, I ask, why is it that whites are not comparably burdened with pollution.
—  Laura Pulido, “Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California”

After the two month-line wide-hiatus due to Convergence, THEMED VARIANTS RETURN IN JUNE! And the theme is…THE JOKER! I think it’s his 75th anniversary this year, so it makes sense!

1) Action Comics #41 by Darwyn Cooke

2) Aquaman #41 by Walter Simonson & Laura Martin

3)  Batgirl #41 by Rafael Albuquerque

4) Batman #41 by Sean Murphy & Matt Holingsworth

5) Batman/Superman #21 by Jock

6) Catwoman #41 by Javier Pulido

7) Deathstroke #7 by Lee Weeks, & R & T Horie  

8) Detective Comics #41 by Patrick Gleason & John Kalisz

9) The Flash #41 by Eddy Barrows & Marcelo Maiolo

10) Gotham Academy #7 by Craig Rousseau

Some pretty interesting covers here, and also of note? The first instances of Gotham Academy & Deathstroke receiving themed-variants! Of these my favourites are Darwyn Cooke’s (I ADORE his art), Jock’s (although it’s hard to tell that Superman is on the one side), and Catwoman #41 by Javier Pulido (with him doing the variant, and Kevin Wanda doing the standard cover, me thinks someone at DC enjoyed Marvel’s most recent volume of She-Hulk)! 


I had extra book money so I snatched these two up. 

Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century. I’d never heard of it but opened to somewhere in the middle and saw a table that convinced me I should give it a go. Has anybody read this one? What were your thoughts on it?

The Cross of Redemption. I’ve been wanting to read Baldwin for a while now and I hadn’t heard of this book, so it wasn’t my first choice in terms of introduction to his actual books, but it’s Baldwin so it must be good, right? 

They also had Sister Citizen, which I downloaded the Kindle sample of but haven’t had a chance to read. I’m already way behind in reading so I thought I’d wait. Plus I’m scared to read it because uggghhhhh fuckery. 

Not pictured: my text book for applied multiple regression/correlation analysis -_-