Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This Saturday: my LAST last show in Madison

Isthmus coverage here.

Sean Price in Colorado: wacky antics abounds

Further proof that YouTube is the holy grail of lazy bloggers. Actually, i got a lot to do this week (last full week in Madison), so no mind-destroyingly illuminating essays. Just Sean Price getting a crowd of white people to say the n-word:

So here's my PSA to white people:

As a partially white person myself, allow me to be frank.

Don't ever say the n-word.

Under any circumstances.

It's not that it's the worst thing in the universe you could do, it's just that it's never NECESSARY. Stop looking for loopholes. Stop feeling like you're being discriminated against. Just because your Afro-Am professor says it's cool to use it in class for the purposes of free-flowing conversation, or just because your one black friend doesn't mind, or just because you're alone in your car singing along to "Golddigger," none of these situations ever necessitate its use.


White people who whine about my stance on this (and there are quite a few) seem to think that it's not "fair."

Boooooo. Hooooooo.

I'm not even getting into the centuries-old history of the word, the power of language in shaping attitudes, ideas of ownership and privilege, none of that. I'm just saying that if you, as a white person, come across a situation where it MIGHT seem to be "okay" to use the word, just don't. Why walk that line? What's the point?

You're not losing something amazing by *not* saying the word. It's not the verbal equivalent of a waterslide. It doesn't taste like strawberries on your tongue. Just let it go.

"But it's just a word," they say.

I think the above video points to something a lot more insidious. It points to the fact that a whole lot of white people consider themselves to be "past" racism. Like "i'm so non-racist, i can say or do whatever i want-- it'll be ironic and that's so cool these days." Hip hop fans in particular. I'm sure these kids aren't kard-karrying klan members, but the fact that they don't understand why it's not okay to say the n-word points to a deeper cultural problem i think. "Everything is cool now. We're all on the same level and can say whatever we want." Which just isn't true.

I could say more, but i have to go rap for Kindergarteners today. That should be interesting.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

thank you

(Photo by Jonna Olson... the Figureheads are performing here, and my ghostly presence is haunting them. At the time this photo was taken, i was actually four blocks away buying tea. Spooky).

THANKS to everyone who came out tonight for my farewell show. It was beyond ridiculous. A full house, amazing performers, one of the best/most fun shows i've had in madison.

I'll post links to all the acts, some incredible video footage and some pictures tomorrow maybe.

If you missed it, you still have one chance to see me before i head out-- the madison national poetry slam team is doing a fundraiser on saturday, august 4th at the escape cafe on willy street (7pm, all ages). It's no cover with a one-drink minimum.

actually, i'm also performing at an AME church (!) in a couple of hours (8am this morning). that should be interesting.

for now, i think it's time to get some sleep.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

actually, a whole lot of coverage of the 7/28 show

I'll update this blog as the week progresses so everyone can see how great i am. See, this blog isn't that self-deprecating. Linky goodness:

Dane101.com: When El Guante Leaves Madison He May Take His Voice But He'll Leave a Legacy.

thedailypage.com: El Guante takes leave of Madison.

Emcees Without Voices: Snoop Bloggy Blog.

Emcees Without Voices: El Guante thinks he's better than kids.

Isthmus Ombudsman: El Guante eats mad food.

Dane101.com: El Guante's "Harry Potter" leaks to the internets

Isthmus Ombudsman: El Guante blah blah blah

Print version of the Onion:

Print version of Isthmus (that photo, sans pink tint, is by Hoainam Tran):

Print version of POST:

Wisconsin State Journal article on the National Slam Team:

It's amazing what you can do when you know how to write a good press release and have no humility.