Polite Society Week in Review 5/15-5/20: Pre-Apocalypse Edition

Good morning everyone! Yet another eventful week, was it not? So lets run it down shall we? Psychology Today Denigrates Black Women The wonderful people over at Psychology Today saw it necessary to run a piece about how Black women are not as attractive as other women. And soon afterwards, all hell broke loose.  Rightfully, many Black bloggers challenged the racist pseudo-science behind this piece, and called into question the credibility of the magazine for publishing it. There is a petition entitled ‘Stop Publishing Racist and Sexist Articles” in opposition to this nonsense. I signed it, you should as well. Just one...

Polite On Society: Second Year Anniversary

Hello everyone!  Tomorrow, May 17th marks two years of Polite On Society! Every time I think about it, I am in disbelief that so much time has passed. It really doesn’t feel that I have been doing this long. Time flies when you are building I suppose. But I wanted to take this time to reflect a little bit on how, and why I started this site. I stated some things in my first anniversary that still apply, but I want to take y’all back to the origin.  Even though I have been at this for not so long, this is...

Cornel West discusses new Malcolm X book and Marable at Grad Center

After over a month after the controversial biography on Malcolm X by the late Manning Marable debuted, there is still much to be discussed. This past Thursday, the CUNY Grad Center held a discussion around Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention to a packed auditorium. Hosted by GC professor and longtime labor activist Stanley Aronowitz, the overall tone was a spirited defense of Marable, the book, and an assessment of Malcolm’s life and his impact on America and the entire world. Marable’s wife,  Prof. Leith Mullings, public intellectual Cornel West of Princeton University, and columnist for the Guardian Gary Younge from the U.K. all...

President Obama Announces Bin Laden’s Demise

9/11 mastermind and Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed. President Obama announced this last night.  The  effort was carried out by a JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) in Pakistan at the President’s authorization.  After nearly ten years, the man responsible for the death of 3,000 people has finally been brought to justice. Late last night, when the announcement was made, crowds of people amassed outside the White House in jubilation. This morning, there are reports of similar things happening at Ground Zero here in New York. Now that the Al-Qaeda leader is no more, it means that there...

Sierra Leone Independence: 50th Anniversary

African nation and former British colony of Sierra Leone gained its independence on April 27th, 1961. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the country’s liberation. In the country itself as well as the Salone community in the United States there have been celebrations of the culture. With 2011 declared by the United Nations as the International Year for People of African Descent, there is much cause for such affirmation. While colonialism for many is a distant memory, it was no small triumph for the nations of Africa to become politically independent following the Second World War. The history of Sierra...