Dr. Kanazawa Gets the Axe
It’s looks like Psychology Today‘s hand-spanking over Dr. Kanazawa’s hack job of a study that dissed black women left enough of a sting, because news has it that Dr. “Krazy with a K” has been dumped from the site’s blogger line-up. I guess St. Ives pulling out all its advertising plus all the petitioning, emails, calls and threats will teach them some learnin’.
This is a testament to how online organizing is the new ‘civil rights’ march. Bloggers, online petitions, emails and Twitter can all make change, and you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers to participate. Showering is also optional.
The movement to get Doctor Krazy ousted was largely composed of black women, who banded together and used the power they’ve always had, but don’t use often enough. However, Gina, the ‘Blogmother’ of What About Our Daughters, who was integral to organizing the Psychology Today protest, has mixed feelings about the outcome.
“What does it mean? Not much. It means that Black women when motivated can organize and engage in their own self defense. Unfortunately, impromptu- emotion based movements die as quickly as they are born. Black women need to build their own advocacy infrastructure. Something that’s permanent and consistent, proactive, yet reactive when necessary. The need for our own advocacy infrastructure is clearly indicated by the lack of response from traditional Black organizations related to the Psychology Today debacle,” she says. Gina is actively working with other black female bloggers for an online activism summit prior to the start of the 2011 “Blogging While Brown Conference.” It’s a nuts and bolts workshop specifically targeting those who have built a social network of passionate followers, yet want to do more.
As an aside, I’ve also wondered throughout this whole cluster cuss, why on earth would an Asian man, a “fellow minority” in the U.S., feel the need to do such a thing. I’d expect something like this from a ‘Dr. Karl Klansman‘ or WhitePower.org (if such a site existed), but what on God’s green planet would compel a minority to stomp upon the neck of another minority? Is it to kiss up? Pander? Whaaat?
“Minority unity is almost non-existent, seems as if every group is trying to “one-up” each other, really nothing new.. put one down to get ahead,” says Rich Fung, a cute Chinese American living in New Jersey. “I remember in the movie, “Do the Right Thing,” during the riot at the end the Korean clerk pleads “We are the same!” only to have the rioters fire bomb his store as well.”
We’ve still got a long way to go. But next time, folks might think twice about sucker-punching us fly black chicks.
Christelyn D. Karazin is a health writer and the co-author of Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race Culture and Creed (to be released February 2012), and runs a blog, www.beyondblackwhite.com, dedicated to women of color who are interested and or involved in interracial and intercultural relationships. She is also the founder and organizer of “No Wedding, No Womb,” an initiative to find solutions to the 72 percent out-of-wedlock rate in the black community.