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    Tuesday, October 03, 2006

    Help! It Just Keeps Coming!

    Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 12:59:35 -0400
    From: Katha Pollitt
    Subject: Re: invisibility

    I'm interested that you see 'regionalism" as comparable to racism.
    Do
    Dakotans have trouble getting served in restaurants? Do cabs not stop
    for them? Do they get longer sentences than other Americans for the
    same crimes? As a New Yorker, and thus hopelessly prejudiced, I really
    have trouble seeing the upper Middle West as invisible -- I feel I am
    constantly getting the message that that's the heartland, where the
    real Americans live, and that my NYCculture and values are alien and
    immoral. What strikes me as especially unfair is that because of
    the electoral college and the fact that every state has two
    senators,regardless of size, citizens of small rural states like ND
    have fantastically greater political clout than big states like NY. A
    voter in Wyoming has 71 times the weight of one in California. Who's
    invisible there?
    Taken together, small rural states control 44 senate seats, while
    having 11 percent of the population. Black people have about the same
    percentage of the population -- there is currently one black senator.
    Women, of course, are more than half the population, and are grossly
    underrepresented too.
    If we're going to talk about regionalism and invisibility these are
    facts that belong in the mix.

    Katha Pollitt


    I don't have the will, friends.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger Sly Civilian said...

    so what? invisability would have to be total and complete, and not subject to counter claim, ever?

    gah...

    10:06 AM  
    Blogger Bitch | Lab said...

    not to mention that it depends on where you are looking.

    come to florida. tell 'em you're from NY. to them, the only thing that NY is NYC. my students in the heartland of FL were shocked to learnw e had pick up trucks, skeet shooting, and chewin' tobaccy. :)

    go to a foreign country. does someone from Paris know who the hell N. Dakotans are?

    I agree that it's not comparable to racism but the problem with these static notion of race where it's a product and not a process. if that makes any sense at all.

    10:14 PM  

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