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Heather M. Dalmage - Tripping on the Color Line

Tripping on the Color Line Tripping on the Color Line

Price: $24.95 

Subtitle: Black-White Multiracial Families in a Racially Divided World
Author: Heather M. Dalmage
Subject: Sociology/African American Studies
Paper ISBN 0-8135-2844-5
Cloth ISBN 0-8135-2843-7
Pages: 192 pp.
Description: A sociological analysis of the experiences and challenges faced by black-white multiracial families
Praise for Tripping on the Color Line
"Dalmage presents the results of 47 interviews with members of interracial (black-white) families. . . . This is a thoughtful and data-backed analysis for all collections, useful to readers at many levels."Choice
"Heather M. Dalmage provides unique insight into the dynamics of multiracialism both academically as a sociologist and personally as a woman in a blackwhite interracial marriage. As she writes on the first page of her work, More than five hundred years worth of socially, politically, economically and culturally created racial categories rest in the phrase "what are you?" Dalmage succeeds in capturing her audience with this compelling statement."Sociology
"Tripping on the Color Line discusses the problems faced by families who are multiracial either through adoption or marriage. It explains many of the concerns faced by people in these types of families. . . . Some of the issues covered are multiracial families and housing, the importance of racially mixed areas for racially mixed families, and when to address racial issues and when just to ignore them. . . . A very insightful work."MultiCultural Review
"A unique overview of a neglected issue, based on a unique familiarity with the literature on multiculturalism, black liberation, and race relations. Through her strong narrative, [Dalmage] is able to illuminate for the reader the world of those who are mutiracial and who are involved in multiracial relationships. This is a very useful book and will the basis for future policy discussions on race and racialization in the United States."Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
This work focuses on how multi-racial family members deal with the influence their racial identity has on their daily lives. . . . Tripping on the Color Line is a very creative thought-provoking work with a human touch that gives readers a greater awareness of what it is like to be non-white in white America."Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi Valley
"Tripping on the Color Line is one of the most brilliant and provocative books yet written about the politics of multiracial identity. Its profound message deepens our understanding of the complex ways race still colors our lives."Michael Eric Dyson
"Tripping on the Color Line provides a blueprint for discussions about race in a way no other text I have read has accomplished. Dalmage uses black-white interracial relationships and the experiences of persons of mixed racial heritage to provide accessible, yet sophisticated, explanations of a broad array of racial issues." Maria P. P. Root, editor of The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier
"This is a book at the bordersof the personal and the political, the lived and the researched, the family and the society. It is a splendid, provocative book. It will open minds, hearts, and discussion."Barbara Katz Rothman, author of Genetic Maps and Human Imaginations: The Limits of Science in Understanding Who We Are
At the beginning of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Du Bois predicted that the central problem facing the United States in the new century would be that of the "color line." Now, with another century upon us, many people are found straddling the color line. They come from the growing number of multiracial families in America, families seeking their places in a racially polarized society.
In interviews with individuals from blackwhite multiracial families, Heather M. Dalmage examines the challenges they face and explores how their experiences demonstrate the need for rethinking race in America. She examines the lived reality of race in the ways multiracial families construct their identities and sense of community and politics. The lack of language to describe multiracial experiences, along with the methods of negotiating racial ambiguity in a racially divided, racist society are central themes of Tripping on the Color Line. By connecting her interviewees stories to specific issues, such as census categories, transracial adoption, and intermarriage, Dalmage raises the debate to a broad discussion of the idea of race and its impact on social justice.
Heather M. Dalmage is an assistant professor of sociology at the School of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University, Chicago.

The Ties That Bind - Railroads of the Colorado Eastern Plains with Barbara Louise Holmes

Alan Levy - only way to listen to the radio is terrestrial

Shaun Dailey might be described as a talk-radio veteran, but when he heard John Kerry on the other end of his show’s call-in line a few weeks ago, any listener could tell that he was slightly taken aback. “Oh...Senator Kerry, welcome to the program!...”

Their conversation took up a little more than eight minutes of Dailey’s hour-long show, and focused on Kerry’s support for Barack Obama’s presidential bid in advance of the Nevada caucuses. It would have felt like any talk-radio broadcast—if not for the fact that it wasn’t technically radio.

Dailey’s program airs on, an enterprise that, in 18 months, has become the dominant player in the latest media trend, one that allows anyone with a Web connection to host a talk show on any topic at any time of day. It is the newest form of new media; the audio version of the internet blog.

“Everybody in our world—when I’m talking about our world I’m talking about over-the-air broadcasting and our media universe—is obviously watching this phenomenon closely and adapting as we go along,” says Dennis Wharton, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters.

Aspiring broadcasters log on and select the length, time slot, genre, and topic of their show. BlogTalk provides the internet broadcast capability and a telephone system that allows hosts to take live callers, all for free.

It sounds like the kind of service that would draw U.F.O. watchers and religious prophesiers—and it does. But internet talk radio is also rapidly getting attention from prominent hosts, guests, and broadcasting companies—especially in the wake of the blog phenomenon, which mainstream media outlets were slow to accept.

Two months ago, Arianna Huffington hosted a one-time BlogTalk program on which she interviewed Brad Pitt about the continuing struggle to repair New Orleans. Presidential contenders, including Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani, have been guests on news and political programs such as Dailey’s BlogTalkRadio Today and Ed Morrissey’s Heading Right Radio with Ed Morrissey. Not too long ago, Yoko Ono appeared on a BlogTalk show to plug—well, nothing in particular.

With its 40,000-plus shows, BlogTalk can bring in more than two million listeners each month, according to the company. In December, the site enjoyed about 80,000 listeners a day. That makes it a gnat compared to, say, National Public Radio, whose listenership over the last year has remained steady at 26 million. But BlogTalk is one of a half-dozen startups hoping to dominate the online talk space, and it has been growing fast.

“I think that [BlogTalk] represents something that’s far greater than itself,” says Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, a leading talk-radio-industry trade publication. “There’s a whole bunch of new Web-based entities that I predict will be the media stations of the future.”

Among BlogTalk’s competitors are, which is an offshoot of the internet telephone service Skype;, which was launched in May 2006 and advertises its service as “interactive podcasts”; and The competition isn’t quite direct. According to Waxxi founder and C.E.O. Tracy Sheridan, the company’s broadcasts usually include about 100 or 200 “listeners,” all of whom can participate in the conversation, which makes Waxxi more like an online conference call than an online radio show. The idea behind Skypecast is similar. That company describes itself in its promotional materials as “a live voice discussion about any specific topic hosted by one person that can include up to 100 other people participating from anywhere in the world.”

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And TalkShoe, arguably BlogTalk’s closest competition, describes itself as a combination conference service and radio network. “We built our system so that up to 250 people can simultaneously be on a live show,” says Mark Juliano, senior vice president and co-founder of TalkShoe, which has been around since 2006 and has some 5,000 listeners a month. “It’s basically a combination of broadcast, a conference call, and a chat room.”

The online amateur-radio niche is still sparsely populated, and as yet, largely undefined. BlogTalk is one of the few companies that currently offers a medium explicitly designed to emulate traditional radio, and this may be part of the key to the company’s relative success.

Not surprisingly, Alan Levy, BlogTalk’s founder and C.E.O., believes companies like these will eventually come to replace traditional radio altogether. “To me, the reason why NPR or CBS Radio News is big is because right now, the only way to listen to the terrestrial,” he says. “When there are other’re going to see these audiences vanish; they’ll migrate to places that they want.” 

Levy’s hype aside, some in traditional radio admit that services like his will likely start coming into the mainstream very soon. “It all comes down to the show,” said Walter Sabo, C.E.O. of Sabo Media, a consulting firm that counts a number of radio networks, including Sirius Satellite Radio (and Parade magazine, which is owned by Condé Nast’s parent company) among its clients. “People listen to shows that they like and if the show is good, it doesn’t matter what the source is. The medium itself is meaningless.”

Steve Jones, vice president of ABC News Radio, said that while the rise of amateur broadcasters presents a challenge for traditional radio, it’s also an opportunity for growth. “I think that you will find terrestrial radio programmers and executives are going to be very interested in anyone who demonstrates an ability to communicate using spoken word,” Jones said. “I don’t think that they feel it’s a threat at all; I think what they would attempt to do would be to co-opt that opportunity or that individual.”

Fans of the new medium say it provides benefits that terrestrial radio does not. Dailey, who hosts his BlogTalk show from Las Vegas, has a 13-year background in local radio there. He turned to online amateur broadcasting in part because it offered him the opportunity to conduct a show without corporate fetters.

“I don’t have a program director breathing down my neck telling me how I should do my show,” he says. He added that the traditional radio model is “stifling the creativeness of the hosts and the producers.” 

Still, challenges face internet talk radio. Portability is one; at the moment, listeners can only get broadcasts at their computers or on their iPods, but not in their cars. BlogTalk is trying to address that by partnering with a company called Reciva Limited, which manufactures radiolike receiver devices that allow users to access internet radio broadcasts without a computer—the question is whether people will buy it.

Profitability is another. Ideally, BlogTalk makes money from advertisements that run online and during the shows, but the company is currently operating at a loss. It hopes to get into the black with the help of a new ad-revenue-sharing plan, in which hosts and the company will split advertising sponsorship dollars 35 percent to 65 percent, respectively, as well as with the help of a number of partnership deals it is negotiating. Levy wouldn’t reveal details of its finances, though it’s clear that much of the company’s funding comes from Levy himself.

And, as with blogs, one of the advantages of these open services is also a potential weakness—they offer anyone at all a potentially far-reaching voice, and some listeners don’t want to sift through all the options to find quality programming. 

Wharton of the N.A.B. said that he thinks traditional on-air media and the new citizen broadcasters will be able to coexist, though. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a zero-sum game in the sense that if somebody’s listening to, or logging on to, BlogTalkRadio, they’re just simply ignoring over-the-air broadcast,” he says.

“One of the things we have to always be careful about is making...broad predictions because [many of those past predictions have] sort of not panned out,” says Sree Sreenivasan, a media professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, who has hosted his own shows on BlogTalk, and before that on Skypecast. “You know, radio was supposed to be dead decades ago when TV came along.”

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Barbara Louise Holmes' Political View of RUNAWAY GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL


LIMON CO (IFS) - Speaking with Novelist Barbara Louise Holmes about General Stanley McChrystal's Situation, she had this to say, ". . .McChrystal's no fool, and there has to be a good reason for his name calling, and I would not be a bit surprised if there would be a political agenda to his words. Holmes places him among one of the "brightest" generals in the history of the United States, and as such, this error in judgement was done for a reason. Holmes, whose father was a naval officer during World War II, who saw duty in the Pacific theater of operations, gives her an understanding of the military mindset, as with her own years of service in the military, especially in the legal departments, she understands the responsibility of command of what can and can not be said between the civilian and the military side."

Holmes, starts off the conversation, like this . . ." A Hole of His Own Making - is the cry among the military leaders. McChrystal wanted away out of the box, and to establish himself as 2012 elections as a true leader, as he has worked for the administration, and they did not listen. So Tea Partiers, this is your moment in history, a handsome young white man, four star general, with a voice of defiance for authority, and a true leader for the party, I give you 2012 Presidential Candidate Stanley McChrystal" - this June 23, 2010, Barbara Louise Holmes.

By Steve Clemons - June 22, 2010, 9:40AM
Barack Obama has an easy choice to make: fire a general who has established a culture of insubordination and indifference toward civilian leaders and partners in government or defer yet again to a general who acquires power like medals every time he outwits or outmaneuvers the White House.
General Stanley McChrystal went over clear lines in the debate about the surge into Afghanistan with freelance comments he made in London. Recently, McChrystal stated that the move into Kandahar would slow and threw into doubt confidence in a July 2011 drawdown start date. He didn't consult with anyone before a public redesign of US strategy.
And now in this Rolling Stone report, "The Runaway General" (pdf), McChrystal and his team are reported ridiculing Joe Biden, Richard Holbrooke, Jim Jones, just about everyone not in their groove on strategy.
McChrystal has gone over too many lines.
Obama needs to fire him. If he doesn't, McChrystal's brand will be validated and the environment of insubordination and unprofessional conduct will be reinforced.
If McChrystal survives his White House encounter, then Obama will be diminished.
That is what this has come to.
-- Steve Clemons directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note, and is editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo

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