[-empyre-] Welcome to the -empyre- April 2016 Discussion: Liquid Blackness: Formal Approaches to Blackness and/as Aesthetics

Murat Nemet-Nejat muratnn at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 02:13:29 AEST 2016

Yes, Jenny. Political correctness within this context is a big problem.


On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 12:12 PM, Murat Nemet-Nejat <muratnn at gmail.com>

> Jenny, interestingly, "the negative of a photograph" meaning of the word
> "arab" in Turkish derives from its slang meaning. There were few black
> people in Istanbul in the lates fifties and sixties. The ones there had
> come from north Africa/Arabia from the time the territories were part of
> the Ottoman Empire. The "official" dictionary meaning of the word
> ("photographic negative") was a derivation from an earlier usage of the
> word (during the time of empire) that had survived as street/kid slang.
> Ciao,
> Murat
> On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 11:07 AM, Jenny Gunn <jgunn7 at mygsu.onmicrosoft.com>
> wrote:
>> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>> Alessandra mentions the incredible amount of work it takes to deny race.
>> But perhaps it is also important to mention that this work is not always
>> conscious and when it is, it can even be with the best of intentions. What
>> has been very eye opening for me in becoming involved with liquid blackness
>> is the ways in which political correctness figures into the denial of race.
>> The avoidance of the issues of race with the desire not to offend or not to
>> misstep participates in the maintenance of the very fish bowl effect that
>> Morrison describes. If Murat's translation had been more politically
>> correct, it would have prevented an encounter with the imbrications of race
>> in the etymology of Arab. But these encounters should be produced, and this
>> history does not disappear simply through avoidance.
>> Sent from my iPhone
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