The Proggosphere is segregated [Karl]
The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
With its power-to-the-individual approach, the new media world promises anyone with a laptop the possibility of a publishing empire. But, as some black bloggers are finding out, the new media world is a lot like the old one: racially segregated, with many prominent black voices still fighting to be heard.
Some bloggers felt insulted this month when the Democratic National Committee selected 55 state-oriented blogs to cover its convention in Denver; critics said few featured African American voices. The DNC said race wasn’t considered in its selection from 400 applicants. Officials were more interested in the sites’ audience size and how much chatter about local issues appeared on them. The DNC answered critics Thursday by adding several sites led by African Americans to its general blogger pool.
One of those added was Gina McCauley:
Essence magazine named McCauley one of its 25 most influential people last year alongside Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and filmmaker Tyler Perry. “Black bloggers link to other black bloggers, and progressive white bloggers link to other white progressive bloggers,” she said.
At the moment, a Technorati search suggests that is largely true of McCauley’s blog,Ã‚Â What About Our Daughters?
Perhaps the lesson is that the proggosphereÃ‚Â is so enmeshed inÃ‚Â identity politics that black bloggers get taken for granted — much the way the Democratic party takes black voters for granted.Ã‚Â Given the Democrats’ support for racial preferences, it is odd that the DNC blew the call in credentialing black bloggers to the conventionÃ‚Â planning to nominate Barack Obama as its standard bearer.
Update x2: Insta-lanche!
Correction: As marcus and anotherÃ‚Â pw reader correctly note, Sister Toldjah is white, which was a complete brain lapse on my part.Ã‚Â The nom de blog is a play on the infamous Sister Souljah, which causesÃ‚Â what psychologists might call proactive interference with my memory.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â It is a doubly egregious error, given thatÃ‚Â Sister Toldjah is hawt, whereas Sister Souljah is not so much.Ã‚Â The main point of the post remains the same.Ã‚Â As does the part about Sister ToldjahÃ‚Â being hawt, afaik.