Short Notes: All You Need Is (Link) Love

Jose Vilson 11 Comments

Link, Legend of ZeldaSo before I continue my post, let me ask you a question: what do you think would happen to me if the higher-ups found out about my blog? If they found out I was civilly disobedient and wasn’t always the pleasant dude I make myself out to be. Granted, I still have that serious professional face, which is necessary because then they’ll take me lightly. I guess I’ll just have to find out, because I’m still going to do what I need to.

Up until recently, I was enamored with Google Desktop as my RSS feed client. Now it’s annoyed me to no end because 1) it makes my start-up slow and 2) it promotes sites that constantly refresh their RSS, so I’d miss 1/2 of my subscriptions because Deadspin, Slate, and others would take precedence over my friends’ sites. So I’ve switched to Google Reader, and thus have subscribed to blogs I hadn’t before, and found time to appreciate blogs I’ve already been reading. Over the last week or so, I’ve been reading these:

Eva’s been contemplating on those crazy dudes at the club who just won’t leave her alone, but she’s the only one who would handle it the way she did. Too gangsta.

Amber’s on her politics grind, questioning whether her vote even matters after the last two robberies of the White House (special shoutout to Diebold and corporate interest lobbyists, who we owe much of that to).

Shelly’s on point with her post about a Black woman who felt her her beauty validated through her White boyfriend. She goes into the racial implications of this interracial relationship, and it’s refreshing really. After all, everyone should find the beauty within themselves before they have anyone of any race tell them that they are.

The Field Negro speaks to my soul on this post about how the US government really doesn’t care about its troops. When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die, right? Right.

My cousin Kevin put me onto Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, a blog describing the rapid and depressing changes to New York City. I kid you not, it sent chills through my spine knowing all the gentrification and ostracizing of New York and its native citizens.

Mr. Meyer hits us with beautiful ways of arranging and designing information. When I started looking at those flashy posters, all I heard was “Flashing Lights” by Kanye. Yeah, it’s that beautiful. And inspiring.

Catching Sparrows has serious cojones, discussing religion in the classroom. Then again, real teachers would do anything in their power to inspire and educate, even if it’s outside the little box they prepare for you in the beginning of the year.
And lastly, The Assimilated Negro tells people why he and so many people in this country are mad. Tell em why you mad, son.

I don’t usually do blog carnivals or anything of that nature, but I hope you enjoy this sampling of what I read as much as I usually do.

jose, who wonders if this year’s NFL champion is a foregone conclusion …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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  2. NYC Educator

    I read your blog and I think you’ll be OK, but I may not be the best judge. I do think higher-ups nowadays can be capricious and unreasonable, and subject to the whims of Tweed, so that’s something to consider. I’d advise you strongly against sharing this site with your students, though.

  3. Shelly

    Jose! Thanks so much for the shout out, as always it is very much appreciated.

    Will def check out the other links you mentioned (obviously you’ve proved through recc’ing my page that you have impeccable taste lol juuuust kidding ;-)

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    Yeah, NYC, I wouldn’t share this with my kids at all. Not at all. That’s why I try to keep the words big and lengthy :-).

    Shelly, recc’ing? What’s that? And secondly, I wish I was as humble as you are. Really. :-)

  5. Shelly

    Sorry Jose just me being too lazy to write the whole word: “recommending”. (It’s my West London slight ghetto tendencies coming to the fore! That’ll learn me.)

  6. Frumteacher

    I think you’re really brave for writing a blog under your real name.
    I don’t because I don’t want my colleagues/students/etc to find out. I wouldn’t feel as free as I do now.

  7. Ms. Whatsit

    I’m with Frumteacher. When I started to blog, I used my real name. I learned quickly (and the hard way) that it wasn’t an asset for the simple reason that most people aren’t interested in hearing what you really think if it isn’t flattering to them… But it wasn’t my principal who cared, if that’s any consolation.

  8. Amauri T.

    BTW if you notice spurts of comments from me every few weeks it is because I’m also on the great Google Reader. Thanks for pointers to some new ones to check out.

  9. Hugh O'Donnell aka Repairman

    There’s an edublogger out here who got in a bind with admin and wound up suing them over first amendment rights. It’s still up in the air.

    NY is a big place, and you could go unnoticed for a long time, but with search engines, all it takes is a misplaced google and, as if by magic, everything you ever said online is right there.

    I doubt anyone could quarrel with your integrity or your right to publish your opinion, Jose, but admin has been known to be foolish.

    Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and stand your ground. Screw ‘em if they can’t take a joke. ;)

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