Monday, June 16, 2008

The Strange Tree of Netroots Nation

Cross-posted from the Francis L. Holland Blog.



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The Netroots Nation website (previously known as "YearlyKos" or "Yearly Whitosphere")
says it is "a project of bloggerpower.org . . . "


Something very strange is going on at DailyWhitosphere, beyond its connections to the Central Intelligence Agency.  According to the Washington Post, the Netroots Nation coordinator, Gina Cooper, has said, "I hate using the word 'diversity.' " It certainly shows when you review the website for the 2008 Netroots Nation conference.

The word "diversity" does not appear a single time on the Netroots Nation website with respect to the 2008 conference. The term "African-American" does not appear a single time on the Netroots Nation website with respect to the 2008 conference. The term "Black" does not appear a single time in the Netroots Nation website with reference to Black people. The term "Latino" does not appear in any document on the Netroots Nation site with respect to organizing for the 2008 Netroots Nation conference.

However, the phrase "make my dick bigger" appears prominently among the advertisers and financial supporters of bloggerpower, the "non-profit" that sponsors Netroots Nation. Why is it alright to say "make my dick bigger," but unacceptable to use the words "Black", "Latino" and "diversity"?

The Netroots Nation website (previously know as YearlyKos or Yearly Whitosphere) says it is "a project of bloggerpower.org with the generous support of the Netroots Arts and Education Initiative (NAEI)." If you go to the bloggerpower.org website, you discover that one of the sponsor links is "Make My Dick Bigger".

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Now, you might be tempted to think this is a frat-house joke from a group that is 70% male and 96% white, but when you click on the "Make My Dick Bigger" link, you actually find a series of for-profit entities that promise penis enlargement.


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However, if you look at the conference's contact form, (above) you will find not a single line vaguely referencing diversity, presumably because Gina Cooper and the Netroots Conference "hate using the word diversity."

A Diversity of Opinion, if Not Opinionators
At the Yearly Kos Bloggers' Convention, a Sea of Middle-Aged White Males


According to its website, "Netroots Nation 2008 will feature a spectacular 26,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall centrally located near all the action," but it won't have any Black or Latino listed exhibitors (as far as I can see by reviewing the exhibitors list), and it won't have any Black or Latino sponsors or organizers, as far as I can see. You tell me! I would love to be wrong, but I'm afraid that I'm right.

What a strange "progressives" conference, sponsored by penis enhancement companies but statistically and constitutionally averse to the participation of Blacks, Latinos and diversity.

4 comments:

John Leek said...

You're looking mighty hard.

Obviously they didn't renew this particular web-address and it was taken by someone who just put advertising on it.

This happens all the time.

The Actual Netroots Nation Website

SinlessTouch said...

When penis enhancement companies sponsor a conference better think that averse is going to happen.

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