After spending a little time this morning going through my blog and looking back over some of what I had written this year, I thought it would be fun to do a little recap of my top posts from the year.
Thus, without further ado, here are
The Top Posts of 2011 from Change From Within
10. The tenth most visited post that I authored in 2011 was one I wrote after visiting the Sand Creek Massacre Memorial in southeastern Colorado – Cultural Amnesia: The Sand Creek Massacre. Though it is perhaps easiest to forget that we live on the lands of a genocide, we must never forget what has happened in our own back yards.
9. The 9th most popular publication that I wrote in 2011 was in response to the oh-so-common idea espoused among White folks that because of the election of Barack Obama, we now live in a post-racial society. I posit, though, that Post Racial = More Covert in Our Racism.
8. The 8th post popular post on my site was also the most popular post among our White Supremacist buddy over at Unamusement Park who decided to hijack the comments section for his White Supremacist ramblings. The blog, though, was a reposting of a profound piece by Ewuare Xola Osayande in a critique of Tim Wise (and other White Anti-Racist activists such as myself). On White Anti-Racist Activists by Equare Xola Osayande
7. Coming in at number 7 is one of my posts that was republished at the Good Men Project. My Take On Sex was a response to a young man who was interested to hear my perspective on sex and relationships, as he couldn’t find many perspectives outside of the Christian one he heard in his church community. The comments section also turned into a rousing debate on abortion, a debate that is still continuing. I would love to see some comments from more of my readers!
6. Rounding out the latter half of the Top 10 is a piece that ruffled some feathers locally and got some national traction in the #Occupy movement. Occupy Denver has a Race Problem criticized the local iteration of the #Occupy movement in its lack of responsiveness to the needs of communities of color. It posited that if Occupy Denver doesn’t work to be more inclusive, it will quickly become irrelevant, something I fear is happening.
5. The 5th most popular post on Change From Within in 2011 is one that still saddens me incredibly. It was my last-minute plea to join in the multitude of voices trying to stop the execution of Troy Davis. Injustice Anywhere: Stop the Murder of Troy Davis called on my readers to join in the activism that ultimately failed to save the life of a man who was convicted of a murder he very likely didn’t commit.
4. The 4th most popular post was another repost blog from White Anti-Racist activist Tim Wise that I posted right before attending the White Privilege Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Tim Wise and White Privilege reposted one of Wise’s pieces where he critiques the racism often present on the American Left.
3. It’s notable that the 3rd most visited post I authored in 2011 was only written on the 1st of December, and it holds the record for the most single-day hits on Change From Within. Profitable Objectification: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show problematizes the perspective from which the “fashion show” is presented and how this can not only affect women’s body image but can drastically impact the way that men see women.
2. The second most visited blog that was published on Change From Within in 2011 addressed the issue of immigration and the English-Only movement in the U.S.. “Speak American” – Multilingualism and the English-Only Movement looked at the ways that English-Only as a mindset and policy is not only unconstitutional but actually works to the detriment of the United States and its citizens.
1. Finally, the single most popular blog post of 2011 was authored January 26, 2011. It’s Not Just Rap – Misogyny in Music looks at the way that violent misogyny is not a problem solely in rap music, as often asserted, but is actually simply a problem in MUSIC. From Kanye West to Avenged Sevenfold, from NoFX to Trace Adkins, misogyny is rampant in our music culture, and it’s time for us to do something about that!
Thank you to all my readers for helping to make 2011 such an incredibly successful year at Change From Within. I look forward to what 2012 will bring, but in the mean time, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Did your favorite post not make the list? Feel free to post in the comments!