Posts tagged "race"

How To Help Marissa Alexander, Jailed In Florida For Firing A Warning Shot At Her Abusive Husband

We haven’t forgotten about Marissa Alexander, an African-American mother of three who fired a warning shot at a wall — not a person — to scare off her abusive husband. Her husband had a restraining order against her, yet she was sentenced in May to 20 years in prison. Did I mention she is from…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2013

Bananas Thrown At Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s First Black Minister

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first-ever black minister, had bananas thrown at her at a political rally on Friday. Kyenge was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but is now an Italian citizen. Last month, a right-wing politician called for Kyenge to be raped and then claimed it was a “joke.” [Feminist.org]
An eighth…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2013

Paula Deen Called Her Black Cook Her “Soul Sister”

Paula Deen’s longtime cook for her restaurant Lady & Sons, a black woman named Dora Charles, has come out with new allegations that Deen is just as racist as suspected. She called Charles her “soul sister,” used racial slurs when speaking to staff, and wanted Charles to ring a dinner bell and yell, “Come…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2013

Girl Talk: I Refuse To Call Myself “Light-Skinned”

When you grow up in a relatively small town in suburban New Jersey, being the only person of color in your class, you’d understand why I had no idea that other members of my race consider me “light-skinned.” Where I grew up, there was no such thing. You were either black, white, Spanish or Indian.

By: Terri Huggins / July 24, 2013

Forbidden Words: On Sex And Racial Slurs

We were walking down the street when Colin asked me if I’d ever feel comfortable saying that word. Colin — 24, biracial in the way that is still largely read as black — and me, a Jewish but let’s be serious, white, girl on the edge of 30; and Colin wanting to know whether I,…

By: Lux Alptraum / July 22, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 3

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about how we as mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 19, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 2

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about how we as mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 18, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about how we as mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 17, 2013

The Soapbox: Mourning The Death Of Trayvon Martin & Reevaluating Racial Politics In America

As I sit in my living room, the familiar sound of rotating blades of a helicopter whoosh above me. I can hear them, hovering. They’re following the Oakland protestors who have taken to the streets outraged by the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. “No justice, no peace,” they shout as they…

By: Shanelle Matthews / July 16, 2013

Rachel Jeantel Remembers Trayvon Martin On “Piers Morgan Live”

Last night, Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s friend who was on the phone with him during the deadly confrontation with George Zimmerman, appeared on CNN with Piers Morgan to discuss Zimmerman’s hugely controversial acquittal. When asked if she believed — as the jury apparently did — that Zimmerman acted in self-defense by shooting the 17-year-old unarmed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2013

The Days After: Reacting To The Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman Verdict

On Saturday night, a jury in Florida found George Zimmerman, the man who killed 17-year-old unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

In the past couple of days, the country has been deeply polarized and emotionally affected by the verdict. I will leave the editorializing to others; as far…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2013

Jourdan Dunn Isn’t Even Mad The She Was Cut From Dior’s Show Over Her Boobs

You know the fashion industry is in a bad place when a model doesn’t mind being cut from a runway show for the size of her boobs because she’s usually dropped from shows for her race. Yesterday, Jourdan Dunn tweeted that she had been cut from the Christian Dior Couture show in Paris that took…

By: Mary Odell / July 1, 2013

Racist, Sexist Daily Mail Writer Liz Jones Says Rihanna “Invites Rape” In Her Scandalous Outfits

Granted, the UK’s Daily Mail (aka the Daily Fail) is not the place you go to read nuanced, tasteful analysis, but writing that Rihanna “surely invites rape [and] disrespect” by wearing provocative clothes is a new low. Writer Liz Jones also said it’s “fair” to “berate female stars” more than young male ones because “young wome…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2013

Yet Another Example of Paula Deen’s Racism: She Allegedly Paid African-Americans In Booze, Not Money

“Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don’t even drink.  It was insulting and unfair.  I was like, ‘Pay me! She knew I had just gotten married.  I had a baby on the way.  I needed the money and I was the only one to step up and complain over it…

By: Erica Boorstein / June 24, 2013

UPDATE: A Questionable School Dress Code Bans Afro-Puffs

UPDATE, 4:45p.m.: Via Jezebel, Horizon Science Academy has posted an apology on their web site and said it will “correct the information” in its dress code, as well as send out an updated version. [HorizonLorain.org]

School dress codes are generally a great thing for kids. The mission statement of the new dress code at…

By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

Paula Deen Fired From The Food Network

The Food Network announced it will not renew Paula Deen’s contract for the end of the month following the gigantic racism shitstorm that’s been brewing all week. You can watch the extended cut of Deen’s disastrous apology video over at Buzzfeed; the edited version has been yanked offline for some reason. Tonight, she drow…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013

A Guide For Dealing With Casual Racism

I am biracial, borne of a Taiwanese mother and American father. My features are decidedly not Caucasian, but hard to pin down to one specific category, a tiny frustration that gets at the heart of humans, because subconsciously, we all live to categorize. I deal with a host of questions pertaining to my background from…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 22, 2013

Zoe Saldana: “There Is No Such Thing As People Of Color”

“I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed everyday. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 17, 2013

The Soapbox: I Don’t Want Your Yellow Fever

As a kid, I was used to standing out for lots of reasons, like my “Star Wars” obsession or the black eyeliner and vampire chic that made up my high school wardrobe.

I never expected my race to be one of those reasons.

I grew up as an Asian-American among Asian-Americans,…

By: Kelly Kanayama / May 10, 2013

Some Feminists Are Upset About The Onion’s Piece On Chris Brown Beating Rihanna To Death

Yesterday, we, and many, many others, breathed a sigh of relief when Chris Brown told a radio station that he and Rihanna had once again broken up. (They’re both too young for him to be “wife”-ing her, he said.) Humor site The Onion did their spin on the story today, penning the story “Heartbroken Chris

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2013
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