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Even If Darren Wilson Is Innocent, The Ferguson Police Department Is Toxic

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  • If Darren Wilson is found innocent, it won’t excuse the behavior of the Ferguson Police toward the citizens of Ferguson. [The Atlantic]
  • The evidence keeps mounting that former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi has been behaving problematically for 20 years. [VICE]
  • Invasive mental health tracking app Samaritans Radar now has an opt-out, but it still needs to switch to an opt-in system. [Daily Dot]
  • Journalist Rula Jebreal told Bill Maher his view of Islam was “offensive” and grossly simplistic. [Salon]
  • A new Tumblr called Some Lady Parts gives us a pretty depressing look at the prototypes of women Hollywood wants in movies. [Flavorwire]
  • “Baby brain” doesn’t really exist, but chances are your employers thinks it does. [Jezebel]

An Open Letter About The Racist Undertones Of That Viral Street Harassment Video

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Dear Hollaback & Rob Bliss Creative,

I have watched your collaborative video depicting the menacing street harassment of a young, white woman as she casually walked through the streets of New York. You captured dozens of men making unwarranted comments — some more “innocent” than others — as well as the incredibly uncomfortable actions of a young man who silently followed the woman down the street for an entire five minutes.

At first, the video looked like an obvious display of patriarchy and street harassment in its most evident and outrageous form. Those men had no respect for the personal or emotional space or boundaries of the woman who crossed their path. However, upon closer examination, it seems that your video is also an obvious display of one of the worst and most dated forms of racism: Black savagery and its inherent predatory hunger for White women. Keep reading »

North Dakota Is Effectively Banning Abortion

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  • North Dakota banned the abortion pill, leaving few options left for abortion in the state. [Think Progress]
  • Conservative pundit Dennis Prager said that rape is just “unwanted kisses” and rape culture is a “gargantuan lie.” [Salon]
  • The uptick in violence in inner cities has to do with mass incarceration, not poverty and segregation. [The Atlantic]
  • Google’s .SOY campaign defines Latinos from behind the very white walls of tech. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Read The Last Words of Reyhaneh Jabbari, Who Was Hanged For Killing Her Rapist

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  • Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran on Saturday for killing her rapist. She left her final will in the form of a voice message for her mother, which said, amongst other things, “In the court of God I will charge the inspectors…and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and trampled on my rights and didn’t pay heed to the fact that sometimes what appears as reality is different from it.” [Independent]
  • Jordan Peele (of “Key & Peele”) is making a horror movie in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives” that will address racial fear. (AV Club)
  • Dominatrix Margaret Corvid wants CBC host Jian Ghomeshi to stop using BDSM as an excuse for abuse. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Accusations Of Abuse

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  • Canadian Broadcasting Company host Jian Ghomeshi was fired over allegations of abuse. Three women say that Ghomeshi was violent towards them before and during sexual encounters they say were not consensual. [Death and Taxes]
  • Brazilian employers are often racist and insulting toward their maids, according to a Twitter account which retweets such insults in order to draw attention to the issue. [Mail & Guardian]
  • Senegalese boys at a New York City school have been bullied and called “Ebola.” [The Root] Keep reading »

5 Reasons Everyone Needs To See “Dear White People”

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Sundance Film Festival breakout “Dear White People” is making waves in more ways than one. The feature-length debut of director Justin Simien bowed with a strong opening in limited release last week and hopes to pick up steam as it begins its rollout in wider release this weekend, boosted by a strong, eye-catching social media campaign that hopes to raise awareness about the film and get people talking about the issues it addresses. One Funny or Die-esque clip to promote the movie posits “racism insurance” for white people after a seemingly pleasant conversation about “Game of Thrones” goes very wrong.

n the wake of Ferguson and Trayvon Martin, the Indiegogo-funded movie is an incredibly important cinematic moment for Americans, a college-set “Do the Right Thing” for the social media era. Whereas Spike Lee’s tour de force helped generate a dialogue about race at a time when police violence was becoming the norm, Simien’s film recognizes that we’re still dealing with the same cultural baggage over two decades later. It’s a movie that everyone should not only see, but encourage everyone else to see. Here’s some good reasons why. Keep reading »

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