Posts tagged "race"

These Dolls Are Pushing Barbie Right Out Of Nigeria

The concept of the Western standard of beauty is slowly disintegrating, and in Nigeria, that slow pace is picking up steam, all thanks to a set of dolls. The Queens of Africa dolls and Naija Princess dolls were created by a Nigerian entrepreneur, Taofick Okoya, after he realized that his three daughters were only playing…

By: Beejoli Shah / January 21, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Is Not Tarnished By His Family, But By The Absence Of Equality In America

It seems that USA Today is concerned with the preservation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy; or at least how his family has profited from it. Their editorial board published an article titled, "Martin Luther King's Heirs Milk a Legacy" essentially detailed the amount of money the King family has made after his death (a…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / January 19, 2015

3 Other Reasons Why Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” Oscar Snub Matters

As soon as Oscar nominations were announced this morning, Twitter strained to the point of breaking under the weight of thousands of bloggers, saddled with white guilt, who took up microblogging arms to announce the injustice of Ava DuVernay, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic "Selma," being left off the nomination list for…

By: Beejoli Shah / January 15, 2015

I’m Not That Great A White Person

The thing about being white is you end up with a lot of white friends. They’re people you went to school with, people you worked with, even people you’re related to. Some white people are all right, but a lot of them are kind of awful. I’m not even really that super good of a…

By: Beth Tully / January 5, 2015

KKK Takes Out Billboard Claiming They’re Not Racist, They Just Love White People

The Ku Klux Klan has taken out a billboard for the purpose of advertising their internet radio station -- WhitePrideRadio.com, which redirects to KKKradio.com -- alongside the highway in Harrison, Arkansas. The sign, which features a sad-looking little white girl holding a sad puppy, also declares "It's Not Racist to <3 Your People." Previously, there…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 2, 2015

Black Employment Rates Were Hit Worse Than White Employment Rates During The Recession

The recession widened the employment gap between Blacks and Whites. [The Atlantic] If the NYPD is willing to disrespect their boss in public, what do they do when no one’s looking? [The Grio] Ezell Ford’s autopsy found that the unarmed Black man was shot in the back by the LAPD. [The Root] Egypt’s military government…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 30, 2014

Macklemore On Race In America: “As A White Person, We Have To Listen”

Macklemore gave a great interview with NYC's Hot 97 in which he discusses white cultural appropriation of hip-hop and what white people can do to support the Black Lives Matter movement. (I don't think he explained that pencil thin 'stache though.) [Hot 97] Giada DeLaurentiis has split from her husband of 11 years. You know,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 30, 2014

Black Colleges Are Helping To Boost Black Participation In The Sciences

Historically Black colleges are helping to increase participation in STEM fields. [The Atlantic] Gmail has been shut down completely in China. [The Guardian] Read the too-common story of an insurance company mix up that ended with the last-minute denial of gender reassignment surgery for one trans woman. [The Daily Beast] Black women led change o…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 29, 2014

“Why Is My Curriculum White?” Is Exactly The Question We Should Be Asking About University Education

The hardest thing I was ever tasked with reading in a history course was Edward Said’s Orientalism. I dropped the course because it was totally over my head. That says a lot. My major was twentieth-century European history, and my focus was on Germany, but specifically the rise of the Third Reich. I was interested

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 26, 2014

The Soapbox: On The Sacrifices Expected Of Immigrant Nannies

I have a deep-seated resentment of White parents who specifically hire Black immigrant women or people of color as nannies. Whenever I go to the park or take a stroll through New York City on any day of the work week and see large groups of Black or minority women pushing strollers with little blonde…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 24, 2014

The Police Aren’t “Under Siege,” They’re Under Criticism

The shooting of two NYPD officers this weekend was tragic, but to blame it on Black Lives Matter protestors has no basis. The police aren’t “under siege,” they’re under criticism. [Slate] Learn about the Turkish businesswomen who are fighting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s censorship and neglect of domestic violence issues. [The Daily Beast] President…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 22, 2014

The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio) The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent) Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be eligible for clemency.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 20, 2014

2014 Was The Year Of Outrage

Check out Slate’s comprehensive interactive calendar of everything that has outraged us this year, day-by-day. [Slate] Sony CEO Michael Lynton apologized for claiming in a hacked e-mail that alcohol is to blame for sexual assault and that assault rates haven’t increased (they have). [Daily Dot] An Uber driver has been accused of kidnapping and raping…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 18, 2014

Representation In Porn, Or A Lack Thereof, And Why It Matters

Have you ever wondered what racial representation looks like in porn versus the United States population? Well, I have. I get tired of conventional porn sometimes, and I want to see porn with women especially, but people in general, who aren’t going “ooohnnnn ooohhhhhnnn ohhhhhnnn” like seals throughout the movie, or who aren’t skinny, or…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 18, 2014

12-Year-Old Tamir Rice’s Death Ruled A Homicide

Last month, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by a Cleveland police officer who was responding to a 911 call about Rice playing with a BB gun at a park. Surveillance video of the incident shows that Rice was shot mere seconds after Office Tim Loehmann and his partner arrived on the scene. Rice died the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 12, 2014

7 Tips For White Women In Interracial Relationships

I recently got into a interesting conversation with a few White women I know, who happen to date Black or minority men, and it really highlighted a need to explore the complexities of such unions in greater depth. Though I do support the right to love anyone, regardless of color (or gender/gender identity), I also…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 9, 2014

White Americans Don’t Think Race Played A Part In The Deaths Of Mike Brown Or Eric Garner

There is a tremendous divide between Black and White perceptions of the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases, with the majority of White Americans convinced that race did not play a part in either case at all. [Pew Research] The mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was shot and killed in Cleveland for holding…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 8, 2014

On Police Retaliation And Obfuscation From St. Louis To Chicago

Most people don’t protest. Hell, even a lot of the people who want to protest don’t protest, and there are a lot of valid reasons for that. But if you haven’t done it, it’s easy to look at demonstrations from the outside and see people who are rowdy, disruptive, entitled to any kind of behavior,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 8, 2014

Strange Fruit PR To Pick New Name After Being Told (Again) That Their Current One Refers To The Bodies Of Lynched Black People

Google the term "Strange Fruit" and the first result is the Wikipedia page for the infamous Billie Holiday song, originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol, about the lynching of Black Americans. "Strange fruit" literally refers to Black bodies hanging from trees. This is a fact that seemingly went over the heads of Ali…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 7, 2014

An Open Letter To Iggy Azalea Regarding Her Appropriation Of Black Culture While Ignoring The Issues Faced By The Black Community

Dear Iggy Azalea, I was a Black child of the '90s who grew up on hip-hop and R&B. Some of my favorite adolescent memories were set to the soundtrack of the likes of Toni Braxton, Tupac, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Nas. I may have only been seven-years-old when DJ Kool announced, "Let Me Clear My…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 4, 2014
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