Posts tagged "race"

It’s Not About You, St. Louis P.D.

Earlier this week during Sunday night football, five St. Louis Rams players came out of the tunnel to take the field ahead of the rest of the team, arms raised in “hands up, don’t shoot” posture, in honor of the Ferguson protesters angry with the lack of indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, four months after…

By: Beejoli Shah / December 2, 2014

Over-Policed & Under-Served: How The Phrase “Fuck The Police” Was Born

"You fucking stupid bitch," a man screamed followed by the slam of a car door. Feet thumped and the passenger door swung open. The incoherent pleas of a woman could be heard. Then the loud sound of skin making contact with skin reverberated through the late night, down the empty street. My brother, sister and…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 1, 2014

Why Minority Male Oppression Is A Feminist Issue

I am at odds with feminism and my conflict is a "race issue." For White women, defining oneself as feminist is pretty simple. The need to advance a female political agenda -- while dismissing male oppression -- makes sense in a world where White men maintain the highest position and power. I understand that. However,…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 25, 2014

President Obama Is Concerned About Violence In Ferguson After The Grand Jury Makes Its Decision

President Obama is concerned about violence in Ferguson in the coming days and has provided support for local law enforcement. Weren't they the ones shooting? [Politico] Women matter more than fetuses do. Or we should, anyway. [New Republic] Angela Blackwell talks about why we still can’t have a good conversation about race. [Salon] Read thi…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 13, 2014

More Thoughts On Jean-Paul Goude, The Black Jezebel Stereotype & That Racist Kim Kardashian Photoshoot

Yesterday, I did a brief post on the racism displayed in Kim Kardashian's much talked about Paper magazine cover and photoshoot. I focused on Kardashian's demotion from "Whiteness" in society because of her relationships with Black men; relationships that have essentially cast her into the realm of "Blackness" where her body is readily exploited and…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 13, 2014

Kim Kardashian Is Exploiting Her ‘Honorary Black Womanhood’ With Her Latest Hypersexualized Magazine Cover

Kim Kardashian's derriere has cause quite the stir online with the release of her Paper magazine cover, mostly invoking discussions about the "realness" of the posterior or the likelihood that the greased asset has been Photoshopped. While consumers mull over these trivialities, I'd rather talk about how the great machine of America's racism is once…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 12, 2014

White Women Failed Wendy Davis (And Texas In General)

White women in Texas failed Wendy Davis and the whole rest of the state. [RH Reality Check] Read this interview with intersex people to find out what life is like for them. [Cosmopolitan] Here are the five worst states for black people. [The Root] Read about Harry Potter’s lessons about bullying. [The Mary Sue]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 6, 2014

We’re Finally Getting Diverse Emojis!

Hooray! We’re getting diverse emoji! The Unicode Consortium, the entity that standardizes characters for letters, numbers, and symbols, has heard the demand for emojis with diverse skin tones and is adding a range of five skin tone options to emoji characters based on a dermatological measure called the Fitzpatrick scale. The change will apply to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 4, 2014

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

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 need…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 3, 2014

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

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…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 31, 2014

North Dakota Is Effectively Banning Abortion

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]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 30, 2014

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

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…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 28, 2014

CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Accusations Of Abuse

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…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 27, 2014

5 Reasons Everyone Needs To See “Dear White People”

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…

By: Nico Lang / October 26, 2014

Black Women Are More Confident About Entering STEM Fields

A new American Psychology Association study shows that while STEM is associated with masculinity cross-culturally, black women associate STEM with men less than white women do. The study mentions that African American women also study STEM majors more frequently than white women. The stereotypes women -- as well as men, as well as teachers, professors,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 25, 2014

New Pew Study Shows That Women Are More Likely To Be Sexually Harassed Online

A Pew study looks at the differences in online harassment for men and women, and what do ya know, women are more often the target. [Slate] Feminist blogger Lindy West imagines a social network that is specifically feminist and anti-racist. [Daily Dot] Read about racism in the newsroom. [New Republic] A Joan Didion documentary i…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 22, 2014

Dealbreaker: He Doesn’t “See Color”

The saying goes if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere: Dating is too often a joke, the job market is highly competitive, the rent is too high, and a simple task of doing your laundry can end up in a mile walk through snow just to get to…

By: Kristin Collins Jackson / October 22, 2014

NFL Wives Were Pressured To Stay Silent About Domestic Abuse

Ex-wives of NFL players  talked to the Washington Post about the pressure they faced to stay silent about domestic abuse. [Deadspin] Female genital mutilation in the west is more common than you would ever imagine. [Daily Beast] Scratch had a roundtable on the problems faced by black authors in publishing. [Scratch]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 20, 2014

The Soapbox: “The Whiteness Project” Is A Pageantry Of White Ignorance

In case you are unaware, there is something called "The Whiteness Project." Per the website, the project, from documentary director Whitney Dow, is "a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as 'white' experience their ethnicity." The first installment, titled "Inside the White Caucasian Box," was released a few days ago and is an assemblage…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 15, 2014

Tennessee Could Change Its Constitution To Repeal Protections For Abortion In Any Circumstance

Tennessee’s state constitution could be changed so that it doesn’t protect abortions in any circumstance, ever. [Slate] A new PBS documentary series is delving into white identities and many of the delusions white people have about race in America. [The Grio] GamerGate is becoming the most distilled example of misogyny in American culture. [Deadspin]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 14, 2014
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