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2014 Was The Year Of Outrage

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  • 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 a rider in Boston. [Boston Globe]
  • A South Carolina judge decided, 70 years after the fact, to clear the name of Black 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., who was executed in 1944 for a murder without even being granted an appeal. [The State] Keep reading »

Michelle & Barack Obama Talk Racial Profiling

“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs … I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.” 

Barack and Michelle Obama spoke to People about the racial profiling they experience, despite assumptions that the presidency somehow makes the couple immune to racism. Michelle also recalled an instance in which Barack “was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”

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Darren Wilson’s Key Witness Fabricated Her Testimony

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  • Darren Wilson’s key witness was, to say the very least, unreliable — The Smoking Gun has unearthed a history of racism and coincidences that point to her fabricating her testimony. [Gawker]
  • Jeb Bush is considering a Presidential run, which is so shocking, said no one. [Atlantic]
  • Republicans keep on trying to make Martin Luther King, Jr. into a non-protester, basically, to suit their own motives. [Salon] Keep reading »

5 Studies That Prove Racism Is Still Way Worse Than We Think

5 Studies That Prove Racism Is Still Way Worse Than We Think

There is a bitter debate over racism these days — specifically, whether or not it still exists in a way that actually matters. The argument against goes something like, “Sure, there are neo-Nazis and KKK and YouTube comment sections out there, but we’ve got a black president, for Christ’s sake! Racism has been banished to the craziest fringes of society.”

But science says that’s just not true — the prejudice persists, we’re just less aware of it, and there’s tons of proof that we’ll get into starting … now. Read more on Cracked…

Congressional Staffers Walked Out Of Their Jobs On Thursday To Protest Police Killings

  • Black and Hispanic congressional staffers on Capitol Hill walked out of their jobs to protest police killings yesterday. [The Root]
  • The median net worth of White households in America is THIRTEEN TIMES that of Black households. Are we still denying systemic racism? [New York Times]
  • Shonda Rhimes wants Sony to admit that the hacked e-mails that have been released are racist, not “racially insensitive.” [theGrio] Keep reading »

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

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 following day, yet another example of the police using excessive deadly force against a Black person. Today, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s report ruled Rice’s death a homicide. Keep reading »

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