Posts tagged "racism"

Baltimore Sun Investigates More Than 100 Cases of Police Brutality Over The Last 3 Years

In the wake of Saturday's impassioned protests in Baltimore over the unjust killing of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police, The Baltimore Sun has released an investigation into over 100 instances of police brutality in the city. Since 2011, Baltimore has paid $5,765,065 in settlements and court judgments on cases alleging misconduct by…

By: Katrin Higher / April 26, 2015

Native Actors Bail On Adam Sandler Movie Over Racist Bullshit

A group of Native American actors, as well as a Native cultural advisor walked off the set of the Adam Sandler movie "The Ridiculous Six" after the obscene racism and insensitivity in the script and on set just became too much to bear. The actors, primarily of the Navajo nation, were playing Apache characters, and…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 23, 2015

Ben Affleck Is Sorry He Didn’t Want The World Knowing His Ancestors Owned Slaves

"I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story."

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 22, 2015

Charges Dismissed Against Chicago Officer Who Shot Rekia Boyd In The Head

A judge has dismissed the manslaughter charge against the Chicago officer who killed an unarmed Black woman, saying that there is "no evidence of reckless conduct." Back in 2012, Officer Dante Servin approached 22-year-old Rekia Boyd and her friends in a park and told them to keep the noise down; when one of the me…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 20, 2015

School Official Says Latino Kids Don’t Need Air Conditioning, Are Used To The Heat

Meet Denise Elsken! She's a member of the Martinez Unified School District, which on March 30th voted to install air conditioning at the predominantly white John Swett Elementary over the predominantly latino Las Juntas Elementary.They only had enough money to install air conditioning at one school, and Elsken had a less than charming explanation for…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 17, 2015

The Soapbox: My Bindi Is Not Your Bindi

I’ve realized that there’s a rather marked difference in being proud of your culture, and having ownership over it. Both are important and necessary, but for 20-some odd years, my culture was something that happened to me, but only in the last seven years has it actually become mine.

By: Beejoli Shah / April 16, 2015

Tulsa Reserve Deputy Who “Accidentally” Killed Unarmed Black Suspect May Have Lacked Training

Today in news that does not shock but nonetheless repulses me: Robert Bates, that "Reserve Deputy" with the Tulsa police department who shot and killed unarmed suspect Eric Harris over the weekend after he "mistakenly" grabbed his gun instead of his Taser, may have lacked the training required to be on the job in the first…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 16, 2015

“Fuck Your Breath”: Officer Caught On Tape Mocking Yet Another Black Man Fatally Shot By Police

On Friday, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department released video of a reserve deputy "accidentally" shooting unarmed Black man, Eric Harris, when he fled from police following an undercover sting operation on April 2. The graphic video shows Reserve Deputy Robert Charles “Bob” Bates and other officers pursuing Harris on foot before catching up to him…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 12, 2015

This Indiegogo Campaign Wants To Rent A Billboard … That Calls Out Indiegogo For Supporting Racist Cops

In the days since video emerged of South Carolina police offer Michael Slager shooting an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, eight times in the back, racial tensions have been yet again sparked. Despite Slager being quickly charged with murder, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has popped up to raise funds for Slager's defense -- but one…

By: Beejoli Shah / April 10, 2015

Just Look At This Asshole: Ex-Ferguson Court Clerk Says Being Fired For Racist Emails Like “Being Raped”

Pro-tip: if you ever feel inclined to compare something, anything, to being raped -- DON'T.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 9, 2015

Wanderlust: It’s Good To Be Home

When I stepped out of the airport in Trinidad and Tobago, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful, sprawling green mountains that have welcomed me back "home" every time I return to my island of birth. Also familiar? There were Black and Brown people everywhere! That acknowledgement forced a tiny grin to form o…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 8, 2015

South Carolina Police Officer Charged In The Shooting Death Of Walter Scott, An Unarmed Black Man

White police officer Michael T. Slager of North Charleston, South Carolina. was charged with murder yesterday after shooting an unarmed Black man to death on Saturday. Devastating video footage shows 50-year-old father of four Walter L. Scott frantically running away as Slager shoots him a whopping eight times in the back. The encounter began with a…

By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2015

Kerry Washington’s GLAAD Media Awards Speech Was Amazing

Kerry Washington won the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend, and when she took the mic to give thanks, she delivered far more than your average acceptance speech. Her rousing demand for equality, both in the media and in our everyday lives, left the whole audience (and really, the whole internet) motivated and…

By: Claire Hannum / March 23, 2015

Belgian Foreign Minister One Of Many To Particpate In Parade Of White Dudes In Blackface

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders was gleefully posting pics of himself in blackface on his blog earlier this week to honor this "traditional" Belgian parade dating back to 1876, you know, when colonialism was all the rage! The Noirauds Festival is supposed to "honor blacks" by dressing up as African nobles. How about nope. King…

By: Katrin Higher / March 21, 2015

Just Look At This Asshole: The Most Casually Racist, Rude Pitch Email I’ve Ever Received

Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston's ex-boyfriend can rest easy, because he's no longer the shittiest John Mayer around.

By: Beejoli Shah / March 17, 2015

Rudy Giuliani Wishes Obama Could Be More Like Bill Cosby

Just a few weeks ago, Rudy Giuliani made an ass out of himself by insisting that President Obama just "doesn't love America." Now, he is making an ass out of himself by telling The New York Daily News that he wishes Obama could be more like Bill Cosby. Not like "rapist Bill Cosby" he says, just…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 13, 2015

Two Police Officers Shot In Ferguson

Two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department early this morning, one in the shoulder and one in the face. Both are reportedly conscious and in critical condition. Demonstrations began yesterday as Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced his upcoming resignation as a result of the Justice Department's report highlighting the extreme racial bia…

By: Claire Hannum / March 12, 2015

Anthony Hill, Another Unarmed Black Man, Shot Dead By Police Near Atlanta

How many more? Yesterday, a white, as-yet-unnamed police officer shot and killed 27-year-old Anthony Hill, a Black man who was seen naked and behaving erratically at his apartment complex near Atlanta. The Dekalb County officer was responding to a call saying a man was "acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 10, 2015

Watch Obama’s Speech On The Anniversary Of The Bloody Sunday Selma March

On Saturday, thousands gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March, in which the peaceful protesting of about 600 civil rights activists was interrupted by violent attacks from white police officers. President Obama delivered a powerful speech that Death and Taxes writer Steve King call…

By: Claire Hannum / March 9, 2015
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