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Get To Know The Women Of The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

todays lady news
  • Meet the women of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. [The Atlantic]
  • Is casual, everyday sexism making women sick? [The Guardian]
  • Islamaphobic bus ads in San Francisco have been “defaced” (I say improved upon) with images of Kamala Khan, otherwise known as Ms. Marvel, Marvel Comics’ Muslim superhero. [io9] Keep reading »

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

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 (an estimate of $50 million) and the “embarrassing” ways which they have gone about reaping those profits. The conclusion? King’s family is tarnishing his legacy and disallowing millions access to his great words. Keep reading »

The United States Gets A “D” Grade For Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to NARAL Pro-Choice America

todays lady news
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded the United States with a “D” for women’s reproductive rights. [NARAL]
  • Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “The passionate intensity of the terrorists bears witness to a lack of true conviction.” [New Statesman]
  • The Academy Awards (predictably) ignored black actors and directors. [The Grio] Keep reading »

Margaret Cho’s Shtick At The Golden Globes: Not Racist, Just Tired

Last night at the Golden Globe Awards, Margaret Cho played a character named Cho Yun Ja, a movie reporter from North Korea, in a misguided attempt to coast off fumes generated by the publicity machine that surrounded “The Interview”‘s weird half-success. The bit was a little clunky and mostly unfunny. Margaret Cho, a woman of North/South Korean descent, stepped onstage and did what she has been doing for the majority of her career: speaking in a thick Korean accent and poking gentle fun at where she comes from. As Cho Yun Ja she was stoic, stern and weird, dressed in an unflattering military suit and never cracking a smile. It was uncomfortable to watch, it was squirmy. but it was not racist. It was just kind of tired.

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White Nationalists Love Billboards, Suck At Hashtags

OH HEY! Another week, another crazy-ass group of white supremacists taking out a billboard to say something dumb. It’s a whole thing now, I guess. I swear it was barely more than a week ago that I was writing a thing about the KKK putting up a billboard in Arkansas, and now some other group or person has put up another weirdo white supremacist billboard in Alabama.

This time, the billboard says “Diversity means chasing down the last white person #white genocide. Keep reading »

I’m Not That Great A White Person

White Privilege

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 white person,  but I dunno, for me, seeing and really recognizing white privilege and how it’s benefited me isn’t that hard. It’s not like I don’t enjoy arguing on the Internet, I do. But I prefer to argue with friends of friends, and strangers on comments threads. For my actual friends, I expect a base level of enlightenment and modern thinking. That includes a working understanding of white privilege. Before Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, I felt pretty sure that two Obama elections and my Facebook posts about other racial flashpoints had left my Friends list pretty clean of people with backwards racial prejudices. Keep reading »

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