Posts tagged "racism"

True Story: I Had An Altercation With A Black Man — And Luckily, Police Weren’t Involved

A video recorded by a citizen journalist, which captured footage of the LAPD shooting and killing an unarmed homeless Black man in broad daylight, has been circulating on the internet this week. The man in the video, nicknamed Africa, was shot several times by police in front of his tent home o…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 4, 2015

Wanderlust: I May Be Smitten, But I Will Not Be Your Educator

I've written before about "distancing myself From white people" to avoid being constantly subjected to racial and cultural insensitivity. After years of dealing with well-meaning, but often ill-informed or inexperienced Whites, the emotional turmoil had taken its toll and I simply wanted to avoid feelings of discomfort, disappointment and even anger. I concluded…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 2, 2015

Today Is The Third Anniversary Of Trayvon Martin’s Death

Today is the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, and a crucial moment to think about what justice is for Black Americans.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015

18 Things White America Needs To Reconcile To Truly Become Colorblind

Black History Month presents the opportunity to explore African-American history: A history marked by the struggle for a fair and equitable America that treats its citizens and residents with respect and dignity, regardless of skin color. However, that struggle is often painted as "the issues of the past" that have been overcome and surpassed thank…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 26, 2015

Richard Pryor’s Prescient Pre-Twitter Statements Regarding The Oscars

In advance of this year's very white Oscars it's sobering to read that infamous comedian Richard Pryor called it way back when. In 1977, Pryor dryly exclaimed "I am here tonight. To explain why black people. Will never be nominated for anything." With Selma grabbing a Best Picture nomination but nary else, and frontrunner…
By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015

The Muslim College Students Murdered In Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged in the deaths of three college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina yesterday evening, in what many see as a hate crime, because all three victims were Muslim. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, were found dead at an apartment complex shortly…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 11, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock’s Communications Director Resigns In Wake Of Racist Comments

Thursday morning, ThinkProgress reported that Benjamin Cole, the communications director for Illinois Representative Aaron Schock (R-Downton Abbey), had posted a series of racist Facebook updates in which he compared black people as zoo animals. Said posts were tagged #gentrifytoday, because how dare said black people live in a neighborhood where Benjamin Cole wants to…
By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 5, 2015

The Soapbox: Katy Perry’s Halftime Show Was Everything It Should Have Been

The annual Super Bowl is an homage to all things American, like male athleticism, geographically-based loyalty, bar food and corporate sponsors. The event also bookends one of the musical events of the year, the halftime show to end all halftime shows. The show is always a spectacle, speaking to both the limitless budget of the…
By: Chloe Stillwell / February 4, 2015

This Business Insider Senior Editor Thinks NBA And NFL Players Do “Hood Rat Sh-t”

It's never easy to get an assignment handed to you that's hard to write -- especially one as silly as a listicle about what constitutes a "Modern Gentleman," but that didn't stop Business Insider's senior finance editor, Linette Lopez, from giving it the old college try. The other thing it didn't stop her from? Making…
By: Beejoli Shah / February 2, 2015

All Charges Dropped Against White Cop Who Shot A Black 7-Year-Old In Her Sleep

Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley, who shot 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in her sleep during a raid on her home in 2010, will not face any charges surrounding her death. Weekley was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter (a felony) and careless discharge of a firearm causing death  (a misdemeanor) in connection to Aiyana's death in 2011,…
By: Claire Hannum / January 30, 2015

Footage Shows Police Pepper Spraying Seattle Teacher At MLK Rally

Video footage surfaced yesterday depicting Seattle police pepper spraying Seattle high school teacher Jesse Hagopian on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, unprovoked, just after he'd finished making a powerful speech about racial equality. That day, a rally had been held in Seattle in honor of Dr. King. Hagopian marched and spoke to participants about the…
By: Claire Hannum / January 29, 2015

Get To Know The Women Of The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

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]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 27, 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 hi…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / January 19, 2015

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

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]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 15, 2015

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…
By: Megan Reynolds / January 12, 2015

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…
By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 12, 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

Revlon CEO: “I Can Smell Black People When They Enter A Room”

According to a lawsuit, Revlon’s CEO claimed that he could “smell Black people when they enter a room.” [The Grio] The investigation into the Cleveland police shooting and death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice could be taken over by an outside agency. [RawStory] Uber has given their customers some really half-assed safety tips following…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 2, 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,…
By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 2, 2015

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.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 30, 2014
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