Posts tagged "racism"

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,…
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

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
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