I recently got into a interesting conversation with a few White women I know, who happen to date Black or minority men, and it really highlighted a need to explore the complexities of such unions in greater depth. Though I do support the right to love anyone, regardless of color (or gender/gender identity), I also believe that the challenges of interracial relationships are often obscure and infrequently discussed. To put it bluntly, many White people simply have no idea what they are getting into when they begin relationships with people of color. To raise awareness of the issues such individuals may encounter, I decided to write this list. I hope it can be helpful! Keep reading »
Google the term “Strange Fruit” and the first result is the Wikipedia page for the infamous Billie Holiday song, originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol, about the lynching of Black Americans. “Strange fruit” literally refers to Black bodies hanging from trees. This is a fact that seemingly went over the heads of Ali Slutsky and Mary Mickel (above), the (white!) gals behind the two-year-old Austin-based “hospitality” firm Strange Fruit PR, whose Twitter bio completely seriously asks, “Are you a strange fruit?” Or it did up until today, when the Twitter feed, as well as the company’s entire internet presence, disappeared after they were called out about the offensiveness of their name. They also released a statement of apology, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Keep reading »
Last night, a Black man in Los Angeles was fatally shot by police officers for carrying a Swiss Army knife. Before I proceed, I want to be clear that someone called the police for assault with a deadly weapon. Perhaps he did assault someone, and in that case, it would be reasonable to arrest him. A bystander said that the man was his friend, and that he liked to “wave a knife to scare tourists.” That’s stupid, that’s possibly arrestable, but there’s no reason that man should be dead.
It’s a Swiss Army knife. One man with a Swiss Army knife against what looks like it could be up to 10 cops has no chance of actually hurting them. The cops shot him not because they knew for sure that he had done anything wrong, because they didn’t, but because he was carrying a knife. And h was Black. Keep reading »
Art has never imitated life so disgustingly.
One of the biggest pornography companies in the world has launched a webseries called Border Patrol Sex that features American border patrol agents catching undocumented Mexican and Central American immigrant women attempting to cross the border, arresting them, handcuffing them, raping them, and then sending them back to Mexico. Keep reading »
At this upsetting and frustrating time in American history, it’s important to consider how to be a good ally in the movement for equality. Thankfully, the amazing Franchesca Ramsey is here to clarify a few ways for allies to back up their fellow humans. No matter who you are or what walk of life you’re in, there are things in this video that just about every one of us can learn or benefit from! [Bitch]