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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 »

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

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  • 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 a string of reported driver sexual assaults. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

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, there had been a sign in that same spot that read “Anti-Racist Is A Code Word For Anti-White,” which received national attention after it was protested by many of the town’s residents, including the Mayor. The phrase, which comes from “The Mantra” — written by White Nationalist and former Reagan-appointee Bob Whitaker — is a favorite of white supremacists all over the nation. Keep reading »

Macklemore On Race In America: “As A White Person, We Have To Listen”

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"I've been inspired by the mobilization."
  • 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. You know, I kinda can’t help but wonder if this is tied to Matt Lauer’s split from his wife — there have been rumors that something has gone on between Giada and Matt. Hmmmm…. [Us Weekly]
  • This interview Bill Cosby did in early November features some … odd comments about the relationship between the characters of Cliff and Clare Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” [News One] Keep reading »

“Why Is My Curriculum White?” Is Exactly The Question We Should Be Asking About University Education

Why is my curriculum white?

The hardest thing I was ever tasked with reading in a history course was Edward Said’s Orientalism. I dropped the course because it was totally over my head. That says a lot.

My major was twentieth-century European history, and my focus was on Germany, but specifically the rise of the Third Reich. I was interested in finding out why and how millions of people could justify a genocide. I was very, very focused on Germany and Russia; I didn’t want to study the United States at all, but my major required me to take courses in non-European and non-American history, so toward the end of my education, I took courses — grudgingly, at the time — on African and Southeast Asian colonial history. Eventually I also started taking courses on contemporary art history, where I was introduced to South American artists like Lygia Clark and Gabriel Orozco, and, of course, my art theoretical deity, the Cuban-born American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. That’s really all the background I have on South American culture. Keep reading »

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