Posts tagged "racism"

The Soapbox: Chicago Artist Exploits Michael Brown’s Death With Tone-Deaf Attempt To Examine Her Own White Privilege

While attempting to explore white privilege in her latest exhibit, artist Ti-Rock Moore displayed a tone deaf approach of precisely that — white privilege. Moore’s exhibit, Confronting Truths: Wake Up!“, which recently opened in Chicago, was created, according to the artist, to “honestly and frankly… explore white privilege through my acute awareness of the unearned…

Tiffanie Drayton / July 14, 2015

NY Times Public Editor Calls Godawful Serena Williams’ Article A “Missed Opportunity”

Remember that New York Times’ piece about Serena Williams’ body? The one published on Friday that got my knickers all in a twist? By Saturday morning, as Williams was destroying the court at Wimbledon and winning her second Grand Slam, the outrage had spread to Twitter, with many calling out the Grey Lady and sports journalist Be…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 13, 2015

“Fox & Friends” Hosts Are Mad At Harper Lee For Ruining White Hero Atticus Finch

They also don’t seem to understand that Gregory Peck and Atticus Finch are two different people. …

Robyn Pennacchia / July 13, 2015

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan Did A Decent-ish Job Talking About Race

Last night, in steamy Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a nice girl named Olivia Jordan was crowned Miss USA. Before she got that tiara, however, she and her other contestants had to endure the interview portion of the beauty pageant. This is a fun segment in which a bunch of relatively nervous and very shiny young wome…

Megan Reynolds / July 13, 2015

7 Essential Things To Know About Cultural Appropriation

Over the weekend, “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg blasted Kylie Jenner for appropriating Black culture with little to no regard for the struggles of the Black people who created it, after Jenner posted a picture on Instagram of herself wearing cornrows with the comment: “I woke up like diss.” Stenberg responded with this tweet, invoking…

Tiffanie Drayton / July 13, 2015

Background Check Lapse Let Dylann Roof Buy His Gun

Dylann Roof should not have been able to buy the gun he’s accused of using to kill nine people inside a South Carolina church. Because Roof had admitted possessing drugs following an arrest in February, his purchase of the .45-caliber handgun should have been denied, says the FBI. But it turns out the information wasn’t…

Newser / July 10, 2015

South Carolina Took Down The Confederate Flag — Now What?

The Confederate Flag has been removed from the South Carolina Capital: YIPPPPPPEEEE! Time to celebrate? Let’s give ourselves a moment to high-five America for getting rid of an old relic of racism that really should have disappeared over a century ago when the Civil War finally united the country after being divided by the South&#8217…

Tiffanie Drayton / July 10, 2015

True Story: Adventures In Internet Racism & Body-Shaming

I know that there is a strong correlation between people who defend racism on the internet and people who, when challenged, will resort to misogynist attacks. Here is one such example.

Elizabeth Blumberg / July 8, 2015

The Soapbox: Protecting Affirmative Action Is A Feminist Issue

Abigail Fisher’s lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin is an example of how white women are used as pawns in a war against people of color where both demographics lose to white male patriarchy. …

Tiffanie Drayton / July 7, 2015

Someone Has To Talk To Paula Deen About Her Son’s Brownface

Paula! Come get your son, he’s being an ass again. …

Megan Reynolds / July 7, 2015

The Soapbox: How Fox News Helped Turn My Conservative Dad Into A Gay Marriage-Loving Liberal

Last Friday, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that same sex couples have the right to marry. What an incredible day in American history. It’s a victory I’m happy to share with my dad. No, my dad isn’t gay, but he his opinion on gay marriage has made a lot of progress. A…

Sydney Leathers / July 3, 2015

Bree Newsome On “Good Morning America”: “We Wanted An End To The Hate”

Bad ass organizer — and real life flag-pole-climbing superhero — Bree Newsome was interviewed on “Good Morning America” this morning, one of the first times, that I know of, that a major morning “news” show has given airtime to interviewed an actual #BlackLivesMatter activist. Newsome, of course, is the Black woman who, with the hel…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 2, 2015

Macy’s Dumps Donald Trump For Racist Remarks

Donald Trump’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad couple of weeks just got worse: Macy’s is pulling all Trump-branded merch from its stores due to derogatory remarks the mogul made about Latinos during his June 16 presidential campaign kickoff, reports CNN. Per a Macy’s statement this morning: “We are disappointed and distressed by recent remark…

Newser / July 1, 2015

9 Steps That Would Help Reconcile The Relationship Between White And Black America

After both studying and writing about racial inequality in the United States, I have come to learn that, much like our interpersonal or romantic relationships, most of the ongoing strife between African-Americans and the nation stems from the absence of atonement, forgiveness and reconciliation. Personal relationships are often threatened by wrongdoing. That’s because human being…

Tiffanie Drayton / June 30, 2015

Bree Newsome Speaks: “I Did It Because I Am Free”

This woman is a real life super hero.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 29, 2015

Does Amy Schumer Really Have A Race Problem? I’m Not Sure.

Context, folks. It’s all about context. …

Megan Reynolds / June 29, 2015

Arsonists Set At Least 3 Black Churches Ablaze In The Last Week

Back in May, during the protests in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, the TV news media spent countless hours showing footage of a burning CVS, allegedly set on fire by angry looters. The footage served to illustrate what some considered the protest’s “violent turn,” just one of many examples of the news media…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 29, 2015

Woman Ignores Police Orders, Removes Confederate Flag From SC Statehouse

SC Governor Nikki Haley has called for the Confederate Flag to come down from the front of the South Carolina State House but for some reason the damn thing is still there.
A woman identified as “Bree” decided to take matters into her own hands, backed by the activist group ‘Blackbird’, early Saturday morning. She…

Katrin Higher / June 27, 2015

The Soapbox: Why Won’t Hillary Clinton Say “Black Lives Matter”?

Considering the large body of work that explains why the phrase “all lives matter” is contextually racist and wholly inappropriate, it seriously gives me pause that Hillary Clinton let the words slip out of her mouth.

Tiffanie Drayton / June 24, 2015

Amazon Dumps The Confederate Flag

The movement to ditch the Confederate flag is now steamrolling along: Amazon and eBay today forbid the sale of any flag-related merchandise, reports CNN. (Walmart already did so, as did Sears.) An eBay spokesperson provides an explanation that is beginning to sound familiar after images surfaced of Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof posing with the…

Newser / June 23, 2015
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