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18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism
Dealing With Racism
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Megan's guide to dealing with casual racism. Read More »

Discussions about racism should be all-inclusive and open to people of all skin colors. However, to put it simply, sometimes White people lack the experience or education that can provide a rudimentary foundation from which a productive conversation can be built. This is not necessarily the fault of the individual, but pervasive myths and misinformation have dominated mainstream racial discourse and often times, the important issues are never highlighted. For that reason, The Frisky has decided to publish this handy list that has some basic rules and information to better prepare anyone for a worthwhile discussion about racism. Keep reading »

Justin Bieber Issues Apology For Second Racist Video

“Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with. But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn’t understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did.”

Justin Bieber released a statement to US Weekly regarding the second video in which he uses racial slurs. In the newest video, posted by TMZ yesterday, Justin sings a parody of his song “One Less Lonely Girl” but replaces the word “girl” with the n-word and jokes about the KKK. In the apology released today, it’s clear that he’s asking for leniency because both videos were filmed several years ago, when he was under age. (He used a similar apology for the first video.)

Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun, posted his own message on Instagram about the scandal, which reads: ”Some mistakes have no excuses. They are just wrong. But how a man reacts to those mistakes… How he owns it and learns from it… That defines him more than the mistake itself.” [US Weekly] [Image via WENN]

15 To 20 Minutes More Of Racist Justin Bieber Footage Could Drop Soon

  • There could be even more racist Justin Bieber footage dropping: sources say there could be 15 to 20 minutes, including one where the then-teenaged Bieber jokes about “Black people liking watermelon.” His handlers continue to be pretty blasé about all this. [Page Six]
  • Meanwhile, some of Bieber’s Black friends are standing by him. [TMZ]
  • Courteney Cox may be getting engaged to the guitarist for Snow Patrol, Johnny McDaid. I didn’t even know they were dating. [Page Six]
  • Here’s the new Lana Del Rey song, “Ultraviolence”! [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Pharrell Apologizes For Wearing Native American Headdress On Elle UK Cover

  • Pharrell issued an apology for posing on the cover of Elle UK wearing a Native American headdress, which is yet another example of appropriating articles of someone else’s culture as “fashion.” The singer said he respects all cultures and is “genuinely sorry.” [Buzzfeed]
  • “Louie” depicted an attempted rape between friends (Louie CK’s character and the character played by Pamela Adlon), which we so often don’t see handled on television. [Happy Nice Time People]
  • Melissa McCarthy has debuted her plus-size clothing line! [People]
  • Here’s 18-year-old Kendall Jenner posing topless in Interview magazine. [Interview]

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TMZ Releases Video Of Justin Bieber Singing Racist Parody Of His Own Song

TMZ Releases Video Of Justin Bieber Singing Racist Parody Of His Own Song
Justin Sings: "One Less Lonely N****r"

Yikkkkkkes. TMZ has released yet another video of Justin Bieber using the n-word and it’s even worse than the first, which featured the then-15-year-old telling a racist joke. Above, Justin sings a parody of his song “One Less Lonely Girl,” replacing “girl” with “n****r” and crooning about joining the KKK. Meanwhile, the cameraperson, probably a goddamn adult, is overheard laughing. I wonder what Usher, who famously mentored the pop star and helped make him a household name, thinks about this? So disgusting. [TMZ] Keep reading »

An Open Letter To The Gawker Essayist Who Wrote About Dating White Women While Black

An Open Letter To The Gawker Essayist Who Wrote About Dating White Women While Black
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Girl Talk: On Being My Black Boyfriend's First Black Girlfriend
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Dear Ernest Baker,

In your recent personal essay on Gawker titled “The Reality of Dating White Women When You Are Black,” you stated unequivocally that you are not a “sell out” because you are a Black man who chooses to seriously date only White women. As a 24-year-old Black woman with very similar life circumstances, I can assure you that after reading your piece — although you may not believe that you are a “sell-out” or that you are riddled by “self hate” —the man who wrote that piece is both. Keep reading »

Justin Bieber Apologizes For Racist Joke: “I Thought It Was Okay To Repeat Hurtful Words”

  • This weekend TMZ released a video of a teenaged Justin Bieber (the floppy hair era) cracking a racist joke in which he says the n-word. According to People, the video was recording during the filming of his 2011 documentary “Never Say Never” by his personal photographer. On Sunday, Bieber released a long, lawyer-approved statement responding to the damning video in which he pleads youthful ignorance:

    “As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was okay to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.  Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. ”I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again. Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what’s right. Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again … I’m sorry.”

    [People]
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That Time A 15-Year-Old Justin Bieber Told A Racist Joke

That Time A 15-Year-Old Justin Bieber Told A Racist Joke
Cool Joke, Bro. Not.

Apparently TMZ has been holding on to this video, of a then-15-year-old Justin Bieber telling a racist joke, for awhile, waiting to release it until, I dunno, the Biebs was of age and had already established himself as a shitbird. Apparently it was shot by Bieb’s own personal photographer, not someone trying to get dirt on the pop star, and it’s clear Justin is proud of how witty his use of the n-word is. Sources are saying Justin will make a statement about the video in the next few days. [TMZ]

The Soapbox: “I Always Felt As If White Girls Thought Less Of Me Because I Was Half-Asian”: There Should Be More Discussion About Elliot Rodger’s Racism

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It feels like the entire Internet is having one big argument about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who murdered six people near the UC Santa Barbara campus before killing himself last Friday.

Did he mostly have a problem with misogyny? Did he mostly have a problem with mental illness? Did he mostly have a problem with a spoiled and entitled upbringing? Is it possible it could be a combination of all of these things?

Like many people this weekend, I read (okay, briskly skimmed — he was not a good writer) his 140-page “manifesto,” “My Twisted World: The Story Of Elliot Rodger,” looking to better understand this tragedy. There’s plenty to unpack there, what with his misogynist, crazy ideas about women deserving to be placed in concentration camps and only used for sex. But what hasn’t gotten quite as much media attention is the area where Elliot Rodger’s misogynistic entitlement and his racist views intersected.  Keep reading »

MTV Surveyed Millennials On Racism & The Results Are Actually Pretty Optimistic

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Millennials have optimistic views about eradicating racial bias, according to a new survey conducted this year. MTV Strategic Insights and David Binder Research sought the views of thousands of young people aged 14 to 24 through interviews, focus groups, online panels and surveys.

The survey portrayed detailed and fascinating picture of how young people approach racism in 2014. Even though the results reveal that we have serious work left to do in creating a society with minimal racial bias, they’re largely optimistic because the young people surveyed are actively concerned and aware of the issues they’re facing. Millennials want something better in the future and are seemingly committed to working toward it. Keep reading »

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