Posts tagged "racism"

An Open Letter To Iggy Azalea Regarding Her Appropriation Of Black Culture While Ignoring The Issues Faced By The Black Community

Dear Iggy Azalea, I was a Black child of the '90s who grew up on hip-hop and R&B. Some of my favorite adolescent memories were set to the soundtrack of the likes of Toni Braxton, Tupac, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Nas. I may have only been seven-years-old when DJ Kool announced, "Let Me Clear My…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 4, 2014

#AliveWhileBlack Is Essential Reading If You Give A Crap About Police Brutality

Yesterday, a grand jury decided not to indict Staten Island NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner, despite the fact that the death was ruled a homicide and the entire incident was caught on tape. (His final words: "I can't breathe," gasped over and over.) The outrage over thi…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 4, 2014

It’s Not About You, St. Louis P.D.

Earlier this week during Sunday night football, five St. Louis Rams players came out of the tunnel to take the field ahead of the rest of the team, arms raised in “hands up, don’t shoot” posture, in honor of the Ferguson protesters angry with the lack of indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, four months after…
By: Beejoli Shah / December 2, 2014

Over-Policed & Under-Served: How The Phrase “Fuck The Police” Was Born

"You fucking stupid bitch," a man screamed followed by the slam of a car door. Feet thumped and the passenger door swung open. The incoherent pleas of a woman could be heard. Then the loud sound of skin making contact with skin reverberated through the late night, down the empty street. My brother, sister and…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 1, 2014

Why Minority Male Oppression Is A Feminist Issue

I am at odds with feminism and my conflict is a "race issue." For White women, defining oneself as feminist is pretty simple. The need to advance a female political agenda -- while dismissing male oppression -- makes sense in a world where White men maintain the highest position and power. I understand that. However,…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 25, 2014

Here Are The Photos Of Officer Darren Wilson’s “Injuries”

I'm closing comments on this post and any other posts about Ferguson this week because, well, I CAN, and it's Thanksgiving week and people are in pain and I don't want any racist ass trolls on this site making it any worse. Official diagnosis: contusion aka A BRUISE. [Gawker]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 25, 2014

Darren Wilson Will Not Be Indicted In The Death Of Unarmed Teen Michael Brown

We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 24, 2014

Powder-Puff Football Team Plays In Blackface For Some Horrible Reason

Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Missouri holds an annual powder-puff football game to raise money for the school's prom. At the game, which was held November 5, the team stormed the football field in blackface. The school's principal, Jennifer Schmidt, was initially shocked to see the girls' faces but decided to overlook it (what the…
By: Claire Hannum / November 20, 2014

More Thoughts On Jean-Paul Goude, The Black Jezebel Stereotype & That Racist Kim Kardashian Photoshoot

Yesterday, I did a brief post on the racism displayed in Kim Kardashian's much talked about Paper magazine cover and photoshoot. I focused on Kardashian's demotion from "Whiteness" in society because of her relationships with Black men; relationships that have…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 13, 2014

Kim Kardashian Is Exploiting Her ‘Honorary Black Womanhood’ With Her Latest Hypersexualized Magazine Cover

Kim Kardashian's derriere has cause quite the stir online with the release of her Paper magazine cover, mostly invoking discussions about the "realness" of the posterior or the likelihood that the greased asset has been Photoshopped. While consumers mull over these trivialities, I'd rather talk about…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 12, 2014

It Gets 0.86 Percent Better For The Gays And Lesbians Every Year

Public opinion of homosexuality improves by 0.86 percent per year worldwide. [The Daily Beast] The Ku Klux Klan says that it’s embracing racial diversity in order to work toward building a “strong America.” OK. [The Root] The Bath Film Festival has a feminist rating for movies this year. [Marie Claire] Nico Lang…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 11, 2014

America Is Basically Criminalizing The Fact Of Being Female (And Pregnant) With Personhood Laws

America is, in effect, criminalizing the very fact of having a female reproductive system. [NY Times] Bangladesh had its first trans* pride march. [Raw Story] Comedian Tig Notaro performed a comedy set topless after a double mastectomy. [Bitch]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 10, 2014

Simmons College Is Now Trans* Inclusive

Simmons College in Boston is adopting trans* inclusivity. [Boston Globe] According to the Minneapolis media’s #PointerGate, pointing your finger makes you a gang member. [The Root] If you believe women should like being catcalled, let Amanda Marcotte tell you why your opinion isn’t relevant. [Raw Story]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 7, 2014

An Open Letter About The Racist Undertones Of That Viral Street Harassment Video

Dear Hollaback & Rob Bliss Creative, I have watched your collaborative video depicting the menacing street harassment of a young, white woman as she casually walked through the streets of New York. You captured dozens of men making unwarranted comments -- some more "innocent" than others -- as well as the incredibly uncomfortable actions of…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 31, 2014

Efforts To Ban Same-Day Registration And Early Voting Are Voter Suppression

The effort to ban same-day voter registration and early voting amounts to massive voter suppression. [Slate] PurrVerse columnist Kitty Stryker gives a thorough, nuanced analysis of all the problems involved in Jian Ghomeshi labeling abuse as BDSM. [Guardian] Wonder Woma…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 29, 2014

CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Accusations Of Abuse

Canadian Broadcasting Company host Jian Ghomeshi was fired over allegations of abuse. Three women say that Ghomeshi was violent towards them before and during sexual encounters they say were not consensual. [Death and Taxes] Brazilian employers are often racist and insulting toward their maids, according to a Twitter account which retweets such insults i…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 27, 2014

5 Reasons Everyone Needs To See “Dear White People”

Sundance Film Festival breakout "Dear White People" is making waves in more ways than one. The feature-length debut of director Justin Simien bowed with a strong opening in limited release last week and hopes to pick up steam as it begins its rollout in wider release this weekend, boosted by a strong, eye-catching social media…
By: Nico Lang / October 26, 2014

Sightseeing Tour Guide Lets It All Out On Last Day Of Work, Starts Racist “Fuck Chinatown” Chant

When people wake up on the wrong side of bed, bad things happen. Unfortunately, for a group of tourists visiting San Francisco, their sightseeing tour guide (who happens to be incredibly racist) was one of those people. Apparently, it was this woman's last day on the job, and she just could not hold in her…
By: Katie Oldenburg / October 23, 2014

Dealbreaker: He Doesn’t “See Color”

The saying goes if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere: Dating is too often a joke, the job market is highly competitive, the rent is too high, and a simple task of doing your laundry can end up in a mile walk through snow just to get to…
By: Kristin Collins Jackson / October 22, 2014

Matthew McConaughey Tried To Defend The Redskins’ Racist Team Name To GQ

Matthew McConaughey weighed in on the campaign to change the name of the Redskins football team. The team's name is a racial slur, but apparently McConaughey just doesn't care. He told GQ: "I know a lot of Native Americans don't have a problem with it, but they're not going to say, 'No, we really want the name.' That's not…
By: Claire Hannum / October 21, 2014
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