Posts tagged "racism"

The Soapbox: When Black Children Aren’t Welcome In White Spaces

Many a Black child has that moment when they learn that certain White spaces are off limits to them. That not only are such spaces unwelcoming, but they can possibly be dangerous. The Black teenagers who attempted to attend a pool party on the White side of the town of McKinney, Texas, learned that lesson

Tiffanie Drayton / June 8, 2015

Cop Put On Leave After Horrific Raid On Black Teen’s Pool Party

The police officer sat on a 14-year-old girl who wasn’t doing anything and pulled a gun on her friend.

Robyn Pennacchia / June 8, 2015

Zara Gets Slapped With A $40 Million Anti-Gay And Anti-Semitic Discrimination Suit

Zara, your one-stop shop for those really cute sandals and children’s shirts that look like concentration camp uniforms, is being sued by their former corporate attorney, Ian Jack Miller. He claims that he was fired from his role as the first and only in-house counsel for the U.S. and Canada because he’s American, Jewish and…

Megan Reynolds / June 4, 2015

“Anonymously Ask A Black Person” Is An App That Purports To Break Down Barriers When It Comes To Race

Do you have burning questions that you’ve always wanted to ask black people but are too afraid to do so? Do you have zero black friends, but desperately need the answers to very important questions that only a black person could — and should — answer? Thankfully, now there’s an app for that. As reported

Megan Reynolds / June 4, 2015

25 Percent Of Harvard Seniors Never Had Sex During College, And Other Interesting Factoids

The Harvard Crimson published results from its annual survey of Harvard’s graduating class, with some pretty interesting data points, like:

24% of Harvard seniors reported that they never had sex during their student tenure
43% of seniors said they always used a condom but 31% said they rarely or never used condoms (I THOUGHT…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 28, 2015

On Ray Rice, Domestic Violence, Police Brutality & The Choices Faced By Black Women

Late last week, the charges against football player Ray Rice were all dropped by a judge after the former Ravens running back completed the court ordered terms of his pretrial intervention: the completion of anger management counseling and the payment of fines totaling $125. Admission into this “pretrial intervention” program is usually uncommon for violent…

Tiffanie Drayton / May 26, 2015

Search “N*gga House” In Google Maps And You’ll Be Directed To The White House

Type the words “nigga house” right now in Google maps. What are your findings?
Some of my Facebook friends have been sharing posts with their search results and, well, it is a bit disturbing. It seems that the White House pops up whenever you enter “nigga house” into a Google Maps query.
Face palm.

Tiffanie Drayton / May 20, 2015

Did Louis CK’s “Saturday Night Live” Monologue Go Too Far?

Louis CK gave a predictably polite, sensitive monologue Saturday on the closing night of “SNL”‘s 40th season—making light of racism, child molestation, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. “Child molesters are very tenacious people,” CNN quotes him as saying. “From their point of view, it must be amazing to risk so much!” He went on to describe himself…

Newser / May 18, 2015

FLOTUS Gives Badass Student Address At Tuskegee University

On Saturday, Michelle Obama gave a powerful commencement address to the graduating class of Tuskegee University.
The First Lady brought up narratives of her own life to illustrate the kinds of racism she has received: “Over the years, folks have used plenty of interesting words to describe me. One said I exhibited a little bit…

Katrin Higher / May 10, 2015

Soledad O’Brien Tells The Media To Stop Calling Protestors “Thugs”

Bless Soledad O’Brien for having the guts to say to her colleagues in media that their insistence on using the word “thug(s)” to describe protestors (even so-called “violent” ones) is both lazy and problematic.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 6, 2015

Wanderlust: One Day In Baltimore

On the day of my arrival in Baltimore, a friend tipped me off to an altercation that happened between police and a young Black man at the same junction where Freddie Gray was arrested by officers, before dying in their custody. Fox News reported that the man was shot in the back while running away from police (they…

Tiffanie Drayton / May 5, 2015

The Soapbox: Justice Is No Longer An Option, It Is A Necessity

Prosecutors have found probable cause to rule Freddie Gray’s death a homicide, with the six officers involved in his death being hit with charges ranging from misconduct to manslaughter to 2nd degree depraved heart murder. The announcement was made this morning by Baltimore state attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby, who said the officers intentionally put the young ma…

Tiffanie Drayton / May 1, 2015

Freddie Gray, Baltimore & Beyond: What To Read/Watch/Listen To Since TV News Is A Steaming Pile Of Hot Garbage

The mainstream media, and cable news especially, has long been a complete and utter hot mess, but the level of idiocy, godawful “reporting” and outrageous spin has hit new heights in its coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, including the recent events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. The Washington Post, reporting on a “tip” from inside the Baltimore Police Department,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 30, 2015

The Media’s Obsession With “Mom Of The Year” Toya Graham Has Racist Undertones

As Mic notes about the inherent racism in all the attention, “The media loves Graham because she is acting how American culture stereotypically sees — and prefers — black women.”…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 29, 2015

An Open Letter To Kim Lute About Her “Problem With Black Women”

Let us heal one another by first healing ourselves.

Tiffanie Drayton / April 29, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Baltimore: “Wisdom Isn’t The Point Tonight. Disrespect Is.”

Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a must-read piece on the events in Baltimore, his hometown, over the last few days, starting with peaceful protests this weekend and rioting last night, in response to the death Freddie Gray (his spine was severed) at the hands of police officers. 

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 28, 2015

Black Lives Matter Supporters Pose As Forever 21 Employees, Take Over Store Window

This is so awesome. According to Gothamist (via Jezebel), activists representing the group Never 21 entered Forever 21’s store in Manhattan’s Union Square on Saturday, and managed to turn the store’s window display into a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The activists came dressed as Forever 21 employees — okay, side note, how…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 27, 2015

The Soapbox: On Laverne Cox’s Nude Photo Spread & Meghan Murphy’s Transphobia

Laverne Cox graced Allure’s annual “Nudes” issue with a picture that is so honest in its emotion and raw in its beauty I damn near cried looking at it. She admits her insecurities and ultimately decided to shrug them off and have the mac ‘n’ cheese she was craving the night before the shoot. That’…

Katie Klabusich / April 27, 2015

Baltimore Sun Investigates More Than 100 Cases of Police Brutality Over The Last 3 Years

In the wake of Saturday’s impassioned protests in Baltimore over the unjust killing of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police, The Baltimore Sun has released an investigation into over 100 instances of police brutality in the city.
Since 2011, Baltimore has paid $5,765,065 in settlements and court judgments on cases alleging misconduct by…

Katrin Higher / April 26, 2015

Native Actors Bail On Adam Sandler Movie Over Racist Bullshit

A group of Native American actors, as well as a Native cultural advisor walked off the set of the Adam Sandler movie “The Ridiculous Six” after the obscene racism and insensitivity in the script and on set just became too much to bear. The actors, primarily of the Navajo nation, were playing Apache characters, and…

Robyn Pennacchia / April 23, 2015
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