Posts tagged "racism"

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.”…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 2, 2015

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

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.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 30, 2014

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

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

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 26, 2014

The Soapbox: On The Sacrifices Expected Of Immigrant Nannies

I have a deep-seated resentment of White parents who specifically hire Black immigrant women or people of color as nannies. Whenever I go to the park or take a stroll through New York City on any day of the work week and see large groups of Black or minority women pushing strollers with…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 24, 2014

The New Republic Will Be Hiring Diverse Staff Members

Gabriel Snyder, the new editor-in-chief of The New Republic, whose hire caused a massive fit of whining and a total glaze-over of race issues at the publication by a slew of mainly white staffers who quit, has announced in his new mission statement that the publication will be hiring diverse staff:

“A…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 23, 2014

The Police Aren’t “Under Siege,” They’re Under Criticism

The shooting of two NYPD officers this weekend was tragic, but to blame it on Black Lives Matter protestors has no basis. The police aren’t “under siege,” they’re under criticism. [Slate]
Learn about the Turkish businesswomen who are fighting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s censorship and neglect of domestic violence issues. [The Daily

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 22, 2014

The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio)
The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent)
Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 20, 2014

The Hacked Sony E-Mails Are A Distraction From The Larger Issues, And It’s Wrong To Use E-Mails Stolen From Anyone, Ever

I don’t take George Clooney that seriously, most of the time, but his interview with Deadline spoke to a lot of things I’ve been reflecting on about my job lately. In it, Clooney spoke about a petition of support he tried to circulate after Sony was attacked by what the FBI has now concluded were,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 20, 2014

2014 Was The Year Of Outrage

Check out Slate’s comprehensive interactive calendar of everything that has outraged us this year, day-by-day. [Slate]
Sony CEO Michael Lynton apologized for claiming in a hacked e-mail that alcohol is to blame for sexual assault and that assault rates haven’t increased (they have). [Daily Dot]
An Uber driver has been accused of…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 18, 2014

Michelle & Barack Obama Talk Racial Profiling

“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs … I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized

By: Claire Hannum / December 18, 2014

Darren Wilson’s Key Witness Fabricated Her Testimony

Darren Wilson’s key witness was, to say the very least, unreliable — The Smoking Gun has unearthed a history of racism and coincidences that point to her fabricating her testimony. [Gawker]
Jeb Bush is considering a Presidential run, which is so shocking, said no one. [Atlantic]
Republicans keep on trying to make…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 16, 2014

5 Studies That Prove Racism Is Still Way Worse Than We Think

There is a bitter debate over racism these days — specifically, whether or not it still exists in a way that actually matters. The argument against goes something like, “Sure, there are neo-Nazis and KKK and YouTube comment sections out there, but we’ve got a black president, for Christ’s sake! Racism has been banished to…

By: Cracked / December 14, 2014

Congressional Staffers Walked Out Of Their Jobs On Thursday To Protest Police Killings

Black and Hispanic congressional staffers on Capitol Hill walked out of their jobs to protest police killings yesterday. [The Root]
The median net worth of White households in America is THIRTEEN TIMES that of Black households. Are we still denying systemic racism? [New York Times]
Shonda Rhimes wants Sony to admit that…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 12, 2014

12-Year-Old Tamir Rice’s Death Ruled A Homicide

Last month, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by a Cleveland police officer who was responding to a 911 call about Rice playing with a BB gun at a park. Surveillance video of the incident shows that Rice was shot mere seconds after Office Tim Loehmann and his partner arrived on the scene. Rice died the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 12, 2014

Eric Garner Activists Have Released 11 Demands To Reform The NYPD

Activists have released a list of 11 demands for reform of the NYPD following the no-indictment decision on Eric Garner’s murder. [Huffington Post]
The CIA torture report, Ferguson, and the NSA have shown us that only government authorities can do wrong and get away with it scot-free. [Daily Dot]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 11, 2014

Black Lives Don’t Matter At The New Republic

Ta-Nehisi Coates explains why black lives didn’t and haven’t ever really mattered to The New Republic, in relation to last week’s staffing fiasco. [Atlantic]
Regarding the UVA gang rape case and Rolling Stone’s retraction: it’s possible that journalism isn’t able to report on sexual assault with sensitivity, nuance, and truthfulness so long a…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 9, 2014

7 Tips For White Women In Interracial Relationships

I recently got into a interesting conversation with a few White women I know, who happen to date Black or minority men, and it really highlighted a need to explore the complexities of such unions in greater depth. Though I do support the right to love anyone, regardless of color (or gender/gender identity), I also…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 9, 2014

White Americans Don’t Think Race Played A Part In The Deaths Of Mike Brown Or Eric Garner

There is a tremendous divide between Black and White perceptions of the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases, with the majority of White Americans convinced that race did not play a part in either case at all. [Pew Research]
The mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was shot and killed in Cleveland…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 8, 2014

Strange Fruit PR To Pick New Name After Being Told (Again) That Their Current One Refers To The Bodies Of Lynched Black People

Google the term “Strange Fruit” and the first result is the Wikipedia page for the infamous Billie Holiday song, originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol, about the lynching of Black Americans. “Strange fruit” literally refers to Black bodies hanging from trees. This is a fact that seemingly went over the heads of Ali…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 7, 2014

Know Your Knife Rights: Why The L.A. Shooting Victim Wasn’t Killed Because Of His Swiss Army Knife

Last night, a Black man in Los Angeles was fatally shot by police officers for carrying a Swiss Army knife. Before I proceed, I want to be clear that someone called the police for assault with a deadly weapon. Perhaps he did assault someone, and in that case, it would be reasonable to arrest him.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 6, 2014
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