Posts tagged "racism"

16-Year-Old Jada Posts Powerful #IAmJada Photo

This powerful image before you is Jada, a 16-year-old girl in Texas who was sexually assaulted at a party last month and doubly victimized when pictures taken of the assault went viral online. The hashtag #jadapose shot around the Internet, with kids posing like Jada lying on the floor.  I hope this photo…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2014

Topshop’s Yellowface Necklaces Are Racist Whether They’re “Vintage-Style” Or Not

When a Topshop customer in the UK came across this necklace while shopping at the chain store, she complained to a customer sales representative and was told that the necklace was "acceptable, because it was vintage style" and therefore "not racist." The necklace depicts an early 19th century stereotype of East Asians --…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 13, 2014

The Soapbox: Ciara’s “Inelegant” New Hairstyle And The Politics Of Black Hair

Saturday evening on her Instagram profile, R&B singer Ciara debuted a new hairstyle: waist-skimming loc extensions. The style, a temporary version of the loc-ed hair many Black people of all genders sport, sparked discussion both among fans and style outlets. One in particular, People magazine’s StyleWatch section, posted a story Tuesday…
By: Hannah Giorgis / July 9, 2014

The Soapbox: Black Nerds, Escapism, & Why We Need More Diverse Books

“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them,…
By: Hannah Giorgis / July 4, 2014

An Open Letter To The Louis Vuitton Manager Who Allegedly Said “Black People Are Slaves Who Eat Dirt”

I understand that an employee at the Louis Vuitton Townhouse in London's Selfridges department store, after being subjected to many of your humiliating, infuriating, racist rants, recorded one of your many outbursts. In your recently outed diatribe, you allegedly state: "Black people are slaves who eat dirt off the floor." I’m hopeful you’ve…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 2, 2014

Some Racist Lady Yelled At Baby North West On A Flight

Kim Kardashian's recent, unusally enlightened statement about becoming more conscious about racism wasn't random: it was actually sparked by a verbal racist attack against her biracial one-year-old daughter, North West, by a first class passenger on an airplane. The passenger started yelling about Kim's sexual relationships with Black men, including North's dad,…
By: Claire Hannum / June 30, 2014

Khloe Kardashian Offends At North West’s Birthday Party

It’s no surprise that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went all out for North West‘s first birthday. The cutie’s parents got her ears pierced on the big day, but waited until the weekend to throw an epic bash. Named ‘Kidchella,’ a play on the music festival Cochella, this party had a full-size ferris wheel, karaoke stage and teepees set up around the grounds. Unfortunately,…
By: SheFinds / June 23, 2014

The “Central Park Five” Settle With New York City For $40 Million

New York City has reached a $40 million settlement with the five wrongfully convicted men who as teenagers were falsely accused and imprisoned for an attack on a jogger. In 1989, a white female investment banker named Trisha Meili was brutally beaten and raped while jogging in Central Park at nighttime. Meili fell into a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Suzan Harjo, The Woman Who Beat The Washington Redskins

Earlier today, the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office cancelled the federal trademarks for the Washington Redskins after ruling that the name was "disparaging to Native Americans." And the woman to thank for this tremendous victory over a powerful NFL team and its owners is Suzan Harjo, a 69-year-old grandmother and Native American activist who has bee…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 18, 2014

Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 91

Ruby Dee, an actress in the 1961 film "A Raisin In The Sun" and a prominent civil rights activist, died yesterday at age 91. She was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and she appeared at the famous March On Washington in 1963.   She appeared in two of Spike…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2014

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism

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 misinformatio…

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2014

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

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"…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 4, 2014

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

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…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 4, 2014

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

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

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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 1, 2014

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

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

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

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…
By: Claire Hannum / May 20, 2014
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