Posts tagged race
Posts tagged race
“…the Mother’s Day Parade shooting has largely been forgotten. On Sunday, shots were fired into a crowd during a parade in the New Orleans 7th ward. Police said they saw three suspects running from the scene.
This is the largest mass shooting in the United States where the shooters were still at large after the crime was committed. Think about that for a minute. From Columbine to Virginia Tech to Fort Hill to Aurora, all the shooters were either killed or apprehended on site. But the person or people responsible for shooting 19 Americans are still free.
…Because this is an act of domestic terrorism right? Just because the alleged shooter was wearing a white tee and jeans does that suddenly make the shooting a gang-related affair? And we all know how irrelevant gang-related shootings are in America….
Now take a moment and imagine a Mother’s Day Parade in the suburbs of Denver, a neighborhood in Edina or a plaza in Austin where bullets rain down on civilians and even hit children. I can’t help but imagine the around-the-clock news coverage. And I can’t help but think it’s because most of America can identify with the fear of being bombarded with gunfire while just enjoying a parade in the middle of town. But America can’t identify with being at a parade in the “inner city” where “gang violence” erupts. The “oh my God, that could happen to me” factor isn’t present with a story about New Orleans or the Chicago southside.”
Davis was convicted of participating in a string of armed robberies in the Miami area in 2010. His accomplices testified against him, saying he carried a gun during their crimes and discharged it at a dog that chased them after one of their burglaries. But Davis was not convicted of hurting anyone physically, including the dog… Now 20 years old, he was sentenced to 1,941 months - almost 162 years - in prison without the possibility of parole.
Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy DeAnda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.
here’s some Gems:
* The yen is very strong against the dollar right now. This will make goods in America seem very cheap — an excellent opportunity for shopping! However, remember to be polite in your use of money — America is in the middle of economic malaise right now, and Japanese people with wads of money in their hand might be looked on with envy. Besides, if you are obviously wealthy in an American city, you may be robbed.
* For our valued customers who work in the automotive industry [#1 employer where I live], we advise discretion. If you must say where you work, the preferred phrasing is [English] “I work at the car company”.
* Most Americans are very polite, particularly outside of the big cities. However, outside of the big cities, everyone owns guns. Inside the big cities, almost everyone owns guns. Let’s be polite together!
* If you go shopping at an American department store, they will ask you if you want to open a credit card account. They are *not* asking whether you want to use a credit card. This may seem strange but it is an American custom to offer customers a credit card, in order to make them spend more money. We suggest politely declining offers of credit cards. You may have to politely decline several times. Don’t think of this as rude, the Americans have to do it too.
that 99% of the dudes that message me for sex on online dating sites are white men. Not to mention I’ve tried to strategically place little gems all over my profile about how I’m NOT looking for sex and that I will stopping talking to you if you inquire … but that would mean you actually looked past my pic. Add on that I usually avoid full body pic so they have no reason to message me pondering my damn bra size.
Its really funny because I have never been approached by a white man IRL and I’m an equal opportunity dater, they just don’t apply. The only thing I can take from that is that it has nothing to do with dating and everything to do with fetish. I am a plus size black woman, they don’t see a woman they can date or marry, they see someone they can experience their fantasy with. So much so, that they can’t wait to talk about it, but they wouldn’t do that in person. On top of that there must be an assumption I am on the dating site to fuck some white man with Aunt Jemima fantasies. Why else would you, after saying Hi and and asking do I date white men, follow that with questions about ass licking and the heft of my breast?
let me say that not all the white men who message me do this, but almost all the men who message me for sex are white. Not to say that MOC don’t sexualize me, but hell, at least they do it in person. They got the ovaries to walk up to be and be like “damn you sexy as hell, ohhh shit!!! look at your ass” (SN: these men tend to be drunk). I’m curious to see if A. am I the only WOC who has this issue and B. are they just messaging all women like this and I’m being too racially conscious (lol, i know right)?
IDk, but I’m starting to be leery of messages from white men, other than replying to their “hi” message with “Hello, I’d be glad to talk to you, but 1st let me preference this convo by letting you know I’m not looking sex. That includes, but is nto limited to, hand jobs, ass licking, face sitting, S&M and reenacting Roots for your sexual pleasure. Also, before continuing please see the little squiggly lines on my profile, they are called letters and together they form words, those words can tell you that we have nothing in common other than you fantasize about large black women batting your dick like a cat toy and I am a large black woman who looks like i could” I don’t know what to do…
but from now on i will, at minimum, ignore all message that start with “hi sexy”
am I crazy or is this happening to anyone else?
There’s been a lot of talk these last couple of weeks about “hipster racism” or “ironic racism”—or, as I like to call it, racism. It’s, you know, introducing your black friend as “my black friend”—as a joke!!!—to show everybody how totally not preoccupied you are with your black friend’s blackness. It’s the gentler, more clueless, and more insidious cousin of a hick in a hood; the domain of educated, middle-class white people (like me—to be clear, I am one of those) who believe that not wanting to be racist makes it okay for them to be totally racist. “But I went to college — I can’t be racist!” Turns out, you can.
People benefit from racism—hell, I benefit from it every day—and things that benefit powerful people don’t just suddenly get “fixed” and disappear because Halle Berry won an Oscar or whatever. Modern racism lives in entrenched de facto inequalities, in coded language about “work ethic” and “states’ rights,” in silent negative spaces like absence and invisibility, and in Newt Gingrich’s hair. And in irony.
Good news, ladies! Society has discovered another new thing that’s wrong with you, which means another opportunity for you to make yourself more attractive for your man. Score! Turns out, the color of your vagina is gross and everyone hates it. So bleach that motherfucker. Bleach it right now!
So what are the pro-vadge-bleaching people thinking? Here’s a hilarious explanation from a male ad exec:
“It is hard to deny that fairness creams often get social commentators and activists all worked up. What they should do is take a deep breath and think again. Lipstick is used to make your lips redder, fairness cream is used to make you fairer-so what’s the problem? I don’t think any Youngistani today thinks the British Raj/White man is superior to us Brown folk. That’s all 1947 thinking!
The only reason I can offer for why people like fairness, is this: if you have two beautiful girls, one of them fair and the other dark, you see the fair girl’s features more clearly. This is because her complexion reflects more light. I found this amazing difference when I directed Kabir Bedi, who is very fair and had to wear dark makeup for Othello, the Black hero of the play. I found I had to have a special spotlight following Kabir around the stage because otherwise the audience could not see his expressions.”
Race Relations thur Childrens eyes. A new study
Before 1980, Census enumerators categorized people into racial groups based on their appearance. They did not ask respondents how they characterized themselves. Instead, they made a judgment call, drawing on explicit instructions given to the Census takers.
On a mail-in survey, however, the individual self-identified. They got to tell the government what race they were instead of letting the government decide. There were at least two striking shifts as a result of this change:
- First, it resulted in a dramatic increase in the Native American population. Between 1980 and 2000, the U.S. Native American population magically grew 110%. People who had identified as American Indian had apparently been somewhat invisible to the government.
- Second, to the chagrin of the Census Bureau, 80% of Puerto Ricans choose white (only 40% of them had been identified as white in the previous Census). The government wanted to categorize Puerto Ricans as predominantly black, but the Puerto Rican population saw things differently.
I wonder if the switch to Mailing census effected race in a different way such as poor or working class people who may move often or don’t have a permanent address, or address at all….
a guide for white people to talk about Trayvon Martin
In November of last year, police responded to the sounding of a medical alert device belonging to 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, who is black, at his home on Lexington Avenue….
Police claim they arrived to the scene of an emotionally disturbed Chamberlain, who authorities claim was screaming and at one point, displayed a knife through a door crack.
Police tried to use a Taser and bean-bag gun to subdue Chamberlain before eventually shooting him twice….
The incident was captured on both video and audio recording — including video from outside the apartment, audio from his medical alert pendant and audio and video from the Taser used by police.
After campaigning via Twitter and Facebook for several weeks, our web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” beat out 783 other web series to win the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show. For the unfamiliar, the Shorty Awards honor the best in social media and Internet content, so it was quite the honor that: 1) our viewers rallied to nominate us into the top five shows and 2) the Shorty Award committee recognized our impact on the web series community.
So it was with great pride that I announced our accomplishments via Facebook and Twitter, much to the mutual excitement of our awesome supporters. And that’s when the Internet-equivalent of the Tea Party appeared: