“All but 3 of America’s 185 wealthiest families are white.”
"If using a British accent isn’t racist, why would using Jamaican accent be." - Yo, I know you’re dumb as fuck, but it actually is kind of hilarious that you picked literally a colonizer and their colony as your examples about how mimicking their accents is somehow identical. Guess what, you stupid asshole, maybe if white folks hadn’t raped and pillaged Jamaica (in this instance) for as long as humanly possible, it’d be a little less grating when your wack ass pulls out the white dreads on your acoustic guitar.
Here, from the non-profit Economic Policy Institute, is a snapshot of how segregated public schools are, starting in kindergarten. It was written by Elaine Weiss and Emma García. Weiss has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education since 2011. García, who joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2013, specializes in the economics of education and education policy. EPI was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers.
“The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.”
The many ways white people justify racism.
The same goes for Dan Snyder, owner of the deplorably named Washington Redskins, who, despite copious amounts of criticism, refuses to change the name of his NFL team. His reason? It “honours” the heritage of Native Americans. Snyder says he will change the name “over his dead body.” Because that’s how you show respect and love for other cultures; by completely ignoring what they have to say.
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.
The Oscar-winning actress and children’s author Octavia Spencer was cast in the Divergent movie series as Johanna Reyes, and fans flocked to Twitter to be awkwardly “not racist” about it.
Despite many people apparently picturing Johanna Reyes as petite and white, she is not actually assigned a race or many strict physical features in the books. She is simply described as being middle aged, having dark hair, and bearing a prominent scar down her face. Her name suggests she is Spanish or Latina, but there is no one skin tone for Latinas. I don’t know Octavia Spencer’s racial background, but black Latinas do exist.
This is not the first time fans have reacted negatively to racially ambiguous book characters being cast as people of color in movie adaptations. (Not to mention reacting negatively upon the stark realization that they were people of color all along, à la The Hunger Games’ Rue.) This is a sad reminder that white is considered the default.
Well this is terribly typical.
And more news: water is wetOh heybowtyesarecool, how about you go ahead and tell me again about how fandom doesnt hate poc and we just need to stop talking. I will wait, but I am pretty sure you won’t have a damn thing to say.
"i expected her to be younger and more peaceful looking"
because peace and Black women’s bodies can’t co-exist in the same place.
This is why media PoC representation is so important. Many white people picture every single character, even those depicted as Black (Rue from the Hunger Games) as white. It’s a big problem.
Yes, You are racist.
Really absorb that “more peaceful-looking” comment.
This is the reason why it’s important that Octavia Spencer did get that role. Hollywood has brainwashed people into thinking that black women can’t even be “peacful -looking”.
Hollywood has made certain that only white people can have a benign default setting.
There is a lot of damage that needs to be undone.
Every POC got this lesson.
Got this drilled into my brain as a kid. This reminds me of that Chris Rock quote:
"I will give you an example of how race affects my life. I live in a place called Alpine, New Jersey. Live in Alpine, New Jersey, right? My house costs millions of dollars…In my neighborhood, there are four black people. Hundreds of houses, four black people. Who are these black people? Well, there’s me, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Eddie Murphy. Only black people in the whole neighborhood. So let’s break it down…Mary J. Blige, one of the greatest R&B singers to ever walk the Earth. Jay-Z, one of the greatest rappers to ever live. Eddie Murphy, one of the funniest actors to ever, ever do it. Do you know what the white man who lives next door to me does for a living? He’s a fucking dentist. He ain’t the best dentist in the world. He ain’t going to the dental hall of fame. He don’t get plaques for getting rid of plaque. He’s just a yank-your-tooth-out dentist. See, the black man gotta fly to get to something the white man can walk to."
THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT!
black ballerina excellence
So gorgeous and elegant
Why is this important? i see a girl doing ballet, stop outlining difference, its important we just admire the skills, and afore mentioned ellegance
First of all shut the fuck up and have several seats
and heres why in Michaela’s own words what she had to go through beig BLACK and still goes through
When she was around 8 and rehearsing for The Nutcracker, just a few days before the performance she was told, “I’m sorry, you can’t do it. America’s not ready for a black girl ballerina.”
For Michaela, “to say this to an 8-year-old is just devastating. It was terrible.”
When she was 9, a teacher told her mother: “I don’t like to put money into black dancers because they grow up and end up having big boobs and big hips.”
The dancer looked down at her petite figure and protested, “I don’t have boobs. I don’t get it.”
Instead of getting her down, “It makes me more determined,” she said. “Because I’ve been through so much, I know now that I can make it and I can help other kids who have been in really bad situations realize that they can make it too.”
This is why it is important, for little Black girls to see a black ballerina made it despite being discriminated against because of her skin color!!!
Dear Racists: I usually don’t like to answer when you write in with a cavalcade of lies, because just saying “no” over and over again to your bullshit can sometimes give the appearance that you have a point, or that people who aren’t racist are being defensive.
But sometimes, when real pieces of shit like you write in, I don’t know, it’s just fun. So guess what, you racist asshole, even taking your account of how affirmative action works (which is, like everything else you’re saying, a lie), isn’t it kind of pathetic that you can really only ever come up with this one example of how white people are allegedly discriminated against? Like, you’ll conveniently ignore, say, legacy admissions from institutions with a proud legacy of having been white only schools, or the fact that even well meaning teachers unconsciously favor white students, to just rail at “affirmative action.”
Well guess what, you shithead, your only trump card is completely bankrupt, you’re a racist piece of shit, and I’m sorry you were too stupid to get into one of these schools, trust me, you wouldn’t have hacked it there anyway (not that that shit is all that).
PS. I’m sorry you’re so stupid, but go fuck yourself, seriously.
But don’t worry, Walker and Republicans have a plan: make it harder for black people to vote.
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Look, I didn’t join in #CancelColbert. I thought the original tweet from the Colbert show was disgusting, discouraging, and disappointing, but I came to the conclusion that I didn’t believe Colbert’s show should be cancelled, so I refrained from participating in that campaign. But Suey Park and lots of other people came to their own conclusions that either the show should be cancelled, or that—even if it shouldn’t—an extreme call to action would generate more attention to a way-too-frequently overlooked issue (white liberal “wink-wink” racism). I disagreed with that, and I respect their opinions and right to do activism that way. Not “but,” “and.” There’s no contradiction inherent in respecting and disagreeing with someone.
But good grief, you wouldn’t know that from the way the internet’s blown up about it.
And this is why the conversation is so grotesquely stupid. Because the very instant the racist, sexist, hateful, violent backlash against the Asian American woman who started the hashtag began, the conversation should have stopped being about “extremists” and “hysterics” and “professional outrage” or whether there is merit and substance to attention-getting tactics.
If you haven’t been following Suey Park, pop over to her twitter mentions and just skim for a few minutes. Look at how people—presumably Colbert fans, right? The we-can’t-be-racist-we’re-Democrats folks?—are speaking to her. Racist slurs, sexist slurs, threats… violence and anger that are absurdly disproportionate to her “crime” of challenging the practice of giving white liberals a pass on racism. And she’s the out-of-control extremist.
Oh, but that’s “just Twitter,” right? Everyone knows thar’s trolls in them hills? Well okay, if you’re one of those folks who think that communication stops being a human interaction depending on the medium then we’ve got bigger problems, but no, it’s not “just Twitter.” Watch this HuffPost Live interview and see how the white male interviewer speaks to her. [Important note to self: become as impeccably poised and professional as Suey Park.] It’s a beautiful lesson in derailment: he ignores everything she says, refuses to move the conversation forward, demands she explain things she’s already explained, pretends she doesn’t understand what a joke is… He friggin’ calls her stupid! A guest on his show! And then whines with his friend afterward about what a bully she is.
But what’s the dismissal this time, that HuffPost Live is just a web show no one watches? How about a blog news network with an estimated 15 million unique visits per month? Oh yes friends, I do mean the Gawker network. Jezebel, true to form, ran a patronizing, whitesplaining article about how women of color need to calm down, not be so angry and over the top, not take every little thing so personally—in short, another classic example of how to derail an issue of racism into an issue of white people giving advice about the Right Way to put up with racism.
But wait! There’s even more, and it’s even worse. The same day, Deadspin ran an article with the headline, “G—s Don’t Get R—s Joke.”
I know, it’s like Wheel of Fortune in here with all these missing letters, but it is my damn blog and I will not be repeating those words here. If you’d like to solve the puzzle, that’s a slur for Asian people and the slur for the people of the First Nations currently used as the Washington football team name. Printed in the headline of one of the most popular sites on the internet. Because it’s a joke.
Because it’s such a hilarious fucking joke.
Until someone you’ve made the butt of that joke calls you out on it—then the “I’m not actually racist, I’m just joking about being racist” mask falls, and the gale of latent entitlement, superiority, and dominance blows full force.
At which point, after Ms. Park has clearly demonstrated that racism against Asian Americans is alive and well, how can your problem be with her tone? Continuing to make the conversation about her and her strategy of getting the internet’s attention, after all this, serves only as rationalization for abusers.
The conversation about whether Ms. Park is “histrionic” or whether her “over-the-top demands” are “divisive” and “counter-productive” is so, so, so, so not the point. It’s not the point. If you don’t care about the racism she and the broader community have faced in the purported defense of “satire” then you, my friend, are the divisive and counter-productive one. If you can look at this issue, at how this has played out in the real world in 2014 America, and think that Suey Park is the problem, then I do not know how to find common ground with you on this topic. I think that position is abhorrent.
It’s wrong to prioritize critique of the tone and tactics of oppressed groups challenging oppression, over challenging oppression. It’s wrong to think that someone’s tone or tactics justify the actions of the real histrionic extremists here: the white supremacist infants throwing tantrums about their right to dictate what is and isn’t racist. It’s wrong that comfortably observing and pointing fingers at what women of color are doing wrong whilst calling for “reason” from a cozy white tower of privilege is what passes for the sane middle ground.
I keep hearing this “just a joke” thing, as if I don’t understand that the point of Colbert’s bit or even the Deadspin headline is to use hyperbole to make a point. I know that it’s to get a rise. But if it’s so cool and edgy and satirical to make an over-the-top exaggerated display of a point of view you don’t agree with in order to highlight absurdity, then remind me why Suey Park is getting slammed with abuse for doing… exactly that?
The entire conversation is disheartening and embarrassing, but not for the reasons y’all seem to think.