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What I Learned About Racism as the Only Chinese Person at a 'Chinese' Festival - VICE
But how devaluing is it when a whole city celebrates their perception of Chinese culture? Calling themselves Chinese, having a Chinese landmark in their town, and regularly receiving guests from China?

In Dietfurt, I learned that intent and appreciation play a role in all of this. To me, there's a big difference between people who put on yellowface or wear a clumsy outfit, and those who show a genuine interest in Chinese culture. The qipao and changshan are traditional Chinese garments that aren't worn much anymore in modern China. Cultural appropriation? Maybe. But it's somewhat touching to see some people in Dietfurt more concerned with "my culture" than I am.

Yes, considerable portions of Dietfurt's Chinese carnival are racist, but that doesn't reflect on everyone taking part. I was welcomed warmly during the festivities—as a Chinese person, and as a human being in general. The racism I experienced didn't necessarily come from the people dressing up in awkward cultural cliches. It came from the people—often visitors from outside of town—who couldn't or didn't want to distinguish between what's fake Chinese and what's genuinely Chinese.
china  cultural-appropriation  race  racism  germany 
march 2019 by StJohnBosco
Performing Blackness Won't Fill Our Asian-American Culture Deficit [OP-ED] | Colorlines
these performances demonstrate a cultural deficit that we yearn to fill. Because of the relative newness of “Asian American” as a unifying identity and the heterogeneous nature of Asian America, we—East, Southeast and South Asian Americans—have not built a cohesive and rich culture that is distinct from Blackness, Whiteness and our families’ home countries in Asia.

This cultural emptiness is what makes us look to the cloak of Black American cool, to swaddle ourselves in a rich culture that feels American, but not White. When I tweeted about Asian American’s appropriation of Black American culture, the overwhelming negative responses I received from Asian Americans were evidence of this exact phenomenon.
asian-american  cultural-appropriation  black  race  racism 
september 2018 by StJohnBosco
I Blame Chris Brown
A somewhat famous white guy who goes by Lil Dicky released a music video, called “Freaky Friday,” that he wrote and stars in alongside and a much more famous black guy, Chris Brown.
In this music video, the white guy makes a big show of saying the word “nigga,” repeatedly and with abandon, to himself and others.
In an oh-so-clever turn, the white guy drops these percussive “niggas” only after a mystical old Asian guy has swapped his mind into the body of the black guy, making the white guy saying “nigga” A-OK, since he did so when inhabiting the black guy’s body. Get it? Hilarious, right?
To quote the offending passage: “Wonder if I can say the n-word (wait for real?) / Wait, can I really say the n-word? / What up, my nigga? (woo) What up, my nigga? / Big ups, my nigga, we up, my nigga / You pussy ass nigga, man, fuck y’all niggas / ‘Cause I’m that nigga, nigga, nigga, nigga / I’m that nigga!”
race  racism  white-people  whiteness  n-word  african-american  hiphop  comedy  black 
march 2018 by StJohnBosco
How Colin Kaepernick statistically compares to all NFL quarterbacks - Washington Post
Here's how the 2016 performance of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback compares to the league’s signal callers so far this season, using a stat called adjusted net yards per attempt. We’re looking at QBs that qualify for passing leaderboards, meaning they’re averaging 14 pass attempts for each game their team has played (on pace for 224 attempts on the season).
Among qualified quarterbacks, 13 are worse than Kaepernick, 5 are about the same (plus or minus 0.35 ANY/A) and 14 are better.

ANY/A is a tweak on yards per attempt that gives QBs credit for throwing touchdowns and penalizes them for interceptions and sacks. It’s calculated as: (yards + 20 * TD - 45 * interceptions - sack yards) / (attempts + sacks).
Having a capable starter under center in the NFL is a requirement for success, and adjusted net yards per attempt is one of the best measurements available for QB passing performance. It correlates more closely with winning than either traditional passer rating or yards per attempt.
kaepernick  football  racism  race  african-american  black-lives-matter 
october 2017 by StJohnBosco
Minnesotans want to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus with Prince
“Across the nation, city governments are choosing to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners, and those who threatened the livelihood of Black people. Here in Minnesota, communities are reigniting the demand to bring down state’s monument to Christopher Columbus, a man who murdered, raped and enslaved Black and Native peoples in the Americas. We, the undersigned, do not believe that Columbus represents the values Minnesotans carry. Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish Black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspirational,” the petition’s description read.
fandom  to-teach  colonialism  statues  celebrity  race  racism  activism 
september 2017 by StJohnBosco
Fiction Writer Is Being Accused of Weaving a Breathtaking Web of Questionable Achievements 
Praise for journalist Rich Smith’s article on The Stranger, “Meet John Smelcer, Native American Literature’s ‘Living Con Job’”: a profile of a fiction writer who starting claiming a strong Alaskan Native identity as early as 1994 and then appears to have run with a twenty-five-year string of inflated credentials and biographical details so elaborate that the resulting tale itself should be up for an award.

I don’t want to give the whole story away because it is an outstanding mystery with twists and turns best revealed in small doses throughout the narrative. But here is what the literary world is upset about right now:
american-indian  race  ethnicity  writers  authors  publishing  scandal  hoax  racism  con 
august 2017 by StJohnBosco
Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The Tale of A Progressive Professor Who Forgot To Hide Her…
My Professor lost her mind, yes. But I believe her actions speak to a much larger issue at hand: all too often, we see “allies” claiming to be progressive feminists but proving the opposite when they attempt to stifle the voices of women of color when their ally-ship is questioned or challenged. It’s generally difficult to have honest conversations with white people about race and privilege, but it’s especially difficult when they identify themselves as an “ally” and have invested parts of their identity in the belief that they are “not racist.” Most people are able to go down their checklist and check off that they have a handful of Black friends, have never committed a hate crime, and don’t use the word nigger (~unless it’s nigga and it’s in a rap song~). So when Black people challenge white people to use their privilege or voice to do more for people of color, white people, often times, get defensive because they do not view themselves as part of the problem.
racism  higher-ed  black  african-american  slavery 
june 2017 by StJohnBosco
Princeton researchers discover why AI become racist and sexist | Ars Technica
n a recent paper for Science about their work, the researchers say the implications are far-reaching. "Our findings are also sure to contribute to the debate concerning the Sapir Whorf hypothesis," they write. "Our work suggests that behavior can be driven by cultural history embedded in a term’s historic use. Such histories can evidently vary between languages." If you watched the movie Arrival, you've probably heard of Sapir Whorf—it's the hypothesis that language shapes consciousness. Now we have an algorithm that suggests this may be true, at least when it comes to stereotypes.
AI  bias  racism  Sexism  internet  language  technology 
april 2017 by StJohnBosco
When White People Profit Off Of Black Pain | The Huffington Post
Empathy has its place. But a black mother’s decision to share the image of her battered child with the world is very different than a white artist’s decision to reflect on that pain and trauma by recreating it. Did Dana Shutz ever stop to think she was literally taking ownership of the young Emmet Till’s body for her own gain? 

For many black folk, white empathy means little if it doesn’t come with positive, intentional action that centers and amplifies the voices of the oppressed. White empathy rarely translates to justice, or the restructuring of the institutional horrors that result in the deaths of black people every day. 

This is why black artists, art lovers and activists are now speaking out. On March 17, artist Parker Bright showed up at the Whitney Biennial to protest the painting. Wearing a T-shirt that had “Black Death Spectacle” written on it in big bold letters, Bright stood in front of Shutz’s painting, obstructing it from view, until the museum’s closing. 
race  racism  empathy  appropriation  white-people 
march 2017 by StJohnBosco
4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump – Medium
Also like adolescent boys, 4chan users were deeply sensitive and guarded. They disguised their own sensitivity (namely, their fear that they would be, “forever alone”) by extreme insensitivity. The rules, like everything else, were always half in jest. Everything had to be a done with at least a twinkle of winking irony. This was an escape route, a way of never having to admit to your peers that you were in fact expressing something from your heart, in other words — that you were indeed vulnerable. No matter what a user did or said, he could always say it was “for the lulz” (lols). Like (by comparison the tame and sophisticated precursor) “Something Awful” board that spawned it, 4chan defined itself by being insensitive to suffering in that way only people who have never really suffered can — that is to say, young people, mostly young men, protected by a cloak of anonymity. The accepted standard was a sort of libertarian “free speech” banner, in which isolated man-boys asserted their right to do or say anything no matter someone else’s feelings. This meant generally posting pornography, swastikas, racial slurs, and content that reveled in harm to other people.
trump  trolls  internet  alt-right  racism  misogyny 
march 2017 by StJohnBosco
Morrissey is selling racist t-shirts because he is a fucking idiot
Morrissey will soon be selling a t-shirt with James Baldwin’s face on it that quotes “I wear black on the outside because black is how I feel on the inside” from The Smiths’ ‘Unloveable’. Moz’s admiration for Baldwin has been detailed before. You’d think, you’d think that because of this fandom that Morrissey would know this is a completely bone-headed, absurdly tone deaf, pretty much totally racist t-shirt design, right?
morrissey  baldwin  racism 
march 2017 by StJohnBosco
Second presidential debate: Linguistics explains why Donald Trump sounds racist ...
ΓÇ£TheΓÇ¥ makes the group seem like itΓÇÖs a large, uniform mass, rather than a diverse group of individuals. This is the key to ΓÇ£othering:ΓÇ¥ treating people from another group as less human than oneΓÇÖs own group. The Nazis did it when they talked about die Juden (ΓÇ£the JewsΓÇ¥). Homophobes do it when they talk about ΓÇ£the gays.ΓÇ¥ In my research on British and American cultural relations, IΓÇÖve found that British writersΓÇÖ views on American English are a good predictor of whether theyΓÇÖll write ΓÇ£Americans say it that wayΓÇ¥ or ΓÇ£The Americans say it that way.ΓÇ¥ Those who feel that American English threatens British English use ΓÇ£theΓÇ¥ to hold Americans at armΓÇÖs length... The difference is that when Clinton talks about the Russians, the Syrians, the Iranians, and the Kurds, sheΓÇÖs talking about governments or military groups, not everyone of that particular nationality. TrumpΓÇÖs use of the African-Americans and the Latinos feels different.
language  racism  othering  bigotry  trump  Delicious 
october 2016 by StJohnBosco
Why the Media Didn't Bother to Verify if Hillary Clinton's Remark About Half of ...
It is easy enough to look into ClintonΓÇÖs claim and verify it or falsify it. The numbers are all around us. And the story need not end there. A curious journalist might ask what those numbers mean, or even push further, and ask what it means that the ranks of the Democratic Party are not totally free of their own deplorables. Instead what followed was not journalism but, as Jamelle Bouie accurately dubbed it, ΓÇ£theater criticism.ΓÇ¥ Fournier and BlakeΓÇÖs revulsion at the thought that some 20 percent of the country, in some fashion, fit into that basket is illustrative. Neither made any apparent attempt to investigate the claim. No polling data appears in either piece and no reasons are given for why the estimate is untrue. It simply canΓÇÖt be trueΓÇöeven if the data says that it actually is.
trump  racism  bigotry  journalism  media  reporting  bias  Delicious 
october 2016 by StJohnBosco
All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds? : Code Switch : NP...
But let's be real: When it comes to how people describe themselves, most of us are more likely to take cues from celebrities and public figures than from painstakingly titled scholarly journals. Rihanna, Drake, Key and Peele and Shemar Moore have all used the term "biracial" to self-identify. Barack Obama, ever tongue-in-cheek, likes to throw around mongrel and mutt. Slash, Nicole Richie and Trevor Noah have used "mixed." Author Mat Johnson, whose 2015 novel Loving Day centers heavily on mixed race identity, has reclaimed "mulatto" as his identifier of choice.
In fact, according to Pew Social Trends, 61 percent of adults with a mixed racial background don't consider themselves multiracial. Lots of people adjust how they describe themselves according to the situation.
race  language  multiracial  bi-racial  slang  racism  Delicious 
august 2016 by StJohnBosco
4 Reasons 'People of Color' Isn't Always the Best Choice of Words ΓÇö Everyday Fem...
In an effort to raise awareness without fully understanding the implications of how to incorporate a better foundation for equitable solutions, weΓÇÖre contributing to the same system by handing it another tool. Ironically, the trap of people of color can be permitted by the very people who identify as such ΓÇô mainly by non-Black people of color, who in their efforts to raise awareness against oppression, continue to rely on exploitation and subconscious violence rooted in language. Lately, language has pushed to better encompass the sensitivity and awareness needed to navigate within racial identity and ethnicity. But the term people of color ΓÇô an umbrella term used to encompass everyone who identifies as someone from a non-white background ΓÇô can be the easiest way for us to fall in the trap of ΓÇ£one size fits allΓÇ¥ thinking. And whatΓÇÖs worse, the term people of color can contribute to the violence that specific communities face every day in a white supremacist society.
people-of-color  language  language-police  race  racism  nuance  Delicious 
august 2016 by StJohnBosco
For KanyeΓÇÖs Collaborator, People Are the Palette -- The Cut
Beecroft was raised by a stern, complicated Italian mother in Santa Margherita di Ligure and Lake Garda in a strictly vegan, Waldorfian style, a world Beecroft describes as a little bit harsh and wholly matriarchal. The women followed a macrobiotic diet and practiced avid disdain for carnivores, protein, anything deemed too masculine. ΓÇ£We used to call our neighbors ΓÇÿcage people,ΓÇÖ ΓÇ¥ she says, ΓÇ£because they were eating meat.ΓÇ¥ Her father, whom her mother had met as a student in Genoa, lived in the English countryside and shared their Luddite tendencies but not much else. ΓÇ£He was very against the contemporary world,ΓÇ¥ Beecroft says. ΓÇ£He was completely radical. He drove old cars and smoked cigarettes, and he had a tweed jacket, white sneakers, tight pants, coconut oil. I really loved this. People say, ΓÇÿHow can you like him if he caused so much trouble to you and never helped?,ΓÇÖ but I still like him better than actors in movies.ΓÇ¥ SheΓÇÖd pore over the rare letter heΓÇÖd send, each with impeccable
race  racism  cultural-appropriation  bodies  performance  art  kanye  black  african-american  abuse  feminism  intentional-communities  fucked-up-people  Delicious 
august 2016 by StJohnBosco
Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People | Moth...
When you ask why such "bad" cops are nevertheless armed and allowed to patrol the streets, one begins to see that lurking beneath this violence is a fiscal menace: police departments forced to assist city officials in raising revenue, in many cases funding their own salariesΓÇöredirecting the very concept of keeping the peace into underwriting the budget.... In 2010, this collaboration between the Ferguson police and the courts generated $1.4 million in income for the city. This year, they will more than double that amountΓÇö$3.1 millionΓÇöproviding nearly a quarter of the city's $13 million budget, almost all of it extracted from its poorest African American citizens.
racism  policing  police-state  austerity  neoliberalism  inequality  ferguson  violence  Delicious 
july 2016 by StJohnBosco
Jews Are Still the Biggest Target of Religious Hate Crimes - News ΓÇô
A significant number of the anti-Jewish hate crimes ΓÇô 451 ΓÇô consisted of vandalism or some other type of property damage. The numbers for more serious offenses against Jews were roughly the same as for more serious offenses against Muslims. There were more aggravated assaults and robberies committed against Muslims, and more simple assaults, intimidations, burglaries, thefts, and arson offenses against Jews. There were no reported hate crime murders of Muslims last year.
If you take the FBI statistics at face value, there were also no murders targeting Jews last year. But in fact, the report omitted three shocking anti-Jewish murders during this period.
hate-crime  statistics  anti-Semitism  racism  homophobia  bigotry  hate  crime  Delicious 
june 2016 by StJohnBosco
Take Two | 80 percent of LGBT people killed are minorities | 89.3 KPCC
ItΓÇÖs important to acknowledge the purpose of these assignments, which seems to be to get the students, first, to understand and apply terms and concepts correctly, secondly, to pay thoughtful attention to the experience and uses of music (at a concert, in education), and only finally, to compose analytic, argumentative papers. In my opinion, more emphasis could be placed on argument and analysis without sacrificing too much of the first two, which are important to preserve.
lgbt  queer  people-of-color  race  racism  violence  murder  hate  hate-crime  statistics  intersectionality  Delicious 
june 2016 by StJohnBosco
My 'Oriental' Father: On The Words We Use To Describe Ourselves : Code Switch : ...
Looking back, I've always tried to get my dad to stop using "Oriental" for a slew of reasons. Some have to do with high-minded righteousness, but mostly I've always worried that as long as he keeps using it, it'll be acceptable for others to feel that way about him ΓÇö as someone, or something, inextricably foreign, unable to ever truly belong. But even if my dad never utters that word again, and even if my generation of Asian-Americans rejected it from the start, we can't dislodge it from everyone else's minds. We can wish and wish and wish for someone to change. We can think that by using this word, and not that, or dressing differently, having different tastes, they can make things better or easier for themselves ΓÇö and by extension, us. But all that wishing won't matter if the rest of the world refuses to bend.
language  race  racism  asian-american  asian  identity  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Why we never use the phrase "communities of color" | Anti-Discrimination Center
those who use the phrase are often quite un-self-conscious about effectively claiming that all members of a racial or ethnic group think one way or want one thing. It is somehow easier to say ΓÇ£the Latino community believesΓÇ¥ or ΓÇ£communities of color believeΓÇ¥ than to assert ΓÇ£Latinos think that.ΓÇ¥ Indeed, it would be a useful exercise ΓÇö whenever someone is using the ΓÇ£communities of colorΓÇ¥ locution ΓÇö to think, ΓÇ£Do I really want to be saying that all Latinos [or all African-Americans or Asians] believe X or Y?ΓÇ¥ Very often, the more accurate thing to say is that ΓÇ£mostΓÇ¥ or ΓÇ£someΓÇ¥ of a group believe something. Third, the phrase ΓÇ£communities of colorΓÇ¥ is frequently intended to connote agreement across race or class lines when no such agreement or consensus exists. That may have some transient appeal, but it does not create a durable coalition, and it causes the credibility of civil rights activists to suffer.
race  diversity  racism  activism  activists  people-of-color  language  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Gandhi Was a Racist Who Forced Young Girls to Sleep in Bed with Him | Broadly
These are the mental gymnastics we engage in when we're eager to mythologize. The vile traits Gandhi exhibited persist in Indian society at large today—virulent anti-blackness, a blasé disregard for women's bodies, careful myopia around the piss-poor treatment of Dalits. It's not a coincidence that these very strains of Gandhi's rhetoric have been stamped out of his legacy.
heroes  india  racism  misogyny  class  leftists  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Why Have So Many People Never Heard Of The MOVE Bombing? : Code Switch : NPR
She thinks the reason was ideological: MOVE's quasi-Rastafarian, anti-technology, pro-animal-rights worldview doesn't neatly fit on any part of the political spectrum, while other militant groups she has studied had some degree of overlap. And you can't lump MOVE in with other black power movements of the time, either; black radical groups often bristled at their tactics. In the universe of violent fringe movements that ended in deadly mayhem, MOVE occupies a lonely branch. To some degree, maybe this helps explain why the story of MOVE isn't better known: If few people feel like your ideological kin, few people feel cause to carry your torch. Wagner-Pacifici also traces this relative obscurity back to the players involved. Unlike other fringe groups she has studied, MOVE's final confrontation wasn't with a big federal agency like the FBI or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. They clashed with local Philly cops and some state police.
militants  militia  philadelphia  policing  police-state  violence  history  memory  rastafarian  black  african-american  racism  black-nationalist  race  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bomb...
My mother had grown up in Rizzo's Philadelphia, and when we talked this spring she told me that he was essentially the reason I got The Talk when I was growing up, why she always freaked out during my teenage years if I was out late at night and hadn't called to check in. That's why she could never have considered voting for Rizzo, even if it meant supporting the incumbent mayor who had firebombed a black neighborhood. Goode won in 1986, but by the slimmest of margins: 51 percent for him, and 49 percent for Rizzo. Clearly, my mom wasn't the only black Philadelphian with a weird ambivalence toward MOVE. I remember picking up on that sentiment from other adults as a kid: On the one hand, there were the older folks who outright called the group dirty and weird. But then you'd also see signs reading "Free The MOVE 9" at any big-enough black cultural festival in the city.
racism  race  philadelphia  policing  police-state  black  african-american  black-nationalist  intentional-communities  cults  militants  rastafarian  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
The Secret History Of The Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth - Bu...
There are precious few testimonies from former slaves forced into Confederate service. Within the thousands of records in the Federal WritersΓÇÖ Project Slave Narratives ΓÇö a New Deal project that sent white and black writers into the South to gather stories of Civil WarΓÇôera life ΓÇö BuzzFeed News found only a handful of interviews with former slaves forced to labor for the Confederacy. But itΓÇÖs difficult to know exactly what the freedmen thought, because even where they appear to speak freely, their words may be shaped by their perception of what their mostly white interviewers wanted to hear.
ΓÇ£Lots of old slaves closes the door before they tell the truth about their days of slavery,ΓÇ¥ said Martin Jackson, who was brought to war by his master. ΓÇ£When the door is open, they tell how kind their masters was and how rosy it was. You canΓÇÖt blame them for this, because they had plenty of early discipline, making them cautious about saying anything uncomplimentary about their masters.ΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£My memories
slavery  civil-war  USA  history  the-south  race  racism  african-american  black  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
How did 'Space Raptor Butt Invasion' by Chuck Tingle become a Hugo finalist? - L...
Rabid Puppies leader Vox Day, a self-described libertarian, has criticized best-selling science fiction writer N.K. Jemisin, who is black, as an "ignorant half-savage," writing, "Unlike the white males she excoriates, there is no evidence to be found anywhere on the planet that a society of NK Jemisins is capable of building an advanced civilization, or even successfully maintaining one without significant external support from those white males."
George R.R. Martin has criticized both the puppies' agenda and their aesthetic. ΓÇ£When the Hugo ballot came out last year, it was not just a right-wing ballot, it was a bad ballot"
It seems clear that Day expected Tingle's nomination to outrage his critics, but it doesn't appear to have worked ΓÇöTingle is a popular figure among a wide range of readers
Day, who calls himself "Supreme Dark Lord, Evil Legion of Evil," wasted no time in gloating. A news release sent by Day reads in part: "'I'm not even remotely surprised to learn that the Rabid Pu
sci-fi  gamergate  right-wing  racism  misogyny  trolls  erotica  porn  queer  hugo-awards  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Chuck Tingle counter-trolls the Gamergaters who nominated his erotica for a Hugo...
Chuck Tingle is the Internet's most beloved author of bizarre niche erotica, perhaps best known for his masterwork Pounded in the Butt by My Own Butt. The Hugo Awards are a formerly prestigious sci-fi honor, hijacked in recent years by racist neoreactionaries and Gamergaters aiming to Make Science Fiction Not Diverse Again. This is a little story about what happened when the two of them collided this month, and Tingle gave these conservative forces a divine metaphorical butt-pounding. To understand how truly beautiful, how truly masterful Tingle's trolling is, you're going to need a little background information. In 2014 and 2015, two groups calling themselves the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies decided to fight back against what they saw as the forced inclusion of women and minorities in stories that they believed should be exclusively about cool spaceships. Their strategy was to create a "slate" of recommended candidates for the Hugo Awards and rally their supporters to vote for
gamergate  trolls  right-wing  sci-fi  geek  hugo-awards  erotica  porn  queer  racism  misogyny  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Forgotten Latino Urban Riots and Why They Can Happen Again
This year marks the 45th and 50th anniversaries of at least 17 Latino urban riots. These incidents have happened at least 57 times since 1964, but they are remembered in isolation. Preserving this history is crucial because the issues that sparked them, such as municipal neglect, discrimination and poverty, still exist in many communities around the country. Sadly American political culture portrays Latinos as recent arrivals, which makes it appear that these issues are temporary.
Most Americans are unaware of Latino urban riots because they fall outside of the black-white binary.
Latino riots occurred mostly in the 1970s, and they continued well into the early 1990s. Over two-thirds of them were in Puerto Rican communities. They occurred in major cities and in communities as small as Coachella, California, which had about 9,000 residents in 1970. Rioting broke out mostly in the Northeast. New Jersey had the most with 17 incidents.
latino  riots  USA  history  politics  protest  immigration  racism  race  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Yes, Beyoncé is a “real artist”: Stop challenging the authenticity of her work -...
And as I considered the many components of ΓÇ£Lemonade,ΓÇ¥ it occurred to me that the album is a sculpture of rhythms, sentiments and texturesΓÇöas well as disparate artists, sonic approaches and erasΓÇöin a way thatΓÇÖs akin to Beastie BoysΓÇÖ ΓÇ£PaulΓÇÖs Boutique,ΓÇ¥ a groundbreaking record cobbled together via samples. Over the weekend, a writing colleague noted the same thing, and then went one step further, with a pointed tweet referencing other pioneering cut-and-paste albums: ΓÇ£If you feel ΓÇÿLemonadeΓÇÖ has too many contributors, surrender your copies of ΓÇÿPaulΓÇÖs Boutique,ΓÇÖ [DJ ShadowΓÇÖs] ΓÇÿEndtroducingΓÇÖ & [Public EnemyΓÇÖs] ΓÇÿIt Takes a Nation of Millions [To Hold Us Back]ΓÇÖ now.ΓÇ¥ The idea of pastiche is central to the success of this trio of albums, the core tenet that makes them innovative and laudable. ThatΓÇÖs also the case with ΓÇ£Lemonade,ΓÇ¥ whose well-publicized indie rock songwriting credits are only a miniscule part of the recordΓÇÖs overall breadth and depth. In fact, the YouTube clip for cult act Kalei
Beyonc├⌐  pop  music  music-journalism  rockism  sexism  racism  sampling  creativity  originality  Delicious 
april 2016 by StJohnBosco
Beyoncé's Lemonade is about much more than Jay Z and infidelity | Ijeoma Oluo | ...
Lemonade is about the love that black women have ΓÇô the love that threatens to kill us, makes us crazy and makes us stronger than we should ever have to be. We are the women left behind. We are the women who have cared for other womenΓÇÖs children while ours were taken away. We are the women who work two jobs when companies wonΓÇÖt hire our men. We are the women caring for grandchildren as our sons are taken by the prison industrial complex. We are the women who march in the streets and are never marched for. We are the women expected to never air our grievances in public. We are the women expected to stay loyal to our men by staying silent through abuse and infidelity. We are the women who clean the blood of our men and boys from the streets. We are the women who gather their belongings from the police station. When our love and commitment and struggle is met with disregard and disloyalty, we are not expected to be angry. A black woman who shows her anger is quickly scorned. ΓÇ£Black men
black-women  women  black  african-american  race  racism  sexism  misogyny  Beyonc├⌐  pop  celebrity  Delicious 
april 2016 by StJohnBosco
How Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Reclaims Rock's Black Female Legacy | Rolling Stone
The presence of black women in the mainstream performing rock is an act of reclamation, especially at a time when the genre's clout on radio and the charts is severely diminished. Beyoncé's choice to not only work with White, a forerunner of the movement to bring back blues-rock in the new millennium, as well as sample Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks," which was itself a reworked version of a song by black Delta blues artists Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, is a shrewd statement on the genre's complex lineage. She re-appropriates a hard-rock version of a blues classic that gained more traction and recognition than the original, while teaming up with the new standard bearer for the intermingling of blues and rock. Even while in Destiny's Child, Beyoncé toyed with white rock samples. The girl group's single "Bootylicious" famously interpolates Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen," while 1999's "Bug a Boo" samples Toto's "Child's Anthem." On Lemonade, she samples various new-mill
Beyonc├⌐  rock'n'roll  pop  music  black  african-american  race  racism  gender  sexism  misogyny  women  black-women  Delicious 
april 2016 by StJohnBosco
A Black Ass Nightmare: My Four Years at Northwestern ΓÇô Blackboard Magazine
The year I struggled and subsequently failed to convince my white peers to work on my film sets.
The year Darren Wilson was not indicted. We grieved collectively in Harris Hall that night, only to wake up to angry Daily articles about white studentsΓÇÖ journalistic rights being infringed upon.
The year a white TA demanded I find sources and cite my personal experiences as a Black woman in a sociology course exploring the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The year I watched students of color rise up and fight for divestment ΓÇö and win.
The year I fantasized about who I wouldΓÇÖve been at Spelman or Howard.
The year I admitted to myself that college would not be the best four years of my life.

Senior Year The year I gave up.
Admittedly, my spirit of activism and hope had been squelched. I took Northwestern for what is was and always will be ΓÇô a colonial settler institution.
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april 2016 by StJohnBosco
Why Do the Japanese Draw Themselves as White? - Sociological Images
As it turns out, that is an American opinion, not a Japanese one. The Japanese see anime characters as being Japanese. It is Americans who think they are white. Why? Because to them white is the Default Human Being.
If I draw a stick figure, most Americans will assume that it is a white man. Because to them that is the Default Human Being. For them to think it is a woman I have to add a dress or long hair; for Asian, I have to add slanted eyes; for black, I add kinky hair or brown skin. Etc.
The Other has to be marked. If there are no stereotyped markings of otherness, then white is assumed.
Americans apply this thinking to Japanese drawings. But to the Japanese the Default Human Being is Japanese! So they feel no need to make their characters ΓÇ£look AsianΓÇ¥. They just have to make them look like people and everyone in Japan will assume they are Japanese ΓÇô no matter how improbable their physical appearance.
You see the same thing in America: After all, why do people think Marge Simpson
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april 2016 by StJohnBosco
Feelings Journalism Feeds Off Jessica Williams 'Daily Show' Tweets | New Republi...
The greater problem is ... Not that she claimed to know what's best for Williams, but that she had to project thoughts and feelings onto Williams in order to make her point.
Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which ... involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another personΓÇÖs feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.
This is especially tricky when a white writer projects onto a black one. . . . Gawker pounced, but it felt almost too easy. Looking back on this now, a line from ΓÇ£Broad CityΓÇ¥ comes to mind: ΓÇ£Sometimes, youΓÇÖre so anti-racist that youΓÇÖre actually really racist.ΓÇ¥
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april 2016 by StJohnBosco
10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read | Bustle
I can only remember having two non-white teachers during my time in school. From my early years at underfunded public schools comprised mostly of Black and Latino students to my later years at private schools with largely white student populations, my experience as a Black student learning from white teachers has ranged from incredibly inspiring to incredibly damaging....
Maybe you canΓÇÖt change the whole system, maybe rigid curricula and standardized tests have your hands tied, but, as some of my teachers showed me, reading a book can go a long way. These are some of the books that I wish my white teachers had read.
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april 2016 by StJohnBosco
In Texas, Houston's Bayou Greenways 2020 Parks Project Aims To Meet the Needs of...
In fact, connectivity was ranked last among priorities for black and Latino Houstonians. What do they want for their parks? Not only clean, functioning public bathrooms, but also better lighting to make parks safer at night and better playground equipment thatΓÇÖs not prone to breaking down.
The Rice researchers see the priority gap between the two surveys as an environmental justice issue that calls for more diverse perspectives when it comes to designing public parks.
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april 2016 by StJohnBosco
White resentment is fueling opposition to gun control, researchers say - The Was...
found that whites were significantly less likely to support gun control measures when they had recently looked at pictures of black people, than when they had looked at pictures of white people. The study, which surveyed 1,000 white respondents, also found that the higher they scored on a common measure of racial prejudice, the stronger negative effect the photos of black people had on the respondents' support for gun control. Taken together, those two findings "demonstrate that racial prejudice influences white opinion regarding gun regulation in the contemporary United States,"
Using the language of freedom and individualism in this way "creates this duality between a generic deserving group ΓÇô could be homeowners, students, law-abiding citizens ΓÇô versus the 'special rights' that government is giving to a 'less deserving' group," Filindra explained in an interview.
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april 2016 by StJohnBosco
Donald Trump 2016: Watching My South Fall for Trump - POLITICO Magazine
White Southerners have shown an uncanny ability to compartmentalize: They are increasingly more willing to break bread and work and go to school and pray with members of minority groups even as they are often unwilling to do the hard work necessary to uproot decadeslong racial problems too many of them believe were solved with the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
And black Southerners have shown that same kind of compartmentalization, willing to forgive and even defend the worst racial offenses in an attempt to hate the sin, not the sinner, which in its own way has made further progress harder to come by. Read more:
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april 2016 by StJohnBosco
White Terrorists Kill More Americans than Jihadists
The New America Foundation (NAF), a think tank funded by prominent universities and foundations, has been keeping track of all terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11, and found that not only have white terrorists killed more Americans than jihadists, but attacks by white terrorists are also twice as frequent, with 18 homegrown terror attacks between 2004 and 2015, and just 9 terror attacks rooted in Islamic extremist ideology. To define what constitutes a terrorist, NAF has very specific criteria: The purpose of this database is to provide as much information as possible about American citizens and permanent residents engaged in violent extremist activity as well as individuals, regardless of their citizenship status, living within the United States who have engaged in violent extremist activity. We examine both those individuals motivated by Jihadist ideology, understood as those who worked with or were inspired by al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups, as well as those motivate
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march 2016 by StJohnBosco
If You Think YouΓÇÖre Giving Students of Color a Voice, Get Over Yourself
The idea of ΓÇ£givingΓÇ¥ students voice, especially when it refers to students of color, only serves to reify the dynamic of paternalism that renders Black and Brown students voiceless until some salvific external force gifts them with the privilege to speak. Rather than acknowledge the systemic violences that attempt to silence the rich voices, cultures, and histories that students bring into classrooms, this orientation positions students, and by extension, the communities of students, as eternally in need of institutional sanctioning. I do the work I do for these very reasons. When the young men at Rikers share their work, I am fully intimidated by their uses of extended metaphors, similes, and other literary devices. But all we did was lend them an ear. They woke up like that. We did not give them a voice. We gave them space to be heard. We need educators who are down to create space for the rich identities of their students to thrive, and who are down to be schooled by their students as authorities of their own voices and narratives in the classroom
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march 2016 by StJohnBosco
Women and Minorities Are Penalized for Promoting Diversity -
Much to our surprise, we found that engaging in diversity-valuing behaviors did not benefit any of the executives in terms of how their bosses rated their competence or performance. (We collected these ratings from their 360-degree feedback surveys.) Even more striking, we found that women and nonwhite executives who were reported as frequently engaging in these behaviors were rated much worse by their bosses, in terms of competence and performance ratings, than their female and nonwhite counterparts who did not actively promote balance. For all the talk about how important diversity is within organizations, white and male executives arenΓÇÖt rewarded, career-wise, for engaging in diversity-valuing behavior, and nonwhite and female executives actually get punished for it.
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march 2016 by StJohnBosco
Watching And Reading About White People Having Sex Is My Escape
ThereΓÇÖs an entire realm of activism (which a coterie of writers have built a cottage industry upon) that has a laser-like focus on racial representation and the politics of representation, and this is an important conversation. But for me, and I suspect this is true for others as well, this battle becomes exhausting once itΓÇÖs turned inward. How tiring is it to feel that I must mount these campaigns even in the alleyways and recesses of my own body? I think IΓÇÖm supposed to feel shame about all of this. I do feel a sense of ambivalence, because there are still some things weΓÇÖre not supposed to derive pleasure from, and things weΓÇÖre not supposed to admit, namely that watching and thinking about white people in love and white people having sex is one of the things that makes it easier for me to get through the day.
reparative  porn  erotica  romance-novels  genre-fiction  race  racism  objectification  asian-american  Delicious 
march 2016 by StJohnBosco
Hark! A Vagrant: ΓÇö Most PoC in these paintings are slaves/servants....
You can cover your eyes and throw a tantrum, but the truth stays true, and European history still includes a fascinating, complex, and mind-blowingly diverse cast of human beings throughout all aspects of society. from medieval European imaginings of Jesus To the Virgin Mary to the Gondoliers of Medieval and Renaissance Venice The serfs in Russia The entourage of the Holy Roman Emperor The holiest embodiments of virtue Studies in beauty and grace From champions of military might to diplomatic negotiators of peace From the most sacred to the debauched and profane History is beautiful, and diverse, and full of so much immense possibility that I never really stop being in awe of it. If you canΓÇÖt see the beauty in that, thatΓÇÖs your problem.
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february 2016 by StJohnBosco
Advice to a white professor about mentoring scholars of color (essay)
Professional development training in any area in which they need to excel, such as academic time management, healthy conflict resolution, project planning, grant writing and how bureaucratic functions work on your specific campus. Access to opportunities and networks at your institution (such as research collaborations, connections to relevant centers or institutes, internal funding opportunities, etc.) as well as in their discipline more broadly. Emotional support to manage the typical stresses of the tenure track, the transition into their new identity as a professor and their life in a new geographic location. A social and intellectual community to support their transition and to continue to drive their research agenda forward. Accountability structures for all the aspects of the job that do not have built-in accountability on a daily basis (research and writing) so that the activities that do have built-in accountability (teaching and service) donΓÇÖt overtake their daily schedule.
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february 2016 by StJohnBosco
The ClintonsΓÇÖ sordid race game: No one will say it, but the ClintonsΓÇÖ rise was p...
It may be a generational thing—I was born in 1967—but this is what Hillary and Bill Clinton will always mean to me: Sister Souljah, Ricky Ray Rector, welfare reform, and the crime bill. And beyond—really, behind—all that, the desperate desire to win over white voters by declaring to the American electorate: We are not the Party of Jesse Jackson, we are not the Rainbow Coalition. Many of the liberal journalists who are supporting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy are too young to remember what the Clintons did to American politics and the Democratic Party in the 1990s. But even journalists who are old enough seem to have forgotten just how much the Clintons’ national ascendancy was premised on the repudiation of black voters and black interests. This was a move that was both inspired and applauded by a small but influential group of Beltway journalists and party strategists, who believed making the Democrats a white middle-class party was the only path back to the White House after wanderin
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february 2016 by StJohnBosco
David Bowie: Memories of a China Girl - Los Angeles MysteryLos Angeles Mystery
This album felt like it was a message in a bottle intended just for me. Iggy Pop carried on an illicit affair with KueLan (behind her French boyfriend’s back) and their liaison produced these lyrics that some in this PC world now find unsavory—racist, even.  “I’ll give you television, I’ll give you eyes of blue, I’ll give you a man who wants to rule the world.”  And a case can be made—a case has been made by people far smarter, more skilled than me—to this effect. But I do know that this was a song that my sisters loved and I loved because my sisters loved.  And I do know that the guys they dated in our mostly white upper middle class community probably had “visions of swastikas in their head” and saw them, not so much as Vietnamese, but as Little China Girls.  And I do know that they were probably okay with that up to a certain point, because these man-boys offered something—something that expanded their worlds:  music, experience, knowledge. ... his voice would always be with me—ha
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january 2016 by StJohnBosco
NYC teacher fired for lessons about Central Park Five - NY Daily News
A teacher at an Upper West Side high school was fired for creating a curriculum with lessons about the Central Park Five that administrators feared would ΓÇ£rile upΓÇ¥ black students, according to a new federal lawsuit. English teacher Jeena Lee-Walker said her bosses at the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry urged her in November 2013 to be more ΓÇ£balancedΓÇ¥ in her approach to the racially charged Central Park jogger case that ended with five black and Latino teens being exonerated after spending several years in prison for the attack. They told her the lessons could create little ΓÇ£riots,ΓÇ¥ according to court papers.
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january 2016 by StJohnBosco
I Wrote the Accent: A Black Writer Considers "Urban Romance" - The Toast - The T...
I want to say that certain “Urban” titles are conflating a Black experience with problematic stereotypes, but then again: if these titles are written by Black people for a Black audience, what right does my light-skinned self have to police a narrative thousands of readers have found at least palatably realistic, and often five-star enjoyable? I’d think a lot of these books were tone-deaf and offensive if they were written by white people, but is it possible that the authors write of a much-maligned culture for members of that culture to enjoy? Or are they too at the beck and call of an anonymous white man in Montclair, rendering their products as dubious as mine? I ache a little realizing what I’ve been made to lose in the muddle of my obsessive, is-this-ethical inquiry: the fact that I do love being Black, and believe there is something special and worth capturing of even this broadest definition of my experience.
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january 2016 by StJohnBosco
Decolonise, not Diversify | Media Diversified
The concept of diversity only exists if there is an assumed neutral point from which ΓÇÿothersΓÇÖ are ΓÇÿdiverse.ΓÇÖ Putting aside for now the straight, male, middle-classness of that ΓÇÿneutralΓÇÖ space, its dominant aspect is whiteness. Constructed by a white establishment, the idea of ΓÇÿdiversityΓÇÖ is neo-liberal speak. It is the new corporatized version of multiculturalism. It is about management, efficiency, tick-boxing. As writers of colour, we parrot this idea back, reminding white institutions that they need to increase their diversity; appealing to them to let us in, to give some of us a seat at the table too. To help convince them, institutions are reminded that ΓÇÿdiversityΓÇÖ is actually good for them too, it will help them to make more money.
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december 2015 by StJohnBosco
How White Liberals Used Civil Rights to Create More Prisons | The Nation
 This is the fundamental thesis of Murakawa’s book: legal civil rights and the American carceral state are built on the same conceptions of race, the state and their relationship. As liberals believe that racism is first and foremost a question of individual bias, they imagine racism can be overcome by removing the discretion of (potentially racist) individuals within government through a set of well-crafted laws and rules. If obviously discriminatory laws can be struck down, and judges, statesmen or administrators aren’t allowed to give reign to their racism, then the system should achieve racially just outcomes. But even putting aside the fact that a removal of individual discretion is impossible, such a conception of “fairness” applies just as easily to producing sentencing minimums as school desegregation.
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december 2015 by StJohnBosco
Teacher Evaluations Could Be Hurting Faculty Diversity at Universities - NYTimes...
Recent college student protests calling for increased faculty diversity left people wondering why there arenΓÇÖt more fulltime faculty of color in our universities. One reason may be that faculty of color are not retained at the same rate as their white counterparts,and bias in student teaching evaluations could be contributing to that disparity. A public example of student evaluation of college teaching can be found on Rate My Professors.
student-evaluations  diversity  racism  sexism  higher-ed  college  universities  Delicious 
december 2015 by StJohnBosco
Why Do Men Kill Trans Women? Gender Theorist Judith Butler Explains | Broadly
Judith Butler: It is true that we have seen a clear increase in media attention to trans people and trans issues, but we have also seen a backlash. It may be that the proliferating signs of greater acceptance stoke those who are transphobic, so that there is now a kind of war between the move to acceptance and the move to consolidate violent exclusion or debasement of trans people. But I think we also have to take note of the limits of media attention. We have seen, for instance, how the election of the nation's first black president coincided with a worsening economic situation for black people, so media attention is hardly enough to secure concrete equality. The situation of trans people of color is more precarious as a result. It is always possible to be an object of public fascination or a visual icon of trans life that cisgendered people want to consume visually at the same time that the legal and economic situation for trans people remains bad, or worsens. There is a long histor
trans  intersectionality  trans-of-color  racism  violence  murder  masculinity  men  sex-work  policing  theory  judith-butler  Delicious 
december 2015 by StJohnBosco
Connecting the disconnected: when South Asians accuse East Africans of cultural ...
At the core of the debate were headpieces, henna paintings, clothing, ear chains and necklaces worn by women in East Africa and elsewhere that South Asians claimed as theirs. Conversations about cultural appropriation have since few years been on the rise but have, for obvious reasons, mainly focused on how white cultures appropriate those of people of colour. Debates between people of colour have largely been sidelined to Twitter, Tumblr and other social media conversations. YonisΓÇÖs tweets struck a nerve and were shared by thousands, predominately Black Twitter. She argued that most accusations of cultural theft made by South Asians against Africans are expressions of widespread anti-black racism amongst South Asian communities. And she is right. When South Asians accuse East Africans of cultural appropriation, it is less about cultural relations or power dynamics at play. ItΓÇÖs about brownness and blackness. It boils down to a question of race-relations and border demarcations. Such
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december 2015 by StJohnBosco
Ex NYPD Cop Admits 'We Planted Evidence, Framed Innocent People' All For Arrest ...
ItΓÇÖs not your imagination: the New York Police Department has been planing evidence and framing innocent people all in order to meet arrest quotes. This comes as an a former New York City narcotics detective, Stephen Anderson, testified in court that the NYPD routinely plants drugs on innocent people. He described this as a ΓÇ£common practice,ΓÇ¥ a ΓÇ£quick and easyΓÇ¥ way for officers to reach arrest quotas. The practice is known among NYPD cops as ΓÇ£flaking.ΓÇ¥ Anderson was busted, along with four other officers, ΓÇ£flakingΓÇ¥ four men in Queens back in 2008. He has cooperated with prosecutors, and is admitting that far from a few ΓÇ£bad apples,ΓÇ¥ this is the modus operandi of the NYPD. ΓÇ£ItΓÇÖs almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, theyΓÇÖre going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.ΓÇ¥ The NYPD arrested over 50,000 people last year for low-level marijuana offenses. As it turns out 86% of them are African American and
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december 2015 by StJohnBosco
Sally Kohn: Affirmative Action Helps White Women More Than Others |
While people of color, individually and as groups, have been helped by affirmative action in the subsequent years, data and studies suggest women — white women in particular — have benefited disproportionately. According to one study, in 1995, 6 million women, the majority of whom were white, had jobs they wouldn’t have otherwise held but for affirmative action. Another study shows that women made greater gains in employment at companies that do business with the federal government, which are therefore subject to federal affirmative-action requirements, than in other companies — with female employment rising 15.2% at federal contractors but only 2.2% elsewhere. And the women working for federal-contractor companies also held higher positions and were paid better. Even in the private sector, the advancements of white women eclipse those of people of color. After IBM established its own affirmative-action program, the numbers of women in management positions more than tripled in less
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december 2015 by StJohnBosco
Discrimination by Airbnb Hosts Is Widespread, Report Says - The New York Times
A working paper by three Harvard researchers found ΓÇ£widespread discriminationΓÇ¥ by hosts against people with black-sounding names seeking rentals. Fictional guests set up by the researchers with names like Lakisha or Rasheed were roughly 16 percent less likely to be accepted than identical guests with names like Brent or Kristen. Last July, the researchers sent housing requests to roughly 6,400 hosts across five cities: Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Washington. Renters with names that sounded African-American got a positive reply about 42 percent of the time, compared with roughly 50 percent for white guests. The results ΓÇ£are remarkably persistent,ΓÇ¥ the researchers wrote, with whites discriminating against blacks, blacks discriminating against blacks, and both male and female users displaying bias. The authors suggested the solution is simple: DonΓÇÖt require users to reveal their names.
racism  race  names  internet  Delicious 
december 2015 by StJohnBosco
ItΓÇÖs Not Just Clothes That Maketh The Black Dandy - The Daily Beast
Their suits are sharp, their looks deliciously colorful, but the black dandy's sartorial sense has also been shaped by the cross-currents of racial history and prejudice. These self-fashioned gentlemen, who garnered mainstream attention in 2011 when The New York Times christened Travis Gumbs and Joshua Kissi of the style blog Street Etiquette as the new age black dandy, mix and match classic European fashion with African diasporan aesthetics. Through style and attitude, the black dandy exerts his agency to defy monolithic notions of black manhood. He is more than a rapper, an athlete, or a thug. And just because he dresses well doesnΓÇÖt make him gay.
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december 2015 by StJohnBosco
TodayΓÇÖs students are anything but coddled | Times Higher Education (THE)
But that description doesnΓÇÖt fit Niamh McIntyre, one of the student activists who protested against the debate. ΓÇ£I donΓÇÖt think students today are fragile,ΓÇ¥ she tells me. ΓÇ£On the contrary, weΓÇÖre more committed to rooting out pervasive sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia, which actually takes a lot of strength. This generation of students and activists is standing up and saying that, for too long, men have spoken over women, trans and non-binary people, just as white people have spoken over people of colour. In some cases, they should shut up and listen. And sometimes, to the horror of certain academics and professional narcissists, this involves rethinking the right to speak at all times, for all people, on any topic.ΓÇ¥
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december 2015 by StJohnBosco
4 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Free Speech and College |
And sure, it's true that every Black Lives Matter protest makes people nervous about a violent outburst, and that leftist newspapers and even prominent leaders in the black religious community have accused them of inciting violence. It's also true that members of the black community have spoken out publicly against them, accusing them of inciting more violence and calling them "righteous murderers." Oh, wait -- sorry, I got my notes mixed up. Turns out all that stuff was actually true of the Civil Rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King. Gosh, this is so embarrassing. I should really learn how to use my backspace key.
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
How Asian American women became the target of anti-abortion activism - The Washi...
This reproductive oppression disproportionately targets low-income women and women of color. A study of arrests of and forced legal interventions on pregnant women between 1973 and 2005 found that approximately 71 percent of those targeted were low-income, and 59 percent were women of color, predominantly African American. Though only four women in the study were identified as Asian or Pacific Islander, the anti-Asian rhetoric in the push for these laws has heightened since the research ended in 2005. Asian women have been singled out when it comes to criminalized reproduction because of ugly stereotypes that claim we have a disregard for life. Stories of infanticide in India and gender-based abortions in China are influencing legislation and courtrooms in the United States. As a result, states are adopting racially biased ΓÇ£sex-selective abortionΓÇ¥ bans, and laws like feticide, which were intended to protect pregnant women, are being used to criminalize immigrants and Asian Americans.
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person... | OCCUPY WALL STREET
there are so many more points in the essay where the word "race" could be substituted for the word "class" which would ultimately paint a very different picture. That is why I had such a hard time identifying with this essay for so long. When I first wrote about White Privilege years ago, I demanded to know why this White Woman felt that my experiences were the same as hers when no, my family most certainly could not rent housing "in an area which we could afford and want to live." And no, I couldn't go shopping without fear in our low income neighborhoods. The idea that any ol' white person can find a publisher for a piece is most certainly a symptom of class privilege. Having come from a family of people who didn't even graduate high school, who knew not a single academic or intellectual person, it would never occur to me to assume that I could be published. It is an absolute freak anomaly that I'm in graduate school considering not one person on either side of my family has a col
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
James Baldwin and the Art of Reviewing
Reviews of BaldwinΓÇÖs second novel, GiovanniΓÇÖs Room (1956) also reveal much about prevailing attitudes towards sexuality. Although a handful of reviewers commended BaldwinΓÇÖs sensitive treatment of homosexuality, most critics praised the novelΓÇÖs style while dismissing its content.[10] Charles Rolo, for example, begins by lauding Baldwin as a writer ΓÇ£endowed with exceptional narrative skill, poetic intensity of feeling, and a sensitive command of language.ΓÇ¥ But Rolo quickly addsΓÇöin a curiously sexual rhetoricΓÇöΓÇ£This endorsement is made despite the fact that Mr. BaldwinΓÇÖs subject is one of which I have had my fill.ΓÇ¥[11] Like Rolo, James Ivy bemoaned the fact that such beautiful writing should be wasted on such an ugly theme. In a review dismissively titled ΓÇ£The Faerie Queens,ΓÇ¥ Ivy concluded that it was a pity that ΓÇ£so much brilliant writing should be lavished on a relationship that by its nature is bound to be sterile and debasing.ΓÇ¥[12]
to-teach  criticism  reviews  James-Baldwin  race  racism  publishing  writers  novels  usa  literature  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
The Seduction of Safety, on Campus and Beyond - The New York Times
As a writer, I believe the First Amendment is sacred. The freedom of speech, however, does not guarantee freedom from consequence. You can speak your mind, but you can also be shunned. You can be criticized. You can be ignored or ridiculed. You can lose your job. The freedom of speech does not exist in a vacuum. And so the students at Mizzou wanted a safe space to commune as they protested. They wanted sanctuary but had the nerve to demand this sanctuary in plain sight, in a public space. Rather than examine why the activists needed safe space, most people wrapped themselves in the Constitution, the path of less resistance. The students are framed as coddled infants, as if perhaps we should educate college students in a more spartan manner ΓÇö placing classrooms in lionsΓÇÖ dens.
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Black Students Around US Complain of Casual, Everyday Racism - ABC News
As thousands of students took part in walkouts and rallies on college campuses across the country Thursday in a show of solidarity with protesters at the University of Missouri, many young black people spoke of a subtle and pervasive brand of racism that doesn't make headlines but can nevertheless have a corrosive effect.
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Race and the Free-Speech Diversion - The New Yorker
The freedom to offend the powerful is not equivalent to the freedom to bully the relatively disempowered. The enlightenment principles that undergird free speech also prescribed that the natural limits of oneΓÇÖs liberty lie at the precise point at which it begins to impose upon the liberty of another.
race  racism  pc  freespeech  college  universities  higher-ed  protest  activism  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Under pressure: CAPS strains to support students' mental health needs
At Brown, 22.8 percent of heterosexual students have been to CAPS at least once compared to 46.4 percent of gay students and 45.7 percent of bisexual students, according to the poll. Additionally, 8.9 percent of gay students and 5.7 percent of bisexual students had seen CAPS seven times and received outside help, whereas only 1.9 percent of heterosexual students had done the same. Abelson said racial and ethnic minorities may also seek counselors at lower rates on some campuses. The Herald’s poll did not find statistically significant correlations between CAPS usage and race with one exception: While black students were about as likely as non-black students to have made a CAPS appointment, black students were more than twice as likely to have reached the seven-session limit and to have received outside help.
college  higher-ed  psychotherapy  mental-health  ivy-league  race  racism  lgbt  queer  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
The campus race protests are about systemic racism that's never gone away | Luna...
There is a continuous history of excluding and discriminating against students of color in forms other than outright threats and violence, even before the internet allowed the nationwide broadcast and solidarity of grievances: ethnic studies classes cast as electives instead of mandatory classes or part of legitimate majors; lack of faculty of color; a dearth of funding for student-led diversity initiatives; and the absence of appropriate mental health services for international students and students of color. A report published by Brown UniversityΓÇÖs newspaper earlier this week found that there was no racial difference in making appointments with campus counseling services but black students there were more than ΓÇ£twice as likely to have reached the seven-session limit and to have received outside helpΓÇ¥. Brown recently expanded its services to better assist students of color, a change also on the list of demands made by protesting students at the University of Missouri.
race  racism  african-american  college  activism  protest  higher-ed  universities  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Political Correctness on College Campuses - The Atlantic
The term ΓÇ£political correctnessΓÇ¥ may be new but its foundations are not. For centuries, people of color have been expected to not offend white peopleΓÇöand were jailed, whipped, or murdered if they did. From the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, African Americans were lynched by white mobs for all sorts of ΓÇ£reasonsΓÇ¥ΓÇöΓÇ£but the biggest one of all was looking at or associating with white women.ΓÇ¥ ΓÇ£Political correctnessΓÇ¥ only acquired a name when, relatively recently in American history, the idea of treating others respectfully was finally extended to include how white people treat black people, how men treat women, and so on. Prior to that, the idea that some people were owed deferentially considerate treatmentΓÇöeven in its most extreme, vicious incarnationsΓÇödidnΓÇÖt need a special term. It was just the way things were. If black people offended white peopleΓÇöhowever or whatever such ΓÇ£offenseΓÇ¥ was determined to beΓÇöblack people paid dearly. In fact, they still do.
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Are College Lectures Unfair? - The New York Times
DOES the college lecture discriminate? Is it biased against undergraduates who are not white, male and affluent? The notion may seem absurd on its face. The lecture is an old and well-established tradition in education. To most of us, it simply is the way college courses are taught. Even online courses are largely conventional lectures uploaded to the web. Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that the lecture is not generic or neutral, but a specific cultural form that favors some people while discriminating against others, including women, minorities and low-income and first-generation college students. This is not a matter of instructor bias; it is the lecture format itself ΓÇö when used on its own without other instructional supports ΓÇö that offers unfair advantages to an already privileged population.
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
The Rest Of Rachel Dolezar's Story | Crooks and Liars
When I read this last night, the details of this baffling story clicked into place and I said, "Oh, that makes complete sense." It was always weird that her parents went to such lengths to out her, and there was never any clear reason why they did so. Now there is. Fundie wingnut parents (her parents are creationists who believe the world was created 6,000 years ago), harsh child abuse? Yeah, I wouldn't want anything to do with them, either. Via Homeschoolers Anonymous:
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Original Source Retracts Article On Rachel DolezalΓÇÖs Abusive Upbringing
I want to applaud Homeschoolers Anonymous for choosing not to ignore the fact that Rachel’s childhood does not in any way excuse or diminish the harm she has done to the black community.  Sympathy has its place, but the fact is that Rachel Dolezal’s arrogant assumption that she is an authority on blackness is not something to be excused, but repudiated.
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november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Rachel Dolezal is Really Queer: Transracial Politics and Queer Futurity | Social...
Second, in addition to essentializing race, the dominant responses to Dolezal have also reductively essentialized ideas about privilege. People have asserted that because she was born white and middle class in Montana that DolezalΓÇÖs previous white middle class privilege thwarts her ability to ΓÇ£reallyΓÇ¥ understand black experience. This logic assumes that whiteness=privilege and blackness=underprivileged. Privilege does not work like this; it is contextual, situational, and multifaceted.
race  racism  queer  trans  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
The White Man in That Photo
With their image restored they collaborated with the American team of Athletics, and a statue of them was erected at the San Jose State University. Peter Norman is absent from this statue. His absence from the podium step seems an epitaph of a hero that no one ever noticed. A forgotten athlete, deleted from history, even in Australia, his own country. Four years later at the 1972 Summer Olympics that took place in Munich, Germany, Norman wasn’t part of the Australian sprinters team, despite having run qualifying times for the 200 meters thirteen times and the 100 meters five times. Norman left competitive athletics behind after this disappointment, continuing to run at the amatuer level. Back in the change-resisting, whitewashed Australia he was treated like an outsider, his family outcasted, and work impossible to find. For a time he worked as a gym teacher, continuing to struggle against inequalities as a trade unionist and occasionally working in a butcher shop. An injury cause
race  racism  activism  sports  protest  african-american  black  olympics  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Black Kids Are Thriving In Afro-centric Schools | The Black Home School
An education professor from Northwestern University named Carol Lee started a charter school called the Betty Shabazz Charter School. Each day the students (who are all African-American) begin with a fact about black history, a message that teaches them about having respect for their elders, and a pledge of pride.... Chicago is home to a few African-centered schools and they have seen a marked improvement in the studentsΓÇÖ performance as opposed to being in a traditional public school. When the students do not have to deal with racism and stereotypes they are able to concentrate more on their studies as opposed to concentrating on figuring out how to belong. It may seem wrong to develop schools that are only made for one culture, but that is because people arenΓÇÖt looking at it from the perspective of the students who are underperforming in schools.
school  teaching  race  racism  history  chicago  children  african-american  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
ΓÇ£IΓÇÖm sure it scares the living sh*t out of themΓÇ¥: Why the protests at the Univer...
First of all, the fact is that most people view college athletes very negatively. They say, “What are they complaining about? They get a free education.” What they ignore is the incredible amount of exploitation that [college athletes] go through; the absence of their ability to earn any income, even though they are generating billions of dollars in the industry; even their inability to take their classes, or the fact that most college athletes in revenue-producing sports have year-to-year scholarships and are there are at the pleasure of the coach. But the people, who actually do care about the plight of the revenue-producing, disproportionately black college athletes, too often speak about them in terms of their powerlessness and in terms of how they’re screwed over. They don’t see them as actors who actually have a tremendous amount of social power; and you see in Missouri how much power they actually have. you’re talking about a campus that is 7 percent black and a football tea
mizzou  racism  race  college  african-american  football  higher-ed  protest  activism  universities  college-athletics  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
TheyΓÇÖre mad for a reason: Campus activists are yelling because too many of us st...
And in the specific context of ICA’s missive, her implicit defense of some costumes as “subversive” — rather than, y’know, bigoted — is concerning. At one point, in fact, Christakis decides to use the ICA’s letter — which, remember, was nothing more than a reminder to students to appreciate the feelings of those in the community who come from minority backgrounds — as an excuse to wax philosophic about the mystery of subjectivity and the nature of youth. Assuming we can “agree on how to avoid offense,” she writes, “[i]s there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?” ... She’s implying that the “offense” a conservative evangelical Christian might take to an exposed midriff is equivalent to the offense an African-American might take to a white woman putting on blackface, stuffing a pillow into her pants, and calling herself Nicki Minaj. But these offenses are not equivalent.
yale  racism  protest  college  higher-ed  universities  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
ItΓÇÖs 2015. Where are all the black college faculty? - The Washington Post
While the report was from nearly a decade ago, it somberly concluded that with the pace of change, ΓÇ£it will take about a century and a half for the percentage of African-American faculty to reach parity with the percentage of blacks in the nationΓÇÖs population.ΓÇ¥ ...the majority of the nationΓÇÖs tenured black faculty are at historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs). Most earned their doctoral or other terminal degrees at traditionally white institutions, but despite these credentials are not vigorously recruited or advanced into the ranks of tenured faculty in large numbers at TWIs. Remarkably, 96 percent of black tenured faculty are at HBCUs (even though HBCUs comprise only 3 percent of the nationΓÇÖs 3000 colleges and universities). If HBCUs disappeared, so would most of the nationΓÇÖs black academics. The myth that black PhDs just donΓÇÖt exist supports anemic institutional efforts at TWIs to recruit and tenure black faculty.
academia  academics  universities  higher-ed  race  racism  african-american  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Campus racism makes minority students likelier to drop out of college. Mizzou st...
In “Interactional Diversity and the Role of a Supportive Racial Climate” the University of Maryland’s Leah Kendra Cox found much the same thing: “In unhealthy climates, students — both majority and minority — are less likely to thrive academically or socially.” She found that a supportive racial climate had more impact than any other factor on the strength of diversity on campus. Perhaps not coincidentally, a Gallup survey last month illustrated that students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs — where the climate, by design, nurtures students of color — were far more likely to “strongly agree that their colleges prepared them for life after graduation (55%) than black graduates of other institutions (29%).”
racism  race  higher-ed  college  universities  protest  activism  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
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