Posts Tagged: Racism
You may have noticed one or two jokes about Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s collaboration “Accidental Racist,” partially because of every aspect of the song, but mainly because of every aspect of the song.
But Ta-Nehisi Coates puts humor aside for his response in the Atlantic, choosing instead to “seriously and directly engag[e] Brad Paisley and his stated motives for the song.” And he does it really well:
“Booming System” is dope.
Private liberal arts colleges have been in the hot seat lately. Emory students rallied and protested after their school’s president, James W. Wagner wrote an article commending the 1787 three-fifths compromise. In October, the school apologized for its discrimination against Jewish dental students during the 1960s....more
Sleep Song, the third installment of Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd’s poetic performances that showcase stories about soldiers of color in wars, had its Harlem Stage show cancelled because its Iraqi performers were denied visas.
At Colorlines, Seth Freed Wessler discusses the show and how “navigating the space of war does not end when war ends....more
Abigail Fisher, a 22-year old white girl, a graduate of LSU, just pleaded to the Supreme court that the University of Texas rejected her four years ago because of affirmative action.
UT says they’d have rejected her no matter her race; regardless, her suit might lead the Supreme Court to forbid the practice....more
Black Girl Dangerous provides a step-by-step guide on how “reverse-racist!” people of color can continue the oppression of white people, beginning with the enslavement of white bodies and ending with the proclamation that we live in a “post-reverse-racial society” — and everything in between....more
At The Nation, Melissa Harris-Perry breaks down the wider political context surrounding the Trayvon Martin killing, outlining the historical and contemporary reality in which it is “acceptable to presume the guilt” of black bodies.
“Liberal democracy—based on commitment to individual liberty and dignity—does not exist if the government legislates against particular bodies in public spaces, as it did during Jim Crow, or when it is complicit in the violent policing of those bodies by other citizens, as in the Trayvon Martin slaying.”...more
Writers and activists are setting up an underground library in Tucson, Arizona. The librotraficante movement is an effort to expose Tucson students to the collection of books banned when the school district suspended its Mexican-American studies program.
“The word librotraficante shouldn’t exist in America…You shouldn’t have to smuggle books.”
(Via Book Bench)...more
The Nation explains how the GOP is resegregating the South with its infuriating redistricting campaign.
“The GOP’s long-term goal is to enshrine a system of racially polarized voting that will make it harder for Democrats to win races on local, state, federal and presidential levels....more
Here’s a letter written in 1865 by an ex-enslaved man, Jourdan Anderson, in response to his former master’s request that Jourdan return to work on his farm.
“I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars....more
“Over the last decade Hispanic immigrants have become the main focus of American hate groups. According to Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, after September 11, 2001, the conservative media began discussing immigration as a national security issue, often using terms like “illegals,” “invaders,” even “potential terrorists” to describe undocumented immigrants....more
Teri Woods, a “pioneer … urban or hip-hop fiction” author, recently tried to have a party to celebrate the release of her new book Alibi in a Soho night club called Greenhouse. When she got there, she found that some white friends had made it past the velvet rope, while more than a hundred of her black guests had been turned away at the door without reason....more
Not too long ago, in a land not too far away, Australian author Justine Larbalestier’s forthcoming book about an African-American teen with a penchant for lying was whitewashed by her American publisher Bloomsbury. A situation easily imaginable in the now-unthinkable era of segregated sock hops and bus rides, Larbalestier’s book is due out next month....more