Posts tagged "Racism"


February 17th, 2014

theorlandojones:

Whether you like what I do in fandom or think I’m full of shit and problematic, you know I’ve mostly used Tumblr to be silly and engage in the discourse of shipping, trolling, memes and other nonsense for Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural and other shows I am a fan of.

Not tonight.

Before you read any further I give you fair warning —

I’m NOT here for anyone who wants to spin a narrative about “thug ass black teenagers” so if that’s where your head is at as you read what I have to say either don’t engage or know that you do so at your peril. The time for respectful discourse on this issue that takes “all sides into account” has long passed (and never really existed in the first place). If you don’t see what’s happening as a problem (or want to talk to me about black-on-black crime) you’re just not paying attention and —-

Your. Argument. Is. Invalid. 

In case you haven’t noticed, Trollando is fiddin’ to go off!!

Like all of you, I am outraged by the Jordan Davis verdict and the constant and unending reminders of what writer Ta-Nehisi Coates accurately calls “the irrelevance of black life” in her article at the Atlantic’s website:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/02/on-the-killing-of-jordan-davis-by-michael-dunn/283870/

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis and countless in-between who we never hear about in the news, the plight of young black boys is an insidious and pervasive epidemic that threatens our collective present and future in a country that too often pays lip service to a false notion of equality (black president = end of racism, amirite?)

If we live in a world where being “armed” with Skittles and an ice tea makes you a threat (not to mention a pawn of media outlets who claim those items were ingredients for a drug called “Lean” — I mean — WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!!!!) none of us are safe.

If we live in a world where playing your music “too loudly” makes you a clear and present danger to folks who feel the need to “stand their ground” in public spaces, we ALL have a target on our backs.

Although I enjoy and am mindful of the artifice of privilege that celebrity affords me, at the end of the day I am still just a black kid from the south. The amount of times I’ve been pulled over, harassed by “authority figures” or otherwise dehumanized because of the color of my skin is all that is necessary for me to acknowledge that I must be active in demanding accountability from those very forces that cling to centuries old ideas about race and class.

None of us can sit on the sidelines and lament the tragedy of others without getting our heads, our hearts, and our bodies in the game.

One of the essential ways to vocalize our rage is through creative expression. Since I’m in the studio working on my “Tainted Love” album I felt compelled to write a song about what I’ve been seeing on the news and the commentary from the pundit class and folks across the social media landscape.

Tracks are laid and we’re working on the music video which I will debut tomorrow or Tuesday but I crafted a little spoken word opening that we shot today and I wanted to share with you.

FYI - November 23 is the day that Michael Dunn fired into a car of unarmed black teenagers who were playing their “thug music” too loud, killing Jordan Davis. As we all know by now, he was not convicted of murder.

This is not about politics. This is ultimately not even a black or white issue. This is a human issue. We ALL need to do our part to make this insanity stop. 

Without further ado I present the opening of my new track “Thug Music”.

I hope it resonates with you and I appreciate that this forum exists where I can share it.

Please kiss your loved ones y’all because every moment is precious.

cristinalucila:

mediaite:

Watch The Mountain Dew Ad Pulled After Critics Called It ‘Arguably The Most Racist Commercial In History’

what the actual fuck.
big trigger warning for racism. there is also a depiction of a traumatized and battered woman here, so trigger warning for that kind of thing too.

You’ve got to be kidding me.  And Mountain Dew’s non-apology “apology”?

“We understand how this video could be perceived by some as offensive, and we apologize to those who were offended. We have removed the video from all Mountain Dew channels and have been informed that Tyler is removing it from his channels as well.”

Because apologizing to those that were “offended”? Screams: “we still think it’s acceptable and you “sensitive” people should just get over it”.   How about doing it The Onion style and say that this never should have been made and we obviously there was a lapse in judgment and we’ll making sure it never happens again?  
Dear Pepsi-Cola (Parent company of Mountain Dew): 
As one of the “offended”, pardon me if I never purchase your products again.  
May 1st, 2013

cristinalucila:

mediaite:

Watch The Mountain Dew Ad Pulled After Critics Called It ‘Arguably The Most Racist Commercial In History’

what the actual fuck.

big trigger warning for racism. there is also a depiction of a traumatized and battered woman here, so trigger warning for that kind of thing too.

You’ve got to be kidding me.  And Mountain Dew’s non-apology “apology”?

“We understand how this video could be perceived by some as offensive, and we apologize to those who were offended. We have removed the video from all Mountain Dew channels and have been informed that Tyler is removing it from his channels as well.”

Because apologizing to those that were “offended”? Screams: “we still think it’s acceptable and you “sensitive” people should just get over it”.   How about doing it The Onion style and say that this never should have been made and we obviously there was a lapse in judgment and we’ll making sure it never happens again?  

Dear Pepsi-Cola (Parent company of Mountain Dew): 

As one of the “offended”, pardon me if I never purchase your products again.  

March 25th, 2013

team-joebama:

white person: *has a low GPA, no extracurricular activities, and a poorly written essay*
white person: i didn’t get into this university bc im white

Even worse - it’s called a 10 percent rule, where if you’re in the top 10 percent in your class, you’re automatically accepted to a state college in Texas.  AUTOMATICALLY.  All she had to do was keep her grades up in high level courses and she would have been a shoe in, but… they discriminated against her because she’s “white”… 

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Even more?  All she had to do to literally get in with her grades?  Go to a community college for her first year, then transfer in.   The first year of UT is rough, anywa,y and half flunk out because of the mandatory English courses… 

It’s embarrassing that it’s gotten all the way to the SCOTUS… because when you consider the state of education in Texas, it’s honestly the most fair law in place right now (and one I couldn’t benefit from, as it was enacted well after I was applying) and honestly, it’s kind of even more embarrassing that she wanted to be a Longhorn.  With that attitude, I’m glad that she was denied admission.  She doesn’t deserve to be burnt orange.  

(Source: fyeahcracker)

October 27th, 2012

My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people, not all of them, but most of them, who are still basing their decision on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable.

— Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff (via apsies)

(via apsies)

April 26th, 2012

George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting | Reuters

I’m an exceedingly fair person… 

…and, it’s wonderful that this man has such a glowing account of friends and he’s been given the opportunity to show that he’s supposedly not a “racist”…. but the fact of the matter is, he profiled Trayvon Martin.  Whether he did that because he was black or not, he profiled Trayvon Martin and, attempted to restrain another person, without any proof or a crime being committed at the time or without witnessing any proof of a crime.   He attempted to restrain a person without having been trained to do so and without that really being what he was asked to do.  This suspicious behaviour that Zimmerman witnessed was caused by himself, as he was following Trayvon and he claimed that these burglars, “always get away”, when the guy that caused a lot of this suspicion in Zimmerman’s mind is, in fact, back in jail.  

Zimmerman’s mental state, in this piece, clearly indicates that he was frustrated and felt that nothing was being done with regard to the crime in the neighbourhood, so he chose to take matters into his own hands.  He was the one pushing for the neighbourhood watch, and I’ve been at many of those kinds of meetings.  The first question you ask someone that wants to put a committee or subgroup together or wants to take some action, is to ask if the person making the request wants to step up and volunteer to head the group.   He was clearly in a vigilante state, and he was very much in a state of mind where he wanted people to be detained or arrested prior to an actual crime being committed or without actual proof of a crime.  I’m not saying that a part of that may or may not be justified, but it’s also the wrong kind of attitude to have as the person who heads the neighbourhood watch.  If anyone should have been on the side of local law enforcement, it should have been him.   

And, I’m sorry, but bottom of the line is… you’re pretty much saying he can’t be a racist, because he has this type of background and it’s a mixed background.  A lot of people hate where they come from… (number one).  Number two, he judged a person based on the colour of his skin.  He associated Trayvon Martin with a stereotype.  He prejudged him, which is prejudice, and his judgment caused Trayvon Martin’s death.   

A good attorney can make an EXCELLENT case for Murder Two with this story presented as is.  I, personally believe that what I’ve seen of the evidence (not what is being presented in a court of law, nor what I’m asked to review as a jurist) shows Zimmerman guilty of manslaughter.   Because, at the end of the day… we can’t have people getting frustrated with crime in their area and killing their neighbours.  At every step of the way, George Zimmerman disregarded local law enforcement, from carrying a fire arm with him while on neighbourhood watch, to not respecting the person on the phone’s request that he not engage or follow Trayvon Martin, to not discussing his frustrations with what he felt were local law enforcement’s inactions or slow reactions.   “They always get away,” is a comment just as revealing about how he felt about local law enforcement as those perpetrating the crimes.  He felt he could and would do better than them, and so he made a choice.  He made a choice to chase down someone he viewed was suspicious, based on the colour of his skin.  That is the very definition of racism. 

I’m sorry, but if I had any doubts at all about George Zimmerman before, his family trying to sell me on what a wonderful man he is negated them.  Like I said, I’m exceedingly fair… and if someone can present evidence that shows that Zimmerman had honestly, taken steps to express his frustrations prior to that night, that’s something I’m willing to look at.  Otherwise, it very much looks like Zimmerman wanted to be a cop and wanted to do everything he could to be a cop, when he didn’t have the training to be a cop and was not wearing a badge.  There are too many people in this country that think it’s acceptable to carry on in this kind of manner and, I think if George Zimmerman gets acquitted, that will only compound the problem.  

(Source: nedhepburn, via newsweek)

life:

65 years ago today Jackie Robinson stepped onto Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, changing professional baseball forever. Breaking the color barrier, Robinson was the first African American player in Major League Baseball.Read more about his legacy here.
Pictured: Jackie Robinson poses for LIFE’s Allan Grant during filming of The Jackie Robinson Story, 1950. (Allan Grant—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
April 15th, 2012

life:

65 years ago today Jackie Robinson stepped onto Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, changing professional baseball forever. Breaking the color barrier, Robinson was the first African American player in Major League Baseball.

Read more about his legacy here.

Pictured: Jackie Robinson poses for LIFE’s Allan Grant during filming of The Jackie Robinson Story, 1950. (Allan Grant—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)