discrimination

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Transgender student suspended for using bathroom at SC high school
A transgender student was suspended from Socastee High School after using the bathroom.

At Socastee High School in South Carolina, a trans student was suspended for using the bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity. 

The student, who is remaining anonymous, started transitioning in middle school. He and his family met with school administrators and decided he should use the boys’ bathroom, so throughout high school, he did. 

But recently, a teacher noticed the student walking out of the boys’ room. The next day, he was called into the administrative office and told to either use the women’s room or go to the nurse’s office. Most people at school don’t know the student is trans, so his family believes the teacher who saw him looked up his records, outing him to other teachers and students. 

Two weeks ago, the student left an assembly to use the bathroom and passed teachers along the way. Although a teacher said to use the closest bathroom, the child said it was dirty and went to the next one. The student said the teacher followed and the boy’s bathroom was used. The next day the child was suspended from school for a day.

“They did not give me a copy of the write up,” his mother said. “They did not talk to me.”  

The student is now enrolled in an online school. The mother said her child is missing out on everything else school offers.

“He had to stop drama,” the mother said. “He had to drop out of the play he was doing.”

The child’s mom worries about this happening to other transgender students in Horry County Schools.

“Let the transgender kids be themselves,” she said. “Let them be safe and let them be comfortable. Let them have their education in an environment where they are not harassed or felt to be unsafe.”

This school is refusing to cooperate with Title IX guidelines. They’re violating a student’s right to privacy. They’ve told the student he needs a doctor’s note in order to get the issue resolved. AND they’re taking an innocent child out of class – literally removing him from the opportunity to learn – because he had to pee? In what universe do these educators think this is okay? 

Did the 2 pm driver on bus 9684 REALLY think he was going to leave me at the bus stop after taking on two able bodied passengers, because it was too ‘difficult’ for him to figure out a way to maneuver the bus to deploy the ramp so that it was actually usable, rather than plopping it into a pile of snow on an inaccessible sidewalk??
Did I really have to tell this man how to do his job, after chasing the bus in my mobility scooter, screaming for 30 feet?
He looked right at me waiting for him to lower the ramp, closed the door, and drove away. After I caught up & waved my bus pass at the door frantically, he finally opened it so I could tell him that yes, I do want to take the bus, I wasn’t just sitting by the bus stop in the cold for fun, I need to get to work.

He proceeded to deploy the ramp into a pile of snow on the sidewalk with no access points, several inches above my chair in the street. I stared at him and said 'this isn’t going to work. I’ve been taking this bus all week. You need to pull a few inches away from the sidewalk, so that you can lower the ramp to the street level, so that I can get on the bus.“

He claimed that would block traffic. It was a 4 lane street and he’s driving a city bus. It is a simple maneuver that actually did not block any lanes except the one he was already in.

He realized that I was not going to move & he had no other option except to move the damn bus two feet to the right & allow me to board.

I’m reporting this incident in a much calmer tone via email, but I wanted to say that no matter how frustrating it is when you’re being discriminated against, you have to stand up for yourself. Sometimes there’s no one else there. Sometimes a bus full of people will look away while you’re told that your rights are merely an inconvenience. It’s up to us to fight for them.

It’s a story of the violence that was used, sanctioned by the state at that time, to displace Texas Mexicans from their land, from their civil rights, and their lives…There was a tacit understanding that the policing was, the rangers were to have a free hand and do whatever they thought necessary to maintain the new order of white supremacy in south Texas.
— 

John Moran Gonzalez, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is a member of the group “Refusing To Forget.” The group is working to make sure that the history of racial discrimination in South Texas in the 1910s against Mexicans who were forced to flee the country is not forgotten. 

A new exhibit at the Bullock state history museum combines artifacts and documents of the era. Clothing, family photos, government reports.It’s entitled “Life and Death on the Border: 1910 to 1920.” Gonzalez points out a gruesome photo of white men on horseback with lassos around the bodies of four Mexican “bandits” as they were known. It’s on a postcard that circulated for decades.

Reblog if you think it's okay for a girl to have her skating routine on the darth vader theme song

My 13 year old sister came back home in tear because her coach told her she had to change her song for her routine because the judges thought it was to “manly” and “innapropriate for a young lady” to have her routine on the song imperial walk.
I just want to prove a point to her coach and the judges.

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Legislators Across the Country Set Their Sights on Transgender People
After last year became the most violent in history toward the transgender community, 2016 is off to an inauspicious start with anti-trans rhetoric heating up in the states.

Bills are being introduced in state legislatures, from Washington state to Virginia (and everywhere in-between), aimed at dehumanizing and discriminating against LGBT people. In many, transgender people bear the brunt of the most extreme proposals.

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Yellow Fever Archive Project 1: Your Story Matters


Are you ASIAN?

Asian American? Chinese French? Vietnamese Italian? Korean Japanese? Filipino Mexican?


Do you ever feel misunderstood or silenced down?

Do you feel like you’ve been otherized, sexualized, objectified or patronized?

And do those feelings have anything to do with your Asian-ness?



Racism is not only about throwing rocks at people and telling them to go back to their own country.



Racism is also this:

Because no one cares about your racial fetish.



And this:

Because not all Asians do or should look like K-pop stars or anime characters.



And this, too:

Mangaka means cartoonist in Japanese. It’s not a status you can earn by entering a country.



Or, even this:

Uhm, because Memoirs of a Geisha isn’t even written by an Asian author and it has nothing to do with Asian voice? Also probably because not all Asians are Japanese?




Yellow Fever Archive is my record, your record, and OUR record of racism against Asians.

Submit your writings, selfies, photos, drawings, anxieties, sorrows and jokes to yellowfeverarchive@gmail.com or directly to the submit page on this blog!

(or just send a message, I check it too!)

Your stories will be posted anonymously if wanted!

 




Do submit:

-Any story of prejudice, discrimination, misrepresentation you’ve experienced as Asian, expressed in any kind of uploadable format

-Selfie holding a sketchbook with a statement on it (I get it, it’s a bit cheesy, but it’s ok to hold up the sketchbook once in a while)

-Stupid cartoons

-Serious paintings

-Ramblings

-Videos

-Animations

-Memes

-Celebrity quotes

-Songs

-Recorded sounds

-Intelligent things you’ve read online

-Blog posts

-Tweet screenshots

-Basically anything else that doesn’t potentially get you in trouble

 

Don’t submit:

-Revenge porn (which will potentially get you in trouble)

To Black Women

I will start off by saying I do not speak for or about all black men in what I am about to say.

 I find it incredibly sad that we live in a world that so undervalues black women that many feel the need to post things like “black girls are pretty too”. It is even worse that while this is going on many black men will unashamedly lust after women of other races who only really every hypersexualize and fetishise them while going out of their way to publicly slander black women on social media. 

I am in no way against interracial relationships and understand that people have preferences. However, I do not believe people should go out of their way to offend people who they do not feel attracted to, there is literally no need for it. If you do not feel attracted to one kind of person you should keep it to yourself, not only because it is highly offensive to those people being slandered but because nobody cares who you do not find attractive. 

What really hurts me about this is the fact that black women never fail to speak out against injustices carried out towards black men, like when they are unlawfully killed or discriminated against. It is sad to say it but it is rarely ever reciprocated when it comes to issues that mostly affect black women.

I never really hear black men ever complain why black women are always depicted in an angry light by the media, or advocate against FGM, or mention incidents like the one in Isreal where Black-Jewish women were being forcefully sterilised by the government unknowingly. It almost seems like they do not care at all. As a child of single parent household who was raised by a strong black woman, it saddens me to see the support in which my mother never let me go without in life is not shown to black women by many black men.

I think black women are gorgeous, however, beauty is and will always be a subjective thing that is determined only by the person in question. What I do think is very silly though is the things black women are slandered for on social media.

Things are said like “they are too angry and hostile”. The anger that many black women feel is more than warranted given the fact that they live in a society where they are not only discriminated for being women but also for their race.

Another thing that is said is “ They are so superficial they do not even wear their real hair”. This is a ridiculous criticism given the fact that women of all races wear makeup, hair extensions and get cosmetic surgery. What is even worse is I do not hear these same people (mostly black men) criticising  white women for their extensive use of fake tan and calling them superficial. Not to mention apart from Brazil, in none of the countries where cosmetic surgery is most rampant do black women make up the majority of the female population. (South Korea, Greece, Italy, USA, Colombia, Taiwan according to 2010 data reported by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.) So how can black women be said to be more superficial than any other group of women?

I would like to give my sincerest apologies to all black women who have been ridiculed by ignorant men of their own race and promise to shame these ignorant men for making stupid comments whenever I come across them.

A brief history of the subjugation of, and violence against, deaf people in the United States

The United States has a long (and still thriving) tradition of violence and subjugation of minorities, and d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing people are no exception. On some of the physical and mental violence and oppression leveled at d/Deaf people:

1. Historically. deaf children were forcibly institutionalized and bound and beaten to prevent them from using sign language.

2. Historically, attempts were made to forcibly sterilize deaf people and prevent them from marrying.

2a. The leading anti-deaf group in the eugenics movement still exists and advocates against deaf rights today: the Alexander Graham Bell Association.

2b. You can find Bell’s detailed “eradication plan” in his lecture “Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race.”

3. Today, deaf people continue to be denied the right to education solely on the basis of their deafness:

4. Deaf people continue to be denied the right to work based solely on their deafness.

5. Deaf people are arrested without being told their rights, and jailed while denied an interpreter and pen or paper.

6. Today, deaf people are attacked and killed by the police for “failing to respond to verbal commands.” Most recently:

7. Deaf people are endangered daily in hospitals without access to sign language interpreters or mental health professionals.

8. Sometimes within hours of a deaf child’s birth, doctors inform parents their child is “broken” and can only be “cured” with CIs and preventing the use of sign language.

8a. Hearing children are encouraged to sign.

9. Doctors and tech companies knowingly inserted defective cochlear implants into the skulls of infants, children and adults (for years, for $).

10. Deaf boys are 3X and deaf girls 2X more likely to experience sexual assault than their hearing peers.

weird names on resumes

I did not understand everyday racism and how white privilege really worked until I started applying for jobs with a resume, about halfway through college. My name is absolutely not English or American, and because of that it’s gender neutral on first appearances.

I cannot tell you how many times I would show up for an interview; and the second the (white, male) interviewer greeted me, he always had a stupid look on his face. He’d stumble over the pronunciation of my name, shocked that I could speak English clearly (who do you think wrote my resume and cover letter?!) and even more shocked by the fact that I was white and female.

All of that was something I was somewhat used to, but what blew me away is that they would actually say something, clearly expecting me to also be relieved that I was one of them. It would always be something along the lines of: “Oh, thank goodness, I wasn’t sure if a) English was your first language b) where you were from c) what you were.” Or some comment about how they worried that my name is one of “those names.“ (side note: these all happened in the Upper Midwest which is chock full of Scandinavian families - my name is rare but is clearly recognizably Norwegian for a population that is so connected to its heritage)

It baffled and enraged me so much to know that at the outset, the interview was simply a formality (I used to check off the EOE boxes for being female or LGBT, but I don’t anymore), but within the span of a few seconds I suddenly had the upper hand without them even speaking to me about the job, simply because I was clearly an English-speaking white citizen. There’s no other context for their behavior as it always happens the second I meet them.

I’m not at all trying to imply "reverse” racism here. Rather sharing an experience that finally got me to understand what we (white people) do to everyone else here, and that it is very real. I’m ashamed that it took me having to experience something in an entirely backwards way to see just how fucked up it is.

I live in LA now and it doesn’t happen nearly as often. And the second someone gives me that dumbfounded “oh thank god you’re white” reaction again, I wrap up the interview quickly and hightail it out of there. 

mic.com
A Christian university just won the right to legally ban LGBT students
"This is who we are."
By Mic

Carson-Newman University, a Southern Baptist college in Tennessee, legally won the right to ban any students whose “lifestyles” don’t agree with their “Christian values” — like LGBT students, pregnant students, unwed parents, students who have had abortions, and many others. 

Even worse: the legal counsel who helped file the waiver exempting the school from Title IX filed similar waivers for many other schools, and about 30 other colleges have similar exemptions in place.

“This is who we are as a Christian university,” Dr. Randall O'Brien, president of the university, told CBS affiliate WVLT on Monday. “These are our religious principles. And in a changing world, we would like to reaffirm that this is who we are and who we intend to be.

These schools have been given permission to opt out of anti-discrimination laws. I have no words. 

newnownext.com
Nearly Half The Homeless Youth In DC Are LGBT
"These young people face the most bullying and discrimination and assault... not only from the outside world but often from their own families," said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The first-ever survey of homeless youth in Washington, DC, has found that nearly half of them identify as LGBT. The city-funded Homeless Youth Census surveyed 330 young people who were on the streets or in a shelter, with 43% percent identifying as something other than heterosexual or cisgender.

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buzzfeed.com
New York City Now Requires Employers To Use Trans People's Pronouns Of Choice
The new policy also prohibits restaurants from requiring men to wear ties in order to be served.
By Nicolás Medina Mora

“Employers, landlords, and cops in New York City are now legally required to use people’s pronouns of choice when addressing them — and restaurants are no longer allowed to deny service to men just because they refused to wear a tie.”

After sending out 1,600 resumes to apply for more than 800 jobs, the study found that women with an “LGBT indicator” on their resume (represented in the study as work experience at an LGBT advocacy group) were about 30% less likely to receive a call-back than women who didn’t have those indicators.

When I was a sophomore in college, I failed an orgo test and when a friend and I went to ask the professor about our grades, he literally told me that I should change my major from chemistry to something more suited for “someone like you”. But my white friend who did worse than me on the test could of course bring her grade up and go on to be a great chemist.

I was the only black female to graduate with a chemistry degree from my university last year. But there were 6 others when I started. I wonder if he got to them too.

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At least one state is taking a stand to protect trans people

Wednesday is a milestone in transgender history, because it marks the beginning of hard-fought regulations that ban discrimination and harassment against trans people in one of our country’s biggest states. The regulations ban discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender identity, and allows those who have to file complaints and be compensated. The governor commended his state for “continuing to lead the way forward.“