issues-of-race

anonymous asked:

Black people can be racist against white people. Like that video of the black woman pointing a gun to the camera as she said "Make white people extinct." Racist is a race against any (or all) other race(s). Its not only white people against others.

this isnt racism. racism is a systematic issue. a black person will get jobs denied from them because theyre black. a white person will get jobs denied from them because theyre incompetent or because of other, unrelated-to-race issues. its impossible to be actively racist against white people in the US. however, in places like europe, it is possible, because ‘white’ isnt the same there.

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On your way to the voting polls? Here’s one last refresher on where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton compare on all the hot-button issues this election:

THIRTEEN’s The Talk – Race in America Tackles the Issue of Young People of Color and Their Uneasy Encounters With Law Enforcement. It premieres Monday, February 20, 9 p.m. on PBS. In anticipation of that premiere Tumblr and THIRTEEN  have convened officers, advocates and policy experts to discuss the state of community policing in the United States. 

Dr. Bryant T. Marks is a National Trainer on Implicit Bias and Community Policing. He has trained over 1,000 police chiefs via a series of White House briefings, and several thousand patrol officers through small group workshops in police departments across the country. He is a professor of psychology at Morehouse College and also serves as a Senior Research Fellow with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) and a former Chief of Police. John developed and implemented community policing for the Dallas Police Department in the 1990’s and has worked nationally on scores of COPS Office initiatives over the past twenty years developing over 100 community policing training programs. John also serves as the Director of Federal Partnerships for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and was a member of the White House 21st Century Policing team.

Bakari Kitwana is the executive director of Rap Sessions, which is currently touring the nation leading town hall discussions on the theme “Run Toward Fear: Millennial Activists and Social Justice in the Trump Era” He is the author of The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era.

Trevena Garel is a retired New York City Police Sergeant. During her 21-year career Trevena served as both an undercover and an investigator in the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol’s Investigation and Evaluation Section, investigating allegations of misconduct involving both uniformed and/or civilian members of the NYPD. Trevena has had “The Talk” with her three children and her two oldest grandchildren.

Chief Michael Koval began his career with the Madison Police Department in 1983. Before becoming the Chief in 2014 he was the Sergeant of Recruitment and Training for 17 years. He has a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

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Typecast as a terrorist | Riz Ahmed | The Long Read
The Long Read: As my acting career developed, I was no longer cast as a radical Muslim – except at the airport
By Riz Ahmed

[…] The holding pen was filled with 20 slight variations of my own face, all staring at me – kind of like a Bollywood remake of Being John Malkovich. It was a reminder: you are a type, whose face says things before your mouth opens; you are a signifier before you are a person; you are back at stage one.

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White and wealthy voters gave victory to Donald Trump, exit polls show
Most white voters of both sexes and almost all ages and education levels backed the Republican
By Jon Henley

Far from being purely a revolt by poorer whites left behind by globalisation, who did indeed turn out in greater numbers for the Republican candidate than in 2012, Trump’s victory also relied on the support of the middle-class, the better-educated and the well-off.

Of the one in three Americans who earn less than $50,000 a year, a majority voted for Clinton. A majority of those who earn more backed Trump.

Clinton’s lead among non-white voters was substantial, but not enough to make up the difference. It was also less than many anticipated – and less than Barack Obama’s four years previously.

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‘Alt-right’ online poison nearly turned me into a racist | Anonymous
It started with Sam Harris, moved on to Milo Yiannopoulos and almost led to full-scale Islamophobia. If it can happen to a lifelong liberal, it could happen to anyone
By Anonymous

tl;dr:

Life long liberal starts listening to right wingers, realizes their points do make sense. On one occasion he even very diplomatically expressed negative sentiments on Islam to his wife but was immediately called a racist. 

Being right wing is like a cult! - he screams in shame and runs back to the left-wing cult. Now he is very-very sorry for having thought sinful thoughts and must apologize to his wife and confess his thought crimes in detail.

This is why we need to censor free speech! Being exposed to other ideas is dangerous! - he concludes.

I honestly can no longer differentiate satire from left wing journalism. 

White privilege is being a 21-year-old loser who plots and kills 9 people in their church and when you are confronted by the police, armed, you survive without incident. Later, when you’re escorted to the police station, you have a bulletproof vest for protection. Meanwhile, the media is already infantilizing you and blaming your actions on anything other than you, even though you planned this attack for 6 months. No one is asking why White men are so violent when 87% of mass killings in America have been committed by White men and nobody’s calling you a terrorist when your very intent was to cause terror.

feminismandmedia  asked:

What exactly is the school to prison pipeline? What studies have proven the practices within this to be true?

The school-to-prison pipeline is the process by which some youth are at an elevated risk of contact with the criminal justice system due to the growing alliance between our systems of education and criminal justice. Beginning in the late 1990s, many urban school districts began to implement and enforce disciplinary policies, using a “zero tolerance” approach, that would use severe penalties, usually suspension and expulsion, for even minor violations of a school’s code of conduct. Around the same time, public school systems began incorporating a “universal carceral apparatus” into the schools by using metal detectors, surveillance cameras (e.g., in Chicago Public Schools video feeds go directly to the Chicago Police Department), embedded police officers with arrest authority, etc. to provide “safety and security.” However, it has become clear that strict zero-tolerance policies and a highly visible police presence do not contribute to learning environments, and many of these penalties are disproportionately punishing our most marginalized youth. As I argue in my book, Unequal City, not only are these contacts with police in the institutional setting of a school shaping young people’s perceptions about police and the legitimacy of the criminal justice system, they are also shaping their life trajectories. For some youth, particularly those who are the bottom of America’s racial/social strata, the contacts with police in school are simply the beginning of what are likely to be repeated contacts with the state and its representatives at deeper and deeper levels of severity.

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the specific practices of punishing students, particularly young people of color, in ways that put them in direct contact with jails and prisons. These practices include the overuse of suspensions and the inclusion of police officers in school, who can arrest students for school-based infractions.

Several reports have established the existence of the school-to-prison pipeline, including this report that analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education and found that the pipeline starts as early as preschool.

One great resource if the ACLU’s guide on how it works. Similar resources include this Justice Policy report and UCLA’s Civil Rights Project. Here’s another one from the Advancement Project with helpful visuals.

The school to prison pipeline is a set of policies and practices in schools that push kids out of the education system and into the criminal justice system. It includes excessive use of detention and expulsion, and has law enforcement address student misbehavior that when I was growing up would have been handled by teachers and parents.

By bringing students into the criminal justice system, we also see the mirror effect of the criminal justice system coming into schools, which more and more resemble prisons rather than places of learning, with metal detectors, heavy surveillance, and other tools that make students feel like they are constantly being punished. The Sentencing Project and others have looked at the detrimental effects of these policies.

The “school to prison pipeline” refers collectively to practices that push students out of the education system and into the criminal justice system. Punitive practices like suspension, removal to an alternative school, and arrest are applied, too often for minor infractions like “disruption” or “defiance.”  When students experience these consequences, they miss out on educational time and it can be hard to catch up. Experiencing punitive discipline can also make students feel less attached to their school, a critical factor in school success and graduation. Often, punitive discipline takes the place of positive supports as a very short-term solution to behaviors that may result from a disability or from other physical or psychological stresses in a young person’s life. This can end up exacerbating challenging behaviors. Rather than working to keep young people educationally engaged, the school to prison pipeline pushes them out. It’s not very surprising then, that students who experience exclusionary discipline like suspensions are less likely to complete school and more likely to have future contact with the juvenile and criminal justice system. Sometimes, the criminal justice system end of the pipeline actually reaches into schools.  For example, some schools have police officers regularly patrolling the halls, and breaking a school rule can become a criminal violation.

Students of color and students with disabilities are more likely to be harmed by the school to prison pipeline.  There is a large body of research demonstrating disparities in school discipline.  The most recent data collection from the U.S. Department of Education found that, across the U.S., Black students were 3.8 times more likely to receive a suspension than were white students.  This included Black girls, who were 8% of students, but 14% of suspensions. American Indian or Alaska Native, Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and multiracial boys were also disproportionately suspended. Students with disabilities were more than twice as likely to be suspended.  One factor that contributes to the school to prison pipeline is implicit bias.  For example, one study found that Black students were more likely to be disciplined for less serious and subjective offenses (categories like “disrespect,” which depend upon personal perception) and that fewer disparities existed in categories of more serious and objectively defined offenses (something like alcohol possession).

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French police brutality in spotlight again after officer charged with rape
One officer charged with the rape of a young man, and three other officers with assault over violent arrest in suburb of Paris
By Angelique Chrisafis

Police in France are again facing allegations of brutality after an officer was charged with the rape of a young man during a violent arrest in a suburb of Paris.

Four officers arrived at a housing estate in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, on Thursday evening, where they began stopping youths and asking to see identity papers. During the operation, a 22-year-old man with no criminal record, identified only by his first name, Theo, was allegedly forced to the ground and beaten.

A police officer has now been charged with anally raping the young man with a police baton. Theo suffered such serious injuries to the rectum that he needed major emergency surgery, and remains in hospital.

Three other officers were charged with assault. The four officers, who deny the charges, have been suspended.

The prosecutor’s office said the police stopped a group of about a dozen people “after hearing calls characteristic of lookouts at drug dealing sites”. During the operation they “attempted to arrest a 22-year-old man”. When he resisted, they used teargas, and “one of them used an expandable baton”, the prosecutor’s office said, without giving further details.

The incident sparked fury and disturbances in the sprawling estate of 3,000 people on Saturday evening, where a car was set alight and bus shelters were smashed. On Sunday, riot police were sent into the area.

Éric Dupond-Moretti, the lawyer for Theo’s family, said: “This is an exceptionally serious case.” He told France Inter radio: “There was blood everywhere, on the walls,” He said the family wanted calm and that they demanded justice.

Bruno Beschizza, the rightwing mayor of Aulnay-sous-Bois, who is a former police officer, said “all light must be shed” on what he called an “unbearable and unacceptable” incident. He said: “The police are there to protect and not to humiliate our fellow citizens.”

Beschizza described Theo as a “respectable” young man who came from a respectable family, which had been “psychologically destroyed” by what had happened.

Benoît Hamon, the Socialist presidential candidate, said there must be a diligent and transparent inquiry. He tweeted that the police “represent the Republic that protects” and “trust must urgently be restored”.

French police are regularly accused of using excessive force in poorer neighbourhoods, and particularly against black and minority ethnic suspects.

The death in police custody last summer of a young black man, Adama Traoré, in Beaumont-sur-Oise outside Paris, and the slow reaction of authorities has sparked accusations of police violence and a state cover-up. An investigation is ongoing.

In 2005, weeks of riots erupted after two teenagers were electrocuted when they hid in an electricity substation while being chased by police.

Honestly, LGBT+ people want allies, BUT we don’t want them so much that we’ll settle for people:

  • who call us f*ggots
  • think misgendering is funny
  • still use “gay” as a slur
  • think “you need us, we don’t need you.”

We’re not desperate, deary. We just want respect.

No one will tell me that “lightwashing” Storm is not a bad idea and indicative of racial and prejudicial colorism in Hollywood. Like, they didn’t 6 years ago cast Angelina Jolie as  Mariane Pearl. Like Exodus just didn’t try it. Like they didn’t spray-tan Zoe Saldana to play Nina Simone. While people like Gisele Bundchen and Aishwarya Rai are the faces of Brazil and India when they have the largest Black populations outside of Africa (Nigeria). This is about how even within the community, light skin girls are praised, simply for being closer to whiteness and how dark skin is demonized even further than initial Blackness. We do have to come together, unify, but you can never truly be together if we don’t hash out and talk about our demons.

Telling me I’m perpetuating colorism by talking about it is no more right than telling me I’m perpetuating racism by talking about race.

I find it funny when people will tell kids of mixed ethnicity’s to choose one ethnicity over the other but will tell bi/pansexual that it’s ok to like both/all genders and there’s no reason to choose. 

How about before you tell that precious mixed baby that they need to choose, instead of celebrating themselves to the fullest, maybe you should a) look at yourself and b) realize that whatever ethnicity a person chooses to be is none of your goddamn business then c) log off and think about your double standards.

Focus on yourself and your culture and sexuality and stop intruding on other people celebrating who they are. Ok?

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The west was built on racism. It's time we faced that – video
Kehinde Andrews says global inequality is not an accident – it is designed to keep the hierarchy of race intact
By Bruno Rinvolucri

Dead white men are revered by many as responsible for the advancement of civilisation, says sociology professor Kehinde Andrews. But, he argues, this so-called progress came at the expense of millions of people of colour. Global inequality is not an accident, he argues – it is designed to keep the hierarchy of race intact