issues-of-race

Whenever someone tells me that there’s no social issues involving race/gender/sexuality/whatever I respond with

"There is no war in Ba Sing Se"

naughtylemonwhore asked:

Its funny because Weeds was created by the same person behind OITNB. Honestly the first few seasons are funny. It has some great lines and a lot of dark humour but it was one of those ones that got dragged out to the point where it became pretty brutal to watch near the end.

It makes sense. Jenji Kohan is still a benevolent racist. She’s learned a lot since Weeds, that much is clear, but I’m still highly critical of the race issues on OITNB, especially in the second season.

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The Daily Show 2014-08-26 - David.Rose

"f only Michael Brown, instead of holding his hands over his head, reached down to his waist and lifted up his shirt, to show the gun he did not actually have, well, this whole tragedy could’ve been avoided.

Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people?”

James Meredith, the black man who 50 years ago inflamed white Mississippi by quietly demanding admission to the state’s segregated flagship university, does not plan to participate this week in the university’s commemoration of his history-making enrollment.

The University of Mississippi says Meredith, now 79 and living in Jackson, has been invited to take part in events to mark the anniversary, but Meredith says he doesn’t see the point.

"I ain’t never heard of the Germans celebrating the invasion of Normandy, or the bombing and destruction of Berlin. I ain’t never heard of the Spanish celebrating the destruction of the Armada."

Asked to clarify, Meredith said: "Did you find anything 50 years ago that I should be celebrating?"

Mississippi’s segregationist governor in 1962, Ross Barnett, denounced the federal government as “evil and illegal forces of tyranny” for ordering Ole Miss to enroll Meredith, a 29-year-old Air Force veteran.

In the face of state defiance, President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, deployed more than 3,000 soldiers and 500 law enforcement officers to Oxford. Two white men were killed and more than 200 people were injured, including 160 U.S. marshals, in the ensuing riot.

Meredith is now memorialized by a bronze statue on campus, which he calls “hideous” and wants destroyed.

Meredith says the monument glosses over the magnitude of Mississippi’s resistance to his exercise of what should have been recognized as an obvious human right.

James Meredith sounds like an ornery and wonderful old gem of a human being.

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"When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.

So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, “Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.” It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t.

The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.”  - Chris Rock

what’s really got me fucked up is like, mcdonalds even said that the protesters didn’t break in… that they were apparently given the milk??? like??? when a multimillion dollar company built off the suffering of poor people (and also whole bunches of animals but let’s not even go there) is like “shit seems bad have this for free letting you suffer in these conditions would be inhumane” WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM

Arizona’s law banning Mexican-American studies curriculum is constitutional, judge rules
March 11, 2013

A court upheld most provisions of an Arizona state law used to prohibit a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson on Friday.

The ruling dealt a blow to supporters of the suspended classes, who had hoped the courts would overturn a 2010 law championed by Arizona conservatives determined to shut down the unconventional courses.

“I was really surprised at the decision,” Jose Gonzalez, a former teacher of Tucson’s suspended Mexican-American Studies classes, told The Huffington Post. “But as a student and teacher of history, I know in civil rights cases like this there’s always setbacks.”

The experimental Tucson curriculum was offered to students in different forms in some of the local elementary, middle and high schools. It emphasized critical thinking and focused on Mexican-American literature and perspectives. Supporters lauded the program, pointing to increased graduation rates, high student achievement and a state-commissioned independent audit that recommended expanding the classes.

But conservative opponents accused the teachers of encouraging students to adopt left-wing ideas and resent white people, a charge the teachers deny. Aiming squarely at Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 — a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.

Federal Judge Wallace Tashima said the plaintiffs failed to show the law was too vague, broad or discriminatory, or that it violated students’ first amendment rights.

The news wasn’t all bad for supporters of the suspended classes. Tashima ruled that the section of the law prohibiting courses tailored to serve students of a particular ethnicity was unconstitutional.

Originally filed in October of 2010 on behalf of the program’s former teachers, who lost standing because they are public employees, the case is currently brought by former Mexican-American Studies student Nicholas Dominguez and his mother Margarita Dominguez. They will likely appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next 30 days, their lawyer Richard Martinez told The Huffington Post.

“This case is not over,” Martinez said. “It’s not only important to Arizona, but to the country as a whole that this statute be addressed.”

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne began a campaign to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies program from Tucson Unified School District in 2006, when he was serving as the state’s Superintendent of Public Education.

Angered that Mexican-American civil rights leader Dolores Huerta had said that “Republicans hate Latinos” in a speech to Tucson students, Horne sent Deputy Superintendent Margaret Dugan, a Latina Republican, to give an alternate view. But the intellectual exercise turned confrontational when students, who said they were not allowed to ask Dugan questions, sealed their mouths with tape and walked out of the assembly room.

“As superintendent of schools, I have visited over 1,000 schools and I’ve never seen students be disrespectful to a teacher in that way,” Horne said in an interview last year.

The final product of his efforts was House Bill 2281, which then-State Sen. John Huppenthal (R) helped pilot through the Arizona legislature. Huppenthal, who succeeded Horne as state superintendent of schools, then found Tucson out of compliance with the new law and ordered the district to shut Mexican-American Studies down or lose 10 percent of its annual funding — some $14 million over the fiscal year. In January of 2012, the school board complied, voting 4 to 1 to discontinue the classes.

The decision drew national attention as administrators plucked Latino literature that once belonged to the curriculum from classrooms, explicitly banning seven titles from instruction.

Tashima wrote in Friday’s ruling that Horne’s anti-Mexican-American Studies zeal bordered on discrimination.

“This single-minded focus on terminating the MAS (Mexican-American Studies) program, along with Horne’s decision not to issue findings against other ethnic studies programs, is at least suggestive of discriminatory intent,” Tashima wrote.

But the federal judge stopped short of invalidating the law on those grounds.

"Although some aspects of the record may be viewed to spark suspicion that the Latino population has been improperly targeted, on the whole, the evidence indicates that Defendants targeted the MAS program, not Latino students, teachers or community members who participated in the program," the judge wrote in the ruling.

Not everyone agrees.

Writer and activist Tony Diaz — who along with independent journalist Liana Lopez and multimedia artist Bryan Parras launched a “librotraficante” caravan to “smuggle” books banned from Tucson classrooms into Arizona — said the court had “failed our youth, our culture and freedom of speech” by upholding the Arizona ethnic studies law.

“But we remain inspired by the youth of Tucson, the teachers, the families, the activists who will appeal this unjust ruling and continue the struggle to the Supreme Court,” Diaz said.

Source
Photo: Save Ethnic Studies by Julio Salgado

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Representation and Toys: The importance of Seeing Yourself in The Toys You’ve played With

"…When my mom was younger, she survived a  horrific childhood accident–that left her hospitalized for months on end. She remembered the nurses that came to check up on her and that would later inspire her to become a nurse as well. But as a five year old girl, she told her parents that for Christmas she wanted Santa to bring her a doll. But not just any doll, but a nurse doll. One that looked like her, of course.

She remembers waking up on Christmas morning to find that she did get the  nurse doll, like she wanted. But one with blue eyes and blond hair, not one that resembled her. When she questioned her father why Santa didn’t bring her a doll that looked like her, he stumbled over his words. Santa couldn’t find one. SANTA, good old Chris Kringle, could not find a doll with skin and hair like hers. She still remembers the sheer disappointment 51 years later.

Explaining to others why under represented people, need POSITIVE representation of themselves gets old fast. Real fast.When you’re bombarded with constant  images of those who resemble  you that are subjected to violence, cast out into stereotypical caricatures and otherwise shown in a bad light you tend to see stuff like this widely distributed. Number Seven on that list, the Golliwogs dolls were created by folks that built an whole empire on racial insensitivity using images that should have been left in the past. (And they’re still being sold today, if you can believe it.)

…” 

Very good article , read it all at Black Nerds problems

Yes, Finding Entire Races Of People Unattractive Is Pretty Racist

The truth hurts, but here we go: Claiming that you’re not attracted to entire races of people is generally pretty racist.

Listen, we can all admit that our likes and dislikes aren’t innate, right? Girls weren’t born to like dresses, we were socialized to think that dresses are what girls wear, and we responded accordingly. So if people can believe that something as simple as gendered clothing options weren’t hardwired into our DNA, why are people so convinced that their racial preferences have absolutely zero societal influence?

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"I’m Not Normally Into Asian Girls, But…"

Last night I took my daughters to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, & they were dressed as Captain America and Director Fury. After the film my husband and I were discussing how, of the 6 main “good guys” in the film, only one was a Caucasian male (Captain America), and the remaining 5 were 2 African American men (Nick Fury, Falcon), and 3 women (Black Widow, Maria Hill, and Sharon/Agent 13 - who were, granted, all Caucasian).

My youngest daughter (dressed as Director Fury) turned to me and said “Come on, Mom, why are you always noticing stuff like that? It’s ok, everything is OK. We don’t have to worry about stuff like that anymore.” (by “stuff like that” she meant diversity & representation in media, the workplace, and society in general).

I just smiled at her, feeling both happy and sad at the same time.

I was happy because my daughter, who, until she was 9, grew up in a society in Mozambique that taught her that men rule, and a woman’s only value/purpose in life was to produce and care for children. The fact that she now, at the age of 14 thinks that women and men have equal footing & representation in this world truly speaks to all the wonderful women AND men in her life. From my husband/ her father, (who runs a publishing company from home so that he can also be a SAHD for her & treats me as not just an equal, but a partner in absolutely everything & supports me wholeheartedly in my chosen career path of United States Marine officer), to my close friends/her “aunties” who are all intelligent, sucessful, amazing women (among them a scientist, artist/expert costume designer, astronomer, SAHM, engineer, and so many others - some single, some married, some with kids, some without, but all living their lives to the fullest) who all take the time to be there for her & mentor her.

But I was sad because, as I told her in answer to her original question “why do I always notice ‘stuff like that’?” - well, once you see it, you can’t UN-SEE it. “It” being subersive gender and race discrimination (subversive because it’s generally not purposeful - it just is “generally accepted” - ie, with Divergent being so popular everyone’s calling it the “New Hunger Games” and how Shailene Woodley is going to be the new “it girl” because heaven forbid both she & Jennifer Lawrence are BOTH “it women.” Apparently there’s only room for ONE of them in Hollywood).

Does that mean I can’t enjoy my life or something as simple as a movie? Not at all! I adored Captain America. Do I think it would be nice to maybe see some more POC in leading roles in film? YES! So, that brings me back to my first point, I loved that among 6 leading good guys, 3 of them were women, BUT next time it would be pretty awesome if maybe one or two of those women were Hispanic, or Asian, or some other race. “But Sharon Carter is white in the comics!” Yeah, so was Nick Fury.

A few minutes after this conversation my girls were discussing how awesome Black Widow was, and I told them “They’re making a Black Widow movie!” Again, my youngest looked at me in askanse “What?! I thought there already was one!”

I shook my head. “No, not yet. The film industry apparently doesn’t think a film led by a woman will do well.”

Given that the last 3 films she saw in the theatre were Catching Fire, Frozen, and Divergent, this threw my daughter for a loop. “Well that’s just dumb.”

Yes, yes it is.

The poll finds that racial prejudice is not limited to one group of partisans. Although Republicans were more likely than Democrats to express racial prejudice in the questions measuring explicit racism (79 percent among Republicans compared with 32 percent among Democrats), the implicit test found little difference between the two parties. That test showed a majority of both Democrats and Republicans held anti-black feelings (55 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans), as did about half of political independents (49 percent).

There are several bits of interesting information in this new Associated Press poll that found a majority of Americans now hold negative views of black people, but above is perhaps the most important one. Many liberals like to cluck their tongues at the “racist” GOP, but it’s good to remember that, under the surface, so-called progressives can often be just as anti-black as the bigots they condemn.

—Cord Jefferson