issues-of-race

lkeke35  asked:

I wanted to respond to the anonymous poster who was concerned about the racism in the Hannibal discourse. I'm not saying their concerns aren't valid, because the show does have some issues with race. But some very solid reasons were said on the DVD commentary for that scene, for why the decision was made to spare Freddie Lounds, a white woman, the fate of Dr. Chilton.

I responded to your addition already.  And basically the reasons on the DVD commentary are a bunch of whitesplaining especially considering that they killed off Beverly Katz an Asian Jewish woman.  Protecting women was only a priority when it was protecting a white woman Freddie Lounds.

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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.

lgbtqnation.com
This black lesbian activist declined a prestigious honor from The Queen of England. Here’s why.
“I’m honored and grateful, but I have to say no thank you.”

Last week, Queen Elizabeth II said she thought that gay marriage was absolutely “wonderful.” Meanwhile, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah — an LGBT activist in the U.K. best known for founding U.K. Black Pride — was one of 1,200 artists, activists, and other notables listed in the Queens New Year’s Honors List.

Opoku-Gyimah, who also served as a Rainbow List judge and Stonewall Trustee, was happy to be noticed. But it’s complicated.

As she told the U.K.’s Diva magazine:

“If you’re a member of a minority – or multiple minorities – it’s important to be visible as a role model for others [and] for your successes to be seen. An honor is a very public statement that the establishment has decided that you, and what you do, are valued by the wider society. You’ve worked hard, and they’ve actually noticed.”

However, inclusion on the list comes with an MBE, which makes her known as a Member of the British Empire. And she has a problem with that:

“…Member of the British Empire? I don’t believe in empire. I don’t believe in, and actively resist, colonialism and its toxic and enduring legacy in the Commonwealth, where – among many other injustices – LGBTQI people are still being persecuted, tortured and even killed because of sodomy laws, including in Ghana, where I am from, that were put in place by British imperialists. I’m honored and grateful, but I have to say no thank you.”

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Hafu: the mixed-race experience in Japan [Official Trailer]

Producer/Director/Videographer: Megumi Nishikura

“With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible others not. “Hafu” is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. 

The film follows the lives of five “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. For some of these hafus Japan is the only home they know, for some living in Japan is an entirely new experience, and others are caught somewhere between two different worlds.”

Available now, video on demand vimeo / hafufilm


(Not superhero or comic related but I personally want to see it)

theguardian.com
#SayHerName: why Kimberlé Crenshaw is fighting for forgotten women
More than 70 black women have died at the hands of the police in the past three years. Professor and activist Crenshaw, who coined the term ‘intersectionality’ in the 1980s, is determined they will not be forgotten
By Homa Khaleeli

When she speaks at public meetings, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw has a trick. She asks everyone to stand up until they hear an unfamiliar name. She then reads the names of unarmed black men and boys whose deaths ignited the Black Lives Matter movement; names such as Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin. Her audience are informed and interested in civil rights so “virtually no one will sit down”, Crenshaw says approvingly. “Then I say the names of Natasha McKenna, Tanisha Anderson, Michelle Cusseaux, Aura Rosser, Maya Hall. By the time I get to the third name, almost everyone has sat down. By the fifth, the only people standing are those working on our campaign.”

The campaign, #SayHerName, was created to raise awareness about the number of women and girls that are killed by law enforcement officers. For Crenshaw – who coined the term “intersectionality” in the 1980s to describe the way different forms of discrimination overlap and compound each other – it is a brutal illustration of how racism and sexism play out on black women’s bodies.

theguardian.com
All 50 US states fail to meet global police use of force standards, report finds
Amnesty International report describes ‘shocking lack of fundamental respect for the sanctity of human life’ as nine states have no laws to deal with police force
By Jamiles Lartey

Every state in the US fails to comply with international standards on the lethal use of force by law enforcement officers, according to a report by Amnesty International USA, which also says 13 US states fall beneath even lower legal standards enshrined in US constitutional law and that nine states currently have no laws at all to deal with the issue.

The stinging review comes amid a national debate over police violence and widespread protest following the high-profile deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; 43-year-old Eric Garner in New York; 50-year-oldWalter Scott in South Carolina; and 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore – all unarmed black men killed by police within the past 11 months.

Amnesty USA executive director Steven Hawkins told the Guardian the findings represented a “shocking lack of fundamental respect for the sanctity of human life”.

“While law enforcement in the United States is given the authority to use lethal force, there is no equal obligation to respect and preserve human life. It’s shocking that while we give law enforcement this extraordinary power, so many states either have no regulation on their books or nothing that complies with international standards,” Hawkins said.

Amnesty found that in all 50 states and Washington DC, written statutes were too broad to fit these international standards, concluding: “None of the laws establish the requirement that lethal force may only be used as a last resort with non-violent means and less harmful means to be tried first. The vast majority of laws do not require officers to give a warning of their intent to use firearms.”

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.

I really need y'all to understand that your freedom of speech does not allow you to make baseless hate speech, threats, or intimidation. Your freedom of speech has an asterisk and it comes with consequences. I don’t condone the acts taken against Charlie Hebdo, but if you are hashtagging ‘I am Charlie Hebdo,’ you’re saying you’re racist, islamophobic, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, and just about every kind of bigot you can think of. Just FYI.

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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:

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Not all the presidents who raped, beat, owned, and stole whole other human beings into SLAVERY? Not the presidents who accepted racial discrimination as law? Not the presidents who put entire races of people into subjugation and internment camps? Not the presidents who put racial quotas on immigration into the US? Not the presidents who stole land from Native Americans and made it legal to kill any Native American who fought back? Oh, okay…nice try, Ben Stein…

How funny, it was Hermione’s white skin that you loved so much about her all along. 

And here I was thinking it was her intelligence, her compassion, her studious nature, her perfectionism, her moral compass, her desire for rules and order mixed with her natural need to achieve justice, her know-it-all tendencies, her loyalty, and her high ambition. 

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