racial politics in media

The Lisa Problem

I started what I thought was going to be a funny mashup blog, and the longer I posted the more I began realizing that I loved seeing bell’s wisdom interact with one of the most nostalgic, unexamined cultural texts that I, and everyone I know, had ingested growing up. 

 And you know what’s frustrating? I’m a white woman, and I would love NOT to have an overwhelming number of these posts be depicting people who look like me. But Lisa Turtle is the sole WOC in a regular role on the show, and to use her for each post on race feels like I’m dipping into tokenism.  And maybe I’ll write a research paper on this one day, but you know who can afford grad school? NOT THIS GIRL. 

Who has advice? 

EDIT: I had originally written “POC” because I had forgotten about AC Slater, that gem.

Sorry, but you’re using that MLK quote wrong 

There’s no denying that Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most prolific writers and orators in American history. Unfortunately, that comes with a downside: His brilliant words often get distorted, for all the wrong reasons.

Worse, this often happens during contentious political debates on social media — especially those with important racial implications. Sometimes, these errors are the result of cluelessness; other times, it’s the work of a  bigot spinning King’s famous remarks in an attempt to shame people who care about social justice.

With MLK Day upon us, these misrepresentations and full-blown inaccuracies are here again, too.