‘Ghostbusters’ Star Leslie Jones Combats Racist Twitter Hate, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Responds
As you probably know, Leslie Jones has been dealing with some horrific abuse on Twitter by all kinds of racists and trolls. On Tuesday morning, the Ghostbusters star reached out to Twitter with a passionate plea to somehow stop the abuse, and just hours later, it appears that they have listened!
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted directly to Leslie, showing that they had her issues in their sights, with the message (below):
Tuesday, November 25th A thousand Garfield High School students walked out and marched on the streets of Seattle to the Federal Courthouse. The United Black Clergy and Seattle King Country NAACP organized this rally as “a teaching moment around national legislation on policing and the use of excessive force.” Before we walked out, Garfield’s Black Student Union had a discussion at our school beforehand about the facts of the case, racist policing and police brutality, and what we can do now as a community. We were joined by other schools in a show of solidarity. Long live the revolution!
Social media networks have all these lovely themed days like Twitter’s Friday Follow and Tumblr Tuesdays, but I think from here on out, I’m going to observe Racist Tuesdays, during which I will spend the whole day calling people racists.
“I’m not racist! I hang out with black people all the time!”
Well, congratulations. Do you want a gold star for not being a card-carrying member of the KKK? Because that’s all that I can really discern from that statement. You get two gold stars if you hug your black friends sometimes!
No, but seriously. Proximity and exposure have the potential to help keep your inner racist demons at bay, but alone do not necessarily extend to the eradication of racism. Having friends of color does not justify all the things you do and say. If you think that having friends of color exempts you from criticism, its all the more likely that you are racist.
“I’m not racist! I’m just only attracted to white people!”
Oh boy. Do I even need to address this? I didn’t think so until a huge debate about race and dating was sparked on The Feminist Hub. There’s a lot of debate as to whether or not sexuality is rooted in biology; making the claim that its not a choice and therefore predetermined is politically strategic (to a degree), but I tend to err more to the side of nurture rather than nature. Naturalizing anything is pretty problematic. Everything’s constructed. I digress.
While the jury’s still out (I guess) on whether sexual and/or gender orientation are biological, race is not biological. You can’t look at someone’s DNA and be like “Gosh darn I think its a Mexican!” It really is just a completely arbitrary category that we’ve made up. That doesn’t mean that race as a construct isn’t real–people have to live with the material reality of race on a daily basis. All’s I’m saying is, being attracted to only white people probably has less to do with your biology (over which you conveniently have no control over) and more to do with your perceived notions about other races and how you’ve been socialized to interact with them. Most socialization is racist. You can work past it, but you better be ready to acknowledge it first.
“I prefer brunettes over blondes. Does that make me a racist, then?”
No, but conflating hair color and race does! Hair color = easily changed for $10 at Walgreens. Race = you’re usually stuck with it, for better or worse.
“I’m not racist! Asian girls are hot! Wanna fuck?”
You are grossing me out. And you’re racist. I’m not an exotic novelty plaything, so please go away.
“What about minorities that only date within their race? Aren’t they racist, too?”
Power + Privilege = Racism. Yawn, reverse racism argument.
And seriously, after all the shit that you just said, imaginary bigot “you,” can you really blame them?
LOS ANGELES — A woman accused of starting a fight at a Texas pool party
— where an officer was caught on video throwing a teenage girl to the
ground and brandishing his gun — denied on Tuesday making racist
comments that sparked the altercation.
Flanked by her attorney Gloria Allred, Tracey Carver-Allbritton said
she was only trying to stop a struggle that involved her friend.
It’s the first time Carver-Allbritton spoke publicly about the
McKinney, Texas, pool party, which she attended with family members. She
said death and rape threats have forced her and her family to go into
hiding after the incident.
“Accusations that I am racist could not be further from the person I
truly am,” said Carver-Allbritton. “I want the truth to come out and the
lies and threats to stop.”
Carver-Allbritton was placed on administrative leave from her job at a
technology and data company due to the allegations against her, the
company, CoreLogic, said in a statement.
On June 5, police responded to a disturbance call involving “multiple
juveniles” who allegedly didn’t have permission to be at a community
pool party and refused to leave. People called 911 reporting the
juveniles were fighting, McKinney officials said.
One video shows Cpl. Eric Casebolt throwing a teenage girl in a
bikini to the ground and pulling out his gun on a group of teenagers who
came to her aid. Casebolt resigned after the incident and on the same
day McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called the actions “indefensible.”
A 24-second video clip shows Carver-Allbritton trying to pull a
friend away from a young woman who was pulling her hair.
Carver-Allbritton said she was subsequently accused by people of
instigating the fight and making racist remarks.
Carver-Allbritton said she tried leaving the
pool with her children and grandchildren after dozens of people who
weren’t residents started jumping the fence into the community pool.
People started shouting “go home” and “bye, bye black haters” as they
tried to leave, she said.
Carver-Allbritton said her friend was allegedly charged by a woman
she said appeared to be over the age of 18 and began pulling her hair.
Allred said the video was incomplete and said the rumors of her client making racist statements were false.
The death and rape threats against Carver-Allbritton and her family
have come in the form of texts and comments on Facebook posts on a fake
profile of her, Allred said. They have been reported to the McKinney
“This has created a very dangerous situation for herself and child and husband,” Allred said.
Aaron Clark, a friend of the family who is black, also attended the
news conference. He said he has known Carver-Allbritton for 13 years and
has lived with her family for two years.
“In the 13 years I’ve known her she has never said a racist statement
or even allowed anyone to make a racist statement in my presence,”
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