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Missing Black kids in DC.

This is just for general peace of mind and keeping abreast of current events, but I’ve seen a lot of posts about Black kids going missing in DC so I want to try to curb some of the hysteria and refocus a bit of that energy if possible.

1)

The robotics team from Burundi who were reported missing are likely seeking asylum in Canada so they won’t have to return.  Two of the kids have already been spotted across the border and the other four are probably safe as well.  No signs point to an abduction.

2) 

The 14 girls who went missing earlier this year is more concerning, but not in the way that it was presented.  I too was caught by the headlines that all these girls went missing in a day and I was a palled at the lack of national coverage, but the reporting was misleading.  At the time, there had been around 500 reported cases of missing juveniles all year and all but 22 of those cases had been solved.  Fourteen girls did not go missing in one day.  Someone likely noticed that Black children go missing at a disproportionately higher rate than white kids, put fourteen missing Black girls together in one social media post, and it went viral based on how shocked we were.

3) The real issue that’s being drowned out by misplaced hysteria is the actual tendency for police not to look for missing Black children.  Around 35% of missing children under 18 are Black, which is much higher than the population, and they aren’t found because there’s no sense of urgency when they’re first reported.  A white child that goes missing is more likely to trigger an Amber alert and a flurry of police activity.  A Black child is more likely to be considered a runaway (or a repeat runaway) and law enforcement does not employ the same level of resources.  That should be the focus, nationally, not the incorrect perception of Black kids going missing in DC all the time.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/27/521655564/d-c-s-missing-teens-a-false-number-that-spurred-a-real-conversation-on-race

http://time.com/4867560/burundi-missing-teens-canada-don-ingabire-audrey-mwamikazi/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/02/opinions/missing-girls-in-dc-jones-opinion/index.html

anonymous asked:

I realize that racism is still fairly rampant in the united states, but can people start recognizing the racism that exists in other parts of the world instead of putting up their first world blinds? i'm from mexico and I will waste no time saying that the racism in latin america is 100x worse than the racism in the states. people here are racist to whites, blacks, asians, even other mexicans. and there are no anti-discrimination laws here or whatever, so we just have to put up with it. (pt 1)

it just irks me that americans are so caught up in trivial disputes that aren’t even racist when there are other places that are falling apart because of the REAL racism that occurs every day. I know there are still racist things that happen in america, but I wish they could just take a step back and really observe what the rest of the world has to put up with while americans argue about why a soda can commercial is racist. btw, just followed you a few days ago, love your blog (pt 2)

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Yeah, Tumblr and American society at large is really bad about this.

And thanks!

notafraidofstopping876  asked:

What would you say if I told you that someday they would make a movie and then a musical (play with music) about your guys’ story with the strike?

Woah. A movin’ picture ‘bout us?! -Finch

Sounds like a pretty good show! -Henry

Pretty good? More like the best moving picture ever! -Mush

Make sure they gets lots of close ups of my handsome face! -Race

And somebody writin’ songs about us? That would be pretty neat! -Buttons

passive aggressive reminder that more than two genders and transgender people have existed for millennia

reminder that colonialism forced native societies to revert back to their gender assigned at birth or be killed

reminder that there has been Mahu in Hawai’i until it was forcefully taken and colonized by white america

reminder that there were Hijra in South Asia until britain colonized it and forced every Hijra person into concentration camps the same time the german holocaust was happening

reminder that We’Wha was lhamana who served as an Ambassador to the Zuni people in 1886 to Grover Cleveland and was arrested for witch craft

reminder that in ancient Egypt there were people who were transgender and Egyptologists say that it was just people who were “buried wrong”

reminder that there are thousands of societies and cultures lost because of white colonization and we will never hear their stories

reminder that when this isnt taught in school it erases the history of people of color and queer people 

Raising teenage girls can be a tough job. Raising black teenage girls as white parents can be even tougher. Aaron and Colleen Cook knew that when they adopted their twin daughters, Mya and Deanna.

As spring came around this year, the girls, who just turned 16, told their parents they wanted to get braided hair extensions. Their parents happily obliged, wanting Mya and Deanna to feel closer to their black heritage.

But when the girls got to school, they were asked to step out of class. Both were given several infractions for violating the dress code. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, north of Boston, bans hair extensions in its dress code, deeming them “distracting.”

When administrators asked the girls to remove their braids, Mya and Deanna refused.

When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

Illustration: Mai Ly Degnan for NPR

yellow-eyed-asshats  asked:

I have a question that may come out sounding kinda rude, but why can't writers write poc as people, put them through the same trials and tribulations as caucasian characters? This may come out sounding different that what I've asked in my head so if that's the case, I'm terribly sorry

Writing About PoC Trials and Tribulations

I understand where you’re coming from, because it looks unequal when you take it simply as “humans struggle, so why can’t we write about PoC struggling?”

What Topics To Avoid isn’t talking about struggle in general, which is where the confusion comes from.

Yes, you can write PoC struggling. This is not the question at hand.

What that post was pointing out is PoC struggle is rarely individual trials and tribulations like white characters.

When a white character struggles, they are struggling with something that is an individual struggle that is treated as a universal narrative for that person’s individual issues (like, everyone’s felt like an underdog at one point for various reasons). But if you look at the dominant stories for PoC, the struggle is directly because of their ethnicity, such as segregation, or a racial-based war, and/or colonialism, to name a few. The plot falls apart when the ethnicity/situation is changed.

We are asking you to look at why you are attracted to struggles that come directly as a result of being a certain ethnicity. 

Starcrossed lovers are fine, but why does every starcrossed lovers story involving a PoC have to be set at a time when interracial marriage was illegal, and/or in a setting where one side’s family hate the other for their skin tone?

An underdog with less experience is fine, but why does every underdog involving a PoC involve somebody who came from an impoverished background and low quality schools because it’s in a predominantly PoC neighbourhood?

The question we want white writers to ask is: “does my character struggle and experience pain primarily because of their ethnic background, does my character experience a unique struggle because of their ethnic background, or is my struggle primarily because of individual circumstances that are informed by the ethnicities at hand?”

If they experience a struggle primarily because of their ethnic background (ie- segregation), then that is a very nuanced narrative that should be left alone by outsiders because it’s exploiting another person’s pain for your plot.

If they experience a struggle heavily informed because of their ethnic background (ie- underdog because of racism, navigating a system that has particularly potent institutionalized racism like the psychiatric system), then that is an identity story that should be left alone by outsiders because it’s treating various isms (racism, classism, colourism) as a tragic backstory to overcome.

If they experience a struggle where their ethnicity plays a part but only minor events change if you switch around ethnicity (ie- starcrossed lovers where one side is very closed off), then it’s primarily because of individual circumstance that can be written by outsiders who do enough research.

I recently saw a very cute concept where a boy falls in love with a Muslim girl who keeps halal. He tried to win her heart by cooking, but she refused to eat it because it wasn’t halal. Once he discovered what the issue was, he learned all about halal cooking and made her halal meals to win her heart.

This story is only moderately informed by the girl’s customs. The story could be simply that she’s a picky eater, allergic to some foods, or has specific tastes. Because you can swap out a few things for it, this story isn’t About Being Muslim. The plot would’ve changed based on what it was, but the actual plot point could be anything.

But if there was a similar “guy falls for Muslim girl” situation and his family was Islamophobic, that would be using Islamophobia for plot pain and reinforcing all the gross stuff Muslims go through because of Islamophobia.

Hope that clears things up.

~ Mod Lesya

anonymous asked:

How is acting in real life: Hard work, learning a role, win it normally out of competence. Or being choose for your talents or because the artistic choice of the director/casting, etc. Normally you eat with it. How does Tumblr think that acting is: They choose you because you have light skin, not because you broke your back in a university. You have to be ashamed for working. You have yo want to quit of your work because other actor of [insert minority] doesn't has it.

^^

Counter-protesters drown out KKK rally protesting removal of Confederate statue

  • A Ku Klux Klan chapter convening at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday afternoon not only overestimated member turnout, it seems to have underestimated potential for a counter-protest.
  • According to CNN, approximately 50 Loyal White Knights — some robed — showed up to challenge the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park. 
  • They were met with hundreds of demonstrators determined to drown them out.
  • “I teach about slavery and African-American history, and it’s important to face the Klan and to face the demons of our collective history and our original sin of slavery,” Jalane Schmidt, a professor at the University of Virginia and a leading voice behind the statue’s removal, told the Washington Post.  Read more. (7/9/2017 1:00 PM)

One year ago, Barack Obama was winding down his final term and Donald Trump was … a candidate for President?

Muhammad Ali, Juan Gabriel and Philando Castile were still standing, and Standing Rock, N.D., wasn’t on most people’s maps. The term “alt-right” required an explanation; the phrase “hot sauce in my bag” did not.

And the Code Switch podcast was born.

Over the past year, our discussions about race have been shaped by pop culture and fine art; academia and activism; tragedy and humor and politics and food. And we’ve been shaped by you, our audience — the questions and ideas that you bring to us every day.

So for our anniversary, everyone on the team wrote about some of the stories and ideas that changed how they thought about race.

From Mourning to ‘Moonlight’: A Year In Race, As Told By Code Switch

Illustration: Chelsea Beck/NPR