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I feel like this image of Douglas Reddish after having to knock out some piece of shit, racist, ex-Goldman-Sachs prick in the West Village while on a lunch date with his girlfriend this past weekend pretty much speaks to how I feel about all these dumb racists lately.
Punch him again for us, Mr Reddish.

I feel like this image of Douglas Reddish after having to knock out some piece of shit, racist, ex-Goldman-Sachs prick in the West Village while on a lunch date with his girlfriend this past weekend pretty much speaks to how I feel about all these dumb racists lately.

Punch him again for us, Mr Reddish.

wretchedoftheearth:

alienswithankhs:

a-tropical-elf:

rreen:

muddypetticoats:

whatwhiteswillneverknow:

How to use your white privilege

If the “passing privilege” person is looking at this blog, this is one thing you can do, if you’re up to it.

Reblogging for excellence.

Too beautiful.

I just tried to post this video on fb in a social justice group and I got denied by facebook. I‘m not trynna cry right now, but I will take a moment to remind myself how important the work I’m doing is #lawdamercy

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fuck white people

wow…

(Source: whatwhiteswillneverknow)

girljanitor:

robot-heart-politics:

aka14kgold:

onebigpear:

fuckyeahfeminists:

This is what the school-to-prison pipeline looks like. This is how black youth criminalized.

  1. She was doing a science experiment
  2. She’s being charged as an ADULT
  3. She’s being charged with a FELONY

If this all goes the way the prosecution wants, this young woman will be LEGALLY discriminated against for the rest of her life. No voting, housing discrimination,  employment discrimination (as if getting a job while black isn’t hard enough), etc. etc.

There is a petition up … spread the word.

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-bartow-police-and-bartow-high-school-drop-charges-against-kiera-wilmot

Hey, remember this from yesterday? Go ahead and hit up the petition. 

The school’s justification:

Riptide spoke to the Polk County School District about why they felt expulsion was a fair punishment for Wilmot. Their response: kids should learn that “there are consequences to their actions.” 

The school is on twitter and facebook. Feel free to start the public shaming.

what the everloving FUCK

Are you fucking kidding me?

I’m not a racist but…

—Racists

You’re not as progressive as you think you are

Last night, I attended a fundraiser for a local organization that promotes Fairness for LGBTQ people, people of color and other marginalized groups in Kentucky. I love their work and they’re very good at actually winning campaigns.

I was dressed fancy enough and looked pretty damn cute last night. I had a wonderful time, and plan on attending again next year.

There was self-service coat-check at this event. So I put my coat up along with my purse and walked away after I figured it out. Then I realized I’d left my phone in my purse! I walked back to the coat check with my glass of blended white wine, and put it on the edge of the counter while I dug through my purse.

So I and about 4-5 white folks were in the coat check area, rummaging around, taking off coats and hanging up coats. I retrieved my phone from my purse, and put it on the counter. One white lady approached the coat check counter and was making eye contact with me.

At first I was like, “Oh shit do I know this lady, and don’t remember her?” When she didn’t say “Hi Pam!” I figured not. But she was holding her coat. And I realized… This haughty minx thinks I’m the coat check girl.

Now, this organization is all about equal rights and standing up for each other. It’s about defending LGBTQ rights and equal legal justice for every person.

But even in that environment, even while at least 3 other people (all of whom were white) were hanging up their own damn coats, this white woman thought I was the coat check girl.

I just grabbed my phone off the counter, grabbed my glass of wine and walked away. I may or may not have given her side eye as I did so.

A white guy behind me said to the haughty lady as I sipped my wine and checked twitter, “It’s self-service coat check.” 

morningsides:

racismschool:

Black History in the USA: Banned Cartoon 

watch n’ learn yall

Awesome

(Source: youtube.com)

Tumblr, human reaction to change & aversion to powerlessness and systems change

If you’re not an advid tumblr user, I’ll clue you into the fact that tumblr recently made a pretty big change to how users post on the site. I honestly like the new change. I have to open less tabs, and can look at stuff on my dashboard as I write a post, which is actually very useful for the post you’re reading right now. It’s also way easier to reblog without having to pause my entire life.

Tumblr makes big changes to how the service is used and attempts to use the staff blog (which not everyone follows and/or is around when the post shows up in the dash) There’s a lack of consideration for users in foreign time zones because changes are posted during business hours in eastern standard time.

I think, sure. There’s a lack of outreach on how to use the new service. That kind of sucks, and is sorta rude. I think Google does an excellent job of preparing the masses for change, and tumblr could take some advice from that process.

However, what I’m thinking of today is the utter outrage some people express because the interface changed.

This, my esteemed friends and followers, is how you as a human being react to change. Maybe it’s pissed you off. Maybe you are hurt. Perhas you wanna burn it all down and tear it all to shreds. This is a prime example of how humans, as a whole react to change.

Most human beings are naturally resistant to, and afraid of, change they didn’t specifically request. It removes our desire for control, even if it is a minimal desire, and places us in the position of the powerless. 

But the people who are most pissed off when tumblr makes a change (I actually like this change a lot, tbh) no matter how signifigant seem to have no common bond. It’s not like I can say, “It is mostly the able-bodied straight, affluent CIS White Males living in Manhattan on my dashboard.” They get pissed off too, but it’s really a wide-reaching sea of pissed off, which reaches the shores of every type of person.

So I bring up how I noticed that human beings are resistant to change because this is a good reflection of how difficult huge systems changes are. Americans don’t have a health care system that appropriately helps all people, regardless of income because that would be an enormous change. 

The majority of us are resistant to progress because we are afraid. Many others are resistant to change because they’re financially invested in things staying the same, but that’s a slightly different conversation.

Encouraging a culture of acceptance for people no matter which people they love, how they pee, how their bodies are shaped or how they interpret what they see (or don’t see) in the mirror… that’s an enormous change. Furthermore, that specific type of change requires us all to change how we think internally. There’s no change to a layout or even a structural change, we have to challenge the way we see the world and how we react to others in order for that to work.

If we can’t get down with a fucking website changing the way we interact with posts, it is quite clear that it’s gonna take a damn long time to dismantle all the various phobias and -isims of ourselves and fellow humans.

Frustrating News Reporting

I’m a little conflicted. I really want to complain about news reporting in this day and age. I also want to rant about how people of color are disrespected by the news system as a whole.

All of this is inspired by the sudden death of a professional black woman from my neighborhood.

Today, Louisville’s major print news outlet, the Courier-Journal reported that the former Metro Councilwoman of my neighborhood, Dr Judy Green, passed away. She was a professional Black woman (A dentist!), and was involved in some controversy involving her time as a metro council member.  

It was really sad news. She was only 57 years old.

I have a mother with health problems in her 60’s so this was especially troubling to me. I’ve also had many conversations with Dr Green, and this news was shocking. 

Then, Louisville’s Fox Affiliate, WDRB, said:

Although several other media outlets have reported that Green is dead, her daughter, Joy, tells WDRB’s Stephan Johnson that family members are gathering at the hospital while Green remains on life support.

Say what?

Not only are you conflicting the city’s only major newspaper, and another television outlet, you’re talking smack on them, in regards to the death of a professional black woman? That’s not only ballsy, but it’s disrespectful to Dr Green and her family, who’ve already been through a media shitstorm.

Then, I got a tweet from a reporter for WAVE!

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So… here’s the problem.

On one hand, I’m thinking that a part of the conflict here is that news happens instantaneously  I started getting confused (And complained about it publicly) with the conflicting reports on twitter. All of the articles had been posted and/or updated around 10:30.

About 10 years ago, all the news stations probably would have published the same news, because by Noon, everyone would have everything all cleared up… possibly?

A 24 hour news cycle helps keep us informed, but it also allows for terrible mistakes like this regarding sad, devastating news. 

What I think is the bigger story here is, was this mishandled because of the 24 hour news cycle mentality of getting the story out quickly, or was it mishandled because Dr Green was a professional woman of color who had already suffered from ongoing public scrutiny in a city known for publicly racist behavior?

jethroq:

kemetically-afrolatino:

China denounces America’s treatment of Afro-descendants

“In conclusion, The People’s Republic of China demands that America stop using their cry of human rights violations against other sovereign nations in order to declare war on them to steal their resources when America flagrantly violates the human rights of Afro-descendants and other minorities within its own country.”

this article just drops stat. after stat. on the racial inequalities in the U.S. good read.

When China calls out your shit about human rights. And has the numbers to back it up. Then you know you’ve fucked up.

This report and the article about it are nearly 2 years old, and I’m just now hearing about it. I wonder why.

jethroq:

kemetically-afrolatino:

China denounces America’s treatment of Afro-descendants

In conclusion, The People’s Republic of China demands that America stop using their cry of human rights violations against other sovereign nations in order to declare war on them to steal their resources when America flagrantly violates the human rights of Afro-descendants and other minorities within its own country.”

this article just drops stat. after stat. on the racial inequalities in the U.S. good read.

When China calls out your shit about human rights. And has the numbers to back it up. Then you know you’ve fucked up.

This report and the article about it are nearly 2 years old, and I’m just now hearing about it. I wonder why.

(Source: revolutionary-afrolatino)

Why I’m SO Hype about Rhonda Lee (the Black Meteorologist) getting axed for defending her hair to that Racist

A few years ago I worked for a company called Software Management LLC. They’re owned by a conservative family based out of Lexington, Kentucky.

While working there, I was experimenting with ways to wear my hair naturally. I’d stopped using perms, and was coming into my own with how to style & wear it. Mostly I still wore it flat-ironed, but every now and again I dabbled with wearing it naturally.

My job involved going to county clerk’s offices and training the folks there on how to use the company’s software. Often I also had to train people on how to use the internet, or even how to use a mouse. It was easy work for me, but not a job for everyone, as it required being tender with people old enough to be my parents, and who lived in towns where they could go an entire week without seeing someone who looked like me.

Nonetheless, I was amazing at my job, and all of my clients were very pleased with my work, and ability to train and support them.

One day, our HR manager brought me into our office to talk to me about my appearance. I mean, maybe she did need to talk to me about how I wore my beat up black chucks to work everyday, but my outfits were on point aside from my shoes. She offered to get me a makeover. 

At first I legitimately believed that she wanted to do this for me as a reward, and to help me step further into being a young professional.

Then she mentioned my hair.

She mentioned that my hair was not professional. She mentioned that it might look nicer straight. She did not directly say that there would be disciplinary actions taken if I DID NOT straighten my hair, but it was implied.

So, I was hurt, and I didn’t exactly know how to express that I felt like she was degrading me with her racist assumptions about my hair lowering my ability to be professional 

I ended up being passive aggressive about how I felt, because I lacked the ability to say, “That’s insensitive and racist, here are the reasons why.” I also had a sociopath for a co-worker and a total of 1 co-worker I enjoyed hanging out with. So I quit without notice and never spoke to any of those people again. 

But anyway, the point of this story is that Rhonda Lee is struggling with the same issue. She’s dealing with leadership that is so racist that they punish her for being attacked publicly. She’s being graceful in the face of adversity and an industry that actively works to erase the face of black women, and absolutely our luscious locks.

She is at a point where she knows how to accurately articulate what’s going on — and I can honestly say I would be able to do so now as well — but I worry.

I worry about all the other young black women who are dealing with this shit in silence. I worry about the ladies fresh out of college who are sporting fly natural styles and may encounter a boss who tells them, “That’s not professional,” and they may not have the courage to stand up for themselves, or a support structure to tell them that it’s okay to do so.

Be someone’s support. Tell Rhonda Lee’s story to people.

Let the black women in your life know that we are BEAUTIFUL. Compliment her hair. Tell her that our hair is lovely, and goddamnit, it’s fucking professional.

sociolab:

collegenowsociology:

What does this infographic tell us?

Racism is institutional.

sociolab:

collegenowsociology:

What does this infographic tell us?

Racism is institutional.

(Source: onlyexperiments)

Hi,

My friends may not agree with me, but I’m still completely convinced that TRIBE is a setup with hidden cameras in the back of the store. 

The way you interacted with the three of us in the shop yesterday was pretty strange. Initiating discourse about the insensitivity of the entire scheme of the TRIBE shop, as well as never really engaging us about buying anything beyond stating what was already on the signs. 

We legitimately wanted to walk into the store, look around and see for ourselves what was going on. We had no desire for conflict when we walked in. 

Your obviously troll-esque behavior on Tumblr, Twitter (and in person!)… I was bewildered by the fact that your shop owner friended Kita on facebook after she posted angry things on his personal facebook? 

Who, over the age of 14, actually does that? 

A normal person would block her, or send a private message to avoid controversy. Tribe’s existence seems to be all about public discourse and stimulating controversy and conflict.

I’m thinking that two groups of people actually do these things.

1. Rude, insensitive, belligerent “Colorblind,” racists who genuinely believe that we’re, “all one tribe.”

2. People working with a network or production company attempting to gather angry internet posts & videos  from people of color for a compendium of TV episodes or webisodes documenting how racist designers can get away with whatever despicable behavior they like, even when there is a clear outrage from people who are offended.  

I’m not buying one iota of this being number 1. Why? Because the business plan is clearly unsound from what I’ve observed.

Come on, by now you have to be ready to own up to it. What’s the name of your show? What agencies and networks are you working with? How does someone from this town actually afford to hire all the models, create all the look-books, and craft all of the videos—- each of which contain people drinking alcohol wearing tribe apparel. 

That’s what I’m talking about y’all, you’ve pushed the bar so far on this insensitivity that I can’t even believe you’re real. Yesterday I started laughing while Kita was arguing with you, because I felt like I fell into a Dali painting or that show, “What would you do?” on NBC. It was just hilarious that you tossed out every single possible racist trope in our presence. “My great, great, great, grandmother was 3/4 Cherokee!” That was hilarious! People actually say stuff like that in earnest! 

"Look for something hard enough and you’ll find it!"

Really. That’s how you’re going to close the argument with us? Really? 

I don’t buy it, man.

Why would a reasonable shop owner want 3 women who are obviously fairly stylish and attractive (yeah! I went there!) to be upset with your new shop? 

I find it interesting that your main place of business is registered somewhere else in Louisville, particularly a street off of Dixie Highway without street view on Google. 

You’re so tight with people in New York and LA. And the design firm, you showed on your facebook page? Hoodzpah

I find it hilarious and amazing that two insensitively named organizations you’ve linked to this Design firm in LA run by two gentile (Which would be a better name for Tribe as it stands, don’t you think?) women… and it’s a play on their name using chutzpah… with diamond imagery? 

I don’t know how much research y’all did on the small business culture of Louisville, but Most small business owners in Louisville here are homogenic, provincial folks who do business mainly with other small businesses in Louisville or the surrounding area, and in regards to store aesthetics, I’ve only seen boutiques that look like Tribe, and have as little variety of product as Tribe on the shelves in New York, Philly and LA.

Even with popular online presence, a shop like Tribe wouldn’t survive very long in this town without 10x the merchandise. Dot Fox and Cherry Bomb, are great examples of shops that have been able to live on Bardstown road and make rent for years. How do they do it? With lots of product, and without enraging people of color.

There’s no possible way any intelligent shop owner (or designer) is going to engage 3 young women of color in such a blatantly disrespectful and dismissive way in a place of business on black Friday. Even in this city. 

Let me tell you, I’m originally from Philadelphia, and I’ve experienced some blatant racism in this state. Nowhere in this state have I walked into a shop where I may had the intention of spending money and had discourse anywhere near as disrespectful and oozing with white privilege as I did when I walked into Tribe.

Even the people who are truly racist in this city would have engaged us kindly and asked if we needed any help, not launched into a conversation about the negative chatter on the internet. Generally, I find, capitalism trumps racism.

Also, your online codes, “Buffalo,” and “Savage?” Get outta here with that mess. It’s so blatantly racist that I can’t even believe that a colorblind fool would say, “Sure, I think Savage sounds like a great discount code to use the day after a holiday commemorating the beginnings of the most brutal land takeover in American history.” Surely there is another explanation for such irresponsible ignorance.

And just to be clear, yesterday my friends and I weren’t out getting deals. We woke up that morning to go protest at Walmart against their unfair employment practices and stand with their Employees who chose to walk out and strike on Black Friday. 

Good luck with whatever project you all have going on, and I can’t wait for the “Gotcha!” on tv or on Vimeo. Mostly I’m looking forward to the people who actually bought your shirts to hear it.

Thanks,
Pam