1. legally-bitchtastic:


    This Racism Happened in Murietta, California Today

    This happened today: a protest in Murietta, California, turning back three buses of undocumented migrants from a Border Patrol Center, where they were expected to be processed. The buses eventually went to San Ysidro.

    Via Latino Rebels

    Fascism isn’t just growing in Ukraine and Europe. It’s here too.

    I am one of the first people to call out false equivalencies to the Holocaust, but I have trouble not seeing parallels to the MS St. Louis here.

    Tags : #yuck #racism
  2. xlikesx:




    Statement of Concern from Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies

    The members of Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies are deeply concerned by a recent incident involving an Arizona State University (ASU) police officer and an ASU faculty member. We call for a swift and thorough investigation into this matter.

    On the evening of May 21, 2014, Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor in the English department at ASU, was walking home from campus after teaching a summer course. Dr. Ore, who is African American, was stopped and questioned by a male ASU police officer patrolling the area in his vehicle. After a short exchange with the officer, a brief physical altercation ensued in which Dr. Ore, who was wearing a dress, was forced up against the officer’s car and then onto the ground, fully exposing portions of her lower body to the public. Eyewitness accounts of the incident, including video evidence, support Dr. Ore’s assertion that the officer did not clearly inform her regarding why she was being stopped or inform her of her rights, and engaged in excessive force during her detention. Despite these questionable circumstances, however, Dr. Ore has subsequently been charged with felony aggravated assault on the officer, among other charges.

    We are troubled by the responses of the media, University, and ASU Police Department about this incident. Media versions have presented a sensationalized, one-sided story that differs substantially from Dr. Ore’s and eyewitness accounts. Officials at ASU, in response to questions about the incident and possible racial profiling, have sought to distance the University, stating that 1) because the incident occurred on a public street between parts of campus, it was technically “off campus,” so Dr. Ore was a private citizen; and 2) although they will comply with any investigation, there is no evidence of racial profiling. We find these responses insufficient. First, the officer involved was an ASU police officer and the University is responsible for the conduct of its employees, including its police force. Second, whether as a private citizen or as a member of the ASU community, Dr. Ore has the right to expect dignified and humane treatment by ASU’s police officers. ASU, as a public institution, has a responsibility to ensure this occurs. Third, ASU has not undertaken a thorough investigation into the matter, so how can officials claim that there is an absence of racial profiling? In a state and metropolitan region in which racial profiling has been proven to be widespread, the ASU administration’s lack of concern for the well-being of an ASU community member of color is unacceptable.

    Given that the mission of the ASU Police Department is, “To enhance the quality of life by providing a safe and secure environment through professional and proactive law enforcement services in partnership with the University community,” this incident clearly warrants further inquiry from ASU.  We ask the ASU administration to conduct a comprehensive investigation into this matter as well as an audit on the conduct of its police force vis-à-vis racial profiling.  How can ASU ensure a safe, secure, and just environment for its faculty, students, and staff if it disclaims any responsibility for the actions of ASU police officers? The following questions should be starting points for its audit: In the ASU Police Department, what training is in place to ensure that its police officers are knowledgeable and well-trained to be in compliance with laws prohibiting racial profiling and excessive force? What monitoring systems exist to ensure accountability? How does the department respond to racial profiling complaints?

    Dr. Ore, the ASU community, and the broader public deserve a full and just investigation into this incident.

    Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies is a network of college and university educators and independent scholars throughout Arizona.

    No black person is ever safe.



    (via suzvoy)


  3. On Telling the Truth


    I’m drawing a personal boundary on certain conversations, because I have other things to consider currently.

    The truth I’ve been keeping off of this particular blog has been that I have had to call the police and make reports for stalking, harassment, and threats four times in the last 6-8 weeks. People have and/or have attempted to post personally identifying information as well as slander about me, my family, other various loved ones of mine, and a subsequent rush of death threats (including ones posted to other sites), spamming of violent images, pornography, racial slurs, and threats of other kinds of violence from white supremacist groups and others have resulted. Some of them were contacting people close to me. Tumblr, predictably, has had very little interest in acknowledging any of it. It should go without saying that this has greatly affected my emotional and physical health.

    This ugliness also affected my recent appearance at WisCon 38, due to people who meant me a great deal of harm encouraging people to show up at the con for some kind of confrontation. The con organizers and the safety committee received emails that greatly disturbed them, leading them to take steps to try to ensure my safety at appearances and panels, as did the security of the hotel hosting the con. For that, I’m very grateful.

    I’m also grateful for the personal support I received from amazing individuals like ktempest, karnythia, blue-author, cypheroftyr and author N. K. Jemisin, who I finally got to meet and mutually fansquee with. Sadly, what I have been going through cast a pall many of my interactions at the con, whether via sympathy or because all of them have had very similar experiences, or are going through something like it right now.

    Which is why I think many of us were reduced to tears during Jemisin’s powerfully moving and emotionally raw Guest of Honor Speech, myself, perhaps, especially at this part:

    Their interests have been confined within creative ghettos, allowed out only in proscribed circumstances and limited numbers. When they do appear, they are expected to show their pass and wear their badge: “Look, this is an anthology of NATIVE AMERICAN ANCIENT WISDOM from back when they existed! Put a kachina on the cover or it can’t be published. No, no, don’t put an actual Navajo on the cover, what, are you crazy? We want the book to sell. That person looks too white, anyway, are you sure they aren’t lying about being an Indian? What the hell is a Diné? What do you mean you’re Inuit?”

    But the violence that has been done is more than metaphysical or thematic. Careers have been strangled at birth. Identities have been raped — and I use that word intentionally, not metaphorically. What else to call it when a fan’s real name is stripped of its pseudonym, her life probed for data and details until she gets phone calls at her home and workplace threatening her career, her body, and her family? (I don’t even need to name a specific example of this; it’s happened too often, to too many people.) Whole subgenres like magic realism and YA have been racially and sexually profiled, with discrimination based on that profiling so normalized as to be nearly invisible. How many of you have heard that epic fantasy or video games set in medieval Europe need not include people of color because there weren’t any? I love the Medieval PoC blog for introducing simple visual evidence of how people like me were systematically and literally excised from history. The result is a fantasy readership that will defend to the death the idea that dragons belong and Those People don’t.

    Incidentally, the person who runs the Medieval PoC blog estimates she has received something on the order of 30 death threats in recent months.


    Arm yourselves. Go to panels at Wiscon and claim the knowledge and language that will be your weapons. Go to sources of additional knowledge for fresh ammunition — histories and analyses of the genre by people who see beyond the status quo, our genre elders, new sources of knowledge like “revisionist” scholarship instead of the bullshit we all learned in school. Find support groups of like-minded souls; these are your comrades-in-arms, and you will need their strength. Don’t try to do this alone. When you’re injured, seek help; I’ve got a great list of CBT therapists, for any of you in the New York area. Exercise to stay strong, if you can; defend what health you have, if you can’t.

    And from here on, wherever you see bigotry in the genre? Attack it. Don’t wait for it to come directly at you; attack it even if it’s hitting another group. If you won’t ride or die for anyone else, how can you expect them to ride or die for you? Understand that there are people in this genre who hate you, and who do not want you here, and who will hurt you if they can. Do not tolerate their intolerance. Don’t be “fair and balanced.” Tell them they’re unwelcome. Make them uncomfortable. Shout them down. Kick them out. Fucking fight.

    And maybe one day, when the fighting’s done, then we can heal. On that day, all of us will dream freely, at last.

    Please read the rest here. It was everything I needed to hear, right when I needed to hear it.

    If you think this is “just the internet”, you’re fooling yourself. People have already gone to extreme lengths to try to stop these conversations in their tracks. More than attacking this blog’s existence, they’re obviously willing to attack my existence.

    I’m sick and tired of suffering in silence. I’m sick of “keeping things civil”, and I’m tired of giving the benefit of the doubt to people who mean me nothing but ill. There is real violence happening to myself and other bloggers for more reasons than that people do not like what we have to say…people take exception to who we are, how we speak, what we look like, who we call friend, and who we call family. No one is obligated to justify their existence.

    I plan to take N. K. Jemisin’s advice above not only to fight and keep fighting, but also to adhere to my personal boundaries, and self-care. And if you believe that this kind of violence is something people of color who blog about race and racism should just accept as a fact of life, well, that says a lot more about you than it does about me.

    In the meantime, I will continue to post here, on medievalpoc.org, twitter, and facebook, to the best of my ability. I’m forever grateful to the many brilliant and talented individuals who’ve lent me their support, shoulders to cry on, advice, and indeed, mutual fansquee. And my thanks to my readers and dedicated submitters, as well as all the people who offer corrections, recommendations, and further resources.

    (via suzvoy)

  4. thisiseverydayracism:


    Shanesha Taylor was arrested on March 20th by the Scottsdale Police for leaving her children ages 2 and 6 months in her car while she was interviewed for a job. Ms. Taylor was homeless and could not access any child care. Her desperation to provide for herself and her children and her lack of options led her to take drastic measures in search of employment. Ms. Taylor needs support & help rather than incarceration and a criminal record that will surely decrease her chances to provide for her children in the future. We ask that Maricopa County use common-sense and provide support for Ms. Taylor and her children rather than punishment.

    Shanesha Taylor is still in jail pending a $9,000 bond.

    Help drop the child abuse charges against Shanesha Taylor by signing this petition at change.org. Here’s the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/bill-montgomery-drop-the-child-abuse-charges-against-shanesha-taylor?recruiter=13739587&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition


    (via betsmusings)


  5. dynastylnoire:


    i just now learned that apparently a native american actress auditioned for tigerlily and was told that they weren’t looking for a native american actor for the role.






    (via rcmclachlan)


  6. theorlandojones:

    I truly feel bad for local, state and federal government agencies and the significant challenges they’re facing in terms of having to cut services to low income and minority populations. My heart breaks for the difficult choices they have to make deciding between corporate tax breaks and dealing with smelly poor people.

    I mean….

    They could make money by…I don’t know…legalizing marijuana but I know it makes more sense to do so by privatizing prisons and arresting our citizens.

    But hey, prison can’t be all bad because of awesome companies like GTL, the um…. leading provider of integrated corrections technology for facilities across North America. THEY help correctional departments gain an unprecedented view into virtually every aspect of their inmate populations and facilities, driving higher levels of control and safety and enabling them to meet today’s and tomorrow’s operational challenges with confidence. (Wha…?)

  7. mc-coolin:


    Yesterday’s story of the elderly NYC man who was beaten bloody by police for jaywalking today gets a tragic companion from Philadelphia:

    A 16-yr-old African American boy was sexually assaulted by a police officer during a “stop and frisk” pat-down. The assault was committed with such violence that the youth’s testicles were literally ruptured.

    Now, Darrin Manning of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania may never be able to father children, according to the doctors who performed surgery on his virtually destroyed testicles.

    Darrin was a star basketball player with no criminal history to speak of. He was a straight-A student who never got into any sort of trouble. He was with his teammates heading to a game right after school when he encountered an officer who decided he was “suspicious” and needed to be subjected to local “stop and frisk” procedures.

    Though no official reason has been given for the stop and frisk, Darrin and the other (uniformed) members of the basketball team who were stopped suggest it was because they were wearing scarves over their faces to protect against the extreme cold Philadelphia, like much of the country, has suffered this winter.

    Darrin was put in handcuffs. When the officer began “frisking” him, they grabbed hold of Darrin’s genitals so hard, pulled and twisted, that the teen’s genitals literally tore off.

    “I felt the officer reach and grab my butt. Then the officer grabbed my testicles and squeezed again and pulled down. And that’s when I heard something pop, like I felt it POP,” Manning said.

    The incident has left the 16-year-old with felony charges of assault and resisting arrest.

    "I’m just grateful that they just didn’t kill him," said Darrin’s mother.

    I honest to god have no words for this

    (via deerie)

  8. rob-anybody:


    The hilarious comedian Aamer Rahman’s talks about “Workshops for White People” during his Fear of a Brown Planet set. 

    "The title of this first workshop is called ‘Don’t Compliment Me On My English’."

    (via acederek)

    Tags : #lol #racism
  9. mildlyamused:




    Flappers shaming Miley Cyrus.

    Oddly enough we could say that Miley Cyrus is following solidly in the appropriative footsteps of white flappers, who in the 1920s grabbed national attention and stirred alarmism concerning the end of civilization because they partied to Black music, wore their hair short like Josephine Baker (who fled US racism to become a superstar in Europe), and imitated dance moves from Baker and other Black dancers. The famously flapperesque Charleston was lifted from the African American dance called the Juba, which had West African roots and was danced in secret in the South and the Caribbean. The dance sped up when it reached Harlem, giving birth to both tap dancing and the Broadway hit called The Charleston, which spread like wildfire from there. White people didn’t sway their hips this scandalously prior to that era, making flappers roughly equivalent to white twerkers of the Jazz Age.

    This is 100% true. The period from the jazz age to the beat generation, comparatively speaking was the height of cultural appropriation of black art. The beat generation used lingo popularized by Lester Young. They then appropriated the style, dress, and lingo of bebop musicians like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, down to the beret, glasses, and soul patch. Bebop musicians, Parker and Gillespie in particular, were the blueprint of their image. Norman Mailer wrote an essay titled “The White Negro" that tackles this phenomenon. I’m no fan of Norman Mailer, but at least he admitted that white people were stealing from blacks. He wrote it in 1957.

    With regards to the flappers, apart from Josephine Baker, they also liberally borrowed from black vaudeville performers. They would copy dance moves from black performers, and then introduce it as their own. Many dances attributed to whites are from black vaudeville performers who were forced to perform on the chitlin’ circuit because of segregation and Jim Crow laws.

    It really is astonishing how nothing has changed in this regard. For example, people to this day still call Benny Goodman “the king of swing”, when what he did was procure charts for arrangements from Fletcher Henderson, a black man. Goodman’s biggest hits were from Henderson. It’s amazing how much credit Goodman gets for another man’s work. Of course Goodman became “the king of swing”, while Fletcher Henderson remains a footnote in history. How a white man becomes the king of something innovated by blacks is astounding. Benny Goodman is called “the king of swing”. Paul Whiteman is called “the king of jazz”. Elvis Presley is called “the king of rock n roll”. Is Eminem the king of rap? What about Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke with r&b? Miley is soon on her way to become “the queen of twerking”.

    Anyway, apart from getting his charts from Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman got his ass handed to him by Chick Webb at the Savoy Ballroom when they had a battle of the bands. Goodman is often noted as being one of the few white men in the segregation era to have black men in his band, and the narrative is typically presented as if he did it out of benevolence. He did it because there was no way to get around the fact that swing music was the domain of black folks, and he poached the best black players he could find to bolster his band, and black musicians went with him because as a white man, he was able to pay them more than black bandleaders, and they wouldn’t have to deal with indignity while traveling. Many hotels refused black bands, so they often had to sleep in cars, bus terminals, or crash at the homes of hospitable blacks. A big portion of Duke Ellington’s money went towards renting out train cars and making sure his orchestra had a place to sleep while on the road because hotels often turned them down because they were black. These were issues Goodman wasn’t going to face. Black musicians certainly didn’t go with him because he was the best. Goodman even later hired Henderson to arrange and play in his band. He wasn’t doing it because he loved black people. Black people were the ones creating and innovating. Where else would he get the best charts and arrangements? Now that the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled, Goodman gets all the credit. Funny how that works.

    This stuff has been going on for a long time. Miley is the 2013 version. Twerking has been around for a long time, but Miley convulses on national tv and all of a sudden, dictionary definitions of twerking are made. Definitions complete with no mention of black people, like all this happened in a vacuum. It’s history repeating itself over and over again. I see the same thing happening with afrobeat music.

    (Source : melanskyyworld, via chanelleberlin)

    Tags : #yep #racism
  10. thanatosensitivity:







    TWO Black Women Brandy Hamilton and Alexandria Randle were on their way home from the beach when they got pulled over by some Brazoria County  police officers. The officer had forced a search because he “claims” he had  ”suspicions”  of Marijuana use. After searching the whole vehicle for weed he found NOTHING. "The male officer, his words verbatim were, ‘We’re gonna get familiar with your womanly parts,’" Brandy Hamilton said. He then appointed the a female officer to search them. The female officer searched them and stuck her finger inside the Women’s Vaginas without changing her glove or anything. NOTHING WAS FOUND. The Women are now pursuing a lawsuit against Texas Department of Public Safety. 



    Fuckin’ Texas again.

    (via legally-bitchtastic)


  11. "To stay alive and out of jail, brown and black kids learn to cope. They learn to say, “Sorry, sir,” for having sandwiches in the wrong parking lot. They learn, as LeVar Burton has, to remove their hats and sunglasses and put their hands up when police pull them over. They learn to tolerate the indignity of strange, drunken men approaching them and calling them and their loved ones a bunch of niggers. They learn that even if you’re willing to punch a harasser and face the consequences, there’s always a chance a police officer will come to arrest you, put you face down on the ground, and then shoot you execution style. Maybe the cop who shoots you will only get two years in jail, because it was all a big misunderstanding. You see, he meant to be shooting you in the back with his taser."

  12. When white people do it, it’s better




    This miley cyrus twerking thing reminds me of a time when I was talking to my white hispanic friend “S”, and we were discussing nail art. 

    It was freshmen year, so this was three years ago. And at the time, black girls were predominately wearing the mix match nails. You know, one nail on each hand might be a different color or pattern. Or have some sort of variation.

    So she asked me, why did all the black girls do this? It looked so trashy and ghetto to her. I told her that I thought it was cute and that she wasn’t using the term “ghetto” correctly. (that’s another post)

    THE VERY NEXT YEAR, when this became a trend in *major* magazines with more white girls sporting the look. Who was sporting this look? The same girl who called the look trashy and ghetto. And when I called her out on it, she simply stated, “Oh, I just like it now. It’s really cute.”

    I will never forget. I saw it with my own eyes. How black people or POC can be doing something creative and awesome, have it be condemned until it is being sported or used by white bodies. Thus, allowing it to be consume in a more acceptable package.

    Whiteness is one hell of a drug.

    I try and try to explain this shit to people, and still, no one understand why this problematic or why it upsets me so much. 

    Cultural appropriation is like, totally hot right now.

    Tags : #racism
  13. fuckyeahfamousblackboys:







    Only in America: Black boy found beaten to death in a rolled up gym mat, but “no foul play suspected”.


    welcome to fucking america

    Oh, this must be black privilege


    Some fucked up shit.


    New story about it: http://www.wtxl.com/news/family-members-protest-death-of-lowndes-county-teen/article_39fb0adc-a159-11e2-bacc-0019bb30f31a.html

    (via suzvoy)

  14. occupyonline:

    No human being is illegal. National security is used to foster inter ethnic tension.

    (Source : anarchyagogo, via swsmh)

  15. knowyourprivileges:


    (via swsmh)