1. 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)


  2. 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)


  3. 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…?)

  4. 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)

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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)


  8. "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."

  9. 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
  10. 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)

  11. occupyonline:

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

    (Source : anarchyagogo, via swsmh)

  12. knowyourprivileges:


    (via swsmh)


  13. "Most Whites find it easy to ignore residential segregation. I experienced a good example of this inattention when I told a lunch-table’s worth of White colleagues at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences about the linguist John Baugh’s project on “linguistic profiling” (Baugh 2003). Baugh has developed a matched-guise test in which a single speaker uses a “White professional,” a “Latino,” or a “Black” voice in making telephone inquiries about the availability of advertised rentals in the San Francisco Bay area. The “White professional” voice is much more likely to yield an invitation to make an appointment to look at the property, while the other accents are more likely to result in a response that the rental is no longer available. My colleagues, all sophisticated scholars, were genuinely surprised at this result; several mentioned that they had thought that this sort of discrimination had long since disappeared."

    Jane H. Hill, The Everyday Language of White Racism (via wretchedoftheearth)


    This is like when me and my white soon-to-be husband were looking for places. I’d call up and they’d say, “Come on down! Get an application!”. Because I don’t “sound” black.

    Then I’d walk in 2 minutes later and they’d be all, “Oh. Sorry, we just rented it.”

    Then I’d send him in and he’d get an application. 

    The best part? Walking back in while he was completing the application. “Oh, they gave you an application? But they told me it was just rented. ODD. THAT. I’m going to report them so let’s just skip this place, m’kay?” The looks on their faces and the pathetic apologies were just too much fun.

    Used to deal with the same thing with road trips. Hotels would tell me that there were no vacancies, but my white roommate would go in and get us a room, usually cheaper than advertised.


    (via faboomama)

    I do similar stuff at restaurants and other places of business with my white bf. At least it makes it easier to know where not to go!

    (via 23andchildfree)

    Reblogging again for the commentary

    (via darkjez)

    But we’re just supposed to *trust* and think everything is an *isolated* incident.

    (via hamburgerjack)

    Not so sophisticated scholars, were they? I mean this really, really shouldn’t be all that surprising.

    (via stfunithingas)

    It shouldn’t be surprising, but I guarantee that most white people find it unbelievable

    (via wretchedoftheearth)

    This is all part of why I’m a hater about “proper” language and grammar, because it’s still racist and classist as fuck, bye. The number of conversations I’ve had among other people of color about the importance of learning to “talk white” (and that’s definitely how it’s been referred to more than “speaking properly”) in order to make it anywhere in America, especially growing up = countless.

    (via chanelleberlin)

    Not surprised, just depressed. 

    (via chanelleberlin)


  14. "

    As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.

    According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.


    Ten myths about affirmative action (via linzyxxxxx)

    This is EXTREMELY blatant on college campuses. The fact that these things need to be clarified is sad.

    (via newwavefeminism)

    Legacy is the real affirmative action…and yet we don’t see certain types of entitled people suing to dismantle that.

    (via invisiblelad)

    (Source : sociolab, via swsmh)


  15. "The Tea Party is tired of Blacks, nigras, Muslims, and Hispanics, especially the illegals, calling us racist for trying to save the America that we love."

    Tea Party activist from Florida, Warren Grady

    These teabaggers wouldn’t know irony if it splattered all over their pasty white wrinkled faces.

    (via kathiek)


    (via swsmh)