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The Race Card's Blog – February 2017 Archive (27)

Removing bigotry from equestrian sport - a call to action

It is time for us to remove all forms of bigotry, prejudice and intolerance from the face of our beloved sport.



Two years ago, while covering the prestigious FEI World Cup Finals (Jumping and Dressage) in Las Vegas, I had an "interesting" encounter with a middle-aged white woman in the Press Room of the Thomas & Mack Center.



Staged annually in various international…

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Added by The Race Card on February 28, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Janet Bragg, first African-American woman to hold a commercial pilot license



The rapper Jim Jones once said, “We fly high, no lie,” and it is said that the inspiration for that line was Janet Bragg, the first African-American woman to hold a commercial pilot license. Now, we’re not sure if that was his actual muse, or if it’s just the wishful thinking of our contributor, but now that we’ve got your attention, let’s dive into Janet Bragg’s life story. Born in 1907, seventh to a family of African and Cherokee heritage, the Griffin, Georgia native… Continue

Added by The Race Card on February 28, 2017 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Grabbing pussies, sexual harassment, racism: straight white men still get celebrated

What do you have to do as a white man to be prevented from living life to the fullest? Nothing. It seems that sexual harassment, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, or any other unspeakable isn’t enough to tarnish white patriarchy or supremacy. Want proof? Look no further than the 45th President of the United States, or in more recent news, Casey Affleck, the recipient of a boatload of awards for his role in ‘Manchester By The Sea’ and the man accused of…

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Added by The Race Card on February 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Why are "hoteps" forming alliances with "alt-right" to support Trump?

So-called “hoteps” and alt-right white nationalists of the internet have been, uh, getting friendly after discovering each other’s mutual and oppressive views in support of the patriarchy, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia. In essence, the “hoteps” of Twitter have made themselves the white nationalists of the black community, using their perceived “alpha…

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Added by The Race Card on February 27, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Meet 24-year-old entrepreneur Steven Bartlett, CEO of Europe’s #1 social media agency

With the internet, anything is possible. Age no longer dictates how much influence you can have, if you’ve got the intellect, creativity, and a knack for social media, your reach knows no bounds. Steven Bartlett, the 24-year old entrepreneur and CEO of Social Chain, knows this all too well. The young upstart already holds the distinction of running the #1 social media agency in Europe, a multi-million pound business that’s only getting more efficient, effective and…

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Added by The Race Card on February 24, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hidden Figures: John Horse, Osceola & the Black Seminoles led the largest slave rebellion in U.S. History

The largest slave rebellion in U.S. History is conveniently left out of our history books, but we’re here to remind and reeducate the freedom fighters of the present of the rich legacy from which they came. In the early 1800s, then General Andrew Jackson ordered for the destruction of a fort that had become a refuge and symbol of hope for runaway slaves. The fort was the epicenter of a newly freed slave community and was growing and thriving at the time, and the fort was…

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Added by The Race Card on February 23, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Black Nerds, don't change yourselves for the approval of your peers

On Sunday night, I ran into a viral video on Facebook of a young black boy singing the lyrics to a Drake song to a girl. Based off the girl’s body language she tries not to pay him any attention in hopes that he would go away. For black nerds, this is a common response we get in grade school. I have seen it firsthand of how black nerds suffer mentally with rejection and turn to misogynists who dislike black women. When I was in high school, my English teacher and a couple…

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Added by The Race Card on February 22, 2017 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

Peaches Monroee coined the phrase "on fleek" but received none of the profit, now launching cosmetic line

Like 97 percent of all the great things in the American pop-culture lexicon, AAEV determines the words and phrases that flavor our language, so to speak. But rarely do we source and acknowledge the people who invent and/or repurpose words to reflect the times. Peaches Monroe, who coined the phrase/word "Eyebrows on Fleek, hasn’t made a dime from the…

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Added by The Race Card on February 21, 2017 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Activists Jocelyn & Andrew Cooper paved the way to make Shirley Chisholm’s election possible

They say behind every good man is an even better woman, and in the case of Jocelyn & Andrew Cooper, they stood side by side in greatness. The duo accomplished more than many could dream of in their lifetimes, both together and separately, but one of their greatest achievements was all but securing Shirley Chisholm’s election to the United States Congress. In the mid-1960s, the Coopers took the city of New York head on in a battle for legitimate congressional…

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Added by The Race Card on February 21, 2017 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

White terrorist who plotted attack on NY mosque avoids terror charge, found guilty on four related counts

A white Tennessee man named Robert Doggart will not face terrorism charges for plotting an attack on a mosque in upstate New York. Doggart was arrested in April 2015 when law enforcement learned that he had been attempting to recruit people to burn down a mosque in the self-named, Muslim majority community of "Islamberg“, an enclave outside of Hancock, NY. The …

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Added by The Race Card on February 16, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: former slave William Washington Browne founded the first Black-owned bank

We often talk about firsts in the realm of sports, entertainment, or politics, but rarely do we look towards the economic accomplishments of Black people in the United States. Former slave William Washington Browne was the first to start a black-owned financial institution with the help of one of the first Black fraternal order the Grand United Order of True Reformers. Browne was born into slavery as Ben Browne in Habersham County, Georgia on October 20, 1849 to Joseph…

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Added by The Race Card on February 16, 2017 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

The White People Superpower

Towards the end of the first Superman movie, after the Man of Steel stops a bank robbery, saves Hackensack, New Jersey from a nuclear missile and defeats Lex Luther, he discovers that his actions killed the beautiful heroine, Lois Lane. Distraught over her death, Superman uses his powers to rewind time and gives himself a second chance to save the love of life.



“America is the land of the second chance.” - George W Bush



We’ve all heard a version of…

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Added by The Race Card on February 15, 2017 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Lillian Ngoyi, the "mother of the Black resistance" in South Africa

Women have been the face and force of resistance for as long resistance was necessary and Ma Ngoyi is a perfect example of the resilience and diligence that women embody. Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1911, Lilian Masediba Ngoyi originally enrolled for a nurses' training course for her education, but she eventually took up work as a machinist in a clothing factory where she worked from 1945 to 1956.

Soon after joining the Garment Workers Union (GWU) under Solly Sachs,…
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Added by The Race Card on February 13, 2017 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Colorism is white supremacy in action in the Black community

In today's time, we are faced with different perceptions of who we are as black people. Dealing with the everyday stresses of being seen more aggressive, bitter, and ghetto. Having to prove that these traits are not who we all are as black people are exhausting. We fight these stigmas every day as people.



We end up fighting these [racial] stigmas, but forget we place the same ones upon our community. We allow colorism to divide us as people and create more tension…

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Added by The Race Card on February 13, 2017 at 12:29pm — No Comments

'Dear White People' creator on boycott: "hurt feelings aren’t oppression"

If you haven’t heard, white folks are mad (again). At what you ask? Well it’s not because Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, and Muslim people are being discriminated against at record levels. It’s because Netflix recently released the trailer for their series ‘Dear White People,’ based on the feature length movie originally released in 2014. The uproar has led the far right and many conservatives to abandon Netflix altogether citing “racism” and “white genocide. Dear White People…

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Added by The Race Card on February 13, 2017 at 10:07am — 2 Comments

French police say they sodomized Black man with a baton "by accident"

"Accidents happen,” is a common refrain for folks who don’t want to take responsibility for their actions but French police is taking the phrase to new and heinous heights. A 22-year-old man, identified only as Theo, was stopped by the officers in the suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, when he was allegedly sodomized with the baton, according to his lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti. A medical report confirmed severe wounds in the anal area.

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Added by The Race Card on February 10, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Hidden Figures: Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator, innovator and founder of Bethune-Cookman University

Ever heard of the historically Black college Bethune-Cookman University in Florida? Well the woman behind its founding is Mary McLeod Bethune, the educator, philanthropist, and all around badass Black woman. Born in South Carolina in 1875 to former slaves, she went to work in the fields as early as the age of five, but always had the desire and intention to become educated. While her initial goal was to become a missionary in Africa, she eventually opened an all girls…

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Added by The Race Card on February 9, 2017 at 10:12am — No Comments

Whatever Happened To ‘All Lives Matter?”

Waaay back in the days of 2016, before the Chester the Pussy Molester flooded the Oval Office with white nationalists and Alt-right advocates, there was this group called “Black Lives Matter.” I know it’s hard to think back that far before the Nazis took over the executive branch of the government, but trust me, it’s true. Black Lives Matter had a simple goal–to fight State violence against black bodies. It started with a hashtag meant to explain to everyone–both black and…

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Added by The Race Card on February 8, 2017 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Jerry Lawson invented the video game cartridge

Not all heroes wear capes and not all genius’s masterpieces go in museums. What better examples of unconventional genius than engineer and computer scientist Jerry Lawson, the innovator behind the video game cartridge. Now, I know what you’re thinking...why would a video game cartridge be a big deal? Well when video games were in their infancy, the game itself was built into the console. That means that if you were fortunate enough to buy the console, you could only play one… Continue

Added by The Race Card on February 8, 2017 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

Hidden Figures: Yaa Asantewaa, the Ashanti Empire’s warrior queen

Yaa Asantewaa is a badass woman. Not only did she help run the Ashanti empire as its Queen mother, she also helped protect it from ruin. During her brother's reign, Yaa Asantewaa saw the Asante Confederacy go through a series of events that threatened its future, including civil war from 1883 to 1888. In the decade after, the British deported Prempeh I and demanded the Golden Stool, the symbol of the Asante nation. This request led to a secret meeting of the remaining…

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Added by The Race Card on February 7, 2017 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

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