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

Bullying Black Nerds for being "different" is a form of anti-blackness

When black kids bully other black kids who don’t conform to a normalized model of blackness, what is it about seeing someone who diverges from what they’re told that they must be, that triggers a negative reaction? Making fun of people, going out of the way to be cruel or rude to others, on its face, doesn’t make a lot of sense. Maybe you’re just an asshole. But when you take aim at people who, at least, look like you and are members of your cultural community, what might…

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Added by The Race Card on March 31, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Why TF did tweeting "#BlackLivesMatter" get this cop in trouble?

Officer Gwendolyn Bishop, a Brooklyn cop who is Black, was recently hit with departmental charges for "inappropriately" writing on the 76th Precinct Twitter page when she replied to a post about a gun arrest in her precinct by an NYPD Special Ops team. The issue? Her reply included the hashtag "Blacklivesmatter."



According to the…

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Added by The Race Card on March 31, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Black patriarchy isn't pro-black, you're just trying to control Black women

Many pro-black groups are turning into Men’s Rights Activists. Rather than spreading good knowledge on forgotten African kingdoms, I see more and more black conscious people discussing their fantasies of a black patriarchy. The conscious community’s support is for a black nation that has its own businesses, government and code of conduct. In theory, half of the ideas seem to be…

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Added by The Race Card on March 30, 2017 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Black nerds: being bullied by your peers as a kid is not an excuse for anti-blackness

You probably won't meet too many Black "Hari"s. You most certainly won't ever meet another Black "Hari-Gaura Bilal Das Ziyad". I was raised by a Black Hare Krsna (which is a branch of Hinduism) mother and a Black Muslim father in the majority Black city of Cleveland, OH. "Normal" has always been as foreign a concept to me as my Hindu and Arabic names have been to my peers.



It didn't help that my parents decided to home-school me until freshman year of high…

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Added by The Race Card on March 30, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Old white men need to put some respek on Black women

Another day of disrespect from the white patriarchy. On this particular day, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the literal public representative of the President and the administration, told veteran White House reporter April Ryan to “stop shaking your…

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Added by The Race Card on March 28, 2017 at 5:24pm — No Comments

22-year-old #DaveyMarkJimmerson dies in his cell after family claims he was denied medical

Another day, another Black person dead in a cell. State authorities are investigating the death of Davey Mark Jimmerson at the Oklahoma County Jail. As the local NBC news channel reports: "Around 2 a.m. Saturday, 21-year-old Davey Mark Jimmerson was found unresponsive inside his jail cell. Officials say Jimmerson was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be performed to determine Jimmerson’s cause and manner of death."…

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Added by The Race Card on March 28, 2017 at 1:38pm — No Comments

22-year-old #DaveyMarkJimmerson dies in his cell after he was denied medical, family claims

Another day, another Black person dead in a cell. State authorities are investigating the death of Davey Mark Jimmerson at the Oklahoma County Jail. As the local NBC news channel reports: "Around 2 a.m. Saturday, 21-year-old Davey Mark Jimmerson was found unresponsive inside his jail cell. Officials say Jimmerson was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be performed to determine Jimmerson’s cause and manner of death."…

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Added by The Race Card on March 28, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

White supremacist who killed Black man in NY is charged with terrorism

Vicious killer and delusional White Supremacist James Harris Jackson, 28, was charged with murder as an act of terrorism after fatally stabbing a black man, Timothy Caughman, 66, last week. Harris traveled to New York from Baltimore to specifically hunt and kill black men because of his disdain for interracial relationships in particular, and black people in general. Jackson …

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Added by The Race Card on March 28, 2017 at 10:36am — No Comments

Black and Native solidarity is paramount and has to go both ways

Solidarity between historically oppressed groups is an important component of a powerful and successful movement. And the black liberation movements have aligned themselves with other people of color around the world. Activist/educator Angela Y. Davis called attention to the need for solidarity in last year’s ‘Freedom Is a…

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Added by The Race Card on March 24, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

The Hood Incubator creates pipelines to business ownership in legal cannabis for people of color

In 2016, Ebele Ifedigbo, Lanese Martin, and Biseat launched The Hood Incubator, an Oakland based project in response to the wave of cannabis legalization across the country. The project intends to rectify how such legislation does not "address persistent race and class disparities inherent to…

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Added by The Race Card on March 24, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Acknowledging bi-racial women as black is not a threat to other black women

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to marry a black-ass person and have black-ass kids. But pretending that this is the only way to lead an “authentically” black life and have “authentically” black children is a problematic mess.



When we (the black community) talk about light skin privilege, many people want to simplify the conversation about colorism to “we’re all black”, “the police see you as black.” Isn’t this argument more true for non-white passing mixed…

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Added by The Race Card on March 23, 2017 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

Why do white liberal artists love Black death so much?

“I wanted the world to see what they did to my baby.” - Mamie Till, mother of Emmett Till, on her decision to put her son’s mutilated body on plain view during his open-casket funeral. Till was only 14-year-old years old when he was lynched and deformed beyond recognition in 1955 after being falsely accused of harassing a white woman.



At this year’s Whitney Biennial in New York, a painting…
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Added by The Race Card on March 22, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Man juggles to prove sobriety to cops: a guide to the Whitest Thing That Ever Happened

<p>When I see something that looks like white privilege, I don’t like to use the phrase “if he were black…”



There are so many variables and extenuating circumstances that come into play, it is usually impossible to tell if a white person is receiving preferential treatment or just lucky under the circumstances. Especially in situations with the police. Although I have seen white women hurl insults at police officers like they were tossing tomatoes at a…

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Added by The Race Card on March 22, 2017 at 11:36am — No Comments

Denying your light skin privilege is harmful to the Black community as a whole

“Stop dividing us!” “We’re all black at the end of the day.” “There is no #TeamLightSkin/#TeamDarkSkin!”



Let’s cut the crap—nothing is as simple as “We’re all ______.” It’s nice to be reminded that we’re all in this together, human solidarity and back solidarity are beautiful things. They're just not the only things. And when we don’t acknowledge the realities of the bad stuff, we let them fester and we leave others, the people we claim to be in solidarity with,…

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Added by The Race Card on March 22, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Fighting The White Savior Feminist in Me: We must listen to marginalized people

It all starts with “I want all the women to be free and live in an equal world”. We young folks working in international development have those lofty standard goals, enthusiasm, stamina and strong faith in our cause. Sadly (or not) intention isn’t magic, and sometimes the ways that we carry out our intentions cause more harm than good.



While in the West, we are frequently schooled on just how lucky we are to be scholars in such countries like the UK and to be…

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Added by The Race Card on March 20, 2017 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Black women are not uncoachable, they are unprotected

Again, Black women are attacked on social media for not being worth of love. This time from a screenshot comment captured by BallerAlert. The discussion was in response to “Why do Black athletes marry white women?”

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Added by The Race Card on March 17, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Anti-Blackness in Asian Communities: harming Black bodies seen as normal

On the anniversary of the shooting death of LaTasha Harlins, revisiting the painful history of Black and Korean American cultural relations. This week, the Black community is forced to reconcile with the fact, that as we remember the 26th anniversary of LaTasha Harlins death; a 15-year old girl, who was shot in the back of the head by a…

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Added by The Race Card on March 17, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

"America is a white nation" fliers found on college campus in a string of white supremacist recruitment efforts

For the third time in three months, fliers promoting a white supremacist group were found at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, following similar incidents at universities across the country.



One flier (below) reads: “It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens. They are criminals. America is a white nation.”



Another (also below) reads: “Carry the torch of your people.”…



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Added by The Race Card on March 16, 2017 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Why we need to stop dismissing angry Black people on social media

I am angry. Not all the time, but often. It’s difficult not to be when the world insists on being anti-Black no matter what you do, how you speak or what you wear, while still demanding you do, speak and dress more respectably. It's hard when Mike Brown is murdered on a lie that shouldn’t have even mattered in the first place, and his killer is let…

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Added by The Race Card on March 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Asian & other Non-Black POC allies must actively join the fight against anti-blackness

White feminists are quick to call for a rally among black and POC for their convenience in attacking the abstract figure of white patriarchy. Enough with the cheesy hashtags and talk panels with black feminists, when will you on the ground with black girls at large who may or may not be feminists.



What angered me the most (with our allies) was seeing an Asian store owner, Sung Ho Lum wrestling with a young black woman choking and kicking her because he assumed she…

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Added by The Race Card on March 16, 2017 at 11:48am — No Comments

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