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The Race Card's Blog – May 2017 Archive (38)

Social justice buzzwords can be annoying, but they reflect the urgent reality of marginalized experiences

I get it. The crowd that loves to show off their social justice chops and lecture people on what's right and wrong always has some fancy new lingo we're all supposed to fall in line with every other day, and it's exhausting. When it comes to gender and sexuality especially, there seems to be an unlimited amount of experiences to describe, and a million letters after the LGBTQ. (Remember when there wasn't even the "Q"?! The good ol' days... Wait, actually…

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Added by The Race Card on May 31, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The caucasian guide to Black women’s hair #Satire

Welcome Back, white people!



After the recent spate of black girls suspended from school because of their hairstyles and the increasing number of employers forbidding certain hairstyles from the workplace, we thought it necessary for another episode in our educational series “The Caucasian Guides.”



By Michael Harriot* /…

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Added by The Race Card on May 31, 2017 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Off-duty customs officer kills Black teen, shoots another, claiming self-defense

An Arcadia, CA community is enraged after a Black 15-year-old was killed and his cousin hospitalized Friday when an off-duty Customs and Border Protection officer shot them in what he claims was self-defense. Authorities allege the two boys, along with another child, tried to beat and rob the officer after they all got off at the same train stop. Officials had originally falsely reported the assailants were men.



Deputies did not release the identity of the…

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Added by The Race Card on May 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

WTF: French officials threatened to cancel afro-feminist festival because they say it's anti-white

After drawing attention from the far right National Front in France, MWASI’s NYANSAPO Festival faced cancellation due to white discomfort. Organized with an objective to build “Afro-feminist strategies to end racial, patriarchal, colonial and capitalist violence,” the MWAAi collective billed three of the four even venues as being exclusive for black women and women and…

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

Humanitarian crisis for Black people in Colombia: "They have taken away so much from us, even the fear"

The Afro Colombians are people with ancestral heritage of resistance and resilience but eternally condemned to the exile of our territories because of structurally racist policies, the armed conflict, and the abandonment of the Colombian state. We are the hen of the golden eggs of this country but we are treated like cockroaches. It is ridiculous that in the middle of 2017 we must be stripping for potable water or for the continuity of the electric power service. It is…

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Added by The Race Card on May 26, 2017 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Non-Black POC: stop asking "where is Black Lives Matter?" every time your community is under attack

Stop asking black folks for anything. At all. But particularly, don’t ask black people to re-focus their liberation “powers” and history of organizing on your community when it's under attack.



After the 2016 election, loads of white people called for Michelle Obama to run for President in 2020. Run to save them from the disaster that they had created. And while Michelle is undoubtedly brilliant and wildly capable, the projection of the responsibility of saving…

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Added by The Race Card on May 26, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Black people aren't required to give racialized situations the benefit of the doubt

"It's not about race," she wrote, plagiarizing some 500 years of justifications for anti-Black mistreatment. This was in response to a comment I made under a post of an article titled, "Hair appointment causes teen to be denied entrance to prom". The student was Black, of course, and named Shatara Shorter. Shatara's mother insisted the school had never…

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Added by The Race Card on May 25, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Black farmer: "White women in yoga pants with 'I'm with Her' stickers" are the ones calling the police on me

In the age of Donald Trump, we hear a lot about overt displays of racism. But though the effects are just as harmful, rarely are white liberals and progressives called out for their shit. Chris Newman, the owner of Sylvanaqua Farms in Albemarle County, Va., just put these experiences in contrast to highlight just that, explaining that it's…

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Added by The Race Card on May 25, 2017 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

White rage: despite the "angry Blacks" stereotype, most race-based street harassment comes from angry whites

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” Some of the truest words (and there are many) on the black experience uttered by James Baldwin. And, yet, in spite of this rage, what we don’t really see is black people taking that anger out on whites or other people who are minding their own business ( an important distinction), co-existing in this lovely world. 



Personally, I spend a good bit of my time…

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Added by The Race Card on May 24, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Cops complain about white people wasting police time calling 911 with irrational fears of Black people

We know the way that Blackness is inherently seen as a threat makes even living while Black a dangerous activity, but what does the irrational and deadly fear of Black people actually sound like when communicated in words? On a Reddit law enforcement forum called "…

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Added by The Race Card on May 24, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

When I, a Black person, was told I didn't know enough about another culture to have opinions on slavery

Last week, something Trumpian must have sparked a race between major publications to put out the most fucked up writings on the topic of slavery.



On Tuesday, The New York Times compared Saartje Baartman–an enslaved Black woman who, in addition to the many other horrors she suffered both before and after her death, was forced to perform in freak…

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Added by The Race Card on May 23, 2017 at 5:08pm — 2 Comments

URGENT: Olympia, WA students reportedly attacked by police for protesting teacher's anti-Black statements

At Evergreen State College, a Day Of Absence was supposed to be an intentional day of caucusing to discuss intersectional issues organized by the school’s Director First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services, Rashida N. Love. A normal practice on campus for students, teachers, and staff of color, Love sent a detailed email to staff and faculty alerting them of the upcoming event, its intentions, and sign-up information for those choosing to participate.…

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Added by The Race Card on May 23, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Reclaiming the Bicha Preta - Black queer identity in the Brazilian publishing world

Marcelo Ricardo is an Afro-Brazilian poet and short-story writer based in Salvador, Bahia. He began writing at the age of 14 and recently published an anthology of short stories and poems in 2016. Through his work he brings to the forefront the dynamics of the black queer experience in Brazil alongside the movement for reclaiming the “Bicha Preta”



Bicha Preta - formerly perjorative; can be loosely translated as black…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Killer cop Betty Shelby is already back on the job. smh

When Tulsa, Oklahoma cop Betty Shelby was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter last Wednesday in the death of Terrence Crutcher, that was bad enough. To make matters worse, a juror later revealed that the group voted not guilty in the case because they were getting hungry and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

WTF: this teen was called into asst. principal's office because her afro was too "extreme"

After rocking her afro for most of the school year, Seventeen-year-old Jenesis Johnson was confronted by a teacher at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. In front of the class, her teacher asked, "How long are you rocking that hairstyle?“, leading Johnson’s classmates to ask her questions about the maintenance. …

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Solange on asserting Blackness in white spaces: "tear the got damn walls down"

On Thursday, Solange performed two intimate shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The performance, titled "An Ode To", was conceptualized, choreographed, directed and composed by Solange, whose Saint Heron platform will also be curating a stage at AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017. "An Ode… Continue

Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

White terrorism strikes again: 'Alt Reich Nation' member charged with the murder of Black Bowie State student

Orignally reported as a random attack, the FBI is now investigating the fatal stabbing of Bowie State University student Richard Collins III by University of Maryland student Sean Christopher Urbanski as a racially motivated hate crime. The motivation shift comes after UofM Police Chief David Mitchell became aware of Urbanski’s presence in a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation". "Suffice it to say that [the Facebook group is] despicable. It shows extreme bias against…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Saying "we're all Black" to silence intersectionality is the Black version of "all lives matter"

Like White People, Black men (in the most general sense) only differentiate between others when it serves them in a “positive” way. Hypermasculinity/homophobia/and femmephobia, to an extent, all factor into the ways in which the average Black understands his “manhood”. Men will acknowledge the existence of gender roles when it means they get the big piece of chicken or can sleep around without judgment or accountability—anytime where it can be used to assert dominance and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Malcom X quotes that still ring true - he understood that we can't expect a racist system to dismantle itself

On May 19th, 1925, Malcolm Little, who would later become known as Malcolm X and then el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was born. Shabazz would go on to become one of the most influential Muslim ministers and human rights activists of all time. His indictments of white America and unapologetic rejection of non-violence in the face of racism garnered him many detractors. This, on top of his high profile split from the Nation of Islam, culminated with his assassination in 1965, but…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Struggle is not a commodity: on the "woke" social media trend

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised, Will not be televised, will not be televised. The revolution will be no re-run brothers, The revolution will be live. -Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised



I’m trying not to be the #wokepolice and pass judgment on people, although I think it’s important that we address a certain issue. Many of us are familiar with the popular poem by Gil Scott-Heron first recorded in 1970 and quoted…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

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