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The Race Card's Blog – June 2017 Archive (43)

New 'Insecure' trailer: "That's why I make sure my white clients get less on their tax returns – it's reparations."

We've been waiting all year for HBO's hit comedy series Insecure to return for its second season, and it's finally almost here! In the latest trailer, we pick up right where we left off: Issa (Issa Rae) is newly single, fumbling through awkwardly bad dates. But her ex Lawrence (Jay Ellis), looking fine as ever, isn't completely out of the picture either, as the two clearly haven't gotten over what they had. Molly (Yvonne Orji) shows up to coach Issa through her…

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Added by The Race Card on June 30, 2017 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

The state murders our Black women and femmes with impunity, we won't be silent!

We cannot be silent when the state murders our Black women and femmes with impunity.



Charleena Lyles was murdered by the Seattle Police Department in front of her children in her own home while she was experiencing a mental breakdown.…

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Added by The Race Card on June 29, 2017 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

Ten ways white people can stop annoying people of color on social media

There is nothing gentle about racism and our responses to it don’t warrant subtlety or kindness in return.



When it comes to social media etiquette, we are all still learning how to interact with each other while respecting boundaries and the spaces we give ourselves.



What has translated over straight from our in-person interactions are racist, sexist and ableist micro and macro aggressions. How do we navigate those? Well it would help if folks with…

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Added by The Race Card on June 29, 2017 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

This #HIVTestingDay, it's time to accept that we can't fight health epidemics without fighting anti-Blackness

National HIV Testing Day was first observed on June 27, 1995––14 years after AIDS was finally recognized by the government. In the time span between its official recognition (initially called a "rare cancer" affecting "homosexuals" in The New York Times) and the national holiday promoting prevention for the spread of the infection, most of what is often…

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Added by The Race Card on June 27, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Overzealous policing of Black kids: DC teens handcuffed for selling bottled water. smh

Last Thursday, three black teens (two 17-year-olds and a 16-years-old) were detained for selling bottles of water at Washington D.C.’s National Mall without a permit. The young men were detained by plainclothes officers—captured in a photo by passerby Tim Krepp, a tour guide—for the “safety of the officers and of the individuals.”



Krepp’s documentation of the event spawned outrage from commentators, locals, and …

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Added by The Race Card on June 26, 2017 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

WTF? This college professor was fired because she ridiculed Fox News anchor's white tears

At the end of last week, the president of Essex County College announced the suspension of adjunct professor Lisa Durden, two weeks after her appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight“ (video below). During the show, the college professor was asked about a memorial event put on by a Black Lives Matter group that was exclusive for the healing of black people. In response to Carlson (and his perpetually furrowed brow), Durden explained, “Boo hoo hoo. You white…

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Added by The Race Card on June 26, 2017 at 10:52am — 5 Comments

No, you can’t be friends with a White Supremacist and not be one yourself

Dear Liberal White Folks,



I remember when you started pinning little safety pins to your clothes – you said they were to show that you were nice white allies and the protection brigade for marginalized people of color, whereas I thought you were wearing them as badges which said “I didn’t vote for…

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Added by The Race Card on June 23, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Brazil-based indie rock artist Héloa transforms the world around her on the unique 'Eu' #SoundCheck

What's truly impressive about Brazillian artist Héloa, other than her voice of course, is that on her latest album Eu, no two songs sound anything alike, but every song sounds like Héloa. Speckled with stunning ballads and driving bursts of indie rock, the album incorporates new wave (“Calei”), reggae (“A Avenida”), bossa (“Crua”), and somehow a klezmer-tinged country western song (“Meus Amigos”). Her band's impeccable timing pulls through jagged time signatures…

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Added by The Race Card on June 23, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

No, interracial love is not “saving America”

This year is the 50th anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia, the famous Supreme Court case that officially overturned state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Predictably, this has been accompanied by a flurry of events, films, articles, and even songs celebrating this moment as a milestone in the history of America’s journey toward racial…

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Added by The Race Card on June 23, 2017 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Stop hoping “the shooter” isn’t Black.

Consider how much death and destruction has been permitted that there is even a such thing as “the shooter,” in quotations. Terror has become such a commonly wielded weapon that “the shooter,” the terrorist, is now an archetype, ready to appear at any moment, anywhere, for the foreseeable future and beyond.



And every time he does, without fail, there is an overwhelming faction of Black folks who hope and pray he isn’t one of us.…




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Added by The Race Card on June 23, 2017 at 10:47am — No Comments

We need Valerie Castile’s righteous Black rage

A little under a year ago on July 6th, Philando Castile was shot and killed by officer Jeronimo Yanez while driving with his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter. What was supposed to be a simple traffic stop turned into a death sentence for Castile —an occurrence that is beginning to seem routine for Black people.



Castile’s death went viral causing mass protests and uprisings across the U.S. and particularly across Minnesota, where the killing…

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Added by The Race Card on June 23, 2017 at 10:26am — No Comments

With taxes, Black people unwillingly finance their own oppression

“The victim did everything right, everything he was supposed to do. The victim was very respectful, very polite, letting the officer know what he was doing. None of that made a difference.” — Paul Butler, law professor at Georgetown University and former federal prosecutor



This quote is taken from a New York…

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Added by The Race Card on June 22, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Sickle cell disease is still a silent killer for Black people

Yesterday, Kathy Iandoli, the co-author of one of rapper Prodigy's books announced that the legendary musician and one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep died at 42. A cause of death has not yet been released, but the artist had been hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia prior to his death, Iandoli told…

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Added by The Race Card on June 21, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The new Philando Castile footage confirms that gun rights are only for white people

The new dashcam footage released yesterday of the police shooting murder of Philando Castile and another painful dimension to the modern day lynching that demonstrate, yet again, that the fear of black skin can be used as a scapegoat to take black people’s lives. But additionally, that “gun rights” are, like many things,…

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Added by The Race Card on June 21, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Why I, a Black woman, decided to create my own advertising agency - you can do it too!

"You know very well, who you are. Don’t let em hold you down reach for the stars" – Biggie



This has always been true, but coming from Biggie and reciting it in my head in his voice just makes it so much cooler (and relatable). You don’t actually know deep how true these lyrics are until you start your adult life and see that actually these lyrics are exactly what you need.



In 2015 I graduated with a degree in dance. When I started university it didn’t…

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Added by The Race Card on June 20, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

White liberal anti-Blackness: Seattle parents get upset about teachers' Black Lives Matter T-shirts

Another day, another white person showing just how easily they can disguise anti-Blackness under a badge of "liberalism." As reported by KUOW.org, parents in one of the whitest, most affluent, and staunchly liberal neighborhoods of Seattle lost their shit when teachers across the city wore T-shirts reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER". Some…

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Added by The Race Card on June 20, 2017 at 11:56am — No Comments

Happy Juneteenth! It’s a Holiday, right???: The Quiz #Satire

Happy Juneteenth! It’s totally a holiday. I mean, you know that right? We definitely knew that. What does it mean, you ask? Um, you know what it means! Stop playin’. Well, since you’re obviously celebrating this well-known, monumental day, here’s a quiz all about it to add to your festivities!



By Quntfront*, AFROPUNK…

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Added by The Race Card on June 19, 2017 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

Hands off Assata, orange fool: Trump demands the return of Assata Shakur

With little influence over his party’s majority in both chambers of Congress and his own self-destructive behavior blowing up his Presidency, Donald Trump is looking for yet another way to give his own citizens the finger. With our tentative removal from the Paris Climate Accord and the sabotage of the ACA both underway, Trumpy has ‘demanded’ the return of Assata Shakur, née Joanne Chesimard. During last Friday’s announcement to rollback the Obama-era’s…

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Added by The Race Card on June 19, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

George Zimmerman and Jeronimo Yanez highlight the need to unpack anti-Blackness in Latinx communities

As anyone who is both Black and Latinx (Afro-Latinx) can tell you, anti-Blackness in Latinx communities is a huge phenomenon. Because white supremacy is global and it makes proximity to whiteness the ideal even for non-white people, those cultures generally reflect the dehumanization of Black people in their social heierarchies. This can be seen in beauty standards, financial disparities, and criminalization in places like the…

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Added by The Race Card on June 19, 2017 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Trumpism means an uptick in racially charged bullying in schools

While white politicians on the Hill scramble to beef up security for their staffs and themselves, children and young people in schools across the country are being the targets of Donald Trump’s hateful 2016 campaign rhetoric and his Presidential...idk...blabber.



In an in-depth study conducted for …

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Added by The Race Card on June 16, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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