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The Race Card's Blog – July 2016 Archive (17)

White Mayor of Sommerville refuses to remove ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner from City Hall

A Black Lives Matter banner has been hanging in front of City Hall in Sommerville Massachusetts since the town’s white major had it erected in August 2015. Since then, a Somerville Police Employee’s Association sent a letter to Mayor Curtatone requesting that the banner be replaced (i.e. silenced) in favor of a general, meaningless “All Lives Matter” one. “It is inconceivable to us as it is demoralizing that our city would propagate its support for this movement while…


Added by The Race Card on July 25, 2016 at 4:57pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 16-year-old Isaiah Cooper becomes youngest Black pilot to fly over continental US

History has been made yet again: Early this week, Compton teen Isaiah Cooper became the youngest African American pilot to fly over the continental US. The 16-year-old touched down Monday after his 8,000 mile journey after roughly 2 weeks (13 days), and was in no mood to rest. Already planning his next endeavor: To be the youngest pilot ever to travel around the world. Prepping to leave at 18, many will attest that he is more than equipped. A young professional,…


Added by The Race Card on July 21, 2016 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

OP-ED: From Brazil to the U.S.: We need solidarity in the African Diaspora against police brutality

On July 17, 2014 at around 3:30pm in Staten Island, New York City, Eric Garner, 43, was murdered by the New York City Police Department. Earlier that same day, before 8am in Rio, Brazil, Pedro Ivo, 19, was murdered by Military Police from the Riot Police Battalion...

By Fire Angelou*, AFROPUNK contributor…


Added by The Race Card on July 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'We were never friends, We Just grew up Together'

My name is Terrance Thomas, I am a community organizer and film producer from Texas. I am 26 years young. I recently wrote a personal essay titled "we we never friends,we just grew up together" This personal essay chronicles my experiences growing up as an African American child in a predominantly white community.This piece takes you on my emotional journey of friendship and growth. Losing friends can be difficult, especially when you realize that your life…


Added by The Race Card on July 19, 2016 at 11:44am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: BLM activist DeRay McKesson: "I would never go to a breast cancer rally and yell out 'colon cancer matters'!"

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson shut “All Lives Matter” all the way down while appearing in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo this past Monday. Appearing on the show to discuss the recent police officer shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, McKesson doubled-down on the movement’s continuous call to end violence and dehumanizing law enforcement practices. When Cuomo brought up the unfortunate “All Lives“ argument, the former Baltimore mayoral candidate…


Added by The Race Card on July 19, 2016 at 9:47am — No Comments

Stevie Wonder to fans: if you have a problem with #BlackLivesMatter, "I don’t give a fuck"

Last week, while performing in London at the British Summer Time Festival, music legend Stevie Wonder, expressed unapologetic support for the Black Lives Matter movement, much to the surprise of a stunned, predominately white audience. While narrating through tracks from "Songs In The Key Of Life", Wonder, who has been an outspoken black liberation advocate for decades, took the opportunity to relate the meaning behind the legendary album back to the movement. “Yes, all…


Added by The Race Card on July 18, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Today we remember Sandra Bland and ask- 'Has anything changed?'

Monday July 13th, 2015- Sandra Annette Bland's body was found in Waller County Jail, TX.

Initially pulled over by Deputy Officer Encinia for failing to signal a lane change, a heated interaction ensued, and less than 24 hours later Ms. Bland was dead. How does this make sense? As is the current narrative of this country, it simply does not. Though the end of her life was legally ruled a suicide, many rationally label it…


Added by The Race Card on July 13, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: White Couple To Black Family: "My Ancestors Owned Your Ass"

In a brazen display of casual racism, a white couple in San Antonio, TX. was confronted by a family of black churchgoers during a heated exchange at a restaurant after the white couple spoke rudely to some of the wait staff. When asked to simmer down by a young black woman, the couple began a hate-filled white pride tirade about their ancestors owning blacks , complete with racial slurs. The interaction was recorded by the family’s 15-year-old daughter. See it down…


Added by The Race Card on July 13, 2016 at 10:44am — 8 Comments

FEATURE: NYC draft riots anniversary: the white riots that left dozens of Black people dead in 1863

Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the New York draft riots- turned race riots- in 1863, and in wake of the borderline race riots currently persisting in 2016, one could (facetiously) call it serendipitous that we recognize this shameful moment in history, as it repeats in our present: 

With the…


Added by The Race Card on July 12, 2016 at 1:46pm — No Comments

FEATURE: How do Black police officers justify participating in the arrests of #Blacklivesmatter protestors?

As the most recent #Blacklivesmatter protests begin to catch major heat, many protestors and observers are narrowing in on their enemy: the Police. Yet, if one looks closer on the front lines, and in the countless arrests captured on social media, the oppressors in blue are not always 'in White'. Why are there black officers suppressing a movement to further their own freedom? Is it a code of conduct? Brainwash caused by intense systematic racism? Or simply being…


Added by The Race Card on July 11, 2016 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Black Businesses to Support while we figure out "what the hell is going on"

You’ve probably noticed that shit has hit the fan, the people have taken to the streets, and the Black Lives Matter movement is raging on with impassioned gusto and inter-community solidarity. As the movement swells to all-time heights with daily, city shut down protests across the country, many are gearing up for sustainable community enrichment in the form of black business support. When I say support, I don’t mean a temporary boycott of white capitalism and white-owned…


Added by The Race Card on July 11, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: 'Letter to My Future Daughter: We Need to Embrace & Uplift our Fellow Black Women'


                          Letter to My Future Daughter: We Need to Embrace & Uplift our Fellow Black Women 

                                                                           By Jasmine Scott  

                             To my future…


Added by The Race Card on July 8, 2016 at 12:10pm — No Comments

OP-ED: The mental anguish of the black man in America (Sterling was one of many)

                                       The Mental Anguish of The Black Man in America (Sterling was one of many)

                                                                                By Jasmin Pierre

    The black man in America has every right to be on alert. He has every right to mentally be frustrated Everytime he turns on the news and wonders…


Added by The Race Card on July 7, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 15-year-old MIT genius Riri Williams replaces Tony Stark as Iron Man

The comic book franchise is one virtually untouched by the notion of 'black heroes', but, in the upcoming episode of Marvel's 'Iron Man', the tables are turning. Said to feature a 15- year old black girl as the headlining character, the comic industry is adding another necessary layer of representation for black girls everywhere. Teenage Riri Williams- a Chicago born science genius- was inspired by the 'chaos and violence' plaguing Chicago, and represents the power…


Added by The Race Card on July 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mental health Activist Jasmin Pierre speaks to the root of the societal conflicts between Black women

With the media all ablaze after Azealia Banks' justification for bleaching her skin, there seems to be much criticism, but little reflection. 27 year old mental health activist Jasmin Pierre though, has seized this opportunity as a means for investigation. With her aspirations set on being a life coach, she was inspired to write a piece aiming to unveil the root of horizontal oppression among black women in society. In her passage 'The Black Woman and the…


Added by The Race Card on July 6, 2016 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Azealia Banks justifies her decision to bleach her skin, fans are concerned

Azealia Banks’s self-loathing and internal conflicts with her identity came to a head recently when she took to Facebook Live to doubled-down on her decision to bleach her skin by saying, "What's the difference between getting a nose job and changing your skin color? What's the difference between wearing a hair weave and changing your skin color?"

Banks has a point, to an extent, about the possible underlying motivations for women of color modifying their…


Added by The Race Card on July 5, 2016 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

FEATURE: 'Here it is', Alice Walker writes vivid new poem in response to Jesse Williams' acceptance speech

Ever since Jesse Williams' ineffable acceptance speech at last Tuesday's BET awards, the media has been on fire. As different mediums and news sources worked to pick his words apart, his message did all but grow stronger. His words ignited a crucial spark in the African American community, and Alice Walker translates his immense impression in her latest poem: 'Here it is'. With her…


Added by The Race Card on July 1, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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