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The Race Card's Blog – September 2016 Archive (11)

In a vow to use her voice for change, Serena Williams says: “I Won’t Be Silent”

Celebrities have been lending their voice to the Black Lives Matter movement since its inception, and 2016 has seen some of the highest profile sports stars taking a stand. Although not explicitly in support of BLM, Serena Williams took to Facebook to express her fear, worry, and resolve to make her voice be heard in an anecdote about a drive she took with her nephew. You can read the full statement below, but one part that stood out was a moment of self assessment when she…

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Added by The Race Card on September 28, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Faces- Finding the glory of Black skin in all its hues (Philmore)

The model for this painting was chosen because he has some of the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen. It is rich with pigment, and reflects the light in the most captivating way. I instantly noticed him in the front row of a talk I was giving. It is strange to me how anyone could not see the beauty in his skin, and yet sadly there are people who would insist that it is somehow inferior to other colors. Back when I was a little girl I went to a school where I was one of a…

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Added by The Race Card on September 26, 2016 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Public service announcement for the broken English hatersamong us

If you can barely string together a coherent sentence in one language and have the unmitigated gall to come at someone whose first language is something other than the English gifted to America by European conquest, check your privilege at the door and start saving up for Rosetta Stone. Let’s see how you pick up a new language, alphabet, and accent, shall we?



By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by The Race Card on September 26, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

In praise of Black resistance: a reflection on the Charlotte Uprising

To say that it's a surprise that another body has fallen victim to a police officer while simultaneously being unarmed and Black, would be to say that we haven't been paying attention for the last few years. Much of what is being felt day to day in cities around America is a combination of fear, disgust, frustration, and helplessness at a system that was not made with Black people in mind. How does one reckon with this? How does a community respond when one of their…

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Added by The Race Card on September 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Once & for all: Pointing Out "Black-On-Black Crime" is Gaslighting

Ooookay! I think I am officially done with this bullshit.



When surfing along Twitter looking towards the next hashtag name, I have more than twice coming across people who say that before we talk about police killing black people, they should talk about black-on-black crime. Where some people might agree, most of us EASILY see that this is nothing more than a form of gaslighting, deflecting any knowledge of their shortcomings by pointing out yours, real or…

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Added by The Race Card on September 23, 2016 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Massachusetts Supreme Court rules Black men have legitimate reason to flee police



We need not remind the AFROPUNK community of the police brutality running rampant in our cities and on our timelines. But in a striking turn of events, Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that because of Boston Police Department’s continued relationship with its Black citizens, that Black men in particular "might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity." The court… Continue

Added by The Race Card on September 23, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Alt. R&B singer/songwriter and AP alum Kelela brilliantly unpacks racism, White Privilege, and complacency in Instagram post

Dark R&B singer and AFROPUNK alum Kelela took to Instagram recently to fire off a passionate and thoughtful statement about white folk’s responsibility in the dialogue about racism and anti-blackness. Step one—shut up and listen: "Tired of white people telling me what I should and shouldn’t feel. People who are not black need to be listening (not…

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Added by The Race Card on September 23, 2016 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Federal Court Rules That Discrimination Against Locs Is Legal

As if finding a job in corporate America isn’t difficult enough for Black men and women, a federal court has ruled that natural hair is grounds to be discriminated against. A suit was filed on behalf of Chastity Jones, a Black applicant who applied for a customer service representative position at Catastrophe Management Solutions in 2010. Court documents show that Jones was hired but the company rescinded their offer when she refused to cut her dreadlocks. The applicant…

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Added by The Race Card on September 21, 2016 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

A Letter To My 10-Year-Old Self: Dear Little Black Child, You Are Good Enough

Life comes with no tour guide or ‘how to’ booklet. It’s simply a journey that you’re left to figure out by yourself amongst your good, your bad and ugly. I can’t help but think, what if I had a heads up before I was born or when I entered puberty? Surely that would have helped me. I’m sure it would have helped anyone growing up- but I suppose we’re all just not that bloody lucky are we? Here’s my short letter to the 10 year old me that didn’t know how to love, understand or accept…

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Added by The Race Card on September 16, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Saying “Hotep” as an insult is Anti-Black and Here’s Why

In June, when I arrived at the main cemetery chapel at the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón in Havana, Cuba, the first thing I saw was white Jesus. The picture was tacked to a bulletin board. The chapel, founded in 1876, lionized the European image with dark-tinted paintings of Catholic saints spread across the dome. That day, I looked at the picture of Jesus and didn’t believe it. Years ago, I would have glorified that picture. I would have praised Spanish colonizers with my…

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Added by The Race Card on September 7, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Activist Naledi Ramaabya raises awareness about albinism in Botswana with In My Skin campaign

In My Skin is a on-going campaign created by Naledi Ramaabya to raise awareness about albinism in Botswana. Through photographic representation, the campaign juxtaposes black models with albinism with with black models without—not to highlight those with albinism as an anomaly, but to play on their inherent blackness which binds them to the community. Albinism continues to be a misunderstood condition that people mistakenly relate to race, instead of skin…

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Added by The Race Card on September 6, 2016 at 6:03pm — No Comments

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