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The Race Card's Blog – October 2016 Archive (15)

Check out these hilariously (and painfully) accurate "Authentic Caucasians" costumes by creatives Yeni López Sleidi and Em Gee

Creative activists Yeni López Sleidi and Em Gee collaborated on this HILARIOUSLY accurate photo project depicting "Authentic Caucasians" costumes memes in the form of those inserts that appear on the fronts of packed Halloween costume. This clever project calls out White Privilege, classism, entitlement, “All Lives…

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Added by The Race Card on October 28, 2016 at 2:54pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Don't just talk about gentrification, do something about it

Gentrification is considered to be a primary and imminent problem affecting the Black community. The sentiments of the Black community are that the greedy, avaricious, and rapacious “yuppies”, hipsters, and the top “1%” are “exploiting” the communities that they grew up in. Everyone’s entitled to their individual sentiments and emotions, but not everyone is cognizant of the hard facts and evidence. Gentrification typically happens in major cities with a large amount of…

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Added by The Race Card on October 28, 2016 at 10:07am — No Comments

Black female Michigan high school star football kicker mocked in racist Instagram post

Horrifyingly, but unsurprisingly at this point, black female star athlete Ashton Brooks, from Michigan, was the victim of a racist social media post depicting her as a gorilla. As reported by The Grio, a white, former student of the same school district was attending one a game that Brooks was playing in when she posed with a man in a gorilla suit for an Instagram post to spew an embarrassing display of racism: “got a pic with dows kicker ;)”. Clever.



Jealous or…
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Added by The Race Card on October 27, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Know Your Black History: Deconstructing the Quadroon Ball

Deconstructing the Quadroon Balls



“The swooning woman of color” This was an advertisement from 1858 New Orleans and is the first proof I had ever seen of a Quadroon Ball. I had never come across any proof that these balls actually happened. I fully believed these balls were the creation of Southern white male fantasies about needy, swooning, sexual women of color hoping to have the opportunity to have a relationship with them—i.e., a white male privilege fantasy.…

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Added by The Race Card on October 27, 2016 at 10:40am — No Comments

In Cuba, African Heritage is Celebrated But What About Black People?

I could feel the music knocking the dust off the steps. Dana led us up three stories of narrow and dark staircases to his house that was about thirty minutes from Havana. His blue and white shrine for Yoruba orisha and the creator of human bodies, Obatala, was neatly organized beside an antique bookshelf. His mother, a dark-brown Cuban woman, smiles the way mothers smile when there are too many people in the house, but she loves her son too much to tell his friends…

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Added by The Race Card on October 25, 2016 at 3:49pm — No Comments

OP-ED: When it comes to supporting Black women, some Black men are worse than Trump supporters #SayHerName

On Xenophobia, Black men’s continuous denial of it and the disastrous consequences



On August 7th, an In Defense Of Black Womanhood altar was put up in Brooklyn. No Black men came. The outrage for Philando Castile and Alton Sterling was a united rumble of voices bellowing against the pillars of white supremacy in hopes of crumbling them. The reaction for Korryn Gaines and Tanisha Anderson was a quaint, disconsolate cadre of Black women who are justified…

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Added by The Race Card on October 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

An October Message For All White People - by NegusWhoRead

Greetings White people!



It is rare that we break the fourth wall and address you specifically on this site, but this year we would like to take a preemptive strike and address the elephant in the room before the nonsense begins. As we enter the month of October, once again we approach the season of your silly shenanigans and we have but one request of you:



Chill with the blackface this year.



As a person of color, I confess that it…

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Added by The Race Card on October 24, 2016 at 10:04am — No Comments

Slaveowner statue to remain on Florida State University’s campus after vote wins nearly 3 to 1

If you weren’t aware, sometimes the present and the past reckon with each other in ways that are unexpected, if not wholly dismaying. From stories of Harvard Law’s logo depicting slavery or fraternities making light of the history of Black women in this country, it seems like… Continue

Added by The Race Card on October 20, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Why I don't Ignore Racist Micro-Aggressions: Tales of putting motherf*ckers in their place

From ages eleven and onwards, ninety-two percent of my relationships have been interracial and with mostly white and asian men.



When meeting family and friends for the first time, I always insist my partner inform their inner circle of my being Black prior to meeting, and be sure to pay the respect back in regards to them meeting my own.



From being asked by a curious little (fifteen-year-old) brother if there’s any truth behind Black Women having…

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Added by The Race Card on October 20, 2016 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter To White Feminism (AKA: White Beckyism)

Dear White Feminism (aka, White Beckyism):



C’mere. Sit down. Sit.



You've got a lot of nerve showing up at inopportune times, fervently attempting to educate me on how to be your definition of a proper Woman of Color.



It's why you don't get a Christmas card in November with an invite to come home for the holidays. You can't sit with us; you don't even get a to-go plate (and you know we Black People take that to-go plate business…

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Added by The Race Card on October 20, 2016 at 11:35am — No Comments

The Caucasian's Guide To Black Neighborhoods - by NegusWhoRead

As society enters the utopia promised to us in old negro spirituals, the Bill of Rights and Martin Luther King’s dreams we are beginning to witness this country morphing into a true homogenous melting pot. While we are still a long way away from a post-racial America, neighborhoods across the country are evolving into multicultural mixtures of where white people play Spades, Black people listen to country music and everybody hates Donald Trump. Whether it is…

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Added by The Race Card on October 19, 2016 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Not 'Black Enough' for some, 'Too Black' for others, I'm Black and I'm Proud

If I had a nickel for all of the times someone told me, praised me, bullied me, “paid” me the ultimate insult-wrapped-in-a-complement of, and/or accused me of:



By Jacqueline-Elizabeth, AFROPUNK Contributor*




“Talking like a white girl”,



“Acting like a white girl”,



“Sounding like a white girl”,



“Having a 'white girl’ name”,



(Not being) “Like other BlackGirls”,…

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Added by The Race Card on October 14, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

RIP Gloria Naylor, Black author and womanist visionary

As the years go on, we lose our most brilliant Black minds in the way that we lose many of our family members--quietly and unassuming, but their absence inspires reflection. For many Black women who write, Gloria Naylor was a beacon, giving courage to write themselves and their truths in novels, poetry, and all forms of writing. The “Mama Day” and “Women of Brewster Place” author centered and elevated Black women to the high art we’ve always known them to be, and her…

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Added by The Race Card on October 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Activist Shaun King’s Injustice Boycott harnesses black economic power to force political change and end racial injustice with long-term action

Injustice Boycott is a brand new, long-term, nationwide economic boycott geared toward pivoting the historic wave of protests that has brought world-wide awareness about police brutality and systematic oppression towards creating political change. By harnessing, withholding, and re-directing our economic power to force change ourselves. This particular effort, the Injustice Boycott, was created by NY Daily News Senior Justice Writer and activist Shaun King.



The…

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Added by The Race Card on October 4, 2016 at 10:49am — No Comments

Albright College suspends white student who posted ridiculously racist blackface video to snapchat

Two students at Albright College have been suspended for posting a video in blackface on the social media site Snapchat. The video includes a female student, with brown paint on her face, calling herself ‘Carlisha’ and twerking with a padded behind. She even mentions that “Black Lives Matter now” in order to cement her newfound Black womanhood. Albright’s president Lex O. McMillan III has disavowed the video taking to the school’s Facebook page saying, "We unequivocally…

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Added by The Race Card on October 3, 2016 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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