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The Race Card's Blog – November 2016 Archive (27)

Black femme activists create monthly, task-oriented Safety Pin Box for allies fighting against white supremacy

Safety Pin Box is a totally brilliant, racial justice movement-centered project and subscription service created by black female activists Leslie Mac and Marissa Jenae Johnson. A play on ineffective and insubstantial ‘safety pin solidarity’ trend, the…


Added by The Race Card on November 30, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

From Brexit to Meghan Markle: UK tabloids are racist, sexist, homophobic trash

The power of the press is not something to be taken lightly and with so much false news popping up on our social media feeds these days, it’s a wonder what’s real and what’s fake at all. Tabloids have always been the bane of journalism’s existence, passing off gossip as actual news, and being wholly distasteful in the process. Historically, UK tabloids have been some of the biggest perpetrators of tactless writing, but lately we’ve seen a peak in the atrociousness of their pop… Continue

Added by The Race Card on November 30, 2016 at 11:20am — No Comments

Why everything has to be about race

My best friend’s name is James.

James was like an older brother to me. He was only two years older than me, but he is still the most charismatic, charming, funniest person I ever met. Men love him. Women love him. He always had an uncanny ability to read people and situations. We call that street smart. He can walk into a room and leave with the adoration of every person in the room. He was unflappable, and always calm. In fact, when we were kids, he was dubbed with…

Added by The Race Card on November 30, 2016 at 10:09am — No Comments

OP-ED: Most volunteer work led by the West in Africa is just to make white people feel better

The African development has been highly impacted by volunteerism in the last decade. We hear quite often about the outcome of this latter for the volunteer: it shapes one’s career, or helped him/her gain some experience before entering the job market, however how often do we hear about the outcome of one’s actions in the country he/she volunteered in? This is the perspective of a twenty-seven years old African struggling to understand this trend… …Struggling to understand…


Added by The Race Card on November 29, 2016 at 10:48am — No Comments

Black and brown artists remind us that witchcraft isn’t white

Timeline recently published this video about witches who served as feminist icons in popular culture, highlighting characters such as the Wicked Witch of the West, Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It explained how witches have made a resurgence in popular culture because of the growth of feminist ideals. Witches have usually been depicted as highly intelligent, independent and powerful with an identity not connected to a man — which, of course,… Continue

Added by The Race Card on November 23, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Dear Racism: I AM My Grandparents, But You Can Still Catch #DeezHands

One of my favorite jokes is about two friends who are pulled over for speeding. The police officer approaches the driver, asks for his license and registration, then slaps the driver for speeding. Then he writes a ticket and slaps the driver again. Before leaving, he walks to the passenger side and asks the passenger to roll down the window. When the passenger does it, the officer reaches into the window and slaps the passenger too.

“Why did you slap me?” the…


Added by The Race Card on November 23, 2016 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

Toni Morrison: White fear elected Donald Trump

For The New Yorker, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison penned an incredible, thought-provoking (as always) essay about America’s last attempt to preserve whiteness. This comes as no surprise in a country that has always resisted minority inclusion, the expansion of human rights, and society’s pushes for actual equality. But with the election of Donald Trump, White America’s desperation to cling to White Supremacy—no matter the cost—has become just as apparent, pathetic, and…


Added by The Race Card on November 22, 2016 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Black woman reports being assaulted by homophobic movement Straight Black Pride supporter

Shannon Shird is a woman from New York City who was allegedly accosted by a “Straight Black Pride” supporter yesterday while boarding the train. In the Facebook post below, she recounts her story: a man complimenting on her Black pride, apparent by the Afrocentric hat she was wearing, and asked her to friend “Straight Black Pride” on Facebook. After declining because she doesn't support that movement, he physically and verbally threatened her person, by taking her hat,…


Added by The Race Card on November 22, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Writings On My Skin: Things you shouldn't assume about Black women with tattoos

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see a person of color with tattoos?

If you’re a person with tattoos you have probably seen, witnessed, or been a victim of the badgering questions. Maybe you have endured nonconsensual touch, by a person trying to get a better view of your tattoo. Besides the typical questions of “What will that look like when you get older,” or “Why would you ruin your skin,” ignorance also comes in the form of discrimination…


Added by The Race Card on November 21, 2016 at 11:41am — No Comments

Forget the Muslim registry, someone created white male registry "to Help Keep America Safe"

For the white right, Trump supporters, and Islamaphobes across the land of the free, the thought of a Muslim registry makes them tingle with bigoted glee. For the rest of us, it should be a terrifying thought, and even more of a reason to be politically engaged, so as to avoid other registries from popping up. It’s all too reminiscent of Nazi Germany, where ethnic and religious minorities were registered, sequestered, and eventually killed for just existing, all in the…


Added by The Race Card on November 21, 2016 at 11:18am — No Comments

Once and for all, being in an interracial relationship doesn't mean you hate Black people

We all have been curious about dating outside of our culture and finding someone in a different ethnicity. Many of us have tried it and failed. Many of us found the one who has no similar background to our upbringing.

In 2016 it is turning into a norm that people of black culture are embracing other ethnicities and have a partner with a different background. It is the other norms that can also be a little stressful. When dating outside of your culture, you feel…


Added by The Race Card on November 21, 2016 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

Peep #GrabYourWallet, the anti-Trump movement taking dollars from the Donald & Ivanka's pockets

Digital mastermind Shannon Coulter made major waves when she started the #GrabYourWallet hashtag last October. Her tweets have been encouraging shoppers to stop supporting businesses affiliated with Donald or Ivanka Trump, and the results have been outstanding. The viral spreadsheet was released just as Ivanka Trump came under fire for promoting a $10,800 bracelet she recently wore on a televised interview with “60 Minutes.” Ivanka has been aiming to profit off of her…


Added by The Race Card on November 17, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Media & White Democrats, Don't Normalize A Racist President

The Democratic party is reeling after the election of Donald Trump to the office of president as well as an overwhelming majority of Republicans in Congress. As the days progress, it seems that many are taking the business as usual approach in regards to accepting Trump as the new president-elect, so much so that Senate Dems are already thinking of ways to work with him. Minority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said he doesn’t want to take the approach Republicans took… Continue

Added by The Race Card on November 17, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

This Black girl is being belittled online after posting video of racist boyfriend abusing her

I recently detailed my experiences from last year with a very, very violent ex-boyfriend, of whom I only dated for three short, but hellish months.

Though I made mention of him being ten years older than I, it makes me wonder if the overall response to the article would have been much different had I also specified that he was Black.

It isn't that I hate Black Men (and men in general) -- it's that I'm terrified of them.

In every…


Added by The Race Card on November 16, 2016 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Black Lives Matter releases official statement following Trump’s election

In the midst of the political landscape, the organization Black Lives Matter has released a statement condemning the election of the president-elect Donald Trump, and making it clear that their mandate was unchanged after "the election of a white supremacist to the highest office in American government." In a statement to online platform…


Added by The Race Card on November 16, 2016 at 10:54am — No Comments

I Told Y'all—White People Don't Give A Fuck


Stop blaming people who didn’t vote. Your premise is faulty, because:

1. You believe people who don’t vote are stupid, but you still believe, had they voted, they would’ve voted the same as you. Which means you vote like a stupid person.

2. If a person doesn’t want to participate in his or her own destiny, so be it.

3. No one died for the dictate to vote. They died for the right to vote. Or not. I believe in the second…


Added by The Race Card on November 16, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Confessions Of A Black Introvert: Yes, We're "Black Enough"

“You’re so quiet.”

“Don’t you ever talk?”

These are just a few of the statements I often hear being an African American introvert. People often seem to form a certain perception of what an introvert “looks” and “acts.” For years and in the media we have been mocked for our features (large nose, lips, etc.) and we’re often perceived as loud, obnoxious and “ghetto.” However, being an introverted African American is something rare in which gives a sense of…


Added by The Race Card on November 15, 2016 at 12:59pm — No Comments

White Liberals who minimize Trump's racism are just as toxic as racist bigots

I’m so tired of talking about this election and its obvious examples of sheer hatred. I don’t need any reminders that there are people who hate me based on my identities. I know full well that as a woman, a Black American (the descendant of African slaves), and furthermore a queer person of color, that the white right is full of people who think my existence is an affront to their survival and way of life, even if that means to the physical, emotional, financial and cultural… Continue

Added by The Race Card on November 14, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

White supremacist named Trump's chief strategist

Am I surprised that Trump’s cabinet and presidential staff is going to be full of the most rapacious, insidiously patriarchal, and overtly racist folks in politics in business? Nope. But even that couldn’t prepare me for the announcement of Steve Bannon, the white-right conservative and executive chairman of Bretibart News, being named Chief Strategist. The Chief Strategist’s job is to assist the President in developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining their party…


Added by The Race Card on November 14, 2016 at 11:20am — No Comments

Boycott their ass: a list of companies that support Donald Trump

This election is showing everyone’s true colors, including some of the brands we know and love(d). From entertainment to consumer products, these companies and their leaders have in some way, shape or form supported the president-elect without denouncing his rhetoric and that is unforgivable. To help you on your way, we’ve made a list of brands that are officially cancelled.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK…


Added by The Race Card on November 14, 2016 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

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