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Review: 'Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland'
More broadly, Metzl explains, his research reveals “a reality that liberal Americans were often slow to realize: Trump supporters were willing to put their own lives on the line in support of their political beliefs … make tradeoffs that negatively affect their lives and livelihoods in support of larger prejudices or ideals.” The author “track[s] the full extent to which these political acts of self-sabotage came at mortal cost to the health and longevity of lower- and, in many instances, middle-income white GOP supporters—and, ultimately, to the well-being of everyone else.”

Metzl digs deep into the material effects of various Republican policies in three GOP-run states: Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. These policies “gave certain white populations the sensation of winning, particularly by upending the gains of minorities and liberals.” It was about “owning” those groups, apparently. The author adds that “the victories came at a steep cost.”
White  racism  sabotage  health  education 
6 weeks ago by Quercki
Civil rights attorneys: Oakland police situation is 'intolerable,' department 'backsliding' - Story | KTVU
Federal monitor calls Oakland chief's findings 'disappointing,' 'myopic'

Here are some of the highlights:

Use of force: Oakland had been in compliance with its use of force policy and reporting since 2015. But in 2018, the court "re-activated" this task because there were concerns that the department was mishandling its recent use of force case and investigations. Between 2012 and 2017, the department's data showed a 75 percent drop in use of force cases, and in October 2018, those reported use of force cases dropped another 23 percent. An audit was launched to find out if this sharp drop was really true.
It turned out, they weren't, at least according to a "damning report" released last month by the police department's Office of Inspector General, Chanin and Burris wrote. The audit found that police have been "systematically" underreporting cases and not turning on their body cameras to support their positive statistics.

City response: "Some findings were disappointing," the city conceded in its court filing. But the city also noted that the inspector general's audit shows that the department "caught and swiftly corrected a reporting problem stemming not from failing structures or corrupt culture, but from policy and training ambiguities. As when the (Independent Monitoring Team) looked at this issue, OIG's findings did not show that officers used unwarranted force."
Oakland  police  OPD  racism  violence  monitor 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Ta-Nehisi Coates gave Mitch McConnell a powerful lesson on reparations - Vox
“For a century after the Civil War, black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror,” Coates said. “A campaign that extended well into the lifetime of Majority Leader McConnell.”
“Victims of that plunder are very much alive today”

After describing the vast economy built on the backs of enslaved men and women and the “torture, rape, and child trafficking” they endured, Coates then listed several acts of racism and injustice against African Americans that occurred during McConnell’s youth.

He cited two stories in particular: the 1944 state-ordered execution of 14 year-old George Stinney — who was swiftly convicted (and later posthumously exonerated) for the murder of two white girls — and the severe beating and blinding of Isaac Woodard, a black man arrested and disabled by police officers hours after his honorable discharge from the Army in 1946.

“Majority Leader McConnell cited civil-rights legislation yesterday, as well he should, because he was alive to witness the harassment, jailing, and betrayal of those responsible for that legislation by a government sworn to protect them,” Coates said. “He was alive for the redlining of Chicago and the looting of black homeowners of some $4 billion.”
Ta-Nehisi_Coates  racism  reparations  McConnell  HB40 
june 2019 by Quercki
Ta-Nehisi Coates Dismantles Mitch McConnell’s Remarks on Reparations – Rolling Stone
Here are Coates’ remarks in full:

Yesterday, when asked about reparations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a familiar reply: America should not be held liable for something that happened 150 years ago, especially since none of us currently alive are responsible. This rebuttal proffers a strange theory of governance: that American accounts are somehow bound by the lifetime of its generations, when well into this century, the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of Civil War soldiers. We honor treaties that date back some 200 years, despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for, but we are American citizens, and thus bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach. It would seem ridiculous to dispute invocations from the Founders or the Greatest Generation, on the basis of a lack of membership in either group. We recognize our lineage as a generational trust, as an inheritance and the real dilemma posed by reparations is just that: a dilemma of inheritance.

It is impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery.
Ta-Nehisi_Coates  racism  reparations  HB40 
june 2019 by Quercki
Ta-Nehisi Coates's Testimony to the House on Reparations - The Atlantic
But we are American citizens, and thus bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach. It would seem ridiculous to dispute invocations of the Founders, or the Greatest Generation, on the basis of a lack of membership in either group. We recognize our lineage as a generational trust, as inheritance, and the real dilemma posed by reparations is just that: a dilemma of inheritance. It is impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery.

As historian Ed Baptist has written, enslavement “shaped every crucial aspect of the economy and politics” of America, so that by 1836 more than $600 million, almost half of the economic activity in the United States, derived directly or indirectly from the cotton produced by the million-odd slaves. By the time the enslaved were emancipated, they comprised the largest single asset in America. Three billion in 1860 dollars, more than all the other assets in the country combined.
Ta-Nehisi_Coates  racism  reparations  McConnell  HB40 
june 2019 by Quercki
I Understand Why Democrats Don't Want to Impeach Trump
After a failed impeachment trial, Trump, being the person he is, would claim that he was exonerated, a claim that would be buttressed by his propagandists at Fox News (as if Trump would ever admit he was wrong). So, instead of fulfilling their constitutional duties, Pelosi and her cabal of soothsaying moderates have chosen to sidestep justice in favor of politics.

This is the kind of justice that black people have become accustomed to. Democrats won’t pursue justice because they assume the all-white, Republican jurors won’t convict him. This is the same reason why the killers of Alton Sterling, Emantic Bradford Jr., Korryn Gaines and Eric Garner never faced a jury in a criminal trial.

This is the definition of injustice.
Let the ongoing investigations continue

Almost five years after the whole world witnessed Eric Garner dying with a police officer’s arm around his throat, the NYPD is still investigating whether or not it was a chokehold. Footage of Sandra Bland’s 2015 arrest wasn’t released until a few weeks ago, because of an “ongoing investigation.” Emmett Till’s murder is still being investigated, over a half-century later.

Even when something is readily apparent, they will trot out the “ongoing investigations” excuse as the first line of defense. Robert Mueller wrote an entire report that more than 1,000 prosecutors say shows obstruction of justice, yet Nancy Pelosi wants to “investigate.”

White people really trust investigations.
impeach  Trump  racism  African-American  justice 
june 2019 by Quercki
‘Police Scorecard’ raises questions about use of force and accountability in California - Los Angeles Times
Campaign Zero, which aims to reduce police violence in the U.S., released its “Police Scorecard” in the hopes of shaping future legislative and police policy decisions in California around statistics that it argues highlight inherent bias and other problematic trends in American law enforcement, organizers said.

“We have the data we need to make decisions that will save lives,” said DeRay Mckesson, a police reform activist who gained notoriety after the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. “This project allows citizens to see data about their communities and demand change and accountability.”

The project compiled data for the years 2016 and 2017 from the California Department of Justice’s open data website and FBI Uniform Crime Reports, as well as information obtained through hundreds of public records requests.

Though the current study focused on the state’s 100 largest municipal police departments, organizers plan to expand the project to include data from sheriff’s departments as well as internal disciplinary records that can now be requested under a new state law that opens up some police personnel records.
police  use_of_force  killing  unarmed  racism 
june 2019 by Quercki
Aimee Allison is putting women of color front and center in the nation’s politics
“This is more than about politics to me,” Allison said late last year, when She the People, the groundbreaking organization she founded, hosted a gathering of hundreds of women of color who are transforming politics. “We’re taking everything forward. It’s about a justice agenda. It’s about creating a country where everyone belongs. It’s about women of color and the saving graces of democracy. And when we come from that place, nothing can touch us.”

Multiculturalism is Allison’s religion. She’s pursued that goal for more than two decades, written about how to build a better world, provided media commentary, and hosted podcasts and radio shows. In addition to founding She the People, she also is president of Democracy in Color, an organization dedicated to empowering the new American majority, which is multiracial, multicultural, and progressive. Her mission is to bring people together, to become a bridge connecting communities, and, perhaps most significantly, to elevate the voices of women of color “as leaders, political strategists, organizers, and voters.”

“Because of her, we’re in a moment where it feels like the world is paying attention to us,” said Rebecca Thompson, a former candidate for state representative in Michigan who advocates for black women running for office.
Aimee_Allison  WOC  POC  politics  She_The_People  racism 
june 2019 by Quercki
Kamala Harris: America’s Public Defenders’ Offices Are Broken. Here’s How to Fix Them
Defendants in criminal cases need lawyers who have enough time, money, and resources to unearth all of the facts in their cases. They need lawyers who can stand up in court, fully prepared to challenge the prosecution.

That is why I recently introduced the EQUAL Defense Act (pdf), which makes a serious investment in our state and local public defense systems by providing the resources that lawyers need to give every client’s case the time and attention it deserves. It will attack these injustices head-on by providing more resources for training, capping attorneys’ workloads, and bringing more people into the profession by making sure public defenders are paid on par with prosecutors.

My plan would provide $250 million to finally close the pay gap between public defenders and prosecutors within five years.
Kamala_Harris  2020  president  racism  poverty  justice 
june 2019 by Quercki
Bank Calls Police on Black Mayor in His Own City
Mayor Richard Thomas discussed how staff at JP Morgan & Chase summoned the police on him, his staff member, and a Mount Vernon Police detective as the Mayor sought to deposit a six figure check and get access to the City’s online banking records.
A Chase employee called the police on Wednesday, April 25, after Mayor Thomas was invited into a conference room and after Mayor Thomas had introduced the two people with him, including the police detective.

The response by the White Plains Police Department was resolved amicably after one of the responding officers recognized the Mount Vernon Police detective.

Mayor Thomas believes that race certainly played a role in the Chase employees calling the police. The two staffers who accompanied Mayor Thomas are black and Hispanic.
bank  Black  mayor  racism 
may 2019 by Quercki
(9) Forrest Schmidt - Wrote this a little while back: A recent DSA...
I joined a socialist party even though I was in Fresno and they were in San Francisco.

Two years later I moved to San Francisco to get more involved in organizing and to hide from the Army.

I got a construction job and proudly joined the carpenters union.

At first I didn’t notice or care that my union was overwhelmingly white...even though the City is “majority minority”.

At first I didn’t notice that I moved into an apartment that black workers had been evicted from.

While I lived in San Francisco, the majority of black people (workers) were driven out of the city.

My union hall was deep in a majority black neighborhood but out of THOUSANDS of members, in 20 years I met only 6 that were black.

That disparity had to be pointed out to me by a comrade who was Mexican, Indigenous, a Woman, a Worker, and a Socialist.

Most of the socialists we admired and studied were women and people of color who were workers.

Of course most of the admiration and study was reserved for three white men who came from middle or upper class backgrounds.
socialism  racism  Jack_London  to-do 
december 2018 by Quercki
For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies | Sojourners
2. For one out of every three opinions/insights shared by a person of color in your life, try to resist the need to respond with a better or different insight about something that you read or listened to as it relates to their shared opinion.
3. Being an ally is different than simply wanting not be racist (thank you for that, by the way). Being an ally requires you to educate yourself about systemic racism in this country.
racism  allies  howto 
november 2018 by Quercki
San Francisco statue that some call racist is removed
A 19th-century statue near San Francisco's City Hall that some said is racist and demeaning to indigenous people was removed early Friday.

A group of Native Americans chanted, beat drums and burned sage as the workers used a crane to take down the “Early Days” statue depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary. It was part of group of bronze statues near City Hall that depict the founding of California.

Native American activists had tried to have the statue removed for decades. They renewed efforts last year after clashes broke out across the U.S. over Confederate monuments.

The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted unanimously Wednesday for the removal of the statue, which was part of the Pioneer Monument first erected in 1894.
history  racism  Native_American  SF  statue  solution 
september 2018 by Quercki
Stanford to remove references to Junipero Serra over treatment of tribes - SFChronicle.com
"In an effort to distance itself from Father Junipero Serra, Stanford University has announced it will erase the name “Serra” from two dormitories and its own mailing address on Serra Mall. The system “contributed to the destruction of the cultural, economic, and religious practices of indigenous communities and left many tribal communities decimated,” wrote a Stanford committee charged with recommending whether to scrub Serra’s name from university buildings and roads. In a press release, the University acknowledged the “harmful and violent impacts of the mission system on Native Americans, including through forced labor, forced living arrangements and corporal punishment.”
history  racism  Native_American  Stanford  Junipero_Serra  solution 
september 2018 by Quercki
Boots Riley Slams 'BlacKkKlansman' as "Made Up Story" Softening Realities of Police Brutality | Hollywood Reporter
Riley argued the film included "fabricated" story points because the real-life Stallworth infiltrated a black radical group for three years instead of briefly, as the pic appeared to portray. There, Riley says, "he did what all papers from the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program (Cointelpro) that were found through the freedom of information act tell us he did- sabatoge a Black radical organization whose intent had to do with at the very least fighting racist oppression."

Riley also takes issue with a bombing scene in the movie, the Zimmerman character's Jewish heritage, a scene of a cop expressing racist views at a bar and a scene involving civil rights organizer Kwame Ture, among other points.

Riley added that black Americans face "actual physical attacks and terrorizing due to racism and racist doctrines" mostly from the police on a day-to-day basis. "So for Spike Lee to come out with a movie where a story points [sic] are fabricated in order to make Black cop and his counterparts look like allies in the fight against racism is very disappointing, to put it very mildly," he wrote.

Riley ended the piece with a reference to recent reports that Lee was paid $200,000 in 2016 to work with the NYPD on an ad campaign that attempted to improve relations with minority communities in the city. "Whether it actually is or not, BlacKkKlansman feels like an extension of that ad campaign," Riley wrote.

Riley's film, Sorry to Bother You, is entering its seventh weekend in theaters.
Boots_Riley  BlackKklansman  police  racism 
august 2018 by Quercki
How Quitting My Dream Job Sparked a Conversation About Race in The Bay Area—And the Resignation of a Newspaper Publisher | Gustavo Arellano's Weekly
In the post, I mentioned how headliner Bruno Mars had called the festival “the fancy Coachella.” It was accurate, as Bottlerock primarily functions as a music festival for the rich. I called out the tiers of pricing, which topped out at $3,500. I also mentioned how the festival attendees were predominantly white.

How dare I question ticket prices if I got to go for free, Buel scolded. How dare I call out the festival for its lack of diversity? He used two examples: “We wouldn’t criticize a Mariachi festival or a hip-hop show like Blurry Vision (a new festival by GoldenVoice that recently took place in Oakland) for not having enough white attendees. Why are we criticizing BottleRock for their lack of Black and Brown attendees?”

He also told us that he would reach out to BottleRock and offer an apology for the coverage not being up to our editorial standards.

The meeting ended with Buel telling me I was not allowed to ever write anything that he deemed racially controversial. I asked if he had ever read any of my stories for the Express. Although my beat is arts and culture, I write about the intersectionality of race and social justice. I told him that I would no longer cover any shows or festivals, and instead would pitch them to other outlets.
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I was crying by this point. I felt humiliated, powerless. I made it a point to tell Buel how despite working at East Bay Express full-time, wearing multiple hats, my salary was not enough.
Oakland  EBX  East_Bay_Express  resign  Stephen_Buel  Azucena_Rasilla  racism 
july 2018 by Quercki
An Apology and a Pledge | East Bay Express
As the paper’s publisher and onetime editor, I consider furthering our journalistic mission to be my life’s work. Yet as the person most responsible for our current troubles, I now feel a need to directly address our readers.

One night about a month ago, I read some week-old online coverage that did not live up to my editorial standards. So, I took the stories down the next morning and promptly explained my concerns to the author and editors.

One story described white people singing along to live hip-hop songs that contained the N-word. This is a worthy topic for coverage, and I said as much. But while referring to hateful words subsequently reclaimed by the communities they once oppressed, I said a couple of those words aloud. I should not have done so and am extremely sorry that my remark caused others pain.

I also should not have unilaterally taken down the articles. Instead, I should have respected our editorial structure and taken my feedback directly to our editorial management so that the editors and author might have addressed my concerns without permanently removing the pieces from our website.
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I also have an apology and a pledge. I fulfilled my life's dream by becoming Publisher of the Express in 2007 when Mr. Buel was owner and editor of the paper. In 2009, Mr. Buel inappropriately kissed me at a work event. Though he was written up for the conduct, he never owned his actions, at least not at the time. I didn't know that was sexual assault. I didn't know how much that'd stick with me, in my psyche. Being a woman in publishing since I was a teenager, and of a pre-#metoo age, and with my particular upbringing, my only concern at the time was for the company and the staff, which meant not making a stink and acting as if it hadn't happened. But I was wrong to do so, and I apologize to the EBX employees and freelancers for not having been as strong as the folks who today are making principled choices to speak up and to leave the jobs they love. I admire you all. And I pledge to not be quiet in the future. It doesn't help anyone -- not the victim, not their peers, not the guilty party. I care about ALL of them, and that means ending silence. [I was laid off from EBX in July 2017, Mr. Buel's first action upon becoming the Publisher/managing owner.] -- Jody Colley
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EBX  East_Bay_Express  Stephen_Buel  racism  diversity  sexism 
july 2018 by Quercki
W. Kamau Bell: I know what it's like to get kicked out for being black (opinion) - CNN
I remember how the owner of The Elmwood Cafe told me that he didn't train his employees to be racist. But he didn't have to train be to be racist for them to act in racist ways. You have to un-train people. Racism is baked into America's cake. It is the flour, the white, bleached flour.
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So if Starbucks wants to truly make a difference, then they need to not just commit to ending discrimination in their coffee shops, they need to commit to being advocates for ending discrimination in America. If they can get us all to pay five bucks for coffee, this should be no big deal. Or they can just be like The Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley and let it blow over and get back to business as usual. My family and I haven't been back to The Elmwood Cafe since. I fell in love with small double shot, no whip, mochas at Starbucks, but if they don't make real lasting changes, I can get them many, many, many other places.
racism  Starbucks  W._Kamau_Bell  Elmwood  Berkeley 
april 2018 by Quercki
The Anger of the White Male Lie – Ijeoma Oluo – Medium
But white male anger is steeped in a lie. It is fighting for what they were never going to have. For the promises that were never going to be fulfilled. White men are the only people allowed to fully believe in the American dream and perhaps that is the cruelest thing to have ever been done to them and the world that has to suffer their anger as they refuse to let go of a fantasy that we were never allowed to imagine ourselves in.
White men who shoot up schools and workplaces are not murderous monsters, or mindless thugs. They are “lovesick” or “misunderstood” or “tragic.” Hundreds of thousands of words are dedicated to finding the reasons why someone with so much promise could have fallen so far.
But how much promise was there really?
How much promise is there in a life where you are told that all you have to do is exist in order to inherit a kingdom. How much promise is there in a life where your mediocrity is constantly applauded and every hero looks like you and every love interest is a supermodel, but at the end of the day you will be working in a cubicle with everyone else and your only consolation is that you will be making $1.50 an hour more than the women and people of color in your office?
How much promise is there in being told that your culture is the only one worth knowing, and that your language is the only one worth speaking? How much promise is there in never having to say your are sorry, never having to say you are wrong, never having to say you don’t know?
White  maleprivilege  racism  disappointment  Ethan 
march 2018 by Quercki
FAQ - Intersectional Feminism for Beginners
What is feminism?
What are some of the different types of feminism?
What’s the difference between Black feminism and womanism?
What Does “Intersectionality” Mean?
Why is intersectionality important in feminism?
How can I make my feminism more intersectional?
Should I call myself an “intersectional feminist”?
-       I’m not a Black woman / Black non-binary person. Why do you say I can’t call myself an intersectional feminist?
-       What about non-Black women of colour?
-       You say I’m not allowed to call myself an “intersectional feminist” because I’m not a Black woman / Black non-binary person. But I do face multiple oppressions / But I do want my feminism to be inclusive. Am I not supposed to be intersectional?
Is intersectionality for everyone?
feminism  101  racism 
march 2018 by Quercki
The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel” – Political Orphans
The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”
By Chris Ladd
March 12, 2018

**This was originally posted to Forbes on Sunday, Mar 11. Forbes took it down today. I’ve had no communications from the editor to explain. Here it is in full:

Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and an avid supporter of Donald Trump, earned headlines this week for his defense of the president’s adultery with a porn star. Regarding the affair and subsequent financial payments, Jeffress explained, “Even if it’s true, it doesn’t matter.”
christianity  politics  racism  slavery  Southern  Baptist  evangelical  fundamentalist 
march 2018 by Quercki
Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel
Whiteness offered protection from many of the South’s cruelties, but that protection stopped at the subject of race. No one who dared speak truth to power on the subject of slavery, or later Jim Crow, could expect protection.

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Generation after generation, Southern pastors adapted their theology to thrive under a terrorist state. Principled critics were exiled or murdered, leaving voices of dissent few and scattered. Southern Christianity evolved in strange directions under ever-increasing isolation. Preachers learned to tailor their message to protect themselves. If all you knew about Christianity came from a close reading of the New Testament, you’d expect that Christians would be hostile to wealth, emphatic in protection of justice, sympathetic to the point of personal pain toward the sick, persecuted and the migrant, and almost socialist in their economic practices. None of these consistent Christian themes served the interests of slave owners, so pastors could either abandon them, obscure them, or flee.
racism  slavery  Southern  Baptist  evangelical  fundamentalist 
march 2018 by Quercki
The subtle racism of centrist Democrats
Financial deregulation in general is racist for two main reasons.

The first is relatively passive: Deregulation raises the risk of a general economic crash, which harms African-Americans disproportionately due to their being clustered on the bottom of the income ladder. Since blacks tend be poorer than whites and are often the last hired and first fired, they get the worst of it when a recession hits.

But the second reason is actively racist: Banks have long tended to directly prey on black people, whether it was abusive contract selling decades ago or shoving middle-class black families who qualified for normal home mortgages into subprime loans during the housing bubble. (Or as Wells Fargo employees called it, tricking "mud people" into "ghetto loans.")

The ensuing foreclosure crisis — carried out by banks and mortgage servicers, and powerfully enabled by centrist liberal and then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner — was one of the great epochs of black wealth destruction in U.S. history. From 2007-2016, average black home wealth declined by 28 percent, while the average home wealth of whites fell by only 16 percent. (Over that same period, the mostly-white top 1 percent, whose wealth is mostly in stocks, increased its wealth by $4.9 million on average.) To this day, blacks and Latinos have far greater trouble getting home loans than whites.
racism  financialcrisis  Dodd_Frank  bank  Tim_Kaine  house  mortgage  CFP 
march 2018 by Quercki
Why museum professionals need to talk about Black Panther – The Hopkins Exhibitionist
Clearly, this is referencing the British Museum, but uses the facade of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta for the exterior. A flustered white, female curator runs up to talk to him about the collection, describing the items in a patient and patronizing tone. They move through a few artifacts, him asking questions and her spouting off answers about their “discovery.” When she comes to one item, an axe, Killmonger corrects her assessment of where it is from and states that the item is Wakandan. He then tells her he is going to take it with him. She becomes flustered and tells him that the items are not for sale. Killmonger then becomes visibly angry with the curator, asking her if she thinks her ancestors bought them fairly. He then goes on to say that the guards had been watching him closely since he walked in, more concerned about his black body in the space of the museum than she was about the coffee in her hand that he had poisoned. The scene ends with the museum staff dead, and Killmonger leaving the scene with the vibramium weapon and a mask he dons in later scenes.

The scene takes no more than five minutes of the movie, and the tension between colonial history and race only escalates from that point on. However, we as museum professionals need to talk about the inclusion of this scene, especially regarding its function in a film that was cut from nearly four hours long in its first iteration to a solid two, a film that so many young people will see and one that is poised to become a cultural touchstone.
Black_Panther  movie  museum  colonialism  racism 
march 2018 by Quercki
7 things black people want their well-meaning white friends to know.
So if you're a "woke" friend and ally, here are some things your black friend wants you to know.

1. You're going to have to get uncomfortable.

It could be something as obvious and upsetting as a racist joke. Or something as "benign" as your aunt suggesting you cross the street when she sees a group of black kids walking by. But either way, if you want to be a good friend and a real ally, you're going to have to speak up. You're going to have to have those tough conversations with people you care about.

It's not easy to confront strangers or people you love, but if you don't do it, you are part of the problem. Sitting out isn't an option. No one said being an ally is easy.

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2. "Your black friend would like to say something to the racist lady, but doesn't want to appear to be that 'angry black man.'"

"He knows this type of person expects that from him, and he will lose before he begins," Passmore says.
racism  allies  solution 
february 2018 by Quercki
This Photo Of Me At The Women's March Went Viral And Changed My Activism Forever | HuffPost
Afropunk posted the photo on their Instagram account in honor of International Women’s Day. I went to take a peek, expecting to read comments that were similar to the support I had received before.

I was incredibly wrong.

The photo was now making its rounds among a predominantly black audience. There were still “Cheers” and “Amen,” but with this demographic, the photo began to get a lot of criticism from those who were angrily questioning where all of this outrage and demand for change was when the police were killing our people. Those questioning where all of this mass organizing and commitment to disrupting the system was during the centuries of injustice and oppression for people of color.

And I agreed, even while I was being attacked. Men and women commented on the photo telling me how stupid I was for associating myself with white feminism. Black women told me that Dana was just using me for a photo opportunity. Black men expressed their disappointment in my naiveté.
feminism  racism  activism 
january 2018 by Quercki
Jessica Chastain Helped Octavia Spencer Get Five Times Her Salary | IndieWire
Jessica Chastain is an outspoken proponent for pay equity in Hollywood, an indefatigable voice fighting sexism in story lines and bottom lines. When Octavia Spencer told her women of color need to be included in the conversation, Chastain listened. While developing a holiday comedy for the two actresses to star in, Chastain brokered a “favored nations” deal, bundling their salary and led to both women getting paid five times their original asking salary.
allies  racism  sexism  howto  solutions  women 
january 2018 by Quercki
Ibram Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars of racism, says education and love are not the answer
the actual foundation of racism is not ignorance and hate, but self-interest, particularly economic and political and cultural.” Self-interest drives racist policies that benefit that self-interest. When the policies are challenged because they produce inequalities, racist ideas spring up to justify those policies. Hate flows freely from there.
racism  policy 
january 2018 by Quercki
This Huge Women’s March Drowned Out a Presidential Inauguration in 1913 - History in the Headlines
Though the national women’s movement agreed that the parade should be rife with political and social symbolism, they couldn’t agree on one crucial detail: how to deal with black suffragists. At the time, Washington was segregated, and Paul feared that allowing black women in the parade would alienate Southern suffragists. She quietly discouraged their participation, and NAWSA decided that black suffragists should march at the back of the parade.

Some complied, with one notable exception: Ida B. Wells, who refused to march in a segregated group. “Either I go with you or not at all,” she told the Illinois delegation. “I am not taking this stand because I personally wish for recognition. I am doing it for the future benefit of my whole race.” On the day of the parade, Wells marched with the Illinois delegation, not the black suffragists.
womenshistory  1913  WomensMarch  racism 
january 2018 by Quercki
Ijeoma Oluo on Women and Rage. If you wanted to avoid our rage, perhaps you shouldn’t have left us with so little to lose.
The rage of seeing all that we love, all that we’ve been able to hope for, all that we’ve been told to sacrifice for the “greater good” burned to the ground by white men in a toddler tantrum because for eight years the president didn’t look like them, and because the next president threatened to look even less like them—that is not a rage that consumes, that immolates. It’s a rage that fuels, that arms. We are starting to taste the collective power of our rage. We are starting to see the possibilities of a reckoning and revolution. And, as scary as it is, we have no choice but to risk it.

If you wanted to avoid our rage, perhaps you shouldn’t have left us with so little to lose.

If you think that what you are seeing now, after a few high-profile men have lost their jobs, is the peak of this fury, then hold tight. Because within me, and countless other women across this country, there is a lifetime of righteous rage so deep that the entire white supremacist patriarchy could drown in it. And if there is any justice in this world, it will.
misogyny  racism  anger 
january 2018 by Quercki
(1) Edye Cheeseman - Edye Cheeseman shared LaTasha Levy's post.
She went on to mention Recy Taylor and the four WHITE men who brutally raped her with impunity and Rosa Parks who advocated for Taylor long before she sat her ass down on a bus. (which a bunch of y'all woke folks didn't know, be honest.) And y'all got a nerve to drag her for invoking Taylor? The power in that story is that Oprah not only forced the white men in that audience to face their history of savage behavior, she also scolded white women for their complicity, silence and the way they have ignored Black women's experiences with sexual assault and harassment. Oprah further underscored this when she repeatedly mentioned domestic workers, the Black women, like her mother, (like Viola's mother, like most of our moms and grandmothers), who survived white racial terror on many fronts, including the threat of sexual violence by white men and either contempt or apathy from white women.

And when she connected Black women's experiences to #MeToo she was not affirming white feminists! You have to be dumb, deaf and blind if you are STILL claiming #MeToo is a white women's movement, after white women have been called out for coopting Tarana Burke's work. Tarana, a fierce Black woman, started the Me Too campaign years ago in defense of women and girls. And you know that shit by now, right? How could you not? Tarana was in the audience. What Oprah did with that speech was to recenter Black women who have long suffered the savagery of white men. It was a moment that called out both white men and white women on their shit. It was laced with shade.
#MeToo  Oprah  Golden_Globes  racism  sexual_harassment 
january 2018 by Quercki
Ten Ways White People can Stop Annoying People of Color on Social Media
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 privilege recognized the ways in which they are routinely demanding labor from marginalized people online.

In regards to white folks and their anti-blackness, here is a list of 10 ways they can stop annoying people of color on social media:

1. When we post about racism – like being called racist names, racial harassment, feelings about being called racist things or being racially harassed – stop saying you’re shocked. Don’t say, “I can’t believe this still happens”. Don’t tell us all the ways you’re surprised because you’re either lying, or you haven’t been paying attention.
racism  White 
january 2018 by Quercki
20 Favorite Tunes From Old-Time Black Musicians – Mother Jones
To accompany an essay I wrote about confronting racism in old-time music, I asked the black artists I interviewed to share some of their favorites from early black performers. Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, gave me a whole bunch. Earl White, a North Carolina-born fiddler, added another handful. Ben Hunter was tied up, but his musical partner Joe Seamons came through with a few more gems.

“I play somewhere around 300 to 500 tunes,” Earl White says. “I’ve always insisted that most were played by both blacks and whites.”
As I noted in the piece, it can be hard to track down the provenance of some of these old tunes. This was the pop music early in the 20th century. And black and white people were playing this style—both together and separately—long before recording technology was in widespread use. But as White put it, “If you were a white person and you went into a black neighborhood and learned a tune from a black person, it wasn’t cool to advocate that you learned it from a black person.” It wasn’t uncommon for the white guy to record those tunes later on, sometimes giving credit, but more likely not.
country  music  race  racism 
december 2017 by Quercki
Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because Black Lives Aren’t Counted
There are countless incidents in which black and brown people were killed in incidents far worse than what happened in Vegas. Here are some of them:

The Bombing of Black Wall Street

On June 1, 1921, white rioters looted and burned the black area of Tulsa, Okla., known as Black Wall Street. ...
There is no official death toll, but most historians agree that the count was around 250, because many African Americans were buried in mass graves, while others fled the city. No one was ever convicted of a single crime.
...
The Bloody Island Massacre

In the mid-1800s, Charles Stone and Andre Kelsey began enslaving the Native American Pomo of Clearlake, Calif. They forced the Pomo to bring them their daughters for sexual pleasure. They killed the Pomo for trying to escape. ...
When they found members of the Pomo tribe hiding on Bloody Island, near Clearlake, they slaughtered 60 of the island’s 400 inhabitants. On their way back, they killed another 75 on the Russia River for good measure.
Las_Vegas  massacre  terrorism  history  racism 
november 2017 by Quercki
We Told Y’all: New Study Reveals How Every Phase of Criminal-Justice System Favors Whites
The study determined biases in arrests, sentencing and the types of plea deals that were offered, and it found several, including these:

White people facing misdemeanor charges were more than 74 percent more likely than black people to have all charges carrying potential prison time dropped, dismissed or reduced.
White people with no criminal history were more than 25 percent more likely to have charges reduced than black people who also had no criminal history.
Black defendants were 19.38 percentage points more likely than white defendants to be incarcerated.
Black offenders, on average, received sentences 1.23 months longer than those given to whites.
BlackLivesMatter  jail  plea  bargain  racism 
october 2017 by Quercki
Dove apologises for 'racist' Facebook advertising campaign - BBC Newsbeat
Dove has apologised after releasing a series of "racist" images that appeared to show a black woman turning white after using their soap.
The Facebook advertising campaign used a series of three images, showing a black woman peeling off her T-shirt to reveal a white woman underneath her skin.
A third image shows the white woman undressing to reveal an Asian woman.
"We deeply regret the offense it caused," the brand tweeted.
racism  Dove 
october 2017 by Quercki
The Real Origins of the Religious Right - POLITICO Magazine
Baptists, in particular, applauded the decision as an appropriate articulation of the division between church and state, between personal morality and state regulation of individual behavior. “Religious liberty, human equality and justice are advanced by the Supreme Court abortion decision,” wrote W. Barry Garrett of Baptist Press.

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So what then were the real origins of the religious right? It turns out that the movement can trace its political roots back to a court ruling, but not Roe v. Wade.

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In May 1969, a group of African-American parents in Holmes County, Mississippi, sued the Treasury Department to prevent three new whites-only K-12 private academies from securing full tax-exempt status, arguing that their discriminatory policies prevented them from being considered “charitable” institutions. The schools had been founded in the mid-1960s in response to the desegregation of public schools set in motion by the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954. In 1969, the first year of desegregation, the number of white students enrolled in public schools in Holmes County dropped from 771 to 28; the following year, that number fell to zero.

In  Green v. Kennedy (David Kennedy was secretary of the treasury at the time), decided in January 1970, the plaintiffs won a preliminary injunction, which denied the “segregation academies” tax-exempt status until further review.
evangelical  Christian  right  history  abortion  racism  segregation  politics 
october 2017 by Quercki
So Few Americans Understand What the Second Amendment Is Really About—or Its Dark History | Alternet
At the time the Bill of Rights was written, America had no real professional army, and what military it did have was in the form of 13 separate state militias.

The Founders saw these militias as the best check against the rise of the standing army, and so they wrote the Second Amendment to make sure that they were always protected.

But that’s only part of the story.

By protecting the militias, the Founders weren’t just preventing or trying to prevent the rise of mischief by a standing army -- they were also protecting the institution of slavery that was the key to the southern economy.

In states like Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas, militias were also known as Slave Patrols.
NRA  Second_Amendment  history  guns  slaves  racism 
october 2017 by Quercki
Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748) | The Nation
Holloway ended up making seven trips to different public agencies in two states and spent over $200 in an attempt to correct his birth certificate, but he was never able to obtain a voter ID in Wisconsin. Before the election, his lawyer for the ACLU told me Holloway was so disgusted he left Wisconsin for Illinois.

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Holloway’s story was sadly familiar in 2016. According to federal court records, 300,000 registered voters, 9 percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter ID in Wisconsin. A new study by Priorities USA, shared exclusively with The Nation, shows that strict voter-ID laws, in Wisconsin and other states, led to a significant reduction in voter turnout in 2016, with a disproportionate impact on African-American and Democratic-leaning voters. Wisconsin’s voter-ID law reduced turnout by 200,000 votes, according to the new analysis. Donald Trump won the state by only 22,748 votes.
vote  voting  suppression  racism  politics 
september 2017 by Quercki
A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ
Shortly after Roof was identified as the killer, a story circulated in the press that Dylann had been upset about a white girlfriend who had rejected him for a black boy. But Roof himself denied this in court. There was no girl. In fact, no one, not a single person anywhere, remembers Dylann Roof ever dating anyone. Occasionally he went to strip clubs; in an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Meek's girlfriend recalled that Dylann had a preference for black strippers.
On a whim one night, I sent a series of messages to the other Meek brothers, Justin and Jacob.
I asked them lots of things about Roof that they ignored.
But when I asked Jacob if Dylann Roof was a virgin, I saw the text bubbles that meant he was typing a response.
Finally, his answer appeared: Yes.
....
Roof is what happens when we prefer vast historical erasures to real education about race. The rise of groups like Trump's Republican Party, with its overtures to the alt-right, has emboldened men like Dylann Roof to come out of their slumber and loudly, violently out themselves. But in South Carolina, those men never disappeared, were there always, waiting. It is possible that Dylann Roof is not an outlier at all, then, but rather emblematic of an approaching storm.
Dylann_Roof  racism  murder 
september 2017 by Quercki
Conversations on Racism With White People Getting Stuck or Looping? Thirteen Questions To Get It Moving Again
Question #9: If you woke up as a person of colour or indigenous person tomorrow in North America do you think it would change anything in your life? If so, what? 

I love this question because it asks white people to really truly consider what they've been saying. "Would they want to be a person of colour? Would they really want to be native?"

Question #10: What year, roughly, was racial equality reached in North America? (Find examples) 

If you can identify the year, I would suggest doing some research on incidents of clear, institutionalized racism that occurred in the years following and showing this to them  with the follow up question, "Then how do you explain this?"
race  racism  White 
september 2017 by Quercki
Sensible Responses to White Nonsense | meta-activism
Trigger Warning:  This post and the comments below it contain various expressions of racism paired with arguments against the logic contained within them.  These expressions (labeled “white nonsense” in the post) are nevertheless hurtful and offensive and readers should proceed with care.

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I recently decided to start responding to white critics of Black Lives Matter.

Black activists are busy.  They have a revolution to run and do not have time to be dealing with white nonsense.  But I do.  Below are some common critiques of Black Lives Matter, along with appropriate responses.

Remember, white allies, it’s better to call in than call out.
racism 
august 2017 by Quercki
Honoring diversity when patients act on racist beliefs | OHSU News
By Esther Choo August 19, 2017 Portland, Ore.

Esther Choo, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)
In the immediate aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last weekend, I shared a personal story on Twitter about encountering racist patients in the emergency department. The thread generated a flood of responses from other health care providers who have had similar experiences. I quickly realized how common these experiences are, how people don’t feel that they can talk about them, and how deeply these experiences can erode morale.
racism  doctor  healthcare 
august 2017 by Quercki
The Myth of the Kindly General Lee - The Atlantic
The myth of Lee goes something like this: He was a brilliant strategist and devoted Christian man who abhorred slavery and labored tirelessly after the war to bring the country back together.

There is little truth in this.
General  Lee  history  racism  Civil_War  confederate  slavery 
august 2017 by Quercki
10 things every white teacher should know when talking about race
Teachers are smart, thoughtful people tasked with raising up young people to be leaders. We cannot be ignorant about race or avoid talking about it.

Now, I am no expert on race relations in America. And I can’t presume to speak on behalf of people of color. I don’t know their full experience. But I also don’t think it’s fair to ask a person of color to be the spokesperson for his or her race, or to make him/her not only bear the burdens of marginalization but also educate white people on why it happens and how it’s so harmful.

People of color have no choice but to think about and understand race on a daily basis. It’s really up to us as white people to educate ourselves to the same level.
race  racism  education  teaching 
august 2017 by Quercki
5 Ways 'Respectability Politics' Blame Black Women for Their Own Oppression - Everyday Feminism
“Respectability politics” are rules for marginalized people to follow in order to “earn” respect in mainstream culture.

For Black women, this means policing our appearance, speech, and sexuality with pressure to be an upstanding Black woman – not the kind who makes the rest of us “look bad.” We adjust our own behavior to avoid the racist, classist, and sexist stereotypes other people might put us into.

Sadly, we often put this pressure on each other and ourselves. Sure, the ultimate culprit is racism – the system of white supremacy in the United States devalues us just because we’re Black.

But as a natural result of living with such an oppressive system, we can internalize racism and hold ourselves to oppressive standards in order to get by.
Black  class  internal  racism  *** 
july 2017 by Quercki
Joe Arpaio learns that he is not above the law - The Washington Post
THE ESSENCE of Joe Arpaio’s long reign as sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, whose 4 million residents in and around Phoenix make it one of the nation’s biggest localities, was lawlessness masquerading as law enforcement. Blatant racial profiling, inhumane treatment of prisoners and contempt for federal court orders — this was the stuff on which Mr. Arpaio staked his relentlessly self-promoted reputation as “America’s toughest sheriff.”

Now Mr. Arpaio, who lost a reelection bid for a seventh term in the fall after voters tired of shelling out tens of millions of dollars in legal fees on his behalf, is facing a day of reckoning. In a trial that began Monday in federal court, Mr. Arpaio stands accused of criminal contempt of court for having thumbed his nose at a federal judge who ordered a halt to Mr. Arpaio’s traffic patrols, which singled out Hispanics on the basis of nothing more than their appearance, for immigration enforcement.
Arizona  Arpaio  sheriff  hispanic  racism 
july 2017 by Quercki
Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children - ProPublica
Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children
A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression.
by Julia Angwin, ProPublica, and Hannes Grassegger, special to ProPublica, June 28, 2017, 5 a.m.
facebook  censorship  moderation  racism 
june 2017 by Quercki
Art for Justice Fund
What will the Art for Justice Fund support?

Over the next five years (2017-2022), the Art for Justice Fund (A4JF) will support innovative advocacy and interventions aimed at safely cutting the prison population in states with the highest rates of incarceration, and strengthening the education and employment options for people leaving prison. In addition, the Fund will support selected artistic initiatives that enable artists to bear witness to the injustices of the system and speak to the potential of people enmeshed in it.

What will Art for Justice Fund not fund?

Individual social service and alternative to incarceration programs that do not engage policy reforms or structural change.
Individual college in-prison or re-entry programs, outside of a larger public/private initiative.
Academic research disconnected to specific policy or practice initiatives.
art  justice  racism  prison 
june 2017 by Quercki
The Christians Making Atheists - john pavlovitz
the very Evangelicals who’ve spent that last 50 years in this country demonizing those who reject Jesus—are the single most compelling reason for them to do so. They are giving people who suspect that all Christians are self-righteous, hateful hypocrites, all the evidence they need. The Church is confirming the outside world’s most dire suspicions about itself.
Christian  evangelical  christianity  sexism  racism  homophobia 
june 2017 by Quercki
Oakland police tend to treat black drivers with less respect than white ones, linguistic analysis shows - LA Times
the researchers used computational linguists to determine the kinds of language that conveyed Respect (or lack thereof). Apologizing, expressing gratitude, offering reassurances, showing concern for a motorist’s personal safety and addressing drivers as “sir” or “ma’am” all contributed to a perception of Respect, among others. On the other hand, officers racked up negative scores for Respect by using informal titles (“my man”) or asking drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel, to name a few examples.
OPD  respect  racism  body  camera  police  BlackLivesMatter 
june 2017 by Quercki
Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes | News | The Harvard Crimson
Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat.
A handful of admitted students formed the messaging group—titled, at one point, “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens”—on Facebook in late December, according to two incoming freshmen.

In the group, students sent each other memes and other images mocking sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children, according to screenshots of the chat obtained by The Crimson. Some of the messages joked that abusing children was sexually arousing, while others had punchlines directed at specific ethnic or racial groups. One called the hypothetical hanging of a Mexican child “piñata time.”
Harvard  college  misogyny  racism  child  abuse 
june 2017 by Quercki
Yes, there is a free speech crisis. But its victims are not white men | Steven W Thrasher | Opinion | The Guardian
The threats coming against Weaver, Taylor, my colleagues Jessica Valenti and Lindy West and myself are not coming out of a vacuum. They are happening in a society where violence against women is so rewarded, the NFL will hire men who beat women before they’ll hire a man who kneeled against protest during the national anthem.
hate  terrorism  free  speech  racism  misogyny 
june 2017 by Quercki
9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive
he next time you’re called on to do better, take a deep breath (or better yet, a lot of deep breaths), and consider the following responses:

1. ‘I Recognize That I Have Work to Do.’
allies  racism  solutions 
june 2017 by Quercki
Quinault Nation Responds to Apparent Hate Crime that leaves One Dead, One in Critical Condition | Last Real Indians
What Really Happened at Donkey Creek
TAHOLAH, WA (5/28/17)- Information regarding the actions of two young Quinault tribal members at Donkey Creek near the Humptulips Campground early Saturday morning has been erroneous, according to witnesses. According to witnesses, the two were injured when the driver of a “monster” pickup truck purposely ran over them.
The victims were James “Jimmy” Kramer, 20, of Taholah and Harvey Anderson, 19, of Aberdeen. The driver of the truck, described as a Caucasian in his mid-30’s driving a truck described by witnesses as a mid-1990s Chevy with an extended cab and large tires, had been doing “doughnuts” at the site when the two Quinaults and other campers tried to make him stop. The driver was screaming racial slurs and war whoops when he ran over the two tribal members. A woman passenger in the truck, also described as a Caucasian in her ’30’s was screaming at the driver trying to make him stop.
murder  racism  hate  environment 
may 2017 by Quercki
Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu’s address on Confederate monuments | The Pulse
Here’s a full transcript of Landrieu’s remarks:

Thank you for coming.

The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way – for both good and for ill.

It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans: the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando de Soto, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the Acadians, the Islenos, the enslaved people from Senegambia, Free People of Color, the Haitians, the Germans, both the empires of Francexii and Spain. The Italians, the Irish, the Cubans, the south and central Americans, the Vietnamese and so many more.

You see: New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling cauldron of many cultures.

There is no other place quite like it in the world that so eloquently exemplifies the uniquely American motto: e pluribus unum — out of many we are one.
politics  history  racism 
may 2017 by Quercki
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on Removal of Four Confederate Statues - YouTube
On Friday, May 19, 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered an address about the City of New Orleans’ efforts to remove monuments that prominently celebrate the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.” The statues were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the “Cult of the Lost Cause,” a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.



There are four prominent monuments in question. The Battle of Liberty Place monument was erected by the Crescent City White League to remember the deadly insurrection led by white supremacists against the City’s racially integrated police department and government. The Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway, the P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park, and the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle.


Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu | City of New Orleans

1300 Perdido Street | Room 2E04 | New Orleans, LA 70112
history  racism  speech 
may 2017 by Quercki
The case for renaming Boalt Hall - San Francisco Chronicle
Boalt prospered in California and soon was president of the Bohemian Club. In 1877, Boalt delivered an influential address, “The Chinese Question,” at the Berkeley Club. He argued that never before in history have two non-assimilating races lived in harmony unless one enslaved the other. That the Chinese could never assimilate was self-evident to Boalt: Americans look at the Chinese with “an unconquerable repulsion which it seems to me must ever prevent any intimate association or miscegenation of the races.” Boalt invoked the alleged criminality, intellectual differences, cruelty and inhumanity of the Chinese, and mused it would be better to “exterminate” a strongly dissimilar race than assimilate it.

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Now that the Civil War was over and slavery was unconstitutional, Boalt conceded the Chinese could not be enslaved and thus had to leave California. Recognizing the limits of California’s power in the federal system, Boalt proposed an unprecedented move — holding an advisory ballot measure to send a message to Eastern elites that California spoke with one voice on the Chinese. The Chronicle praised this proposal and the Legislature agreed; it was signed into law late in 1877, and two years later the voters by large majorities voted to advise Congress to put an end to Chinese immigration
Boalt  U.C.  Berkeley  law  Chinese  exclusion  immigration  racism 
may 2017 by Quercki
White People, It’s Time To Prioritize Justice Over Civility
There can be no peace without justice. And it’s time white moderates prioritized justice above civility, and put the well-being and safety of people of color above their curiosity over that funny little man who makes feminists angry. It’s time for white folk to stop expressing personal displeasure when, say, some young activist calls them “oppressor,” instead of wondering what would lead someone to say that in the first place. White moderates have little to lose by maintaining the status quo, but much to gain by fighting against it.
Privilege is a blindspot that requires constant interrogation, and we can only hope that white people listen to us when they blunder, instead of flirting with the sympathetic eye of the Nazi.
But who said being a better person would be easy? Racism is primarily white people’s problem, even though people of color must face it every day. White people can help us by putting aside their white fragility — and, importantly, not making it our problem to manage — and start fighting white supremacy alongside us: Start by listening to our opinions on race, instead of your gut reaction and feelings of being attacked.
That is what we need, that is how we progress, that is how we obtain justice.
racism  justice  peace  White  fragility  Nazi  alt-right 
may 2017 by Quercki
Sanders' are still profiting from Sierra Blanca nuclear waste dump, per their 2014 tax return
The Sanders’ have partially released their 2014 tax return and on the return, Jane Sanders is still drawing a salary as an alternate commissioner for the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission. (TLLRWD Commissioner)


This is the commission that oversaw the Sierra Blanca dump site, that Sanders voted for and also voted to strip out the Wellstone amendment in conference.

The Wellstone amendment would have given legal recourse to this mostly poor Latino community to fight the placement of this waste dump, if they could prove environmental racism. The compact was passed, with vigorous help from Sanders. Later and fortunately the dump was scuttled by the state of Texas.

This is just for 2014. Mrs. Sanders could have been drawing a salary for years and unless they release more tax returns we'll never know for sure.
Bernie_Sanders  Jane_Sanders  nuclear  waste  dump  racism  profit 
may 2017 by Quercki
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
The Case for Reparations
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

TA-NEHISI COATES JUNE 2014 ISSUE
racism  reparations  Ta-Nehisi_Coates  Atlantic 
may 2017 by Quercki
The Distress of the Privileged | The Weekly Sift
 As the culture evolves, people who benefitted from the old ways invariably see themselves as victims of change. The world used to fit them like a glove, but it no longer does. Increasingly, they find themselves in unfamiliar situations that feel unfair or even unsafe. Their concerns used to take center stage, but now they must compete with the formerly invisible concerns of others.

If you are one of the newly-visible others, this all sounds whiny compared to the problems you face every day. It’s tempting to blast through such privileged resistance with anger and insult.

Tempting, but also, I think, a mistake. The privileged are still privileged enough to foment a counter-revolution, if their frustrated sense of entitlement hardens.

So I think it’s worthwhile to spend a minute or two looking at the world from George Parker’s point of view: He’s a good 1950s TV father. He never set out to be the bad guy. He never meant to stifle his wife’s humanity or enforce a dull conformity on his kids. Nobody ever asked him whether the world should be black-and-white; it just was.

George never demanded a privileged role, he just uncritically accepted the role society assigned him and played it to the best of his ability. And now suddenly that society isn’t working for the people he loves, and they’re blaming him.

It seems so unfair. He doesn’t want anybody to be unhappy. He just wants dinner.
privilege  distress  White  men  supremacy  racism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Jackson State: A Tragedy Widely Forgotten : NPR
A group of angry students. A burst of gunfire from authorities. Young lives cut short.

It sounds a lot like the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, but it happened 10 days later at a predominantly black college in the South.

Police fired for about 30 seconds on a group of students at Jackson State in Mississippi, killing two and wounding 12 others.
police  murder  Black  African-American  history  Vietnam  racism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Colin Kaepernick Saw This Coming | Complex
In pop culture years, 2012 was ages ago. But try to remember. That was the year quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the first half of the Niners game against the Rams in Week 10, and a backup QB named Colin Kaepernick had to fill in. The game ended in a tie, the NFL's first in four years. The next week Kaepernick started, and led the team to victory. And even after Smith was declared healthy, Kaepernick continued to start—and to win. A "quarterback controversy" brewed, but coach Harbaugh went with the guy "with the hot hand," as they say. 

With that, a star was born. A second-year, backup QB led the Niners all the way to Super Bowl XLVII, and even though the Ravens came out on top, all people could talk about was Kap. His spread in the ESPN Body Issue made women swoon all around the nation. He signed endorsement deals with Jaguar, Nike, Beats, and Electronic Arts. Feature stories were written about his tattoos, his pet tortoise named Sammy, his being a biracial kid adopted by white parents. 

You remember how he would kiss his biceps after scoring a touchdown? "Kaepernicking," we called it.
Kaepernick  racism  protest 
april 2017 by Quercki
For 18 years, I thought she was stealing my identity. Until I found her | US news | The Guardian
I had never been to any other kind of court except traffic court (at which, both times, the police officers had flat-out lied). While I was familiar with the statistics –75.6% of arrestees for misdemeanor crimes are African Americans or Hispanic – the reality took my breath away. Like any other privileged white person living in the protected segregation of New York, who isn’t directly dealing with the New York criminal justice system, I hadn’t seen it first hand. The room was almost entirely filled with people of color, other than the judge, the court-appointed lawyer, and me. Most of them had summonses for smoking pot, one of the city’s least offensive offenses.

When it was my turn, a court-appointed lawyer, whose name I didn’t get, stood beside me at the lectern. I held up the ticket that I’d gotten a copy of only that morning.

“This is not me,” I said.

“Don’t address me, address your lawyer,” the judge said, motioning with his head to the balding man in the cheap suit standing beside me.
IdentityTheft  racism  bureaucracy 
april 2017 by Quercki
Lessons From the Fake News Pandemic of 1942 - POLITICO Magazine
Of course, not a word of this was true. But that didn’t make these race rumors less vivid in the minds of many ordinary white Southerners.

Long before the advent of conservative radio, cable news and the internet—and two generations before an especially dim bulb shot up Comet Pizza in Northwest D.C., certain he would find Hillary Clinton’s and John Podesta’s child sex slaves chained up in the basement—“fake news” pervaded the American South. We know this largely because of the work of Howard Odum, a leading sociologist who in 1942 widely canvassed the region to collect and analyze these rumors.

It wasn’t the first time Americans consumed and spread conspiratorial rumors, but it was the first time that such rumors traveled so widely and targeted a prominent member of the first family. And it’s also the historical example that echoes today’s disinformation pandemic most closely. In 1942, amid wartime changes that upended traditional racial and gender hierarchies, many ordinary white Southerners proved ready to accept explanations for these changes that, from an objective standpoint, were preposterous. Today, many white Americans who are vexed by demographic and cultural shifts—particularly those at the far right of the political spectrum—seem equally susceptible to mistruths.
media  lies  racism  misogyny  Hillary  alternative  facts 
march 2017 by Quercki
Timothy Caughman’s murder was a lynching in Trump’s America.
The first thread that binds this killing to past lynchings is Jackson’s motivation. The self-proclaimed white supremacist told police that he hated black men in particular for their relationships with white women, a harkening back to the rationales of an earlier age.
terrorism  murder  racism  sexism 
march 2017 by Quercki
The Real Origins of the Religious Right - POLITICO Magazine
In fact, it wasn’t until 1979—a full six years after Roe—that evangelical leaders, at the behest of conservative activist Paul Weyrich, seized on abortion not for moral reasons, but as a rallying-cry to deny President Jimmy Carter a second term. Why? Because the anti-abortion crusade was more palatable than the religious right’s real motive: protecting segregated schools. So much for the new abolitionism.

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Today, evangelicals make up the backbone of the pro-life movement, but it hasn’t always been so. Both before and for several years after Roe, evangelicals were overwhelmingly indifferent to the subject, which they considered a “Catholic issue.”
politics  religion  abortion  discrimination  racism  history 
february 2017 by Quercki
How to Tell the Difference Between Real Solidarity and ‘Ally Theater’
And she’s certainly not alone. A LOT of people do this. A LOT of people perform “allyship” in ways that are actually really harmful. This, folks, is ally theater. And there is a big difference between it and real solidarity. Lots of differences, really. Here are a few that I experience regularly:

 

1. Real solidarity doesn’t require an audience to witness what a good “ally” you are
Someone tweets something offensive at a queer person of color. Does solidarity look like:



a. retweeting the offensive comment with a “OMG this is so messed up!” thrown in



b. responding to the vile comment, making sure to include the queer person of color it was directed at in the response, so they can see you being an “ally” and sticking up for them



c. responding only to the commenter, without RTing and without including the queer person of color in the response at all



Anything other than c is ally theater.



Real solidarity doesn’t require an audience or a pat on the back. If a troll gets checked and absolutely no one is around to hear it (or hear about it later), it still makes a sound. I promise.



Also, it’s very possible that the person at whom the offensive tweet was directed doesn’t want to engage the troll. You forcing them into an exchange is violence, not solidarity.
howto  allies  solutions  racism  sexism 
february 2017 by Quercki
'Don't touch me': Panelist blows up on Trump supporter's microaggression
“I think some of my left-wing counterparts,” she said smiling as she touched Charles Blow. “are very unfair to Trump.

She then turned back to Lemon.

“I think anytime there is any sort of vagueness or gaps in the facts when there are leaks, for instance, they insert sinister suspicion where it does not belong,” McEnany said. “I don’t think it is you.”

McEnany then turned again towards Blow.

“But I do think some of my left-wing commentators,” McEnany said smiling again as she touched Charles Blow. “who I disagree with ideologically, do that.”

Blow read her microaggression correctly.

“The fact that you touched me before you said that is wrong,” Blow said with concern. “Don’t do that. No mam, don’t do that. Don’t touch me and then launch into your sinister motivation diatribe. That’s not going to happen tonight, mam.”
microagression  racism  sexism 
february 2017 by Quercki
MonroeWorkToday.org
Before this website, it was impossible to search the web and find an accurate scope of the history of American lynching. The names have always been kept safe, but distant, in old archives and scholarly books and dissertations. This site leaves the record open for all Americans, especially high school students who want to learn more than what their textbook has to say.
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Monroe Nathan Work, who lived from 1866 – 1945. This website is a rebirth of one piece of his work, although he did many great things. In his career, he felt compelled to document every known lynching that was happening in the United States. You might already be familiar with what lynching is, and this website will examine it more. Of course, it starts with an act of injustice: by sentencing someone outside the law with no process or trial. Even worse, at the turn of the century the methods of lynching had become commonplace, fueled by hatred — and unspeakably cruel. It was Mr. Work's meticulous recordkeeping that preserves the names that are now an important part of our history.
lynching  racism  black  murder 
february 2017 by Quercki
Showing up for us in meaningful ways | Black Girl in Maine
White supremacists have been using the “freedom of speech” argument to spread hate and recruit for their cause for over 100 years. When “Birth of a Nation,” a horrid film which glorified the KKK and set a new bar for racist imagery, first debuted it was widely protested. The brand new NAACP worked tirelessly to prevent showings. This prompted the director of the film, D.W. Griffith, to pen “The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America.” Let me emphasize this: the very argument that hate speech is free speech was popularized by the white supremacist filmmaker credited with the spread of the KKK in America 100 years ago and y’all out here repeating it.
first_amendment  hate  racism 
february 2017 by Quercki
If the New Year sexual assaults were made up, it reveals ugly truths about what white men believe | Another angry woman
What will happen next, with the treatment of the allegations, is two things, simultaneously. First of all, white men will seize upon this to add to their pitifully thin file of actual cases of false allegations, to throw about whenever one of their white faves is accused, screeching that false allegations happen all the time. And yet, at the same time, the allegations will be forgotten, because if false, they do not neatly justify the hysteria against Muslims and refugees. The racist genie is out of the bottle, and all that will be remembered is that brown men did some mass sexual assaults. The specifics, and the fact this may not be true, will be forgotten. White men are capable of holding these two conflicting beliefs simultaneously: they have proved they are capable of believing at the same time that all women are liars, and all Muslims are rapists.
sexual_assault  false  muslim  racism 
february 2017 by Quercki
Mass sexual assaults by refugees in Frankfurt ‘completely made up’ - The Local
Prosecutors in Frankfurt are investigating two people for making up a crime, after they claimed in a national newspaper that dozens of Arab men rioted and sexually assaulted women at New Year.
The claims first appeared in Bild newspaper on February 6th, which described the men as a “rioting sex mob,” speculating that they had come from a refugee home in central Hesse.

In an article since taken down from its website, the tabloid interviewed a well-known chef who runs a restaurant on Fressgass street, as well as a 27-year-old woman.

The chef, Jan Mai, claimed that 50 Arab men caused havoc in his restaurant as well as in others. He also claimed that they sexually assaulted women and stole jackets.

The woman told the newspaper that “they grabbed me under my skirt, between the legs and on my breast - everywhere.”

But police confirmed on Tuesday to the Frankfurter Rundschau that their investigation of the allegations had led them to believe that they were spurious.
sexual_assault  false  racism  muslim 
february 2017 by Quercki
Here's How The Nation Responded When A Black Militia Group Occupied A Government Building | The Huffington Post
Among other things, the Black Panthers’ agenda involved taking up arms and patrolling their communities to protect against rampant racism in policing. And that’s what they did in the first few months of the party’s existence, carrying guns openly in compliance with California law, driving around their neighborhoods, observing arrests and other law enforcement activity — effectively policing the police. Newton was even known for packing a law book alongside his rifle that he’d recite from when informing an officer that a civilian’s rights were being violated.

The patrols weren’t meant to encourage violence. The Panthers were committed to using force only if it was used against them, and at first, their mere presence appeared to be working as a check on abusive policing. But the Panthers’ willful assertion of their rights — like the day Newton reportedly stood up to a cop in front of a crowd of black onlookers — was unacceptable to white authority figures who’d come to expect complete deference from black communities, and who were happy to use fear and force to extract it.

Don Mulford, a GOP assemblyman who represented Oakland, responded to the Black Panther police patrols in 1967 with a bill to strip Californians of the right to openly carry firearms. 

Nobody tried to stop the 30 Black Panthers — 24 men and six women, carrying rifles, shotguns and revolvers — as they walked through the doors of the state Capitol building on May 2 of that year. This was decades before Sept. 11 or the Oklahoma City bombing, and the protesters were, after all, legally allowed to have their weapons. They entered with their guns pointed at the ceiling. Behind them followed a horde of journalists they’d called to document the protest.

As the rest of the group waited nearby, six Panthers entered the assembly chamber, where they found lawmakers mid-session. Some legislators reportedly saw the protesters and took cover under desks. It was the last straw: Police finally ordered the protesters to leave the premises. The group maintained they were within their rights to be in the Capitol with their guns, but eventually they exited peacefully.
Black_Panthers  gun  legislation  racism 
february 2017 by Quercki
In Defense of the Violence at Berkeley – Medium
My university did nothing to stand between my undocumented community and the hateful hands of radicalized white men, the AntiFas did. A peaceful protest was not going to cancel that event, just like numerous letters from faculty, staff, Freedom of Speech Movement veterans, and even donors did not cancel the event. Only the destruction of glass, and shooting of fireworks did that. The so called "violence" against private property that the media seems so concerned with stopped white supremacy from organizing itself against my community.
Everything else seemed an act of passive acceptance to the hate speech that was about to take place on our campus.
Berkeley  Milo  racism 
february 2017 by Quercki
(13) Dan Olson - Many of you are just now becoming familiar with Milo...
Many of you are just now becoming familiar with Milo Yiannopolous.
Many of my friends and I have been dealing with him in some capacity or another for years now.
He's not a "provocateur", he's a neo-Nazi recruiter. His "speeches" are training rallies for teaching college assholes how to recognize and harass their vulnerable classmates. His recent sessions have focused on "how to spot a tranny" where he outs a trans student at the school, and "weeding out illegals" where he outs undocumented students and teaches douchbags how to report them to an increasingly hostile and violent immigration system.
His core supporters are radicalized white boys who spend their time on message boards building elaborate fantasies about violence. These collection of boards are the same ones that Dylann Roof (Charleston church shooter, 9 dead), Elliot Rodger (Isla Vist shooter, 6 dead), and Alexandre Bissonnette (Quebec mosque shooter, 6 dead) were active on. One shot a medic two weeks ago at a protest.
This isn't about speech: he's showing people how to hurt their peers by hurting one on stage. He promotes a platform of genocide. This isn't about disagreement. He's not proposing an acceptable alternative. He's promoting, and training, for an ethnic cleansing.
racism  Nazi  Berkeley  blackbloc  Milo  vandalism  hate  speech 
february 2017 by Quercki
Making safety pins work - Google Docs
Making safety pins work

If you are one of the many Americans, Canadians, or Britons who would like to stand with vulnerable populations against hatred and violence, you may have on a safety pin to indicate that you are a safe person and ally. But this will need to be backed up with action should you encounter a violent or hateful incident. Avoid freezing up; check out these resources to help keep others (and yourself) safe. Most of these resources are designed for regular people without training as first responders or counsellors. A few are aimed at teachers but have useful tips for anyone who wants to know what to do in a crisis.
safety  listening  violence  racism 
january 2017 by Quercki
So you think you know a thing: Feministing 201 | CrossKnit
I’m supposed to have a conclusion for you here.

But there isn’t one. There isn’t a conclusion because this learning process isn’t done, for me or for you. I’m always going to be standing on an invisible ladder. I’m always going to catch myself thinking that my experiences are “the default” and in some way representative of everyone’s. I’m probably always going to fuck up sympathy and empathy (I know, I’m going crazy with the Brene Brown links today).

The point is, yeah, you know a little. But you don’t know as much as you think you know. Use your knowledge to lift up the people who don’t know as much as you, and try to always be open to learning from the people who know more. Be open to the idea that people know more. This is really important to keep in mind for white people, and especially white men. “Mansplaining” gets tossed around a lot, as do other types of ‘splaining, but what they always boil down to is you, coming to a conversation where you think you know something, and explaining it to someone who knows more than you, usually by virtue of their lived experience. Education practically never trumps experience. Whatever you read an article about, someone else has lived. They’re the expert.

Keep that in mind before you jump feet-first into the fray. Those feet might end up in your mouth instead.
racism  ableism  feminism  *** 
january 2017 by Quercki
How to survive in intersectional feminist spaces 101 | CrossKnit
If you’ve been thinking about these things for a while, you might have something to correct or add, because I’m one little human and I can’t think of everything. I’d be grateful if you went ahead and did that!

That’s lesson one for y’all, actually. You’re gonna get corrected. And you know what? It’s a compliment. People in activist spaces are fucking tired. All the time. Activism takes literal years off your life. Nobody who is tired wants to waste effort on people who aren’t worth it; they need to save that reserve for direct action. So if someone tells you what you just did was wrong, it’s because they genuinely believe you are a good person who would do the right thing if you knew what it was. It’s not because they hate you; it’s because they like you.

Lesson two, which I meant to make lesson one: If it’s not about you, don’t make it about you. If it is about you, do better.

What does that mean? Well. At some point you’re going to hear a statement like “white women are racist.” Your first instinct is going to be “not me! I’m a good person!” Stop for a minute before you jump in with that comment.
racism  ableism  diversity  feminism  **** 
january 2017 by Quercki
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