She is a 27-year-old pharmacist who was out drinking with some friends. The police picked her up for public intoxication. Somehow she ended up lying in the street with a shattered jaw and torn clothing. She was in a medically-induced coma because of bleeding to her brain.
Kim Nguyen is suing the LAPD. She states she was being sexually abused by the police. Video footage directly contradicts the officers’ version of the incident. They claimed she accidentally fell from the car. Story here. More here.
Oh, and for an additional dose of WTF-ery, both officers have been identified as 1.5ers from Korea.
In which resistance perseverates about internalized crap.
I am still angry with Questlove’s casual racism. And I am upset by the reactions and non-reactions of others, which serves to inform about the state of post-racial America.
Because in post-racial America, we are still talking about how Asians are being offended rather than how white supremacy is being supported. The former puts the blame on those pesky Asians. So thin-skinned. No sense of humor. Chip on the shoulder.
The latter puts the crap back where it belongs. Continue reading
Questlove is a six-foot-two black man. So I can imagine he’s experienced his share of overt racism. He talks and writes about it sometimes. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, he wrote the following:
I don’t know how to not internalize the overall message this whole Trayvon case has taught me:
You ain’t shit.
That’s the lesson I took from this case.
You ain’t shit.
These words are deep because these are words I’ve heard my whole life.
And yet this happens.
I love Shannon Gibney, and this sucks: Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students.
“Which drummer is not like the others?” is the caption in this Home Depot tweet featuring two African American men and one person wearing a chimp suit. For which the company undoubtedly paid a marketing agency. Yeah.
Personal note: My friends and I used to hum “One of these things is not like the others,” when one of us got singled out in class. “Where did YOU come from?” was the one I got the most.
It has been a tradition. Coachella Valley High School’s mascot is an “Arab”:
The caricature adorns school buildings and signs. The library is decorated with cartoony Middle Eastern characters riding a large book like a magic carpet. At halftime of football games, a dastardly, big-headed mascot watches a girl in harem attire do the “Genie Dance.”
Just another day in post-racial America, I guess. Story from Indian Country Today.
This is 7-year-old Jackson. He wanted to be a KKK member for Halloween, so his mother obligingly made him a costume.
Jessica Black, Jackson’s mother, says her brother had the same costume when he was in kindergarten and again when he was 13.
Is apparently being fought in your asshole.
David Eckert didn’t stop completely at the stop sign. So he got pulled over. The police officer thought Eckert was clenching his buttocks. Obviously because he had stashed drugs in his butt.
So the cops took him to the hospital, where a doctor sensibly declined to perform an exam, stating it was unethical.
So what did they do? They took him to a different hospital. Here’s what happened: Continue reading
He was awarded $38,000 for the trauma and suffering he experienced as a result of this event. You remember the photograph and probably the video. It was November 18, 2011: A UC Davis cop pepper sprayed peaceful Occupy protesters. The protesters received approximately $30,000 in a settlement with the University.
John Pike, the police officer, received $38,000. He was also on paid leave for eight months before leaving the force in July 2012.