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.
Reuters article on children who were adopted (mostly from overseas) and then given away to other individuals. The NBC article interviewed Nora Gateley, who lived with Tom and Debra Schmitz after her first adoptive family disrupted. Debra Schmitz was eventually found guilty of child abuse and trafficking, and was sentenced to six months.
The Reuters article ran down the numbers from a popular yahoo group and found that internationally adopted children made up a large majority of the children whose adoptive “parents” were trying to place elsewhere.
On March 29, 2012, Sutchi Hui was crossing Castro Street when Chris Bucchere plowed through the intersection on his bicycle. Hui, 71, was thrown more than 20 feet, suffered extensive injuries and died a few days later. Bucchere was trying to set a personal best speed record. He posted about the accident on a bicycling forum: Continue reading
From the Washington Post: “South Carolina court orders Baby Veronica returned to adoptive parents“
Here’s the quick overview: Veronica’s father signed away his parental rights, thinking that Veronica’s mother was going to get custody. When he found out Veronica was going to be adopted, he began proceedings to obtain custody. Continue reading
This is Trayvon Martin. He had just turned 17 when you killed him. He was just a kid who went out to the 7-11 to get some candy.
What I can’t get over is that you knew he was a kid. You described him as being in his “late teens” and later you said this:
I don’t know where this kid is.
What that suggests to me is that you searched for him. And you found him.
I think you probably laid your hands on him. I say this because I know from personal and anecdotal experience that white people lay their hands on people of color all the time. They stroke our hair. They grab our arms to compare color. And they think it is okay to lay their hands on us when they wouldn’t dare to think about doing the same to a white person.
Because I can’t get over the lack of DNA evidence on Martin’s hands or clothing. Because I know that if I were straddling you and really wanted to pummel you and slam your head into the sidewalk, it would be really messy. You wouldn’t have just those two little cuts on the back of your head and a bloody nose. And there would be blood.
And there wasn’t.
You say you feared for your life. But I think you were probably just a coward who used a gun to feel brave. I think you already had the gun drawn. And I think of what martial arts and firearm instructors (good ones, anyway) teach: Walk away.
Because once you bring that gun into any situation, it means you meant to shoot.
You meant to shoot a kid. Because you know he was a kid.
You meant to shoot, because it made you angry that those kids were always getting away with something. And you didn’t want this kid to.
And now you are afraid for your life again.
So now you know what it feels like. To have people hate and despise you. To fear for your safety and the safety of your loved ones. To think that somebody might hate you enough to do you harm.
I feel afraid, too. There are lots of George Zimmermans out there.
I know what this feels like.
The difference is that I never murdered a kid.