When I first heard the story of Daniele Watts and her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, being detained by LAPD officers ostensibly because they were a biracial couple making out in a car, I was horrified. Being in a biracial marriage, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. Her especially. Why? Perhaps it’s because what seemed
Comparatively speaking, last week was almost calm, when weighed against the drama of the last few weeks. In Ferguson, Missouri, we saw the implementation, then removal of a curfew; the deploying, then recall of the Nation Guard; and the arrival of Attorney General Eric Holder. While some credited Mr. Holder’s arrival in Missouri as one
This is a terrible time for racial relations in America. Many in the nation are crippled by fear of immigrants (mostly the brown ones), voting rights have been restricted, schools are highly racially segregated, police kill a black male every twenty-eight hours – and, failing the police, white private citizens armed to the teeth can
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This is how we live here. This is America. Every few years, like a volcano building up its purchase, we blow. The molten intensity of racism, injustice, authority, and humanity collide and in an instant we are reminded that for everything that has changed, absolutely nothing has changed. This time it’s not in the South.
In the same week that Renisha McBride got justice for her senseless murder at the hands of Theodore Wafer, another young, unarmed, black person has been shot dead. This time in Missouri. The shooter, a white police officer. Michael Brown: Another case of a young black kid who didn’t know his place. Saturday afternoon, Michael
This week we learned that black Hollywood is just as guilty of perpetuating negative images. If you haven’t seen the now infamous NWA movie casting call, here it is: See all that Tyler Perry hate is terribly misplaced. It’s not just that black women (whom are already objectified and sexualized in hip-hop) are graded based
At the start of every New Year, I have to admit I have I strangely morbid thought. It slides right in as I think on my resolutions for the year and how much money I hope to save. Every year I wonder how many black people will become famous for all the wrong reasons. By
Yaya M., has her hand out. However, all she’s asking for is the same thing that seems to have driven some of the most successful people for hundreds of years in America – “White Privilege”. To reach her financial goal of being able to successfully attain the vaunted privilege of um… the whites, she’s set
Anthony Cumia discovered that photographing women in public against their will, is likely to get you your ass kicked. He might have had the sympathy of the city and the nation, if immediately after his attack he didn’t reveal himself to be an absolutely horrible, racist, misogynist, bully. In the end it cost him his