Posts tagged racism

It’s starting to feel as though major retailers are trolling us as a business strategy—and that it’s working, because otherwise, it wouldn’t be such a persistent issue. Is it possible that the Internet actually birthed this monster, rather than being a tool for killing it?
I’m sure this may surprise some, but I don’t blame white people for American racism. I singularly blame white privilege. It’s the idea—not the people—that affects everything. You can forgive a person, but how do you forgive a racist ideology?

As our editor Cooper just pointed out, the worst part of this Vanity Fair article is that ValleyWag’s co-editor, Nitasha Tiku, also left her cushy job to join ValleyWag, but was apparently not white enough to qualify as a “news disruptor.”

And that’s not even touching on the definition of a media disruptor as someone who trades one high-profile NYC media job for another, and not, say, citizen journalists in Ferguson, Missouri.

Reddit's Ferguson community is part of a massive white supremacist network

Like r/TravyvonMartin before it, r/ferguson is part of a white supremacist network of 42 subreddits wholly dedicated to bashing African Americans, who have been labeled by the moderators as the “Chimpire.”

The 11 Dumbest Things People Have Said About Ferguson (So Far): 

6) St. Louis County and Ferguson Police
There’s a lot that local law enforcement has done wrong in the wake of Brown’s slaying, from arresting journalists to firing tear gas at peaceful demonstrations to shooting other civilians. Perhaps most egregiously, they released the personal information of nine arrested looters even as they reneged on their commitment to come forward with the name of the police officer who shot Brown.
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The 11 Dumbest Things People Have Said About Ferguson (So Far):

6) St. Louis County and Ferguson Police

There’s a lot that local law enforcement has done wrong in the wake of Brown’s slaying, from arresting journalists to firing tear gas at peaceful demonstrations to shooting other civilians. Perhaps most egregiously, they released the personal information of nine arrested looters even as they reneged on their commitment to come forward with the name of the police officer who shot Brown.

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That doesn’t mean that we cannot or should not feel grief about a beloved actor’s passing, but we should try to understand why many might be concerned about yet another story of another black person murdered via racist police brutality or racially motivated crime veiled by law. Williams was brilliant, hilarious, and special, but comparisons shouldn’t be made that Brown’s death should not be tragic because he was college-bound. Both of their deaths stem from tragic systemic issues in America, and we seem to have a hard time talking about either one.

Maybe it’s somehow, ostensibly, twistedly easier to talk about a celebrity death over dinner than it is to talk about police killing black people in America.

There is no meaningful sense in which any group of people could conduct any kind of war against white people in the U.S. On the Monopoly board of life, white people have a hotel on every property. White people control the government, the military, the media, and the nation’s wealth. So unless Beyoncé and Oprah really are the queen bees of the Illuminati, white people still control the entire country. The phrase ‘war on whites,’ then, like ‘reverse racism,’ means nothing. It’s so impossible that it’s just a semantic void.
5 things white people need to learn about cultural appropriation
If you’re Katy Perry, for example, you believe it’s A-OK to don corn rows and gel down your baby hair, put on some long fingernails and so-called sassy mannerisms with a “blaccent” and slang to portray how you believe certain black women behave and speak. But when you do it, as a white artist, you perpetuate a long legacy of white cultural theft—in addition to bypassing all the racist and misogynist insults those black women must contend with on a daily basis.

5 things white people need to learn about cultural appropriation

If you’re Katy Perry, for example, you believe it’s A-OK to don corn rows and gel down your baby hair, put on some long fingernails and so-called sassy mannerisms with a “blaccent” and slang to portray how you believe certain black women behave and speak. But when you do it, as a white artist, you perpetuate a long legacy of white cultural theft—in addition to bypassing all the racist and misogynist insults those black women must contend with on a daily basis.

Is ‘Black Twitter’ dead?

Don’t get me wrong: the idea of black people is still entertaining, but black people are no longer required to provide that entertainment.

This is how white people killed the conversation on “blackness.”

Is ‘Black Twitter’ dead?

Don’t get me wrong: the idea of black people is still entertaining, but black people are no longer required to provide that entertainment.

This is how white people killed the conversation on “blackness.”