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You too can look at black crime just like a white racist. Just follow my seven easy steps
Miles Davis (1926-1991), American jazz great, is arguably one of the greatest American musicians of all time. At his height from the 1950s to the early 1970s, he was intimately involved with changing the face of jazz at least four times, helping to create bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz and jazz fusion. By any stretch of the imagination, he is a genius.
In these days when the Trayvon Martin shooting is big news, some see a double standard. Why are we making a big deal about a white or Hispanic man killing a black teenager when blacks kill and beat up and do terrible things to white people all the time?
Classic Marvin Gaye. This went to #1 on the American R&B charts in 1971. As you can tell from the song, trigger-happy policing goes back to at least the 1970s.
Trailer for the movie DVD “Faith Like Potatoes”.
White folks in particular are really trying to claw away from this concept and all the evil it has wrought upon the world. In their minds, Black men dying in the ghetto at the hands of other Black men has nothing to with anything related to white people…at all.
I was shocked to recently learn about the Oakland, California school board’s 1996 decision to classify Ebonics as the official language of its African American students. At the mere age of four, I was ignorant to the political and social controversy this decision stirred up nationwide. Now, at 19, I can understand the problematic implications such a decision leads to.
The history of where you ancestors come from can bring a vision as to why you are the person you are. I ran across a television show on PBS that is titled “Finding Your Roots with historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. Finding Your Roots examines the histories and family genealogies of a number of well-known personalities. But everyone has a story. Whether it’s anecdotes about ancestors from generations past, or stories of recent relatives, each of us has a rich, unique genealogical heritage to share.
The parents of slain 19 year-old college student Kendrec McDade are bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the Pasadena Police Department.
According to the Huffington Post, the McDade family contends that McDade’s death is “part of a pattern of abuse by the department and that the investigation ‘reeks’ of a cover up.”
“Off-duty Policeman Shot 28 Times by 4 Chicago Cops To Be Sentenced Tomorrow, Facing 80 Years”
A couple of months ago, Hip Hop artist and BYP blogger Jasiri X told you about the harrowing story of Howard Morgan, a black off-duty cop who was shot 28 times by four Chicago police officers, survived, and was then charged with attempted murder.
After a mistrial, Morgan was tried once again and found guilty of attempted murder in January, and is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow (Thursday, April 5th). He faces 80 years in prison.
Generation Y, our generation, is consistently being understood by the intellectuals of Hip-Hop; this week our honorary speaker is Nico Segal. With the most recent release of his EP, Illasoul: shades of blue, Nico has gifted us with a project that companions our journey, or should I say trip. This intoxicated reputation that our generation are the blame for is a sign of our redefinition of life. Shades of blue, a revisit to the music of J. Dilla, is Nico’s first-hand account of the mental travels of Generation Y.
On June 9, 1988, George H. W. Bush told his home crowd in Texas about an imprisoned convict named Willie Horton who left jail on a weekend pass and turned up years later having raped a woman after brutally assaulting her fiance. Bush Sr., running for president at the time, blamed his opponent Democrat Michael Dukakis who was governor of Massachusetts, the state where Horton was imprisoned for murder when he escaped. Bush seized on the Horton narrative throughout his campaign while his buddy Lee Atwater pledged to make Horton a “household name” by the end of the election.
On Wednesday the Justice Department announced five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for the shootings of unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
If you’re following Barack Obama on Tumblr, you saw this adorable photo yesterday — the President with Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek, showing the Vulcan salute. (Lt. Uhura was a human, not a Vulcan, but there’s only so many recognizable hand signs a franchise can produce.)
Burger King has apologized for releasing an ad featuring Mary J. Blige singing about Crispy Chicken Snack Wraps. The fast food restaurant chain said the ad was unplugged because of licensing issues but Blige has a slightly different story.
Recently, young people across the country took part in Coming Out of the Shadows events across the country, publicly sharing their undocumented status, many for the first time. I was so impressed and moved by the love and praise people expressed for their parents at the New York State Youth Leadership Council’s (NYSYLC) Coming Out event. The idea that people are defending their parents is important because many politicians and high-profile DREAM Act supporters have played the parent blame game.
Sports fans in my circle did a collective sad face this past weekend after it was announced that Jeremy Lin is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. To be sure, the 23-year-old still has a promising NBA future ahead of him. But the announcement helped shed light on why his story captivated so many people in the first place: it helped bring some of the magic back to a game that’s become one of America’s most commercially viable products.
Over the weekend, the front-page, top NY Times Fashion & Style story was one about the “trend” of Asian Americans marrying other Asian Americans, even while Asian Americans as a group still “trend” among the highest in intermarrying. Follow?
Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our daily updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations, and of course, the inevitable Keanu Reeves John Cho newsflashes.
If you’re a regular R reader, you’ve been noticing that quite a bit of the stuff on TV–and by “stuff,” I mean “how characters of color have been treated”– has given us the blues while we’re not giving side-eye to what’s on the tiny screen. It’s hard to be optimistic given everything, but dare I say that network television might be listening? It’s pilot season, and if you’ve been out of the loop and hadn’t heard about some of the more diverse bits of new casting, I’ve got you covered.
I remember the day vividly, like it was yesterday, and can still remember the time of day when one of my students at the University of California called me to tell of the terrible event, and I can still remember well my and his distressed emotions as we talked about the shooting. (We did not know Dr. King had died at that time.) He was one of the few African American students then at that university and as one would expect was devastated by the event, as I was too.
This is a long (45 minute), but good, interview from Democracy Now with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, poet and activist Alice Walker about the root causes of the Trayvon Martin killing. Worth a listen.
The white racial frame (WRF) is “an organized set of racialized ideas, stereotypes, emotions and inclinations to discriminate.” This white racist framing is normalized by systematized processes of racial oppression in various realms (economic, justice system, education, political, etc.) which artificially naturalizes white dominance in those sectors. The consequence is a material reality which justifies and synthesis the abstract WRF and ideology systemic racism to produce reality, white supremacy. White supremacy becomes “common sense” to whites due its cyclical occurrence in society which reproduces the dominance of whites not only in these life-determining sectors, but also the portrayal of whites and people of color in the media.
Toure’s ownage by Pier Morgan is a reminder of what happens when a neophyte steps into the ring with a master. While I hold no great love for Toure given his shameless copying of my meme which framed Herman Cain as a new age race minstrel, I do feel a bit of pity for him. Toure is akin to the horses charging Maxim machines guns during the first world war. He is hopeless and obsolete relative to Morgan’s enfilade, yet the former persists, casualties and attrition be damned.
“The fraternities here have a tremendous sense of entitlement – a different entitlement than you find at Harvard or other Ivy League schools,” says Michael Bronski, a Dartmouth professor of women’s and gender studies. “Their members are secure that they have bright futures, and they just don’t care. I actually see the culture as being predicated on hazing. There’s a level of violence at the heart of it that would be completely unacceptable anywhere else, but here, it’s just the way things are…