Paula Deen’s son and fellow cooking show host Jamie Deen has re-ignited the racism accusations that have surrounded his family after last year’s “N-word scandal” with photos of him kissing an African-American employee who was previously reportedly “forced” to dress up like Aunt Jemima.
On Friday, Deen posted the photo on Twitter, writing “Don’t tell [my wife] Brooke. #jellyroll #sugar.”
The woman in the photo is Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, an employee of the Deens who found herself at the center of last year’s scandal.
In 2013, The Columbus Dispatch reported that “Deen used Jones for restaurant theater. At 11 am, when the doors opened at Lady & Sons, she stood in front and rang an iron dinner bell.”
The paper also reported that “Deen wanted Jones to dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit.”
“She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy,” Lilly’s dad said.
Court records suggest that Lilly’s actions were due in part to her new relationship with a man who is described as “a Confederate-flag-waving gun enthusiast.”
When authorities contacted the new boyfriend, he denied knowing where Megan was but informed federal agents that Megan was aware of the costs of her actions but thought is was worth it to ‘save’ her daughter.
“Lesters [the new boyfriend] informed detectives that Everett … knew she would have to live her life as a fugitive. However, in her mind, the time that she spent with her daughter ‘free’ of Baumann would be ‘worth it,’ regardless of how brief the time was,” the documents read.
Megan’s family, though, just wants her to bring Lilly back.
In February, 49-year-old Rickey Wagoner claimed that three black men assaulted him outside of his bus but two of their bullets were stopped by a Bible in his pocket, though he was shot in the leg and stabbed in the arm.
Wagoner also told police he pried the gun away from the “assailants” and shot at the men as they ran. He even went as far as to say that he thought it may have been a gang initiation.
In the 911 call, Wagoner says “I’ve been hit in the leg. My chest feels like I’ve been hit with a sledgehammer.”
He later told police that one of the suspects said to another that he must “shoot a polar bear…if you want to be all the way in the club.”
Of course, that was all a lie.
Police arrested 40 suspects as part of a massive 145-count indictment of 103 people in a range of crimes, including the murder of 18-year-old basketball star Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, 19 shootings, gang assaults, beatings and conspiracy. Of the remaining suspects, 39 were already in custody, including Murphy’s brother, while the others remain at large.
In a press conference later Tuesday afternoon, NYPD Police Chief William J. Bratton and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the teens and men rounded up at the two housing projects are members of 3Staacs gang and their rivals, the Make It Happen Boys and Money Avenue. Residents said the suspects grew up together and are friends with affinities to their houses, and are not part of anything resembling a formal gang.
“The terror that the many thousands of people who live there must have felt over these last several years,” Bratton said explaining his presence at the early-morning raid during a press conference at 1 Police Plaza in downtown Manhattan Wednesday afternoon. “They’re not fighting over drug turf, it’s just mindless, senseless violence.”
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To quote Angry Asian Man, staying up-to-date on this story has been “dizzying” (also, to quote AAA: “fuck this guy”). On the one hand, for anyone with degrees/deep interests in fields like sociology and psychology, Elliot Rodger’s legacy of videos and his WTF manifesto are a treasure trove. Long after the outrage of his crime blows over, there are those who will continue to analyze this creature, mainly because he provided us with abundant material. For lack of a better description, studying Elliot Rodger is a lot like being a kid in a blood-splattered candy store.
But do I feel sorry for him? Hell, no.
I’ve watched some of his videos and read some of his manifesto, focusing on the college years. I knew kids like Rodger in college; a lot of us did. If you may recall, they were the ones who didn’t “do” anything. Rodger, for example, had no job. His parents foot the bill for everything. He also didn’t take education seriously; the only reason he chose that college was because he’d seen that city in a movie or on TV or something, and fantasized about being a part of its wild social scene. He didn’t attend class faithfully or focus on his studies once he realized that fantasy wasn’t going to happen. So to recap: no job, no classes, parents footing the bill – with no small amount of lies and manipulation from Rodger himself.
Today, UC Santa Barbara will cancel classes to mourn George Chen, Katie Cooper, Cheng Yuan Hong, Chris Martinez, Weihan Wang, and Veronika Weiss, the six people whose deaths at the hands of a young biracial man — we will not print his full name in this space if we can help it — over the weekend brought sudden, needed attention to several particularly toxic strains of performative cis-masculinity.
But, while debates continue over the causes of the fatal attacks and the killer’s motivations, what cannot be argued anymore is that this is an outlier.
Driving that conversation were tags like #YesAllWomen and #YesAllWhiteWomen, and When Women Refuse, a tumblr created by activist Deanna Zandt to highlight other stories of men who felt so entitled to womens’ bodies and spaces that they responded with violence to their privilege being rebuffed.
When Maya penned her 1969 autobiography, she was one of the first black women to relay an authentic and frank account of the black female lived experience (coming-of-age in the Jim Crow south, no less), to acclaim. So often, even today, black women are discouraged from sharing our personal stories – whether they are rife with triumph or trauma – and are often fed a daily diet of caricaturish, one-dimensional versions of ourselves, concocted by people who can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to navigate life in a black, female body. So the indelible mark Dr. Angelou has left is worthy of note… make no mistake about it.
To be a black writer or woman and not give credence to Dr. Angelou’s impact is to be ignorant of literary history. Maya Angelou let us know that our lived experiences matter, and that our stories are relevant to the overall human narrative. I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing was a life changer and saver for many black women and young black girls who felt like they didn’t have a voice, identity, or any allies in the face of trauma, structural inequality, and despair. Maya lived so many lives and worked a series of jobs to survive and look after her son – fry cook, dancer, actress, prostitute and madam, educator, poet – she essentially taught women… people… to forgive and love themselves and not let their pasts hold them hostage, and to do better once they learn how to discerning in their life choices.
Richard Martinez’s son died on Friday. I cannot imagine the pain he is going through, the anguish. As a parent, one would think Todd would be a wee bit more empathetic than to call shooting victims bitches, and call a grieving father a piece of shit. But this is Todd Kincannon, who may have contributed in more than one way to the violence of last Friday. Along with attacking Richard Martinez over the weekend, the Toddster also went after #YesAllWomen, because for he and his “fans,” the only thing more fun than calling dead people bitches is misogyny. Something about which the murderer at UCSB knew quite a bit.
A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.
Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.
The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
One of Angelou’s most revered books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
Writer Julian Mayfield is said to have described the autobiography as “a work of art which eludes description.”
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Another chapter in a long history of disgruntled male violence has opened up in Isla Vista, California near the University of California, Santa Barbara. A young man, who has documented and taped his frustrations of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires”, which include his hatred of women for supposedly treating him lower than sludge, went on a killing rampage that took the lives of seven people, including himself, and wounding thirteen. All of his victims were women and men.
It was reported that the young suspect was Elliot Rodger, the 22 year-old son of the Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger. It was also noted that the younger Rodger had mental problems. He had Asperger syndrome and “trouble making friends”. But what is also mentioned is that he suffered from male entitlement that was denied, according to his video and 140-page manifesto, and he wanted the world, especially women, to suffer dearly.
I’ve experienced, what I believed, a boatload of female ostracization since puberty. I was played, picked on, teased and mostly ignored by girls in high school and women in college. At the same time, I saw my friends and even relatives get more ‘positive’ attention from women. It included things like sitting beside them, phone calls, letters and even involved cuddling, lap sitting and even laying on top of them. I was jealous, and bitter. I started to hate and fear women more than I disliked the men they seem to be more comfortable with. I blamed women a lot for my bitterness, which I still have inside.
Telling this to friends, some of their responses suggested that the problem may not be with those women, but with me. At first, I felt insulted. I thought I was the true victim. I thought for some reason I was targeted because I was nice and quiet and that girls love the thug types. In fact, one woman suggested that was the problem. I wasn’t “hard” enough.
Looking back at what I’ve went through comparing it to the massacre in Isla Vista, I can see the connection. Like Rodger, I felt like women didn’t like me, at least not to my satisfaction. I felt entitled to get the same affections I’ve seen with my friends, because I felt like I deserved it.
I never thought that I was part of my own problem. When I was getting played, I enabled those to keep getting away with using me. I was too nice not to stand up and say ‘no more’. And I keep hoping for something in return like a kiss. When I felt ignored or left hanging, I let it be known by making them fell worse than I did. Of course, there were some females who initiated some drama, but I was still responsible for the rest. This makes me wonder about Elliot Rodger’s experiences with women. Was he a victim of mean girls, or was he a total dick to them which caused his own sexual banishment?
In his manifesto which details not only his rage, but also his plan to carry out his vengeance in great detail, Rodgers declared his ‘War on Women‘ for depriving him of sex. He says that they deprived him of sex for a whole month and gave pleasure to other men. He didn’t go into detail, but it he evidently pissed. So pissed that he wants to “deliver a devastating blow that will shake all of them to the core of their wicked hearts.”
Rodger seems to have his sights set on a particular group of women, the sorority of Alpha Phi which he claims is the hottest:
After doing a lot of extensive research within the last year, I found out that the sorority with the most beautiful girls is Alpha Phi Sorority. I know exactly where their house is, and I’ve sat outside it in my car to stalk them many times. Alpha Phi sorority is full of hot, beautiful blonde girls; the kind of girls I’ve always desired but was never able to have because they all look down on me.
They are all spoiled, heartless, wicked bitches. They think they are superior to me, and if I ever tried to ask one on a date, they would reject me cruelly. I will sneak into their house at around 9:00 p.m. on the Day of Retribution, just before all of the partying starts, and slaughter every single one of them with my guns and knives.
If I have time, I will set their whole house on fire. Then we shall see who the superior one really is!
To some, this makes it seem like Rodgers was the victim. They will conclude that it was the fault of women for being so stuck-up not to offer themselves to a dude, which is what they’re supposed to them, according to them. Some will go so far as to say that those victims had it coming to them. But his manifesto revealed clues that he was not quite the gentleman he thought he was.
Elliot Rodger not only showed off his male privilege in his text, but also his white privilege as seen in his view of interracial relationships:
How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from British aristocracy. He is descended from slaves. I deserve it more. I tried not to believe his foul words, but they were already said, and it was hard to erase from my mind. If this is actually true, if this ugly black filth was able to have sex with a blonde white girl at the age of thirteen while I’ve had to suffer virginity all my life, then this just proves how ridiculous the female gender is. They would give themselves to this filthy scum, but they reject ME? The injustice!
This brings more clues into his true personality. His racism is glaring as he vents about a black male hooking up with a white female while he is left with his virginity. Not only is his misogynistic attitude obvious, but also his white male sexual entitlement.
We also see that he was insecure as shown in his highlighting of a couple happier than he ever was:
On one of my very last days as a teenager, as I was sitting at my usual place at the food court outside Domino’s, I saw a sight that shattered my heart to pieces. A tall, blonde, jock-type guy walked into one of the restaurants, and at his side was one of the sexiest girls I had ever seen. She too was tall and blonde. They were both taller than me, and they kissed each other passionately. They made me feel so inferior and worthless and small. I glared at them with intense hatred as I sat by myself in my lonely misery. I could never have a girl like that. The sight was burned into my memory, and it caused a scar that will haunt me.
And, like me, Rodgers talked about women being attracted to the ‘wrong type of male’:
When I dropped my college classes, I crossed a threshold that I knew existed, but never actually believed I would cross. It completely ended all hope I had of living a desirable life in Santa Barbara. I realized that I would be a virgin forever, condemned to suffer rejection and humiliation at the hands of women because they don’t fancy me, because their sexual attractions are flawed.
They are attracted to the wrong type of male. I always mused to myself that I would rather die than suffer such an existence, and I knew that if it came to that, I would exact my revenge upon the world in the most catastrophic way possible. At least then, I could die knowing that I fought back against the injustice that has been dealt to me.
It’s hard to feel sorry for Elliot Rodger. Going by his words, he was not looking for love as much as he wanted to get some. He wanted to bang hot chicks, but he got no luck whatsoever. And still going by his words, I can see why.
Rodger didn’t appear to see women as people. He saw them more as objects for his sexual appetite. And he was starving. Something set him off to the point of no return. And he set out to make others pay. He shot, stabbed and ran over as many people as he could before he ultimately took his own life. All of this is due to the toxic environment of male entitlement that can damage and destroy many lives, not just women but men also.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, thinks it’s time for a bold step to change the way we talk and think about race in America. This week, Bill speaks to Coates about his June cover story for the magazine, provocatively titled “The Case for Reparations.” In it, Coates argues that we have to dig deeper into our past and the original sin of slavery, confronting the institutional racism that continues to pervade society. From the lynching tree to today’s mass incarceration of young African-Americans, he says we need to examine our motives more intently and reconcile the moral debt and economic damage inflicted upon generations of black Americans.
For one, Coates points to a century of racist and exploitive housing policies that made it hard for African-Americans to own homes and forced them to live in poorer neighborhoods with unequal access to a good education, resulting in a major wealth gap between black and white. In fact, the median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households, according to a Pew Research Center study.
We sat down with Omar for an insightful interview focusing on both his long tenure in Hip Hop and how he has evolved himself and his craft over the years. For those who don’t know he’s 40 albums deep and celebrating his 20th anniversary producing and recording music. Yes you read that right he’s 40 albums deep in the game and has for most part has kept it independent. He noted its important to keep growing and not be caught in a time matrix of the Golden Era which he claims far too many are stuck in.
So will Labtekwon show up on the Billboard charts or at the next BET Awards show? Probably not, but step into the City of Baltimore and they know his name well. He’s a fixture in the city and his music and overall vibe that reflects its long and rich music history and traditions.
Erika Hayes James, a former senior associate dean for executive education at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, will assume her new role at Emory on July 15. James earned her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and built a career by connecting her knowledge of organizational psychology with executive leadership. She also has served as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies, according to the Emory announcement.
While three minority women are currently deans at American colleges of business, James will be the first to lead a full-time MBA program at a top-25 business school, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The full-time MBA program at Goizueta is ranked No. 1 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek for job placement. Four of the school’s degree programs rank in the top 25.
Claire Sterk, the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory, made it clear that James’ race and gender were not driving factors in the school’s hiring decision. Breaking a glass ceiling of sorts by bringing her into the top business school role is just a bonus, she said.
Underlying much of that subconscious racial bias is the most enduring, corrosive racial stereotype in America: the black-as-criminal mindset. Historian David Levering summarizes it: “W hites commit crimes but blacks are criminals.” While whites can and do commit a great deal of minor and major crimes, the race as a whole is never tainted by those acts. But when blacks violate the law, all members of the race are considered suspect. I used to anchor a show on Court TV, and when we heard about a new arrest for some horrific crime, my African American co-host would whisper, “Please don’t let him be black.” It would never enter my mind to wish that a bad guy not be white, because no matter how sick the crime, other members of the white race are not impugned.
Remember Zimmerman’s false syllogism? A few blacks committed burglary, Trayvon was black, therefore Trayvon was a criminal. Similar logic is used daily in the assumptions police and citizens make about African Americans, especially young males.
The black-man-as-criminal stereotype runs deep. The archetype is so prevalent that the majority of whites and African Americans agreed with the statement “blacks are aggressive or violent” in a national survey. In support of these findings, other research indicates that the public generally associates violent street crime with African Americans. Other nationwide research has shown that the public perceives that blacks are involved in a greater percentage of violent crime than official statistics indicate they actually are.
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The half-hour, single-camera comedy is set in 1990s Orlando and follows the misadventures of 12-year-old Eddie and his Taiwanese immigrant family, who experience culture shock when they move from Washington DC to Florida. The show is based on the memoirs of celebrity chef Eddie Huang, whose voice you may recognize providing the narration in the trailer, Wonder Years-style.
Excited to see young Hudson in his debut, and you know I’m ride or die for Randall Park in anything, but I’m actually pretty excited to Constance Wu as Mrs. Huang, who looks like she steals the show.
It looks like Fresh Off the Boat is on ABC’s schedule as a midseason replacement. This is not necessarily a bad thing. But we probably won’t be seeing it until the beginning of 2015. Looking forward to it.
Researchers have clearly established the contours of the pipeline. During the 2011 school year, more than 3 million public school students were suspended and over 100,000 expelled. These students were overwhelmingly black. According to the Department of Education, black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. Save for American Indians, no other racial group experiences such outsized racial disproportionality in exclusionary discipline. Indeed, the federal government has said that the racial disparity in punishment levels can’t be explained by differences in kids behavior alone. Importantly, just one of those suspension can double the likelihood that students will drop out of school, and increase the likelihood that students end up in prison. A disproportionate number of students of color are even arrested at school as a form of punishment.
But while the racial disparity is clear, the reasons for it are not. What institutional forces set a child down this path? At least part of the answer seems to be the inadvertent, perverse incentives of the special education system. Frustrated educators—desperate for help in schools that don’t have the kinds of interventions Ford-Morthel had available at Cox—are instead using inherently subjective and fuzzy disability classifications to gain access to sorely needed resources. Special education classifications open the door to new tools for engaging the most challenging students, but in the process, they may also be putting those children on a path to prison.
Despite many news programs featuring African-American women as on-air hosts—Joy Reid of MSNBC’s The Reid Report, Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, Gwen Ifill anchoring PBS Newshour and Michel Martin helming NPR’s Tell Me More, to name a few—there are still far too few people of color, particularly black women, in executive, editorial and production positions who have the decision-making authority to promote stories in ways that reflect the concerns of our communities.
It’s been more than two generations since a wave of largely independent black public-affairs programs, like Say Brother, Black Journal and Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant, emerged in the era after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. As Devorah Heitner explains in her book, Black Power TV, “An emerging sense that representation was a right, not a privilege, structured media activism in this era.” Now, some are again looking at independent black media as an alternative.
Activists are joining our camp in Washington, DC to protest the new net discrimination rules. We will be there until the next public meeting at the FCC to make sure that the proposed rules protect net neutrality, instead of taking the agency off track and ending net neutrality. The encampment adds to the great work done by numerous organizations like Fight for the Future and Free Press online which resulted in more than one million people writing the FCC urging net neutrality and thousands of phone calls demanding withdrawal of Wheeler’s proposal.
This negative response is bigger than anything the FCC expected. But in order for us to be successful, we need activists to come out and be a part of the action in DC or create one at an FCC office close to home. We are at a crucial turning point and more people getting involved will make a tremendous difference.
From the first moments, we found that the encampment was having an impact. Before a single protester had even shown up at the FCC’s doorstep, we got a call from Chairman Tom Wheeler’s office asking what we were doing, what our message was, how long we were staying and saying they may be interested in meeting with us. That’s particularly interesting, since even with more than 1 million net neutrality signatures to the FCC last month, Chairman Wheeler wouldn’t meet with us.
America will never be the same again.
It was history in the making, but the selection was a sanitized history – and the kiss gave it a heart. After all, Michael Sam doesn’t scream “gay”. He is the kind of “straight-acting” man who dresses masculinely and carries himself like any other macho straight dude. For those struggling to accept that gay people exist, watching the draft was, at worst, intellectually challenging. Watching the kiss was, apparently, a struggle as well.
Those kinds of detractors, the kind who don’t want to talk about gay athletes, claim that sports – particularly at the professional level – are only about winning and losing. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Sports are about sportsmanship and camaraderie, hard work and determination. They’re also about social justice and equal opportunity. Victory and defeat are merely byproducts.
Tal Fortgang, a student at Princeton University, was an unknown, until he wrote a piece for Time Magazine explaining in depth why he will never apologize for his white male privilege. Then, he became a pariah, a spokesman of the unapologetic attitude of the rich white male elite while exhibiting a victimhood from those who chose to check him on it:
There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them. “Check your privilege,” the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several times this year. The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung. “Check your privilege,” they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.
The last sentence ought to be something he should consider. But the entire first paragraph alone made it sound like Fortgang was being lashed out of spite simply because he is a white male with privilege. He even went so far as comparing it with being targeted by a drone! What?!?
I do not accuse those who “check” me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line. But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive. Furthermore, I condemn them for casting the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a meritocracy, as a myth, and for declaring that we are all governed by invisible forces (some would call them “stigmas” or “societal norms”), that our nation runs on racist and sexist conspiracies. Forget “you didn’t build that;” check your privilege and realize that nothing you have accomplished is real.
So, he’s saying that people are judging him unfairly due to his white maleness, and assume that he got to where he is today because of that, not based on the hard work he’s done, according to him. I – no doubt – believe him when he said he worked hard. Still, that doesn’t negate that he still benefits from white male privilege, something he doesn’t believe exists.
But they can’t be telling me that everything I’ve done with my life can be credited to the racist patriarchy holding my hand throughout my years of education and eventually guiding me into Princeton. Even that is too extreme. So to find out what they are saying, I decided to take their advice. I actually went and checked the origins of my privileged existence, to empathize with those whose underdog stories I can’t possibly comprehend. I have unearthed some examples of the privilege with which my family was blessed, and now I think I better understand those who assure me that skin color allowed my family and I to flourish today.
Again, he doesn’t believe there are advantages based on a societal hierarchy based on physical characteristics. But he decided to do as the naysayers say and “checked his privilege” using his family’s history.
Perhaps it’s the privilege my grandfather and his brother had to flee their home as teenagers when the Nazis invaded Poland, leaving their mother and five younger siblings behind, running and running until they reached a Displaced Persons camp in Siberia, where they would do years of hard labor in the bitter cold until World War II ended. Maybe it was the privilege my grandfather had of taking on the local Rabbi’s work in that DP camp, telling him that the spiritual leader shouldn’t do hard work, but should save his energy to pass Jewish tradition along to those who might survive. Perhaps it was the privilege my great-grandmother and those five great-aunts and uncles I never knew had of being shot into an open grave outside their hometown. Maybe that’s my privilege.
Here is where he misses the mark completely. Afterwards, he continues to avoid the target drifting further and further off base:
Or maybe it’s the privilege my grandmother had of spending weeks upon weeks on a death march through Polish forests in subzero temperatures, one of just a handful to survive, only to be put in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she would have died but for the Allied forces who liberated her and helped her regain her health when her weight dwindled to barely 80 pounds.
Perhaps my privilege is that those two resilient individuals came to America with no money and no English, obtained citizenship, learned the language and met each other; that my grandfather started a humble wicker basket business with nothing but long hours, an idea, and an iron will—to paraphrase the man I never met: “I escaped Hitler. Some business troubles are going to ruin me?” Maybe my privilege is that they worked hard enough to raise four children, and to send them to Jewish day school and eventually City College.
Perhaps it was my privilege that my own father worked hard enough in City College to earn a spot at a top graduate school, got a good job, and for 25 years got up well before the crack of dawn, sacrificing precious time he wanted to spend with those he valued most—his wife and kids—to earn that living. I can say with certainty there was no legacy involved in any of his accomplishments. The wicker business just isn’t that influential. Now would you say that we’ve been really privileged? That our success has been gift-wrapped?
The end result is this: Fortgang may have worked hard and studied hard to get to an ivy league school and that his family busted their asses to make it in this world. No one faults him or his family for that. That is commendable.
However, his conclusion that white male privilege is a nonexistent reality and how racism and sexism are not contributing factors for the severe inequalities this society continues to influence and exploit is a clear sign of the very thing he doesn’t believe in. The mindframe of privilege is clever enough to mask itself in the disguise of meritocracy while fooling them as to its definition. As such, white males climbing to the top, or are already there, believe they are successful purely on hard work and brains. The thought of the societal advantages created by society that comes with skin color and gender don’t cross their minds. And the beauty behind it is, that they don’t have to think about it.
Fortgang may be intelligent, but he is also sheltered from reality. He clearly doesn’t get how white male privilege is not something earned, but given on the first day on Earth by an unfair and unjust society. Sure, you can work hard and have a high I.Q., but if you’re white and male, chances are you don’t have to work too hard or be incredibly smart to rise.
By the way, he tweeted this on the Israeli-Palestine conflict:
The mainstream news media has certainly been questionable, if not shady, when it comes to which topics they should cover. And in my personal opinion, viewers should demand that certain topics be covered, and many have addressed this issue, especially to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), who was charged to regulate media ownership, but has basically rallied behind big media’s never ending corporate imperialism. The end results are truck loads of tabloid journalism, American centered news, heavily biased programming and reporting, the insurrection of reality/trash TV and dubious choices as to what should get broadcast and what shouldn’t.
One of the stories that’s a little under the radar comes to us from Nigeria. Over 230 girls (though the number has increased among reports) were kidnapped by Islamic terrorists sometime between early to mid April. The girls were high schoolers trying to get an education when terrorists, who are suspected to be members of Boko Haram (translates to “Western education is a sin”), came and captured as many as they could find in Chibok, Borno State. While more than 40 girls escaped, it has been said that some of the captives have been forced to marry the militants while most are sold into slavery.
This horrific story has been gaining traction in social media, prompting the hashtag #bringbackourgirls on Twitter and a worldwide grassroots push for an international intervention. Even celebrities such as Mary J. Blige, Ja Rule, Chris Brown, Kerry Washington and Keri Hilson got into the online movement. The U.S. government, notably Secretary of State John Kerry is said to have announced America’s involvement in the rescue efforts. And Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to find the kidnapped girls.
With a story this huge and important, you would think that it would get hefty coverage in the American media. But you’d be wrong. Anything else is more newsworthy than the missing Nigerian girls. The Korean ferry disaster, the missing Malaysian plane and even George Clooney’s engagement were considered more imperative to cover than the mass abduction of 200-plus girls in Nigeria. Why?
Is it because it happened in a third-world nation populated by mostly Black Africans? Is it because this story involves African women, and this country’s corporate has little to no love for black women? Or is it because the media believes that no one would relate to this because of the aforementioned excuses? Whatever the reason is, the tragedy doesn’t seem to register as ‘important’ to many mainstream newsrooms.
And it turns out this is may be a trend that opens up more questions and concerns. What is considered ‘news’ is determined by high-ranking people behind the scenes. But who are these people?
There are more examples of events that have gotten a little to no spotlight. The Young African Americans Against Media Stereotypes (YAAAMS) organization briefly acknowledged the Southern Californian kidnapper who abducted a child from her home in an apparent burglary. She was found battered and barefooted while the child molester was on the run for over a month.
Then there’s the Spring Break weekend college party known as “Deltopia”, also in Southern California (SoCal is getting crazier it seems.), that got out of control. About 100 people were arrested with more than 40 people taken to the hospital after all hell broke loose.
As the article points out, no one would discuss the “epidemic of college kids acting with destructive behavior.” This too has gotten little media coverage, at least on a national scale. And there apparently was no branding of violence towards the culture of college kids. So, what gets reported is only half of the issue. Who or what gets portrayed as the good guy, bad guy, villain, victim, etc. is the other half.
One would guess that the missing girls from Nigeria is not a serious topic to cover in depth as opposed to the Oscar Pistorius trial, the drama of Tori Spelling, the severe weather outbreak or even Star Wars day, to name a few. This is not to say those topics hold no value, but one is right to assume that they seem more important to the mainstream press than the lives of African women. Considering what little value is placed on dark skinned women anywhere, it’s not too shocking, but nonetheless disappointing.
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The reaction to DL Hughley’s recent comments about Columbus Short’s estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short is yet another example of just how quickly people turn a blind eye to the concerns of Black women, particularly when a Black man is involved.
While Black leaders rallied against Don Imus for calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy headed hoes” (Hughley defended him, by the way), our “leaders” have been (un)surprisingly silent after DL Hughley insinuated that most women who claim to have been abused by their husbands are just “emotional broads” who don’t know how to keep their feelings in check.
After his co-host Jasmine Sanders broached the topic of Short’s marital drama, Hughley told her, “I think that broad shouldn’t be telling all his business if she gone take him to court.”
“We are making this list available in an effort to bring more transparency to our enforcement work and to foster better public awareness of civil rights,” Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon said in a statement. “We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue. I also want to make it clear that a college or university’s appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law.”
Women who have filed complaints leading to such investigations have long criticized the Education Department for shielding schools under investigation and for not providing enough transparency on the reviews. Prior to the list’s release, the department only confirmed when a school was under review upon request, which usually resulted from disclosure by a complainant or the school. The department has typically released information about an investigation after a resolution has been reached.
A bipartisan group of 39 members of Congress in January joined the criticisms, calling for the department to end the “guessing game” about which colleges are under investigation.
When 19-year-old Nubia Bowe was returning home on BART with friends on the evening of March 21, she had no idea that it would be the worst night of her life.
The evening ended up with her being accused by police of intimidating a witness and her friends being handcuffed for dancing on a BART train. She was slammed to the ground and struck repeatedly, arrested and sent to the county jail for four days. She now faces now four misdemeanors and was kicked out of school.
That’s what happened when BART police responded to a complaint that young men were dancing and soliciting money on a train at the Lake Merritt station. Bowe and her friends, who had not seen anyone dancing on the train, were picked out as the culprits by one witness, who later recanted.
However, her friends were handcuffed and detained, even though a train full of witnesses repeatedly told police the young people were not the perpetrators.
But the arrest was the only the beginning of the ordeal. Bowe was slammed to the ground, handcuffed and accused of resisting arrest, among other charges.
First, the Nigerian military reported that 129 school girls had been taken from the northeastern state of Borno. Then it claimed that all of the girls but eight had been released. This soon proved false. Few, if any, had been released. In fact, parents said an additional 100 girls beyond original estimates had also been taken. In all, 234 school girls are today suspected captured.
Parents have grown increasingly frustrated by what they perceive as a feckless governmental response. Some relatives have launched their own search, riding motorcycles deep into the surrounding forests in search of their girls. “My wife keeps asking me, why isn’t the government deploying every means to find our children,” relative Dawah said.
“All we want from the government is to help us bring our children back,” one father named Pogu Yaga, wept.
The missing girls have ignited a social media campaign underneath the hashtag #BringBackOurDaughters, and the issue has stirred concern in the highest echelons of British society. “We cannot stop terrorism overnight,” said former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who plans to visit Nigeria. “But we can make sure that its perpetrators are aware that murdering and abducting school children is a heinous crime that the international authorities are determined to punish.”
Nothing, however, has brought back the girls, now missing for 16 days.