Notable Links: 1-25/13

After a long hiatus, I’m bringing back the Notable Links series. Enjoy!

A Racist Later to the “Filthy” Filipino Community

What the hell? This was shared on Facebook and passed along by several readers… This letter, purporting initially to be from the “California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering & Cosmetology,” was apparently mailed to Derek Valencia, who lives in American Canyon, California.

Contemplating “MLK”

Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most revered figures in American history and at the same time, one of the most exploited. Everyone from McDonald’s to politicians have attempted to co-opt his message and use it for their own gain. No where is this more evident than in the debate about affirmative action, which opponents say King would have rejected. He wanted people to be “judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin,” they argue and while King did say that, that’s not all he said about the subject. King actually argued that a major racial redistribution of wealth is necessary.

Houston Waiter Stands Up For “Special Needs” Child (Video)

Michael Garcia is a waiter at Laurenzo’s Restaurant in Houston, Texas. We’re celebrating him today for taking a stand and standing up with 5-year-old Milo Castillo and his parents.

Is it Only Empowerment When a White Girl Picks Up a Sword?

As much as I loved Brave and despised Snow White and the Huntsman, people saying this sort of thing really, really irritates me.

Know why it irritates me? Because so many women don’t get to be seen as fragile, delicate, or vulnerable. Most of these women are women who look like me.

The Strong Black Woman is practically a trope, one that presents Black girls and women as being superhuman subhuman “rhino-hided she-beasts” (witchsistah) who can bear physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial burdens far greater than those “normal” or “real” women would put up with. Abuse? Rape? Poverty? Racism? Sexism? Trauma? No problem. The Strong Black Woman can take it and keep being her sassy, fabulous self like it didn’t mean nothing (Does that sound familiar, True Blood fandom?).


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