Notable Links: 8-30/13

Woman charged in Clermont case of reported assault

The sheriff’s office responded just after 9 a.m. concerning a report of a sexual assault.

When deputies and investigators arrived, they found Moore had a minor stab wound to her abdomen. She told authorities she had been raped and stabbed by a masked black male in her home, who then stole jewelry items and fled.

She was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and treated for an injury that wasn’t life-threatening.

The sheriff’s office, along with Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, began an investigation.

They later determined “Moore was not the victim of a crime and that her stab wound is consistent with being self-inflicted,” the release states.

Fox Personalities Lecture Civil Rights Leaders On What They Should Have Said During the March On Washington

Fox’s O’Reilly On Marc Morial’s Speech: “That Kind Of Grievance-Mongering Does The Cause Of Civil Rights No Good At All.” On the August 28 edition of his Fox News show, O’Reilly acknowledged that many of the speeches commemorating the March on Washington “were uplifting and respectful to America, but not all.” After playing a clip of the National Urban League chairman Marc Morial’s speech, O’Reilly criticized him commenting, “That kind of grievance-mongering does the cause of civil rights no good at all.” [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor,8/28/13]


Fox’s Bolling: Lewis Missed An Opportunity “To Address The Issues” Of Marriage And Education. On the August 28 edition of The Five, co-host Eric Bolling opened up a discussion on the March on Washington commemoration by criticizing Lewis’ speech for including comments on stop-and-frisk laws and the death of Trayvon Martin instead of commenting on marriage and education. His co-host Andrea Tantaros agreed with Bolling, adding: “all of the problems in the black community, John Lewis didn’t include.” [Fox News, The Five, 8/28/13]

Whiteness is not the neutral storyteller

First of all, when white writers, white producers, etc. tend to show a keen interest in POC so long as drugs, prison, murder, and overall ratchet culture are involved, they’re not interested in POC.  They fascinated with POC pathology, so let’s just get that straight.

Second of all, whiteness is not the neutral storyteller.  Whiteness is the white storyteller who tells us tales of a world beginning and ending with white people.  A world in which POC are not valued or relevant unless they have some of form of a white endorsement.  A world in which POC are dysfunctional and need a white savior to fix them.  A world in which whiteness is moral, brave, beautiful, and heroic while anything outside whiteness is not or, at least, a lesser version thereof.

Vigil Held For Islan Nettles, Transgendered Woman Killed in Harlem

Mourners gathered in Harlem on Thursday night to remember Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old transgender woman who was beaten to death last week. Nettles was walking with friends on August 17 when she was confronted by a group of men. Once the men realized that Nettles and her friends were transgender, they verbally and physically assaulted them. The attack happened one block away from a local police station.


Nettles died days later at Harlem Hospital after she was declared brain dead.

Miley Cyrus, Feminism and The Struggle For Black Recognition

Most of the responses following Cyrus’ performance have been a conversation of the unconventional way in which she expressed her sexuality on the VMAs stage and the slut-shaming that ensued. Many feminists have since rushed to her defense and appropriately prompted us all to question our immediate negative response to Cyrus’ choice sexual presentation. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a valid stance—in the sense that slut-shaming is certainly a habit that supports rape culture and demanding that society recognizes a woman’s sexual autonomy is hard and necessary work. Back when Cyrus was being sexual without involving the appropriation of my blackness, I was totally on board. Now? Not so much.

Here’s where the racial fissures in feminism come out: by all means, defend a woman’s right to govern her own body; it’s great that white feminists have that goal at the top of their lists. But meanwhile, as a woman of color, I’m still defending my right to actually be considered a body at all and not decoration. Expressing your sexuality at my expense isn’t okay. You don’t get to claim sexual freedom while simultaneously perpetuating the oppression of another body. When you feel the need to express your sexuality by turning my body into an accessory, the black feminist in me—two identities which I refuse to separate—can’t have your back anymore. The feminist struggle is a struggle for autonomy. It’s a fight for recognition and full-body respect. But in Cyrus’ search for and exploration of her sexual identity, she limits my autonomy as a woman of color. She appropriates it. She cheapens it. She effectively uses the identity and lived experiences of so many women of color as a crutch for her career.

Fifty Years After the March, White People Are Still a Disgrace

White people have to make judgments. Their status as white people depends on making judgments. This is why black criminality is a big topic with them these days. It is how they have decided to resolve the problem of an unarmed teenager having been shot to death while walking home. Statistically, white people say, it makes sense to shoot a teenager if he’s black. Or at least it makes sense to be prepared to shoot the black teenager.

It is a perilous world, the world white people inhabit. Murder and rioting are always just around the corner, lurking in the shadows. White people have been killing trees and clearing farmland for decades to get away from that corner, to build streets that don’t even have corners. And still the white people are angry and afraid. Still they feel threatened or cheated.

On Hurricane Katrina’s Eighth Anniversary New Orleans Residents Still Rebuilding

Storytelling and community building continue to be important tools for helping residents cope with the past and rebuild their lives. One of projects to emerge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is the “Land of Opportunity,” a film project that developed an interactive platform for Katrina survivors to share their experiences. The project is teaming up with Sandy Storyline, a documentary project focusing on Hurricane Sandy in New York, to build ties between these recovery efforts. 

Latina Filmmaker Vanessa Libertad Garcia Dies at Age 29

The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Garcia was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was an out lesbian, and her queer Latina identity inspired much of her work. Already she had amassed an impressive portfolio, including being an associate producer for the award-winning PBS series “Maid in America” about women domestic workers and self-publishing a book of poems and short-stories titled The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive.”



13 thoughts on “Notable Links: 8-30/13

  1. wow that is a lot of links lol. Its crazy to think that if it was the 50s and that white woman falsely accused a black man of rape there would’ve been a lynch mob out in full force hurting any black person they could.
    fox news is crazy, they want Obama and others to talk about the issues in the black community during the march on Washington, they need to stfu. They are so insensitive, l bet they would be mad if we told them to talk about their issues on the anniversary of 9/11 I bet they would flip.
    The transgender woman did not deserve to be beat like that, I hope they find the ppl that did that. And the filmmaker Vanessa i’d never heard of before, but its just crazy how we keep losing talented young ppl to suicide, something has to be talked about hopefully her death, lee Thompson and others can get ppl to open up and talk about what they are going through .
    With the whole miley thing its crazy that they are coming to her defense really what about the black woman whose behind she slapped. That whole thing was disgusting, miley was trying to do what black ppl have always done and she failed. But they want to defend her ok, they go ahead and defend her we need to defend and preserve our culture from these vultures.
    I can’t believe its been 8 yrs since Katrina and they still rebuilding wow, I hope their community can be better than ever.

  2. Not surprised that a white female liar isn’t geting taken to task for her bullshit. There are stupid ass white people STILL defending Susan Smith. As for Miley I don’t think it’s slut shaming at all if she is acting like a damn slut! Her behavior was flat out disgusting and I wanted to strangle her with that damn tongue. The feminazis rushing to her defense is just another example of white female privilege run amok. Lest anyone forget how they crucified Janet after the Superbowl but sweet little Miley can do whatever the hell she wants. Yeeech!

  3. As if we don’t get blamed for enough stuff we didn’t do! And have you ever skimmed through the comment section of a post regarding a minority(especially black person)? I would like to quote Wu-Tang Clan,”*…..Same shit, different day.”. And all these “statistics” that are put up are truly laughable and people believe them! And they are so not racist or could possibly be the problem.

      1. Have you seen what an FSU student posted about black people? I know this might sound strange, but I would rather have that than the “post-racial-everything-is-equal” mass. It’s scary they don’t realize what they’re saying now is what the Klan said(and is still saying) sixty years ago. Honestly, they’re blind. You don’t need to be in the KKK or a Skinhead to be a white supremacist. Hey, you don’t even have to say a slur! They contain being racist to a short list and too many believe they’re exempt when the opposite is true.

  4. Nothing much has changed in the last fifty or so years if you think about it. We still deal with institutionalized racism, police brutality, racism, stereotypes etc. The only difference is that we have technology and we have our rights, which is slowly being taken from us since the Voting Rights Act was striked down over the summer. Other than that, nothing much has changed.

    I always see history repeating itself because first of all, White people never change. They just find new ways to perpetuate their racism onto others. They are more subtle with their racism these days than in 1963 when they were overtly racist to us. Second of all, stupid Black people trust these Whites with their lives and actually believe in these people. Now that makes me sick because don’t they know how Whites oppressed us in the past and still continue to oppress us today? Last but not least, in a way, I believe that we are worse off because our community is in terrible shape. We lost the values, unity and family structure we had in our families in the 1950s and 1960s.

    But when it comes to racism and institutionalized racism, nothing has changed only this time, most Whites are more subtle with their racism

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