Notable Links: 12-20/13

Mother claims Hough High teacher made racist joke about son’s skin color

Suzette Henderson said she was shocked to hear her ninth-grade son’s brown skin was the target of a joke by a teacher at the high school.

Henderson said the incident happened last month, but she just learned about it last Thursday during a meeting at the school with her son, an administrator and his physical education teacher, Meghan Beltz. Henderson said during the meeting her son claimed Beltz made a hurtful comment about his skin color during class.

“That’s when the PE teacher, Miss Beltz, spoke up and said, ‘Yeah, we were having a discussion in class about different types of cancer and being in the sun and I told Daron dark as he is if he stays in the sun a lot he’s going be nothing but a shadow,'” Henderson said.

The mother said her son told her that after the joke, he laughed along with the teacher and his classmates to hide the fact that he was upset. Henderson said the school administrator knew about the comment before their meeting last Thursday and told her that Beltz offered her son an apology.

A Story For R. Kelly Defenders

Right before midnight, the grown-ups got rowdy. Their eyes were wild, I was still invisible, but now they seemed to stop seeing each other. Someone turned on the TV so they wouldn’t miss the countdown. Someone else almost knocked it over. I went into our dark living room to sit by myself for a while. I leaned against the patio door, trying to leave handprints on the cold glass.

“What you doing in here by yourself?” He was so nice, his voice didn’t even startle me. I didn’t answer, but started making more handprints all over the glass. I looked back at him and raised my eyebrows.

#NotYourAsianSidekick Unites Thousands To Discuss Asian-American Feminism and Stereotypes

In Asian American spaces, particularly in the non-profit sector, I have been disappointed by the narrow ways in which we define Asian American and who we leave behind by way of those narrow definitions. #NotYourAsianSidekick is a new space, in which voices of those of us marginalized and silenced within Asian American circles get to tell our stories…

My dear friends and I have had growing critiques of how patriarchy in Asian American spaces hurts, while white feminism leaves much to be desired, so we created this space instead. We talked about queerness, disability, immigration, multiracial/biracial issues, compulsory coalitions, challenging anti-blackness, mental health, body image, and all things feminism. It was all of the things we were told to never talk about.

A Jewel in a Tarnished Crown

A whirlwind of over a million racists and hateful remarks flooded twitter last week after a woman of color was crowned as the new Miss France. The radiant mocha toned Flora Conquerel was excited to be crowned and represent her country even admits the backlash against the multiracial beauty queen. Conquerel represents an ever-changing world where racial homogeneity is not the norm. She is not the first public figure of color to receive racist taunts and jabs at her beauty.

European or Aryan physical attributes have ruled supreme as the definition of beauty for women in western culture. This has led to not generations of identity crisis and self hate among women of color but has developed disorders in non-colored women who do not portray the hallmarks of European “beauty”.


9 thoughts on “Notable Links: 12-20/13

  1. that woman has courage to tell her story, i don’t see how anybody can excuse or try to rationalize what r kelly did and what countless other grown men have done to young children. It is crazy that people feel the need to blame the victim, then sometimes parents don’t want to hear it or tell the child they are lying. Coming forward is a brave thing for anybody to do. i understand that the people that falsely cry rape or abuse mess it up for the real victims but still they should not be dismissed just because it is someone u think is amazing celebrity or otherwise.

    The gym teacher was wrong for saying that to that child what a mess. Trying to make kids have low self esteem. that gym teacher is dumb hahaha laugh while u can dummy that dark skin u think is so funny is what will help protect him from skin cancer can’t say the same about ur dumbass.

    People are always mad when a woman of color gets crowned and is deemed beautiful. They can’t get over the fact other women besides white women are very beautiful and don’t need to be the european standard of beauty seems the racists are scared the pedestal is being pulled from underneath white women. smh

    1. From what I understand, only 3% of all rape cases turn out to be false. It happened to a friend of my bro-in-law’s family. He was falsely accused of rape.

      To be honest, I still brought Kelly’s music after that accusation years ago. I didn’t think much of it. I even downloaded a song in my phone. Now, I hear that it wasn’t one, or two, but at least two dozen. After that, I had to delete that song, and I’m going to dispose of the CDs.

      We hear people with dark skin get teased and picked on by their peers and are almost nonexistent in the media. This gym teacher is part of the problem.

      I always say that white people can’t stand it when other people rise up.

  2. All I have to say about this story can be summed uP in 1 word..”Jealousy”!!! That’s all that old wind-bag of a teacher was most likely feeling, as she knows her time as “a spring chicken” has sailed on a longgg time ago! LOL As for Ms. France, you glowww gurllll!! : D

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