I don’t know if you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting a black person, but outside of ensuring that we remain moisturized at all times, one of our favorite pastimes is discussing black movies. Over drinks and raucous laughter, you might catch us deconstructing the elevator stare down from 1992’s Juice, or blurting out, “Can’t nobody sang like Eddie King Jr!,” or reliving the legendary dance sequence from 1990’s House Party. We’re black. This is what we do. So imagine doing exactly that, reminiscing on the late Eartha Kitt’s sexually charged portrayal of Boomerang seductress Lady Eloise, when some white lady materializes out of thin air and taps into her mutant power of not minding her motherfucking business. According to Yahoo, that’s exactly what happened. “My cousin and I were visiting my best friend from out of state and we stopped by Target to buy a phone charger,” one of the victims of Target Tammy’s … [Read more...] about In the Latest Example of White Women Not Minding Their Damn Business, ‘Target Tammy’ Makes Her Auspicious Debut
When most people hear the word “propaganda,” it probably sounds like a far-off concept or idea or something that only happens in other countries and never here in the United States. The fact is that the U.S. launched full propaganda campaigns as part of the war effort during both WWI and WWII. Propaganda is a part of our everyday lives here in the United States, and it comes in many forms, including radio and television commercials, print advertisements and the kinds of “news” reports that come out of outlets like InfoWars and Breitbart. Even some of your favorites—people we like to look at in a good light—have used propaganda. The 2008 presidential campaign for Barack Obama is one huge example of that. Emotional words in advertising are a form of propaganda, and the Obama campaign made heavy use of the words “hope” and “change”—words black people have been clinging to since the days of slavery—during that election … [Read more...] about Report: Russians Targeted Black Americans in Social Media Campaigns to Disrupt 2016 Election
I’m racist. I know I’m not supposed to say that. I know there’s a school of thought that black people can’t be racist, but I am. My racism has nothing to do with my use of the word “Wypipo” or “Becky.” It is not related to my reluctance to consume Caucasian potato salad. I’m racist because I live in America. A few weeks ago, late at night, I was sitting outside in my car in one of the most crime-ridden cities in America. I was in a neighborhood that probably wouldn’t be described as upwardly mobile—a black neighborhood. As I was entering an address into my GPS, two young black men, neither more than 21 years old, walked up to either side of my car and knocked on the window. My heart was beating fast as I pondered my options. Finally, I rolled down the window. I knew I had been caught slipping and figured that my only choice was to give up my shit and save myself. I mustered all the bass my vocal cords could offer, put it … [Read more...] about Can the Jewish Community Benefit from White Privilege If They Are Targets of White Supremacy?
For their persons of the year, Time magazine has chosen “The Guardians,” a group of journalists targeted for opposing the “war on truth,” which includes Jamal Khashoggi, arrested Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, murdered reporters at the Capital Gazette, and Maria Ressa, chief executive of the Philippine news website Rappler. What do you think? “This seems sort of biased toward people who have made immense personal sacrifices.” Walter Boone • Checkers Judge “How can we trust the media to cover the murder of their colleagues without bias?” Lily-Grace William • Orthotic Carver “What a great way to draw attention to Time magazine.” Eren Bird • Capsule Burier … [Read more...] about Time Awards Person Of The Year To Targeted Journalists Including Jamal Khashoggi
Starting today, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling for users to log out of Facebook and other Facebook-owned social media and chat apps like Instagram and WhatsApp. The weeklong boycott is in response to two reports released on Monday detailing how Russian hackers specifically targeted African Americans in the 2016 election. The civil rights group also noted on Twitter that it has returned a recent donation from Facebook. But while the reports may have triggered the #LogOutFacebook boycott, the NAACP is also pointing to Facebook’s many other blunders around data privacy and advertising. It also doesn’t help that former Facebook manager Mark S. Luckie recently sent out a 2,500-word memo detailing how the company excluded and discriminated against black employees and users. In a call to action, the NAACP stated, “Facebook’s engagement with partisan firms, its targeting of political opponents, the spread of misinformation and … [Read more...] about NAACP Calls for Facebook Boycott After Report Details Russian Trolls Targeted Black Communities