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Why do white liberal artists love Black death so much?

“I wanted the world to see what they did to my baby.” - Mamie Till, mother of Emmett Till, on her decision to put her son’s mutilated body on plain view during his open-casket funeral. Till was only 14-year-old years old when he was lynched and deformed beyond recognition in 1955 after being falsely accused of harassing a white woman.



At this year’s Whitney Biennial in New York, a painting…

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Added by The Race Card on March 22, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Man juggles to prove sobriety to cops: a guide to the Whitest Thing That Ever Happened

<p>When I see something that looks like white privilege, I don’t like to use the phrase “if he were black…”



There are so many variables and extenuating circumstances that come into play, it is usually impossible to tell if a white person is receiving preferential treatment or just lucky under the circumstances. Especially in situations with the police. Although I have seen white women hurl insults at police officers like they were tossing tomatoes at a…

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Added by The Race Card on March 22, 2017 at 11:36am — No Comments

Denying your light skin privilege is harmful to the Black community as a whole

“Stop dividing us!” “We’re all black at the end of the day.” “There is no #TeamLightSkin/#TeamDarkSkin!”



Let’s cut the crap—nothing is as simple as “We’re all ______.” It’s nice to be reminded that we’re all in this together, human solidarity and back solidarity are beautiful things. They're just not the only things. And when we don’t acknowledge the realities of the bad stuff, we let them fester and we leave others, the people we claim to be in solidarity with,…

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Added by The Race Card on March 22, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Fighting The White Savior Feminist in Me: We must listen to marginalized people

It all starts with “I want all the women to be free and live in an equal world”. We young folks working in international development have those lofty standard goals, enthusiasm, stamina and strong faith in our cause. Sadly (or not) intention isn’t magic, and sometimes the ways that we carry out our intentions cause more harm than good.



While in the West, we are frequently schooled on just how lucky we are to be scholars in such countries like the UK and to be…

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Added by The Race Card on March 20, 2017 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Black women are not uncoachable, they are unprotected

Again, Black women are attacked on social media for not being worth of love. This time from a screenshot comment captured by BallerAlert. The discussion was in response to “Why do Black athletes marry white women?”

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Added by The Race Card on March 17, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Anti-Blackness in Asian Communities: harming Black bodies seen as normal

On the anniversary of the shooting death of LaTasha Harlins, revisiting the painful history of Black and Korean American cultural relations. This week, the Black community is forced to reconcile with the fact, that as we remember the 26th anniversary of LaTasha Harlins death; a 15-year old girl, who was shot in the back of the head by a…

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Added by The Race Card on March 17, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

"America is a white nation" fliers found on college campus in a string of white supremacist recruitment efforts

For the third time in three months, fliers promoting a white supremacist group were found at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, following similar incidents at universities across the country.



One flier (below) reads: “It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens. They are criminals. America is a white nation.”



Another (also below) reads: “Carry the torch of your people.”…



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Added by The Race Card on March 16, 2017 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Why we need to stop dismissing angry Black people on social media

I am angry. Not all the time, but often. It’s difficult not to be when the world insists on being anti-Black no matter what you do, how you speak or what you wear, while still demanding you do, speak and dress more respectably. It's hard when Mike Brown is murdered on a lie that shouldn’t have even mattered in the first place, and his killer is let…

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Added by The Race Card on March 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Asian & other Non-Black POC allies must actively join the fight against anti-blackness

White feminists are quick to call for a rally among black and POC for their convenience in attacking the abstract figure of white patriarchy. Enough with the cheesy hashtags and talk panels with black feminists, when will you on the ground with black girls at large who may or may not be feminists.



What angered me the most (with our allies) was seeing an Asian store owner, Sung Ho Lum wrestling with a young black woman choking and kicking her because he assumed she…

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Added by The Race Card on March 16, 2017 at 11:48am — No Comments

Neo-colonialist madness: France refuses to give back artwork stolen from Benin

On August 26, Benin sent an official request for the return treasures looted by France during colonization. The French Government responded like colonizers do on March 8th with a complete refusal, their justification being: "The properties you mention have long been integrated, sometimes for more than a century,…

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Added by The Race Card on March 15, 2017 at 2:08pm — No Comments

We don't need new footage of Mike Brown to know he didn't deserve to be killed

Footage from the day Mike Brown was murdered was released last week at the SXSW premiere of Jason Pollock’s documentary ‘Stranger Fruit’. The film’s unseen footage raises "new" questions about the Ferguson police department's claims that Brown’s trip to a convenience store was a “strong-armed robbery” and somehow the inciting event that justified Brown’s murder. The tape in question shows Brown entering the store around 1 a.m. on the day of his death where he approaches the…

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Added by The Race Card on March 15, 2017 at 10:56am — No Comments

Wypipo, the movement for Black lives shouldn't be appropriated on beer bottles

"_ Lives Matter" has been appropriated relentlessly from the moment protestors were shouting it in the streets, more or less. Many of those iterations show intersectional solidarity, but most versions are acts of insensitive appropriation or used as a silencing tool against POC. One grossly flippant example of usage of the phrase is this tasteless beer bottle label for a black stout. Ralph Marion, a craft beer enthusiast from Alabama posted the photo (below) on…

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Added by The Race Card on March 9, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Startup makes it easy to find and book natural hair stylists

How many times have you been stressed about your natural tresses and didn’t trust a salon to protect your hair? Ever needed to get your hair laid and couldn’t find someone to give you that fresh-from-the-salon look? Well Afrocks is the new startup making it easier to find and book natural hair stylists that come straight to you! The London endeavor comes at a time where natural hair has seen a surge in the UK but the marketplace hasn’t been able to keep up with the transition.… Continue

Added by The Race Card on March 2, 2017 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Black people, stop letting Trump use you as tokens

If you haven’t heard, several presidents of our country’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities visited the White House this week and the internet has been ablaze with hot takes condemning them stepping foot into the Oval Office. With Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s counselor and a common face in the media, kneeling like a child on the couch in a flippant show of disrespect and lack of decorum, Black Twitter served up a healthy dose of criticism. Supporters and…

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Added by The Race Card on March 2, 2017 at 10:10am — No Comments

‘Wypipo’ Explained

Lately there has been an uptick on the internet in the use of the term “Wypipo.” While I prefer to use the colloquialism “Y. P. Pull” (in my opinion, it has a more refined, formal, almost European tone to it), it is impossible to ignore that the former wording has become more accepted in widespread usage.



As it gains in popularity, there arose the inevitable pushback against the word as racist and derogatory. To quell the controversy, we at NegusWhoRead would…

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Added by The Race Card on March 1, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

No jail time for white athlete who inserted coat hanger in rectum of disabled Black teen

Children and young adults with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and when people take advantage of their trust, they can and should be considered the vilest creatures on earth. Enter Idaho’s John R.K. Howard, a white 19 year old creature of the underworld who sodomized a disabled Black teammate with a coat hanger. Guess how much jail time he’s getting for this heinous crime? None. Not one day in a correctional facility. The Guardian had a more graphic…

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Added by The Race Card on March 1, 2017 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Removing bigotry from equestrian sport - a call to action

It is time for us to remove all forms of bigotry, prejudice and intolerance from the face of our beloved sport.



Two years ago, while covering the prestigious FEI World Cup Finals (Jumping and Dressage) in Las Vegas, I had an "interesting" encounter with a middle-aged white woman in the Press Room of the Thomas & Mack Center.



Staged annually in various international…

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Added by The Race Card on February 28, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Janet Bragg, first African-American woman to hold a commercial pilot license



The rapper Jim Jones once said, “We fly high, no lie,” and it is said that the inspiration for that line was Janet Bragg, the first African-American woman to hold a commercial pilot license. Now, we’re not sure if that was his actual muse, or if it’s just the wishful thinking of our contributor, but now that we’ve got your attention, let’s dive into Janet Bragg’s life story. Born in 1907, seventh to a family of African and Cherokee heritage, the Griffin, Georgia native… Continue

Added by The Race Card on February 28, 2017 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Grabbing pussies, sexual harassment, racism: straight white men still get celebrated

What do you have to do as a white man to be prevented from living life to the fullest? Nothing. It seems that sexual harassment, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, or any other unspeakable isn’t enough to tarnish white patriarchy or supremacy. Want proof? Look no further than the 45th President of the United States, or in more recent news, Casey Affleck, the recipient of a boatload of awards for his role in ‘Manchester By The Sea’ and the man accused of…

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Added by The Race Card on February 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Why are "hoteps" forming alliances with "alt-right" to support Trump?

So-called “hoteps” and alt-right white nationalists of the internet have been, uh, getting friendly after discovering each other’s mutual and oppressive views in support of the patriarchy, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia. In essence, the “hoteps” of Twitter have made themselves the white nationalists of the black community, using their perceived “alpha…

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Added by The Race Card on February 27, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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