I’m not gonna lie. I practically cheered when Rita said this. You know why? Because I am so, so happy that a mainstream, popular show is acknowledging the current climate of fear of Islam. Look at how Rita has conditioned herself to react with humour, because she genuinely thinks that people who find out that she’s Muslim will judge her negatively. This is the world we live in today. I’m not Muslim, but half my family are, and for years, I have been judged as being a terrorist just because I associate with Muslims. I have had to deal with people making judgements about my family. Insinuating that they are terrorists. Insinuating that I am a terrorist. Sometimes, not even insinuating. Islamophobia has become so widespread and, dare I say it, “accepted” that I don’t even see it subtly implied any more. So yeah, I was stupidly happy when this happened.
Not to mention that Rita is a fucking fantastic character. She is intelligent, brave, beautiful (inside and out), good, kind, compassionate…I could go on. To me, she is genuinely one of the best television characters I have seen in a long time.
Fun fact: I’m not religious and I doubt I ever will be. That doesn’t mean I don’t care. I know that most religions preach kindness and compassion. So I’m not going to tolerate people generalising that one group is the opposite of that.
Cory Quach, “I’m From Houston, TX”
Cory talks about racism within the LGBT community, and the affect it’s had on his life. (Closed captioning available here)
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March 6, 2012—“The New Jim Crow” [which has spent six weeks on the New York Times paperback nonfiction best-seller list] arrives at a receptive moment, when declining crime rates and exploding prison budgets have made conservatives and liberals alike more ready to question the wisdom of keeping nearly 1 in 100 Americans behind bars. But Professor Alexander, who teaches at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, said in an interview that the more provocative claims of her book did not come easily to her. When she first encountered the “New Jim Crow” metaphor on a protest sign in Oakland, Calif., a decade ago, she was a civil rights lawyer with an impeccable résumé — Stanford Law School, a Supreme Court clerkship — and was leery of embracing arguments that might be considered, as she put it, “crazy.”
Professor Alexander knew that African-Americans were overrepresented in prison, though she resisted the idea that this was anything more than unequal implementation of colorblind laws. But her work as director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, she said, opened her eyes to the extent of the lifelong exclusion many offenders face, including job discrimination, elimination from juries and voter rolls, and even disqualification from food stamps, public housing and student loans.
“It’s easy to be completely unaware that this vast new system of racial and social control has emerged,” she said. “Unlike in Jim Crow days, there were no ‘Whites Only’ signs. This system is out of sight, out of mind.”
Her book has been in my Amazon wishlist for so long it’s actually shameful.
I bought it last week and it’s still sitting on my counter unopened. I need to get on that.
Yes. This is true. Must read.
Exerpt: “A sergeant in the department, Scott O’Connor, will take over Lee’s duties during the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Central Florida city is bracing itself for a mass march for Trayvon Martin at 7 p.m. today, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. That rally comes on the heels of the “million hoodie march,” a major demonstration that Mother Jonescovered from the trenches in New York yesterday. For their part, Trayvon’s parents reportedly meeting with officials from the Justice Department right now, and will make a public statement shortly after the meeting.”
If you can go, please do and show your support. In 2012, this should not be a problem but it is. When push comes to shove, this country has shown again and again that when it matters most, non-white citizens are just less important and more dispensable. Tell everyone that that is not OK. We pay police salaries with our tax money. MINORITIES DESERVE EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. THE POLICE ARE CIVIL SERVANTS, THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT AND SERVE US. A MURDERER IS WALKING FREE BECAUSE HE KILLED A LITTLE BROWN BOY INSTEAD OF A MIDDLE-CLASS LITTLE WHITE BOY. THIS IS DISGUSTING AND IT NEEDS TO STOP.
When police look for a suspect, my dad said, the first place they go is to any group of black males loitering curbside. “You can’t be standing around, doing nothing,” Dad said.
Wow. If a white male in a 3-piece suit is standing around, people will assume he’s waiting for someone to pick him up or for a taxi or meeting with someone to walk somewhere legit. If a black male in jeans and a hoodie is standing around, he’s casing the area, looking for somewhere to rob, going to make a drugs transaction… Solid police work. They teach you a lot at police academy, don’t they? Tax-payers are signing the paychecks for these idiots to be racist dicks while upper-class rich white people get away with murder in cold blood. You wonder why minorities don’t trust law enforcement when they treat us like this?
To raise awareness about the #millionhoodies march and general online campaign I’ve posted the picture below on my social networks. This was the response on one of them.
[REDACTED]: Um no. This guy IS suspicious. I would totally purse clutch and traffic dodge to avoid and I’m not sure of the message here. March for hoodies?
[REDACTED]: I grasp the point racism is rasicm, no dress code needed. But we need to watch our PR and how our message is distributed. The above is not helping or helpful to disseminate the message. It’s an image of a thug in a hoodie. Treyon was not a thug, he was a child and this is the image that should be used. And the main goal is to make the “point” as EASY to grasp as possible. We can march and protest and leverage petitions, but if our attitude is, “read between the lines to get my point”, then we move no one. We also need to utilize the most powerful, personable images we have. This guy is not one of them.
Elon James White (me): Oh HI [REDACTED] I’m the image of the “Thug in a hoodie.” Do you know who I am? Do you know what I do? You said that THAT’s an image of a thug in a hoodie and TREYVON WASNT A THUG. Ma’am, I’m not a thug. I’m an engaged political commentator with a background in I.T. I throw dinner parties and build studios from scratch. But YOU saw a thug in a hoodie.
Do you understand the problem now?
[REDACTED]: I’m sure youve very accomplished, and my comments don’t take away from that. But I see a thug in a hoodie. You may not like it, and I dont know you, but I can ONLY see the photo. We disagree. I can stomach that.
Elon: Can you read your own words? The type of thought process you have right now is why Tayvon Martin was stalked and killed. He “looked like a thug” even though he wasn’t. To MANY people a Negro in a hoodie is a thug. That is not right. That is not okay. That is the POINT of the march today. That is the point of the online campaign to wear hoodies in solidarity.
Under no circumstances should I or ANYONE be looked at as a threat because they put a hoodie on.
And by the way? [REDACTED] is black.
serious problem indeed.
I have this problem as well. If I go to an affluent neighborhood because I’m meeting some friends, I get looks. Guess what? People wear hoodies because it’s comfortable, it’s warm, it’s cheap and it’s convenient. It’s a sweater with a hat. Are you fucking kidding me? The people who you need to be afraid of and concerned about don’t wear baggy jeans, don’t have multi-colored hair, don’t have piercings and tattoos, don’t wear lots of fake jewelry, don’t look ‘alternative’ or ‘punk’ or ‘street’. The people you need to worry about, who are killing you slowly and stealing your money with a smile on their face ARE WEARING 3-PIECE SUITS, WITH GUCCI SHOES AND RIDING IN LIMOS. THEY ARE PREDOMINANTLY MIDDLE-AGED WHITE MALES AND THEY ARE CEO, THEY ARE SENATORS, THEY ARE OLD MONEY, THEY OWN COMPANIES THAT KILL PEOPLE AND ENSLAVE PEOPLE OVERSEAS BECAUSE THEY KNOW NO ONE CARES IF YOU’RE NOT WHITE. THEY ARE THE REAL DRUG LORDS THAT SMUGGLE HEROIN AND COCAINE AND OTHER ILLICIT SUBSTANCES INTO THE COUNTRY AND PASS THEM OFF TO POOR REGULAR PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST HAPPY FOR THE INCOME SO THEY CAN BE SHOT AND PUT IN JAIL AND NO ONE WILL QUESTION WHO THE REAL PROBLEM IS. THEY TAKE OVER SMALL BUSINESSES AND BUY AND SELL LAND AND PEOPLE LIKE THEY’RE NOTHING. THEY MAKE PROBLEMS DISAPPEAR. THEY OWN COUNTRY CLUBS AND PLAY GOLF WHILE KIDS LIKE TRAYVON MARTIN ARE BEING PROFILED AND GUNNED DOWN IN COLD BLOOD.
BUT IT’S ALL RIGHT CUZ IT’S ALL WHITE.
So, let’s stay in the dark and think that someone’s fashion sense dictates who they are. Let’s keep ‘clutching our purses’ and crossing the street to avoid ‘young thugs’ who probably just want to ask for directions or are just walking along, minding their own business. I’m saying that anyone can be dangerous and anyone can be innocent and racism and prejudice will not help you. Use common sense. I’ve walked alone on city streets and nothing has happened to me, not because I’m afraid of brown people in hoodies. I grew up around people you would think are violent little street runners and let me tell you, there is good and bad in every single little section of humanity so you cannot isolate one group and say ‘all of these kinds of people are bad’ because they’re not and that’s stupid. Stereotypes are for people who have given up on thinking and you seem pretty brain-dead to me.
Justice For Trayvon (Taken with instagram)
This is hormonal birth control.
As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you are doing that day.
Hormonal birth control can be used to treat a lot of different diseases, like anemia caused by excessive menstruation. It is a prescription medication that can cost around $15-50 a month. Because it is a prescription medication, it should be covered by insurance, as it treats legitimate health problems.
This is Viagra.
It, too, can treat legitimate health problems like altitude sickness and pulmonary hypertension, but it is usually prescribed for erectile dysfunction. Unlike the Pill, Viagra is taken every time you want to have sex. A lot of health insurance companies cover Viagra, so it costs about as much as your co-pay.
This is a condom.
It is not a prescription medication, and has no health benefits (besides the prevention of STIs and pregnancy). Like Viagra, you must use one before you have sex: indeed, before each sex act. They cost about a dollar per condom.
This is Sandra Fluke.
She testified before a small, Democrat-led hearing after she was cut out of the actual birth control/insurance discussion. Her testimony was about a friend of hers who, because her insurance did not cover birth control, lost an ovary due to an ovarian cyst.
This somehow translates into “I, myself, personally, am having so much sex I can’t afford birth control, and so I want the government to pay for it.”
This is wrong for multiple reasons.
- It was about a friend, not her. To say her testimony was about her personally is factually incorrect.
- Sex had nothing to do with the testimony - her friend lost an ovary because of medical condition that was left untreated. A medical condition that was completely treatable, but wasn’t, because her insurance wouldn’t cover it. To say that her testimony was about her being “a slut” or “a prostitute” is factually incorrect.
- Even if she was having loads of sex, she would still only have one pill a day, not one pill per sex act, so to say “I’m having so much sex I can’t afford birth control” is completely erroneous. The Pill is not Viagra or condoms. To say that she is such “a slut” that she constantly needs more pills is factually incorrect.
- The current political debate is not “should the government pay for birth control?” The debate is “should insurance companies, that people and their employers pay for, on their own, be required to cover birth control?” To say that Sandra Fluke wants the government to pay for her birth control is factually incorrect.
- Religious organizations do not want to have birth control covered by their insurance, even for employees not of their faith, even if their employees never actually use their insurance to cover birth control. By this logic, they should also not pay their employees, because they could use that money to pay for birth control out of pocket. To say that this issue is about religious freedom and not about women’s health is disingenuous, as Ms. Fluke’s testimony demonstrates.
Hopefully this makes things a little clearer.
Can this be sent to Congress? I would say send it to rush limbaugh but I don’t think his idiocy force-field can be penetrated.
The mother of a black Florida teen who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch vigilante in February blames the incident on racial profiling.
Sabrina Fulton told NBC’s Matt Lauer on Monday that her son, Trayvon Martin, was only shot and killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman because he was an African American.
“He was reacting to the color of his skin,” Fulton explained. “[Martin] committed no crime. My son wasn’t doing anything but walking on the sidewalk. And I just don’t understand why this situation got out of control.”
As head of neighborhood watch for The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Zimmerman had called police to report Martin as a suspicious person, but by the time the police arrived the young man was already dead.
According to reports, police said Martin had been returning from a local store with Skittles and an iced tea.
Zimmerman claimed he had been forced to use his 9mm handgun shoot Martin in self-defense.
Tapes from 911 dispatchers later revealedthat Zimmerman had been told not to pursue Martin. While the teen did not have a criminal record, Zimmerman had been charged in 2005 with “resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer.” Those charges were later reduced to simple battery, and a plea deal allowed him to carry a concealed weapon.
A profile by The Miami Herald described Zimmerman as someone who was “fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.” He had called police at least 46 times since January 1, 2011.
Attorney Ben Crump told Lauer that although Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law” makes it legal to use deadly force without first retreating, “Zimmerman has no legal recourse” in this case.
“He was not at his home, he was on a sidewalk — a common area,” Crump explained. “Trayvon Martin was 70 feet from the back door. He was almost home. Zimmer got out of his car, did not listen to the police and chased this kid. You can’t chase somebody and then claim self defense. Trayvon Martin had a bag of Skittles, Matt. [Zimmerman] had a 9mm gun. He was almost 80 pounds more weight than Trayvon Martin.”
“Everybody in America is asking, ‘When are they going to arrest Zimmerman for killing this kid in cold blood?’” he added.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia(Redirected from Race of Jesus)
The race and appearance of Jesus have been discussed on a number of grounds since early Christianity, although the New Testament includes no description of the physical appearance of Jesus before his death and its narrative is generally indifferent to racial appearances.
Despite the lack of direct biblical or historical references, from the second century, various theories about the race of Jesus were advanced and debated. By theMiddle Ages a number of documents, generally of unknown or questionable origin, had been composed and were circulating with details of the appearance of Jesus. Now these documents are mostly considered forgeries. While many people have a fixed mental image of Jesus, drawn from his artistic depictions, these images often conform to stereotypes which are not grounded in any serious research on the historical Jesus, but are based on second or third hand interpretations of spurious sources.
By the 19th century theories that Jesus was European, and in particular Aryan, were developed, as well as theories that he was of black African descent. However, as in other cases of the assignment of race to biblical individuals, these claims have been mostly subjective, based on cultural stereotypes and societal trends rather than on scientific analysis. For two millennia a wide range of artistic depictions of Jesus have appeared, often influenced by cultural settings, political circumstances and theological contexts.
Well, if we’re talking about an actual historical person who existed, was born and raised in the Middle East (around Jerusalem), then logically one would conclude that his actual physical appearance would be similar to everyone else born there at the time: some shade of brown. These were agricultural and pastoral people who lived and worked in the hot sun.
Culturally, though, I think the icon of “Black Jesus” was a rebellion against European ideals. In terms of race issues, if you are being told your skin color makes you inferior and you disagree, and the people telling you this create icons of worship that look like them, you would make icons of worship that look like you. It’s art because no one was around to take a picture.