Hillary Won Because of Voters of Color

I recently came upon an interesting Facebook post by filmmaker Gabriel Diego Valdez, who wrote the following about Hillary: If you're uncomfortable with the candidate voters of color chose to an historically overwhelming degree, I don't care. How many times have Hispanic voters, have Black voters backed candidates with whom we're uncomfortable because we had faith in the coalition that we keep with you. Valdez writes that voters of color voted overwhelmingly for Hillary, but it's more than t … [Read more...]


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How Black Americans Became Democrats

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," First Lady Michelle Obama said in her speech on Monday night. The New York Times confirmed that this is true---the White House was indeed constructed via slave labor. Of course, not everyone was moved by her line. Republican television host and well-known conservative Chuck Woolery tweeted this in response:Text: I would just like to point out a fact. The lashes suffered on the backs of #Slaves were administered by who? … [Read more...]


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The White Invisibility of Racial Profiling

I can count on one hand the number of times I've been pulled over by police. The first time, it was late and I was tired, driving across the state to a friend's house. I was weaving slightly, and I think the cop who pulled me over thought I was drunk. When he saw that I wasn't---and he didn't even breathalyze me---he let me go, urging me to be more careful. The second time, I didn't come to a full stop at a stop sign. Again I was only given a warning, a reminder to be more careful. I can't … [Read more...]


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Martin Luther King Jr. and the Complicated Legacy of Our White Past

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. day. Yesterday was also the day I told my six-year-old daughter that her great-great-grandfather was a member of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s. Once she got it---I had to explain what the KKK was, after all---her response was one of utter horror. Or rather, one of horror mixed with bewilderment. "Why?" she asked. "Why?!" When I told her that her great-great-great grandmother used to boast that black people weren't allowed in her county after sundown, her … [Read more...]


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New York Times Describes Robert Dear as “Gentle Loner”

Have a look at how the New York Times described Robert Dear, the Planned Parenthood shooter, in an article published over the weekend:For contrast, have a look at the way CNN introduced Freddie Grey, a young black man who died in police custody earlier this year, in an article yesterday:Robert Dear is a "gentle loner" while Freddie Grey is "the son of an illiterate heroin addict."Words matter. A lot.I have neighbors who are recent transplants from India. In speaking with t … [Read more...]


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Matt Walsh, Police Brutality, and Victim Blaming

We often talk about victim blaming as it relates to rape, but victim blaming plays a similar function when it comes to police brutality as well. In both cases, we as a society look for something the victim must have done wrong, some way that they surely must have brought what happened on themselves. In the case of rape, we as a society ask whether they drank too much or send the wrong message through their clothing or behavior? In the case of police brutality, we as a society ask whether they … [Read more...]


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Public Schools, Police Officers, and Criminalizing Black Girls

We need to talk about the sixteen-year-old South Carolina girl thrown from her desk by a police officer this week. First, some background: Tony Robinson Jr., who recorded the final moments, said it all began when the teacher asked the girl to hand over her phone during class. She refused, so he called an administrator, who summoned the officer."The administrator tried to get her to move and pleaded with her to get out of her seat," Robinson told WLTX. "She said she really hadn't done … [Read more...]


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