Posts Tagged People of Color

Quick Hit: Demanding the impossible

The Barnard Center for Research on Women recently released Impossibility Now, a video manifesto on critical trans politics made by the trans speaker, writer, law professor and organizer Dean Spade, with Basil Shadid. The video should be required watching for the entire world. We included this in last week’s Weekly Feminist Reader, but I wanted to make sure to specifically highlight it since it does such a great job of articulating complex concepts in a simple manner. Connecting everything from immigration, gender policing, ableism, racism, and sexism, the video critiques federal equality and assimilation efforts and asks us to look beyond what laws say and look at what laws actually do for us. Spade says,

We’re told that the ...

The Barnard Center for Research on Women recently released Impossibility Now, a video manifesto on critical trans politics made by the trans speaker, writer, law professor and organizer Dean Spade, with Basil Shadid. The video should ...

The cover of "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

Quick Hit: Guernica interviews Ayana Mathis

Guernica has just published a great interview with Ayana Mathis, who has just published her first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, to great popular and critical success. The whole transcript is worth the read, but my favorite parts were Mathis’s descriptions of writing minority characters without burdening them with representation. She explains:

My book has a pre–civil rights setting with a post–civil rights sensibility. I believe less and less that there is something called “The Black Experience,” though undoubtedly there was one once. In the book I have a character called Lawrence say that he doesn’t want Hattie to be just another downtrodden black woman, and I think what he’s getting at with that statement is the ...

Guernica has just published a great interview with Ayana Mathis, who has just published her first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, to great popular and critical success. The whole transcript is worth the ...

Justice Scalia slams people of color for insisting upon equal access to voting booth

How dare people of color demand free and fair access to voting! Who are they want to exercise their fundamental right to vote without threat of disenfranchisement by partisans looking to suppress Democratic votes!?

That’s basically what Justice Scalia meant when he railed against Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act yesterday during oral arguments deciding the fate of one of the most important civil rights laws in American history.

Via ThinkProgress:

Well, maybe it was making that judgment, Mr. Verrilli. But that’s — that’s a problem that I have. This Court doesn’t like to get involved in — in racial questions such as this one. It’s something that can be left — left to Congress. 

How dare people of color demand free and fair access to voting! Who are they want to exercise their fundamental right to vote without threat of disenfranchisement by partisans looking to suppress Democratic votes!?

That’s basically what Justice ...

Breaking: Mitt Romney is still a jerk

Not one to blame his big loss in the election on alienating people or color, women, and people who aren’t rich, Mitt Romney seemed to double down on his 47% comments yesterday in a conference call with donors. According to Mitt Romney he lost the election because President Obama gave “big gifts” to minorities and young people.

Via New York Times:

[Romney claimed President Obama used the] “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “specially the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness ...

Not one to blame his big loss in the election on alienating people or color, women, and people who aren’t rich, Mitt Romney seemed to double down on his 47% comments yesterday in a conference call ...

White births have been outnumbered by non-white – now what?

(Spotted by my friend Karlos Gauna Schmeider from the Center for Media Justice–two headlines, backwards ideology and the new moment on race in the US)

That inevitable moment that conservative Americans have been dreading is finally here. According to census data births of white babies has been surpassed by brown babies. The AP reports that for the first time in US history Latino, Asian and black babies make up more than 50% of births,

William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution who analyzed the census data, noted that government debates over immigration enforcement may now be less pressing, given slowing growth. “The current congressional and Supreme Court interest in reducing immigration — and the concerns especially about low-skilled and ...

(Spotted by my friend Karlos Gauna Schmeider from the Center for Media Justice–two headlines, backwards ideology and the new moment on race in the US)

That inevitable moment that conservative Americans have been dreading is finally ...

It’s World Peace Day

…and Troy Davis is still scheduled to be executed tonight. He will refuse his last meal.

and 6 out of every 10 women in the world will experience physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.

…and teens with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to experience violence than able-bodied teens

…and civilian deaths in Afghanistan are up by 31%.

…and 1,100 women are raped as a weapon of war every day in Congo.

…and violence against the LGBTQ community in the U.S. is up 13%.

and 70% of anti-LGBT murder victims last year were people of color.

…and 44% of them were trans women.

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…and Troy Davis is still scheduled to be executed tonight. He will refuse his last meal.

and 6 out of every 10 women in the world will experience physical or ...

New sex study has good news for youth and people of color but gender gap in sexual satisfaction persists

Our friends over at Indiana University are living up to Alfred Kinsey‘s legacy. Today marks the release of the largest, nationally representative sexual health survey in almost 20 years. It is also the first study to survey youth as young as 14-years-old and older people aged 96. This is a radical moment in sexual health history where research is getting a more accurate picture of the life span of our sexual experiences. And the study has some encouraging findings.

Conducted by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, the report holds great news for youth and people of color, communities that have been framed as sexually irresponsible for far too ...

Our friends over at Indiana University are living up to Alfred Kinsey‘s legacy. Today marks the release of the largest, nationally representative sexual health survey in almost 20 years. It is also the first study ...

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Mainstream media outlets ignore people of color

Mainstream newspapers, cable and network television, radio, and news websites do not care about the lives of people of color. According to The Pew Research Center’s latest analysis of news coverage,  African Americans had less than 2 percent of coverage, Hispanics had 1.3 percent and Asian Americans had 0.2 percent. This is so offensive considering the demographics of the United States. Direct your attention to a summary that the Kaiser Foundation did of the population data a few months back:

Mainstream newspapers, cable and network television, radio, and news websites do not care about the lives of people of color. According to The Pew Research Center’s latest analysis of news coverage,  African Americans had less than ...

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