Posts Tagged racial justice

Demand justice for Renisha McBride

Over at The Nation, I wrote about the story of Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old Detroit native who, after getting into a car accident and going to the nearest house she could find seeking help, was shot in the face and killed in Dearborn Heights, MI. The homeowner and her killer have yet to be identified, though his lawyer has publicly stated the killing was “justified.” The killing of black teenagers always seems to be “justified.” 

Over at The Nation, I wrote about the story of Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old Detroit native who, after getting into a car accident and going to the nearest house she could find seeking help, was ...

A little more on Lorde, Royals, and Racism

So, my piece last week about Lorde’s song “Royals” being racist? BLEW. UP. Mostly I’ve received a barrage of personal attacks, but a few folks have asked genuine questions that are important to address.

First, it feels important (if obvious) to state that Feministing is a U.S.-based site and has a predominantly U.S.-based readership. Because that is the audience of this blog, it is the audience I believed would be reading my initial post. Clearly it has reached a much wider audience now, one that does not necessarily have a full understanding of the context from which I am writing. To be completely clear: my critique focuses on how the song lands in the United States.

Lorde’s Royals is ...

So, my piece last week about Lorde’s song “Royals” being racist? BLEW. UP. Mostly I’ve received a barrage of personal attacks, but a few folks have asked genuine questions that are important to address.

First, it ...

Wow, that Lorde song Royals is racist

Have you heard this young lady, Lorde, on the radio? Yesterday the New York Times posted a review of her recent performance at Webster Hall, and I’m kind of at a loss about the way that her big hit, Royals, is being talked about there and elsewhere. Now I’m a music lover, but since the only radio stations I listen to are the local hip hop station and NPR, I hadn’t heard this one – which I hear has been making the rounds on pop stations for a minute –  until somewhat recently:

(Full transcript of lyrics at the end of post)

Folks who have spent some time with me know that I deeply love music videos, so when I saw ...

Have you heard this young lady, Lorde, on the radio? Yesterday the New York Times posted a review of her recent performance at Webster Hall, and I’m kind of at a loss about the way that ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

By Chloe and Alexandra

You’re going to love this profile of friend of the site W. Kamau Bell.

At New York magazine, Ann asks how we can change a bro-dominated culture.

The documentary Brave Miss World, about Linor Abargil, the Israeli beauty queen who was raped a few weeks before she won the Miss World pageant, is coming to a city near you.

Russian journalist Elena Kostyuchenko is threatening to out the closeted Russian politicians who are voting in favour of brutal anti-LGBT legislation.

The percentage of women in leadership positions in Australian law firms is “woeful.” (via Robert Angyal, my super awesome dad)

Remembering Attica.

Happy 19th birthday, VAWA.

“Somewhere, ...

By Chloe and Alexandra

You’re going to love this profile of friend of the site W. Kamau Bell.

At New York magazine, Ann asks how we can change a bro-dominated culture.

The documentary Brave Miss World, ...

Dreamers and Dream Defenders cut out from March on Washington ceremony

Despite being on the program, representatives from both the Dream Defenders and United We Dream were not allowed to speak at yesterday’s “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Both the Dream Defenders, whose actions we’ve covered before, and the undocumented youth movement of which United We Dream is a part are known for direct action tactics (not dissimilar to those undertaken by Dr. King, a recipient of much of the March on Washington honors). Dream Defenders’ Phillip Agnew is calling for people to publish their own speeches on social media:

“This is about more than the speech,” said Agnew. “It’s about the voices of hundreds of thousands of ...

Despite being on the program, representatives from both the Dream Defenders and United We Dream were not allowed to speak at yesterday’s “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on ...

Photo(s) of the Day: The country stands with Trayvon Martin

Though we’re still heartbroken and enraged by the Trayvon Martin verdict, the huge and widespread protests that sprang up across the country–from Manhattan to Milwaukee to Los Angeles–last night are an inspiring thing to behold. As the sign in the image above says, “This isn’t over.” Check out more photos here and here and here.

And if you haven’t already, read some of the amazing commentary and reflection in yesterday’s roundup.

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Though we’re still heartbroken and enraged by the Trayvon Martin verdict, the huge and widespread protests that sprang up across the country–from Manhattan to Milwaukee to Los Angeles–last night are an inspiring thing to behold. ...

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”

Today, closing arguments by the prosecution for the Zimmerman trial have begun.

And I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not optimistic about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. I’ve watched the proceedings at a comfortable distance for the past two weeks and followed some smart observations from Mychal, Jelani Cobb, and Jonathan Capehart. Prior to the trial’s start, I had an opportunity to discuss some of my reservations with Zerlina on Sirius XM’s “The Urban View.” My principle concerns then, as it is now, are closing arguments and jury instruction.

Real talk: if you ever get a jury summons, do not begrudge the opportunity. If you’re (un)fortunate enough to get ...

Today, closing arguments by the prosecution for the Zimmerman trial have begun.

And I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not optimistic about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. I’ve watched the proceedings ...

Reproductive justice, marriage equality, and undocumented youth: The racial politics of movement success

As a queer, immigrant Latina and a woman of reproductive age, last week caused me to have basically all the feelings. Between Supreme Court decisions that heavily undercut the rights of communities of color and those that expand marriage rights for queer folks; between Texans rising up against a package of anti-choice measures and the Senate passing an immigration reform that includes millions for the militarization of the border while creating a path to citizenship for undocumented folks – it’s been a lot to process. But one of the upsides of living at these intersections is that the connections between everything become pretty clear, and I can’t help but see many ...

As a queer, immigrant Latina and a woman of reproductive age, last week caused me to have basically all the feelings. Between Supreme Court decisions that heavily undercut the rights of ...

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