Posts Tagged white privilege

"we are all Trayvon" with chalf outline

I am not Trayvon Martin

In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s murder, the “I am Trayvon Martinmemes proliferated–and have popped up again after the verdict. As a rhetorical move, it can be a powerful one. The image of the Miami Heat posing in their hoodies or the President saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” is a way of lifting way Martin’s story out the particular–holding it up as a symbol of something bigger, tying it to the racial history of our society, and weaving it into our hearts. “I am Trayvon Martin” is a way of saying “This is about us all.”

When white folks adopt that stance, though, it’s…different. I’m ...

In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s murder, the “I am Trayvon Martinmemes proliferated–and have popped up again after the verdict. As a rhetorical move, it can be a ...

Behold the spectacle that is poverty! NYC bus tour offers the “ghetto” as an attraction

The Black Youth Project reported that a bus tour in New York City called Real Bronx Tours was apparently offering its patrons the opportunity to see what what a “real ghetto” looks like. They ride through the Bronx, a New York borough that is heavily populated with poor people of color, making fun of residents and wowing their audience with stories about how dangerous the neighborhood is.

This is obviously problematic in more ways than one. On the surface level, it doesn’t seem to be a service worth its money. According to someone on the tour:

“At one point during the tour, Battaglia [the tour guide] allegedly told the tourists in front of pantry line, ‘I don’t know what that line’s ...

The Black Youth Project reported that a bus tour in New York City called Real Bronx Tours was apparently offering its patrons the opportunity to see what what a “real ghetto” looks like. They ride through ...

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