There’s a habit that we have as Americans to call a spade a spade unless it hits close to home. The media immediately and correctly labeled the World Trade Center attacks of 2001 as terrorism. Yet, when Dylan Hook walked into a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. this month and brutally murdered nine people, the media quickly classified it as a lone incident by a troubled youth. … Why calling the Charleston shooting terrorism is important to so many people
Funny or Die produced a four-part series about the rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. If you’re from Chicago, this will be the funniest thing you’ll see all day. If you’re not from Chicago, you’ll learn a bit about why northsiders and southsiders rarely blend. … North Side vs. South Side: The Ultimate Chicago Battle
In a time where its seemingly difficult to talk about white privilege, this comic strip by artist Toby Morris nails the topic in an easy-to-digest manner.
It compares two different individuals (one white, one non-white) and how life’s circumstances, combined with systematic racism, advances one while holding back the other. … On A Plate: A Short Story About White Privilege
The definition of progress is “forward or onward movement toward a destination.” As much as we would like to say that we’ve made progress since slavery times, that’s clearly not the case. Nearly 150 years after the abolishment of slavery, there are still systems in place that systematically oppress people of color, with the majority of the non-minority population ignoring that there is even an issue.
We cannot start to embrace progress until we acknowledge that the issue exists. … Progress, according to Malcolm X
Here we go again. It never surprises me, and yet it always hurts.
Freddie Gray died by the hands of law enforcement. It hasn’t been revealed why he was even arrested, but we do that he was taken into police custody and within hours suffered spinal injuries that would turn fatal. … Freddie Gray: Different Name, Same Narrative
A few hours after I released a cover of “Goodbye Apathy”, the world and I learned about Walter Scott’s murder. The cop says he “feared for his life”, yet video shows the officer shooting the man several times in the back, putting him in handcuffs, then planting a weapon on him. … Walter Scott: Another Statistic…
Here we go again…
Connecticut College canceled classes Monday to hold day-long discussions on racism and hate speech following the discovery of the words “No N***ers” written several times on the walls of a campus building. This comes a few days after a school custodian was told to “shut the f**k up you ignorant n***er”, and just weeks after a professor posted a Facebook status describing Palestinians in Gaza as “a rabid pit bull chained in a cage, regularly making mass efforts to escape.” … Racism Will Be Cured By Action, Not Discussion.
Comedy is a powerful tool that can showcase hard subjects in a way that’s easy to digest.
When it comes to the myth of “reverse racism”, I have yet to find a description that can dispel the fallacy quicker than this one by comedian Aamer Rahman. … Why Reverse Racism Doesn’t Exist
The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was stripped of its U.S. Championship title for violating a residency rule. It’s very peculiar that this happened months after they won the title and competed the World Finals, and after an initial investigation found no wrongdoing. … Racism in Youth Sports
I have a complicated relationship with the “N” word.
It is a part of the normal vernacular in the neighborhood I grew up in. Depending on the tone of voice used, it can mean a number of different things. It isn’t in my regular vocabulary, but in the past it has been known to roll off of my tongue with ease.
… The “N” Word