Racial bias in America: from higher suspension rates in preschool, to disproportionate rates of capital punishment, to everything in between, structures of authority routinely allow anti-Black racial bias to color the “facts”, and warp the narrative. And frequently (whether unintentional or otherwise) the police and the media often work together to further criminalize innocent Black victims
1. Criminalizing Blackness in America
2. 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian attacked and choked by police, literally while holding a puppy…because McMillian made them “feel threatened” and gave them “dehumanizing stares”
3. Author and CNN contributor keithboykin: how the AP slandered Renisha McBride even in death
4. The Associated Press: when can skin color alone determine who is and who isn’t a looter? (hint: don’t be Black)
5. Lauren Davidson: Disturbing Study Proves That Cops View Black Children Differently
This implicit racial bias does not magically stop at innocuous events like the VMAs, or in »Hollywood. So far, it doesn’t ever turn off. There are two Americas and racial bias is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe
This ain’t new. Didn’t need a study to tell me this.
Imagine this: it wasn’t a personal message sent to your inbox to “inform” you. YOU know? That’s great. Really. I’m happy for you and EYE know it too. But what’s your point? No one can post anything that YOU already know about? Should everyone check in with you first before posting anything about racism or anti-racism? —we’ve got Black celebs out here talking about #newBlackMentality and trying to beat other Black people over the head with BS respectability politics and misplaced MLKjr quotes, we’ve got cops and the media targeting innocent Black people, and YOUR issue—your big contribution—is that YOU don’t need a study to tell YOU something?😒
Look, racism is centuries old. C e n t u r i e s. Trayvon and Renisha and Mike Brown are the latest murders in a long, looong line of racially motivated murders since before Emmett Till, but should no one EVER post about the endemic racism behind their murders either —because it “ain’t new”?
Know what? For you and the whole “and fire is hot” crowd with nothing useful to add —so long as it’s not exploitive & Macklemorian™ in nature, I’ll take any contemporary “new” studies on old subjects, or meaningful insights or help I can get if it shakes even a few people woke & helps get them to connect the dots and see how police routinely criminalize Blackness and the role corporate media frequently plays in criminalizing Blackness
Sadly (and frustratingly), for a lot of people, just hearing me (or tbh any other Black person) relate repeated life experiences won’t always do the trick. ”They needed a study to tell them this?” Yes, yes apparently some people still do. Both #newBlacks and Whites
so you and the rest of the “and water is wet” brigade can miss me with your “I already knew that” BS if that’s literally all you have to contribute
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Happy 40th Birthday Misha!
↳ August 20th, 1974
Morning guys. I hope you remember today that if you slip up you can restart your day at any time. You don’t have to wait til the next day to start over. Just sit down, breathe for a few minutes, and start again.
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Reading this everyday for the weeks to come.