One woman’s well-intentioned crusade to end street harassment has some racially insensitive side-effects.
“The need for hate crime legislation for the state that covers gender identity/expression and sexuality is, of course, paramount, but it strikes me as odd that in a case in which more factors than just sexuality or gender expression were present, that only that was touched upon, both in the coverage by major news sources and what the “hate” would be constituted as.”
“America’s Broken Prison System is brought to you by decades of neglect, a lack of political courage, and a generous donation of the geo group, as well as viewers like you.”
“Friess reacted to Mannie’s request that white gay men stop referring to themselves as ‘strong black women’ by threatening to withdraw hypothetical support of black women’s political and social issues (none of which he actually names)! That’s not allyship, that’s just another example of a person in power offering abstract and highly conditional support to an oppressed group of people with whom he claims a false and unrequited kinship.”
White supremacy and racism, we know, have long and deep histories in American society. It’s not like it only occurred to Murrieta residents to be racist and xenophobic while browsing through their town’s blog.
Among STEM Ph.D. holders, women and black people are leaving the field in disproportionate numbers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the dots: sexism and racism strike again, to the detriment of everyone.
In spite of FIFA’s pledge to defend equality, to many of the countries that host it, the World Cup in and of itself is a symbol of discrimination.
Here’s the news we missed while I was freaking out about a potential technological disaster.
When we have these conversations about street harassment, we have to talk about the unique experiences LGBTQ women face.
42% of Americans believe that gay people are born rather than made.
“I began to step back. Not because of low confidence, or a fear of public speaking, or an inferiority complex — all of them were about my story, and my skin, and my inability to find a way to belong in spaces for people of color without first justifying and laboriously explaining both.”
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan state ban on the use of race as a factor in admissions to state universities, allowing voters to decide the matter on a state-by-state level.
“In May of 2013, Monica Jones became one of the people arrested by Project ROSE; the charge was “manifesting prostitution” for accepting a ride home to her neighborhood from men who turned out to be undercover cops. This week, Jones was found guilty, and faces the possibility of serving time in a men’s prison as a trans woman.”
CeCe McDonald, Dean Spade and Reina Gossett are coming together to make a series of videos and an event on April 21 centering around discussions about the prison-industrial complex and how to survive the violent atmosphere it creates.
“The report reads like it comes from someone who just recently encountered the idea that sexual assault is a problem on college campuses, and was told to solve it in the most economically efficient way possible… “This is some bullshit,” an advocate told me anonymously.”
The criminal justice system in the United States is a fucked up institution that is every kind of -ist you can think of. Lots of people are working to fight it.
“As this Black History Month winds down, let’s remember that reclaiming histories is not a one-shot deal. Let’s take time to be thankful for these lesbians who kept it queer and kept it real.”
It’s easy to be enraged by these kind of tweets and statuses but it’s really just lazy journalism that obscures the real issues.
“Have we ever been on a plane, train or bridge while saying or thinking the word Muhammad?”
It is important to defend human rights and to speak out against human rights violations around the world. However, to talk about anti-gay legislation internationally, we need to talk about a history of white supremacy that brought homophobia and anti-LGBTQ legislation to various countries.