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The French Approach to “Anti-racism”: Pretty Words and Magical Thinking. I first came to France twelve years ago during my junior year abroad.

The French Approach to “Anti-racism”: Pretty Words and Magical Thinking

I was the first person in my family to get a passport and I could barely contain my excitement. In the winter of 2003, two years before the riots that followed the untimely deaths of 15 year old Zyed Benna and 17 year old Bouna Traore, I landed in Paris bright-eyed and bushy tailed, armed with a very shaky grasp of French and a naive fascination with this beautiful country. As an African-American, I was vaguely aware that France did not deal with issues of race the way we do in the United States. Kesak'oh ! #4 - RACISME ANTI-BLANC. Le "Racisme Anti Blancs" par Aamer Rahman - VOSTFR - ("Reverse Racism" ) Tilda Swinton Sent Us Her Email Exchange with Margaret Cho About Doctor Strange, Diversity, and Whitewashing. 'Reverse Racism' Is A Giant Lie – Here's Why. Douglas Hofstadter - Person Paper on Purity in Language. Where the White People Live. Last summer, the Michigan town of Grosse Pointe Park erected a farmer's market in the middle of one of the few remaining streets that allowed cars to pass between the tony suburb and the urban Detroit neighborhoods at its border.

Where the White People Live

It was the latest of many attempts by Grosse Pointe Park residents to close off roads and block traffic between what has become a predominantly white, affluent suburb, and its poorer, urban neighbor. There were protests about the border, and Grosse Pointe Park later said it would tear down the farmer's market and re-open the road, but the incident speaks volumes to the segregation that exists in Detroit, and the tensions that can grow as a result. Racially concentrated areas of affluence, by the researchers' definition, are census tracts where 90 percent or more of the population is white and the median income is at least four times the federal poverty level, adjusted for the cost of living in each city.

Cities such as St. It's Mostly Whites, Not Blacks Who Prefer to Live in Segregated Neighborhoods. In today’s New York Times, David Leonhardt discusses a new study showing that middle-income white and Asian Americans tend to live in middle-class neighborhoods, while middle-income black Americans tend to live in poorer ones.

It's Mostly Whites, Not Blacks Who Prefer to Live in Segregated Neighborhoods

The article was published just as the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld the federal government’s power to fight housing discrimination, and is a reminder that racial segregation remains a powerful force in shaping the American metropolis. But Leonhardt also repeats one unfounded and damaging canard to explain segregation’s origins. “Of course, the neighborhood gap arises in part from voluntary choices,” Leonhardt writes. “Many Americans, of all races, prefer to live among people who are similar to them … For African-Americans, such a choice often means living in lower-income areas, given the racial disparity in incomes.” Hard to see racism when you are white. Leçon de savoir-vivre sur Internet par une jeune femme Sikh. Sur Reddit, une jeune femme Sikh a répondu à des moqueries lui étant adressées, et ça a créé un touchant phénomène de respect et de politesse.

Lorsqu’un utilisateur de Reddit, répondant au doux nom d’european_douchebag (connard européen), a posté la photo d’une jeune femme Sikh, prénommé Balpreet, accompagnée du commentaire « Je ne sais pas quoi en conclure… » il ne se doutait sûrement pas de ce que ça allait engendrer. Quand les amis de Balpreet sont tombés sur cette photo, ils l’ont immédiatement mise au courant de sa célébrité accidentelle – et plutôt que de péter un câble, de pleurer dans son coin ou de contacter le FBI, elle a décidé de répondre directement au post d’european_douchebag.

Voici sa réponse : « Salut tout le monde. Je suis Balpreet Kaur, la fille de la photo.Je n’étais pas au courant de tout ça avant que mes amis ne m’en informent via Facebook. The problem is that white people see racism as... But Why Can’t I Wear a Hipster Headdress? I’ve posted a lot about the phenomenon that is the hipster headdress (see here, here, and here), but I’ve never really broken it down as to why this trend is so annoying and effed up.

But Why Can’t I Wear a Hipster Headdress?

A lot of this will be review and is repeated elsewhere on the site, but I thought it was high time I pulled things together into a one-stop-anti-headdress shop. Much of this can also apply to any of the “tribal trends” I feature here, and you can also consider this a follow up to my “Cultural Appropriation Bingo” post. The many sources I drew from are included at the end of this post. Dear Christina Fallin. Dear Christina Fallin,

Dear Christina Fallin

Why I can’t stand white belly dancers. Google the term “belly dance” and the first images the search engine offers are of white women in flowing, diaphanous skirts, playing at brownness.

Why I can’t stand white belly dancers

How did this become acceptable? The term “belly dance” itself is a Western one.