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It Was No Compliment to Call Bill Clinton 'The First Black President' In 1998, Toni Morrison wrote a comment for The New Yorker arguing that “white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime.” Last week the New York Times, implicitly cited Morrison’s piece, and claimed the author was giving Clinton “a compliment.” This interpretation of Morrison’s claim is as common as it is erroneous. The popular interpretation of Morrison’s point (exhibited here) holds that, summoning all of her powers, the writer gazed into the very essence of Clinton, and found him sufficiently soulful. In fact, Morrison’s point had little to do with soul of any kind. Race has never been much about skin color, or physical features, so much as the need to name someone before doing something to them. Dig Morrison’s description of Clinton’s blackness: With the exception of the saxophone-playing detail, everything here boils down to power.

A Mother’s Day Look at Life For Moms of Incarcerated Children | Colorlines. “Having my son in prison has turned my life upside down,” says Irene Soto, a single mother of four adult children living in San Jose, California. “I worry every day for his safety and his well being. I feel lost and lonely without him.” Soto’s son, now 36 years old, was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison in December 2008. “My world crumbled,” adds Soto, who didn't disclose her son's crime. While the extremely high rates of incarceration of men of color, particularly black men, get increasing attention, fewer talk about the impact that this has on the families and communities they leave behind.

Women in particular—mothers, daughters, siblings, partners, grandmothers—often face a large burden when their relatives or loved ones are incarcerated. “Once a month I wait to hear his voice,” says Soto. Recently Soto was part of Essie Justice Group's nine-week cohort of women who met weekly in the Bay Area. A 2015 Essie Justice Group cohortPhoto:Courtesy of Essie Justice Group. Dr. Bobby Wright | The Psychopathic Racial Personality, A RBG Multimedia Tutorial - Documents. BLACK PSYCHOLOGY IS A WEAPON Dr. Bobby E. Wright THE PSYCHOPATHIC RACIAL PERSONALITY Mp3 Clips Video Player THE PSYCHOPATHIC RACIAL PERSONALITY by Dr.

Bobby Wright. Published by Third World Press, 1984. Available HERE Dr. Bobby E. Wright: The Psychopathic Racial Personality “In a bullfight, after being brutalized while making innumerable charges at the movement of a cape, there comes a time when the bull finally turns and faces his adversary with the only movement being his heaving bloody sides. Danger, Discrimination, Heartache, and Triumph: Being a Black Mother - Home. By Joy KMT Do you know how they practice shaming your sisters? All of us For every decision We have to make to survive The declaration that “the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb” is an assault on our bodies, our choices, and our reproductive freedoms, yet once a child has “safely landed” outside the most dangerous of habitats, Black mothers continue to be attacked and scrutinized. I have five children and have had two abortions.

The systemic actions to control, monitor, and exploit the reproduction of POC is a fundamental tenet of white supremacy. After being asked to help organize an event under the auspices of a presumed sisterhood, I asked if childcare would be available and was told no. While organizing with other black women, I caught buses to go to meetings. BGD is a reader-funded, non-profit project. I have frequently stayed on the phone until early in the morning counseling people. It is not enough to simply support empowered choice. Sister I see you. Charged with same crime, Iowa paper shows black suspects’ mug shots but whites get yearbook pics. An Iowa newspaper is accused of pro-white bias after it handled the same alleged crime between two different sets of suspects in radically different ways. Blogger Rafi D’Angelo at pointed out that in reports filed on successive days, the The Gazette in Cedar Rapids printed mug shot photos of black burglary suspects and yearbook photos for white burglary suspects.

On March 23, the Gazette‘s Lee Hermiston reported that three University of Iowa wrestlers were arrested after being caught in possession of several items that had been stolen from local homes in Marion, Iowa. The three suspects — Ross Lembeck, Seth Gross and Logan Ryan, all 19 and all white — were shown in the Gazette‘s pages in the their freshman yearbook pictures, wearing matching coats and ties. According to the Gazette, “The three wrestlers were charged with possessing alcohol under the legal age.

They are accused of at least seven burglaries in the area.


10 Words Every Girl Should Learn. Photo Credit: bikeriderlondon July 5, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. This article updated from original, which appeared in Role Reboot. "Stop interrupting me. " "I just said that. " "No explanation needed. " In fifth grade, I won the school courtesy prize. I routinely find myself in mixed-gender environments (life) where men interrupt me.

This irksome reality goes along with another -- men who make no eye contact. These two ways of establishing dominance in conversation, frequently based on gender, go hand-in-hand with this last one: A woman, speaking clearly and out loud, can say something that no one appears to hear, only to have a man repeat it minutes, maybe seconds later, to accolades and group discussion.

After I wrote about the gender confidence gap recently, of the 10 items on a list, the one that resonated the most was the issue of whose speech is considered important. New Favorite Tumblr: Having It Some. The new Tumblr Having It Some aims to be an online repository for companies’ parental and family leave policies. Started by feminist writers Sarah Seltzer and Meredith Clark, they’re particularly interested in the policies of media and nonprofit organizations that work on women’s, gender, and family-based issues. One would hope these organizations would put their feminist ideals into practice. (And I’m already dreading learning just how wrong that hope is sure to be.) But you can submit your workplace’s policy from other industries too. (Do it!) Crowdsourcing projects like this — and similar ones like Who Pays Writers? But as Rebecca Traister wrote recently, the lack of family-friendly work policies in the US won’t be solved by individual companies changing their policies to compete for talent — since it is the elite employers who are most likely to do so voluntary.

BattyMamzelle: For Feminists Who Resort To Racism When Slut Shaming Is Not Enough. White Feminists, we need to have a chat about this unruly beast we call feminism, and the intersection of race and sexuality. I like to assume that you mean well, but you've been fucking up quite a bit in the last few months, and I think it's my duty as your presumptive sister-in-arms to do some minor course correcting for all our sakes. Beyoncé has been Beyoncé-ing for over a year now and you're still questioning her feminist credentials because her praxis doesn't match yours. Nicki Minaj has been vocal about her feminism for years but you revoked her credentials because she made a video about her exquisitely crafted rear end and rapped about the men who want to fuck her. To me, all that debate sounded a lot like judgement of other women for the way they chose to express their sexuality. Except, apparently, if you're black.

And this is where my issue lies. White feminists ask "How do we know she's being sexual because she wants to? " There's also a strain of elitism at play. The White Problem — The Message. This is Part One of a Series on Whiteness. (Part Two) “Politically, the Negro is the touchstone of the modern democratic idea. The presence of the Negro puts our democracy to the proof and reveals the falsity of it.” — Hubert Harrison, 1911 “I’m not saying that white people are better. I’m saying that being white is clearly better, who could even argue? If it was an option, I would re-up every year.

Contained in the struggle between black liberation and white supremacy is almost every issue that concerns us currently — Surveillance, government control, privacy, security, maintenance of infrastructure — even pollution, environmentalism, and what has become climate change, they’re all there. This is no accident, no coincidence, because the making of black and white was the making of the world we know now. Being White I don’t think I was born white. When I was a child growing up near the beach in LA I was surrounded by people obsessed with getting a good tan. Pinkwashing South Africa | Africa is a Country. (Hoping that) Women Hurt: regret as a tool of advocacy | Feminist Ire. Two weeks ago, Irish parliamentarians were invited to a presentation on the subject of “abortion regret”.

While the invitation didn’t explicitly advocate for the continued illegality of abortion, no one could fail to recognise its underlying agenda: firstly because it came from Senator Rónán Mullen, who’s barely known for anything else, and secondly because the featured speaker, Julia Holcomb, is a spokesperson for Silent No More, a self-described “project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life”. Holcomb was there not only to share her own unhappy story, but to convince Irish politicians of the need to maintain our near-absolute ban on abortion, in an attempt to prevent others from experiencing the same regret. At the same time, we’re seeing the emergence of a new anti-sex work campaign led by women who describe themselves as “survivors of prostitution”.

The bottom line is this. Like this: Like Loading... Adoption the African Way | Brain, Child Magazine. By M. Sophia Newman In this village, Ghanaians wanted an African adoption, which they said meant temporarily placing a child with people they knew. It is a sunny day, and I am in Kolkata searching for a person I would lay down in front of train for. I’m on my way to an orphanage to make a decision about my future as a mother. When I arrive at the orphanage, I see a sparkling clean, bustling place. When it is my turn, she does not invite me in, but rather stands in the doorway.

It wasn’t an idea I came up with myself. The suggestions began in the Middle East when I was nineteen. I thought an armed conflict motivated the request. For eleven years, I made polite refusals. In 2010, I looked at my nephew—then half the age and twice the size of a boy I knew in Africa—and considered that he had safe playgrounds, good healthcare, and plentiful nutrition. I sketched a manifesto. That is, if I ever decided to adopt. Deciding depended on what adoption means. Perhaps that’s unsurprising.

M. I. “Your name is Tasbeeh. Don’t let them call you by anything else.” My mother speaks to me in Arabic; the command sounds more forceful in her mother tongue, a Libyan dialect that is all sharp edges and hard, guttural sounds. I am seven years old and it has never occurred to me to disobey my mother. Until twelve years old, I would believe God gave her the supernatural ability to tell when I’m lying. “Don’t let them give you an English nickname,” my mother insists once again, “I didn’t raise amreekan.” My mother spits out this last word with venom. But she is fierce and fearless. On my first day of school, my mother presses a kiss to my cheek.

“Your name is Tasbeeh,” she says again, like I’ve forgotten. Ii. Roll call is the worst part of my day. “Tas…?” “Tasbeeh,” I mutter, with my hand half up in the air. A pause. “Do you go by anything else?” “No,” I say. “Tazbee. She moves on before I can correct her. “Tazbee,” says one of the students on the playground, later. Iii. iv. “Tazbee,” I say. v. vi. ix.

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