*Talk about being clueless. When a group of teen girls from Sullivan High School ran onto the football field on November 5 for a powder-puff game, school principal Jennifer Schmidt recalls her gut reaction was, “Oh my gosh.”
“And then I thought, ‘Oh, they don’t mean anything by it. Just let it go. No one thinks anything of it.’ I didn’t think anyone did,” says Schmidt.
“Evidently, someone did.”
Photos taken during the game and later posted on Facebook show twelve members of the senior class wearing full-blown blackface. The reactions to the photos have been rippling within the small town of Sullivan (60 miles southwest of St. Louis) ever since.
That close to St. Louis? Of all places to not think anything of it.
While you would think these young whites would know better by now; and their school principal would have a clue about these types of things, Schmidt remarks how “very embarrassed and shocked” the students are “at some of the responses they’ve gotten, because I think some people had some stuff on Facebook and got the wrong intention.”
Seriously? Continue reading
*According to new research, different images and perceptions are conjured up in the minds of white folk when a person is identified as ‘Black’ versus ‘African American.’
White Americans are fine with African Americans, but Blacks are a completely different story.
The new study appeared in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, where Emory University’s Erika Hall led a team of researchers who argue that “the racial label ‘black’ evokes a mental representation of a person with lower socioeconomic status than the racial label ‘African-American.’” Continue reading
*Be careful where you point that finger...especially if you’re with somebody black. That’s most likely the lesson resounding in the ears of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges (D); who has been accused by a local TV station of supporting criminal gangs, after she and a former felon promoting the get-out-the-vote initiative around Election Day posed in a thumbs up picture pointing at each other.
The mayor was accused of flashing a “gang sign” and quoted a law enforcement official claiming that she was “showing solidarity with the gangs.”
Hodges and Navell Gordon, who were volunteers at Neighborhoods Organizing for Changed, were actually trying to maneuver an innocent camera pose; not communicate solidarity with a gang, as video of their interaction reveals.
Numerous historic event make it easy to conclude that the end result would’ve been different if Hodges had been posing with a young white man. Even the media outlet admitted there was no evidence that Gordon belonged to a gang. But those are apparently “the breaks” for a black man with a criminal past; and the news outlet and law enforcement sources saw “flashing a gang sign” as the logical conclusion.
This isn’t the first time African-Americans were accused of supporting criminal activity because of hand gestures they made. Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, was portrayed as a thug for showing various hand signs in old photos. And other African-Americans unjustly accused have included anybody from prominent sports figures to unknowing schoolchildren.
*Whether its a ‘smiley face’ in your sentence that reiterates the intent of your message; or that ‘red devil’ image, folks have made it known they want the old “Emoji” to begin reflecting a more ethnically diverse image.
Over the past two years Twitter campaigns by Miley Cyrus and other celebs, have brought attention to the fact the the cute, quirky emoticons that punctuate online communication need a makeover that will include skin tones representing people of color.
Dubbed “Embrojis” by Roots drummer Questlove, the more racially diverse icons are expected to appear sometime in 2015. Continue reading
*In what appears to be an unfathomable act of inhumanity, a Lake Horn, Mississippi landlord has driven a woman with triplets on the way from the home she was renting with her two small children.
Now, she and her family say they have no place to sleep.
Chevis Poole, 28, was evicted from her home for not paying her rent for the past few months. She expects to give birth to her triplets any day now. Continue reading
*DeShawn Currie‘s foster mom decided to leave the side door of their home unlocked because she knew he would come home from school early.
Apparently, the neighbors thought they should have gotten a memo.
When the 18-year-old showed up at home and went into the house he and his family had been living in for at least a year, a neighbor called 911 and reported a burglary.
Within moments, three police officers was all up in the young man’s house and face.
*Tracy Hamilton is the latest parent to witness police brutality on her child. And we do mean child “literally”in this case. Hamilton admits that her 10-year-old son, Kevin (pictured) suffers from a behavior problem. He attends an alternative school because of it. So when she was called to the school after he was involved in an altercation with police, and was told, “Well, do not be alarmed, he has a scratch,” you can bet she damn sure didn’t expect to see what she saw.
No scratches, just gaping wounds…