Category Archives: Racism

St. Louis Officer (Female) May Face Lawsuit for Vaginal Search on Street (In Front of Male Officer)

Detective Angela Hawkins
Detective Angela Hawkins

*A St. Louis cop and her entire department will hopefully be sued by a young woman who was subjected to a vaginal search on the road after being pulled over for an illegal U-turn. I just got pulled over for the same thing…though I’m still investigating what was ‘illegal’ about it! I mean really, where will this sh*t end? I am personally sick of writing stories about police officers who abuse their badge. I am sick of hearing these stories, because I hate that they exist. But they do, dammit. They always have, and unfortunately, they most likely always will.

Of course the victim was a Black woman, and the offensive cop was white. The incident happened in 2012. Kayla Robinson, 24, was driving a car carrying herself and two friends. According to Hawkins, the illegal U-turn was made in order to avoid a police checkpoint. The officer said she witnessed Robinson attempt to hide a bag of weed in her underwear, and a small rock of crack with her foot.

As it turns out, Robinson did turn over a bag of marijuana, but told the officer she didn’t have any crack. Dissatisfied, the female officer told the woman she would be searched, and called for backup to bring her a pair of rubber gloves.

A male officer showed up and watched as Robinson, begging to be taken to the station for the search, was forcibly shoved against the car and humiliated as the cop searched her vagina.

To no avail. No crack. So what does an officer do?

Arrest you. 

Why do I always expect better from a female cop? Now I’m no dummy. Yes, the woman had marijuana on her. Perhaps that was why she was arrested. But here’s the thing. Just consider it, OK? If marijuana was going to get her arrested anyway, why didn’t that happen automatically? Then they’d be at the station, where a cavity search could take place.

Am I making a bit too much sense here? Continue reading

The Legacy of President Barack Obama…and an Apology to President George W. Bush

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*Prior to 2008, Barack Hussein Obama did what I’d thought was impossible, or at the very least improbable during my lifetime: he, an unapologetically brown-skinned man, got elected President of the United States. In doing so, he began an eight year journey that led our country to a better place, while affirming a declaration my mother made to me when I was a little boy about everyone being able to be president. Continue reading

TNT Film Review: Hidden Figures Is The Year’s Best Movie

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*I’m tempted to tell you that the exceptional new Hidden Figures is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Since 2017 is just out of the gate, that comment might be seen as more than a little glib.

So I’ll go out on a limb and say this: Hidden Figures is the best movie I WILL see this year.

Usually, period pieces that are based on history don’t hold my attention, largely because we already know how the movie’s going to turn out. (We KNEW the Titanic was iceberg-bound and doomed, right? So who really cares about Leo DiCaprio’s “I’m the king of the world!” moment?)

With the story behind Hidden Figures, we already know that Neil Armstrong helps America win the space race, and that he walked on the moon eight years later. What most of us didn’t know was that a group of black women — “Colored Computers” they were called — were largely responsible for getting him there. Told from their perspective, THIS period piece kept me, literally, on the edge of my seat through the film’s final act. Continue reading

‘Great Service, [We] Don’t Tip Black People’ Left on Receipt for Va. Waitress

Kelly Carter

Kelly Carter

*Instead of just eating, paying and getting the phuck out, one 20-something white couple decided to write a despicable note on the receipt of the waitress they say had just provided “Great service” to them.

The note on the stained receipt read, “great service don’t tip black people.”

Now I know racism is still alive and well in these United States of America, but why do I feel like vomiting every time I see it in black and white?

Of course waitress Kelly Carter was stunned, and her boss at Anita’s New Mexico Style Cafe in Ashburn, Virginia, Tommy Tellez Sr., embarrassed.

He told WJLA: “I’m appalled. This is so disheartening.” He says Carter is such a loyal employee and beloved by the customers.

“She has a following,” Tellez said. “Her philosophy for customer service is way beyond the norm, and we’re really happy to have her.”

According to what Carter told WJLA, the couple acted like anyone else. They gave no indication whatsoever that they were racists. She said the woman even complimented the food. Continue reading

UW-Madison Stands By Their “Problem Of Whiteness” Course

Bucky Badger, with no fucks left to give.
(Black) Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with no fucks left to give.

*I have never been prouder to be an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Starting next semester, students in Damon Sajnani’s class, “The Problem Of Whiteness,” will discuss the problems caused by white people.  The course’s published description is a hoot.

“Have you ever wondered what it really means to be white?” the description reads.  “If you’re like most people, the answer is probably ‘no.’  But here is your chance!  Critical Whiteness Studies aims to understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy.”

The course explores how white people “consciously and unconsciously perpetuate institutional racism.”

Now hear me:  the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public university.  Only 2% of their current student body identifies as African American and more than 75% are white.  (That, sadly, hasn’t changed in the decades since I was there.)  And they are hosting a class on the problems caused by white folks.  I love it.   Continue reading

NYC Puerto Rican Woman Stabs Transgender Black Man on Train, (He Offered His Seat)

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*I used to live in the Bronx and had many Puerto Rican friends. I recall being shocked when I moved to southern California, at the prejudice that existed in Los Angeles between Mexicans and African Americans. Now it seems the hate has crossed the Pacific and settled in Atlantic territory. A transgender African American man who survived being stabbed multiple times, spoke to The New York Post about what happened to him after a Puerto Rican woman told her cousin she didn’t want to sit next to a Black person.

“I don’t know why she did it, because I didn’t do anything to provoke her,” a heavily-bandaged Ijan Jarrett, 44, told The Post. According to police sources the man endured more than 100 stitches.

Jarret, who works as a hairstylist in New Jersey, was heading home on the #4 train after his shift. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims Versace Stores Have ‘Secret Code’ for African Americans Entering Store

 

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*Would this really be so surprising? Not for most Black folks. But just for the sake of argument, let’s pretend it is. A Bay Area former employee of the luxury brand Versace alleges the brand discriminates against African American employees by demanding staff secretly alert management when one of us enters the store.

They even have a secret code: D104!

So think back to a time when or if you’ve ever been in a Versace store and all of a sudden, over the intercom you heard, “D104, Aisle 7.”

If you were in that aisle, and you’re Black, they were talking about YOU! Continue reading

A&E Plans To Premiere ‘Generation KKK’

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) meeting, South Carolina, 1951. © Heirs of W. Eugene Smith

*My #ThanksTrump hashtag is getting more and more use these days. I’m having fun on Twitter blaming Donald for everything from crowded parking lots at the mall this holiday season to global warming.

One thing we can legitimately thank the president-elect for — damn, it’s still hard to refer to him that way — is the rise in hate crimes and, generally, the emboldened nature of those who would rather divide than unify. One has to wonder whether this TV series would have received a green light by a major network during a calmer, gentler time.

Premiering January 10, the network will present “Generation KKK” as an eight-part documentary series. I’m referring to it colloquially as “The Anti-Roots.” Continue reading