*(Via LA Times) – At the height of a pandemic that has torn through America’s communities of color with particular ferocity, health officials are engaged in a fraught exercise in fairness: how to nudge communities of color toward the front of the line for scarce vaccines while pretending that race and ethnicity have no influence on vaccine priority.
The country has been deeply divided over quotas and affirmative action since long before the current health crisis. Assigning vaccine priority on the basis of race or ethnic heritage would therefore invite debate, recriminations and legal challenges.
*Google fired a second top Black female employee, Diversity Recruiter April Christina Curley, in September. The announcement of Curley’s firing follows the termination of Timnit Gebru, co-leader of Google’s Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, who was fired after sending an internal email detailing the treatment of employees who are minorities, especially Black women.
In a Twitter post this week, Curley claimed, “they were tired of hearing me call them out on their racist bullish-t.”
After weeks of media coverage about rioters and looters who hijacked protests following George Floyd’s death, Washington D.C. held its breath as Juneteenth marches wound up their springs on Friday.
No one needed to worry. It was festive, not angry. People sold T-shirts. One woman led hundreds down Pennsylvania Avenue while belting Beyoncé’s “Freedom” anthem at the top of her lungs through a bullhorn.
*Dorian Wanzer travels frequently for work. And almost every time she steps out of an airport body scanner, security screeners pull her aside and run their fingers through her hair. It?s called a hair pat-down.
?It happens with my natural Afro, when I have braids or two-strand twists. Regardless,? said Wanzer, who lives in Washington, D.C. ?At this point in my life I have come to expect it, but that doesn?t make it any less invasive and frustrating.?
*At the 2015 MTV/Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus and Snoop Dogg appeared together in a pre-taped segment where Miley introduced her grandmother as her ?real mammy.’ While she was sharing the term of endearment she uses for her white grandmother, her usage of the term had serious racial implications.
Mammy is a term that is inseparable from the painful past of the Black Community ? the era when enslavement was legal and protected by law.
This incident started a huge backlash on Twitter in which many including Chance the Rapper shared their disappointment. He posted a picture of actress Hattie McDaniel from Gone with the Wind, in which she played the role of a slave housemaid and was called mammy.
*Recently, Jazz Musician Wynton Marsalis made the pointed remark which called hip-hop and rap ?more damaging? than a statue of the Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. Remarks like these aren?t new.
Hip-Hop and Rap music have been the target of social criticism from the very beginning. Some of these have come from black musicians like Marsalis. This constant scrutiny of rap music?s morality leads to one question; why do these criticisms persist?
So what are the charges against Rap culture? Sexually explicit lyrics, violence, drug references. These negative themes are part of today?s rap music not because these are inherent to rap but because they are part of rap artists? own truth.
*We have no clue as to what the hell they were thinking in the first place, but Target officials have apologized for offering greeting cards with the phrase ?baby daddy? ahead of Father?s Day and are working to pull them from store shelves.
Yes, it’s what you’re most likely thinking, unfortunately: the cards show an African-American man and woman kissing under the words ?Baby Daddy.?
?You’re a wonderful husband and father and I’m so grateful to have you as my partner, my friend, and my baby daddy! Happy Father’s Day,? is what the card says on its inside.
Not that it matters, but the American Greetings card is not exclusive to Target, according to The Kansas City Star.