*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.
*Recently, news of police being called on black people has become all too common. Innocuous, everyday actions like napping in a university dorm, waiting in Starbucks, renting an airbnb, checking out a real estate property and shopping at Nordstrom have lead to the police showing up.
Sometimes the encounters end peacefully like in the case of the white woman who called the police on a black family for barbequing in Oakland.
The police took the side of the black youths and didn’t take any actions.
On the other hand, it can end up in cold-blooded murder like in the case of Stephon Clark who got shot to death by police in his own backyard for holding a mobile phone. “Existing while black” is becoming harder day by day.
*Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Will Roseanne Barr ever learn that everything that pops into her head does not need to be tweeted out to the public? She is acting just like her apparent mentor, without the benefits. He’s still on office…her unemployment became effective immediately.
But the real concern here is how weak her apology to the cast members and crew of the rebooted Roseanne show — those who lost their jobs due to her big mouth — has become.
Her whole “I should’ve known better” comment did somehow appear to show her taking responsibility for that careless tweet; where she compared former Obama Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett (Am I the only one who thinks the two women actually favor?) to an ape.
“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”–Roseanne Barr
But that accountability diminished when she, one: attempted to blame her actions on medication, and two: demonstrated her true colors by criticizing cast members (scroll down) who responded about how “disgusted” they were about her comment.
WTF? What did she expect them to say? Anything else would have them appearing just as dumb as her.
*There’s a changing sign down the hill and around the corner from my house. It is a part of a school, but to make it less easy for you to judge it, I won’t mention its name. Each week I have grown to look forward to the message they ceremoniously place on the board each Monday. The author of the quote is never revealed. They must feel the exact way I do about giving too much information.
Homo sapiens. We’re an interesting bunch.
Anyway, one week the sign read “If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.”
I knew the time would come when that quote would be useful to me. It’s now, as I repeat the headline question: Would you ever take serious action to help end racism?
Now I’m no fool. It’s a complicated, multi-leveled, systematic, centuries-old thing, racism. I realize that. But humor me as you put your comments in the box below; because I’m one of those people who actually believes (and have witnessed) change happen one person at a time.
What started this whole thinking process? Daryl Davis. He reminds me of myself: Curious as hell when something so ludicrous presents itself to me. As opposed to just automatically judging it, before I eliminate it entirely and move on, I try to figure out where the hell it came from. What was the logic behind it? Did the person think of what will happen next (obviously Roseanne Barr didn’t)? If so, what did that look like in their mind? Continue reading →
*Should I be worried? I’m probably not the only credentialed Black press asking this question. Let’s just hope that calling the cops on workers like me won’t become a trend. After all, credentials didn’t help Arturo Holmes, an African American photojournalist covering the 2018 Preakness Stakes — a horse racing event – in Baltimore last Saturday. Apparently he made a white person nervous and the cops were called.
But before I go any further, hats off to his colleague; photojournalist, J. M. Giordano, a white man, for not only standing up in the face of this racist action, but calling it his last time providing coverage at the event
My last Preakness. Ima finish my assignment, but I just witnessed a young, black photog @ARTugraphiq discriminated against in the press box. He had the proper credentials and was extremely polite asking where he could shoot. His drivers license was demanded and the cops called.