Posts tagged racism
Posts tagged racism
This white dude is crying because he just received a one-year sentence for a hate crime in which he and maybe a dozen other white dudes beat up a black teenager with fists, feet, knives and beer bottles, even after the teen was unconscious. The highest sentence dealt for this crime was three years. The assistant attorney had recommended eight years.
There are PoC (particularly young men of color) who get more than a year for possession of marijuana with no intent to distribute, and that’s after they got seriously fucked up by the police. If this was a group of black men who beat up a white man, you can sure as hell bet they’d be getting the recommended eight years as a minimum.
Tell me again the justice system isn’t racist.
Barbados is a lot of things, but it’s not a place where a gang of racist white men can beat my black ass within an inch of death and just one of them gets three months from a conveniently-lenient (RIP Troy Davis), justice system. For that, I am grateful.
I posted this video on Facebook and got several interesting replies, this one being the one that stood out in response:
Can black folks be “racists” - yes and no. The answer depends on how we want to define “racism.” Is racism an individual action or is it a societal problem? Can black folks (and asians, latinos, native americans, etc.) be “mean” to whites? Yes. Can they mistreat an individual white person? Yes.
Freshman students participating in a sports event at the University of Montreal covered their skin with black paint, carried monkey mascots and chanted ‘smoke more weed’, while waving Jamaican flags.
The University has defended the students saying the freshmen were assigned an ambassador and sport for the day and had to dress up in costume according to the ambassador.
Keep it classy, Montreal.
Historian David Starkey told BBC’s Newsnight that ”the whites have become black”, in a discussion on the England riots with broadcaster Dreda Say Mitchell, and the author of Chavs, Owen Jones.
Starkey asked Britons not to forget that the London riots, in his mind, started over the killing of a black man, and argued that Jamaican patois was just one aspect of black culture which has intruded England, making British culture become ‘foreign.’
Via my new follow, patrickmoberg:
My Senior year in high school, I spent almost every lunch period hanging out with this gigantic dude (6’11”) named Ranard Robinson. Ranard had this iconic red hoodie that girls would request to try on and be swallowed up into the absurd size of it. I’ve always had a desire to be much shorter than I am (6’3”), so I found a weird comfort in how much taller than me Ranard was. Around him, I was the little kid, the energetic sidekick to his gigantic, stoic presence.
Ranard and I would frequently walk off campus to a nearby office building that had a Chick-fil-A in the lobby, talking about classes, teachers, and how fucking good this (then) new rapper Kanye West was. We never really spent time together outside of school, so that walk was the time we got to know one another. I’m awful at small talk, so whenever our conversations hit a lull, my brain would default to asking a really invasive, personal question, which is a tendency I’m still wary of, but have learned to live with. I asked him what it was actually like being so tall, he said it was nerve racking to hear people whispering about him when he walked by. I asked him what it was like to be pretty much forced into basketball, he said he resented it but had no other choice. I asked him if he had ever experienced racism towards him, and he was silent. A minute or two later he said “yeah” in his deep voice, and I knew not to go any further. I knew that even if he had told me, I wouldn’t really understand. I realized there are some things that can be explained or learned second hand, and some that cannot.