In 2020, Janelle Monae starred in the horror film Antebellum playing a Black woman who was kidnapped by White people, smuggled into a Confederate camp, and forced to live as a slave. At different parts of the movie, viewers see Monae’s life as a modern woman juxtaposed with her time in captivity.
Her life as a modern woman is set in the present day, and the captivity scenes are set in what appears to be the Civil War era. But Antebellum’s plot twist is that both time periods are the same. What’s revealed is that her kidnappers attacked her and…
Your cheat sheet for the race and racism news of the past week
In this week’s roundup of race-related news, we’ve got questionable allyship, lying law enforcement, and (metaphorical) ghosts. We’ve got people fighting against lipstick-on-a-pig corporate diversity efforts and sunlight revealing ugly truths that lay buried for years. But don’t give up: We conclude with a heart-warming story of how one man is using his love of birds to heal both wounded raptors and wounded people.
As spring keeps springing, Covid-19 vaccines become more available and pandemic restrictions ease, you probably have other things to do instead of comb the internets for the latest stories on race and racism. But you still want to stay woke. Well, lucky you — we’ve rounded up some of the important stories you won’t want to miss. Read about the fight to preserve Black Wall Street’s place in history, hot chicken as a case study in appropriation, and more.
Your weekend-ready, “Did you SEE that story?” cheatsheet
This week’s tour of race and racism news takes us from the English countryside to the world of “Quiet Storm” radio. The economic suffering of Black millennials, deadly environmental racism, and racist abuse on a college debate stage are also featured in this week’s roundup of stories you might have missed.
A Jane Austen museum in Chawton, England has decided to include information about the Austen family’s ties to the slave trade. Austen’s father was trustee of a sugar plantation in Antigua, and many commonly used products in homes in Austen’s era…
There’s been plenty of racial/racism news on the front pages this week, with a conviction in one police killing at almost the exact same time as another was taking place. We learned that ex-officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis, and as we were all processing what that meant, we found out police in Columbus, Ohio, had fatally shot teenager Ma’Khia Bryant.
But here’s some other important news that you also need to know.
The racial nonsense was thick this past week. From an adjustable hate speech slider for gamers to the racist roots of the District of Columbia’s federal disenfranchisement, here’s some of the race and racism news you might have missed.
“Computer: Decrease racism shields by 17 percent.”
How much White nationalism, body shaming and sexism would you prefer to experience today? Apparently Intel thought that answers other than “none” were acceptable, because it recently previewed a service that would allow video gamers to choose the degree of racism, misogyny or hate speech that comes in through their headsets from other players…
This week’s look at the race and racism stories you may have missed offers plenty of examples of how the effects of racism permeate everything from the air we breathe to the roads on which we travel — but there are some glimmers of hope on the horizon. And this week’s bit of good news is proof that the mass movement against police brutality and for Black lives is bearing fruit.
Here are the racist (and anti-racist) news headlines you might have missed in the past week. We’ll start with the ongoing water crisis that might have escaped your attention because it’s not in Flint, Michigan, and finish with anti-racist muppets. How’s that for a contrast?
One of America’s Blackest cities doesn’t have safe water: A few weeks ago, I mentioned the thousands of folks in the overwhelmingly Black city of Jackson, Mississippi, who were still without drinking water weeks after back-to-back winter storms knocked out their service. But like a pimple that lies painfully under the skin before erupting, Jackson’s…
From crypto-fascist runes to the unbearable Whiteness of Golden Globe judges, here’s a roundup of just some of the racist fuckery going on this week:
Trump’s former fixer and personal attorney is sounding the alarm again. Michael Cohen, in a Zoom chat this past weekend, echoed what many pundits and politicians are saying about the end of 45’s presidency: more violence is on the way, stoked by Trump’s ego.
Speaking with German and U.S. journalists during a session hosted by the RIAS Berlin Commission, Cohen said that Americans should brace for more acts of protest in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden. This possibility impacts not only politicians, but also anti-racism advocates and equity workers regardless of race. …
A blog from Medium about the fight against anti-Black racism.