We are living in a society that is by and large controlled by people who believe in segregation. We are living in a society that is by and large controlled by a people who believe in racism, and practice segregation and discrimination and racism. We believe in a—and I say that it is controlled, not by the well-meaning whites, but controlled by the segregationists, the racists. And you can see by the pattern that this society follows all over the world. Right now in Asia you have the American army dropping bombs on dark-skinned people. You can’t say that—it’s as though you can justify being that far from home, dropping bombs on somebody else. If you were next door, I could see it, but you can’t go that far away from this country and drop bombs on somebody else and justify your presence over there, not with me.
It’s racism. Racism practiced by America. Racism which involves a war against the dark-skinned people in Asia, another form of racism involving a war against the dark-skinned people in the Congo…as it involves a war against the dark-skinned people in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Rochester, New York.
So we’re not against people because they’re white. But we’re against those who practice racism. We’re against those who drop bombs on people because their color happens to be of a different shade than yours. And because we’re against it, the press says we’re violent. We’re not for violence. We’re for peace. But the people that we’re up against are for violence. You can’t be peaceful when you’re dealing with them."–
This happened today at the University of New Orleans. It was awesome! 5 or 6 people stayed to ask difficult questions, two men held an enlarged print of this photo in the front of the room: http://www.english.rfi.fr/culture/20130215-photo-palestinian-children-s-funeral-wins-world-press-photo
via Jacob Anikulapo
Despite its world-class restaurants, New York City is home to the nation’s hungriest Congressional district.
From 2011 to 2012, more than 36% of households in the since redistricted Congressional District 16, which included parts of the South Bronx, suffered from “food hardship,” according to a report released Thursday by the Food Research and Action Center, a non-profit organization.
The area was changed to the 15th district last year.
”In the richest city in the richest nation in the world, this is unacceptable and just plain wrong,” said Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
The 16th Congressional district had the country’s highest percentage of respondents that said there were times when they did not have enough money to buy food they or their family needed, according to Gallup polling data cited in the report.
When the survey was conducted, the 16th encompassed several neighborhoods in the South Bronx, including Bedford Park, East Tremont, Fordham, Hunts Point, Melrose, Highbridge, Morrisania, Mott Haven and University Heights.
“Any level of food insecurity is unacceptable in a city and a nation as wealthy as ours,” said Rep. José Serrano, who represented the 16th when the poll was conducted.
New York City has been home to the hungriest congressional district in the nation since 2009.
Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Blair Underwood and Harry Lennix to Star in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ set in the Caribbean
The film, to be titled Macbett, is written and directed by Aleta Chappelle, who is the first African American woman to direct a film version of a Shakespeare play. The film is set to start pre-production in Sept. 2013 on location in Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Some casting news to start off your morning…
I don’t know who Melissa Harris-Perry is but I salute her for this.
She breaks down what is the Harlem Shake, cultural appropriation and why those crazy fun dance videos shouldn’t be called the Harlem Shake.
I know I reblogged earlier, but did y’all catch the shade she threw (twice!) talkin’ bout (white) folks dancing to any old beat??? Yes, MHP is my shero and better than your faves!
MHP don’t play!
“Feel free to fling, jerk and toss yourself around to any beat you feel like…even if you’re the only one who can hear it.”
MSNBC I am impressed.
MHP is the best person on any news network.
Jasper, Texas 2.0: Family of Murdered Gay Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillan Claim He Was “Beaten, Dragged, and Burned”
Marco McMillian, the openly gay Mississippi mayoral candidate whose body was pulled from a Mississippi River levee last week, was mutilated either before or after his death, according to new information released by his family.
Though a coroner has not given an official cause of death, pending toxicology tests, McMillian’s family released a statement yesterday saying “we know that Marco was brutally murdered.”
His body was found on Wednesday, February 26, 2013, beaten, dragged and burned (set afire). This was reported in our meeting with the local coroner on two occasions. We were informed that the official autopsy report could take two to four weeks to complete. We feel that this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found. Marco, nor anyone, should have their lives end in this manner.
The Associated Press later reported confirmation that “McMillian had some bruises and there were burns on at least one area of his body.”
Mississippi police charged 22-year-old Lawrence Reed with McMillian’s slaying after Reed, whose relationship to McMillian is unknown, crashed the candidate’s SUV in a Tennessee highway accident last week. Reed would later tell police where they could find McMillian’s body.
Before he was killed, McMillian, who was running for mayor of Clarksdale, was the first openly gay, viable candidate for public office in the history of Mississippi.
[Image via marcomcmillian.com]
- white people: *tell racist jokes*
- white people: *throw racist parties*
- white people: *use the n-word*
- white people: *wear blackface*
- white people: *complain about Black History Month*
- white people: *trend racist twitter tags*
- white people: *support racist celebrities and politicians*
- white people: Ugh, why do Black people talk about racism so much?
“No student of color should have to walk up to their bike and see this. I came to Oberlin for an education and I am getting this. There are a group of people on campus trying to put fear in our hearts. They are failing. Little do they know, they are sparking a revolution. They were bothered by a Black presence before? Well, they must not know. The movement has just started, Oberlin. ”
-Kara Mahon (Oberlin College student, class of 2015)
I guess black women don’t count.
[Image: white man wearing business clothes, sitting on the floor in front of a laptop with his hands to his face. Text: “Why won’t they just defer to my benevolent white wisdom?”]
And the internet goes to… :D