White supremacy’s long shadow: Why the myth of “race” still haunts America by JACQUELINE JONES

In an excerpt of her new book, “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race From the Colonial Era to Obama’s America,”  Jacqueline Jones describes how, “decades removed from the lows of segregation, black America still struggles against its twisted logic.”



Gender Double Standards: Pantene Advertisement

This short ad highlights the double standard that women face, especially in the workplace.


Barney’s Lawsuit Puts Spotlight On Race And Branding/NPR

There have beenseveral publicized cases recently of Barney’s (and other retailers, including Macy’s) customers who are black being questioned by employees and police, after buying expensive items. A college student has sued and many are accusing the store of racism.


Moment African American firefighter and pastor was cuffed after he waved at cops – who thought he was flipping them off, Daily Mail

Another case study of race and perceptions in the United States. Even if the officers thought he was making an obscene gesture, why would they do this? What about freedom of expression?


Race and Violence: White-on-White Violence

There have been a number of stories lately about race and violence. In reaction to stories about black on black crime (especially by conservative pundits), a number of people have written about the problem of white and white-on-white violence. Here are some examples:

Cord Jefferson a “deftly skewers media stories bemoaning a violent black youth with his satirical reflection on the Huntington Beach violence and the tragedy of ‘thuggish white youth.'” A Dangerous and Irresponsible Culture: “They’d like to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that all white children are as sweet and harmless as Taylor Swift. But the reality is that the statistics tell a different story. For instance, according to research from the Department of Justice, 84 percent of white murder victims are killed by other white people[PDF]. Similarly, white rape victims tend to be raped by other whites [PDF]. White-on-white violence is a menace to white communities across the country, and yet you never hear white leaders like Pastor Joel Osteen, Bill O’Reilly, or Hillary Clinton take a firm stance against the scourge.”  http://gawker.com/video-of-violent-rioting-surfers-shows-white-culture-o-954939719

Tim Wise: “But not only does the white right overlook any number of positive trends in the black communities of this nation; more to the point, they manage to completely miss the evidence of substantial pathology in the very communities where they, as white folks, tend to live. As the data make clear, when it comes to several destructive behaviors, whites often lead the pack, but somehow manage to escape the harsh cultural judgments so regularly reserved for persons of color (1).”  http://www.timwise.org/2013/08/whats-the-matter-with-white-people-a-modest-call-for-personal-responsibility/

This Image Should NOT be Seen by the Whole World, Angela VandenBroek

How does social media construct the “other” and limit perceptions of agency? Read this example:

“I find the Facebook meme distressing, not because of the Belo Monte Dan Project, but because the author and all of the people who share it have fed into and bolstered (even if unknowingly) a narrative that depicts indigenous people as sad and powerless and awaiting the benevolence of people from industrialized nations. This pulls into focus our own arrogance and biases against indigenous peoples. It does not help the cause or support Chief Raoni. It only makes us feel better about our lazy attempts to “save” people that we look down upon.”