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April 13th, 2014
thesmithian
The brogrammer is always someone else—he is THOSE Facebook guys who yell too loudly at parties and wave bottles in the air, he is not the nice, shy guy who gets paid 30% more because of his race, gender and appeal to the boy-genius fetishes of VCs. The loud and tacky ‘brogrammer’ is a false flag—if you are not a brogrammer, the logic goes, you must be an outcast genius who has suffered long and would never oppress a fly. The industry is full not of the former but the latter— programmers who are smart and may present as harmlessly ‘nerdy’ but whose sense of themselves as being ‘the underdog’ means that it is very hard to see the ways in which they participate in unconsciously but potentially harmful ways in an industry that has coded them as kings. In reality, programmers in Silicon Valley can be fully and invisibly privileged without ever touching a Grey Goose bottle-service setup or a tube of hair gel.
April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

'I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you're inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you've never seen before. If they do, I'm still looking for it.' —Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron

On this day in 1974, Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s home run record.

April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

Reality shows with…African-American casts now are among the biggest hits on cable. But as offerings that are driving ratings highs…one marker goes ignored: Most of the viewers are black as well. Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the crown jewel in its flagship franchise, swelled to a network-best 4.6 million viewers in February.

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April 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
…while black women in the US are making strides in education and business and affecting political trends with stellar voter turnout numbers, they remain more vulnerable to health problems and violence than any other group. Their strength at the polls is not reflected in elected positions.
April 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
…being reasonable has never worked in history. All other big racial justice movements, all of the big historical figures in racial justice were never reasonable. They were always painted as crazy during their time, and even afterwards…people forget that because they want to look at these things in the past and not the present, and I think people need time and space to understand the sickness of things that happen now, especially because they don’t understand digital lives and our generation…Whiteness will always be the enemy. It’s not like I want to hurt them, it’s not like I want them to have any pain, but like, I just want them to realize that what they have, and to honor the advantages. And I don’t think it’s much to ask to just even acknowledge it.
April 1st, 2014
thesmithian
angryasiangirlsunited:

Chinese/Mexican/German/Apache
I’m tired of being told I look like a china doll or a geisha like it’s not creepy. 
I’m tired of gross fetish blogs following me.
I’m tired of being a category on PornHub.
I’m tired of being called a mutt and expected to laugh along.
I’m tired and angry and all around done.

[meaningful glance]

angryasiangirlsunited:

Chinese/Mexican/German/Apache

I’m tired of being told I look like a china doll or a geisha like it’s not creepy. 

I’m tired of gross fetish blogs following me.

I’m tired of being a category on PornHub.

I’m tired of being called a mutt and expected to laugh along.

I’m tired and angry and all around done.

[meaningful glance]

April 1st, 2014
thesmithian

'…the story of how people as diverse as Cuban-born businessmen in Miami, undocumented Mexican farm workers in California, and third-generation part-Puerto Ricans in New York who [don't speak] Spanish were brought together into one social category: Hispanic-Americans.'

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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian
This is not a story about skin color. This is not a story about how race is a social construction. I’d reckon such a story would be boring for you. If it’s not, let me tell you—it would be boring to me. I’m not interested in narrating the tribulations of being, surefire bet, the lightest black person in the room. Nor am I informed enough to tell you of the triumphs. In America, skin color is the x in virtually every social equation. It is predictive. I am quite positive that being lighter has meant privileges that were not afforded to people with browner skin, many privileges that I have not even identified. This is a story about history, about identity.
March 26th, 2014
thesmithian
There are some things too touchy to joke about…We have apologized a hundred times. What more can we do? We screwed up.

Yves Desmet, editor in chief of De Morgen

the left-leaning Flemish daily that published…

"satirical"

images of President Obama and his wife, Michelle, digitally altered to look like apes…which published them days before the president’s visit to Brussels this week.

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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

'We've persuaded ourselves that residential isolation of low-income black children is only de facto—the accident of economic circumstance, personal preference, and private discrimination. Unless we relearn how residential segregation is de jure—racially motivated public policy—we can't remedy school segregation that flows from neighborhood isolation.'

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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

'What is it about Obama that bothers people like Rumsfeld? He might ask himself, for a moment, why the idea of Obama—the President of the United States—speaking out of turn bothers him so much, and why the word “ape” sprung to mind.'

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