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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.'

March 25th, 2014
thesmithian
To be clear, crossing over means that despite your color, white people like you. It’s an ugly truth, but we should tell it.
March 22nd, 2014
thesmithian

manufactoriel:

Doll Test, by Gordon Parks (1967)

[meaningful glance]

Reblogged from FRNCHWD
March 21st, 2014
thesmithian
Paul Ryan’s claim to have made a mistake will be granted because he is white and male. The errors of prominent (as well as rank and file) African-Americans for example, are never excused away or viewed as aberrations or outliers. No. When black folks are ‘inarticulate’ or ‘misspeak’ the white racial frame deems such moments as indications of incompetence, or proof that people of color are somehow ‘not qualified’ or as ‘intelligent’ as white people. The white gaze does not view black Americans as individuals. When a black person makes a mistake it becomes the focus of a ‘national conversation’ about the black community, one in which ‘black leaders’ are forced to publicly explain and condemn the actions of other black people. There is not an equivalent ritual for white people. White conservatives and the white community will not be forced to condemn Paul Ryan.
March 19th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the RNC’s “Black Trailblazers” event at the Howard Theatre in DC was packed with black conservatives. But that will only get Republicans so far…'

They say they want black votes, but they are still trying to make it difficult for blacks to vote (see Ohio and … Wisconsin). They know their electoral salvation rests in the hands of Latino voters. They know that comprehensive immigration reform will secure it. But they continue to block any action on comprehensive immigration reform…

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

The two dozen servicemen—Hispanics, Jews and African-Americans—were identified following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that recipients of the country’s highest recognition for valor were not bypassed due to prejudice. Obama says America confronts its imperfections, in his words, “including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.”

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The two dozen servicemen—Hispanics, Jews and African-Americans—were identified following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that recipients of the country’s highest recognition for valor were not bypassed due to prejudice. Obama says America confronts its imperfections, in his words, “including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.”

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

…exploring the relationship between African American and Native peoples of Virginia, she unraveled the story of…a racial divide that the Civil Rights movement has never eroded. Virginia’s miscegenation laws, from the law of hypo-descent to the Racial Integrity Act, are burned into the hearts and culture of Virginians, white, black and Indian.

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…exploring the relationship between African American and Native peoples of Virginia, she unraveled the story of…a racial divide that the Civil Rights movement has never eroded. Virginia’s miscegenation laws, from the law of hypo-descent to the Racial Integrity Act, are burned into the hearts and culture of Virginians, white, black and Indian.

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian
…race is the Rosetta Stone that makes sense of many otherwise incomprehensible aspects of US politics.
March 18th, 2014
thesmithian
Am I proud of my Irish heritage? Sure…up to a point: We’re all born with something, and I was born with a name no one can spell or pronounce, which is specific to a few townlands in County Clare…I inherited some of my Irish-raised dad’s snobbery about the hopelessly Americanized character of St. Patrick’s Day, which a serious alcoholic like him could only view as amateur hour. I don’t miss Irish-America’s dishonest relationship to Irish violence (although the worst offenders in that department were almost always the racist and homophobic old guard). But I’d put up with many choruses of “Danny Boy,” and many rounds of green-label Budweiser, to get back that feeling we briefly had of being an immigrant group that was trying to confront its history, and to see the prison of whiteness for what it really is.
March 12th, 2014
thesmithian

This…military drama about racism, self-hatred, humanism, and personal responsibility won Charles Fuller the Pulitzer Prize [on this day] in 1982…

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian
Due to my bearded look, the filmmakers cast me as an overseer in two scenes, shattering me out of my comfort zone. Surrounded by production-placed cotton and sugarcane, they gave me a prop whip and directed me to snarl, grunt and shove at extras playing slaves. Racial slurs were plentiful to ensure realism. Everyone participating knew what they had signed up for…
actor Jordan Sudduth, of 12 Years a Slave
March 6th, 2014
thesmithian

softjunebreeze:

girljanitor:

bitteroreo:

relatedworlds:

Dorian: You were designed to bond with people. That’s what you were developed to do. To notice when they’re there. That also means you notice when they’re not there. That’s why you want to see her. That’s what you’re feeling.

#this is exactly what i wanted from this show #where does humanity begin and end? #if you build a robot for a specific purpose but teach it to talk and feel #do you treat it as a sentient being or is it still just a tool for a purpose? #i love this scene so much #because dorian treats her with the dignity and respect that john doesn’t #john thinks of her as a thing created to be owned and used dorian knows that she considers herself to be a person #maybe not as fully formed as him because she was built with no free will #(which is the creepiest part of this entire episode and the show acknowledges it) #but she still thinks and feels and questions #she is curious which is such a human trait #and dorian sees that and treats her as a person he uses the terms that john considers just for people; where were you born? #and her face just lights up when he does it because she is being treated as a person; not a thing #and dorian’s face is heartbreaking because he understands that#he understands that on many levels he is still just a thing to many people #especially to john who relegates humanity only to those born from the womb #and he sees all of that in her and her confusion when john treats her like a thing #he gives her the humanity that john refuses her and the respect you give to another person #everything about this show makes me want to weep with how fantastic it is #robots with emotions and free will: all i ever wanted (via rob-anybody)

But this is everything that Black people deal with in real life. Whiteness refuses to acknowledge the humanity, that Black bodies, occupy. I don’t know how to really feel that a lot of folks watching this show aren’t grasping the racial overtones going on in this show. This is beyond about being human, and is very much about race and your humanity existing. I like to think that the creators purposely made Dorian a Black character as to play on the whole allegory of Black people not being seen as people in real life. However it bothers me though that a lot of the fandom will not grasp that, and by not doing so it erases the context that the show is based in. This particular scene is showing a Black Woman and a Black Man both acknowledging their humanity to one another, when Whiteness denies it. In this episode this Black Woman was also a sex worker which adds on the layer of discussing humanity, and oppression. Understanding the context of Black Women who are hypersexualized, and desexualized at the same time, while also being sexually repressed, and dealing with racialized misogyny as well as misogynoir, John’s words of “Who owns you, where were you made.” Has way more ramifications of disturbing context of her just being a Robot. Its more than just being creepy, it’s more than just being robots who want humanity, it’s about sociocultural context that Black People especially Black Women struggle with their humanity being acknowledged. I see this gifset alot, and this context gets lost, the race based context gets lost, and erased within this fandom and it’s crucial that it doesn’t.

THE COMMENTARY

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[look of the hour]

Reblogged from V/DA
February 28th, 2014
thesmithian

…favorite topic revolves around the names. There’s a Tyrone and a Leroy on the show, and that both characters are white astounds him.

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