links for 2011-07-09

  • "My fellow Americans, is it sad or encouraging — or both — to know that Chinese people in the United States and Australia were similarly discriminated against, once upon a time? Hell, the injustices go all the way back to Australia's own gold rush in 1850s. Sound familiar? "
  • ""The supervisor shows up and she says, 'It's our policy that we examine anything that poofs from the body,' and I'm looking around me at all these women with bigger hair if you will and I'm thinking 'why am I the only one being singled out here for poofy hair?" Adiele said.

    She laughs just thinking about it.

    "They are required to investigate and examine anything that poofs from the body? That sounds like a bogus policy to me. It just sounds bogus. Poofs?!" said Adiele.

    She has filed a complaint about the incident but hasn't heard back from the agency yet."

  • "But imagine if somebody had essentially stolen your childhood. You’d be angry, right?

    "Not Yao. He was too stoic, too tough, too focused on the present and the future. Too pragmatic, too sincere. Too capable of making friends with Colin, of laughingly teasing teammates such as Moochie Norris and Bostjan Nachbar. Yao Ming was where he was and he wasn’t going to cry about that or anything else."

  • &quotSeveral years after the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, a University of Iowa law professor, David C. Baldus (who died last month), along with two colleagues, published a study examining more than 2,000 homicides that took place in Georgia beginning in 1972. They found that black defendants were 1.7 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white defendants and that murderers of white victims were 4.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who killed blacks. "
  • Margari Aziza

    The segment pointed out that there were other women with big hair who weren’t singled out. She was the only Black woman. I’m just going to put it out there, but the reality is that many bi-racial or light complexioned African Americans are frequently mistaken for Middle Eastern or North African. They are subject to racial profiling too that many Muslims and Arabs experience. I remember Jaime Fox saying an off colored joke about about  “Rick Foxx looking m-f’ers” on a plane.  Even Black Americans who are brown but have similar features of East Africans are subject to discrimination. 

  • hans anggraito

    can someone comment on ‘planking’? i thought this was just another case of “whitepeoplehavenothinbettertodo,” but xhibit shed light on its roots to the slave trade. hmm… 

  • Meg

    My White boyfriend’s ponytail was searched when we flew last week, and the TSA agent didn’t even ask before grabbing his hair and squeezing all the way down.  I’m not sure if it’s any non-“normative” hair or what; none of the women I saw with long hair were being searched.