- It is known in police parlance as “contagious shooting” — gunfire that spreads among officers who believe that they, or their colleagues, are facing a threat. It spreads like germs, like laughter, or fear. An officer fires, so his colleagues do, too
- “Instead of helping to provoke a serious conversation about race and racism in Hollywood and broader American society, McBride and Doss only reinforce the “race hustler” caricature that follows real activists and cultural critics…”
- “Of course, it’s scary to confront race. Beyond polite conversational conventions, we don’t even have much of a shared vocabulary. It’s a lot easier to learn the P.C. rules than confront any biases you might find within…”
- “For some reason it seems like racist incidents on college campuses have peaked during the fall semester this year. There have been several blackface incidents, and other random racist happenings. Here are a few…”
- “Can teaching poor children to act more like middle-class children help close the education gap?”
- “a group of white men taunting a group of Asian women — including Hai Vo’s sister — with dollar bills and suggestions that “Asian women cost five dollars”. We don’t know the extent to which Hai Vo attempted to defend his sister. All we know is that he
- “Simply put: Thanksgiving is the day when the dominant white culture (and, sadly, most of the rest of the non-white but non-indigenous population) celebrates the beginning of a genocide that was, in fact, blessed by the men we hold up as our heroic foundi
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
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Carmen chats with movie producer Teddy Zee about the current state of representations of Asian-Americans in film and television. Zee is president of Ironpond, an entertainment company that bridges Hollywood and Asia. Previously, he was a top-level studio executive at Columbia and Paramount. He produced Hitch, Saving Face, The Pursuit of Happyness, and recently completed West 32nd.
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by Carmen Van Kerckhove
It’s not clear to me who the client is, but I saw this ad campaign mentioned on Adrants, produced by the ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
Hmm… A for effort I guess, but aren’t they really trading in one set of prejudices for another? And pushing the same old beauty standard that’s shoved down our throats all day long? I mean, are these people really that ugly? Or just not up to model standards?
What do you think of the ad?
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
I’ve always thought that Sinbad was corny as hell (maybe because I associate him with his parachute-panted self in A Different World) but he’s actually really on-point in this CNN interview about the Michael Richards incident.
And I think his suggestion that Richards should go to a comedy club on a Sunday night, a.k.a. black night, to speak directly to an audience, is a good one. Because doing a satellite interview on Letterman when no one can talk back at you doesn’t make you at all vulnerable.
Hat tip to Reappropriate!
- Thanks Rob! “Consciously and publicly, Richards is probably not a racist. But unconsciously and privately, he is. So am I. So are you…You’d have to be insane to publicly utter racist remarks in today’s society … or temporarily insane…”
- Thanks HighJive! “Mandarin Chinese, the official language of the People’s Republic of China and the most common of numerous Chinese dialects, is suddenly hot in American schools. With China poised to become the world’s leading economy sometime this centur
- Thanks Tariq! “Rocky Road” explores the problems and prejudices one interracial couple experiences from their families and society in a modern dramedy. Told from the perspective of an educated black woman, “Rocky Road” digs into the tough family issues mo
- Thanks Rob! “The Muslim veil, or niqab, has come under question in the last few weeks from Cabinet ministers, judges and even Prime Minister Tony Blair, who described it as “a mark of separation.” Increasingly, Patel and others find themselves under physi
- “While many liberals anxiously await the announcement that Illinois senator Barack Obama will make a bid for the presidency in 2008, some Latinos are up in arms over Obama’s support of the proposed fence on the U.S. Mexico border”
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!
CONSCIOUS MEDIA MAKER
a blog for entertainment, media, advertising and public relations professionals who are committed to bringing about more realistic, three-dimensional representations of people of color
- One year later, how has BET changed? Last fall, BET made a lot of noise about its new entertainment team, headed up by Reginald Hudlin who brought on Toure, Nelson George, and Selwyn Hinds. Now, one year later, Forbes checks in on their progress.
- Please note: We’re actually going to discontinue Conscious Media Maker as of today. We didn’t think of this when we came up with the idea for the blog, but there is way too much overlap with Racialicious. So, this will be the last post. Also, we have another blog in mind that we’d like to launch, so it’ll free up some time for us to focus on that new project.
ADDICTED TO RACE
a podcast about America’s obsession with race
- Episode 48: Carmen interviews Daniel Golden, author of “The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates.” Golden reveals the elaborate system of legacy preferences and “development” cases that has created affirmative action for white wealthy students.
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook
- Columnist Intro – Amber: As a white woman, I was not raised to think about my race. I was supposed to be colorblind and not acknowledge that I noticed other people’s race.
- Ask Anti-Racist Parent: book series featuring characters of color? So are there book series featuring characters of color for children out there, and I’m just not hearing about them? If so, what are they?
- Columnist Intro – Margie: My first reaction, upon receiving an invitation to contribute to Anti-Racist Parent, was to ask who would want to listen to a middle-aged white woman talk about race. What could I possibly add to this dialog?
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture
- Kanye West: mixed race women are “mutts” and exist solely for music videos: Kanye reportedly told the magazine, “If it wasn’t for race mixing, there’d be no video girls…Me and most of my friends like mutts a lot … Yeah, in the hood they call ‘em mutts.”
- Kramer drops the n-bomb repeatedly in racist tirade: Michael Richards, who played Kramer on Seinfeld, went on a racist tirade on Friday at Los Angeles’s Laugh Factory after a black audience member heckled him.
- Michael Richards on Letterman: “I’m not a racist”: The fact that Richards, when provoked by a black man, immediately reminded him that it wasn’t so long ago that he could have been lynched and made a public spectacle of, to me indicates that he is resentful of having to tolerate blacks being equal to him, and longs for the days when he could exercise his “god-given” superiority.
- Of course Michael Richards would have rocked blackface: A clip from the 1986 movie “Whoops Apocalypse” has surfaced on the internet, featuring Michael Richards in full-on blackface, afro wig and attempting Ebonics.
- White supremacy by any other name: Michael Richards and his ruined career are not the point here. The point is that if we’re ever to move beyond our current racial strife, we need to begin with enough intellectual honesty to acknowledge and understand America’s glaring legacy of white supremacy.
by guest contributor Kai Chang, originally published at Zuky
When now-disgraced comedian Michael Richards screeched into his microphone “Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a fucking fork up your ass!” followed shortly by “He’s a n—-r! A n—-r, look, there’s a n—-r!” he was obviously attempting to drum up the vibe of a lynch mob closing in on its target. That’s some funny shit, eh?
Here’s how hilarious it is: To your left, Lige Daniels, lynched in Center, Texas, on August 3, 1920. To your right, Rubin Stacy, lynched in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on July 19, 1935. Here are but two among tens of millions of murders attributed to America’s long history of genocidal white supremacy.
As you can see, these are mirthful family affairs. The children are smiling innocently. The parents are proud and upstanding.
I guess this is Michael Richards’ comedic vision of America, and that of all those who are defending his invocation of the twisted pathology of sexualized white supremacist violence.
Yes, the n-word is “just a word”: a word that has historically led to scenes such as these. If you’re cool with such scenes, by all means continue supporting this word’s use by “edgy” white folks (you say “edgy”, I say “coward hiding in a mob”). You know why black folks “are allowed” to use the n-word (though it remains deeply controversial in the black community)? Here’s a hint: look at the pictures and see if you spot any black folks among the living. Okay I’ll fill you in: they’re the ones being murdered; white folks are the ones doing the murdering. Get it? In the context of the n-word’s countless unpunished crimes, black folks are not the accused.
“Just a word”: what a moronic defense. I suppose “war” is “just a word” as well — unless you happen to be among those getting bombed and shot. “I intend to kill you and your family” are just words too, but if someone were to say those words to me, my response would be very unwordy. I think it’s bizarre that middle-class American liberals appear to have become so comfortably, mentally astral that they believe that language and reality are somehow disconnected; as though words and thoughts are powerless postmodern playthings that have no consequences in the real world; as though every actual atrocity in human history didn’t begin with “just a word”.
Michael Richards and his ruined career are not the point here. The point is that if we’re ever to move beyond our current racial strife, we need to begin with enough intellectual honesty to acknowledge and understand America’s glaring legacy of white supremacy. As this popular comedian’s tirade shows, that legacy is alive and kicking in the American psyche. Shrugging it off as a “politically incorrect” use of an insensitive “racial epithet”, or as some mysterious “hostility” that bubbled up out of nowhere, demonstrates a profound ignorance and denial of this country’s past and present. And as long as such ignorance and denial dominate our national discourse, we will remain unable to accurately and meaningfully talk about, think about, and transcend the blood-soaked, heavy-hearted legacy of the American Color Line.