2 years ago
Fact: Black youths arrested for drug possession are 48 times more likely to wind up in prison than white youths arrested for the same crime under the same circumstances.
Source: “Young White Offenders get lighter treatment,” 2000. The Tennessean. April 26: 8A.
Fact: Black and Latino men are three times more likely than white men to be stopped by the police and have their cars searched – even though white men are four times more likely to have weapons or drugs.
Source: Matthew R. Durose, Erica L. Schmitt and Patrick A. Langan, Contacts Between Police and the Public: Findings from the 2002 National Survey. U.S. Department of Justice, (Bureau of Justice Statistics), April 2005.
Fact: White men with a criminal record are more likely to be called back for a job interview than black men with no record, even when their education and experience are the same.
Source: Pager, Devah. 2003. “The Mark of a Criminal Record.” American Journal of Sociology. Volume 108: 5, March: 937-75.
Fact: Students of colour are far less likely to be put in honours courses even after you take test scores and grades into account.
Source: Gordon, Rebecca. 1998. Education and Race. Oakland: Applied Research Center: 48-9; Fischer, Claude S. et al., 1996. Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press: 163; Steinhorn, Leonard and Barabara Diggs-Brown, 1999. By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race. NY: Dutton: 95-6.
Fact: Students of colour are more than twice as likely to be suspended or expelled from school even though they are not much more likely to break school rules than whites.
Source: Skiba, Russell J. et al., The Color of Discipline: Sources of Racial and Gender Disproportionality in School Punishment. Indiana Education Policy Center, Policy Research Report SRS1, June 2000; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System: Youth 2003, Online Comprehensive Results, 2004.
2 years ago
[TW: Racism, Threats] Gainesville High School Students' Racist YouTube Rant Forces Girls To Leave School, Apologize (VIDEO)
You talk about this kind of thing a lot on here so I figured it would be of interest. Most kids at my school talk a lot like these girls and I think it’s a really good example of the racism in highschools that stays with people when they enter the adult world.
While I don’t approve of the death threats, I’m very glad that something was actually done about this. We need to start showing people that there are consequences for your actions. You put out a racist ass video for the whole world to see, please believe there is going to be some push-back.
If you watch the video, take particular notice at around the 6 minute mark. That’s when they start to talk about their two Black friends. The girl closest to the camera takes particular care to note that he’s “so black that if it was dark outside you couldn’t see him” and that he “makes fun of his race” all the time. The other girl mentions a Jamaican girl they know who “doesn’t consider herself Black”. They both go on to note how “white” both of them act. This is the problem with tokenism. These two Black children befriended these white girls, and now they’re being used to justify their racism. You want to know why Black people side-eye the hell out of white people who claim they have Black “friends” or want to be our “friends”? There you go.
I’m fucking loving the non-apology apologies. The first girl almost had it right. Almost. She fucked up when she said “I’m not a racist person” and “I don’t see someone for their skin color only and hate them”. Yes she is and yes she does. Just because she doesn’t like what she did, that doesn’t mean she can now deny it.
The second “apology” was just all fucked up. For one, the second girl’s mother wrote it. Her mother wasn’t the one in the video, therefore she’s not the one who should be writing an apology. If she really wants her daughter to learn something, she needs to stop babying her and let her take full responsibility for her actions. That includes issuing an apology herself. Of course near the end came the whole “we’re not like that, we know all types of different people” excuse. I am so sick of hearing that bullshit every time someone does something racist.
Also, in both apologies they say “we weren’t raised like that” and “I don’t know where this came from”. I’m smelling major bullshit there. A 14 minute racist rant doesn’t come from nowhere. That is learned behavior. When someone utters the sentence “there are n***ers who are ignorant fucks who are doing nothing with their life”, you know for a fact that they have been thinking this way for a very long time. Both of those families need to get together and do some soul searching because something has gone terribly wrong.
Wow I just hate everything.
2 years ago
I mean, seriously, if “raising important issues” is all it takes to get some kind words from liberal authors, bloggers and activists, and maybe even votes from some progressives, just so as to “shake things up,” then why not support David Duke? With the exception of his views on the drug war, David shares every single view of Paul’s that can be considered progressive or left in orientation. Every single one. So where do you draw the line? Must one have actually donned a Klan hood and lit a cross before his handful of liberal stands prove to be insufficient? Must one actually, as Duke has been known to do, light candles on a birthday cake for Hitler on April 20, before it no longer proves adequate to want to limit the overzealous reach of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms? Exactly when does one become too much of an evil fuck even for you? Inquiring minds seriously want to know.
Meanwhile, at what point do you stop being so concerned about whether a presidential candidate is pushing the issues Paul raises (so many of which do need raising and attention), and realize what every actual leftist in history has realized, but which apparently some liberals and progressives don’t: namely, that the real battles are in the streets, and in the neighborhoods, and in movement activism? It isn’t a president, whether his name is Ron Paul or Barack Obama who gets good things done. It is us, demanding change and threatening to literally shut the system down (whether we mean Wall Street, the Port of Oakland, the Wisconsin state capitol, Columbia University, a Woolworth’s lunch counter, or the Montgomery, Alabama bus system) who force presidents and lawmakers to bend to the public will.
In short, if you’re still disappointed in Barack Obama, it’s only because you never understood whose job it was to produce change in the first place. But don’t take out your own failings in this regard on the rest of us, by giving ideological cover and assorted journalistic love taps to a guy who believes the poor should rely on the charitable impulses of doctors to provide for their medical needs, including, one presumes, chemotherapy; or that America was meant to be a “robustly Christian” nation, but is being currently undermined by “secularists;” or who puts the term gay rights in quotation marks when he writes it, and believes states should be free to criminalize homosexual intercourse, and who is such a homophobe that he won’t even use the bathroom in a gay man’s house; or who has all but said that he would like to take America back to the early 1800s, in terms of the scope of government: a truly glorious time to be sure, if you were white, male and owned property.
Ya know, like some of the liberal “thinkers” who have, as of late, decided to praise Ron Paul.
2 years ago
This was a comment on the above photo from the Walt Disney World Facebook fan page, of the Disney Princesses as little girls. There were several people below this telling this woman that she was being racist, but… Seriously, America?
If anything, this lineup is TOO WHITE. There was a comment later on saying that they needed a Latina princess - Obviously, I “Liked” it.