Category Archives: Race & Ethnicity

Seasalt & Co. advertises Photoshop tools using lynching imagery and only gets more offensive from there

[Content note for lynching imagery]

Now, some might see an eerie, atmospheric black-and-white shot of a tree with a noose hanging from it, titled, “The Hanging Tree,” and think, “Oh, God, lynching.” Accompany that image with an all-caps, italic COMING SOON, and some might think, “Wow, that’s verging on threatening.” But if you look at those things and think, “I bet there’s a new Photoshop action pack coming out, and I for one can. Not. Wait,” then either you work for Florida creative tool company Seasalt & Co. or are a friend of theirs and need to step in and tell them to get a grip. Continue reading

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Policeman arraigned in murder of Akai Gurley

So, finally a police officer has been indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed black man: Peter Liang is being indicted on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and two counts of official misconduct. This … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Law, Race & Ethnicity | 7 Comments

Three young Muslim students murdered

I’ve been trying to find a good link for this story on and off all morning, but I can’t. I’m pulling together what I’m reading off my Twitter feed. If anybody has a good link, please leave it in comments … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Racism, Religion | 58 Comments

Well, I can see no way in which this will almost certainly go horribly wrong

Given recent mass outrage over police officers’ ability to kill black people with legal impunity and the brutal way they have dealt with peaceful protesters, William Bratton, Chief of the NYPD has proposed the obvious solution: Give 350 police officers … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Law, Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Terrorism | 12 Comments

Marissa Alexander: Out of prison, still being punished

As noted yesterday, Marissa Alexander was released from prison yesterday. She has been, however, sentenced to two years’ of house arrest (after having spent three years in prison already), all for the crime of, nine days after having given birth, … Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, General, Law, Racism | 6 Comments

Marissa Alexander released from prison

I have every intention of writing a longer post about this, but today got away from me. I just want to note that Marissa Alexander was released from prison today, and is now under house arrest for two years. More … Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, Racism | 27 Comments

Holocaust Remembrance Day

So, today, 1/27, is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and this is the Primo Levi quotation making the rounds on my Twitter feed: It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can … Continue reading

Posted in General, Politics, Racism | 21 Comments

Radical Brownies

It can seem like right-wingers in the US are spoiled for choice when it comes to youth- and family-groups, and that those of us on the left can have a harder time connecting with others who have shared values. How … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Race & Ethnicity | 17 Comments

Whitney Plantation: Memorial to those who were Enslaved

Content note: slavery, racism When I saw a news story about the Whitney Plantation, I was reminded of the conversation we had here about Ani DiFranco’s obnoxious and ill-conceived idea to have a retreat at a plantation, about how, if … Continue reading

Posted in General, History, Popular Culture, Race & Ethnicity, Racism | 9 Comments

Important things people have said about Ferguson

People have said important things about Michael Brown, protests in Ferguson, and a grand jury’s decision not to hold Darren Brown accountable for killing an unarmed black teenager. Continue reading

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Open Ferguson No Indictment Thread

FFS.

Please add links in comments. Continue reading

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Using so many words to say so little…

What is the famous song “Strange Fruit,” by Abel Meeropol, a New York Jewish communist schoolteacher, and most famously performed by Billie Holiday, the immensely influential and important black singer, about? Lynching.  It’s about lynching.  It’s about whites lynching black … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrity, General, Music, Racism | 35 Comments