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A Hateful Year

In the first few months of President Donald Trump’s Presidency, we saw, thanks to the power of media, alarming numbers of racial crimes being committed. Now, this is not to say that there were low numbers before but let’s be honest, it has grown under his leadership. Last year we saw something that we thought was left back in the 1900s. In August 2017, Unite the Right rally, or famously known as the Charlottesville’s rally, where a 32-year-old woman was killed and several others were injured. This was the largest gathering of White Nationalists to gather in decades, at least publically. This was a rally based on pure hate of Blacks and other minorities, and yet President Trump stated that there were “very fine” people on both sides. Well, it’s not like we didn’t know he was a bigot.

Just recently, although it is not being considered a race-based crime or an act of terrorism by our incompetent fool of a president, the Texas bomber targeted African American residents through bombs delivered as packages. With this recent incident, I can’t help but think about all that took place last year.

Below is a list of only a few incidents that took place at the beginning of the 2017 year within the DMV area. Please feel free to send me recent reports and questions.

THE WASHINGTON POST: A noose was found Saturday on the Mall, at least the third in that area in recent weeks.

NBC WASHINGTON: Montgomery County Police said the synthetic rope noose was found in a tree in a common area near the Heron’s Cove Condominium parking lot about 8 a.m.

CNN: A person dressed in black from head to toe walked around the American University campus and tied bananas to three trees.

CNN: For the second time in a week, a noose was found on Smithsonian grounds — this time, at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

CNN: A noose has been found at a construction site in the District of Columbia, police said — at least the fifth time this symbol of racial violence has turned up in the Washington area recently.

WTOP: The hate symbol was found displayed by a front door in the 2100 block of 36th Place SE on Thursday, according to a D.C. police report.

USA TODAY: A section of rope was found near the MLK Memorial in Washington on Friday, two days after a noose was discovered inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture, U.S. Park Police said.

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT: Authorities at the University of Maryland are investigating a noose discovered in a fraternity house.

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Sounds Of The City

Beep, beep, beep
This what I hear as I stare out of the window 
Onto the streets of this city
This city is D.C.

This city is loud
This loud city Is unfair
This city is rich
But also poor
For all its beauty
There’s ugliness too

The sounds of this city are not for me
The construction trucks, with their loud roars and clashes,
Are not for me
They’re not for anything like me
Not my skin color, or my hair texture
Not for my disability, nor my many abilities

Beep, beep, beep
I hear again
As I stare out of the window 
Onto the streets of this city
D.C. is the name
God I hate this lovely city

Author Notes: Life is full of pain

 

How People Feel About Rachel Dolezal

  1. Hahahaha #askrachel #askracheldolezal #humor #laugh #blacktwitter #martinlawrence #jeromesinthehouse #playafromthehimalayas #iglaughs #igfunnies #livelovelaugh #followme #teamfollowback #funny #funnyshit #funnyics

    Hahahaha #askrachel #askracheldolezal #humor #laugh #blacktwitter #martinlawrence #jeromesinthehouse #playafromthehimalayas #iglaughs #igfunnies #livelovelaugh #followme #teamfollowback #funny #funnyshit #funnyics
     Sorry, but this is pretty funny.
    @AsiaChloeBrown well it does say niggers “of any color”. Maybe Rachel Dolezal has this person confused as to how the whole thing works.

    AN HOUR AGO

     Maybe

    Maya Rudolph's Rachel Dolezal Impression - Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Maya Rudolph’s Rachel Dolezal Impression – Late Night with Seth Meyers
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    Terrible impersonation in my opinion.

    Rachel A. Dolezal: You’re What You Say You Are  https://shar.es/1quBiU  via@carolmswain
    Hmm….

    #Facts #JusticeOrElse #charlestonshooting #BlackLivesMatter #JimCrow2 #StayWoke #AskRachel #RachelDolezal #NotMyAmerica #NotMyFlag #Truth #SMFH #hmmm #r #rebellious #lol #smh #amerikkka #blackisbeautiful #blackinamerikkka #devil #NoChill #4Real #OURSTORY #mean #hmmm #crazymofos #Message #god #smh #okaybye #oh

    #Facts #JusticeOrElse #charlestonshooting #BlackLivesMatter #JimCrow2 #StayWoke #AskRachel #RachelDolezal #NotMyAmerica #NotMyFlag #Truth #SMFH #hmmm #r #rebellious #lol #smh #amerikkka #blackisbeautiful #blackinamerikkka #devil #NoChill #4Real #OURSTORY #mean #hmmm #crazymofos #Message #god #smh #okaybye #oh
    I know I’m late to the party, but do you think Rachel Dolezal had to delete her  http://blackpeoplemeet.com  profile
    LOL
    Rachel Dolezal sets back race relations with her phony act masquerading as a black woman. How shameful…
    I just have one question. How would you feel if your people suffered for hundred of years and then become free, but then have someone prance around talking about she had a black experience? I quote myself when I say “Until you have been followed in a mall, stopped on the street when you are with a group of four or more friends, or just simply harassed by whites who think that you are the scum of the earth, all based on the fact that you are Black, then you have not had a black experience. I refuse to let this excuse fly.”

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White Riots VS Black Protests • BRAVE NEW FILMS Ever notice how the mainstream media treats black protesters & white rioters differently? LIKE our page: Brave New Films (Y) Using the term “thug” to describe black people, but “students” or “drunk people” when describing whites, shows that “thug” is the new, coded way of saying the n-word. STOP SAYING IT!SHARE to show how racial bias in reporting is purposefully trying to demonize the #BlackLivesMatter movement -and sign the petition to tell the racist media to stop calling black people “thugs”! http://bit.ly/1R1zlKP#RacismIsReal #Racism #Ferguson #Baltimore #FreddieGray #MikeBrownPS: Here is the link to the video on YouTube, for those that prefer a YouTube link: bit.ly/racist-media

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I Was a Slave?

I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted. – Frederick Douglass

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A Black Face Among Them

A Black Face Among Them

It’s sad that, in this new day and age with the President of The United States Identifying as Black, racism still exist.

Well guess what? There’s a new Black Face Among Them.

She’s as resilient as can be when treated redundantly.

A crowd of White suits smirk and stare at how ruby like this Black suit is,

how elegantly fitted and robust she is,

and how she doesn’t just bring home the bacon, but the entire market.

This face, this Black face, the one who makes every man, White, Black, Blue, or Yellow, heart’s race,

is the one who puts stragglers in their place.

There’s a Black Face Among Them, and that face indeed is me.

Author Notes: I really wrote this poem because when 
I walked out of the subway station, dressed to impress, 
I received looks of disapproval from my White counterparts. 

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Television Destroys Images (2/3)

If television didn’t exist, would the world be just a little better? The influences of television shapes our view of gender roles and creates stereotypes on race. In particular, Asians/Asian Americans, African Americans, and Whites are portrayed in very distinct ways according to their gender and race. All forms of media “reflects how our society understands itself and also what it deems worthy of knowing.”

If “Americas ‘racialized notions of gender’ in television” is allowed to continue, it will create a never ending cycle of false representation and hate. All races are portrayed in stereotypical ways; however, the focus will be on the most common ways some genders and races are stereotypically shown in the television.

African American  Portrayal in Television

Being a Black American myself, there is so much I can say, but the goal is to keep it sweet and short.

If a specific racial group is always shown as criminals or victims on the news, then that’s how viewers will perceive the entire race, therefore leading to racial stereotypes. When African Americans are shown as victims on the news, they are simultaneously shown as a criminal, leaving viewers to think that they somehow deserved what happened.

In the Ferguson case, Michael Brown was unarmed and shot dead by police officers. It clearly seemed like who the victim and criminals were. However, pictures later were released from Brown’s social media accounts with him basically doing what most children—and I do mean child since there seems to be a difference between a white “child” who is 18 and a black “man” who is 18—at his age do.

It’s only natural that people will believe and trust the news when they are basically saying that African American victims and the fact that they are being oppressed is irrelevant. It’s a stereotype that dates back to slavery; that black lives are irrelevant. “While whites can and do commit a great deal of minor and major crimes, the race as a whole is never tainted by those acts,” unlike African Americans.

White-on-black crimes are rarely covered in the news. When they are covered, they are quickly pushed out by stories that will distract Americans from important issues. This is exactly what happened with the Ferguson case; it was pushed out by the so called Ebola crisis.

This isn’t to say that Ebola wasn’t a serious problem, but it left people in a state of panic, and for a little while the Ferguson case had been forgotten, until some African Americans refused to let Ferguson be silenced. Switching news stories when the truth begins to come out is common, and it confuses people.

Reality television such as The Bad Girls Club, Love & HIP HOP, and even Preachers’ Daughters all portray African American females in extremely negative and stereotypical ways. These shows have multiple racial groups in them; however, African American women stand out the most in all of them.

What seemed to be the start of horrible reality television is, for example, the 2006 reality show Flavor of Love. The bachelor, Flavor Flave, treated these women as nothing but sexual objects on the show, and yet these women fought over him constantly, which created the ‘crazy black women’ serotype.

Music videos are no better; and in fact, they misrepresent both African American males and females in stereotypical ways. In Nicki Minaj’s music video Anaconda, she is shown in highly sexualized clothing rapping about money and sex. Music videos such as this one portrays African American women as “lust-crazed, money-hungry worshipers of foul-mouthed male generated filth.”

African American men are portrayed as thugs, murderers, and drug dealers. Specifically, in the 2014 music video Hot N*gga, a group of men and boys are shown drinking, smoking marijuana, and rapping about killing, selling drugs and even women as “hoes”:

“Like I talk to Shyste when I shot niggas

Like you seen em twirl then he drop, nigga

And we keep them 9 milli’s on my block, nigga

And Monte keep it on him, he done dropped niggas

And Trigger he be wilding, he some hot nigga

Tones known to get busy with them Glocks, nigga

Try to run down and you can catch a shot, nigga

Running through these checks till’ I pass out

Your shawty gave me neck ’til I pass out

I swear to God, all I do is cash out

And if you ain’t a ho, get up out my trap house

I been selling crack since like the 5th grade”

These lyrics, matched with the negative images placed to them leads to the stereotype that all African American men are killers, drug dealers and users, and only care about money.

 

References

Bloom, L. (2014, May 13). White People Commit the Most Heinous Crimes, So Why Is America Terrified of Black Men? Retrieved April 21, 2015, from http://www.alternet.org/books/white-people-commit-most-heinous-crimes-so-why-america-terrified-black-men

Dixon, T., & Linz, D. (2000). Race and the Misrepresentation of Victimization on Local Television News. Communication Research, 27, 547-573.

Minaj, N.(2014, August 19). Anaconda. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDZX4ooRsWs

Shmurda, B. (2014, August 1). Hot N*gga. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJwKKKd2ZYE

Wyatt, W., & Bunton, K. (2012). Ethics of reality TV a philosophical examination. London: Continuum International Pub.