Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.

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Update

Hello beautiful people. I wanted to update you on the current situation. I’ve been encouraged to stay off Tumblr altogether for the time being. I don’t expect to come back to this blog before the end of the year.

Frankly, the combination of having my home address posted, getting death threats and having the group responsible still spreading false (and sometimes strange) information about me, has made me more than willing to comply.

I will be back but as I said, I don’t expect that It’ll be before January of next year. I replied to all of my messages. If you sent me a message but didn’t get a response, I probably didn’t get it. Unfortunately, I don’t plan on logging in again anytime soon so I won’t be able to do any follow ups.

In the meantime, I have a few posts set to come out at the beginning of each month until I return. They are mostly Heritage month posts but there are also a couple of other things in there as well.

The other blogs I run already have full queues so if you follow any of them, they will continue to update as usual.

I’m sincerely sorry for this lack luster year but I intend to use this time as a cleansing. When I come back, RacismSchool will be better than it’s ever been! That’s a promise!

Take care of each other. Love to you all.
-RS

Gradient Lair

black women + art, media, social media, socio-politics and culture

Meet: Tiffany Mack Fitzgerald

Black Girls Golf was founded in 2011 by Tiffany Mack Fitzgerald. Tiffany created Black Girls Golf after spending 10 years in Corporate America and noticing how many opportunities were available to her colleagues who played golf. As she became a more experienced golfer, she noticed how few Black women were involved in the sport.

According to the latest Census figures, African-Americans comprise 12.6 percent of the population, yet the 1.4 million who golf make up only 5.5 percent of nations golfers.”

It is our mission to introduce Black women and girls to golf through instructional clinics, hosting golf outings, and sponsoring tournaments.” (X)

Black Cinema House

Celebrating Black Cinema while giving a side eye to the IMDb description of each movie

“Stop Talking About It”

The Morgan Freeman quote about the best way to end racism is an oft trotted out weapon of racists but never do we hear this more than during Black History Month. In fact, I’d say it may be second only to “If there was a white history month it would be called racist.” (This was supposed to be posted last month, sorry)

Usually, when people dissect this quote to show it’s ignorance, they make comparisons. I’m sure most of us have heard someone talk about this and facetiously say something like, “The best way to end cancer is to stop talking about it.” This is usually followed by three or four more comments just like it.

Well, it’s a good point. Great point even. The idea that not talking about something will magically make it disappear is non-sense at it’s finest.

While I both enjoy and agree with that tact, I’d like to give a different perspective here. First off, the quote in question, was taken out of context. Don’t get me wrong, Morgan Freeman stands proud on the side of white supremacy but this quote, at least the way it’s used, is taken completely out of it’s contextual point.

The point here is not and was not to “Stop talking about it” but instead to stop making it a “Special” conversation. If the discussion about racism was part of our every day lives, really a part of it, a part of the national conversation- in school, at work, everywhere. It wouldn’t be “Special.” When we saw racism, we would call it out, the person would make the decision to apologize and change or choose to continue to be racist but the “Call out” or the “Talking about” wouldn’t be dirty, wrong or “Political.” It would simply be Wednesday.

When racism comes up, it’s “Special.” Sure you hear about it a lot on sites like Tumblr but this site is really it’s own environment. It’s not reflective of the world at large.

If racism, in all it’s forms was a regular, every day discussion, something that could be discussed as freely as today’s school lunch, there would never, ever be a requirement for the “Special” conversation and we would no longer have to “Talk about it” in specially marked rooms with “Race theory” written on the door.

Finally, just to state the obvious, the people who’ve read this far and are looking for something more concise to say the next time they hear someone spout off the “Stop talking about it” stuff, simply say this:

In order to talk about racism, racism would have to first exist. I can’t “Point it out” if there’s nothing to point to. Stop asking me to change the effect when you have no interest in first changing the cause.

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Meet: Toni Stone

Born Marcenia Lyle Alberga in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a teenager she played with the local boys’ teams in her hometown. During World War II she moved to San Francisco, playing first with an AAGPBL American Legion team, then moving to the San Francisco Sea Lions, a Black, semi-pro barnstorming team; she drove in two runs in her first at-bat.

The AAGPBL was segregated throughout it’s 12 year existence even though their male counterparts integrated in 1947, their fifth year of play. She didn’t feel that the owner was paying her what they’d originally agreed on, so when the team played in New Orleans, she switched and joined the Black Pelicans. From there she went to the New Orleans Creoles, part of the Negro League minors, where she made $300 a month in 1949. The local Black Press reported that she made several unassisted double plays, and batted.265.

In 1953, the Indianapolis Clowns, signed Stone to play second base, a position that had been recently vacated when the Boston Braves signed Hank Aaron. This contract made Stone the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues. The Clowns had begun as a gimmick team, much like the Harlem Globetrotters, known as much for their showmanship as their playing. But by the ’50s they had toned down their antics and were playing straight baseball. Having a woman on the team didn’t hurt revenues, which had been declining steadily since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the majors, and many young Black players left the Negro Leagues.

In 1954, her contract was sold to the Kansas City Monarchs, one of the stronger teams in the Negro Leagues. But a lack of playing time led Stone to retire that season.” (X)

Check out the book, Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League and the ESPN video, Pioneer Toni Stone

Goodness gracious! Hello new people and welcome! It’s nice to meet you.

Goodness gracious! Hello new people and welcome! It’s nice to meet you.