Valleywag compares dating service to the comfort women during World War II and refuses to retract with an official apology despite public outcry. They deem it appropriate satire.
A few of us engaged with their editors about mocking the many rape victims during World War II. They tried to get us to comment on their website for traffic + revenue. They asked us to email them to avoid transparency. One editor mocked us and blocked. They told us they do not retract unless it is “factual errors” and refuse to apologize.
I urge all Koreans, Korean Americans, and anyone who cares about social justice to please signal-boost and share this so that Gawker and its Valleywag editors will apologize for what they did.
Hello everyone! Welcome back! I’d hoped to start this writing year off with a bang and post something I’ve been working on for a while but I didn’t get it finished in time. Booooo! It will be posted next Monday and I hope you’ll all pretend it was the first thing I posted this week and be all like…WOW! Now THAT’S how you start a school year! I mean, even if you aren’t impressed, can you just pretend? ;)
Since this is Monday, List day, I figured I’d give you a silly (and very short) list to get you through your week:
*Okay, a little explanation on that last one, A couple of weeks ago someone asked me what our “School song” would be if I could pick any song and in true RS fashion, I gave this question way too much thought. Click the link to hear our school song! (The link to the lyrics have a couple of words wrong but nothing major)
Guys, a friend of mine needs your help. Her father is facing deportation and we are trying to get as many signatures as possible to present it to the representative of our area to argue and step in on behalf of this man and his family. It will only take a minute to sign and its so important to my friend and her family.
The person who posted my address and said they’d hoped I’d get murdered had their blog deleted (Finally) and the the second person that posted one of my old home addresses (Thinking it was current) had the post removed. I’ve taken the necessary precautions and believe the matter has been sufficiently handled. (Evidently some of the things the really scary person posted are considered felonies and…it’s being handled) If you removed the “Who I follow” section from your blog, it should be safe to put it back now.
Sorry for the poopy drama (Yeah, I said poopy!). I’m putting a moratorium on the drama on this blog. It’s pretty rare so why not get rid of it altogether? It’s all about positivity. Shame on me for giving these people attention.
Anyway, posting will start again on Monday March 3rd. I’ve been working on the March 3rd post for a while now and I can’t wait for you all to see it! Weeeeee!
As an avid Podcast listener, I’m often asked for suggestions. Instead of giving out random titles here and there, I’ve decided to give y’all the full list of Podcasts I currently listen to. It’s an eclectic mix (To say the least) and if you’re a podcast listener, you shouldn’t expect to like everything here. It’s quite a mixed bag. None the less, here’s the list and yes, I am always looking for new and interesting podcasts so if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! The links and descriptions are from iTunes but most (If not all) of these podcasts have several options to listen.
Basic Black- Produced live in WGBH’s Studio B, Basic Black features a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events and topics impacting Black communities locally and nationally
Black Girl Nerds Podcast - Black Girl Nerds is a podcast and place where girls of our ilk can express themselves freely and embrace who they are. This is not a show exclusively for Black women, but it is a show exclusively for Nerds! Haha! The end of each episode provides information on each of our social networks and a preview to the next week’s podcast topic
Black Girls Talking - Black Girls Talking is a pop culture podcast wherein 4 Black women discuss representations of people of color in various forms of media
Black Hollywood Live Portraits - Black Hollywood Live “Portraits” features intimate, in depth interviews with Hollywood’s biggest stars and influencers. BHL Portraits is Hollywood redefined
Black on Black Cinema - An intelligent and funny look at films aimed at the Black American audience broken down by 4 opinionated guys
Blackout Television Podcast - Improv-Comedy-Audio Theater- The cast consists of all African American Actors with credits from Mad TV and Saturday Night Live to the Boondocks and Reno 911. They perform regularly at the Groundlings Theater
Can’t Talk - Friends discussing books, television, games, movies, writing, and feminism. A lot of feminism. Inappropriate jokes in abundance. Language & content may be NSFW.
The Chelsea Krost Show - The Chelsea Krost Show is where every generation can learn something new from a Millennial Mouth. From Entertainment to Fashion to topical issues
The Suze Orman Show - Suze Orman is America’s most recognized personal finance expert. “The Suze Orman Show,” which airs 9pm ET. Saturdays on CNBC, covers today’s hottest financial topics, helping people make the connection between self worth and net worth. In a format that’s fast-paced, down-to-earth and entertaining, Suze candidly tells her audience the truth about money so viewers can change the course of their financial destiny to have more and be more
Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler - Join Aisha Tyler (Archer, Friends, Talk Soup) and her guests as they rant about stuff guys love: video games, action movies, comic books, sex, drinking, bar gights, and blowing shit up. Plus the weekly installment of self-inflicting wounds and “The apologia.” Girl on Guy: Guys. Love.
Guerrilla Marketing to Women - Wendy Steven’s, has become a multiple 7 figure entrepreneur, Best selling author, Speaker to Fortune 100 Companies and the CEO and Founder of Local Guerrilla Marketing. On “Guerrilla Marketing to Women Podcast”, Wendy and her expert guests share with Entrepreneurs, business owners and marketers like you, how to generate more leads & convert more sales by working smarter not harder through guerrilla marketing to women
Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin - In WNYC’s new podcast series, award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entree into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments and offices of people such as comedian Chris Rock, political strategist Ed Rollins and Oscar winner Michael Douglas
House of Cards AfterBuzz TV AfterShow - A weekly aftershow for fans of Netflix’s “House of Cards” that features hosts John Comerford, Sofia Stanley, Thaddeus Massey, and Emma Kostandyan
Lovemade Lifestyle Podcast - The Lovemade Lifestyle Podcast introduces you to powerhouse entrepreneurs and top notch social influences that have been able to craft the business and lifestyle of their desires by leveraging online marketing, social media, blogging and other forms of technology. Discover how it is truly possible to profit from your passion. Whether your goal is to increase monetization -OR- your focus is to be a voice for social change, you will leave Lovemade Lifestyle feeling inspired, taking away actionable tips to help you grow and sustain your platform. Our diverse guests range from entrepreneurs crushing it with seven figure businesses to bloggers who are happily earning just enough online profits to live comfortably as work at home parents. This show is jam packed with interviews from today’s most insightful entrepreneurs, niche bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, YouTube sensations, industry thought leaders and so much more!
Mohr Stories with Jay Mohr - The typical format has one celebrity guest that joins Jay in studio to talk about showbiz, comedy and life.
Rachel Maddow - The Rachel Maddow Show, which airs 9pm ET week nights on MSNBC, is a smart look at politics, pop culture, and all the day’s top stories. It’s mind over chatter! Maddow is a political commentator for MSNBC
Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Radio Essays - Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist who chronicles the human condition. He has been a resident of Pennsylvania’s death row for twenty-five years. Writing from his solitary confinement cell his essays have reached a worldwide audience. His books “Live from Death Row,” “Death Blossoms,” “All Things Censored,” “Faith of Our Fathers” and “We Want Freedom” have sold over 150,000 copies and been translated into nine languages. His 1982-murder trail and subsequent conviction have been the subject of great debate. Major issues in the trial have led to a worldwide campaign to gain Mumia a new trial and, ultimately, to gain his freedom.
Nerdgasm Noire Network - The Nerdgasm Noire Network is a group of 5 Black women who love all things geeky. From books to anime to TV, we discuss what we love and hate.
The Nerdist - I am Chris Hardwick. I am on TV a lot and have a blog at nerdist.com. This podcast is basically just me talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, and usually someone more famous than all of us. Occasionally we swear because that is fun. I hope you like it, but if you don’t I’m sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage in the ‘reviews’ section because that’s how the internet works.
Ratchet and The Geek - Ratchet and the Geek is a conversation between Social Media and Pop Culture blogger Luvvie Ajayi and Web Developer and Technologist Scott Hanselman. You can decide who is Ratchet and who is the The Geek.
The Read - Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for the weekly “Read” of hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyonce. Or Blue Ivy. As recent transplants to New York City (Fury from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city
Roland Martin Reports Daily Podcast - Roland S Martin is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist. A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, Mr. Martin is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of American, and his newest book, “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S Martin.” Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin.” a one-hour Sunday morning news show. He is also a CNN Analyst. Appearing on a variety of the network’s shows. In October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior analyst.
Scandal Podcast (Fancast) - This is a fan podcast because Shonda Rhimes has written another hit and I absolutely love it! Join us each week as I recap the Scandal episode, the twitter frenzy it inspires and shout out a few fellow Gladiators as we shut it down on Thursdays at 10 (EST).
Scandal: Revealed - Join Executive Producer Betsy Beers as she takes listeners behind the scenes with the cast and creators fo ABC’s “Scandal” airing Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.
Slate’s Political Gabfest - Stephen Colbert says “Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest.” The Gabfest, featuring Slate’s Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.
FEaB - FEaB is a podcast with Matt Mira and Scott Mosier getting to know each other and deciding if they actually want to be friends. Brought to you by SModcast and Nerdist Industries.
Plus One - Meet Jennifer Schwalbach. 12 years ago, Kevin Smith Jedi-Mind-Tricked her into giving up an awesome life for marriage. Now, there is no escape - - because pre-nups are for pussies.
TWIB.FM: This Week In Blackness Radio - This Week in Blackness Radio is an award winning Monday-Thursday online radio series (syndicated in Washinton DC - 1480 AM at 9pm) featuring TWIB! Creator Elon James White, NY1 Contributor L Joy Williams and Premiere Straight Man Aaron Rand Freeman.
twobrowngirls’s podcast - Zebra and Fariha, two women of color and critics based out of New York City, get together every week to discuss the latest in film, television, and pop culture
Welcome to Night Vale - Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Welcome to Night Vale.
WTF with Marc Maron Podcast - Comedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day - WTF? He’ll get to the bottom of it with help from comedian friends, celebrity guests and the voices in his own head.
This blog will be going on a month long hiatus for January. I’d planned to start posting right away but I’d like to take some time to get things set up properly.
The last 3-ish months haven’t been up to par and I don’t want to have any of that kind of “Blah” for 2014.
This has been one of the best, most exhausting, draining and emotionally joyful years of my life. Getting the non-profit started, helping people right here in my state as well as across the country has changed my life in the most positive of ways. I’ve never felt more fulfilled but truly (happily) exhausted!
Although my offline life has been an exercise in beauty, here online, I neglected this blog and in turn, it’s audience. For that, I am sorry. In order to make sure that doesn’t happen again, I’m taking this time to set up this blog with posts worthy of it’s readers.
Posting will resume on Monday February 3, 2014.
I couldn’t be more excited about the new year, the adventures we all have in store and the things we’ll all learn on this road together. Be kind to each other. Never forget, you are loved.
2014: Celebrating Every Accomplishment and/or Milestone
There’s a lot in store for the coming year here at Racism School and I couldn’t be more excited to get started! As we’re winding down this year, I’d like to take a moment to thank each of you for your continued support of this blog as well as your continued support of me, the ever exhausted (but happy) blogger! This has been a great year but 2014 is going to be 10 times better. For this blog, for myself and for each of you.
It’s the last day of 2013 so…
It’s a great time to remind those of you who live in the US and are 18 or over, that you can download your credit report once per year for free. If you’re making resolutions let’s put financial stability at the top! Your credit report is a great place to start.
You are loved.
2014 has been designated the year of “Celebrating every accomplishment and/or milestone.” We’re all going to be proud of what we do, how far we’ve come and make every effort to support one another.
Be safe. Tonight, tomorrow and for the rest of the year.
“The chief task now, it seems to me, is for teachers and educationists to ensure quality education, to foster the ideal of communication and compassion among all the young people of our society, and to view the teaching process as an integral part of the effort to bring about social change and social justice to our society.”—Bayard Rustin
“Dignity and self-respect are not abstract virtues that can be cultivated in a vacuum. They are related to one’s job, education, residence, mobility, family responsibilities, and other circumstances that are determined by one’s economic and social status in the society.”—Bayard Rustin
As I’m a casual fan of Beyonce, I’ve been fighting this all day, trying my hardest not to write a 47 page dissertation on the one song that is under so much scrutiny. After seeing yet another message, like this. I thought, ya know, maybe it needs to be done. Ready to dissect? I hope so ‘cause that’s what we’re doing tonight folks.
The song in question is called “Flawless.”
A truly fitting name for a perfect reflection of strength, femininity and yes, Feminism. The uproar, coming largely from one sect of the so-called Feminist community is about the wording. Evidently, not everyone understands that some words have multiple meanings. Now, to begin I have to take you back for a little music history lesson.
In music, particularly Black music, a word doesn’t always mean what you think it means. For example, when I was a kid, the word “Murder” in a song didn’t mean you were actually ending a life. It meant that a person was going to knock you on your ass with their lyrical skill. It was not a violent word and it never meant to cause physical harm. When someone said, “I’m going to murder you” it meant, they were going to “Murder” the mic and embarrass your ass for thinking you were on their musical level.
Today, when people, oh let’s go ahead and be specific here, mostly white “Feminists” are upset about the phrase, “Bow down, bitches.” However, with a single listen, you know that Beyonce is not even insinuating that she is any better than anyone else or that she doesn’t respect and support women. The damn lyric literally says, “I know when you were little girls, you dreamt of being in my world, don’t forget it, don’t forget it, respect that, bow down bitches.”
To the untrained, or let’s face it, the willfully ignorant, you can incorrectly view that as a slant. Nothing could be further from the truth. She isn’t saying, “Ha ha, I have what you want. Sit there and be jealous.” She is saying, “Look how far I’ve come. Hard work paid off and you should give props to those who worked and achieved.” Now this is a broader interpretation but me personally, I believe she was speaking to her younger self but I’ll get to that in just a second.
Next, we hear the brilliant words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. One thing that people complaining are going to have to sit down and explain to me…like I’m two…is how you could have missed the fact that not only was permission given for this sample to be used but that it was approved by the speaker? Like, you are really acting like Beyonce was walking down the street, tripped over some audio of someone speaking and threw it on her record. Really? Seriously? No…come on people.
The words spoken aren’t just potent, they are perfectly in line with the lyrics of the song. She doesn’t say, “Women shouldn’t be competitive.” She says that we shouldn’t be competitive for men. In fact, she says, “We raise girls to see each other as competitors. Not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men.”
The competition, the bowing down, the giving props to someone who is slaying, is about that healthy competition AND support. The lyrics and the portion of the speech are completely in sinc with the message.
The last section of the song is Beyonce singing about how you’re flawless. Listen to the words people. “You wake up, Flawless….” She isn’t saying that she’s great and her shit doesn’t stink. She is saying we were born flawless and we just have to remind ourselves of that. She isn’t listing how great she is. She is giving herself and us, affirmation of our greatness. Listen to the damn words. Even at the portion when she lists personal things she has that are “Flawless.” She is reminding herself (and you) of how far she’s come. Look how hard she’s worked to get where she is and yes, we should bow down to our sister who is doing it! Go Bey! Not, oh let’s bow down because she’s better than us. Bow down because she had a singular goal and reached it. Because she continues to make those goals and works to reach them. The “Bowing down” is pretty much us giving a high five and saying, DO IT! As well as her telling us that we can do it.
“I woke up like this. I woke up like this. Ladies tell ‘em, I look so good tonight.”
She isn’t saying SHE looks good. She is saying, ladies, WE look good. Let’s do this!
Then there’s the combination of each part. The reason that I, as well as several others, know for sure that you’re issue is about something other than your concern for “Feminism.”
See, I didn’t need to sit here and explain this to you. Had you listened to this track from beginning to end, you would have gotten it all on your own. Know why? Because when you put each separate piece together, here’s what you get…
Audio of Beyonce in a very early Star Search episode competing with one of her early groups. (We start with the dream/goal) Next, comes “Bow down bitches.” (We give props because she started there and now here she is.) Then, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche spins truth into words and just to make sure we all got the message, plainly states what we need to do for each other, as women. (A pro-women support system.) Next, “I woke up like this. I woke up like this. Ladies tell them…” (Giving affirmation. You support me. I support you. We support we.) Finally, just to fully bring things full circle and show the world how far she’s really come…the song ends with what happened on that day at Star Search. You hear that the group Beyonce was in, lost.
Do you get that? They lost that day. Their dream was so close. They were right there and they lost. BUT-she kept going. She kept working. She kept her eye on the prize and look at her now. Which is why I believe the earlier part of the song was her talking to her younger self. Saying, when you were little you dreamt of being where I am now. You made it!
I keep seeing these ignorant posts about why Beyonce can’t or shouldn’t be seen as a role model and/or Feminist. What I haven’t seen is someone asking women who we want to be our role models or feminist icons.
Feminism means I get to decide for myself.
You don’t get to dictate who my heros are any more than I get to dictate who your’s are. If you need to tell me, or anyone else, who they are “Allowed” to love, admire, look up to or simply enjoy, perhaps you need to reevaluate your need to control a populace and how that has nothing to do with the Feminism you’re claiming to be so concerned with.
Stop telling these babies not to love Beyonce or shaming them for doing so. You aren’t enlightened, you’re an asshole. Go sit in the corner until it’s your time to lead the universe. In other words, go sit in the corner forever.
“Pretty hurts. We shine the light on whatever’s worst. Perfection is a disease of a nation. Pretty hurts. We shine the light on whatever’s worst. Try to fix something but you can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s the soul that needs the surgery.”—
Being “Not racist” is not an absolute. It is a conscious and daily decision. In order to be “Not racist” a person has to first accept that the world itself and most of their opinions that deal in race are in fact, racist. Being “Not racist” is something that has to be part of every single day. There is no “Graduation date” for anti-racism. There will never be a day when a person can say, “I’ve read all the books, seen all the movies and heard all the lectures. I am now not a racist.” There is no ready made “Not a racist” desk set.
When people say things like, “I’ve never had a bad thought about another race,” and believes this statement is proof they are not racist, it serves as the opposite. You would HAVE to be a racist to claim that you’ve never had a bad thought about another race. If you live in America or any other first world country, capitalism dictates that there is a top and a bottom. People love to associate the top and bottom with money. All the while choosing to ignore the very real fact that money is extremely racially entwined.
To live in a first world country and say that you’ve “Never had a bad thought about another race” implies that you, somehow, were never affected in any way shape or form by your parents, your teachers, television, books, movies, advertisements, friends, other family members or society as a whole. I am sure you think that you are an awesome human being but no one, I repeat, no one is capable of not being affected with THIS much propaganda being thrown at them the moment they enter the world.
In turn, if you believe this to be true, you are a person who is incapable of change and being “Non-racist” because as far as you’re concerned, you aren’t the least bit racist to begin with.
The very first step in being “Not racist” is to figure out where your racist thoughts and feelings lay so that you can focus and change them.
Been on my mind lately trying to figure out what my racist thoughts are (like, the ones that aren’t so obvious) and where they come from.
Sadly, many of the racist thoughts aren’t going to be brightly obvious because when we see something as “True” we also believe it can’t be racist. When you’re getting to a place where you’re questioning your truth, it can get very difficult and upsetting.
A good place to start is in your every day. You’d have to be completely honest with yourself and truly examine why you think the way you do. For example, when walking down the street or at a store, pick a random person and decide what you think they do for a living, if they have kids, are married, have a Bachelors degree, ect. Really think about it honestly. Try to dissect why you think they have these things and if you’re honest, you’ll start to see your racists leanings.
The problem is, it’s extremely hard to be honest with yourself. If you’re seeing a Black man with baggy jeans, you might think something extremely racist but because you’re focusing on it, you’re going to intentionally try to change your thoughts of this person. You’re going to tell yourself that this person has the best job you can think of, is the best parent ever, nicest person on Earth, ect.
You’re going to do this because although you might be willing to admit you have racist leanings, nailing those leanings down would be admitting that you’re a racist. These two things might sound like the same thing but they aren’t.
Admitting that you’re a racist is extremely difficult but until you’re able to make that statement for yourself, it will be very difficult to change your racist leanings.
*Note: Forcing yourself to change the negative way you think is a good thing but it should come only after you’ve truly figured out what those negative things are first.
Also-This is a private exercise. There’s no need to walk down the street announcing to passerbys that you’re a racist. Making this statement to yourself is about growth, not making a spectacle.