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!
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.
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)
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