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A Black Marxist Scholar Wanted to Talk About Race. It Ignited a Fury.
Adolph Reed is a son of the segregated South, a native of New Orleans who organized poor Black people and antiwar soldiers in the late 1960s and became a leading Socialist scholar at a trio of top universities.
Along the way, he acquired the conviction, controversial today, that the left is too focused on race and not enough on class. Lasting victories were achieved, he believed, when working class and poor people of all races fought shoulder to shoulder for their rights.
“Adolph Reed and his ilk believe that if we talk about race too much we will alienate too many, and that will keep us from building a movement,” said Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a Princeton professor of African-American studies and a D.S.A. member. “We don’t want that — we want to win white people to an understanding of how their racism has fundamentally distorted the lives of Black people.”
A contrary view is offered by Professor Reed and some prominent scholars and activists, many of whom are Black. They see the current emphasis in the culture on race-based politics as a dead-end. They include Dr. West; the historians Barbara Fields of Columbia University and Toure Reed — Adolph’s son — of Illinois State; and Bhaskar Sunkara, founder of Jacobin, a Socialist magazine.
“An obsession with disparities of race has colonized the thinking of left and liberal types,” Professor Reed told me. “There’s this insistence that race and racism are fundamental determinants of all Black people’s existence.”
A Black Marxist Scholar Wanted to Talk About Race. It Ignited a Fury
Hat Named for Racial Slur Latest Race Controversy for H&M
The women's clothing company & Other Stories is under investigation by its parent company, H&M group, after employees complained last month about a photo in an internal product overview system which labeled a purple hat as a "[N-word] Lab Beanie."
"We are deeply sorry about the word connected to an image of a product that was sent out to our stores during July," & Other Stories' Managing Director Karolina Gutke wrote in a July 21 memo to employees, according to CNN. "This is completely unacceptable and there is no excuse to why this happened."
Report: LGBTQ+ Men and Women Raped, Abused In Syrian Conflict
Gay and bisexual men in Syria, along with transgender women, have been suffering horrific sexual violence in that nation during its multisided civil war, as documented in a new Human Rights Watch report.
“Since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011, men and boys and transgender women have been subjected to rape and other forms of sexual violence by the Syrian government and non-state armed groups, including the extremist armed group Islamic State (also known as ISIS),” says the report, “They Treated Us in Monstrous Ways”: Sexual Violence Against Men, Boys, and Transgender Women in the Syrian Conflict, released Wednesday. “Heterosexual men and boys are vulnerable to sexual violence in Syria, but men who are gay or bisexual — or perceived to be — and transgender women are particularly at risk.”
Naila, a 21-year-old transgender woman, said she was gang-raped in prison while a minor. “They brought the stick of a mop and they inserted it in our anus,” she said. “A strong bleeding started, and we were mutilated.”
Gay Man Says Group of 7 Beat Him Unconscious While Camping
Family of Special-Ed Student Who Was Given Drugs, Sexually Assaulted by Teacher Sues School District
Black Lives Matter mural painted outside Trump Tower vandalized for at least fourth time
The Black Lives Matter street mural outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan was vandalized again Sunday morning, according to the New York Police Department.
This marks at least the fourth time the mural has been vandalized since it was created on July 9.
Wiley: Anti-Semitism row prompts 48-hour Twitter boycott
A 48-hour boycott of Twitter by some of its users, protesting at the platform's alleged lack of action on anti-Semitism has begun.
It was triggered by the actions of grime music artist Wiley, who shared several posts on Twitter on Friday.
Some of the tweets were deleted, but Twitter was criticised for taking time to act and leaving some tweets up.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman has said Boris Johnson believes "Twitter needs to do better".
The offending messages "should not have been able to remain on Twitter and Instagram for so long", he added, and "social media companies need to go further and faster to remove content like this".
Black man holding an American flag tells protesters in Portland 'none of you guys represent Black lives' as he tries to protect the Federal Courthouse from vandals
A black man holding an American flag has been filmed telling protesters in Portland 'none of you guys represent Black lives'.
The unidentified demonstrator stood outside the Federal Courthouse on Saturday evening, footage shared on Twitter shows. In the clip he attempts to protect the building from vandals who tore down a fence.
Portland has seen nearly two months of nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Late Saturday, demonstrators broke into a building, set it on fire and started dumpster fires, police said.
Beware Those Who Would Reduce America's Multicolor Landscape to Black and White / Opinion
It's easy to shrug off the story of the city of Seattle's efforts last month to address racism as just another quirky anomaly in these unsettled times.
But Americans do so at our peril.
The City's Office of Civil Rights gathered white employees for a mandatory session entitled "Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness." A researcher who reviewed the curriculum noted that the instructor taught that all "white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their [own] 'humanity' and [has] caused 'harm and violence' to people of color."
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," so said Rev. King.
That's so 20th century.
Being born white is the woke generation's original sin. The list of demands to get out of white, racist purgatory are quite daunting:
Forget truth. It doesn't count; feelings do.
A person's personal dreams must make way for groupthink.
History must be erased to be replaced by authentic socialists like Karl Marx.
Collective memory must take a knee to intersectionality—connecting dots by fiat not fact.
Traditional morality—a racist vestige best forgotten by the old and then unlearned by the young.
Police? Defund them.
Law and order— a vicious concept leveraged to enslave people of color
Petition demands Trader Joe's change its 'racist' food packaging that uses 'harmful stereotypes' such as 'Trader Ming's' and 'Trader José's'
Teen boy grew breasts from ‘experimental’ estrogen prescribed in jail, lawsuit says
A California teen who says he developed enlarged breasts from taking prescribed estrogen while locked up in a juvenile facility is reportedly suing the doctor who gave him the pills.
The teen was given the hormones, which help develop the female reproductive system, after being diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD, two days into his June 2019 stint at Eastlake Juvenile Hall, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Thirteen days after taking one pill a day as prescribed, the teen’s breasts began to enlarge and swell. He developed gynecomastia, a condition suffered by men with high estrogen levels, according to medical records.
Schools superintendent said “God” told him being gay is a “choice.” Now he claims he was “set up.”
Bay County, Florida Superintendent of Schools Bill Husfelt is claiming he was used as “a political pawn” after he said that he believes being gay is a choice because of “God.”
In a video shared on social media by the LGBTQ Center of Bay County, the group’s president, Cindy Wilker, asked Husfelt to confirm that he said at a GOP meeting that being “gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender is a personal choice.”
“You did ask me that. I said yes,” he responded.
Man loses two teeth in violent beating…while hanging a pride flag
Tennessee Man Says He Was Subjected to Slurs, Fired for Being Gay
Karen Is Being Used by White Women — Here's Why They Need to Stop
By definition, the archetypal Karen is a white woman who views non-whiteness as a threat and is prone to calling the authorities on people of color. (e.g., Amy Cooper, the New York woman become synonymous with white women weaponizing their privilege to impart harm on Black people; or Alison Ettel, aka #PermitPatty, who called the cops on a Black child selling water.) The modern Karen feels entitled to policing people of color, though she may not view herself as problematic — Cooper, notably, was reportedly a liberal. Although white women are often impacted by patriarchy, Karen has no understanding of how she herself upholds oppression, weaponizing it as she uses her whiteness as a tool to punish others.
It’s in rebuttals to the popularization of “Karen” that’s especially instructive in revealing the ways white women using the term are bitterly ironic. The other angle to this conversation is how the term “Karen” has been argued by some to be a manifestation of the patriarchy and entirely anti-woman. British journalist Hadley Freeman argued that Karen is “mired in sexism,” since there's no equivalent nickname for racist white men. Another journalist, Julie Bindel, described “Karen” as a “woman-hating slur.” In the ensuing discourse, an uncomfortable trend arose in which white women use progressive language to shield themselves from accountability.
Miss Swimsuit UK, 23, is stripped of her title after she posted 'All Lives Matter' in Facebook post and questioned whether George Floyd was innocent
Miss Swimsuit UK has been stripped of her crown after posting an anti Black Lives Matter rant questioning whether George Floyd was innocent.
The 2019 swimsuit champion, Jasmine Archer-Jones, 23, from Chester, who moved to Texas shortly after winning the title, took to Facebook to share her view.
In a now deleted post made on June 3 she wrote: 'This is ridiculous now. It HAS to STOP. ALL lives matter, if you look deeply into statistics, more UNARMED WHITE people DIED than BLACK last year', reports The Sun.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?
Recent incidents of anti-Semitic tweets and posts from sports and entertainment celebrities are a very troubling omen for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement, but so too is the shocking lack of massive indignation. Given the New Woke-fulness in Hollywood and the sports world, we expected more passionate public outrage. What we got was a shrug of meh-rage.
When reading the dark squishy entrails of popular culture, meh-rage in the face of sustained prejudice is an indisputable sign of the coming Apatholypse: apathy to all forms of social justice. After all, if it’s OK to discriminate against one group of people by hauling out cultural stereotypes without much pushback, it must be OK to do the same to others. Illogic begets illogic.
Ice Cube’s June 10 daylong series of tweets, which involved some creepy symbols and images, in general implied that Jews were responsible for the oppression of blacks. NFL player DeSean Jackson tweeted out several anti-Semitic messages, including a quote he incorrectly thought was from Hitler (not your go-to guy for why-can’t-we-all-get-along quotes) stating that Jews had a plan to “extort America” and achieve “world domination.” Isn’t that SPECTRE’s job in James Bond movies?
Ice Cube calls Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a Judas for taking '30 pieces of silver' after the NBA legend criticized him and Nick Cannon for anti-Semitism which will damage BLM
Why Hispanic business owners are urging you to BUY-cott Goya products
The Goya Foods boycott is an insult to Hispanics, America’s largest minority group. Politicians and pundits — some Hispanic, many others painfully woke-white — are calling for a boycott of the largest Hispanic food manufacturer and distributor in the nation, a company that employs more than 4,000 people.
The Bodega and Small Business Association, which represents thousands of New York City bodegas, is not taking this lying down. We are urging our stores and customers to stock up on all of Goya’s great products.
We are calling for a Goya buycott.
It’s time to cancel ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Here’s what should replace it
Scholars disagree about the meaning of this couplet. Some read the words as a reference to escaped slaves fighting alongside the British, who promised to grant freedom to Black soldiers in exchange for their service. Historian Jason Johnson has called “The Star-Spangled Banner” “a diss track to Black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom.” Marc Ferris, the author of “Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem,” has written that Key was likely using the term “slave” more loosely, to describe “all of the monarch’s loyal subjects, including British troops — as contrasted with free patriot Americans.” Others argue that this context is academic: The only part of the poem that anyone knows, that anyone ever sings, is the first stanza, the one that begins “O say, can you see.”
But there are also arguments against “The Star-Spangled Banner” on aesthetic grounds, criticisms that have dogged the anthem for decades. For one thing, it’s not an especially American song. Its lyrics are ornate and Anglophile, with syntax that frustrates the efforts of normal human Americans to follow along — to deduce who or what, exactly, is gleaming and streaming.
0:12 / 3:08 "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" Wins Original Song: 2006 Oscars
"You know it's hard out here for a pimp (you ain't knowin')
When he tryin' to get this money for the rent (you ain't knowin')
For the Cadillac's and gas money spent (you ain't knowin')
Because a whole lot of bitches talkin' shit (you ain't knowin')
Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin' shit (you ain't knowin')
In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets
Gotta couple hoes workin' on the changes for me
But I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night
Like takin' from a ho don't know no better,
I know that ain't right
Done seen people killed, done seen people deal
Done seen people live in poverty with no meals
It's fucked up where I live, but that's just how it is
It might be new to you, but it's been like this for years." 14-Jul-2020
Prominent black New Yorkers call on NYPD to bring back 'anti-crime' unit after a wave of violence rocks the city
Two prominent members of the black community in New York City have called on the New York Police Department to reinstate the controversial "anti-crime" unit following weeks of increased violence and death in the city since its disbandment.
Last month, the NYPD announced that it would dissolve the controversial plainclothes unit after data allegedly showed its involvement in a disproportionate number of fatal officer-involved shootings in the city. The move was applauded by those who sought immediate change in the wake of George Floyd's death.
But in the weeks following the move, shootings in the city skyrocketed more than 200%, with a whopping 116 shooting incidents that occurred between June 15 and July 2. Things didn't get any better during the first two weeks of July as violence continued to grip the city resulting in several deaths, including that of a 1-year-old who was caught in the crossfire at a family barbecue.
'Bad guys are saying if you don't see a blue and white you can do whatever you want'
Antifa tough guy oversteps his bounds with driver in Portland — and gets taught brutal lesson
SEE IT: Gunman speeding down Bronx street on scooter shoots and wounds man
Two Police Officers Shot, One Killed in Bothell, Washington
Alameda Store Clerk Arrested on Suspicion of Homicide After Killing Thief
Georgia murder case tests whether a Black man can stand his ground against whites
Singaporean Couple To Spend Nearly Three Decades in Prison Over 'Abhorrent' Abuse Leading to Son's Death
NYPD Seeks ‘Armed and Dangerous' Suspects in Brooklyn Shooting Spree