The racial nonsense was thick this past week. From an adjustable hate speech slider for gamers to the racist roots of the District of Columbia’s federal disenfranchisement, here’s some of the race and racism news you might have missed.
“Computer: Decrease racism shields by 17 percent.”
How much White nationalism, body shaming and sexism would you prefer to experience today? Apparently Intel thought that answers other than “none” were acceptable, because it recently previewed a service that would allow video gamers to choose the degree of racism, misogyny or hate speech that comes in through their headsets from other players…
This week’s look at the race and racism stories you may have missed offers plenty of examples of how the effects of racism permeate everything from the air we breathe to the roads on which we travel — but there are some glimmers of hope on the horizon. And this week’s bit of good news is proof that the mass movement against police brutality and for Black lives is bearing fruit.
It’s been a hell of a week. We’ll start with a trip to the underworld courtesy of Lil Nas X, learn what space travel has to do with the descendants of enslaved Africans in Brazil, and finish up with the next piece of Black Girl Magic that Marsai Martin is blessing us with. Here are some of the race- and racism-related stories you might have missed in the last week.
Good takes on hellscapes: Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video continues to leave a trail of controversy in its wake, from the moral panic of Christians…
This sounds DREAMY. I think my problem at this point is really that all my devices are getting old, but I'm definitely looking into this once I upgrade everything.
Excellent advice (or reminder) for journalists of all career stages!
Deeper, more accurate understanding, then, is most likely to happen when facts come straight from the source. Want to know what something looks or feels like? See it or do it. Curious about what someone believes? Ask them, or if that’s not possible, find an explanation in their own words. Trying to make sense of a research finding? Read the study or report and email the researcher a question or two.
Here are the racist (and anti-racist) news headlines you might have missed in the past week. We’ll start with the ongoing water crisis that might have escaped your attention because it’s not in Flint, Michigan, and finish with anti-racist muppets. How’s that for a contrast?
One of America’s Blackest cities doesn’t have safe water: A few weeks ago, I mentioned the thousands of folks in the overwhelmingly Black city of Jackson, Mississippi, who were still without drinking water weeks after back-to-back winter storms knocked out their service. But like a pimple that lies painfully under the skin before erupting, Jackson’s…
When you think of grunge, do you picture a bunch of long-haired White guys in plaid shirts, singing about teenage angst and self-loathing? Time to expand that viewpoint. Standing above them all should be Tina Bell, a tiny Black woman with an outsized stage presence, and her band, Bam Bam. It’s only recently that the 1980s phenom has begun to be recognized as a godmother of grunge.
This modern genre’s sound was, in many ways, molded by a Black woman. The reason she is mostly unknown has everything to do with racism and misogyny. Looking back at the beginnings of…
I write this in the aftermath of a horrific crime in which a White man killed eight people, most of them women of Asian descent. And as we are all too aware, this kind of violence doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It comes amid a rash of attacks against Asians and Asian Americans. It follows years of dehumanizing and offensive rhetoric that came prominently, but not solely, from former President Donald Trump and the people around him. And much like anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism is baked into the pop culture and media we all consume.
Thriftiness is a dish best served cold.
I recently read this really interesting New York Times story about families with multiple refrigerators and freezers, and what that fact can say about socioeconomic class, and even race and ethnicity. That got me thinking about my own family’s fridge/freezer habits.
Growing up, our family had one freezer-fridge combo in the kitchen and then a big standing freezer in the basement (and later in the garage, when we moved to a house without a basement). The second freezer stored all the stuff Mom got on sale, made in batches, or that was part…
What week is it again? What year is it? This week’s roundup of racial fuckery includes updates to a lot of things we’ve seen before: the latest in the trial against the officer charged with killing George Floyd, attempts to make it harder for people to vote in Georgia, and more.
Is there an emoji for copyright infringement? In a year where words were not enough, I know I sure appreciated the chance to express myself via emoji — especially during this summer’s anti-police brutality protests, when I could raise a virtual fist in the same skin tone as my…
Stephanie Siek is a writer and editor who loves cats, cookie dough and aborted alliteration.