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A very interesting op-ed that is dripping with poignant thoughts and factual truths. The increased fear and pigheadedness of vocal whites in America make sense when the system created for them to succeed in is constantly and rightly challenged. Equality doesn't equate to erasure.
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/opinion/white-americas-broken-heart.html?_r=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.dailykos.com%2Fstory%2F2016%2F2%2F5%2F1480317%2F-Wow-Charles-Blow-goes-there-in-op-ed
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I had seen this documentary through PBS about income inequalities (if I find it, I'll post it here), and it made a lot of sense. With the debacle at Flint, MI (and other places with the same decades-long struggle but not getting news coverage), gentrification, and the reason why there are Chinatowns and the like in cities, you would think these issues would have been pointed out and solved long time ago. The main reason it hasn't is because the "right" (a.k.a. rich-to-well-off white) people aren't largely affected by it. When they are, that's when it's a scandal or progress needs to happen.

What I love about the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement is that the cries of minorities are beginning to sound like one voice. The cry is louder, more unified, and intersectional. More people are realizing that the struggle isn't unique to only one race. The whites that get it are being allies, but they have a lot to unpack and relearn, as well as call out their own folks for problematic behaviors surrounding privilege, appropriation, and internalized racism. The unfortunate thing is many whites are still hanging on to this ideal of achieving the American Dream through hard work and dedication; pointing out the truth is a personal attack and unpatriotic. They feel that because the president is black, racism and white supremacy are gone. 🙄
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If you have the urge to respond with #NotAll[Blank], stop. You're about to not only look ridiculous, but repeat what we already know.

When we point out problems in a sect (men, police, white people, whatever) you identify with, know that we're doing just that. It is not a personal attack towards you, but rather a hope that people will wake up, see, and deal with the issues we're addressing. If you happen to take it personally, then I suggest you look inwardly and fix your mess, rather than flock to the need to defend and explain bullshit. #IJS

But, if you still want to hang on to that tired, old "not all this is that" line of defense, then take these "not all's" into consideration:

#NotAllLivesMatter
#NotAllPayIsEqual
#NotAllActivismIsTerrorism (in fact, none of it is; since when calling out bullshit is equivalent to mass lynching and genocide?)
#NotAllRepresentationIsRepresentative
#NotAllAlliesAreAllies
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"You're not like other [insert race here] people. You're so different!"

"Wow, I didn't expect you to be so intelligent/articulate/knowledgable. Go you!"

"We're so proud of you [not being a statistic/stereotype]!"

This. Shit.
These are NOT compliments!
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So, the term "anchor baby" isn't offensive because he said so. We just need to "chill out," since his privilege allows him to dictate how we feel.

This is really sad, but not surprising. The "battle against immigration" seems to be all-encompassing, but only to immigrant people of color. No one talks about the illegal European immigrants who stay after visas are expired or revoked (in some cases of criminal charges, false pretenses, etc.), or who take advantage of the same "fraud" Bush mentions pregnant Asian woman commit.

What most concerns me is the endgame. Are the people pushing for POC immigrant removal hoping for a whiter America? It didn't take long for the Asian "model minority" myth to be discredited just this year (see Duke professor Jerry Hough's comments). Who will be next in the crosshairs? Are POC only worth something if they're sleeping with them (Trump and his Russian wives, J. Bush and his Mexican wife)? Is the only diversity they want to see are reinstituted internment camps or reservations for POC, not unlike the Native Americans?

What. Do. They. Want?
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Thank you for the conversation today. Hopefully we can chat again soon. +Scarlet Empress +David Gale +MelodicMic +han-bi Oyeyemi Peace 
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Every three to four days.

Every three to four days I hear something new that terrifies me or angers me or both. I've been restrained because the acts have me speechless, breathless, numb.

Every three to four days I see the work of the sixties getting slowly and violently overturned and dismissed. They say we don't have a race issue anymore. They say that the victims aren't as innocent as we think. They say history is not repeating itself, things have changed, people are oversensitive and race baiting. They say we have a Black president.

Every three to four days I'm reminded that teaching my daughter to be "colorblind" is equivalent to fattening her up before the kill. Her ignorance could lead to her dehumanization. Her blissful unawareness could spell her demise. Her naïveté could invite others to shame her for her dark skin, her plump lips, her round hips and butt. Shame her, exploit her, degrade her, ostracize her, and profit from her.

Every three to four days I'm too hurt to cry. I'm too shaken to move. I'm too angry to speak out. I'm silent and contemplative, bitter and depressed, sickened and annoyed. I. Just. Am.

Now, I wait for what else will happen next. Now, I wait for more stories of anti-black sentiments to surface. Now, I wait for others to see this mess for what it is. Now, I wait for the litany of people desperately trying to deflect and prove me wrong. Now, I wait for the next three to four days.
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I read this article featuring one of my favorite bloggers, Ranier Maningding. Though the writing could have been better, it does raise great questions and points to consider.

I know from personal experience that ignorance and curiosity go hand-in-hand. Being a young, black woman, I faced endless amounts of bullying mostly for my hair and (lack of) style. Shamefully, I know, too, that I've said a few groaners to the only one Asian-American guy in my grade, possibly school (I'm sure +Nate Gaylinn knows who I speak of).

In my defense, it was from a non-malicious place of curiousness, but it doesn't help that most American people have no knowledge of Asian-Americans, their distinctions, or their cultures. Unless it's an interest, those who do know can still come off as ignorant and insulting.

The K-pop phenomenon might have changed some perspectives, but to quote Ranier, the one star America chooses to focus on is the "Weird Al of K-pop," Psy. He's goofy, funny, and not at all regarded as attractive. However, we get a legitimate star in Rain to play the lead role in the movie Ninja Assassin, but we haven't seen him on American TV or hear his music on American radio since. Is it because he's good-looking? Is it because he's a versatile celebrity? Is it because he breaks the mold America made about how Asian men should be viewed? He's not effeminate, not yuk-yuk funny, not geeky, and not apologetic. So what's the problem?

I guess it just wasn't his time. America isn't ready to let go of the White and Black (literally) standards of beauty. Not yet. But, I encourage him and others to keep trying. Go out for roles that aren't for a sidekick or martial arts master. Keep pushing to change our minds. Some of us are already there. Hell, if Virginia can allow gay marriage, anything can happen!
It is high time that we end bullying against and stereotyping of Asian-American men and start celebrating them! I contacted Ranier Maningding, the innovator behind the wildly popular blog The Love Life of an Asian Guy, and he described in detail the ...
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What a way to start the new year... #OregonUnderAttack

When I first heard of this story late night on Jan. 2, I figured that it'd be handled quickly and be a widespread media phenomenon as the first big news story of 2016. Well, that's two strikes and too telling of how wrong I am.

Am. Not was. Am, because this is STILL, as I type, going on! Armed terrorists openly declares treason over the imprisonment of two rancher arsonists. THAT should be the headline, not the bullshit the weak ass reporter tweeted on ABC News' feed. #ABCNewsBeLike

But, ABC isn't the only network that should be put on blast. ALL of them needs to be outed and chastised as being hypocritical and sorely lacking in journalistic responsibility. It's a downright shame that twitter is the only place to see news break, and I don't even have it! And the news outlets that do decide to cover it, do so in very egregious ways:

1. Comparing known terrorists to the #BlackLivesMatter movement
NEWSFLASH!! Protestors in Ferguson and Baltimore were assaulted by police BEFORE the riots took place! Besides, since when is taking diapers and Tylenol from a CVS the SAME or WORSE than a marching militia storming onto federally-protected land and demanding they should be able to own and distribute said STOLEN, OCCUPIED land to the ranchers of Oregon? Did I miss the news coverage of ANY Black Lives Matter protestor use ANYTHING lethal? Are cardboard signs, gas masks, and megaphones tools of destruction? But these past troublemaking Bundy boys (known for posting snipers on their property, shooting at federal officers, and stealing back cattle that were federally confiscated for various reasons all with NO consequences) need to be coddled and handled with kid gloves because their not "looting anyone." #SideEyesCNN

2. Not calling these treasonists terrorists or vice versa
"Peaceful protestors"
"Protesting Militiamen"
"Armed Protestors"
To protest is to say or show disapproval or disagreement over something. Bundy's pack of animals are DEMANDING a government-free state. They want America to literally give up a piece of land and have it not be America anymore. #TreasonMuch #YallQuedaPlease What did start out as a "disagreement" over the Hammond arson case (the town marched in a REAL peaceful demonstration), has morphed into this standoff between self-entitled and self-appointed dipshits and a wishy-washy police force. Self-appointed because the Hammonds AND the ranchers of Oregon want no part of their fuckery! Remember the Black Panther Party? They mobilized to get weapons for protection and before they could say, "Black Power!" the government BOMBED the building they were in, effectively killing the movement and ending any future thought of an armed POC militia. But Muslims, Black Lives, and Black Panthers (BPP) are terrorists, not white criminals from Arizona? Gotcha.

3. No widespread coverage or outrage
If you are watching this mess unfold, you'll notice that the ones that are disgusted and calling this what it really is are not journalists. They are readers, bloggers, tweeters, people who are sick and tired of the obvious double standard that is on display. White people and many others are finally starting to see what we Black people have been saying forever. There is a real problem with white supremacy, white privilege, and racial disparity in this country.
Still don't believe us?
Picture, if you will, if this situation occurred with Black militiamen or an Asian militia or Muslim-Americans or Native peoples or even Latino dayworkers/farmers. Will they still be alive to express their demands? Would this occupation, declaration, and act of high treason still be tolerated for over 35 hours? Would a Muslim non-jihadist group of pissed-off Americans have access to delivery to continue their food supply? Would a band of Asian-Americans shouting down and spitting on the model minority myth be allowed to have phone interviews and conversations with the media in the hopes of spreading their rhetoric worldwide? Would a posse of Black people survive loading up trucks full of weapons, driving over state lines, and march the streets armed to the teeth only to later set up camp on federal ground? Would a Latino organization get to go through negotiations if they openly declare they are willing to kill and die over their terrorism?
We all know the answers to these questions. It's not even debatable. Because these #VanillaISIS bastards are white, it's OK for them to stay where they are, live, and hopefully regret this decision and go home. #YeahRight


At some point, I hope this debacle will wake people up and we have a real and open discussion about race in this country. Because if you don't see how race is indeed one of the issues shown in this case, you are most definitely a part of the problem.

#MicDrop
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A childhood fantasy comes alive again with the live performance of #TheWiz ! I'm so excited to see this reinterpretation of a classic. I'm watching it with my daughter and even she's in awe with the show. My hope is that she can see herself in this Dorothy like I did years ago. Way to go, NBC!
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Praying for the safety and unrest of students at #Mizzou

Be alert, record anything you see/hear if possible, stay safe. Unfortunately, most do not believe your cries for help and instead demand proof. Well, I believe you.

If an Asian woman can be arrested for posting an anonymous "joke threat" on Yik Yak (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/10/13/emory-university-student-arrested-for-shooting-threat-posted-on-yik-yak/), then why are the several threats to minority students' lives on the same platform ignored? 😒
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An arrest has been made. They supposedly caught the poster of the threats online. None of his/her info has been released, though. I wonder why...
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How to date a POC (or anyone):

1) Find one.

2) Talk to him/her.

3) Don't be creepy, an asshole, or a creepy asshole. Ex: "Oh, I just love your (weird ethnic word) hair/skin! Can I touch it? How did you get it to look like that?! I hear Black doesn't crack (or Asian doesn't raisin)!" -_-

4) Ask him/her to join you on a casual date.

It's not that hard!
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As written by my favorite blogger, Ranier Maningding:

http://www.vincentwhofilm.com/about/

"On June 19th 1982, Vincent Chin and his friend were celebrating at a local strip club when two white men, Ronald Ebens and his step-son, Michael Nitz, chased Vincent out of the bar, found him at a local McDonalds and bludgeoned his skull with a baseball bat again and again and again and again...

Why?

Because they thought Vincent was Japanese.

Ebens and Nitz were recently terminated from their position at the local Chrysler Automotive factory. Due to Japan's successful export of affordable cars, thousands of factory workers lost their jobs. So when Ebens and Nitz saw Vincent at the Fancy Pants night club, they screamed from across the room, "It's because of YOU LITTLE MOTHERFUCKERS that we're out of work!"

Harsh words were exchanged, Vincent didn't back down, and the bar owners threw them all out. The two white men chased Vincent, a 27-year-old Engineer, and beat him till he was bloody and unconscious. Chin was rushed to the hospital and fell into a coma. He died on June 23rd 1982, 33 years from today.

Remember where I mentioned him being at the strip club? Well, he was there to celebrate his bachelor party. Yes..... he was supposed to get married on June 27th, just four days before he died.

And after all that racism and violence and hatred and evil, Ebens and Nitz walked away with ZERO jail time and a $3,000 fine. When the public cried for an explanation, the judge simply said, "These weren't the kind of men you send to jail... You don't make the punishment fit the crime; you make the punishment fit the criminal."

Why Asian-Americans MUST Remember Vincent Chin:

Vincent Chin is a reminder to the Asian-American community that anti-Asian racism and xenophobia sleep softly beside white supremacy's bed. Though Asian-Americans perceive themselves and have internalized much of the model minority stereotypes, believing that they are immune to police brutality and racism, it's important to recognize that in one fell swing of a baseball bat... that could all change.

Right now, there are THOUSANDS of Vincent Chins out there, brutalized and murdered by racist pieces of shit. The only difference is they're not Asian -- they're Black. But that shouldn't stop us, the Asian community, from caring. That shouldn't stop us from recognizing the jobs, children and spouses abandoned each time a Black life is taken away. Asian-Americans MUST realize that the heartache we suffered back in 1982 is the same heartache Black folks endure EVERY. SINGLE. DAY living in this country.

We cannot avenge Vincent Chin and his life that was valued at $3,000, but we can certainly make amends by defending all people of color who are threatened by the jagged edge of white supremacy. You might not think you're affected but trust me...

Any one of us could be next...

We hope you find peace, brother Vincent."
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This is an interesting and informative read from someone who "gets it." The breakdown of the racial triggers in White people perfectly explain the frustratingly head-scratching discussions I used to have.
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Privilege is invisible. You can't see what's not in your way.
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  • University of Richmond
    Liberal Arts, 2014 - present
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Comm Coll
    Mathematics
    Graduated in 2013
  • PVCC
    2011
  • Louisa County High School
    1999 - 2003
  • Longwood University
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If you know me, you know I absolutely abhor social networking! However, I do love Google...
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I'm about to enter into my late 20s (glee!), I'm working, have a daughter in grade school, and still love to be goofy and have fun. I really haven't changed much, which, depending on who you talk to, isn't a bad thing!
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