Black features and cultural practices have long been seen as “unprofessional,” especially our hair. Recently, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard a case do decide whether or not these often racialized preferences can be used by employers in hiring. According to NBCNews, the court found that it was not illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone because of their dreadlocks.
After police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott earlier this week, his family immediately said that he wasn’t armed and was actually holding a book at the time. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney now says that there is video evidence that Scott was, in fact, armed but not that he was pointing his weapon.
When Renetia Smith’s bus full of 20 kids caught on fire, she did not hesitate before taking charge. Within seconds, her seatbelt was off, the bus door was open and she was getting kids off of the bus as quickly as possible. But even then, she took the time to check the bus one last time and make sure the it was empty, although it was being taken over by flames, according to NBC Washington.
Protests in Charlotte, North Carolina spilled over into another night of outrage on Wednesday after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, who police claim was armed and not cooperating with officer’s commands. Witnesses contradict this claim, stating Scott was holding a book and waiting to pick up his children from school.
Last Thursday, 42-year-old Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison plus three more under supervision for his role in an altercation in 2015. His case is a cautionary tale about just how well white gay men and white women have cultivated progressive language around gender and sexuality to mask the violence of their whiteness.
President Obama has been touring the nation, campaigning with Democratic nominee for President, Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, while speaking at a fundraiser in New York City, President Obama said Clinton could lose some votes because some people have biases against women. In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue. Sexism is as is American as apple pie and racism–so why is it “news” that Obama recognized it in this election cycle?
This article was originally posted at Water Cooler Convos.
I am reluctantly writing this piece. Both because I am still unsure about my exact sentiments on Hillary Clinton as the preponderant answer to our nation’s lingering political issues and simultaneously dissatisfied with the notion that her candidacy has been reduced to what lies “between Donald Trump and the presidency.” But, I think its time to move beyond that.