Recently American Girl announced their newest doll Melody—a Black girl from Detroit who fights for civil rights and is an aspiring Motown singer. This is the American Girl doll that we have been waiting for, but why did it take so long?
Fuller House, a revival of Full House is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2016. Growing up, I loved Full House. At night, I imagined that I was a lost Tanner child. Now, I realize I was never destined to join the Tanner family tree—I didn’t fit any of the casting descriptions as a person of color. Twenty years later, I’m wondering what popular shows like Full House would’ve been like if they included people of color?
During a recent interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama Presidency “changes the bar” for all of our youth, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.
“Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States,” she said. “That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”
New York Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy is unconstitutional.
She asserts that the policy amounts to “indirect racial profiling,” and violates the fourth amendment.
Scheindlin has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the NYPD’s conduct.
According to a recent poll, a sizable portion of the American public have no friends of other races.
Roughly 40 percent of whites and about 25 percent of non-whites have no friends outside of their own race.
The results highlight America’s persistent segregation and stark polarization on issues involving race.
By Kai M. Green
I remember the night Troy Davis was lynched. I remember the anxiety I felt — the sadness and the worry. And then I remember thinking that I had no right to feel so much. I imagined what Davis and his family must have felt and I wanted to respect and honor that.
Just before the lynching, I went for a jog around my neighborhood in South Los Angeles. I remember running, sprinting, trying to rid myself of all that “so much” that I felt.
I was running towards a freedom of my mind, spirit and body. But my stride was halted when a police car crept up beside me.
Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced a new bill to put a stop to racial profiling once and for all.
And in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, the unveiling of the “End Racial Profiling Bill of 2013” could not be more timely.
“It is the right thing to do,” Sen. Cardin said. “It is against the values of America to single out a person because of race.”
Fast food workers across New York City are on strike, demanding better pay and the right to unionize.
The are railing against what they say are “abusive labor practices,” and demand a pay increase from $7.25 to $15.
It’s noisy, it’s really hot, fast, they rush you. Sometimes you don’t even get breaks. All for $7.25? It’s crazy,” said Nathalia Sepulveda, who works at a McDonald’s opposite Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where one protest took place.
Tavis Smiley has blasted the President over his Trayvon Martin remarks last Friday, criticizing the amount of time it took him to speak out, and questioning his motives.
On Meet the Press yesterday, Smiley doubled down on this sentiments, arguing that the White House is spinning a false narrative around the POTUS’ actions.
From the Grio:
Smiley began by accusing the president of only speaking out on Trayvon Martin because he was “pushed,” saying: “I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up. But this town has been spinning a story that’s not altogether true.
An offensive, disrespectful game about Trayvon Martin has been removed from the Google app store after widespread outrage online.
Dubbed the “Angry Trayvon” app, the game allows you to play as Martin as he completes “his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday.”