Match Day, which is when medical students find out where they’ll be conducting their residency, is always a special occasion. For Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, it was even more so as she became the first Black woman neurosurgeon at John Hopkins.
In less than a month, the first Black president of the United States will complete his final term. Undoubtedly, these past eight years under President Barack Obama provided a very powerful sense of representation to Black people who have survived over four centuries of violent dispossession largely in society’s shadows. With Obama occupying the highest office in the land, Black folks were able to forge important symbols of Black love, Black family, Black resilience, and Black success from which no one in the world could turn away—until now. Under the coming President Trump, Black communities will certainly be pushed farther into the dark once again.
For many of us, mall Santas are as much a part of the holiday season as anything else. But it would lead to a lot of difficult questions for our families when your house would be full of dark skinned St. Nicholas depictions but the one you’d take pictures with every year looked nothing like them.
Well, the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States, has hired its first black Santa Claus and changing the way little children think of the man in red.
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.
On July 5, the number on The Guardian’s police killings ticker The Counted went up. On July 6, it went up again. The Guardian, like many other news outlets, with genuine intentions has made the effort to look at the numerous surveys, polls, and research behind racial disparities in policing in the country. My question is: who does the data usually benefit? Even more importantly: what is being done about it?
It is very clear that the entertainment industry has an issue with race and racial representation across genres. Actors Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Aziz Ansari (Master of None) sat down for the fourth season of PBS SoCal’s and Variety’s Actors on Actors team to discuss how the lack of diversity of voices, writers, and talent in the television and film industries affects their careers.
If pictures are worth 1,000 words, the same must be said for symbols. But the words that people see in them can greatly vary depending on the lens they use.
For many, the Confederate flag is looked upon as a visual ode to a time no one living today even saw, yet many idolize it with a sense of nostalgia. On the other hand, a lot of people can’t ignore the centuries of slavery and racism that raised the flag in the first place. While this juxtaposition isn’t surprising, it can often be divisive like many other symbols that touch on racial identity and history.
For example, this year’s graduating class from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point holds more than 900 cadets, according to CNN. 18 of them are black women. 16 of those same black women got together for a group photo that’s bringing out vastly different reactions from the public and military alike.
Welcome to America where Blacks are consistently marginalized and stereotyped, and color matters more than ever. People are more likely to arrest you if you are Black, and even Raven-Symone won’t hire you if your name sounds too Black.
In a new study, white doctors think that Black people are invincible to the pains that they deal with on a regular basis. There was a study run by the University of Virginia which gathered more than 111 medical students who wholeheartedly believed non-truths about black people, like the idea that African-American blood clots faster than that of Whites.
On Monday, April 4 2016, the jury selection began for the trial of James Dixon, the 25-year-old man who was accused of manslaughter and assault in the 2013 murder of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old black transgender woman.