Tulsa Shooters Face Hate Crime Charges For Killing Spree; Community Members Calling for Death Penalty

The men who went on a shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s black community will face hate crime and 1st degree murder charges.

As we reported to you earlier this week, Alvin Watts, 33, and Jake England, 19, were arrested early Sunday morning after going on a murderous rampage in a black section of the city, shooting five people, killing three of them.

VIDEO: Brigham Young Students Answer Questions About Black People

You might want to take a few deep breaths before checking out this video.

Stand-up comedian Dave Ackerman went to Brigham Young University in black face, and asked the incredibly white student body a series of questions to test their knowledge of Black history and culture.

Words cannot even begin to describe the outstanding levels of ignorance radiating from this video.

You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, and you might even need a little therapy after this one.

It’s infuriating.

To Resurrect a Mockingbird (in a Really Long-Winded Way)

Last week, the folks over at Racialicious re-posted a piece by Macon D., the creator of the blog, Stuff White People Do.  The article, “Stuff White People Do: Warmly Embrace a Racist Novel,” addresses the 50th anniversary celebration of Harper Lee’s only novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, published in the summer of 1960.  Macon D. took issue with all the attention TKAM was receiving, and consequently wrote a polemic railing against the (praise of the) novel.

I refuse to go along with this week’s warm, feel-good celebrations of Harper Lee’s novel (published fifty years ago today), To Kill a Mockingbird. Simply put, I think that novel is racist, and so is its undying popularity. It’s also racist in a particularly insidious way, because the story and its characters instead seem to so many white people like the very model of good, heartwarming, white anti-racism.

Macon D. outlines several key issues he has with the novel: its reception, that the mockingbird symbolizes Negroes, Atticus Finch as the O.G. white savior, and the marginal presence of Negroes in the novel.  To put bluntly: I take issue with Macon D.’s issues.  Maybe this is also stuff black people do, because I embrace this novel, too.  Before I continue, however, I want to note that since the initial post takes up the novel, and not the Academy Award-winning film, which premiered in 1962, my response will exclusively center on the text and not the film.