For the past few years, the number of nonwhites in newsrooms has steadily and creepily declined. In April the American Society of Newspaper Editors reported that in 2007, there were 5,600 nonwhites in the nation’s newsrooms in 2007. The next year, the number had dropped to 5,300.
The more a country insists that racism is not a problem they have, the bigger that problem actually is. Which must mean that though Mexico has a problem, it’s nothing compared to France, Britain or Germany? (This video is part of the Mexican government’s anti-racism campaign.)
Disdain for ‘political correctness’ is often positioned as a concern that some important truth is not being spoken for fear of offending someone. But that concern is nothing but smoke and mirrors….Charging ‘political correctness’ generally means this: ‘I am comfortable with my privilege. I don not want to have to question it. I do not want to have to think before I speak or act. I certainly do not wish to inconvenience myself for the comfort of lesser people (whoever those people may be—women, people of color, people with disabilities, etc.)’
On the shortage of marriageable Black men for Black women. What the fuck? The Gray Lady is far more conservative than she likes to let on.
“In recent years, Ms. Krents, like many of her counterparts across the city, has been on a mission to diversify Dalton, which has only exacerbated the unfortunate odds and the attendant anxiety. Forty-seven percent of Dalton’s 97 kindergartners this year are members of minority groups, a fact that has upset some families in which a parent attended the school and perhaps donated to its endowment as a kind of down payment on that golden ticket.”
1. People need to chill the fuck out. Getting your kid into the “right” kindergarten that will set them on the best life path? Please.
2. Why the hell is a kindergarten taking such diversity initiatives but not the top universities of the country?
On the discussion surrounding unmarried Black women
“My question is: why do people get to collectively comment on my body, my sex, my family, my choices, and my life circumstances? It’s just not fair. The answer: the preoccupation with the unmarried Black woman is part of a larger history and tradition of the hypervisibility of the Black female body. Our bodies, lives, love and labor are always on display as a spectacle for public debate, open for public inspection and consumption (you better believe that people are getting paid for the publication, distribution and sale of these books in addition to “expert” appearances on television).”