Tag: Race

“Dozens of writers, critics, production staff, and editors” at The New York Times, are in “open rebellion” over the paper’s publication of Senator Tom Cotton’s op-ed calling for military intervention in America’s cities.

Addenda

  1. James Bennet's apologia — "We understand that many readers find Senator Cotton's argument painful, even dangerous. We believe that is one reason it requires public scrutiny and debate." — doesn't hold water; the Times easily could have revealed Cotton submitted what it considered a dangerous idea for an op-ed, and explained why it didn't run it.
  2. If The New York Times isn't going to expressly oppose fascism, the least it could do is not give column-inches to its overt supporters.
  3. Here's how you should have done your job, James Bennet: “A sitting senator asked to push a dangerous idea in our pages; we refused: here’s why."

My research has found that some protest movements have more trouble than others getting legitimacy. My co-author Summer Harlow and I have studied how local and metropolitan newspapers cover protests. We found that narratives about the Women’s March and anti-Trump protests gave voice to protesters and significantly explored their grievances. On the other end of the spectrum, protests about anti-black racism and indigenous people’s rights received the least legitimizing coverage, with them more often seen as threatening and violent.

From Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public’s view of protest by Danielle K. Kilgo

I’m sure that Facebook will purchase Snapchat in order to rectify its decision to stop promoting Mine Furor’s content.

Actions will tell, but Patrick Allen — head of Oregon Health Authority — issued kind of a remarkable statement yesterday.

While health equity is a stated value of our agency, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how far short we are from eliminating health inequity in this state. A crisis has a tendency to expose your weaknesses and areas where systems are inadequate, and this pandemic has been no exception. The broad impacts of the coronavirus have fallen especially hard on Black and African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American, and Latino, Latina, and Latinx people, in the U.S., and here in Oregon. A centuries-long history of racism and oppression have led to the very health conditions that exacerbate the impacts of COVID-19. And we at OHA were, frankly, too slow to recognize that threat and act on it. For that, I’m truly sorry.

There are those out there that may say I need to fight harder, but dude I’m tired. I’m tired of being a Black man who has to come to a meeting after working all day to explain myself. I’m tired of being called on to educate white people for free while they try to gaslight me. I’m tired of begging for a chance to fix problems you have constructed. I’m tired of fighting with privileged allies for the right to speak for my own people when I’m being traumatized on a daily basis. I just want to feel like my thoughts & ideas matter, which hasn’t been the case with the 107ist. I just want to have a beer, jump, clap & sing without feeling like I am being used.

From My name is Milo & some of you may know me as a capo for the Timbers Army, but I actually wear a… by Milo Reed

Spare me your empathy if it does not come coupled with institutional change. Support the initiatives and institutions that help people of color get out there, like the nonprofit Outdoor Afro and the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund. Help reframe the discussion about the outdoors. Highlight the stories of the buffalo soldiers, who became some of America’s first park rangers. Tell the children about Harriet Tubman’s ability to interpret the weather. Be unafraid of the historical contexts that hold weight in our country. Explore and overturn those caricatures that are deeply embedded in the mythology we perpetuate about the unjust portions of our history. Having an integrated outdoors means embracing all of America—complete with its messy origins, complicated backstory, and currently murky future. It might mean allowing someone else to claim what you believed to be your exclusive birthright.

From We’re Here. You Just Don’t See Us. by Latria Graham

What did the weekend of terrifying civil unrest that has seized America’s cities look like from City Hall? For the mayors of major U.S. cities, what began as protests over police violence triggered by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25 has intensified into something else — a national uprising that’s also a complex, fast-changing threat to public safety, driven by forces and actors not yet fully understood and threaded with the unseen menace of a still-active pandemic.

From What Mayors Are Saying About the George Floyd Protests by CityLab Staff

Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.

From How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change by Barack Obama

My biggest fear as a Black woman and public health leader was the all-too-likely murder of an unarmed Black person at the hands of police leading to mass protests amid the virulence of two infectious diseases: racism and Covid-19. And here we are, a few weeks later, in the nightmarish scenario I can’t unsee: Black America and allies, rightfully angry and fed up with 400-plus years of racist violence and white supremacy, taking to the streets to protest in cities around the country and the world.

From My nightmare: Covid-19 meets racism meets the killing of a Black person by police by Lauren Powell

We all know the James Baldwin quote about how being black and relatively conscious means being in a rage all the time. This is also the plight of the black journalist. If you think consuming black death day in and day out can be remedied by some “emotional distance” and “journalistic integrity,” you are wrong.

From Black Journalists and Covering the Storm That Never Passes by Danielle C. Belton

CNBC:

Several ViacomCBS TV networks, including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and more, ran eight minutes and forty-six seconds of breathing sounds with the words “I can’t breathe” Monday evening.

The company said the video is meant to show its support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against police brutality and racial inequality. The video also displays a way for viewers to text Color of Change, an organization that says it provides online actions and in-person events for people to stand up to racial injustice.

  • Ruhel Islam, owner of Gandhi Mahal Restaurant in Minneapolis: “Let my building burn. Justice needs to be served.”

  • Michelle Brown, owner of Teaism in Washington, DC: “Before anyone puts a single word in our mouths. Black lives matter.”

  • Dan Simon (ibid.), owner of Founding Farmers in Washington, DC: “I would rather it be expressed peacefully, but if I need to ‘suffer’ some broken property, let’s be real, that isn’t suffering.”

  • Robb Duncan (ibid.), co-owner of Dolcezza in Washington, DC: “I mean, if it’s a window that’s broken, it’s not that big of a deal. I mean, there is change that has to happen.”

  • Safia Munye, owner of Mama Safia’s Kitchen in Minneapolis: “But this can be replaced. George’s life cannot. George’s life was more important.”