Black in America, V

Això és la continuació del tema Black in America, IV.

ConversesPro and Con

Afegeix-te a LibraryThing per participar.

Black in America, V

nov. 9, 2020, 3:25pm

Fascinating report from 1964. Fascinating resonances in 2020. The same struggle for liberation and the same elements of oppression.

The Negro Voter (1964)

"In 1944, when the "whites only" primaries in the South were abolished, American Negroes began to vote in large numbers for the first time. Now {1964}, two decades later, the Negro vote is becoming an important element in local, state, and national elections. The questions that arise in this 1964 Presidential election year are: How will the Negro vote? Will he go Democratic or Republican? What does the Negro vote want? Negro voting influence, however, varies with the regions of the country"

nov. 10, 2020, 12:32am

Not in the USA, but the same era.

Barbara Blake Hannah: The first black reporter on British TV (BBC)

When British TV got its first black reporter in 1968 some viewers strongly objected and she was sacked in less than a year. Now, half a century later, a British Journalism Award has been named in her honour. Looking back, how does Barbara Blake Hannah feel about the way the country treated her?

"Too many times you buy a sandwich that you later realise had been spat in, or you're walking down the street and are spat at yourself, or best case scenario, are told '{N-word} go home.' But when I roamed the streets as a reporter with a camera, no-one cared that I was black. They just cared about being on TV, that's one reason why I loved the job"...

nov. 13, 2020, 7:59am

Barack Obama: 'Americans spooked by black man in White House' led to Trump presidency (Guardian)

Donald Trump “promised an elixir for the racial anxiety” of “millions of Americans spooked by a black man in the White House”, Barack Obama writes in his eagerly awaited memoir. Those Americans, Obama writes, were prey to “the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican party – xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward black and brown folks”. In A Promised Land, which comes out on Tuesday, Obama continues: “It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted. Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president”...

Editat: nov. 17, 2020, 12:30am

Pope Francis makes historic, wise choice with Cardinal Gregory (National Catholic Reporter)

It is rare to find a moment in the life of the Catholic Church, a 2,000-year-old global institution, that truly merits the adjective "historic." But Pope Francis' naming of Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory as one of 13 new cardinals certainly fits the bill.

Gregory, who has led the church in the nation's capital since May 2019, will be the first African American to receive the red biretta, the first to be assigned honorary leadership of a parish in Rome, and the first to be included among the most select and influential group of Catholic prelates...

The significance of those firsts is hard to overstate. As University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler told NCR on Oct. 26, Black Catholics have "waited a very long time for this to happen."

Or as Fordham University's Fr. Bryan Massingale put it: "This is a way of saying that Black Catholics are seen; that we matter in the church"...

Although that last quote should be qualified as "Black Catholics in the USA", since there are already many black Catholic cardinals from Africa and elsewhere. Globally it has long been the case that black Catholics "are seen" and "matter in the church". Indeed a number of African cardinals have had prominent roles in the Vatican for quite a few years. Peter Turkson from Ghana, Wilfred Fox Napier from South Africa, Robert Sarah from Guinea and recently Ambongo Besungu from DRC are some that spring to mind immediately.

nov. 19, 2020, 5:01pm

>3 John5918: I think this explanation is too simple. That’s not to say that the election of a black man to the Presidency was not a huge, disturbing shock to many people, some of whom were positive that they weren’t prejudiced in any way.

I don’t know how much you saw and/or remember of the widespread, disgusting, mean-spirited, embarrassing (to a US citizen) treatment of both Obama’s during the campaigns and especially after his election. It was unbelievable that we had this festering wound that could erupt like that. Most of us were appalled at the ugly underside of American life that was revealed.

It’s a scar on our history that we’ll never be able to live down.

All that said, I believe that there were many other issues/problems that resulted in the election of Mr. Trump.

nov. 19, 2020, 5:03pm

On a lighter note, I vividly remember the headline in The Onion immediately after the election:

Black Man Given Worst Job in America!

Ah for the good old days of innocent, gently mocking humor.

nov. 25, 2020, 11:38pm

" Barack Obama writes in his eagerly awaited memoir"

nov. 29, 2020, 6:37am

Playing music while young and black:

Man (47) charged with fatally shooting a 19-year-old Black man in Ashland (Oregon) over ‘loud music’
Jayati Ramakrishnan | Updated Nov 28, 2020; Posted Nov 26, 2020

des. 19, 2020, 11:17pm

Pastors want answers on Chicago police raid that wrongly targeted woman (Guardian)

Pastors disturbed about how Chicago police treated a Black woman whose home was mistakenly the target of a raid spoke with the mayor on Friday, demanding more information about the city’s efforts to keep a lid on bodycam video of the 2019 incident. Anjanette Young, a social worker, is seen on police video repeatedly pleading with officers that they are in the wrong place. She was not allowed to put on clothes before being handcuffed at her home...

des. 21, 2020, 11:15pm

Kansas City Star apologizes for decades of racist reporting (Guardian)

The Kansas City Star’s top editor has apologized for past decades of racist coverage and the newspaper has posted a series of stories examining how it ignored the concerns and achievements of Black residents and helped keep Kansas City segregated. The newspaper said a detailed examination of its past coverage and that of its longtime sister newspaper, the Kansas City Times, documented how they often wrote about Black residents only as criminals or people living in crime-plagued neighborhoods and ignored segregation in Kansas City, Missouri, and its public schools...

The Star’s apology and its lengthy series of stories, posted on its website on Sunday, followed a Los Angeles Times editorial in September apologizing for past racially biased coverage. The Montgomery, Alabama, Advertiser in 2018 apologized for “shameful” decades of coverage of lynchings, and National Geographic magazine apologized the same year for its past racist coverage...

des. 29, 2020, 4:25am

The year of Karen: how a meme changed the way Americans talked about racism
Julia Carrie Wong | 27 Dec 2020

...More than just an amusing meme, Karen allowed for a new kind of discourse about racism to gain credence in the US.

...(Apryl Williams, a professor of communication and media at the University of Michigan) offered three simple rules to avoid being a Karen. One: recognize the privilege and history of being a white woman in this society. Two: avoid calling the police on people of color unless someone is in imminent danger of harm. And three: “Understand that it’s just not always about you, period. People are not out to get you for the most part, people are not trying to hurt you or harm your property or make you uncomfortable,” she said. “You’re not that special, Karen. You’re not that special.”


Video shows woman falsely accusing Black teen of stealing phone she left in Uber
Wilson Wong | dec 28, 2020

A woman falsely accused the 14-year-old son of jazz musician Keyon Harrold, who is Black, of stealing her iPhone in a NYC hotel...
...she was a guest at the hotel earlier in the week...she retrieved her phone after an Uber driver recovered it later that same day...

des. 31, 2020, 11:04pm

‘It took its toll’: the terrible legacy of Martin Luther King’s fight with the FBI (Guardian)

In his new film MLK/FBI, Sam Pollard lays bare the injustices the FBI heaped on the civil rights leader, but paints a picture of a complex man dealing with his personal life and its baggage alongside his political beliefs...

gen. 27, 11:07pm

'Black resistance endured': paying tribute to civil war soldiers of color (Guardian)

In a new book, the often under-appreciated contribution that black soldiers made during the civil war is brought to light with a trove of unseen photos...

feb. 16, 11:13am

Black historical figures who shook the world, from a warrior queen to a Mexican president (World Economic Forum)

February marks Black History Month in the United States and Canada, a time to reflect on the ways Black people have contributed to society. But the contributions of Black people don’t just apply to Black history, or even simply American or Canadian history. Black people have impacted politics, culture and the economy around the world; Black history is world history. Here are seven figures that show that the story of Black people has always had global impact...

Mansa Musa: the richest man in history...
Nzinga Mbande: warrior queen of Angola...
Alessandro de' Medici: the 'Black Prince of Florence'...
Abram Petrovich Gannibal: Russia's African imperial...
Blanche Bruce: from slavery to the senate...
Vicente Guerrero: the Americas' first Black president...
Yasuke: samurai unlike any other...

feb. 21, 5:18am

>12 margd:
Hmmm. I'm sure there are, indeed, many self-righteous, ignorant white women. Labeled "Karen" this year. But I've also been around many self-righteous, ignorant black women. What would happen if the media suddenly started labeling the latter instances as being perpetrated by a generic stereotypical black name such as "LaQuesha"? There are just as many "LaQuesha" stories out there as "Karen" stories.

feb. 21, 5:19am

>1 LolaWalser:
You're seriously comparing black rights in 1964 to those in 2020?? You need to study your civil rights history.

feb. 21, 5:23am

>5 bohemima:
Obama was treated with kid gloves by the media during his presidency. Trump, on the other hand, was treated with contempt from Day One. Your argument is ridiculous.

feb. 21, 5:29am

How many blacks were killed by other blacks in the past year, as compared to blacks killed by police officers? How many whites were murdered by blacks, as compared to blacks murdered by whites? Look at the stats.

feb. 21, 1:37pm

>21 SolomonCinco: As anyone who works with data professionally will tell you, it's premature to "look at the stats" before you have a question that you want to answer. What are you hoping to learn from comparing these particular numbers? What conclusions would you like to be able to draw or repudiate based on what you find?

feb. 21, 1:57pm

>21 SolomonCinco: The correct comparison is how many black were murdered by police officers compared to whites murdered by police officers? The list would be George Floyd situations only with the person wearing white skin. May we see those stats?

feb. 21, 3:51pm

Given that this person doesn't acknowledge that systemic racism--or racism at all--even exists, it's going to be hard to have a reality-based, fact-dependent conversation with them.

Consider >18 SolomonCinco:

What would happen if the media suddenly started labeling the latter instances as being perpetrated by a generic stereotypical black name such as "LaQuesha"?

The "Karen" meme refers to the phenomenon of white middle-class racism, evidenced in real instances of racist attacks perpetrated by entitled white women. The satire isn't aimed at the name "Karen" per se, but at the pernicious behaviour of white people who deliberately subject black people to official and unofficial policing. In the US, this means that such "Karens", tapping the power of the police, may even endanger black people's lives.

For this phenomenon to exist--and therefore for the meme to exist--it is necessary to have a racist, white supremacist system in place, such as in the US. And this is why your "LaQuesha" hypothetical is impossible, nonsensical, and in fact a racist supposition in itself.

There is, in fact, no evidence of black people calling the cops on white people comparable to the spate of incidents that have resulted in the "Karen meme". I looked, and I also can't find any evidence that black people call the cops on other black people so casually, with such petty malice and prejudice, as these proverbial "Karens".

In short, the "Karen meme" reflects something about American reality; there is no symmetrical phenomenon victimising white people.

feb. 21, 4:03pm

>24 LolaWalser: I agree. It's intriguing that our new friend seems to think that the "Karen" business is about the fact that certain white women are "self-righteous" and "ignorant", and not about the phenomenon of white people (a) assuming criminality when they see Black faces and then (b) asserting (falsely) to the police that the people behind those Black faces have committed criminal acts.

feb. 21, 4:39pm

>25 kiparsky:

Recall that these "Karens" have also attacked black children, as in:

Permit Patty: Woman 'calls police' on eight-year-old for selling water

And why wouldn't they, when the police can pepper-spray 9-year-olds?

I do want to underline that "Karen" racism is just one kind of racist behaviour. It's important to bring it out in the light because the perpetrators are so often the type of people who would otherwise deny they had a racist thought in their head--the comfortable, the middle class, the suburban, the "good" white people, the "nice" white women.