Outrage: Why I Will No Longer Follow Humans of New York

No to Humans of New York?

Black Girl Blog

I experienced something incredibly unpleasant today.

The blog Humans of New York, which I have loved ever since I moved to New York City, blocked me from commenting on a post and deleted my comments.

Why?

I told the truth. I feel like Huey Freeman.

I was not hateful, or ignorant, or abusive.

I simply commented on a post about a (white) man, a teacher in the neighborhood of Harlem, that spoke about how difficult it is for the students to extract themselves from poverty because there is not a “culture of expectation” at home.

Nearly all of the comments were patting him on the back as a hero and great guy, but I thought differently. I commented, “A ‘culture of expectation’ is hard when you are in a ‘culture of I work 16 hours a day.’” I also stated that though his heart was in the right place, his…

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Madeline Anderson & I Am Somebody

Black Womyn Union Workers in North Carolina

Black Film Center/Archive

I really didn’t let gender and race issues bother me. I knew I would have trouble with both. I was determined to do what I was going to do at any cost. I kept plugging away. Whatever I had to do, I did it.

–Madeline Anderson, from Reel Black Talk

In 1969, Madeline Anderson was commissioned by the Hospital Workers Union Local 1199 to record a strike at the Medical College Hospital of the University of South Carolina in Charleston. The striking employees, who aimed to receive union recognition and a fair wage, numbered over 400, all but 12 of them women and all of them black. The resulting documentary film, I Am Somebody (1969), has the distinction of being the first half-hour documentary film directed by an African-American, unionized, female director. It will be screened at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Friday, January 18th at 4:00pm, with…

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Antonio Mocho: Machismo and Masculinity in Ecuador

Macho NO!

The Quinde Journey | The Guancavilcas

“Good morning Angela, how’s your day so far?” Rosa asks – owner of the local store.

“It’s all right,” Angela says almost in whispers. “Have you seen Antonio around?”

Rosa shakes her head as she hands the grocery bags to Angela. She notices Angela wears sunglasses on a cloudy day. “Are you hiding something from me?”

Angela politely chuckles. She grabs the grocery bags and turns around.

Rosa stops Angela and removes the sunglasses. She gasps, “Did Antonio Mocho hit you?”

“No!” Angela exclaims covering her bruise. “It was an accident. I -uh- hit my face on the wall.”

“Stop lying, Angela,” Maria says in a fury. She pulls Angela in the store.

“But I can’t,” Angela says. “He means well. He needs his wife.”

Rosa shakes her head in despair because she knows there are millions of Angelas and Antonios facing the same problem of domestic violence.

In Ecuador, alcoholism and domestic violence go hand-in-hand in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. In Cuenca…

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White Privilege From A White Dude’s Perspective

White privilege!

Thought Catalog

Recently, I have seen a lot of posts from Facebook friends about examples of white privilege and blatant discrimination against people of color. Many of those posts have been littered with comments from defensive white folks trying to mitigate these clear examples of racism. It can be difficult for white people (myself included) to fully grasp the scope of white privilege, particularly when the lived experiences of non-white people are so foreign to us. I don’t know jack shit about being a dark-skinned person, so it’s difficult to put myself in the shoes of one. So, instead I would like to share some of my own lived experiences as a white person, and how they illustrate the phenomenon of white privilege. Maybe my fellow melanin-challenged folks can relate to some of these. Enjoy.

  • In high school, I was a mediocre-at-best student with no athletic talent who often did the bare…

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Remembering Selena Quintanilla-Pérez 19 years later

SELENA! ❤

Selena Queen of Tejano

Remembering Selena Quintanilla-Pérez 19 years later. 

19 years ago today March 31, 1995 we lost our beautiful Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Even though Selena was taken away from us 19 years ago today. Selena still lives on in spirit and in the hearts of her fans, friends, family and others. She still inspires her fans and others in so many different ways. She also lives on through her music and videos.She will never be forgotten. She will be forever loved by many.

Today we celebrate  Selena’s life , music and legacy . We remember all she accomplished in her life. Also remember all she did for the would and her fans.Let us not dwell on her death today.  Let us Remember her for all the things she did on her short time on earth. Her beautiful music and her personality.

Request Selena’s music on your local radio stations. Let the…

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