Friday, November 20, 2015

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

At least 81 transgender people have been murdered this year. Read The Advocate's profiles remembering the 23 transgender women lost in the U.S. this year HERE.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Photo of Georgia HS Student Wearing KKK Hood, Carrying Confederate Flag Sparks Investigation

Photo: Twitter/@SpacemanLozo

A photo of a student wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood and carrying a Confederate flag has led to an investigation at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Ga. The student in the photo and others involved have been identified, though not named.

"From the school’s investigation, it was determined that no specific threat was made in the incident. The school system is continuing to investigate the matter, and is implementing disciplinary consequences," school Principal Steve Allen wrote in a letter sent to parents. "The Coweta County School System does not allow behavior that infringes on the safety of its students, staff or volunteers, and does not tolerate behavior intended to bully, harass or intimidate others on our campuses. If you have any questions regarding this incident, please do not hesitate to call me."

Former East Coweta High student Lorenzo Lewis, who said he was left "speechless," by the photo, tweeted it expressing his displeasure. Read more HERE.

Twitter Stops Company Blood Drives Until Gay and Bisexual Men Can Donate

Twitter has decided to stop company blood drives after a gay employee said he barred from giving blood during a recent drive.

Since 1983 the FDA has banned any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from giving blood, as well as transgender women, who are categorized as part of the group of "men who have sex with men," since the organization doesn't have a system for recognizing them.

According to The Advocate, the FDA revealed a possible revision to the policy which would allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood only if they haven't had sex for a year; however advocates doesn't say it doesn't do enough to change a policy based on outdated science.

Twitter stopped holding drives in April, but announced their decision Wednesday. "We made the choice to take a company stand against some of our employees being turned away from donating blood and will channel our efforts into education about this issue until this unnecessary and discriminatory policy is changed," Brian “Skip” Schipper, Twitter’s vice president of human resources and executive sponsor of TwitterOpen, the company's LGBT employee group, told the International Business Times.

TwitterOpen is promoting a petition to alter the donation policy and will continue to boycott blood drives until the restrictions are lifted. Read more HERE.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Ewoks and Wookies and Negroes, Oh My!

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Ugh, today in hashtag foolishness: it appears that some folks are not happy about the fact Star Wars: The Force Awakens, features lead characters who aren't white males, and have taken to voice their douchebaggery displeasure via Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII.

The Hollywood Reporter cites several accounts, including one that says "#BoycottStarWarsVII because it is anti-white propaganda promoting #whitegenocide," read one tweet from an account calling itself "End Cultural Marxism." (A subsequent tweet from the same account read "A friend in LA said #StarWarsVII is basically 'Deray in Space,' " — a reference to civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. "Jewish activist JJ Abrams is an anti-white nut.").

There's also a Twitter account with the same name as the hashtag. I suppose these fools never realized James Earl Jones was the voice of Darth Vader--but I guess that was alright since you couldn't actually see his face--and that Billy Dee Williams played Lando in The Empire Strikes Back. Or that the franchise's fan base extends far beyond, as what one malcontent tweeted, its "core audience of young white males," and there's no logical reason not to populate a fictional universe with people other than those with white skin.

But what do I know.

Twenties On The Nightstand

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If you have them, take a few minutes and read cultural critic Kirsten West Savali's The Root op-ed about why putting Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks on the $20 bill amounts to pennies when it comes to the centuries of erasure black women have faced in American life.

My thoughts on this are a bit conflicted. On the one hand I completely get Savali's point that slapping Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks on a piece of coke-dusted paper is not a magic bullet that will blow away the marginalization black woman have dealt with and continue to endure. But on the other hand, putting either of those iconic, heroic women on an official piece of U.S. currency could be daily reminder (albeit a small one) to millions of people of the strength and courage black women possess, despite living in a country that tried to strip them of their humanity.

Read it HERE and decide for yourself.

Yaas! Issa Rae Lands HBO Show 'Insecure'

Watch a longer interview with Rae done with For Harriet below.

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