A racist society will give you a racist science.

R. M. Young (1987). Racist society, racist science. In D. Gill & L. Levidow (Eds.) Anti-racist science teaching(pp. 16-42). London: Free Association Books. (via homoarigato)


Studying How the Blind Perceive Race

Law professor Osagie Obasogie walked into a movie theater to see “Ray,” a biopic about the musician Ray Charles, and walked out with a question that would drive eight years worth of research.

“I was really struck by how Ray Charles had this really interesting understanding of race throughout his life even though he was blind throughout his early childhood,” says Obasogie, who teaches at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. “I just wanted to learn more about how blind people understood race. I never had thought about it.”

Obasogie started by interviewing 110 individuals who were blind since birth. His full research on the topic will be published in a book, Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race In The Eyes Of The Blind, that hits shelves in November.

The professor mentioned that some of the individuals he interviewed took offense at the notion that sighted people would think blind people are unaware of race. And that not being aware of race somehow made blind people morally superior.

Race factors into so much of our everyday lives, but as the professor discovered, it can mean even more to those for whom skin color isn’t readily apparent.

Beth Rival, president of the Connecticut affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind lost her sight at age 19. “You know, sometimes we’re more sensitive [to differences in race]. It doesn’t matter to me if someone’s black or orange or whatever. It never has, except I did grow up where my parents were in a white neighborhood … but those prejudices are with you depending on where you grow up.”

“What mattered to blind people most was the very trait that they could not directly perceive,” said Obasogie. “And the reason why it mattered to them so much was because they were part of the social process and part of the social influences that teaches us to treat these differences as particularly important.”

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It is important to remember that the incarcerated population is not counted in unemployment statistics. The building of prisons as a way of creating jobs in many economically depressed rural communities has been a boon to local elites. Prisons have been increasingly outsourced to private corporations for profit while also enabling the true face of unemployment to remain hidden.

Sound Before the Fury of The Oppressed: George Jackson, Attica and the Prisoners’ Rights Movement Today (via titotibok)




some one put the best vines together and yah it’s really cool

and sorry to disappoint some people, the girl with the huge boobs doesn’t actually show up in the video :p

I’m so glad the girl with the giant boobs didn’t turn me off of watching this video. 

i want historians of the future to see only this video of our generation 

Racism is not in your intent. Your intent is immaterial in how racist your actions are. This isn’t about you BEING a racist. It’s about you DOING A THING that is racist. Your intent doesn’t change it. Your ignorance of its meaning doesn’t change it. It’s got nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with the meaning of your action in the context of sociocultural history.

– moniquill (on red face & cultural appropriation)

I’m just going to reblog this again, since some people apparently need reminding. 

(via darkjez)

Instead of saying “I am Trayvon Martin" it would do more good for white people [and non-Black people] in solidarity with the Trayvon Martin case to recognize all the ways they are Zimmerman.

As in, if you live in a “safe" suburban or gated community that is mostly white and that is considered a “good" neighborhood because it excludes people of colour [especially excluding Black people] then you benefit from the same conditions that created Zimmerman.

If you benefit from “police protection" to your property that depends on racial profiling of people of colour [especially Black people] and brutality towards them then you take part in the same systems that create Zimmerman.

If you have the racial privilege to work, move, live in mostly white spaces and have limited contact with… [Black people], particularly “low income" …[Black people], then you live with the same social and economic policies of casual segregation that create Zimmerman.

It’s good that people recognize the injustice of Trayvon Martin’s death, but if that recognition is not accompanied by the work to recognize and undo the systematic economic, social, educational and employment policies that create neighborhoods where Black people are seen as threatening trespassers – and how people benefit from this racial privilege – then no true anti-racist work can occur.

Nobody wants to say “I am Zimmerman" but until we recognize how Zimmerman reflects institutionalized racism there will continue to be more Trayvons.

El Jones (via lunarshithead)




SPLC lawsuit: Massive human rights violations at Mississippi prison

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, describing the for-profit prison as a filthy, dangerous facility “operating in a perpetual state of crisis” where prisoners are at “grave risk of death and loss of limbs” and often resort to setting fires to receive medical attention. 

The class-action lawsuit describes how prison officials have known of these conditions for years but failed to protect the health and safety of prisoners. The facility in Meridian, Miss., is supposed to provide intensive treatment to the state’s seriously mentally ill prisoners, many of whom are locked down in long-term solitary confinement.

The lawsuit describes a facility where prisoners are often locked in filthy cells and ignored even when they are suffering from serious medical issues. Many cells lack light and working toilets, forcing prisoners to use trays or plastic bags that are tossed through slots in their cell doors. Rats often climb over prisoners’ beds. Some prisoners even capture the rats, put them on makeshift leashes and sell them as pets to other prisoners.

Although designated as a facility to care for prisoners with special needs and serious mental illness, the East Mississippi Correctional Facility denies prisoners even the most rudimentary mental health care services. One prisoner is now blind after the facility failed to provide his glaucoma medications and take him to a specialist. Another prisoner had part of his finger amputated after he was stabbed and developed gangrene.

Prisoners also are underfed. According to the lawsuit, a correctional health expert notified the Mississippi Department of Corrections of this problem after reviewing prisoner records that showed a pattern of prisoners losing significant amounts of weight at the prison – some more than 20 or 30 pounds. 

Despite evidence demonstrating the adverse effect of long-term solitary confinement on prisoners’ mental health, the prison continues to place prisoners in isolation for weeks, months or years at a time with little stimulation or access to showers and medical care. Prisoners in solitary confinement frequently set fires or flood their cells to get attention for medical treatment.

Complainants include:

Jermaine Dockery, whose medication was increased after a suicide attempt without ever been seen by a doctor.

A 16-year-old inmate who was was beaten in his cell by six adult men, and denied medical treatment by staff.

A man who suffered a multiple rape so horrific I will not recount it here.

It was too late for a man committing suicide who was maced by guards instead of helped, and for several days after his death staff reports listed him “in good health and condition".

This is a **for-profit prison** run by The Management and Training Corp.

This is not just this jail, btw.

This is most jails.

this is disgusting





She’s perfect.

what in the white devil hell

i fucking hate marina and the diamonds because she’s emblematic of all white women—particularly those celebrated as feminist or pro-woman—taking the nearest opportunity to shit on WoC and black entertainers, musicians and women in general

i’ll tell you one thing. nicki minaj has gotten more shit from white women and men alike than matd ever will. if you stan the fuck outta marina and celebrate her as pro-(white) woman without recognizing her unnecessary and unoriginal shit against nicki—who has in several instances spoken about being a woman, how she’s perceived as such, how it fucks with her, and is ultimately proud of who she is and her accomplishments—then you can get the fuck outta here w/yr white feminism and lazy, subtly racially misogynistic media analysis kthxbai

she fucking signed her own tweet about how much she hates nicki minaj 

down with this dumbass woman