From NPR’s transcript of a Morning Edition story: Group of researchers ran this interesting field experiment. They emailed more than 6,500 professors at the top 250 schools pretending to be the students. And they wrote letters saying, I really admire your work. Would you have some time to meet? The letters to the faculty were all identical, but the names of the students were all different. […] Brad Anderson. Meredith Roberts. Lamar Washington. LaToya Brown. Juanita Martinez. Deepak Patel, Sonali Desai, Chang Wong, Mei Chen. […] All they were measuring was how often professors wrote back agreeing to meet with with the students. And what they found was there were very large disparities. Women and minorities [were] systematically less likely to get responses from the professors and also less likely to get positive responses from the professors. Now remember, these are top faculty at the top schools in the United States and the letters were all impeccably written.
Two more kickers: “There’s absolutely no benefit seen when women reach out to female faculty, nor do we see benefits from black students reaching out to black faculty or Hispanic students reaching out to Hispanic faculty,” and, “In business academia, we see a 25 percentage point gap in the response rate to Caucasian males vs. women and minorities.” Word, this sounds great, we’re doing great. [NPR]
But white male privilege doesn’t exist?
And then there’s this:
Milkman found there were very large disparities between academic departments and between schools. Faculty at private schools were significantly more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty at public schools. And faculty in fields that were very lucrative were also more likely to discriminate. So there was very little discrimination in the humanities. There was more discrimination among faculty at the natural sciences. And there was a lot of discrimination among the faculty at business schools.
Uh-huh tell me again how science and money are ideologically neutral.
i will always reblog this because people always want to say “what gatekeepers?” “who is doing this racist stuff?” “why would you say that MOC and Women are discriminated against?” well lets think about it….. here is an excellent example. People reaching out on their own attempting to gain perspective/guidance/mentors because hey, bootstraps and shit, and they are largely ignored if they are not white males. Actual educators in the field who are molding and shaping the minds of the youth, who have invaluable information and expertise on the subject they teach, who are the gatekeepers to this information ONLY share it with white males. People would like to relegate racism to murder and brutality… but this is another type of violence. This is perpetuating a cycle of poverty by withholding the literal wealth of knowledge as well as withholding the benefits of a well built network. Do you know how invaluable having a mentor is for many MOC and WOC? a hell of a lot of us are first generation college students. I maneuvered the education system completely blind, stumbling into whatever. It took A LOT of getting things wrong to get it right. Can you imagine if I had a connection with a college professor to help guide you through the process? Give you insight on the field you are studying? How important that connection is? How important it is to know who they - as valued experts in their field - know? Now. When you exclude women and men of color from that experience, from that potentially life altering relationship then you are slanting the odds against us because of our gender/skin color. That is violence. You are limiting my prospective wealth. You are limiting my prospective growth. All in favor of white men.
Photos: Survivors of North Carolina’s Eugenics Program
Photographs by Andy McMillan / Text by Maya Dusenbery
Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina sterilized more than 7,500 of its residents. Most were operated on without their consent, having been deemed “feebleminded” and unfit to reproduce by the state Eugenics Board. Eighty-five percent were women; about 40 percent were black or Native American. As many as 2,000 victims are thought to still be alive. [Read more.]
See also Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington.
Gone In 41 Seconds — Police Quick to Kill Korean Artist
Feb 24, 2008
LA HABRA, Calif. — On the afternoon of December 31, 2007, two police officers encountered Michael Cho in the parking lot of a liquor store in La Habra, a small, generally quiet city in Orange County, California. It didn’t take long for the meeting to go bad. After less than a minute the officers unleashed a barrage of bullets on the 25-year-old artist, ending his life - and setting off an ongoing cascade of protests across Southern California’s Korean American community.Computerized police logs obtained by New America Media suggest the officers quickly turned to deadly force when they confronted Cho, whom they suspected of vandalism. According to the Computer Automated Transcript documenting the incident, at 2:04 p.m. the cops contacted their dispatcher to say they’d located Cho. “Out with the subject near the liquor store,” the transcript reads. Just 41 seconds later they radioed dispatch again, this time saying they’d shot the suspect and now needed paramedics to attend to him. “Shot fired, Suspect down, Medics requested,” reads the transcript. In the aftermath of the killing, Cho’s family has publicly condemned the department, saying the officers rushed to shoot Cho, rather than using less lethal tools like pepper spray or Taser stun guns to subdue him.
“The police killed my son like a dog,” Cho’s mother, Honglan Cho, recently told the La Habra City Council. According to Shelly Lynn Kaufman, an attorney for the Cho family, the fusillade of bullets left ten holes in his body.
This is nuts. I work in La Habra and I frequent the city a lot. Whether its in LA county, Orange County, America or abroad people of color are not safe at the hands of the police.
cant believe dispatcher said “shot fired” when it was way more than one
what the fuck
"This isn’t first time in recent memory that La Habra officers have killed a suspect. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, since July of 2004 La Habra cops have been embroiled in four shootings, killing two suspects and wounding two others. The record makes the La Habra Police Department one of the most deadly law enforcement agencies in a county with over 20 different municipal police departments.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, since July of 2004, 49 police shootings involving 17 different police departments have occurred in Orange County; the shootings killed 35 and injured 21. The Santa Ana and Anaheim police departments, among the largest cities in the county, tallied the highest number of shootings with eight incidents each, followed by the far smaller La Habra and Fullerton departments, which were each embroiled in four shooting incidents. According to the most recent FBI statistics, Santa Ana and Anaheim employ 360 and 410 officers respectively. La Habra has 70 officers and Fullerton has 158 officers.”
fucking awesome. so proud. thanks guys.
How many of us are going to die before we take the power away from the police?
this was 7 years ago but it still relevant
Margaret Cho: Beautiful (via justanothersinger)
I want this tattooed on the inside of everyone’s eyelids.
Since Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in January, that vote has created more than 20 white marijuana millionaires who the government has allowed to store their millions in U.S. banks.
Keep in mind that there are more then 100,000 Black and Latino people who are in American prisons for the same simple possession and intent to sell marijuana.
BUT THEY MAKING WHITE BOYS MILLIONAIRES FOR COMMITTING THE SAME ACT!
There are very, very few African-American astrophysics PhDs. That’s for a reason. I was doing something people of my skin color were not supposed to do.
I was stopped and questioned seven times by University police on my way into the physics building,” he explained. “Seven times. Zero times was I stopped going into the gym — and I went to the gym a lot. That says all you need to know about how welcome I felt at Texas.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an anomaly in American science
Interestingly, when cash welfare had first been created back in the 1930s (and when access had been restricted to white women), allowing mothers to stay home and raise kids, and not have to work in the labor force, had been articulated as the very purpose of the program. Only when women of color began to gain access to the same benefits did the nation suddenly decide that welfare was bad for you, made you lazy, and needed to be replaced with compulsory employment.
• Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man, was beaten to death with a baseball bat last June in Detroit by two white auto workers who “mistook” him for Japanese and blamed him for unemployment. The killers were fined a measly $3,780 earlier this year and allowed to walk free with three years probation — a slap on the wrist tantamount to telling them to “go and sin again.”
Only after a nationwide campaign was mounted by Chinese Americans in Detroit did a federal grand jury agree to review the case. In November, the jury indicted Chin’s killers on two counts of federal civil rights violations, a penalty that could bring them life imprisonment.
• Thong Hy Huynh, a Vietnamese refugee attending high school in Davis, California, was knifed to death this spring by a fellow student who prefaced the murder with racist slurs.
• Kampuchean activist An Pech was bludgeoned to death on the porch of his Dallas apartment in July by an unidentified Black man. Neighbors stated that tension ran high between poor Blacks and refugees jammed together in the neighborhood.
• Sae Cheo Muang, an elder Southeast Asian woman, was discovered hanging from a tree in Pomona, California in late August. Onlookers merely stared and giggled. Police were quick to call her death “suicide.”
• Francis Chu, a 20-year-old Chinese American man, was beaten by several New York City cops after a minor traffic accident on July 19. The beating is just one of over a dozen reported attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants by NYC police over the last two years .
• On July 24 a Vietnamese man, Anh Mai, was slashed to death in his Boston home and three of his roommates were injured when they asked a noisy group outside the house to quiet down. So far this year there have been 16 recorded harassments and assaults against Asian immigrants in Boston. These atrocities are only the latest in a long, ugly history of violence against Asian/Pacific Americans and immigrants. If allowed to continue, we are in for another wave of the “Yellow Peril” hysteria that has disfigured U.S. society for much of the last 140 years.
Reasons why PoC don’t talk and hang out with white people:
- Because they’re tired of various microagressions.
- Because they fear they are being fetishized
- Because they are tired of racism
- Because they are tired of having to explain every aspect of racism to an ignorant white person who is unaware of their privilege
- Because they are tired of being treated like a token minority
- Because they are tired of having to explain various elements of their cultural practices only to have them laughed at
- Because they are tired of having their accents and those of their parents laughed at
- Because they are tired of ignorant ‘well-meaning’ questions
- Because they are tired of racist ‘jokes’
- Because they are tired of being seen as ‘overreacting’ when they point out problematic things that white people say
Reasons why white people don’t hang out with, interact with, or get involved with PoC
- Because they are ‘weird’
- Because they fear that they will say and do something racist and be labelled as a racist, which is much worse to white people than actually BEING a racist
- Because of anti-Black racism
- Because of stereotypes, e.g. Asian girls are shy, Black people are ghetto, etc.
- Seriously, that’s it.
"Alternative R&B must die" FKA Twigs speaks out on racism in the music industry through genre-specifying:
"When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before, it’s not in a genre,’” she continued. “And then my picture came out six months later, now she’s an R&B singer. I share certain sonic threads with classical music; my song “Preface” is like a hymn. So let’s talk about that. If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you’d be talking about the ‘choral aspect’. But you’re not talking about that because I’m a mixed-race girl from south London."
I am not delusional, so please don’t be incredulous.
If they don’t believe you, they are not your friend.