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America is not unique in its social ills. We are unique in weaponizing them.
George Zimmerman and Weaponized Racism: “Trayvon Martin is not dead because George Zimmerman is a fearful little bigot. He’s dead because Zimmerman is a fearful little bigot who holstered a legal, loaded 9mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol in public.”
The murder trial of George Zimmerman did not allow jurors to deliberate over the fairness of Florida’s outlandishly broad self-defense laws. It did not allow them to debate the virtues of the state’s liberal gun laws or its evident tolerance for vigilantes. It did not permit them to delve into the racial profiling that took place that night by Zimmerman or into the misconduct and mischief that Martin may have engaged in long before he took that fatal trip to the store for candy. These factors, these elements, part of the more complete picture of this tragedy, were off limits to the ultimate decision-makers.
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The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George Zimmermans.
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lettersfromtaiwan:

reallifedocumentarian:

paach:

THINGS ASIANS HATE by Eliot Chang

three minutes of two-second lines…

tell me again how post-racial america doesn’t engage in anti-asian racism?

Been there, done that, feel ashamed, checking privilege, working on decolonizing my mind and language 

WORTH REPEATING.

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themorningnews:

From 2008 onward, “Obama” is a prevalent term in racially charged searches.

From the article:
[In 2008], racial animus cost Mr. Obama three to five percentage points of the popular vote. In other words, racial prejudice gave John McCain the equivalent of a home-state advantage nationally….Increased support and turnout from African-Americans added only about one percentage point to Mr. Obama’s totals.

themorningnews:

From 2008 onward, “Obama” is a prevalent term in racially charged searches.

From the article:

[In 2008], racial animus cost Mr. Obama three to five percentage points of the popular vote. In other words, racial prejudice gave John McCain the equivalent of a home-state advantage nationally….Increased support and turnout from African-Americans added only about one percentage point to Mr. Obama’s totals.
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Men only, no females. The other requirement is that you must have some sort of background that Chinese people typically value. My contact is slightly obsessed with Jewish people and thinks they are the smartest, so he naturally prefers this person to be Jewish. If he can’t get someone Jewish, he would also like someone who went to a famous university — Harvard, Yale, etc. Besides those 2 qualifications, I’m sure he’d be happy with someone who has some sort of connection to someone famous or important, or maybe someone who is really tall and handsome.

Chinese business looking for a few good Jews | FP Passport (via felixsalmon)

Be sure to click through and read about China’s “rent a white guy" business practice.

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shortformblog:

NYT decides to show off by making insane demographic map

There’s everyone else, and then there’s the NYT. And we’re proven this fact yet again with his crazy demographic map based on U.S. Census data. You can get very detailed with this thang. We think they’re just showing off this time. source

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This reminds me of the maps Eric Fischer made back in September, but the New York Times ups the ante (significantly) with interactivity, newer data, and additional maps.

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brain-food:

Here is a Georgia State Trooper in riot gear at a KKK protest in a north Georgia city back in the 80s. The Trooper is black. Standing in front of him and touching his shield is a curious little boy dressed in a Klan hood and robe. I have stared at this picture and wondered what must have been going through that Trooper’s mind. Before the Trooper is an innocent child who is being taught to hate him because of the color of his skin. The child doesn’t understand what he is being taught, and at this point he doesn’t seem to care. Like any other child his curiosity takes hold and he wants to explore this new thing that this man is holding probably because he can see his reflection in it and that’s a neat thing and he wants to check it out. In this picture I see innocence mixed with hate, the irony of a black man protecting the right of white people to assemble in protest against him, temperance in the face of ignorance, and hope that racism can be broken because this young boy may remember that a black man smiled at him once and he didn’t seem so bad after all.

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Wow. 

So do we know how the kid turned out, now that he’s an adult?

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