Melissa McKinnies, a BLM protestor who was active in her suburb after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, posted a Facebook message looking for answers on the death of her son, Danye Jones
Danye Jones was 24-years-old when his life was cut short in what police are alleging is a suicide. However, McKinnies insists that her son was the victim of a lynching. His body was found in a wooded area behind their St. Louis County home on October 17th with bruises on his face and his pants rolled down. Photos of her son’s body began circulating on Twitter and Reddit following their removal from Facebook, which was not by McKinnies request.
Danye was starting a real estate business and appeared to show no signs of depression. Pained, his mother states they had been receiving death threats over social media for more than two months. McKinnies believes that because she was so active during the 2014 protests, her family has been targeted. Darryl Gray, a close friend, and fellow activist confirm this. He states Ferguson protestors are frequently threatened and he found a suspicious package inside his car earlier this year. Now, motivated to find justice, Melissa has released a statement:
“If you’re out there, and you had something to do with my son’s, my child’s death, the murder, the lynching of Danye…Jones, you better start turning in on your folks.”
A rally in support of Jones was scheduled to take place outside of the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri on November 1st. There is currently a GoFundMe in place to assist with burial expenses as well as the cost of a private autopsy and investigation.
Dear Bernie Sanders and White Progressives, We Need To Talk
In an excerpt of an AfroPunk post, an author alleges that Bernie Sanders is “confused as hell.” Unable to call racism by its name, they lament that progressives like Bernie are ignorant and complicit in its propagation.
As a Black woman who lives in Vermont, a state that is 94% white and credited as one of the most liberal in the country, let me explain. Progressives are unable to acknowledge racism because they are unable to identify it in the same way a person of color does. They are so blissfully unaware of the nuances and prejudices and so willing to compartmentalize their own behavior that attaching the word racism to it is unthinkable. What I mean is, their white fragility prevents them from being able to see racism in any form, discuss it, and/or attack it.
What does it mean to be white
The manner White progressives are taught to identify racism is almost storybook – clear lines of good and evil. Their understanding of racism is a clear act of intentional antagonism or discrimination directed toward someone of a different race on the grounds of superiority. To Robin DiAngelo, the woman who coined the phrase “White Fragility”, to be progressive meant to be clueless.
“Well, I was a classic white progressive, which meant that I was clueless about racism, which meant I could not answer the question, “What does it mean to be white?” I thought I was not racist, and I really didn’t have anything more to learn.”
In an interview with Slate, DiAngelo goes on to recall applying for a job as a diversity trainer. “I was in for the most profound learning curve of my life,” she says. “It was a parallel process. One, working side by side with people of color who were challenging the way that I saw the world and my place in it.”
Consider in all of this, that white people are self-segregating and have been since the 60s. Like DiAngelo, they are not finding themselves surrounded by people of color who will disrupt their way of thinking until they reach an embarrassing age.
“Part of being white is that I could be that far in life, be a full professional, educated adult, and never have had my racial role be challenged in general, or by people of color in particular.”
White liberals are curiously guilty of saying one thing and doing another. Take gentrification. University of Illinois sociologist, Maria Krysan, conducted an experiment in Chicago to examine the process of how people decide where to live. She asked Chicago-area residents about their housing search and people of all races agreed they wanted to live somewhere that was relatively diverse and integrated.
Debunking the myth that Blacks and Latinos prefer to stay in their own neighborhoods, Krysan proves that it is Whites who cry for diversity but remain segregated. Remember, Vermont is 94% White but 46 states have a White population of 50% or higher.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Bernie was asked his thoughts on why the Democratic Party was unable to win several key Senate and gubernatorial races. But it was his thoughts concerning the underperformance of Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum that got attention.
“I think you know that there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American.”
While his response wreaks of white fragility, its true. White people are losing the luxury of undifferentiated whiteness and racial obliviousness, forcing them to examine themselves and their communities. In “Get Out”, it was a family of Obama supporting White liberals who were villains, not red hat wearing, torch burning misogynists.
By definition, white fragility is the state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. Spanning fear, anger, and guilt, the display can include behaviors of argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.
Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jane Elliott conducted a race experiment that challenged people to examine their underlying prejudices to disarm them of weaponizing race. By simulating discrimination on people who would otherwise never experience it, Jane educates people who would continue to think like Robin DiAngelo in all her white ignorance. The problem is that she is just one woman, and while her efforts are well-meaning, it requires the person on the other end to be receptive of change. Cognitive dissonance and white fragility are in a marriage that has lasted longer than either terms have had names. And we have seen what happens when we leave White women to their own devices.
I mean… pic.twitter.com/Szr6JJr9II
— ⓙⓔⓢⓢⓘⓒⓐ ⓡⓐⓔ (@xoxosoleil_) November 6, 2018
If we are invested in a progressive future, where POC, LGBT, and differently abled people are represented, we must commit to attacking bias in the moment. We cannot, like white progressives, stand by and massage reality about what is and is not racist to placate people on the fence. White progressives need to start working, living, and socializing in communities that challenge their school of thought instead of reinforcing the dogma they’ve been fed for generations. But their education cannot and will not come at the expense of the disenfranchised. #NotYourMule
Michelle Obama: “I’ll never forgive Trump for endangering my family”
Forever First Lady, Michelle Obama, lets loose in her upcoming memoir set for release November 23rd.
Discussing everything from childhood experiences that shaped her into the powerhouse she is today, to life in the White House, ‘Becoming’ is sure to be a must-read.
It has been taxing under the Trump Administration to watch the attack of policies Obama set in action. None know the anguish like our beloved First Lady, Michelle Obama. In her memoir, she is candid about her displeasure with harmful rhetoric Trump. A copy of the memoir obtained by the Washington Post quotes Michelle on the birther conspiracy theory:
“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she writes. “What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
Michelle goes on to discuss how disgusted she was when she heard the infamous tape in which Trump bragged about grabbing women. “It was an expression of hatred that had generally been kept out of polite company, but still lived in the marrow of our supposedly enlightened society — alive and accepted enough that someone like Donald Trump could afford to be cavalier about it.” Like all of us, she tried to ignore his election.
While the 426-page memoir is not a full-on confessional style read, Michelle is open about her past, family, and their future as public figures. The book is broken into three sections: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More. She shares her thoughts on everything from the institutions of gentrification in Chicago to her whirlwind romance with Barack. Tackling her legacy, she laments how “haunted” she felt when she was criticized publicly during her husband’s 2012 campaign for reelection.
“If I’d learned anything from the ugliness of the campaign, from the myriad of ways people had sought to write me off as angry or unbecoming, it was that public judgment sweeps in to fill any void. . . . I knew that I would never allow myself to get that banged up again.”
Right now, the Forever First Lady is embarking on an arena book tour, which is slated to have A-list guests. Her inaugural date features Oprah and feminist favorite Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will moderate her London date. Tour stops span the US, and include meet and greet packages if you have the coin.
Will you be picking up a copy of ‘Becoming’?
Gunfire at Tekashi Video Shoot
Tekashi and Kanye West were at a video shoot in Beverly Hills when shots rang out at 10:25PM
At the stage for the video, a rented $80 million estate, approximately 8 shots were fired. Although no one was injured, there was damage to the home. At least one bullet destroyed a bedroom window.
Production was halted immediately and Kanye left the scene unscathed. Nicki was supposed to be at the shoot as well but she had not yet made it to the site.
The attack was allegedly a drive-by.
This is the 3rd shooting targeting Tekashi since his post-sentencing celebration. The rapper was charged with the use of a child in a sexual performance. Having only received a sentence of four years probation, it appears someone is unhappy with the judgment.
It is suspected that the shooting could be the result of a beef between Tekashi and YG. The two have been at odds since a video surfaced of Tekashi asking a fan to name a YG song.
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