We treat racism like it’s going extinct. It’s not.

BY Brittney Cooper  March 23, 2015 at 2:02 PM EDT

Protestors block the road in Washington, D.C. during a protest after two grand juries decided against indicting police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. and Eric Garner in New York.  Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The shock and surprise from white Americans about these continued incidents baffle me. These clear racist and racially-tinged occurrences happen with a kind of quotidian regularity. The question is why we think the problem of racism is an evolutionary problem rather than an ideological one. We treat racism as though it is the contained characteristic of a specific species of human beings known as racists, that lived in a prior era of American history, but have now nearly become extinct. We keep missing that racism is ideological and institutional, rather than merely individual.


Meet the two women using rap to fight rape culture in India

03/30/15 01:35 PM—Updated 03/30/15 01:41 PM By Nisha Chittal
Screen grab of "Rap Against Rape." (Photo courtesy of the BomBaebs)

The video addresses Indian society at large, imploring men to change their behavior towards women, and imploring both men and women to change their attitudes about the role of women in Indian society. The pair also point out issues that contribute to misogyny in Indian society, such as victim-blaming, and strict social mores that police women’s behavior and dress.


Hate Crimes Against Arabs, Sikhs, Hindus Will Now Be Tracked

Thanks DOJ and FBI, you’re the best-evolent.

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Hate crimes against Sikh, Hindu, and Arab Americans will now be able to be tracked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After years of lobbying by community advocates and the support of 140 members of Congress, the DOJ and FBI have updated their hate crimes database and the FBI Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and Training Manual. Previously, no federal statistics were kept on hate crimes against these groups.


Follow-up Interview with Dr. Richard Lee: Microaggression toward Asian Americans


By March 27, 2015

You mentioned that you are interested in researching the ways in which Asians Americans cope with microaggression. However, as of now, how do you recommend Asian Americans to react when they encounter such racism?

It is important for Asian Americans to develop a repertoire of interpersonal and emotional coping skills to manage racism and discrimination. These skills should help people immediately after a discriminatory event occurs and afterward too. For example, if someone keeps asking questions and making comments that make you feel like they are treating you as a foreigner, it is helpful to know how to address this treatment rather than just accept it and thereby reinforce this person’s stereotype, but if there is a potential threat in the environment and its not safe, then it is important to know how to defuse the situation and step away. It also is important to know when to seek support from friends and family.


REMILLARD: Drake, Japan and Race

Not exactly the content I was hoping for but I think this may be the first time I’ve ever heard a not mixed person write a supportive article about being mixed. Cool! An ally! Well there’s that one white lady that wrote this book which is kinda good: http://multiasianfamilies.blogspot.com/2013/06/book-review-does-anybody-else-look-like.html

· March 26, 2015 6:03 am

Twenty-year-old Ariana Miyamoto is a lot of things. A stunningly beautiful model. The first ever mixed-race winner of Miss Universe Japan. A Nagasaki native and Japanese citizen. And, now, the victim of racism in one of the world’s most racially homogenous countries. Since winning her crown and making history, Miyamoto has been criticized by those in her home country for not being “Japanese enough.” This has sparked an important conversation around the world about a very specific type of racism experienced by mixed-race individuals in particular.


Some Messy History Behind A Fight Over A Restaurant Called ‘Chop Chop Chinaman’

Cool! I always liked saying ‘chop, chop’ and hated the term ‘chinaman’. Win win.

Kat Chow March 26, 201512:00 PM ET

The logo of Chop Chop Chinaman restaurant sits on a window outside the dining area Thursday in Chicago.

And, as for “Chinaman” — the part of the restaurant name that most are taking issue with — Reappropriate blogger Jenn Fang wrote about the history of the term “Chinaman”:

“The history of the term ‘Chinaman’ is telling: it is a word that invokes the 18th and 19th century American idiom ‘a Chinaman’s chance in hell’, which refers to how Chinese American coolies were given the most dangerous jobs in the building of the Central Pacific Railroad — tasked with running live dynamite into half-dug tunnels so that mountains might be blasted. Thousands of Chinese American labourers perished in the construction of the railroad; today, their sacrifice is only just earning popular recognition. Subsequently, it was used alone or as part of ‘Johnny Chinaman’ as a generic reference to Chinese coolies; here, it emphasized the dehumanization and lack of individuality of Chinese Americans — we were not even worthy of having distinct names. The phrase ‘Chinaman’ is not ambiguously offensive. It is a relic of a time when Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans lacked most basic legal rights; when the vast majority worked as indentured servants; when rape, beatings and lynching were commonplace; when the life of an Asian American was jokingly worth so little, a common idiom arose around it.”

Kristina Wong: pushing the envelope on race, rights and America


The Chinese American performance artist’s counter-intuitive style has always turned heads. Now she’s using it to change American attitudes to Africa

Kristina Wong

What Wong hopes to illuminate in Wong Street, is the patronizing way that Americans view Africans. She said: “I have a lot of responsibility to present Uganda in a way that is human, but that also reflects the honesty of what I experienced while I was there. I didn’t want to create [in Wong Street] a modern version of the World’s Fair – ‘look at them, look at how they act.’”