Saturday, September 15, 2007

Racism in the modeling industry

This is just a quick post about an article I just found about racism in the modeling industry where colored models are not being signed/hired because they're not white. So some of the top black models in the world, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Liya Kebede and Tyson Beckford "launched a campaign against race discrimination in the fashion industry - which they say is at its worst since the 1960s." Make sure to read the article here.

Racism in the media with sports

On, John Rawlings wrote a very interesting article named "Does race color discussion of bad athletes?" It points out that black athletes are pointed out more in the media than white athletes when they do something wrong. Why is this? Because of the color of their skin or what they actually did?

Here's a part from the article:

Certainly in comparison to Bonds, the circumstances are different, their profiles are different and their places in our consciousness are different. But when placed in the context of fans' reactions to bad behavior by athletes such as Pacman Jones and Michael Vick, we see another difference: the color of their skin.

It is difficult to discuss our reaction and degree of outrage to conduct we don't approve of in the context of race. We are frequently afraid to say the wrong thing. We very well might be even more uncomfortable asking ourselves to honestly assess why we feel the way we do.

Is it possible I despise Barry Bonds but still want to pull for Rick Ankiel because I look more like one than the other?

Don't dismiss the question out of hand. There is too much evidence that shows the large part that race plays in the differences in our views. ESPN conducted a scientific poll during Bonds' pursuit of the all-time home run record that yielded the clearly dispiriting conclusion that more than twice as many blacks supported Bonds than whites.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Jena 6 incident

This is amazing and truly shows how racist the world and justice system is today. This article takes quotes from various blog posts about this whole incident and they are really good. Make sure to check out the article. Here are a few quotes from the article:

The case of six black boys, who face lifetime jail sentences for an alleged assault on a white peer in Jena, La., is slowly drawing the public's attention.

"Almost a year ago, in the small northern Louisiana town of Jena, a group of white students hung three nooses from a tree in front of Jena High School. This set into motion a season of racial tension and incidents that culminated in six black youths facing a lifetime in jail for a schoolyard fight.
The story that has unfolded since then is one of racism and injustice, but also of resistance and solidarity, as people from around the world have joined together with the families of the accused, lending legal and financial support, adding political pressure, and joining demonstrations and marches.

The nooses were hung after a black student asked permission to sit under a tree that had been reserved by tradition for white students only. In response to the three nooses, nearly every black student in the school stood under the tree in a spontaneous and powerful act of nonviolent protest. The town's district attorney quickly arrived, flanked by police officers, and told the black students to stop making such a big deal over the nooses, which school officials termed to be a "harmless prank." The school assembly, like the schoolyard where all of this had begun, was divided by race, with the black students on one side and the white students on the other. Directing his remarks to the black students, District Attorney Reed Walters said, "I can make your lives disappear with a stroke of a pen."

The white students who confessed to hanging the nooses never received any meaningful punishment. Nor did the white students who months later beat up a black student at a school party, nor did the white former student who threatened two black students with a shotgun. But, after these incidents, when black students got into a fight with a white student, six Black youths were charged with attempted murder, and now face a lifetime in prison. The Black students may not have been involved in the fight, but they were known to be organizers of the protest under the tree. The white student was briefly hospitalized, but had no major injuries and was socializing with friends at a school ring ceremony the evening of the fight.

Reading about this incident and how the white students, the school, the District Attorney and basically every white person in this incident acted, I am ashamed, appalled, and sickened of what has happened. This is a disgrace and shouldn't have not happened. If the white students were punished or expelled from the school for that obvious racist symbol, this whole thing probably would have not happened. This is really sad.

Racism in San Francisco schools

Wow this was an interesting and surprising article about racism in schools. Here's a small part of the article:

By the way, for those assuming this is something that can be explained away by the interplay of race and poverty, it isn’t. Johnson said she used a statistical tool called regression analysis, which allowed her to isolate factors such as income and skin color. For example, the researcher found no correlation between school choice and the number of Latino students, who are disproportionately lower-income.

Chris Rosenberg, principal of ethnically diverse Starr King Elementary, laid it out for me in clear terms.

"The bottom line is that many people do not feel comfortable sending their kids to a school with a lot of African American students," says Rosenberg, who has been at Starr King for 12 years, four as principal. "It's a crying shame. It's terrible. But it is a sad and obvious truth in our schools. And no one wants to touch it."

This data analysis is amazing and I wonder in how many other schools this is also true across the United States.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A public form of racism

This blog post talks about an incident where racism happened in Chicago on public transportation. Do you agree with the author that if it was a white person, he would have not been thrown off the train? I agree with him. Why is the world this way? Why are people this way?