Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Avatar movie has racist subtext?

Essence.com brought up a topic I thought was interesting, in that the new movie "Avatar" has a racist subtext. I haven't seen the movie yet so I can't comment but to others who have let us know what you think.

From Essence.com:

The premise of the movie is simple and somewhat familiar: a White man goes and lives with the "natives", learns their ways and somehow becomes their leader. If it sounds familiar it may be because the theme has been visited in movies like Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves" and last summer's South African sci-fi "District 9" says writer Annalee Newitz on the sci-fi blog I09. Newitz calls the all too familiar plot "a fantasy about race told from the point of view of White people."

In films like 'Avatar' she continues, "Humans are the cause of alien oppression and distress. Then, a White man who was one of the oppressors switches sides at the last minute, assimilating into the alien culture and becoming its savior."

Will Heaven of the Telegraph questions why the Na'vi (the blue skinned "natives") wear African jewelry and dreadlocks and are voiced by Black actors like Zoe Saldana, Laz Alonso and C.C.H. Pounder. "The ethnic Na'vi," he writes, "need the White man to save them because, as a less developed race, they lack the intelligence and fortitude to overcome their adversaries by themselves."
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HP's web cam face tracking fail

Well it seems that HP's web cam does not track black people's faces. Watch the video below of a man named Desi and his white co-worker Wanda testing this. Shouldn't HP have tested this before releasing it? Testing, meaning making sure it follows everyone's face no matter their skin color. Is this racist or just a technical thing, let us know your thoughts.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ottawa airport incident brings racism allegations

An incident at an Ottawa airport brings racism allegations. You can read about it on CBC News.

Border officials threw her to the ground, knelt on her shoulder, and then took her into another room and told her to call a lawyer before proceeding with the search, she recalled.

"I had to lift up my breasts, take off all my clothes, squat and cough and turn around and open up my rectum for them to see up inside," Archer told CBC News. "I was humiliated, I felt powerless, I felt violated, and just think it was a total overuse of power because there was absolutely no reason for them to behave that way with me."

After customs agents found nothing, they let Archer leave and rejoin her son and her husband, who had come to the airport to pick them up.
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Two interesting reads

I found two interesting articles I wanted to sure with you all, make sure to give them a read.

Pimping-Out Racism for Personal Gain
Posted by: Lenny McAllister

South Philadelphia High School and Racism in the National Media
By Randy LoBasso

What's happening to the New York Post?

Wow I didn't think a newspaper could employ racists but that may be the case with the New York Post. Seems lately there's been quite a few things brought out into the open. Check out the article on gothamist.com, a few interesting parts from the article:

... describing the Post newsroom as a male-dominated frat house run by the crude, misogynistic editor in chief Col Allan.

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Fenner and Livingston's lawsuit accuses the tabloid of racially-motivated news coverage, and Fenner claims he was "routinely humiliated," "openly cursed at" and subjected to "Jim Crow"-style segregation...

Livingston, who has been a General Assignment Post reporter for 13 years, says she was also banned from the newsroom, paid less than white colleagues with less experience, and denied stories she wanted to write. Further, she alleges that recently-retired star Post reporter Steve Dunleavy is an incorrigible racist who openly referred to a black employee as "nigger" and repeatedly described Hispanics as "spics."