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Mon Dec 8, 2014, 12:53 PM

I'm sure that there's more, but here's 23 Times America Failed Black People in 2014

Derrick Clifton's avatar image By Derrick Clifton December 5, 2014

Without question, black people dominated news coverage this year, but often not for reasons many would celebrate.

As America witnessed the killings of unarmed black people by police, the reality of a broken justice system, the perpetuation of various anti-black stereotypes and racism rearing its head within many major institutions, the country had no choice but to face its racial demons head-on.

And although these issues don't surprise many African-Americans, they still prompted widespread outrage at every level. Thousands more took to social media, even to streets in cities across the country, sending a clear message: Black lives matter.

Here are but a few of the many moments when the country failed its black citizens in 2014.

http://mic.com/articles/105704/23-times-america-failed-black-people-this-year?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social













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Reply I'm sure that there's more, but here's 23 Times America Failed Black People in 2014 (Original post)
MrScorpio Dec 2014 OP
steve2470 Dec 2014 #1
JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #2
MrScorpio Dec 2014 #3
JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #4
JustAnotherGen Dec 2014 #5
Jamaal510 Dec 2014 #6
Blue_Tires Dec 2014 #7
ismnotwasm Dec 2014 #8
freshwest Dec 2014 #9

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 12:57 PM

1. big kick and big rec! nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 01:33 PM

2. 11. A school served stereotypes in a "Black History Month" meal.

Ahem -


11. A school served stereotypes in a "Black History Month" meal.
Source: AP
It's a common racial stereotype: Black people love fried chicken and watermelon. In February, a California high school played right into the stereotype, announcing a Black History Month-themed menu that included both items, along with a hearty side of cornbread. Administrators for the school eventually apologized, but the damage was already done. In fact, according to government data, black people actually don't care that much for watermelon.

Fried chicken and watermelon aren't racist foods in themselves. But as Arit John wrote for the Atlantic, "The problem stems from the way fried chicken is associated with black people, and the historical baggage that comes with it. The same way blackface recalls minstrel shows, the 'black people love fried chicken' image recalls negative portrayals of black people."



Ahem - a School Served a 'common racial stereotype'.

Did we discuss that at DU?

I know we did buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut. This is one for the journal!

Because uh - well - I'm sure some non third wayers don't see how they belittle those not like them. . . .

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 01:38 PM

3. Yes, we all did discuss this very thing on DU

I was part of that conversation myself

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 01:48 PM

4. I wish wish wish

You had included that one! But that's okay - it's now in my journal. That's coming up again when Black History month rolls around.

You KNOW I'm gonna do it!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 03:16 PM

5. Kick!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 03:38 PM

6. To be fair with

that Richard Sherman part, it was just an NFC title game, but yeah...point taken. It's a racial double-standard for celebrating. Some of these I never heard about on TV, though, like the white politician throwing up her hood on the news and Nicki Minaj and Rihanna getting slut-shamed in contrast to the SI cover of the 3 half-naked white girls. I can't say I'm too surprised by any of it, especially not Elvis getting credited with being the father of rock-and-roll. Hell--we even have people crediting Miley with starting "twerking", despite it being around before many of her fans were born. This country is in the 21st century, but many times it still feels like we've undergone a time warp backwards.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 03:50 PM

7. He might want to make that an annual list if he hasn't already

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 03:56 PM

8. K&R

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Dec 9, 2014, 01:32 AM

9. That's less than a percent. And Richard Sherman did nothing wrong, BTW.

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