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The Civil Tube: Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?

In a new book titled, “Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?” author Thomas Frank takes aim at the Democratic party and the discord between its rhetoric as a party of the marginalized and working class and its leadership — a wealthy, wall-street oriented, elite class of individuals — who are in no way connected to, or interested in, the struggles of its base supporters.

Recently, Thomas Frank sat down for an interview on PBS Newshour. Watch below.

The Civil Tube: Whitesplaining

You may have heard of mansplaining at this point — but maybe not Whitesplaining. Per Urban Dictionary:

The paternalistic lecture given by Whites toward a person of color defining what should and shouldn’t be considered racist, while obliviously exhibiting their own racism.
For a further breakdown watch this wonderfully funny  video from Franchesca Ramsey over at MTV. Enjoy!

The Civil Tube: Strange Fruit

In light of the many thousands of protesters across the country marching, demonstrating, chanting, and singing for justice, we here at the Civil Word thought it only right to take it way back to one of our nations most iconic songs about American oppression and the destruction of black lives.

Strange Fruit was written by Abel Meeropol – a Jewish ally of black rights and a school teacher in New York. Meeropol wrote the song after seeing a picture of a southern lynching. The image haunted him and pushed Meeropol to write Strange Fruit. The lyrics eventually fell into the hands of Billie Holiday who swirls them beautifully with a mesmerizing tone. The rest is history. Video below. The lyrics are below the fold.

To hear more about Meeropol check out this NPR article.


The Civil Tube: The List of Rules for Women

From campus assault to leaked nude photos — anytime a woman’s rights are ignored or violated a chorus of voices emerge to explain exactly what a woman did wrong and why she’s responsible for her own assualt.

Oh you got raped at a party? Maybe you shouldn’t have been drinking so much.

Don’t like all those men out there catcalling you? Try not wearing such a short skirt.

I tell you, it’s hard to remember all of these rules. Luckily Jay Smooth has put out a call for help. If somebody has a complete list of all the rules we have for women, please please contact Smooth so we can get that posted somewhere.

Or, alternatively, men could just stop being such assholes.

Enjoy the video.

The Civil Tube: Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism!

I’m sure at some point or another we’ve all been privy to someone taking a sip of Diet Racism — the small statements or acts that by themselves can pass as innocent or innocuous statements but stacked atop one another form a solid foundation for good old fashioned racism. And just like how diet coke provides that same taste as the original stuff only without the guilt, diet racism brings with it all the prejudice of more aggressive forms of racism while allowing people to feel like they haven’t done anything wrong at all. The video comes courtesy of College Humor. Click below and enjoy.

Kinda Racist