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.
I know it’s not Friday, but whatever. Recently Blake Lively thought it’d be funny to go on instagram and post photos of herself with the caption “L.A. face with an Oakland booty”. Because white women are beautiful and glamorous and live in Los Angeles while black women are ghetto and have big butts and live in Oakland.
The more I think about this, the angrier I get.
I’m tired of living in a world where people stumble into racist, anti-Black sentiments that blatantly set up whiteness to mean ‘beautiful’ while blackness is reduced to exotic and oversexualized body parts.
But Lively’s comments up the ante even further, not only claiming beauty for whites while dismembering black bodies but also giving it a geography. Somebody needs to let the 3.8 million black people in LA know that they’re living in a city synonymous with white beauty. Don’t they know their place is in Oakland?
There’s so much more to say on this… but for right now I’ll leave you with Franchesca Ramsey and crew to talk about the pernicious evil of white beauty standards.
A few years ago, investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones reported on the rising levels of school segregation in America’s public education system. “In Tuscaloosa today,” Hannah-Jones noted, “nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v Board of Education never happened.”
The negative implications for this retrenchment for black and Latino children are sizable, leading to higher levels of absenteeism, lower levels of access to after-school and summer learning programs, and drastically lowered chances at attending college.
This week’s Civil Tube video is a TedX talk from Dr. Rucker Johnson, Associate Professor at UC Berkeley who has devoted much of his research to understanding the benefits to school desegregation and what it means to fall further away from the spirit of Brown v Board of education.
Congrats to Kendrick Lamar on taking home five awards at last night’s GRAMMY awards. And while I’m sure all that hardware feels pretty good, getting love and acknowledgement from your hometown has to feel even better. If you haven’t already, check out Lamar’s impressive award-show performance and Compton Mayor Aja Brown’s press release below.