OVER IT: Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and The Confederate Flag

Blindie is not only over the racial shenanigans of Rachel Dolezal, #ByeRachel, the transition of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn and that damn racist Confederate flag, we’re also WAY over the media hype of it all. First of all, Rachel Dolezal presents herself as a pathological liar who is in deep denial of reality. This denial … Read more

Star Wars Fans Think Black People Are Ruining Their Science Fiction

Apparently there are a lot of Star Wars fans who are “okay with blue people, green people and purple people but black people is going too far.” Yes, that’s an actual quote from a nobody nerd who likes science fiction, Steve Collataly. He goes on to say this about black people – “If they want to be in space why don’t they get their own universe? And by the way, do we have to have black people in everything? Aren’t white people good enough already?”

Don Lemon “Obviously” Thinks the Smell of Marijuana at Ferguson Post-Verdict Protest is Worth Noting

CNN’s Don Lemon has said yet another douchey remark while reporting on a serious matter. “Obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air,” said the astute anchor as he described the drama unfolding in Ferguson to his colleague Anderson Cooper. Is it obvious Don? Why is it obvious? Last week Lemon’s douchey remark was … Read more

Jesse Williams On Shooting of Ferguson Teenager Michael Brown

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Jesse Williams talks to CNN about the shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri on Sunday. Here are a few excerpts from his on the situation:

“I think we have to talk about the narrative and make sure we’re starting at the beginning. You will find that people doing the oppressing often want to start the narrative at a convenient point,” Williams said. “This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the heat for four hours in the sweltering heat.

“I know plenty of white kids that steal stuff from convenience stores,” Williams continued in response to allegations that Brown stole cigars moments before his murder by law enforcement. “There is this idea that every time a black person does something they automatically become a thug worthy of their own death.”

“The rest of us are not treated like human beings. Period,” the actor said. “That needs to be discussed. That is the story.”

WATCH THIS: Compton Cowboys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86Ugg7tEH5Q

Blindie loves this article and video about the Compton Junior Posse, an equestrian program designed to keep kids off the street.

As featured on Good’s website:

Compton, a city on the south side of Los Angeles, is a notoriously difficult place to grow up. As birthplace to many of the gangs that put “gangsta” in “gangsta rap,” the city has for decades been plagued by violence, drugs, and other crimes that make life hard for everyone—particularly young people, who are recruited and pressured to join in on all the illicit activity. In response to the allure of gangs, a number of organizations both big and small have popped up to try and keep children off the streets and out of gangs. But there’s only one doing it on horseback.

Founded in the late 1980s on a small plot of land called Richland Farms, the Compton Junior Posse is a program that, in its own words, “keeps kids on horses and off the streets.” The posse teaches equestrian skills to children of all ages in an effort to help them avoid the pitfalls of youth. In the process, it’s kept a lot of kids out of trouble and caused a lot of Angelenos to do double-takes—it’s not every day you see a cowboy riding around the streets of L.A.

Meet the Compton Junior Posse in their mini-doc above!

DID YOU KNOW?: Black Teens Have Lower Rate of Drug Use Compared to Whites

A study found that Black and Asian teens have the lowest rate of drug use, so why are black teens arrested for drugs nearly three times more than whites? Could it be that black teens are portrayed as drug-addled hoodlums in the media?

Here is an article Good published on the matter:

A study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatrysays that black and Asian teens are less likely to use drugs and alcohol than white people their age. In a survey of more than 72,000 young people conducted by Dan Blazer, a psychiatry professor at Duke Medical Center, 39 percent of white teens and 37 percent of Latinos reported having abused substances in the past year, compared to 32 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Asians. When it came to drugs alone, 20 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks, and 12 percent of Asians reported using.

Blazer called the relatively low rate of substance abuse among black juveniles “surprising”: “The public perception is that that’s not the case,” he said. Also surprised should be American police, who continue to arrest black kids for drug use at far greater rates than whites. Consider this chart from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice:

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In the 1990s, the juvenile black drug arrest rate was nearly three times that of whites, and in 2008 it remained almost double. The fact is that cops bust blacks kids markedly more for a crime they commit slightly less often. This is especially unfair because petty drug offenses are how thousands of black kids per year end up in the U.S. justice system. Their criminal records then haunt many of them for the rest of their lives, ruining their employment and educational opportunities and all but forcing them to turn to more crime to stay afloat.

We’ve argued before that America’s nonsensical drug laws leave a lot to be desired when compared with those of other Western nations. But when police don’t enforce those laws evenhandedly, they go from being just nonsense to racist as well.

WATCH THIS: Tokens battle for white friends

Watch this hilarious Funny or Die video Token!
Kulap Vilaysack is a scream as a self-described “token” amongst her white friends, or as she calls it, “a fleck of yellow in a sea of white” until she meets their other friend played by Brandon Johnson -the black token. But Vilaysack is not about to lose her reign and warns him, “this is a one token town. ONE. So time for you to Bell Biv and GO!”