After Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals’ during his presidential campaign announcement on June 16, Ameria Ferrera, of “Ugly Betty” and “The Traveling
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.”
Dean Grose, Mayor of Orange County’s Los Alamitos city in California, plans to resign over controversy from a joke email he distributed depicting the White House with rows of watermelons on its front lawn and the caption “No Easter egg hunt this year.”
One of the recipient’s of Grose’s email African American Council member Keyanus Price told the AP, “I honestly don’t even understand where he was coming from, sending this to me. As a black person receiving something like this from the city-freakin’-mayor – come on.”
Grose claimed to be ignorant of the email’s offensive nature saying “Bottom line is, we laugh at things and I didn’t see this in the same light that she did.” “I’m sorry. It wasn’t sent to offend her personally – or anyone – from the standpoint of the African-American race.”
On Wednesday morning Grose found a smashed watermelon on his office doorstep and issued a statement on Thursday saying he will step down as mayor at Monday’s City Council meeting.
This reminds Blindie of those abominable Obama bucks with the pictures of a watermelon, Kool-aid and KFC. Not funny.
If the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, Barack Obama could lose the race because one-third of white Democrats “harbor negative views toward blacks.”
Calling blacks “lazy,” “violent” or responsible for their own troubles, 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks.
“There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn’t mean there’s only a few bigots,” said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey.
Twenty percent of all whites felt the word “violent” strongly applied to blacks when present with a list of positive and negative adjectives. Among other words, 22 percent agreed with “boastful,” 29 percent “complaining,” 13 percent “lazy” and 11 percent “irresponsible.”
Although this prejudiced group isn’t as large as the non-prejudiced group, this percentage could still cost Obama the White House–and all we’ll have for the next four years is a flip-flopping, character-warping President and his gun-wielding, moose-hunting, inexperienced VP.
The recently-rehabbed actress Eva Mendes appears on the August cover of Interview magazine. Mendes, who is also the newest face for Calvin Klein Underwear, not only looks stunning in her steamy covershot, she also talks about some serious issues in the pop culture magazine.
Mendes, who made history with Will Smith in 2005’s Hitch, says of racism in Hollywood:
“What makes it frustrating is when a director or a studio head doesn’t see me for the same part that they’ll see, let’s say, Drew Barrymore for. Drew’s a great friend of mine. But it’s like, ‘No, we want more of an American type of girl.’ And it’s like, America has opened up. I’m an American girl, born and raised.”
And being Latina in Hollywood isn’t necessarily easy, but she doesn’t call it a challenge:
“I would never call it a challenge. I think being a woman in Hollywood is a big enough challenge. It really is, man. I don’t want to be one of those people who complain. But the lack of roles out there–it’s unbelievable. I read a lot of scripts….But there are many times that being Latin has actually helped me, being a Cuban-American has helped me.”