How complexion affects the treatment of people of color in their own communities

Colorism is the discrimination of people or an individual based on the darker shade of their skin. It’s not exactly the same as racism; people of the same race can be prejudice towards their darker peers. Favoritism toward those with lighter complexion works on an international level. “Back then, my elders would tell my siblings and cousins about how we should date […]

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The most ignorant among us can be the college-educated

A video that surfaced online showed University of Oklahoma fraternity members chanting a racist song that joked about lynching black people. Social media is increasingly exposing inside-culture extremism, bonding once-separated marginalized groups in their struggles. “Just seeing how comfortable these students seemed singing this song shows the culture of leniency within that fraternity, along with the lack of authority and supervision within […]

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Young, brown, and looking ‘unsafe’

When Richmond resident David Meza was pulled over riding his bike in nearby Pinole, the officer asked why Meza was in Pinole and explained, “I’m not saying you’re doing anything wrong, you just look unsafe.” Upset by the experience, Meza posted the story on social media, and got supportive comments. But he wanted to go further and talk […]

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Movin’ on up, but not without struggles

Just before she started middle school, Isabella Ordaz’s farmworker parents moved their family from Antioch to Danville in search of better schools and safer streets; both cities are in Contra Costa County, but Antioch is known for gang-related crime, whereas in Danville, violent crime is almost nonexistent. But the lifestyle upgrade does not come without its difficulties. Isabella’s classmates, raised in racially homogenous Danville, openly express bigotry against […]

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Why Our Names Matter

Hearing his peers call small children “young pimp” or “killa” gets Asani Shakur thinking about the power of names. Citing Alex Haley’s “Roots” and naming this phenomenon “Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder,” he suggests alternative labels for African American children on Richmond Pulse.

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Richard Sherman, race and coded language

A brief but passionate post-game interview with Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman became national news.  In a press conference days later, Sherman racialized the conversation when he spoke about the media fallout around his angry rant.  Picking up on the widespread usage of the word ‘thug,’ he described the word as a coded racial epithet, “an accepted way […]

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