Warning: If you use a pseudonym for whatever reason, you may soon see one of these prompt screens when you log into Facebook. Whether you’re avoiding abusive partners or family, or just have a pseudonym you prefer, Facebook is now insisting that you provide a copy of your ID: driver’s license, social security card, credit card, whatever. Sorry, but this is way more intrusive a social platform than I’m comfortable with. I’m not sure if I’m going to comply yet, but I just thought people might want to know what Facebook is up to.
Facebook is carding me. It won’t let me log in for the account I’ve had for four years because they no longer allow fake names. I’ve always used Atchka! which is my nom de plume. Are they really now only going to allow the names on our driver’s licenses? Mine’s not a big deal, but what about those don’t want to be found because of an abusive spouse or family member? This is an absurd policy. I’m not buying alcohol, cigarettes or fireworks, I’m trying to log onto fucking Facebook.
It’s a tense night in Ferguson, but luckily no outbreak of violence.
This is still going on. Do not forget
Don’t let the media make you think this is over. Those last few tweets are from today!
These are dated August 24, 2014
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how beneath our contemporary conversation about race lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.
The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls “the new racism,” which provides the essential foundation to explore issues of race and ethnicity in more depth. This edition also updates Bonilla-Silva’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past.
In this fourth edition, Racism without Racists will continue to challenge readers and stimulate discussion about the state of race in America today.
The police are attacking people who are trying to help.
Phillip Agnew of The Dream Defenders. The Dream Defenders is a human rights organization that’s building leadership and power among young people of colour to challenge racism in their communities. | Phillip Agnew on All In
The strength of the Ferguson community in the face of the war zone the police have created is truly a thing of beauty.
I can’t imagine the trauma, the PTSD that children in Ferguson will have to cope with after all this is over. And that’s on top of the existing oppression they’ll already face.
We’re not people really. Our concerns are not America’s concerns. We are just here for entertainment. We’re a convenient treasure trove of limitless creativity to be pillaged, watered down, and re-purposed for White audiences and the people getting rich from bastardized stereotypes and simplified caricatures of everything we bring to the table have nothing to say when shit gets really real.