What happened in Ferguson matters to us all as Americans. Are we doomed to remain a nation hopelessly, violently adrift in a swamp of racism? Do we have a justice system that is indeed just? Can everyone expect to receive fair treatment in our system, from the moment police confront an alleged criminal to the moment some sort of final decision is reached? Do our police forces exist to “protect and serve,” or does that only apply to some groups of Americans, while for others the police are deadly enemies?
|By: Isaiah 88 Sunday August 10, 2014 5:40 pm|
Because walking while black is becoming an ever-increasing threat to public safety, police departments nationwide have concluded that they have no choice but to spend several billion dollars on heavy weaponry and armored vehicles.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday April 19, 2014 7:53 am|
Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has been uninvited to speak at Pasadena City College’s 2014 graduation. Black attended Pasadena City College, part of California’s two year community college program, and received an Associate of the Arts degree from PCC.
Black discovered he was no longer the speaker from a newspaper report.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday December 3, 2013 5:47 pm|
This is why we can’t have nice things. Nancy Silberkleit became co-CEO of Archie Comics–home of the beloved and socially progressive characters Archie, Jughead, Kevin Keller, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch– in 2008 after her husband’s death. Now male employees are claiming she called them “penis”.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 4, 2013 5:59 pm|
Scott Harris and his film Being Ginger in which he tries to find a woman who will love him, red hair and all. Tormented in elementary and high school for his hair color, he’s pretty sure that his gingerness is what keeps chicks away from him, a feeling reinforced by one woman he interviews who seems to be sent by the anti-ginger gods to torment him. A ginger dating site is a bust and a scam, but things change for Scott–who claims at the start of the film that he doesn’t find gingers attractive and redheads don’t date redheads–at Redheads Days in the Netherlands, where he meets a beautiful redhead and along the way gains a degree of self-realization and self-acceptance.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday September 18, 2013 5:45 am|
The United States Supreme Court term begins in October, and while the entire docket has not yet been set, already it’s shaping up to be a historic term, with decisions on abortion protests, legislative prayer, and affirmative action, just to name a few. Here are the key cases to keep an eye on as the term starts up.
|By: Pam Spaulding Thursday June 20, 2013 5:51 am|
I recall all too well the conflicting feelings I had on election night 2008 — Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States, and enough California voters cast ballots to pass Proposition 8, intended to “protect” marriage from gays. The despair turned into rage by some in the LGBT community, a segment that blamed black voters in particular for its passage (conventional wisdom was debunked as not true – Report on Prop 8: conventional wisdom on its passage based on myth).
But until that post-mortem set of facts hit the streets (and even afterwards, unfortunately), vitriol was hurled at blacks that evening, and I recall on the Blend being on the receiving end of angry commenters — as if I had burned my “gay card” as my blackness, which clearly was not invisible to them before, was now a threat. It was instructive, let me tell you.
|By: Alvin McEwen Tuesday June 18, 2013 6:40 am|
Remember the above sound byte from Florida Senator Marco Rubio from a while back? He was whining about being called “bigoted” because he is allegedly “pro- traditional marriage.”
Of course this is how he feels about the ability to fire someone for being gay (hint – he supports it):
|By: Pam Spaulding Thursday June 13, 2013 12:48 pm|
This civil rights hero and ally – the chairman emeritus of the NAACP – so effortlessly states the obvious: discrimination is wrong. As we await the rulings on the same-sex marriage cases before SCOTUS — Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage known as Prop 8, and United States v. Windsor, the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Julian Bond’s op-ed is a reminder of how absurd, hypocritical and weak the anti-equality side is. It clings to a particular religious point of view to justify institutionalized discrimination. We’ve been there before, and they have short memories.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 10, 2013 4:59 pm|
Tonight’s documentary, Call Me Kuchu, follows a pivotal time in the lives of Uganda’s LGBT population. Our guests tonight, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, were given unprecedented access to LGBT activists, the kuchu community in Uganda, their families, supporters, and detractors as they made this moving, inspiring film.