The difficult subject of race

Like BuzzFeeᴅ, But Black

I'm frankly surprised there's not actually a Bʟᴀᴄᴋ BuzzFeeᴅ already. But there probably will be by the end of the day.


Today In Racism: Soap and Cupcakes


In Indiana, there is growing controversy over a store selling racist soaps with brand names like "Kolored Kids" and "Darkie." (See the initial report here.) This seems important to point out, since it's not in the segment above: "Fox59 spoke to two national experts Thursday on Black Americana and both tell me these kinds of soaps with these labels NEVER ever existed in our history. These aren't reproductions but what are called 'fantasy items' printed purely for profit."

Related: Hip Hop "Blackface" Cupcake Controversy


Democrats: Party Of Racial Division

"In virtually every instance, the idea that the Republican Party is 'too white' is dropped with almost no discussion of what exactly that means. The phrase is being pinned like a scarlet 'W' on anyone who didn't vote for the Democrats' nominee. It's a you-know-what-we-mean denunciation. Its only meaning is racial…. The Democrats' insistence on pandering to political categories is a dead end for the country. Rather than spinning their own Rubik's Cube of race, gender and ethnicity, Republicans should start growing their share of the electorate by doing a better job of telling people how to succeed in the American melting pot, a wonderful organizing idea now mocked [...]


How To Understand White People

"Every thanksgiving I listen to [Fleetwood Mac's Rumours] and watch The Big Chill. I feel like it's made me understand white people a little better." I can't argue with this logic.