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College volleyball star Ty Laporte, 23, dies in...

College volleyball star Ty Laporte, 23, dies in car accident

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — University of Mississippi volleyball player Ty Laporte has been killed in a two-car accident a few miles south of the Tennessee state line...
Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter is taking selfies...

Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter is taking selfies to the next level with ‘Ty-Lite’ case

Beyoncé longtime stylist Ty Hunter is embarking on a business of his own, with his latest style innovation, the Ty-Lite...
Malcolm Jamal-Warner defends Raven-Symoné: She...

Malcolm Jamal-Warner defends Raven-Symoné: She speaks from her heart

Malcolm Jamal-Warner defends his former 'Cosby Show' cast mate Raven-Symoné...
President Obama gives Valentine’s Day message...

President Obama gives Valentine’s Day message to Michelle on ‘Ellen’ and it’s adorable

The presidential puns were flowing and so was the love. President Obama sent wife Michelle a special Valentine's Day message during an appearance on Ellen this week...
Naomi Campbell slays as surprise in Kanye...

Naomi Campbell slays as surprise in Kanye West’s fashion show

Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance in Kanye West's fashion show, and she absolutely slayed...
T.I. says Beyoncé ‘Formation’ backlash is...

T.I. says Beyoncé ‘Formation’ backlash is ‘Un-American’

T.I. is totally here for Beyoncé, and he's also here to support the message that she brought to her Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance...

Black Enterprise

Microsoft’s New AI App, Fetch! Will Guess Your...

Microsoft’s New AI App, Fetch! Will Guess Your Dog’s Breed

Fetch! is an artificial intelligence app that shows Microsoft has gone to the dogs.
Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ Song Boost Red...

Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ Song Boost Red Lobster Sales by 33%

Red Lobster reports 33% increase in sales from Beyonce's latest hit song.
In the News: Flint, Michigan

In the News: Flint, Michigan

Here is an update from Black Enterprise on the most recent news about the Flint…
Google Will Give You 2 GB of Storage for Security

Google Will Give You 2 GB of Storage for Security

Google pushes security with free storage space giveaway.
[RECAP] Black Enterprise Candidate Watch –...

[RECAP] Black Enterprise Candidate Watch – Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Check out the BE Candidate Watch on Periscope, every Wednesday morning at 10:30AM EST. You'll…
5 Fun Things To Do This Valentine’s Day In and...

5 Fun Things To Do This Valentine’s Day In and Around New York City

Black Enterprise shares the five top events on Valentine's day in the New York City/…

The Root

They Were Young, Active and Suffering From Heart...

They Were Young, Active and Suffering From Heart Failure

As twins, Kimberly Ketter and Shaun Rivers have been through just about everything together: first day of school, learning to drive, graduation.

Books by Black Authors to Look Forward to in 2016

Books by Black Authors to Look Forward to in 2016

It is no secret that “African-American women are the largest group of readers in the country,” states Dawn Davis, head of Simon & Schuster’s 37 Ink imprint. It is also no secret that the publishing world is very, very white, with books by black authors published at an abysmal low, never rising above 10 percent of the industry’s output. Indeed, a recent survey by Lee & Low publishers found that “just under 80 percent of publishing staff and review journal staff are white,” with “Black/African Americans [at] 3.5 percent.”

Here’s the Problem With That Steve Harvey Video...

Here’s the Problem With That Steve Harvey Video That Shames Sisters for Wanting Attractive Men

There’s a video clip from Steve Harvey’s talk show making the rounds on Facebook. It’s being used as Exhibit Z—because A through Y have already been done—about why so many women, black women in particular, are single.

6 Things That Are as African as Meryl Streep

6 Things That Are as African as Meryl Streep

At some point during an international film festival, in response to an inquiry about whether a quite Caucasian jury would be able to evaluate and understand North African films, Meryl Streep decided to go full Hotep and inform us that “We’re all Africans, really.”

Wellesley College Appoints 1st African-American...

Wellesley College Appoints 1st African-American President 

Wellesley College named Dr. Paula A. Johnson, a Harvard Medical School professor, as president, making her the first African American to ever head the school, the Boston Globe reports.

Ciara on Abstinence With Russell Wilson: ‘We...

Ciara on Abstinence With Russell Wilson: ‘We Hug and Kiss’

Ciara is spilling the beans about her relationship with NFL star Russell Wilson and their vow of abstinence. 

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Why Is It So Hard To Believe Race Relations Would...

Why Is It So Hard To Believe Race Relations Would Improve Under Bernie Sanders?


Race was a key topic of conversation at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) each sought to establish themselves as the greatest adversary of racism and champion of communities of color.


Both candidates appeared to hit their stride on criminal justice reform and systemic racism. But when they were asked specifically if they'd be able to improve race relations, things got awkward.


"What would you do that the nation's first African-American [president] has not been able to?" Moderator Judy Woodruff asked.


Woodruff's question didn't exactly invite a more frank discussion of the current state of race relations in America. How could two white candidates like Clinton or Sanders explain their vision without seeming to dismiss the historic legacy of the nation's first black president?


Their responses to Woodruff's question showed how difficult it was for them to strike a balance between promoting their own agenda and not diminishing Obama's. Clinton disagreed with the assessment that race relations had faltered under Obama, perhaps because she felt uneasy blaming the president for the poor state of race relations.


Some viewers balked at Sanders' statement that race relations would "absolutely" improve under his presidency. But their response shows that many people still underestimate the racial divisions that exist in the U.S. today.


With survey after survey showing that the nation remains deeply polarized on race-related issues, it seems wrong to attack a candidate for saying that he or she would be able to improve race relations. In fact, Democrats should demand just that from their next presidential candidate -- whether it's Sanders or Clinton. Republicans should, too, but with Donald Trump as the GOP front-runner, that's unlikely.


This doesn't mean Sanders offered a strong explanation for how he'd improve race relations in the White House. His answer, which railed against tax breaks to billionaires, seemed to fall within the realm of his oft-criticized tendency to approach racial inequality as a symptom of economic injustice, rather than of explicit racial prejudice. In this case, Sanders' cliches about kids hanging out on corners didn't do him any favors. On Friday, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), whip of the Congressional Black Caucus and a Clinton supporter, accused Sanders of giving a "very simplistic answer to a very complicated problem."


But some observers suggested it was tone-deaf for Sanders to insinuate that he could improve upon Obama's efforts to address racism and racial inequality at all.


Clinton's campaign blasted out a Politico story titled "Sanders says he'd be better for race relations than Obama." Her press secretary, Brian Fallon, wasn't buying what Sanders was selling.



Now Sanders is promising to do more to improve race relations than President Obama? #DemDebate

— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) February 12, 2016



But is it wrong for either candidate to feel they could further improve race relations, even after eight years of the first black presidency? Was Sanders really supposed to say that race relations would get worse if he wins in November?


Obama's victory in 2008 was a milestone for a nation built on slavery and black oppression. But on its own, it did little to mend generations of racial injustice and inequality. In many instances, those wounds have been further aggravated since Obama took office, laying bare the deeply entrenched nature of racism and white supremacy in America.


To improve race relations, we must be willing to highlight these realities. And while Obama's presidency may have helped put the nation on a path toward healing by inspiring difficult conversations about race and causing more white Americans to acknowledge the reality of racism, most Americans, both black and white, feel that racial tensions have only become more strained under his watch.


A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted in July found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans, including strong majorities of black and white respondents, believed that U.S. race relations are generally bad. Nearly 4 in 10 said the situation was getting worse. At the beginning of Obama's first term, two-thirds of Americans said they believed that race relations were generally good.


While Obama has suggested that race relations have improved during his presidency, other surveys taken throughout his second term have shown that the American public disagrees.


Obama has become a deeply divisive figure, and since he took the White House, racial polarization has increasingly mirrored political polarization, suggesting that people's opinions of Obama may now be shaped in part by their views on race, which appear to break down along party lines. 


These trends are not necessarily the president's fault. But they have diminished his faith that he can bring the nation together on issues of race. When Obama addressed the public after black teenager Michael Brown's fatal shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and again after that officer was not charged, many observers criticized the president for being too restrained. As blogger Ezra Klein explained at the time:



The problem is the White House no longer believes Obama can bridge those divides. They believe -- with good reason -- that he widens them. They learned this early in his presidency, when Obama said that the police had "acted stupidly" when they arrested Harvard University professor Skip Gates on the porch of his own home. The backlash was fierce. To defuse it, Obama ended up inviting both Gates and his arresting officer for a "beer summit" at the White House.



Obama has repeatedly expressed concerns about his role in this growing polarization, though in an interview with Vox last year, he professed confidence that racial divisions wouldn't last.


As a candidate, Obama was optimistic that his experience as the son of a white mother and black father, raised largely by white grandparents, would give him the freedom to speak with authority and empathy on race relations -- as he did in his famous Philadelphia speech during the 2008 campaign


But, as Michael Eric Dyson has written, the president has been constrained by that very background, forced to hold back for fear of appearing to favor the black community. As a result, his restraint on the subject of race has often been perceived as neglect. 


Sanders and Clinton wouldn't be subject to the racism that Obama has faced, meaning they'd have fewer impediments in working to dismantle systemic racism and uniting a more egalitarian society. As white people, their messages on race might even be better received by the large segment of white Americans who have responded to the current conversation on race with bitterness and derision.


Or not. But at any rate, they'd have a hard time doing anything that would make Americans see race relations as much worse than they do today.


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Brazilian Beauty Queen Says She Was Dethroned For...

Brazilian Beauty Queen Says She Was Dethroned For Being 'Too Black'




Rio de Janeiro's Carnival is well-known for being a huge cultural celebration that draws in millions of Brazilians and tourists alike, all of whom hope to bask in the exuberance of the massive event. Each year Brazil's biggest television network, Globo, selects a Globeleza carnival queen, who is picked from obscurity and hyper-sexualized to become the star of the entire carnival. In 2013, Nayara Justino, a black Brazilian, was voted by the public to reign as the Globeleza, only to later be dethroned and replaced by a woman with much lighter skin for unknown reasons.  


Now, in a new documentary from The Guardian, the 27-year-old is sharing that she thinks she was dismissed as Globeleza for being "too black"


Since 1993, the Globeleza has usually been a woman with fair skin and of mixed Afro-descendants. The winner often becomes a household name, appearing in videos and photos. Justino says in the documentary that she grew up hoping that one day, she too, would hold the title.  


“Brazilian TV’s carnival queen has always been light-skinned. But that didn’t stop me from applying when Globo held the first public competition to find a new carnival queen in 2013,” Justino says in the documentary. But her eventual win was short-lived once videos and photos of her as the new Globeleza went public.


"Lots of people were talking about the color of her skin because she was black and there had never been a black Globeleza before," Rayla Souza, a friend of Justino, says in the documentary.


"People came on my Facebook page, calling me 'monkey' and 'darkie,'" Justino says. There was a tremendous backlash from both white and black Brazilians.


"It was the racism that hurt me most of all. And the racism wasn't just from white people, it came from black people, too," Justino says of the negative commentary she received.


A few days after the public's harsh reaction, she says that she was thanked by Globo for her contribution and terminated from the role. Soon after, she was replaced without a public vote by a light-skinned woman.


Globo gave a response to The Guardian in regards to its termination of Justino's contract: 



Globo does not base its contracts on skin colour. Actors are chosen according to their artistic fitness for the role. The same criteria applies to the choice of Globeleza, where artistic merit prevails.



"I hope to inspire young black girls," Justino told The Huffington Post in regards to why she wanted to do the documentary and the message she hopes to give other young women who watch it. "Never give up."


Justino told HuffPost that as far as the state of race relations today in Brazil goes, "We've still got a long way ahead."  


Check out the full documentary on Nayara Justino's story above. 


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Nude Photos Prove 'Big And Beautiful' People Have...

Nude Photos Prove 'Big And Beautiful' People Have Love Stories Too

Warning: This post contains nudity and me be inappropriate for work. 



"Romantic love, for me, is a most intoxicating state of being," photographer Substantia Jones told The Huffington Post. "So I appreciate it having its own holiday."


Jones is the brilliant mind -- and proudly fat body -- behind The Adipositivity Project, a photography series encouraging people to love their bodies, no matter its size or shape (adipose means "of or relating to fat"). With her Valentine's Series, Jones zooms in on couples in love, addressing the lack of representation when it comes to romance and non-conforming bodies.


In her words: "Fat people deserve love and sex and a good, deep hit of the happy, just like everyone else."




On February 14, when your eyes will be bombarded with predictable, sugary sweet images of heteronormative couples expressing their love via expensive diamonds and mediocre fancy chocolates, Jones offers a radically different vision of love. Real, raw and big. Jones herself has always been a fan of the holiday.


"When I'm in a relationship, I'm cool with it," she explained. "When I'm not in a relationship, I'm cool with it. I've been to V-Day dinners for single friends. I've gotten candy and flowers from platonics. You make it what you want it to be. In fact, the finale of this year's 'Adipositivity Valentine Series' is all about celebrating whatever the day means to you, even if that doesn't include hot monkey love."





The timely series features a diverse variety of couples getting their romance on -- whether posing cheekily in burlesque gear or cuddling gently in the nude. The images, as you might imagine, come with some pretty cute stories as well. 


"My two most memorable shoots this year were both for the current 'Valentine Series,'" Jones explained. "I photographed 'The Adipositivity Project''s first ever male couple in their undies during a cold morning on the East River Esplanade. It earned us approving smiles, horn honks (admittedly of unknown sentiment), and thumbs-ups from passersby. And they didn't even know they were witnessing history being made(ish)."


The second memorable shoot ended not so romantically, with a surprise visit by the NYPD. "The other recent shoot I'll not soon forget was while photographing the couple with the giant wings painted on the wall behind them. It was under a rail bridge in Harlem, and we drew a small audience (not unusual), followed by police intervention (also not unusual). But this was the first time an Adipositivity shoot was interrupted by police sirens and flashing lights. The cop was cool about it, saying he appreciated our pursuit of 'artistic expression.' But we did have to move along."



Jones' work capture all the beauty of V-Day, sans the saccharin of Hallmark cards, stuffed animals and dinner reservations. Through the passion-filled photos, Jones hopes to show the world that, whether or not you're paying attention, fat people are getting some, thank you very much.


"For every kid whose parent insisted they’d never 'land' [eyeroll] a partner unless they lost weight, have a look," Jones said in an earlier interview with The Huffington Post. "For every fat person who’s let some nimrod convince them their relationship isn’t working because of a jiggly tummy, have a look." 


The images capture pure, happy love, the kind of love that all humans deserve. Couples interested in dropping trou for next year's "Adipositivity Valentine Series," contact her at adipositivity@gmail.com. "I promise I'll be gentle," she assured. Happy Valentine's Day, lovers!





 

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February Is a Time for Celebrating Black History,...

February Is a Time for Celebrating Black History, Heart Health...and Clinical Trials?

By Andrea L. Lowe, MPH, SWHR Health Policy and Public Health Liaison

February is both Black History Month and American Heart Month. In support of both events, the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR®) would like to take the time to encourage African American women to take charge of their health and participate in clinical research opportunities designed to reduce their likelihood of heart disease over the course of their lifetime.

Black women have the highest percentage of hypertension and second highest percentage of experiencing any type of heart disease out of all races/ethnicities and both genders [1]. In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 11.1 percent of adult Black women have some form of heart disease; the majority of whom (35.4 percent) had hypertension or high blood pressure, 6.3 percent had coronary heart disease, and 3.3 percent have experienced a stroke [1].

Despite this, Black women (as well as other minorities and women in general) have traditionally been vastly underrepresented in clinical trials studying the safety and efficacy of cardiovascular disease drugs. A 2002 study examining the representation of the elderly, women in general, and minorities in heart failure clinical trials found that only four of the 59 trials studied included at least 25 percent minority participation and only two trials included at least 50 percent female participation [2].

In addition to limited recruitment of Black women in clinical trials, researchers have found that a history of medical abuse of minority populations in the U.S. contributes to lower participation rates. Historically, Black men and women have often been exploited for medical knowledge, such as use for dissection and medical demonstration during slavery as well as more recently with the Tuskegee Syphilis Study that continued into the 1970s, which denied participants treatment after medication was available to cure the disease [3].

But these injustices are not the only reason for low participation rates in clinical trials. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago found four major barriers to participation: 1) lack of awareness, 2) economic factors, 3) communication issues, and 4) mistrust [3]. While survey participants in this study were afraid of being treated as "guinea pigs," the researchers also found that only 5.4 percent had ever participated in a clinical trial and only 15.8 percent were ever even asked to participate. Meanwhile, 68 percent of the respondents indicated that they would consider participating if asked [3].

In response to the increased need for diverse women to participate in medical research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched its "Women in Clinical Trials" initiative. The website includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section, "15 Things to Know," and the opportunity to find clinical trials currently recruiting participants in your area [4]. Every woman considering joining a clinical trial should know its purpose and what is expected to happen during the study, the possible risks and benefits, additional support (such as child care or transportation) and costs, as well as how to find out more information before making the decision to participate [4].

Amid the many events and celebrations for Black History Month and American Heart Month, take time to consider your health and contribute to future advancement in treatments for minorities by participating in a clinical trial. More information on SWHR's long history of supporting clinical trial participation by women and minorities can be found on our website.

References:
1. National Center for Health Statistics. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014. Web. 29 Jan 2016. < http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_260.pdf>.

2.
Heiat, Asefah et al. "Representation of the Elderly, Women, and Minorities in Heart Failure Clinical Trials." Arch Intern Med. 162(15) (2002). Web. 29 Jan 2016. <http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1148796>.

3. Harris, Yvonne et al. "Why African Americans May Not Be Participating in Clinical Trials." J Natl Med Assoc. 88 (1996): 630-4. Print.

4. n.p. Women in Clinical Trials. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2016. Web. 29 Jan 2016. <http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118508.htm>.

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Coal Ash Dump in Alabama's Black Belt -- Another...

Coal Ash Dump in Alabama's Black Belt -- Another Symbol of Racism's Staying Power

Esther Calhoun crumpled tissue and wiped away tears, last week, as she told a federal commission what it was like to live next to a mountain of hazardous waste.

"If you come to Uniontown, [Alabama] you'll see this mountain of coal ash," Esther said. "You would see that no one should live this close to coal ash. No one in their right mind would want to live this close to coal ash."
Coal ash, the remnants of coal that's burned in power plants to generate electricity, is a ghastly mix of carcinogens and neurotoxins.

The U.S. Environmental Protect Agency documented 160 coal ash disposal sites had poisoned drinking water or air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Some 140 million tons of coal ash are generated every year.

Esther lives near the Arrowhead municipal landfill in Uniontown, Ala.--which began taking coal ash in 2010 from the largest coal ash spill in history in Kingston, Tenn., where four million cubic yards of coal ash breached an impoundment. Kingston is a majority white community and Uniontown, with a population of 1,700, is nearly 90 percent black.

Last Friday, Esther, the president of Black Belt Citizens for Health & Justice, told her story before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which is looking into coal ash disposal and its impact on low-income people and communities of color. The EPA has determined that low-income communities and in some cases communities of color are more likely to live near coal ash disposal sites and the Commission is probing the problem, planning to issue a report with possible recommendations to better protect communities.

In her written testimony, Esther said residents who live near the landfill worry about gathering on porches or eating vegetables from gardens because they fear getting sick. Esther has neuropathy just like some of her neighbors. And they wonder if the coal ash exposure has caused it.

The putrid smell emanating from the mountain of coal ash nauseates her. "It suffocates me to look at it," she told the commission.

Coal ash contains heavy metals like mercury, lead and arsenic. The disposal of coal ash was largely unregulated until 2014 when the EPA finalized weak regulations that did not classify the toxins as hazardous. The regulations do nothing to help the people of Uniontown.

For Esther, the health and quality of life problems faced by her community is made so much worse because of her powerlessness to fight it and the marginalization of African Americans in Alabama that is so tied to this issue.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management gave a permit to the Arrowhead landfill to receive this coal ash over the objections of residents. She's gone to meetings, talked to the EPA and it seems that no one cares, she said, because no one takes any action. No one sends doctors. She's been unable to find out how close coal ash can be placed to people's homes. And she wonders why the original owners of this massive landfill decided to put the coals ash just a stone's throw away from her community.

Uniontown has more than its fair share of undesirable businesses. There's a catfish processing plant, a cheese plant and sprayfields that smell. People don't earn much money, the median income is $15,000 a year and there are a slew of problems that residents there don't have the money to fix. The sewage system is broken. A school has been closed and there's no money to operate an ambulance service.

For Esther, the coal ash problem is just another example of what it means to be black in Alabama.
"In Alabama we still have black and white schools," she said. "It's about what color you are."

The white children in Perry County, where Uniontown is based, don't go to the black schools, she told me after testifying, and the black kids don't get laptops to take home.

"Discrimination is still here, "she told the commission. " If you're black, your voice will hardly ever be heard."

Esther described a life where everything from education and job opportunities to economic and political power is defined by race. Her father and grandfather were sharecroppers and grew cotton, corn and okra on the Tate plantation, 2-3 miles from Arrowhead. She grew up on the Coleman Long plantation.
Sharecropping, which left workers indebted to landowners, was the system of organizing labor throughout much of the South that replaced slavery. Accumulating wealth was difficult to impossible under this system. Before the Voting Rights Act was passed, political power was nonexistent but to Esther, it doesn't seem like much has changed.

"I'd like to see the EPA do justice," said Esther. "I'd like our voices to be heard," she said, adding I guess it's because of the color you are that they think you can take anything. To ADEM [the Alabama Department of Environmental Management] I don't matter any more than a hill of beans."

Esther explained that people in her community struggle to pay their lights bills and phone bills. They sometimes choose between buying medicine for themselves and their children.

This problem of coal ash and disposal near black and low-income communities is not unique to Uniontown. It's just one of many examples of how the nation's environmental pollution is overlaid with issues of race and class.

Earthjustice
represents residents of Uniontown, who filed a complaint with the EPA in 2013, against the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for failing to consider the impact on a majority black community, which, it's required to do under the Civil Rights Act because the agency receives federal funds. The complaint also charges that the state's decision to permit this site without adequate protections will have an unjustified disparate impact on the basis of race. When the coal ash left Kingston, the site of the disaster, it was regarded as hazardous and treated as hazardous, but when it was unloaded from the train cars, the coal ash was no longer treated as hazardous.

Esther wants to see landfill owners do whatever is possible to protect the community from the hazardous coal ash. It's unclear, at this point, what the EPA will do.

But the only hope at this time comes from people like Esther, who despite her daily struggles--she helps care for aging parents--takes time to fight to improve her community.

She told the officials that environmental regulators should only do the work they do if they're genuinely interested in protecting life. "A lot of people don't need these jobs because they don't care about people," she said. "It doesn't matter to them."

In addition to helping her aging parents, Esther is raising a 12-year-old boy, although she already has grown children. "I carry a lot of people's burdens because I love people," she said. "Don't just sit behind the computer and go tick, tick, tick."

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An Obituary for Whiteness

An Obituary for Whiteness

The following post is an excerpt from White Lies: Race & Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion (Routledge, 2015).

OBITUARY

Whiteness, the racialized expression of a fundamental inability to accept limitation and uncertainty, has died.

Though the actual time and place of birth of Mr. Whiteness is unknown, it has been said that his "social" birth took place in the Southern part of the United States in the decades following the Civil War and word of his birth soon spread across the country. Conceived during the nuptials of Enslavement and Colonialism, Mr. Whiteness would go on to lead a storied life only dreamt of by his parents.

He was autodidact by education, but celebrated his influence on all areas of intellectual inquiry, including and especially the ivory towers of academia. He worked in a variety of fields including education, politics, engineering, law and law enforcement, business, religion, art and entertainment, and sports. He had a flare for individualism and worked to ensure that individuality served as a dominant motif for groups throughout the United States.

Throughout his life, he fought tooth and nail against death and dying, treating death as a form of taxation without representation. He contributed substantially to scientific and technological developments to overcome death, but in the end, Mr. Whiteness found his efforts limited. As adept with the pen as much as the rifle, Mr. Whiteness exerted an impact in all spaces he dared to travel, and he traveled globally and extensively. He fought the scourge of communism and collectivist thinking for decades through secrecy, ever-increased funding for military expenditures, and attempted extermination of collective thinking in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, and many parts of Africa.

He was known for extending opportunities to his most cherished friends and family. For his loved ones, he would help to ensure laws and economic regulations provided them with advantage and relative safety. Those dealing with this loss remember his magnanimity. He leaves behind a host of colleagues, family, and friends, most notably, he forged a long-standing love affair with his ideal woman, named Victoria, whose thinness, frivolity, and general silence he revered for its manageability. His most cherished associates include patriarchy, heteronormativity, elitism, greed, and theism.

Despite such an illustrious career, he sought to live in relative obscurity and out of the spotlight. Only in death, and the pain felt by this loss, is his full impact on those around him being realized.

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Ne-Yo Backs Beyoncé Praising 'Formation'

Ne-Yo Backs Beyoncé Praising 'Formation'



Ne-Yo praises Beyoncé for authentically portraying herself.
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