You've gotta give it to "The Daily Beast." They really come up with some amazing things that they think categorize as news and/or thought-pieces. But as long as they're going to write about this kind of thing, and there is response; naturally, we're gonna analyze opinion around it. Now, besides the fact that many people clearly state that they have no problem being considered racist if that's what it takes to allow their belief that somehow Jay-Z (and wife) are part of something a bit sinister. But beyond this, it opens up an important discussion regarding not just extreme wealth and how rare it is among African-Americans, but the shift toward social responsibility around that wealth (lest some be seen as actually something against good/God by exhibiting a lack of it). The writer is berated by commenters throughout sites for making the connection that conjecture about Jay-Z being involved in something supernatural is akin to racism. She is seen as "missing the point" by stretching and including a racial element when those of the same race as the recording artist are actually those who initiated the illuminati claims. Worth noting is also the tone of exhaustion from commenters about the term racism being so easily thrown about without any deep dialogue and new elements. Many sociologists are coming together more and more to say that we need a new race theory. And, how! In the meantime, think Jay loses any sleep at night over such accusations? And what was Samuels' inspiration for writing such a piece, anyway? Hmmmm.....
Media is buzzin' today about a piece in The Daily Beast that was written by Allison Samuels. Seems that Samuels thinks that accusations of Jay-Z being a member of the Illuminati is simply a racist move; a way to discount his meteoric rise and hold onto success. The video "report" (on BeastTV) has gotten a lot of play and discusses secret society symbols and the like. This might be a first, however, that Illuminati accusations are connected to racism. Let's see what commenters think.
One for the race theory revision books, for sure. As we examine our current period's issues with diversity, quotas and more, perhaps we are using fictional worlds to analyze and question in a way that makes it more palatable. For sure, race is a truly sensitive topic in this country, and the comments, particularly the last one, demonstrate this. While many fans welcome the introduction of a new character, claiming that the show has become too predictable, others see it as a tedious result of social pressures/norms. We do not often like talking about race precisely because we have little or no practice at true conversations about it. Feelings are often times overly-heightened or suggested to be completely squashed. Let's see if "Downton Abbey" can potentially be an avenue to intelligent discussion. But here's something we'd love to know now: who will be cast as this hot singer dude? Hmmmm.....
It may be 2013, but adding diversity to television programming seems to still, sadly, make for media news. Case in point? The hit series on PBS, "Downton Abbey" has just announced it will add a Black character to next season's storyline. The character is said to be a singer and will possess a certain "X" factor. Let's see what viewers think of the new news!
Why does diversity = "getting a black man"? To quote many an after-school special, there are other races....Not that I'm against the idea per se but this decision seems more reactionary than thought out.
Temple University sociologis Howard Winant has said that we need a new race theory. Films and the digital public sphere around them create talking points that could, perhaps, be leading us this way. People have very different perspectives regarding words, images and how these sentiments and expression effect current day society. (and, btw, Tarantino loves this word no matter whether it's slavery days or not - see the filmography). Look for more confrontation in 2012 on how we view race and the race dynamic in this country - not purely as a result of film but also actual real-life events. In the meantime, pass the popcorn?
UPDATE 1/3/13: The new Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained, is receiving much criticism for using the "n-word". The movie takes place during slavery making the n-word common for this time periods, but critics think Tarantino is pushing the limit by using the derogatory word over 110 times. Django producer Reggie Hudlin asks his audience to move past this word and to focus on "bigger themes in the movie". But is the comment arena up for this dictate? UPDATE: "Hollywood Reporter" quotes the film studio as saying that the film is playing well to all races across the board, moving from 42% of an African-American audience Xmas day to now a mix of all races. There you have it!
... if the movie was about an exslave, wouldn't that have been a common term for that time period? I personally hate the use of the word by any one but you can't walk down the street or ride the train or whatever without hearing it a million times so why blast the movie?
Can you feel the heat from your chair as you read that sampling of comments. Perhaps it is the sentiments expressed between those who have traditionally taken "sides" is what has created so much violence and disparity in the United States. It is fitting that as we go deeper into this period of re-defining race, balance, equity; that these figures from the Census Bureau should be revealed. Careful to note though that the plurality will begin with those under 18 in 2022. The key is the "under 18" part for more and more young people are and will grow up in a vastly different world and, perhaps, share vastly different views from most all previous generations before them. That's where things can finally start to become interesting....we hope.
According to the U.S, Census Bureau, by the end of the year 2022 there will no longer be a racial or ethnic majority among U.S. citizens under 18. This means that the United States will be considered a plurality nation. Also, by the year 2043, the share of non-Hispanic whites across all age groups is expected to fall below 50 percent. But will this mean complete racial and social equality as well? What do the people think?
..The only way this "white folks will be a minority" works is if you define white persons every bit as strictly as segregationists used to define white people or black people. In 1940, for example, Florida Statutes defined a black person as anybody who had one-sixteenth (1/16th) black ancestry...
This is America, the "melting pot," remember? Just because the "founding fathers" were white doesn't mean the country would never get browned...more people are meeting mates who are not the same race as they are...The result...mixed race children....the more varied the DNA the healthier the offspring; it's good for human beings...Too bad, so sad, white man.
The comment-sphere likes to question and examine. "Let's not jump to conclusions" might be the mantra from the below. This seems to be a bit troubling because much of the mainstream comment arena tends to keep dismissing and invalidating the continued talking points around lack of equal representation in a U.S. society that is growing increasingly brown. If Caucasians and males primarly direct the view, then could that view possibly skewed? If so, what does that do in terms of informing a culture. It seems that from the below people are tiring of reports and stats which can be interpreted in different ways. Are they asking to get at the root of what is really going on instead and having larger, deep discussions about it rather than dancing around it with disparity reports. Most people know what the offices and newsrooms and boardrooms of the world look like anyway. Perhaps what we are seeing here the request for cessation of stats and the inauguration of a new and actual approach? If so, could this be around the corner?
More than 93 percent of the front-page presidential election related stories are written by white reporters, new data shows, which looked into the newsrooms of 38 newspapers in all of U.S. Asian American reporters have 3.3 percent of the stories, black reporters - 2.9 percent, and Latino reporters 0.7 percent. The only exception appears to be The Dallas Morning News where 18.8 percent of the articles were written by black reporters. The paper with the most Latino reporters as authors of the election stories is The New York Times at 3 percent. Authors of the research find as striking the fact that Latinos are the most under-represented considering they are the second largest population group in the U.S. Even The Miami Herald, which has a 27 percent Hispanic staff has no front page articles about the election written by Hispanic reporters. Let's see what the comment arena has to say about these stats.
If racism is the reason for the disparity ... than yes, the article have a good point. However, assuming that it is solely racism ... is a stretch. Or maybe I am being naive and giving too much credit to a wide range of newspapers owners. ... I scoff at it being racism because it is 38 newspapers all over the country. However how many owners are there? With the mergers happening it could be just a handful of owners which would make racism a more viable reason. ...
Yes, let's just apply affirmative action to every facet of society while we're at it. Diversity is of course the magical panacea for any ailing "bleached" society. ... What if I said it was a crime that the economic hardships of Hispanics weren't getting reported by Hispanic journalists? These kinds of musings are exactly what racism is. ... This elucidates what racism is. ... The work of a black man is inherently better for a particular front page piece because he is black. ... I am passing judgment on your credibility as a journalist solely by the color of your skin. ... Racism goes both ways. ...
The incident that continues to bring conversation of race to the forefront takes another turn and continues to demonstrate the current divide that exists in the U.S. Interesting to note is general sentiment in the comment-sphere depending on if one is looking at a ethnic-focused site versus mainstream demonstrating that there a feeling of inequality regarding the situation continues to persist across the former. A huge trending topic on Twitter when the news broke, the Zimmerman situation just may end up becoming quite symbolic in a larger context. Watch.
Neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman left the Seminole County Jail in Florida a day after a judge granted a $1 million bail bond with strict conditions. This is the second time Zimmerman has been released from prison. The last time was in April. He awaits his second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and claims the shooting was self-defense under the state's "stand your ground" law. Zimmerman is required to stay in Seminole County. Lots of comment activity on this one!
They need to get that trial going and get it over with. … All Zimmerman did was take out a future Criminal. What’s the big deal? … How many times does this murderer get out? Only in this country could (someone) murder a young black lad and walk out of jail. … Our legal system is all about the money. … There is nothing in this country that money can't fix. …
I'm perplexed at the viciousness that is meeting Zimmerman when the only thing he UNAMBIGUOUSLY DID WRONG was determine someone was "suspicious" because they looked a certain way. Yes, I don't like that at all. … Assuming he wins in court, am I alone in thinking that Zimmerman gets rich on a book deal, donations, and other publicity events? This story is a tale of two martyrs in a binary political world. … Since when does someone get a million dollar bail for a second degree murder charge in what is probably an act of self-defense?
First of all, this phenom actually seems to be a swinging back of the pendulum. Certainly before the country was "founded", the Native Americans (people of color) were the majority. And much later, a large part of the southwest of the US was inhabited by people who we now term Hispanics. Second, given this shift the conversation about a "post-racial" America will become more and more ridiculous. What is really happening is that we are all figuring out new worlds, new demos and new values and perhaps a new concept of race/cateogrization, overall. One thing is certain, watch for more and varied seats at the table to be demanded as time goes on given what is now the new "majority." But the real question is, given the new status, do you think white people will now have trouble getting a cab? LOL
Big media buzz today over the latest Census Bureau stats which show for that first time in U.S. history that white births are in the majority. Hispanics, Blacks and mixed races are said to be creating a new hue in the country. The general population weighs in with comments.
I saw this story as soon as I woke up...flipping through stories on my phone... I knew there would be a few wingnuts upset about this, but I seriously thought that no one but the KKK would really care. How wrong was I.
What post-racial America? Lobs continue to be thrown back and forth demonstrating that we still don't yet understand each other no matter what side one happens to be on. Race will continue to be an issue until it is addresed in a very, very deep manner. ---GlassLdC Editors
A sports writer turns his disapproval into Jay-Z's new marketing for the Brooklyn Nets into a race debate after he says, "... why (call the team) the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the new York N----s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B---ches or Hoes..." When pressed on his words, the writer says: " Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of Black-American culture, and I'm the racist?" Let's see what sports and music fans have to say as they comment.
As a black woman, I feel that (the writer's) statement couldn't have been more true. There is absolutely nothing inherently racist about what he said. Mishnick(the writer) did a great job of throwing a staple of Jay-Z's success right back at him. Well done...
Mushnick is on the money, and as usual the lame (and ever so out-of-touch) VV is full of tired liberal cliches. Mushnick shouldn't back down...Blacks need to get their shit together and stop blaming whitey. Stop blaming the Mushnicks. Get the blunt out of your mouth, drop the 40oz malt liquor, stop calling women bitches and hoes, stop dog-fighting pit bulls, stop calling each other "nigger" and "nigga, and most of all - stop the fake outrage every time some white guy calls out the truth....
The big reveal of the Nets logo, which is pretty corny and not remotely "urban", is supposedly the catalyst behind this guy's little fit. Jay-Z is a middle aged dad who hasn't really rapped about anything other than being rich and influential in at least five years... it just seems like he wanted any excuse to bash rappers, patronize black people and throw the n-word around...
Another major gatekeeper passes away almost further demonstrating that the former way of doing things is over, giving birth to new methods and new ideas. He will be missed. It is interesting how race even plays a part in obituaries. Further, it is worth noting that in the new digital era, there is not just one main gatekeeper anymore to a genre or outlet as in Mr. Clark's brightest days. This makes for an intriguing and welcomed new dynamic in the balance of power. And for the many that do/will share this power in the new era, one would hope that they not only help with various artist exposure as Mr. Clark so brilliantly did; but also provide the actual production deals and grand visibility to new diverse on-air personalities similar to how we saw Mr. Clark put Ryan Seacrest on.
The news came as a shock to so many who remember Dick Clark as not only a pioneer in his industry but one who was also a kind mentor and supporter. However while recounting Clark's many achievements, each and every news story is careful to add that he provided mainstream television exposure to Black artists who could not obtain it from any other outlet for many years in the United States.
This case has exposed more of the raw nerve of race relations within America today. People seem eager to voice what has not be acceptable before now and what to, in many cases, re-define ideals and norms that have been passed down from further generations. Others do not. This case, the issues behind it and now all the media surveys on race and specials on race is only the beginning because we are not yet post-racial. Rather, we are still examining race and the dynamics around it.
NBC gets called for producer selectively editing a 911 call George Zimmerman made the night he killed Trayvon Martin. In the origina 911 call, Zimmerman says of Martin, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” The dispatcher then asks: “OK, and this guy – is he white, black or Hispanic?” "He looks black,” Zimmerman responds. The version NBC ran is shorter and does not include the operator's question. Controversy has ensued because critics say the tape is edited to make Zimmerman look like he was focusing on race. The producer at NBC was just fired.
I was simply amazing at the comments I've seen on other websites like the Orlando Sentinel. While there are many, many whites who are not racist and strive for equality; there are many who are racist and don't even realize it. This is the most dangerous racisim of all. . .