This concerns race as others see it when they want to use it to mock and denigrate others — when they want to justify their racial bigotry — when they want to hate. Mostly however, it’s about ignorance. The inspiration for this post is this man;
Shaun King is an activist who came into the spotlight when he used Twitter to advocate for justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year old shot to death by Ferguson police officer Darren White. Shaun is now a writer for The Daily Kos. Supporting his presentations with facts, compassionate, and wise, Shaun is targeted by cyber-harassers. They call him a “wigger” because they perceive his race is White.
Urban dictionary defines “wigger” as
a white person who tries to emulate or acquire cultural behavior and tastes attributed to African-Americans.
It’s a blend of the word “white” and the “n” word.
There is an underlying subject here of allowing those of mixed race to define themselves, but that subject is effectively covered on Mixed American Life so I won’t go into it here.
If people are going to look at the color of skin and/or physical features to determine race for the purpose of judging others, (and targeting them for cyber-harassment), they might be surprised at their ignorance. The following famous people are bi-racial or multi-racial. Read the rest of this entry
Recently, two of the jurors in the case of Michael Dunn have interviewed with CNN. Both were asked if race was mentioned during deliberations. Both answered “no.” Then, panels discussing the interviews voiced their disagreement with the jury not discussing race during deliberations. Some online sources have also criticized those jurors. Even Jordan Davis’ father said he could not see how it didn’t come up since Dunn’s girlfriend gave credible testimony that he used the words “thug music.”
In the case of Michael Dunn, like in all other cases, the presiding judge instructs the jury to only consider testimony and evidence presented at trial. The judge also tells the jury the charges. The issue in Dunn’s case is whether he killed Jordan Davis in self-defense. Michael Dunn was not charged with a hate-crime. Read the rest of this entry