Racist ‘Mammy’ Calendar Surfaces At North Carolina Assisted Living Facility

Local and state NAACP chapters in North Carolina are beyond outraged over a Christmas activities calendar depicting a racist “Mammy” caricature that was passed out at a predominantly White assisted living facility.  The calendar, featuring the stereotypical illustration of a pink-lipped, bulging-eyed and handkerchief-wrapped “Mammy” dressed like Butterfly McQueen’s character from Gone With the Wind, was reportedly passed out to residents at the Bradley Creek Assisted Living facility at Carolina Bay last week, The Wilmington Journal reported.

This [calendar] is demeaning,” Deborah Dicks Maxwell, President of the New Hanover County NAACP, told The Journal Wednesday.  “It is appalling that in 2017 this is still occurring.”

‘Mammy’ Calendar Distributed to Residents at #NorthCarolina Assisted Living Facility #getwoke #Racism #JenniferDiciccoAlaimo #BradleyCreekatCarolinaBay

— The Core: Reloaded (@Reloaded_Core) December 12, 2017

The calendars show “Mammy,” a subjugating and false portrayal of Black women being happy slaves and servants, saying “Merry Christmas,” the report says. Bradley Creek has stopped the circulation of the calendars. However, the NAACP chapters are calling for more immediate action after the calendars offended at least two Black staffers at Bradley. The staffers complained to management, prompting them to collect the papers. One staffer also took a picture of a calendar and sent it to The Reverend Kojo Nantambu, of the North Carolina NAACP, who brought it to The Journal’s attention.

“I was like, ‘Why would somebody do this?,'” Marvila Jackson, a Wilmington staffer, recounted to The Journal after she confronted Bradley’s activity director about the calendars. “And she [activity director] was like, ‘You know my heart,’ and she kept saying that she didn’t mean [any] harm by it.’ Well how did you think people were going to take it?” Jackson was suspended after talking with staff about the calendars, a move that she believed was a result of her speaking up. Bradley said the suspension was a result of a “resident complaint,” Jackson said.

A statement of apology was is

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Uber Driver Refused To Pick Up Black Passenger

Uber said it would fix its discrimination problem. But there’s still apparently a lot of work still to be done. A Black woman received from than 7,000 likes and over 3,000 retweets after sharing that an Uber driver refused to pick her up.

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“It’s hard, because I don’t want to believe it was racist, but I don’t see any other reason why he would have looked at me and said ‘No’ and drove off. I tend to want to give people the benefit of the doubt. …My money is as good as anyone else… I tip well. I’m a really great passengers,” Ashley Ford, the host of a news show called 112BK, told The New York Daily News.

I just had an @Uber driver stop, look at me, say “no”, and drive off. Without me in the car. And uber charged me $5 for that.

— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) December 8, 2017

As usual, Uber promised Ford that it would investigate the situation and restated that the company doesn’t tolerate discrimination. But that tune is being played on a broken record. Uber and Lyft have promised to be different from the taxi services that have long discriminated against Black passenger. But a 2016 study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that these new ride-hailing services are no different. Black passengers wait longer for Uber rides and are more likely to have their rides canceled than passengers with names that sound White.

Ford was in Manhattan and needed a ride to Brooklyn, which would have cost about $40 dollars. The company said it will rectify the situation. How is that possible? Ultimately, this snub is not about money. It’s about respect. It’s not about a racist driver. This is about changing a company’s culture.

SOURCE:  New York Daily News


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The Pentagon Just Ignored Trump’s Transphobia And We Love It

It’s like getting a hug from Baby Jesus when  Trump does something unconstitutional and he gets a smack down from the law. This happened today with 45’s “ban” on transgender individuals serving in the military.

In case you blocked it out of your mind, back in July Trump decided via Twitter that transgender people could not serve in the military. Why?  Because their “surgeries” are too expensive. This logic was deeply foolish considering not all trans people get surgery and the money that goes to the small amount of trans people who decide on surgery is minimal — especially when the “military already spends 10 times more on erectile dysfunction prescriptions.” In addition, Trump’s $20 million trips to Mar-A-Largo costs more than all trans people in the military combined.

Transgender troops' med. care: $2.4-$8.4 million/year. Trump trips to Mar-A-Lago: $20 million in first 80 days

— DemUnderground (@demunderground) July 27, 2017

There are thousands of trans people who proudly serve and protect their country. Kicking trans people out, or anyone who volunteers their service, will only make our country less safe. Fortunately, the Defense Department officials said on Monday that Trump’s transphobia “most likely violates constitutional rights to due process and equal protection,” according to the New York Times.

The judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the Federal District Court in Washington, wrote in a ruling, “The court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.” Basically, Trump was told to have several seats.

However, the fight is not over. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House’s lyin’  press secretary, told reporters that Trump will continue to fight selfless Americans who want to serve their country, “The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the legal options to ensure the president’s directive is implemented.”

Fortunately, other Americans will continue to ensure none of the president’s bigotry will be implemented.

SOURCE: New York Times


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