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Writing in The Daily Princetonian, Kelly Hatfield apparently assuages her “white privilege” by lamenting the media coverage of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Did we watch the same coverage? Because Hatfield is angry at the anti-Brown aspect of that coverage:

First off, Michael Brown’s death should be mourned regardless of whether or not that was him in the video of the shoplifting. He should be mourned regardless of whether or not he was planning on attending college the following Monday. He should be mourned regardless of whether or not he drank and smoked pot. He was an unarmed man who was shot and lost his life, and for this reason he should be mourned. No one deserves to be shot six times and left on the sidewalk for four hours.

I call upon the media to stop “bringing to light” evidence that Michael Brown was “no angel” — an expression used to describe him in a New York Times article published on Aug. 24. It doesn’t matter. It matters neither in this specific case, nor in any others.

In a loosely related vein, I also call upon the media to stop its emphasis on the lootings and waves of teargas, and to reevaluate its priorities should a similar situation arise in the months and years to come.

Hatfield goes on to state she has “no doubt that he [Brown] was a wonderful person …” and calls on the media to “focus on the larger picture.” One may wonder how she is able to determine the former; regarding the latter, that “larger picture” is “inequality, segregation and racism.”

Again — what media is Hatfield watching?

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The football rivalry between the University of Delaware and Delaware State University took an unfortunate turn last weekend as anonymous racist messages about DSU’s predominately African-American population were posted on the social media site Yik Yak.

Delaware State is an Historically Black College (HBC).

Delaware Online reports:

UD’s Black Student Union this week brought the remarks to the attention of UD’s administration, BSU President Elliott Webster said.

UD President Patrick T. Harker condemned the racism in a Thursday letter to UD students, faculty and staff. The BSU appreciated the letter, Webster said, but Harker needs to speak more strongly and do more to fight racism at UD.

“There is still work to be done,” he said. “It’s time for an open conversation about race.”

One of the comments compared DSU’s fans to the notorious Bloods and Crips gangs.

Thankfully, the UD student newspaper The Review, noted that, although the furor over these few comments dominated Yik Yak — a site “usually dominated by dining hall food complaints and tales of drunken escapades” — “those posts do not represent the attitudes of all students at the University of Delaware.”

You think? But these anonymous knuckleheads’ idiotic comments were enough to generate a presidential letter to all of UD, as well as (the typical) requests for “conversations” about race in America. Which is probably making the knuckleheads laugh even more at the reaction they got.

And, since the comments were completely anonymous, unfortunately there’s always the possibility of this sort of nonsense.

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White privilege is everywhere, even your bra, according to the editorial board of the University of Oklahoma’s Daily.

That’s because the fashion industry has defined certain colors as “nude” or “flesh-colored,” the editorial explains:

Imagine this: you are a young African American woman who has run to the local department store to grab a “nude” colored bra to wear under a sheer outfit, say a game-day dress or a work interview blouse. But when you get to the store there is no “nude” lingerie, at least not for you. Bras in slightly different shades of pale peach abound, but there are few to no options for darker-skinned women and they aren’t advertised as nude-colored. How would it make you feel that the fashion industry and society at large has based its ideal of nude on Caucasian people? That the color of your skin doesn’t count as “nude?” …

Or think about nearly every advertisement you’ve ever seen for “nude” makeup or “flesh-colored” clothing? What exactly was the tone of those flesh colors? Almost definitely not shades of brown or anything darker than a pale pink, which is ridiculous considering nearly a third of the U.S. population was non-white as of the 2010 census

The board is also bothered by Band-Aids.

These are all examples of “subtle” white privilege and even racism, the board argues. Its column is actually a pitch for a new lingerie company called Nubian Skin, which “creates nude lingerie and hosiery for women of color and is built on the foundation that all women should have access to the same beauty products”:

The concept is so new that the brand’s online storefront hasn’t launched yet, but we posit the company will do quite well. After all, it is filling a hole in the market that larger lingerie brands have chosen to overlook.

And more power to Nubian Skin to fill an untapped market niche. If it succeeds, that’s an example of good entrepreneurship, like ride-sharing services using the excess capacity in most cars to make transit more efficient. But under the editorial board’s logic, that would make drivers without passengers guilty of genocide. Albeit “subtly.”

If you weren’t already afraid enough of making unintended racist gestures every day, the board wants you to dwell on it:

We encourage all of our readers to think critically about the small instances of racial bias they encounter each and every day.

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It’s one thing to lament that black Americans historically have not gotten much credit for the transformative music they created – and another to say that non-black musicians are somehow racist because they won an award.

That’s the thrust of a tweet by Anthea Butler, a University of Pennsylvania religious studies professor, responding to the award winners at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.

As The Blaze notes, Butler was apparently offended that pop star Ariana Grande – who is of Italian descent – won a VMA. Her fellow nominees included two black musicians, Pharrell Williams and Jason Derulo, Campus Reform notes.

racistVMAtweet.twitter.screenshotThat tweet apparently drew immediate scorn, because she quickly deleted it (“I don’t have time for BS”) and started backpedaling moments later, tweeting that “white appropriation of black culture is applauded by awards” but blacks are “vilified for same sometimes [sic].”

She even suggested that she drills her racial views into her students: “I’m not going to lose my job over something I teach in classes everyday.”

Butler’s Twitter feed is now marked private.

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A new Rutgers University study finds that some minorities may gain weight and not try to lose it because of all the “negative stereotypes” they endure about themselves in America.

Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark, says “it is common for minorities in the United States to endure negative stereotypes, pervasive messages that suggest those groups are inferior, and … these attitudes can prevent people from doing what is needed to care for their health,” Rutgers Today reported Monday.

“When you are exposed to negative stereotypes, you may gravitate more toward unhealthy foods as opposed to healthy foods,” explains Rivera, whose study appears in this summer’s edition of the Journal of Social Issues. “You may have a less positive attitude toward watching your carbs or cutting back on fast food, and toward working out and exercising.”

Rivera says the resulting difference in motivation may help explain – at least in part – higher rates of obesity in the United States among minority groups than among whites.

So there you have it. Obesity is now blamed on racism. It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it?

The study – partially funded by the taxpayers, of course – was published in the Journal of Social Issues.

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A campaign dubbed See The Stripes is miffed at Clemson University, in particular its football program, for “fail(ing) to properly encompass the history of the school.”

See The Stripes’ A.D. Carson elaborates, making comparisons between the Tigers’ football squad and … slavery.

Campus Reform reports:

“The ‘Most Exciting 25 Seconds In College Football’ is literally the Clemson Football Program running downhill, away from the university’s slaveholding past and a relic standing as a symbol of it, onto the field that generates significant amounts of money for the school and a large part of it’s [sic] reputation,” the student, who identifies himself as A.D. Carson, says.

“And, yes, to be clear, I am making a connection between the fields the slaves worked for Master Calhoun and the field on which student-athletes give their time, talent, blood, sweat and tears for The Program,” Carson continued.

Carson added that “he wishes he would have known he was attending a ‘school on a plantation.’” If you’re wondering how a supposedly bright individual had absolutely no inkling of the region’s/state’s history, check it:

… he says that even had he been more aware of the southern history of South Carolina school, he still would have chosen to attend the university after he explained his decision to his friends and family.

Whew! Thank goodness!

Clemson political science professor Dr. J. David Woodard says Carson is misguided:

It’s fascism. It’s looking at things only through racial lenses and not seeing anything else when in fact there is no racism associated with this.

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