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P.S. You Suck [Resist Racism]

I am a genius.  I am successful.  Also, I have good self esteem.  My parents never told me I was lazy or fat. I’m pretty sure I was often lazy.

So f___ you, Amy Chua, for reinforcing that tired old model minority stereotype.  For speaking for an entire group of people and ascribing your abusive parenting to your culture.

[in response to the Wall Street Journal Article “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” by Amy Chua]

 How to be Black [Thought Catalog]

Get admitted to Harvard College before any of your non-black friends. They don’t get into Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, are stuck with Washington University (a much lesser school). Tell you it’s all your fault. They were National Merit Scholars. They did community activism in Botswana. They got a perfect score on the SATs. They went Le Rosey in Switzerland but then transferred to Dalton (a $250,000 education). They wrote a New York Times best selling debut novel, which also made it to Oprah’s Book Club. But you stole their spot because of Affirmative Action. Laugh in their face—better yet, send them a postcard from Apley Court, your new dorm which is overflowing with Ivy.

Passage to Identity is Still a Struggle [The Kansas City Star]

I’ve always known I wasn’t white like my mama. Even as a little girl, I could feel adults stare as we passed by.

I was different. But was I black like my daddy? It took me much of my young life to figure that out.

Earlier this year, we took the census. The hardest of the 10 questions revolved around racial identity.

Nickelodeon Gets Diversity Points but Still Overlooks Race [Colorlines]

Nickelodeon, along with Sesame Street workshop which produces “Sesame Street,” has been at the forefront of diverse and responsible storytelling on television. Nickelodeon’s first original live action television series “Hey Dude” included Joe Torres as Danny Lightfoot, a Hopi Indian who was cast after auditioning in Tucson for the role. When the show premiered in 1989 there were no other representation of young American Indians. Even today, twenty-two years after “Hey Dude” premiered there are only a handful of American Indians on television.

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