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10/06/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

African-Americans Are Perceived as “Darker” When the Economy Is Bad

African-Americans Are Perceived as “Darker” When the Economy Is Bad

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An old adage says that when America catches a cold, black America catches the flu. A recent study has found that there may actually be a reason for how poorly blacks fair during tough economic times. It seems that blacks are perceived as “blacker” to whites during economic downturns and whites tend to become much more exclusionary.

A study from New York University found that whites become more prejudiced when times are hard and are less likely to prefer someone outside of their own group. Researchers Amy R. Krosch and David M. Amodio determined that the economic environment alters the perception of race.

“Although prior explanations for this phenomenon have focused on institutional causes, our research reveals that perceived scarcity influences people’s visual representations of race in a way that may promote discrimination,” wrote the researchers, according to CBS DC. “Across four studies, scarce conditions led perceivers to view Black people as ‘darker’ and ‘more stereotypically Black’ in appearance, relative to control conditions, and this shift in perception under scarcity was sufficient to elicit reduced resource allocations to African-American recipients.”

The worst the economic conditions become, the “blacker” African-Americans are perceived, which could explain elevated levels of racism and nativism during tough economic times.

CBS DC explains how the experiment was administered:

The “non-black ethnic or racial group” participants in the study were first given questionnaires containing varying levels of “competition between races.” Participants were then shown 110 computer images of faces ranging from predominately white to predominately black, and were asked to label them “black” or “white.”

Participants were also asked to express agreement or disagreement with “zero-sum beliefs” such as, “When blacks make economic gains, whites lose out economically.” The participants who concurred with these “zero-sum” statements promoting racial disparity were more likely to consider mixed-face subjects as “blacker.”

The people who filled out the more racially competitive questionnaires were more likely to identify even the lighter faces as darker or more “stereotypically black,” in comparison to those given the control condition questionnaires that didn’t promote economic competition.

The test was not reversed to determine whether blacks viewed whites as whiter during tough economic times.

“People typically assume that what they see is an accurate representation of the world, so if their initial perceptions of race are actually distorted by economic factors, people may not even realize the potential for bias,” wrote co-author Amy Krosch.

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04/06/14 Black News , featured , Race & Racism , ybw #

Morgan Freeman Says Race Has No Impact on Income Inequality

Morgan Freeman Says Race Has No Impact on Income Inequality

by Yvette Carnell

Morgan Freeman is known for freely expressing his political views, even voicing his opposition to the Tea Part onFreeman at least once occasion. In an interview with CNN’s resident black respectability expert, Don Lemon, Freeman boldly asserted that race and income inequality are unrelated in his view.

Freeman believes something must be done about income inequality, he just doesn’t believe it has anything to do with race.

“Why would race have anything to do with it?” he continued, “Put your mind to what you want to do and go for that. It’s kind of like religion to me, it’s a good excuse for not getting there.”

Lemon took this opportunity to share how irksome talking about race is for him.

“It seems like every single day I’m talking about race on television, because its in the news cycle, because it’s in the news,” he said. “But sometimes I just get so tired of talking about it, I want to just go, ‘this is over, can we move on?’”

Lemon could move, of course, and talk about news. No one’s stopping him. He won’t though because being CNN’s race correspondent is easy. Talking about the Ukraine is hard.

Still, this conversation draws attention to how dangerous it is to reach a conclusion through anecdotal evidence. It is fine for Freeman to believe or feel a certain way, but a quick review of hard data often blows long held beliefs out of the water.

From ThinkProgress:

Between 2007 and 2013, black workers who had just graduated from college saw their unemployment rate nearly triple, jumping from 7.8 percent to 12.4 percent. That’s a much faster increase than for everyone else: all recent college graduates saw their rate increase 2.3 percentage points. And young black college graduates have been doing worse and worse: their unemployment rate at age 22 was 5.1 percent in 1970, 15.4 percent in 2000, and 19.2 percent between 2010 and 2012.

Freeman also said that he and Lemon were proof that income inequality is not related to race. This is a moronic statement considering that wealthy blacks have existed for some time in this country (Remember Madame C.J. Walker?) but the success of one black person in no way implies that systemic racism has in any way diminished or been overcome.

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04/06/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

“Nasty F**king N**ger”: Woman’s Racist Dollar General Tirade Goes Viral

“Nasty F**king N**ger”: Woman’s Racist Dollar General Tirade Goes Viral

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A YouTube video of a woman going on a racist rant in a Dollar General parking lot has gone viral. The user who posted the video claims that the woman’s outburst was triggered when he started his car.

During the incident, the woman is also on the phone with someone she claims is her lawyer.

“He’s got me on video tape and I’m still flipping the f*ck out,” she shouts. “I called you a n*gger. You’re a n*gger! Nasty f*cking n*gger!”

The incident occurred on Wednesday when the woman began cursing at a man in the parking lot. While the man is recording the incident, the woman says, “he scared my children.”

At one point, the man in the car points out that one of the woman’s children cursed at him as well.

The woman seems to allude to being a stripper when she asks the man in the car if he knows “how many cops have I stripped for?” She added:  “You ain’t getting far b*tch.”

“Tell him, dude. You will f*cking k*ll him,” she says to the person over the phone. “I will f*cking yank his ass out of the car… He wants to put it on YouTube because he’s a racist, because he’s a racist ignorant n*gger!”

The woman reportedly told local affiliate WBLK that she is not a racist but is bipolar.

“I’m not a racist,” she explained. “I have a black cousin.”

“He just pissed me off, I’m bipolar. Quite frankly, if you look it up, n*gger means an ignorant person. It has nothing to do with race,” the woman insisted. “But it’s OK for him to call me a cracker and a honky though. That’s racist.”

h/t: WBLK

Watch the video below:




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29/05/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Boeing Employees Tricked Into Wearing KKK Outfits Don’t Have Grounds to Sue

Boeing Employees Tricked Into Wearing KKK Outfits Don’t Have Grounds to Sue


Three former Boeing employees who lost their jobs after allegedly being tricked into wearing Ku Klux Klan outfits don’t have grounds to sue, ruled a judge.

The Boeing workers attempted to sue their former employer for racism after a black colleague got them fired for wearing the KKK outfits. The three former employees– Francis Boyd Jr., David Smith, and Zachary Barker–allege that in 2012, black employee Kenta Smith showed his boss a picture of the employees dressed as KKK members. reported that the three Boeing employees  were “standing in a row and facing the camera, wearing loose, white, robe-like suits and pointed white hoods. The hoods cover their faces except for a horizontal oval that exposes their eyes. Two of the men are holding makeshift wooden crosses approximately a foot high. The men to the center and right are leaning together so that their hoods nearly touch, a cross extended before them. The picture is very clearly an image of three Klansmen…”

Although Kenta Smith claims he snapped the photo of the three painters before they could do anything to stop him, the painters claim that they were set up. They allege that Smith told them that they looked like KKK members in their uniforms, then formed points at the end of their head gear, and handed them crosses to make the photo funnier.

The men also claim that Smith promoted a racially divisive atmosphere in the workplace by calling white people “honkey” and “cracker.”

The three men were fired from Boeing and an EEOC investigation took Smith’s side. The three men claim they were suing because, according to them, Smith was just as responsible for the incident as they were but was not fired. The judge threw out the lawsuit.



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25/05/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

California Mass Killer Enraged at “Ugly Black Filth” Who Dated White Girls

California Mass Killer Enraged at “Ugly Black Filth” Who Dated White Girls

Elliot Rodger

Before mass shooter Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a killing spree, gunning down six people and wounding eight in a southern California college town, he detailed his reasoning in a 137 page manifesto.

Judging from the manifesto left by the Santa Barbara shooter, he was a socially awkward,  mentally disturbed young man. He was also a racist who couldn’t understand why women didn’t like him. In his rant, he lamented over the fact that even an “ugly black boy” could get a date with a white girl but he couldn’t. In Rodger’s mind, he was superior because he was mostly white, and should’ve gotten girls solely based on his white privilege.

How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from British aristocracy. He is descended from slaves. I deserve it more. I tried not to believe his foul words, but they were already said, and it was hard to erase from my mind. If this is actually true, if this ugly black filth was able to have sex with a blonde white girl at the age of thirteen while I’ve had to suffer virginity all my life, then this just proves how ridiculous the female gender is. They would give themselves to this filthy scum, but they reject ME? The injustice!

You can read the entire manifest here:


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