Beginning Monday, NPR began covering the common practice of fearing black men. I’ve read a few accounts from people on both the website and Twitter, and points from both the positive and negative light make me question my own feelings about how I am perceived. I
highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys an intelligent conversation about such a taboo topic.
This is a great article regarding diversity in gaming development. If not for my fatigue in being “the black guy” in any arena of IT development – application, web, or otherwise – I’d have pursued game programming long ago. I have to appreciate this read for bringing attention to rampant racism in on-line gaming, as well. It’s why I keep my multi-player chat muted.
Dr. Dre would eclipse the current richest hip-hop mogul, Sean Coombs, should a rumored deal of Apple buying Beats Electronics (Beats By Dre) for a reported $3.2B be true. There are numerous questions of why this move would make sense, but neither company takes such large decisions lightly, so it is probably not for us to know until the inevitable reveal.
Following other publisher trends, Jet magazine has decided to exclusively move to web and digital delivery after more than 6 decades of providing news and insights to the African American community. Jet rose to stardom with its coverage of civil rights issues and maintained its position as one of America’s top black magazines. This shift recognizes that readers want more dynamic content.
Last year, when armed gunmen ran rampant through a mall after over a year of planning, I was dumbfounded at the lack of media coverage. The gut-wrenching stories slowly trickled into mainstream news. Is this pattern repeating itself with the armed abduction of over 200 school age girls over 2 weeks ago who are now being forced to marry their captors? For shame.
As stories, like Donald Sterling‘s, come to light, I wonder if a predisposition to racist stereotypes among geriatrics is entrenched through how heavily steeped they were in segregation and blatant civil rights oppression. I would never give anyone who practices racism a pass under any circumstances, but it might be a fool’s errand to rehabilitate their antiquated and misguided mindsets.
So a few weeks ago, a great group just happened into my purview and I am extremely upset at myself for just now running into them.
As the one reader of my blog, you should know by now that I am black. I know, I know – the shock probably knocked you out of your chair, but it’s true. I am this cool, down-to-earth, geeky, smart, and black. How does that happen? I’ll tell you how, it happens every day when folks let go of their stereotypes. Back to my point, though… Continue reading “A Group Made Just for Me…and Some Other People, Too”