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Jai Rani Alisha: The Glorification of White Crime



Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.

White mobs.


White pirates.


White serial killers.


White political corruption


White drug dealers


I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.

When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.

When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.

If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.

The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.

I always felt extremely uncomfortable with this trope because, not only is it racist, but it tends to feed into the already too common propensity society has to humanize, romanticize and exonerate irrevocably terrible white men. Like if you’re a white man and you commit awful crimes, you will likely go down in history as a legendary celebrity and historical figure

mr-cappadocia asked:

So why does Cracked CONSTANTLY push Feminist propaganda so hard? And let's not bullshit ourselves. You do. Just yesterday you published five articles. Two specifically referenced either Feminism or Feminist backed statistics. Conversely whenever you cover anything related to the opposition you not only mislead about their views... you straight up fucking lie about them and people let you get away with it because you're a "humor magazine". So I'm wondering why you propagandize *so hard*. Why?







Because we’re true believers! 

Let me take this moment to say how Cracked could have gone another direction 7 or 8 years ago, a more Maximy, Booby Gallery of the Day direction if not for the steadfast resistance of David Wong and Jack O’Brien. I barely acknowledge the side that opposes feminism, but Wong goes out of his way to understand people who are mad at feminists, and he writes about those views with more sensitivity and understanding that I could ever muster. 

To sum up: We don’t have an explicit agenda but if one comes across, It’s not one I’m ashamed of. 

Kristi is a liar. I remember the meeting where the Cracked brain trust sat down and was like “From now on let’s occasionally post articles that either directly or conspiratorially tangentially support equal rights for women so we can accomplish our ultimate end goal: Hack into the penis of every man and make it a smaller penis, or a penis that is otherwise laughable for a different reason upon which we all agree. It almost sounds TOO easy,” Jack said, as he (via the mainframe) hacked a young Robert Brockway’s penis. “I think my wife deserves my respect,” the now-neutered Brockway yelped.



It is weird that we do it so constantly, when everybody knows that people only deserve equal rights and treatment between the hours of4 and 7 pm on alternate February the 29ths. At first we worried that we couldn’t cover it all with our current propaganda budget, but we were able to transfer some funding to supporting feminism from our “Don’t be an asshole” budget because it turns out they overlap completely.

Look, I get it buddy. You’re pissed off because you’ve tried to be a good person your whole life and still you feel like you’ve been consistently stripped of the things you thought were guaranteed , and now there is a whole organized movement saying you still have too much, that you, just trying to live your life, is an affront to an entire gender. That’s a shitty feeling, but here’s the thing: no one is actually trying to take anything from you. That sickening feeling you have that your being robbed of basic human rights, there are people around you in your life who are feeling a worse version of that everyday. If you don’t believe me, look at any of the secret camera videos women have taken on the street to catch the verbal abuse they suffer, listen to any of the stories of guys who touch women on crowded trains and then smile at them as they leave because they know there’s nothing she can do about it, read any of the millions of accounts from human beings about the exhausting and demoralizing abuse they put up with every day. And you might not be the guy making them feel that way, I hope you’re not, but holy shit, you can actually help. You can help other people instead of standing in their way because it feels like another inconvenience. Finally, even if the absolute worse case scenario is true: this is one big conspiracy, Cracked and feminists and a huge chunk of the Internet are villainizing men unfairly and creating a culture where you’re no longer allowed to even voice your opinions without people getting angry- even if all of that is true- isn’t that worth preventing an inarguably high percentage of sexual abuse and dangerous objectification of your daughter/ your sister/ your wife? 

Not all the stabs at equality will be smart, or entirely on point or even helpful. This form of feminism is new, chillingly new for how long this shit has been going on, and not everyone is good at it yet, but holy shit, friend, how can you argue against the aim of basic respect for another human being?



Thank you brilliant, caring and still hilarious writers of Cracked. I’m internet hugging you all from Australia.

I’ve been challenged



My time is coming: I have been ALS Ice Bucket Challenged. But I want to donate to more than just one charity, since there are lots of causes that I support and this is a very public way to call attention to them.  

Some of the ones I’m considering are: (obviously)

Michael Brown Memorial Fund

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 

Charity Water

and then my go-to standards:

Planned Parenthood

The American Civil Liberties Union

Doctors Without Borders

Does anybody (*cough petpluto cough*) have suggestions for charities/funds/organizations/etc?

In addition to the ones you’ve listed, there are a couple others that I would suggest. 

I’m a big fan of There is a dark side to microlending (that article’s title is in fact “The Dark Side of Microlending”), but Kiva itself does not collect or make money off of the loans. And I like the fact that my 25 dollars can be lent again after the initial loan is paid off. At any given time, I have about 5 loans going.

I would also look into supporting independent media platforms. I am desperate to get a better paying job, so I can start donating to shows like This Week in Blackness on a regular basis, and there are tons of shows like this out there - determined to offer a different perspective on the media we consume. For a long time now, I’ve donated to This American Life directly, because I really appreciate what they do. If you like a podcast, if you listen or read an independent news source and you appreciate what they do, I’d think about donating to them. Profit or nonprofit, places like The Nation and Mother Jones and ProPublica do good work. These are important to foster, especially now with our ever growing monopolistic media.

And finally, local food banks, homeless shelters, and (no kill) animal shelters. Donations to local organizations are always needed and always appreciated. There are also typically people who are fostering animals who need donations - one of those groups is where we adopted Gia. They aren’t attached to any shelter but have created their own organization in to have animals (cats, in this case) live in homes with people instead of in cages.

There’s a lot of wrong in this world to be righted, and a lot of different avenues you can go. So, it’s really what’s tugging at your particular heartstrings in this moment. But when I scrape together money to donate, these are the three areas I typically try to hit.


Some local-to-you suggestions:

Also, it’s not local to you, but I strongly recommend giving to Black and Pink, which is an organization that specifically helps incarcerated LGBT folks.

(I tried to give my answer directly on your post but ran out of room. XD)






Why Rape Prevention Activists Don’t Like The New Nail Polish That Can Detect Roofies | ThinkProgress

Kind of a misleading headline, isn’t it?

No, I really don’t think it is. I mean, yes, the people quoted responded with criticisms short of “this is evil and should be burned”, but they were definitely all critical.

True, but the criticism is in the opposite direction of what the headline implies (at least as I inferred it). It’s not that they don’t want it to exist, it’s that they don’t want people to think that its existence is the “cure” for date rape.

Weeeell … I suppose this is getting into an argument about what’s implied by the headline and what’s implied by the various activists’ criticisms, which is obviously kind of fiddly. So, YMMV (in fact it clearly does), but for me, reading between the lines of what was quoted, it seemed like most of the activists responding to this development didn’t see it as helpful at all. Some points not made in the article, but which anti-rape activists are definitely familiar with, are the fact that alcohol is the most common “rape drug”, and the uncomfortable implication inherent in all “rape prevention tips” directed at possible victims that the idea is just to make sure the rapist attacks the next person. Like, if I happen to know about and have purchased and applied drug-sensing nail polish, that’s great, but there’s a girl next to me in the bar who didn’t, and if I’m “protected” it just means she’s going to be attacked instead.

In some ways, it feels a bit like the “attack-proof underwear” that a company was marketing for a little while, which offered a modicum of additional protection from the stereotypical unknown-attacker-jumping-out-from-the-bushes-with-a-knife. That’s another product that, while potentially useful in a very specific situation, really misses the point when it comes to rape prevention (and could do more harm than good if “well, she wasn’t wearing attack-proof underwear, so she was clearly asking for it” becomes the mindset.)

I really thought the article was very insightful and raised good points. But something about the headline made it feel like they were trying to Upworthy-ify it: “Here’s the new life-saving nail polish that rape prevention activists don’t want you to know about!”  

Quoting for the discussion and also to say that I’ve mostly been hating the click-baity headline used on articles about the polish: “The New Nail Polish That Can Prevent Date Rape!” No it can’t. People not date-raping is the only thing that can prevent date rape. The nail polish just means it’ll happen to someone not wearing the nail polish. :(



African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.

There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:

Adaisha Miller, Detroit Woman, Hugged Cop From Behind

LAPD cop charged with assault in death of Alesia Thomas

7-year- old Aiyana Stanley-JonesDetroit Free Press

17 Year Old Darnesha Harris Dead after Run-In with Breaux

Mackala Ross and Delores Epps

Eleanor Bumpurs

Erica Collins family files lawsuit against Cincy Police

Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | (Heather Parker)

Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)

Family of victim question police use of deadly force – KWCH (Karen Day)

Kendra James remembered at Portland rally |

Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)

After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)

Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression

Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)

Rekia Boyd Settlement: Family Of Unarmed Chicago Woman

Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)

Shantel Davis Killed By NYPD Cop In Car Chase | News One

Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)

Suspected Walmart Shoplifter Shot To Death In Front Of Kids (Shelly Frey)

The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)

Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)

$2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)

No Charges in Killing of Tyisha MillerLos Angeles Times

Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)


So many of these women are in their early 20s or younger.  The youngest victim on this list was only 7.  :( :( :(

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