Media tagged African American

White People Whitesplain Whitesplaining

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This 2015 video from MTV News weekly series Decoded satirically parodies White people “whitesplaining whitesplaining,” the term used to describe the act of White people patronizingly explaining or defining to a person of color what should or shouldn’t be racist against people of color. Through a series of interactions between Franchesca Ramsey and a range of White characters interrupting and talking over her and each other, this video shows what “whitesplaining” and White “mansplaining” can look like. The White characters include friends, partners, a man from a “diverse” neighborhood, a man with dreadlocks, a professor of African American studies, a woman with a “talking stick,” a woman with an Oprah shirt, Rachel Dolezal, and references to these characters being “in the know” because they saw movies likeTwelve Years a Slaveand read articles about race inThe Atlantic. The clip ends with one of the characters stopping everyone from speaking and once again defining whitesplaining to Franchesca and telling her that she wouldn’t put up with it if she were her. Franchesca responds that she doesn’t know what to say right now, and the group of White characters all say, “you’re welcome.”

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Why Are We Still Talking About Racism?

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Published in July 2015, this AJ+ video is a compilation of interviews with people discussing why we are and still need to be talking about race, racism, and racial inequities in the United States. The people interviewed are shown answering questions about what racism looks like, how it has changed, and what can be done to push back and move forward. Opening with a man encouraging us to say that #BlackLivesMatter, topics discussed are first hand experiences with housing discrimination, fear and lack of safety due to racial profiling by police and law enforcement, stereotypical media representations, everyday interactions with bosses, friends, and strangers, broken educational and prison systems, symbolic racism, cultural appropriation, colorblind and post-racial discourse, white supremacy, and persistent cycles of privilege and oppression. AJ+ is a digital news, politics, and current events channel by Al Jazeera Media Network.

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Wu Tang Clan-C.R.E.A.M.

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C.R.E.A.M. (“Cash Rules Everything Around Me”) is a song from the New York City hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The music video, released in 1993, features classic icons of early 1990s New York urban fashion, such as puffer jackets and Timberland boots, as well as imagery of Wu-Tang Clan members moving out of the projects and surrounding themselves with symbols of wealth, such as champagne, bags of bills, and luxury cars. The famous hook, “Cash Rules Everything Around Me/C.R.E.A.M./Get the money/Dolla’ dolla’ bill, y’all” has since been sampled by many artists.

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