New York City Billboards Make Racism Difficult to Ignore

BY: - 16 Jan '13 | On the Web

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In life oftentimes we try to overlook or ignore the things that make us uncomfortable. We sugarcoat things and gloss over them because we convince ourselves that it’s easier to do that than to face them. We sometimes stand back as injustice happens because we somehow decide that being passive is the smart choice, or at the very least the safe(st) choice. We refrain from speaking up and instead, we go silent. We close our eyes and we move into a state of denial or we bury it away until something happens causing a mixture of emotions to rise up within us, sometimes so fast we don’t know how to contain them.

But sometimes, there are issues that can’t be ignored. Not necessarily because you want to face them (perhaps you do but just don’t know how), but because they stare you in the face and are made so visible that no matter how hard you try you can’t. They are there. And perhaps, if they stare you in the face hard enough or long enough you will stand up. You will rise. And, you will decide that silence will not be your legacy.

Racism — its impact currently plastered all over billboards in New York City staring countless people in the face. These billboards, created by RISE, are designed to draw attention to the fact that “racism still exists.” With verbiage such as “Don’t want to get stopped by the NYPD? Stop being Black,” on places ranging from subways to taxis you can’t help but see that racism still plagues our society.

Each month RISE highlights “racial disparities that impact black people in America” addressing issues such as education, law enforcement, and the entertainment industry. According to their website:

“RISE is a project designed to illuminate some of the ways in which racism operates in this country.”

At this time the person or persons behind the project are unknown but the message they are sending is well known and reaching many people who might otherwise try to close their eyes to an issue that is just as real today as it was over a 100 years ago.

To read more about RISE’s use of billboards in New York City visit Ebony. For detailed information on each monthly highlight visit RISE on Tumblr.

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Krishann Briscoe wrote 32 articles on this blog.

Krishann Briscoe is a child welfare professional turned freelancer with a background in child and adolescent development and social work. In addition to authoring her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr., Krishann is a contributor for Disney's Babble, The Conversation and The Conscious Perspective. Krishann resides in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.

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Shawty NO: Controversial Reality Show Gets Canceled

BY: - 16 Jan '13 | Entertainment

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Critics of the controversial “reality” show “All My Babies’ Mamas’,” starring rapper Shawty Lo can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the show will no longer make its way to the television screen. All My Babies’ Mamas’, which was set to appear on Oxygen, was expected to follow Shawty Lo, his 11 children, and their mothers — all 10 of them.

On Tuesday January 15th, the following written statement was made to MTV news by an Oxygen network spokesperson:

“As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special.” They continued their statement saying, “We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.”

MTV news reports that online petitions and threats to boycott were made as soon as the show’s pilot hit the Internet. For more on this visit MTV.

BMWK, what do you think prompted Oxygen to “pull the plug”? Do you think it was the right decision?

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Krishann Briscoe wrote 32 articles on this blog.

Krishann Briscoe is a child welfare professional turned freelancer with a background in child and adolescent development and social work. In addition to authoring her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr., Krishann is a contributor for Disney's Babble, The Conversation and The Conscious Perspective. Krishann resides in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.

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