Headline Roundup: 9/27 – 10/3

Trap Queens and Freak Hoes: On Exclusivity in the Carefree Black Girl Movement / ForHarriet (4 min. read)

This piece presented an interesting perspective on Carefree Black Girls that I haven’t seen or considered: we use this label to encompass a range of Black girl emotions, attitudes, and layers to show that we are more than just “angry” as the stereotype implies, yet this label is solely attached to 1-D tumblr-esque flower child images of what a Carefree Black Girl looks like. Ashleigh Shackelford’s efforts here show that while we are making progress in changing the perceptions of Black womanhood, there is still some flaw in how the Carefree Black Girl image is being molded.

“The class status and respectability politics of the carefree girls we’re uplifting speaks volumes to who we’re ignoring as not-so-carefree.” Read the rest.

The Soft Bigotry of Ben Carson / The New York Times (4 min. read)

Charles Blow’s op-ed shares how Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s examples of racism are starting to tally up. How a candidate presents himself is important for obvious reasons, and with Carson’s repeated offenses this may be proving to be how he gets down and what will get his votes up.

“No one can discount what Carson accomplished professionally, but those accomplishments must now stand shoulder to shoulder with this new persona: whisper-soft purveyor of hyperbolic hucksterism.” Read the rest.

The Quiet Revolution / Abernathy (2 min. read)

A poem by Daniel Johnson, A Quiet Revolution is about Blackness in America. Short lines echo our shortness of breath as we scream out in frustration about the circumstances we could not choose.

“Where our defiance is listed under justifiable homicide
Justice is a word we don’t know…” Read the rest.

This is the Real Cost Families Pay for Mass Incarceration / Blavity (5 min. read)

A statistically strong companion to the recent VICE HBO Special: Fixing Our System, Ko Bragg wrote about the financial burden mass incarceration has on our families which easily trickles into our communities. I’m always looking for statistical affirmation of system oppression of low-income people of color, and this was full of it. The article also featured a spotlight and information from Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration for Families, a community-driven research project.

“Mass incarceration began with the influx of the cycle of poverty, and the report cites incarceration as both a predictor and consequence of poverty.” Read the rest.

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If none of these made it to your reading lists this week, take some time to check them out this weekend. Comment below to share with BITNB which ones stood out to you and share your thoughts!

Did you read something this week that sat with you and made you think, something that you learned something from, or something that brought you the peace you needed? Tweet the link to @BITNB, sharing is caring!

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