Junius Stinney was the youngest person in America to be executed on death row in 1944 at age 14. He was quickly accused by the (white police) of ‘killing’ two little (white girls) with lack of evidence. His conviction and sentencing opened and closed in one day. There were no witnesses called and there was no transcript of the trial details and black people were not allowed inside the courtroom during that time.
[I always repost this because i don’t want anyone to forget about him!]
May Allah rest his soul in peace
Some people seem to think that it’s petty or unimportant to point out racist celebrity misbehaviour because there are ‘bigger issues’ at play when it comes to racism, ie ‘there’s worse racism out there.’You should understand that normalising the casual mockery of people of colour through accepted mainstream culture - structurally preserving a white majority’s right to have fun at someone else’s expense - is a key building block in maintaining the hierarchy of racism. It’s naive to write off this kind of seemingly banal, pervasive everyday behaviour as if it somehow has no connection to people ultimately accepting actual systemic violence like the NT Intervention, the War on Terror, our refugee policy, and Australia’s straight up unwillingness to question our role in the wholesale dispossession of Aboriginal people.
also i shouldn’t have had a 4 hour nap this afternoon, i can readily admit that was a massive mistake for my sleeping pattern.
for some reason i thought it was a good idea to read through the submissions into the Parliamentary Inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence services (in prep for my oral submission next week) at 3am in the morning. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. So much sad, hoping that these people have not shared their stories in vain and that the Government actually acts on the recommendations of struggling support services.