race and new media

Does Your Vote Count?

Originally posted 2008-05-21 05:31:19 -- Lockwood's essay is part of Aaron Barlow's Race and New Media project. Lockwood's observation: "It is the media’s responsibility to stop broadcasting this election as if one specific race or gender matters the most, it’s almost as if they are encouraging women and minorities to not vote." -- is particularily intriguing today as the DNC Rules Committee decides what to do about Michigan and Florida.-- bumped, cho

Does Your Vote Count?

As we all know we are well into the 2008 presidential election process, and out of the three remaining candidates one happens to be an African American man and the other a woman; what makes this so news worthy is that both of these two candidates actually have a good chance at becoming the next president. The media has focused this election more on race and gender and has gone as far as asking people if they were going to vote based on the candidates race or gender, never mind the political views and policies, we can worry about that once one is selected to represent the political party. Thanks to the media, the American people are aware of the situation involving the former reverend of Senator Barack Obama, and no matter how old the news and subject matter may be, that topic is still brought up. It seems that the media implies that only a certain group in America decide the election.

Who Can We Count On?

Sean Bell, Amadu Dialo, Abna Luima, Rodney King, These are just four out of many other victims that have been beaten by cops, often victims of police brutality are people who aren’t Caucasian, African Americans are not the only victims of police brutality young Hispanic/ Latin males as well as females are also victims of being targets so are Asian Americans, and the list goes on.

The Fearful Implications of ‘If You See Something, Say Something’

another compelling piece from the Race and New Media participants -- originally posted 2008-05-19 07:29:24 - bumped, cho

In 2003 the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) introduced an advertisement campaign titled “If You See Something, Say Something”. Since its inception, New York City has been bombed with posters and billboards proclaiming this ambiguous slogan, most notably on subway cars, buses, and railroad stations. The MTA Newsroom remarks that the security awareness advertisement campaign is to “reinforce the effort to enlist customers to join the police and MTA employees as the eyes and ears of the system… The ads remind customers of the need to stay aware of their surrounds and to report anything suspicious… [and] that continued watchfulness is necessary to help prevent terrorists from carrying out their plans”.

In it’s core foundations, the MTA slogan is based entirely on fear-mongering tactics. The very fact that the slogan is left so open and in-finite suggests an underlying agenda of New York City officials to create a stronger sense of ‘us versus them’ within the city. After 9/11, much of the world reached out to the United States, and especially New Yorkers. Since the decision to go into war with Iraq, the support from the world has lessened so much that the United States of America is now one of the most unpopular nations in the entire world. Our government went into a war on misguided hatred and fear, and the price we continue to pay is a nation confused with whom to trust. It was fear within the nation, the people and the congress that led the United States into the War on Terror in the misrepresented country of Iraq. Led by a government that chooses to pick the wrong battles, how can this nation’s people learn to respectfully interpret their surroundings without fear-colored glasses? And what does that then mean for people who see something and say something?

Race and New Media Conference

On Saturday May 3rd, 2008 the first annual Race and New Media conference was held at the CUNY campus of New York City College of Technology. As I sat in the conference, after purchasing my super cool “Race and New Media” tee-shirt, I slowly began to feel awestruck and mesmerized by the effect the conference held over its audience. It gave a chance for many to express their opinions and beliefs regarding race and new media, and answered many baffling questions that have currently been on many people’s minds.

Americans associate guns with minorities?

The show Family Guy is a cartoon comedy that is based on the typical American culture. It is understandable that racism is an everyday part of American life, but did this show take it a bit too far?

One the Family Guy's most popular shows included a saying, "Guns don't kill people, Dangerous minorities do." Including such a saying seems to imply that most Americans believe minorities are the reason for gun crimes and are dangerous.

A Racist Fraternity Party

There was a fraternity party that was themed as "Come as You are Bizarre," people took pictures of the party, and some members of the fraternity was wearing Ku Klux Klan robes and had blackfaces. One of the fraternity member that painted their face black wore a jail outfit.

The Administer of the University saw right away that these photos were clearly inappropriate. The fraternity will definitely faced tough penalties. People found it repulsive that these fraternity members would engage in this horrible behavior.

The United States Government is Racial Profiling

The Department of Justice planed to fingerprint and photograph visitors from other countries that has not only made Arab and Muslim Americans angry which had many racial profiling debate about their civil rights.

They are new regulations of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System that could affect 35 million visitors from other countries that comes to the United States each year.

People says Middle Eastern countries are being targeted the most. The rules will target people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria.

Being Harassed In The Streets

Street harassment is very common for women, especially every time they walk through sidewalks, school, malls, or when they are in the train station, bus, and in public places. It mostly happens when women walks past a group of males. They get humiliating sexual remarks and even some gets physically harassed. They act like bunch of pigs/animals, it is like they were born yesterday and they never saw a women before.

Racist Obama T-Shirts?

Mike Norman, a Georgia bar owner, is faced with accusations of being a racist. The accusation is based on Mike Norman selling t-shirts that display an image of the cartoon character Curious George and says, "OBAMA in '08".

A group civil rights leaders formed a protest and many people rallied outside the facility, Mulligans Food & Spirits, to persaude the owner to stop selling these t-shirts. They feel that Mike Norman is selling a racist depiction of Senator Barack Obama. Mike Norman claims he did not intend to be racist and demanded the protesters leave his parking lot.

Color Blind: Tales of Discrimination

This is another of the student essays from the journalism classes involved in the Race and New Media Conference put on by Annie Wilde and Aaron Barlow at CUNY-Brooklyn. Armo interviews several individuals to get a fuller perspective using their takes on discrimination,--originally posted 2008-05-18 08:45:55 -- bumped, cho

Omar Wasow Delivers the Keynote Speech at the Race and New Media Conference


On Saturday May 3rd, 2008 the first annual Race and New Media conference was held at the CUNY campus of New York City College of Technology. The conference was held as a platform for panel discussions on topics of race, new media, politics and religion, and included an insightful keynote speech by Omar Wasow, omarwasow.com. Wasow is a co-founder and ongoing strategic advisor of BlackPlanet.com. Under Wasow's leadership, BlackPlanet.com became the leading website for African Americans, reaching over three million people a month. Wasow has been featured on TV segments for NBC's Today Show and public radio's Tavis Smiley Show, exposing modern issues of technology.

My Reaction to the Race and New Media Conference

On May 3, 2008, I was one of the many students and teachers to attend the first Race and New Media conference. The conference was located on the campus of New York City College of Technology in downtown Brooklyn. There the students were given a great chance to voice their opinions, reactions, and ask questions to the professor’s arguments.

Fright Catalog's Idea Of A Scary Halloween.

Fright Catalog, a Massachusetts based Halloween production company, released many new products for last Halloween. Fright Catalog's products are shipped to big retailers such as Wal-Mart and Party City. One of the Halloween masks that stood out most to the public was "Vato Loco." This mask was very popular and not for a good reason. The production of these masks became a huge outrage to a large amount of Latino communities.