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December 2, 2018 at 11:57 pm #2953
For this weeks photo share’s theme: trespassing, I chose a photograph from the incident on April 15, 2018 regarding the arrest of two African American men that were waiting for their friend inside of a Starbucks. They were asked to leave from one of the employees since they stayed inside the place and didn’t order anything. Six police officers were called in assistance to arrest them, with the two guys remaining calm during the whole incident. According to some of the footage, their friend arrived and was upset with the whole situation, which showed an example of racial profiling. From this incident, Starbucks CEO issued an apology for such actions that occurred that day. The police commissioner commented on defending his police officers, “…They were called there, for a service, and that service had to do with quelling a disturbance, a disturbance that had to do with trespassing. These officers did absolutely nothing wrong.” This has caused such protests to occur. According to the reading from Robin DiAngelo, I felt that the definition of “White Fragility” relates to such incident. White Fragility is known as “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.” I felt like the actions from the Starbucks employee to call in the police due to some sort of discomfort of having these two African American men hanging around was a form of defensive move to provide a racial comfort.
Photographer: Washington Post
Date of source: April 16, 2018
November 25, 2018 at 11:55 pm #2769
For this week’s photo share theme: Standing Rock and #NoDAPL, I chose this photograph from Leslie Peterson (Flickr). In this photograph, you can see a group of “water protectors” and their allies coming together, holding a banner that says “Water is Life” and “Defend the Sacred”. Representatives from about 300 of the 566 Native American tribes came together to prevent the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a conduit spanning 1,172 miles with the purpose of transporting crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois (newsframes.com). There have been debates about the narratives of the people, whether they were viewed as “protectors” or “protestors”, in which majority of them claim to be “protectors” of the water, with attempts to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, which began to result in increased conflict, arrests, and violence.
Photographer: Leslie Peterson (Flickr)
Date of image: November 15, 2016
November 18, 2018 at 11:13 pm #2621
For this week’s photo share on the theme, Disasters continued: Flint, Michigan, I chose a photograph (source: Getty) that shows the residents from Flint, Michigan clearly upset with the outcome of the Flint water crisis. The sign the lady is holding says “Water is a human right”. The Flint water crisis began in February 2016, and it took more than two year for the city of Flint to have drinkable water again. In April 2018, the state of Michigan closed off all the point of distribution (POD) that supplied all the water to the residents. The residents used these bottled waters to drink, cook, and bathe (CityMetric). In December 2017, over 6,000 pipes had been replaced, but the residents are still cautious. The residents of Flint felt as if their rights were not being heard since they suffered with lead in their water for the past couple of years. One of the main concerns that the residents, especially those that live under the poverty line, had to deal with buying bottled water for all of their water consumption and uses. “The state of Michigan commit to pay more than $350 million to Flint to fund water quality improvements, pipe replacements, health care and educational resources. The free bottled water program was costing the state a heavy amount” (CityMetric). The residents believed that the government’s decision to prioritize controlling costs, than their health and well-being is still an ongoing concern.
Photograph: Getty Images
Date of image: 2016
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November 11, 2018 at 4:16 pm #2398
For this week’s theme of “Race and environmental disasters: Hurricanes Katrina and Maria”, I chose to share a photograph from Super Typhoon Yutu, which recently occurred from Oct. 24 – Oct 26, 2018. In this photo (photographed by Jose Mafnas), you can see how much damage this super typhoon has done to the residents in the islands of Saipan and Tinian of the Northern Mariana Islands, which is a Pacific U.S. Territory. The northwest Pacific is known to have the strongest numerous storms on the planet. According to the source (The Washington Post), this is a category 5 typhoon, making this the strongest storm to hit any part of the United States ever. The winds were reported to be about 180 mph. About 90% of the territory’s residents live in Saipan, which was severely affected by the typhoon (The Washington Post). According to the source, “President Trump declared a disaster and sent out 100 Federal Emergency Management Agency) FEMA personnels to the island for public health emergency in those affected territories. Their main priority right now is to work with local and federal agencies to shelter the hundreds of residents who have lost their homes and provide as much aid and resources that they have lost. This recent event ties with our readings since Hurricane Maria also affected Puerto Rico, which is also a U.S. territory and has caused many residents to be displaced and suffer with limited resources available.
Date of Source: October 25, 2018
Photographer: Jose Mafnas
November 4, 2018 at 9:21 pm #2274
For this week’s theme of “segregation and its hazards” I chose this photo back in October 2016 from KTLA. In this photo, you can see an explosion from the Torrance refinery due to a power outage and caused a huge flare and a thick smoke over the sky. According to the article “a giant piece of pollution control equipment called a precipitator blew up, filling the air with dust and debris” (LA Times 2016). With much investigation, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, if one piece of the equipment barely missed and crashed into the tank, there would have been thousand tons of modified hydrofluoric acid released into the air. There has been past history with this refinery and how the experienced malfunctions. There have been air regulators attempting to conduct stronger regulations with flaring to ensure the safety of the nearby neighborhoods. Where this explosion taken place is a refinery company in Torrance, California which is about six miles from my house. The surrounding community around the refinery consists of majority Asian and Hispanics. These types of incidents (malfunction or power outages) have been recurring, with issues regarding public nuisances with air pollution around the area. Although the city and the refinery owners have been trying to fix the causes of such incidents, it has caused many residents around the area scares regarding their safety and health.
Date of Article: Nov. 17. 2016
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October 28, 2018 at 11:24 pm #2127
The photo for this week’s theme: segregation (via Ta-Nehisi Coates), I chose this illustration/drawing by Natalie Goldstein (Daily Titan 2016). In this illustration, it shows an older woman (representing the United States) handing out “sorry” stickers to the other girls that represent different ethnicities. The dialogue bubble says “You’ll get your reparation when I feel like you’ve suffered enough”. I felt like this image relates to this week’s theme and also from The Case for Reparation by Ta-Nehisi Coates reading due to the excessive amount of racial oppressions that the American government control, especially towards the African American community. This form of kleptocracy, such as creating a barrier to prevent predominantly people of color from voting created much oppression and stealing that form of right that they should all receive. Reparation refers to “the action of making amends for a wrong or harm done by providing payment or other assistance to the wronged party” (Oxford English Dictionary). Coates’ definition reparation connects to this and the image since the exploitation of many groups and communities by the American government, especially towards the African American is a part of significant historical events that include social and economic reforms, such as racial profiling, blockbusting, and voting rights, etc.
Date of illustration: 2016
Author/Contributor: Jade Love
Date article of source: October 18, 2016
October 21, 2018 at 1:57 pm #1852
The photo for this week’s theme: segregation, I chose this photograph taken back around the late 1960s. In this photograph, you can see a group of African Americans protesting holding a sign that reads “We Demand Fair Housing Now!”. During this time, housing discrimination against African Americans was blatant before the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968. Many African Americans faced racial segregation based off of where they live, in which they were called “ghetto”. This term refers to the racial make-up of a neighborhood. The Fair Housing Act was “when many homes had restrictive covenants on deed prohibiting sales to blacks… banks, real estate agents and landlords could exclude blacks without violating any laws” (Huffingtonpost 2015). This photograph and the story behind it connects to this week’s reading from American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass since there were “civilized” tactics that were used against African Americans from buying and moving into homes in white neighborhoods. These tactics include: neighborhood association, restrictive covenants, blockbusting, and redlining.
Date of photograph: 1968
Author/Contributor: Peter Dreier
Date article of source: August 10, 2015
October 14, 2018 at 3:08 pm #1666
<span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12.0pt;”>For this week’s photo share theme “theorizing race and space”, I chose a painting called “Land Grab” by Filipino artist Federico Boyd Slaps Dominguez (2015). “Land grabbing” is a term that refers to seizing land/property by a state, nation, or organization used for domestic, military, or economic reasons (US Legal, 2018). These acts are often illegal or unfair. This painting features a message regarding the indigenous and marginalized people of the Philippines. The Lumads is an indigenous minority group in Philippines that have to fight their right to stay on their land. In this illustration the native population being threatened by the commercialization, urbanization, and intrusion of their native land by activities such as mining, logging, and agribusiness from a higher authority (Public Radio International, 2015). This painting by Dominguez connects to the reading by Patrick Wolfe, relating to how there is a difference to how different communities, in this case the settlers and the indigenous people establish a relationship to the land. For the indigenous population, having land is their way of life and access to their natural resources. For the settlers, access to land means elimination of native populations not based of their race (or religion, ethnicity, grade of civilization, etc) but access to territory (Wolfe, 393). This painting demonstrates how the government (higher authority) and the indigenous population share the land, but have different beliefs on how to use the land. Dominguez’s painting aims to share the significance of the circumstances occurring in the Philippines regarding the native groups and their campaign to protect their ancestral island of Mindanao. </span>
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