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“An earlier version of this post said that there is only one person of color on The Times’s staff of critics. There are two.”

CORRECTION on New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan’s piece addressing a racist critique of TV producer Shonda Rhimes.  

The original article, published in the paper Sept. 18th and written by the decidedly white Alessandra Stanley, opened with these words: "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being An Angry Black Woman.’"

Sullivan called Stanley’s piece “condescending” and “astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.”  And precisely zero people familiar with Stanley’s error-prone work are surprised.

Gun nuts don’t care if there is inherent racism in their favorite weapons. After all, how else would they want to murder “savages”? Besides with smallpox blankets, of course.

todaysdocument:

On July 2, 1964, with Martin Luther King, Jr., directly behind him, President Lyndon Johnson scrawled his signature on a document years in the making—the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark legislation.

Civil Rights Act of 1964 , 07/02/1964

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., others look on, 07/02/1964. (The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library)

The first and the signature pages of the act will be on display at the National Archives Rubenstein Gallery in Washington, DC, until September 17, 2014. These 50-year-old sheets of paper represent years of struggle and society’s journey toward justice.

The most comprehensive civil rights legislation since the Reconstruction era, the Civil Right Act finally gave the Federal Government the means to enforce the promises of the 13th,  14th, and 15th Amendments. The act prohibited discrimination in public places, allowed the integration of public facilities and schools, and forbade discrimination in employment.

But such a landmark congressional enactment was by no means achieved easily…

Keep reading at Prologue: Pieces of History » Now On Display: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Plus more on the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

Alternative chyron should read “US PATENT OFFICE SAYS RACISM CAN’T BE TRADEMARKED.”

Alternative chyron should read “US PATENT OFFICE SAYS RACISM CAN’T BE TRADEMARKED.”

Racist LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling says that he now doesn’t want to sell his team for $2 billion because the Clippers are “part of his persona.” So the Clippers organization is also racist?  LOL.

Racist LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling says that he now doesn’t want to sell his team for $2 billion because the Clippers are “part of his persona.” So the Clippers organization is also racist? LOL.

policymic:

American Indians are #NotHappy with Pharrell’s Elle magazine cover

The magazine has declared its July cover the singer-producer’s “best ever shoot,” but overwhelmingly negative responses from Native critics tell a different story.

Such backlash has precedent. The appropriation of the headdress — traditionally a symbol of authority and honor among Native peoples — for fashion purposes has a long and not-so-illustrious history.

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Oh, Pharrell.

How about we also take fashion magazines, their editorial staffs, and the photographers who do these fucking shoots in the first place to task?  Their (probably willful) ignorance here should not be ignored.

“Mr. Sterling has acknowledged to me that it was his voice on the tape.”

NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER