Social awareness: people you should follow on Twitter

The “Be Good.” Twitter list has been difficult to build, but I have added new members that deserve to be noted here. If you’re interested in beefing up your timeline with some informative tweets, check out these profiles.

Twitter icon for Adam Jackson or @SmartBlackMan. black background, light bulb, "smart black man" on red,black,green stripes

Adam Jackson @SmartBlackMan Founder of SmartBlackMan.com. VP of @LBSBaltimore. Dedicated to justice, freedom and peace. Black Nationalist. Born/Raised/Live in BMore.

Twitter icon for Real Time LA Riots or @RealTimeLARiots.

Real Time LA Riots @RealTimeLARiots 20 years later: Livetweeting the Los Angeles Riots as they happened on this date and time in 1992. Account powered by@NBCLA.

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Twitter icon for Anti Consumerism or @ANTIconsumerism

Anti Consumerism @ANTIconsumerism Consumerism destroys human beings psychologically, emotionally and spiritually; it creates a self-destructive society bent on consuming everything in its path.

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How do we remove negative black stereotypes from movies and television? Dr. Mark Sullivan reveals two small victories that helped black people in the media.

This is the fourth of a five-part interview about the racist media portrayals of African Americans. Dr. Mark Sullivan, an adjunct professor at Towson University, teaches a class called Mass Media and Society.

The previous segment ended with Sullivan saying, “In successful shows that the producers, the networks, so far and so forth are never going to change [media depictions of African Americans] as long as they remain successful. And they’re going to continue to be perpetuated.”

I asked Sullivan what it would take to change that, and he tells two stories two small victories that assisted African Americans in media.

The best quotes:

Career dresses barely cover your bum.

I was shopping for dresses online at Forever21 (rare, trust me) and I click on the “career” category. These are the dresses that Forever21 categorizes as career:
3 rows of 5 female models in very short dresses, many sleeveless

A screenshot of dresses at Forever21.com

For what career are these appropriate?

Leggings are too casual to wear to work so how are you supposed to cover up the rest of your thigh?

In my opinion, these are nice shirts. Nice shirts you’d probably also put a sweater over for any career world. Well, not any career but, you know, the careers where your pay isn’t crumbled $1 bills.

My favorite has to be Ms. Retro Geometric Shirtdress in the bottom row, center. Not only is this dress barely skimming the bottom of her tush, but it’s a nude color. Just in case the being mostly naked isn’t enough, let’s look actually naked from a distance.

Nothing says “respect me” at the office like accidentally showing the bottom of your butt cheeks.

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Also- Deepest apologies for my long-term abandonment of you wonderful followers out there. Please forgive me, please.
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Baltimore is segregated by race

large patches of dark green small patches of medium green and large patches of light cream on a map of Baltimore City

I spent seven hours in a part of Baltimore City and saw dozens and dozens of people. One person was Asian. Two people were Middle Eastern. Everyone else was Black.

By the time I drove into the Inner Harbor for work, it was weird to see white people.

People argue that segregation is over. Sure, de jure segregation is over. No law states that Black people must live or remain in certain areas. But de facto segregation thrives.

Look at this map of Baltimore City that is colored to show where concentrations of Black or African American residents live.

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If you don’t stand against oppression, you stand for it.

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you see prejudice or discrimination happening and you make a decision to benefit from it anyway, you become the problem. If you assist the problem, you condone the injustice.

That’s how oppression happens in deep cycles. People cannot just feel neutral about an issue. They must stand firmly against it and be anti-prejudiced.

White privilege feeds on neutrality. White people shrug their shoulders, say “I’m not racist,” and continue benefiting from their privilege. So the cycle continues. The same applies to male privilege or any form of oppression and discrimination.

When you participate in your privilege, you become the problem.

Just an issue that’s been bothering me.

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Women are objects.

close up of woman's chest wearing a dress with a deep-v cut to her navel. lots of breast showing.

This woman is oiled up and barely covered on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

The objectification of women? Media and men catch the blame for this one.

Media

The last time I walked down a magazine aisle, the magazines edited by and targeted for females had scantily-clad, made-up and exposed women on their covers. And they are the most successfully sold.

Do media present us with images that we adopt, or do media present us with images that we demand and reinforce? Do we expect a company to tank to avoid objectifying women?

Men

Plus, men are always blamed. It’s always men that objectify women. Walk around. Women are hanging all out there. You think people (not just horny men) aren’t going to look?

Women are responsible for objectifying themselves.

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Openly disliking a person should be socially acceptable

An authority figure in my life sucks. But it seems like because we’re babies celebrating mediocrity I have to accept his condescension and disrespect.

See, he is only subtly a bad person. He hasn’t killed anyone, hit anyone, admitted to his “off-the-record” comments, and he keeps his prejudices covert. Plenty of people are wronged by him but because it’s not overt they ignore the issue.

His character flaws: he is a liar, inconsistent, racist, manipulative, a hypocrite, and selfish. He is also arrogant and therefore unapologetic for these flaws.

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