OPINION: As a Black Gay Man, I No Longer Support the Human Rights Campaign

Courtesy of Human Rights Campaign.

Courtesy of Human Rights Campaign.

Just one week before Election Day, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization — the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — is causing a stir. On Saturday, HRC president Chad Griffin, revoked the organization’s endorsement of Illinois GOP Senator Mark Kirk after Kirk made racist remarks against Democrat challenger U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth during a debate. This was the first time in HRC’s 36-year history that it had rescinded an endorsement of a candidate from either political party.

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Trump Diehards Love the Wheely Wheely Good Food Truck

Alanna Li and Bailin Chen with their Wheely Wheely Good food truck.

Alanna Li and Bailin Chen with their Wheely Wheely Good food truck.

If you decide to go to the debate-watch party at the Republican City Committee headquarters on Cottman Avenue next week, you might see some familiar faces: the owners of the food truck deemed racist by Philadelphia City Councilwoman and second-generation Korean American Helen Gym. Read more »

Racist Male Model Bryan Christopher Sawyer Speaks: “I Gotta Be Me”

Philadelphia male model Bryan Christopher Sawyer. (Facebook)

Philadelphia male model Bryan Christopher Sawyer. (Facebook)

With Philadelphia in shock over video we published on Friday morning showing male model Bryan Christopher Sawyer unloading racial slurs against an African-American woman outside of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Thursday, Sawyer has finally responded to a request for comment from Philadelphia magazine. And he’s not apologizing. Read more »

Birth of a Nation, Luke Cage, and the Power of Black Resilience

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Over the last couple of years, several amazing reports were released that felt like throwbacks to an earlier America.

A 2000 Emory University study that found that 74 percent of whites, compared to only 50 percent of blacks, received painkillers for bone fractures. In 2016, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the intersection of racial biases and black pain in a survey of more than 300 medically and non-medically trained whites and found that 58 percent of the participants believed that “black skin is thicker than white,” including 40 percent of first- and second-year medical students and 25 percent of residents.

In 2012, the study “Racial Bias in the Perception of Other’s Pain” looked at pain perception as it related to white and black NFL players, in addition to a series of pain-related comparison scenarios (accidentally stapling your hand versus someone of another race stapling their hand), finding that participants consistently rated the pain experience of blacks lower. And in 2014, Social Psychological & Personality Science found a “super-humanization bias” when whites looked at blacks, more quickly assigning terms like ghost, paranormal and spirit to black people. Read more »

PAFA Art Model Fired After Racist Tirade on Broad Street

Bryan Christopher Sawyer via Facebook

Bryan Christopher Sawyer via Facebook

UPDATE: New video has emerged that shows yet another awful encounter between Bryan Christopher Sawyer and the woman in the original video. For the full story, go here.

ORIGINAL:

Bryan Christopher Sawyer was a contracted art model at Philadelphia’s prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts until Thursday, when he unleashed an unbelievable series of racial slurs against an African-American woman who was sitting outside at the school. The whole thing was captured on video … apparently by Sawyer himself. Read more »

The Man Called the N-Word in the ICandy Video Speaks Out

Ricky Peterson

Ricky Peterson

Ricky Peterson was at work as a nursing assistant at Penn when he first heard about the video.

That video.

“I received it via text message from a friend, and I immediately went to the break room,” Peterson says. “I watched it five times before it hit me that Darryl was in fact saying my name. I was angered by it — I just felt disgusted.” Read more »

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