This is unexpectedly not about make-up haha
Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds.
The digital divide, or the gap between those with regular, effective access to digital technology and those without, is becoming an increasingly critical problem in society. As more and more information becomes electronic, the inability to get online can leave entire communities at an extremely dangerous disadvantage. White households are twice as likely to have home Internet access as African American houses. Sixty-six percent of Latinos report having a home computer, as opposed to 88 percent of Caucasians.
Through community outreach programs such as workshops and after school programs, we introduce underprivileged girls to basic programming skills in languages like Scratch and Ruby on Rails. Introducing girls of color to these skills gives them an introduction to today’s computer technology, an essential tool for surviving in the 21st century. The skills they acquire through the programs give these young women a chance at well-paying professions with prestigious companies, as well as the ability to enter into the field as an entrepreneurs and leaders of technology.
I created this Street Harassment and Street Harassment + Misogynoir BINGO card (latter particular to intraracial misogynoir and street harassment as experienced by Black women), cataloguing the most common excuses provided to justify this violence towards women. It’s been on my mind for a while as excuses said to me, some of which I wrote months ago in 10 Common Ignorant Replies Made To Women Who Discuss Experiencing Street Harassment, but also surfaced in response to some of the excuses being used to derail an upcoming anti-street harassment chat #YouOkSis (hosted by @Russian_Starr and @FeministaJones) scheduled for Thursday, July 10th at 12pm.
As you know and I’ve shared here, I’ve experienced this violence for almost 23 years now, and have written about street harassment for two years in detail in my Street Harassment Is Violence (Essay Compilation) with perspectives from a variety of angles including: what I experience most which is intraracial street harassment, street harassment from White male cops/White men who associate Black womanhood itself with sex work and violently so, experiencing PTSD because of street harassment, some Black people’s demands for silence and derailment on this topic because of fear of the White Gaze coupled with lack of compassion for and recognition of Black women’s humanity and call Black women speaking truth to power “divide and conquer,” how it is in fact violence about reclamation/affirmation of power and not “flirting,” the racist and anti-intersectional mainstream media framing and centering of White women as the only victims of street harassment with Black men as only perpetrators, and how that removes other men’s culpability and silences Black women experiences, and many more perspectives.
Please join for the #YouOkSis chat if you can/able though be aware that racist, sexist, misogynoiristic men of a variety of backgrounds have planned to derail it and harm, however, as there are organized and disorganized campaigns to silence Black women online, in general. And while the focus is Black women— because margin needs to be centered versus silenced—understanding how women oppressed at multiple intersections and dehumanized via anti-Blackness and misogynoir actually facilitates the illumination of the understanding of those usually centered, and this facilitation doesn’t have to occur through erasure or co-opt via generalization. Margin to center is womanism. It is anti-Blackness and misogynoir (and often [trans]misogynoir as Black trans women face brutal street harassment and worse) to suggest Black women don’t deserve the space or time to analyze our experiences and value our own lives, to be clear. Specificity is not “oppression olympics” but is a matter of survival for Black women.
The chat isn’t only for Black women either; Black men who KNOW that they are more than a violent portrayal of a White supremacist and anti-Black construction of masculinity (and reject performing masculinity as such) and want safer and healthier experiences for Black women and our communities are welcome to be there. In fact, one of the moderators is a Black man. And since non-cishet or non-cis or non-het or non-binary gender Black people also experience street harassment, of course all of these voices matter.
This violence and the excuses have to stop. The demand for Black women to be silent has to stop.
Have you ever noticed how wanting
burns you up
from the inside out?
Like one moment I am whole,
but then I hear
your voice on the phone
and I swear to god
three blocks away from here
they can smell smoke.
— Trista Mateer, Little matchstick girl (via kitty-en-classe)
Today we would pass through the scenes of our youth like travelers. We are burnt up by hard facts; like tradesmen we understand distinctions, and like butchers necessities. We are no longer troubled- we are indifferent.
— Erich Maria Remarque (via aseriouspunyama)
I was prepared for my first day of kindergarten by my soothing mother’s voice. She fed me, walked me from mi Nina’s house to the steps of my classroom, gently straightened out my fingers gripping her hand and pushed me inside of the room all while telling me about how lucky I was to go to school. I couldn’t focus on the teacher, my head elsewhere, with my mother. I could hear her telling me about how my sister and I would be the first women in a long time to be given this opportunity. It didn’t lessen the stress or the nerves of separating from my mother. What I felt then is what I have felt my entire life that being the first comes with a lot responsibility. It’s hard to carry.
My first day of kindergarten foreshadowed my future in education. I didn’t follow the rules from the beginning and was kicked out of the room for staring out the window instead of folding my hands and looking toward the teacher. When class ended I forgot my way home although it was only a few blocks away. The hot Mexico sun has a way of turning known streets into endless dusty alleys. A cousin found me sobbing in a shady spot and walked me home. Creating Botecitos de Educacion from Pueblo to Academia has been the walk back home after getting lost. It is my return to my roots, honoring of my parents struggle and accepting my responsibility as a first of many to have higher education.
more about the film:
Given the struggle and sacrifice my parents continue to live through to give their kids, including me, a better life and an education, I feel contentious about academia. Academia is exclusive and separates people into categories of educated and the uneducated. This separation creates a power dynamic that validates academic learning and dismisses learning outside of the institutions. With Botecitos de Educacion from Pueblo to Academia, I want to challenge this binary and bridge the knowledge that I have gained from my uneducated mother and father. In the years that I have been in school I have tried to challenge this gap by bringing in the knowledge I grew up with in Mexico. I believe this bridge is dangerous because it challenges the tower/system that academia occupies.
In a previous post, I mentioned my desire to compile a list of journals and presses that exclusively focus on publishing underrepresented voices, such as women, LGBTQ writers, and writers of color….
Yo, this is more than just disgusting, it’s illegal. It’s against the law to alter and distribute personal pictures without their permission; and it’s especially against the fucking law to create false porn with it. That’s slander, defamation, libel; whatever you want to…
Fine Arts students from Oglala Lakota College recently put on an Art Show at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, SD. The concept of the show is Misconceptions of the Reservation. Each artist demonstrates their interpretation of this in their own art forms. These photos by Angel White Eyes are of people from the Pine Ridge Reservation who overcome the statistics and break the mold of preconceived notions of people living on Pine Ridge. The show will be up until the end of July.