October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014

The ‘victim’ approach to the study of white women in the slave formation, therefore, has severe limitations… while white males were the predominant owners of slaves in the plantation sector, the same cannot be said for the urban sector. White women were generally the owners of small properties, rather than large estates, but their small properties were more proportionately stocked with slaves than the large, male owned properties.

In 1815, white women owned about 24 percent of the slaves in St Lucia; 12 per cent of the slaves on properties of more than 50 slaves, and 48 per cent of the properties with less than 10 slaves. In Barbados in 1817, less than five of the holdings of 50 slaves or more were owned by white women, but they owned 40 percent of the properties with less than 10 slaves…

White women also owned more female slaves than male slaves. The extensive female ownership of slaves in the towns was matched by the unusually high proportion of females in the slave population; female slave owners owned more female slaves than male slave owners….

From these data the image that emerges of the white female slaveowner is that she was generally urban, in possession of less than ten slaves, the majority of whom were female. That female slaveowners generally owned female slaves, indicates the nature of enterprises, and hence labour regimes, managed and owned by white women. It is reasonable, then, to argue that any conceptualization of urban slavery, especially with reference to the experiences of enslaved black women, should proceed with an explicit articulation of white women are principal slaveowners.


excerpt from Centering Woman: Gender Discourses in Caribbean Slave Society by Hilary McD Beckles  (via daniellemertina)

White feminists tend to conveniently forget this and pretend that they don’t benefit from white supremacy like white men (via thisisnotjapan)

this is some boston harbor level spilt tea

(via mimicryisnotmastery)

October 20, 2014

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229days: I can't believe hyphenated-lives is turning one already. It doesn't seem like it's been that long. I'm going to go back and listen to all of the episodes again. lol

Thanks for the love for the podcast! Time really has flown by and I feel like Kari and I have both grown and learned so much too in the past year doing hyphenated together. 

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October 20, 2014

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mygukkie: Youre part Swedish? Im actually born and raised in Sweden. Do you speak any Swedish? Tell me more haha.

Hej hej! Yep, I’m 1/4 Swedish and my first name, Mikael, is my Swedish name actually. Chuks is my Igbo nickname (I’m 3/4 Igbo). I used to speak more Swedish when I was younger and traveling more frequently to Sweden, but not any more. Förlåt~ :(

October 20, 2014

White liberals from NPR in action. Who gives a damn about the ongoing brutalization of black lives and bodies in Ferguson, the complete absence of any real justice to date, the ongoing lies of the Ferguson police department with the collusion of the Missouri governor’s office, the silencing and military occupation of a black community that simply wants justice for one of their sons killed by our racist, fascist police state. How does any of that matter when property values which impact white real estate investors are on the line?

I’m so sick of this shit.

October 19, 2014

Hyphenated 1 Year Anniversary- Ideas?


Wow more than 45,000 listens later- the one year anniversary of our SJ podcast is exactly a month from now (Nov. 19)! Wow!

If you all have any ideas or thoughts on what we should for that episode, please feel free to comment on this post, submit your ideas to our ask box hyphenated-lives or email us at hyphenated.lives@gmail.com. Also spread the word, share us with your friends, and rate us on iTunes. Thanks for the support as always everyone!

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October 19, 2014

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Jim Crow 2.0

nothing’s changed. it’s just evolved.

devil stay pulling tricks.

October 19, 2014

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I haven’t posted a pic on my blog in a while. Selfie time :). You can also follow me on Instagram @mikaelowunna

I haven’t posted a pic on my blog in a while. Selfie time :). You can also follow me on Instagram @mikaelowunna

October 17, 2014

LAPD Manhandles Father’s Baby then Tazes, Beats and Arrests Dad 


LOS ANGELES, CA – Around the block from where Ezell Ford was killed by LAPD, officers from the Newton Division stopped, Brandon Dawson, 26, on Sunday evening. Dawson had just finished his shift as a dental assistant and was picking up his seven-month-old daughter from his grandmother’s house. He was strapping the baby’s carrier into the car when officers stopped Brandon asking why Brandon had parked in the private driveway. Brandon explained that there were no other spaces available and he had just pulled up to pick up his daughter. Photo via Linda WashingtonThe police asked for no papers, and told Brandon to put his hands up as they snatched the father’s baby. Soon after, Brandon would be tazered, beaten, and arrested by police on suspicion of assaulting a gang officer from LAPD’s Newton Division, according to Officer Lilliana Preciado. However, Officer Preciado claims not to have any details regarding what led to Dawson’s arrest.

An eyewitness on the scene that asked not to be identified or recorded due to police terrorizing members of low income communities that call for police accountability, watches the confrontation between Daawson and LAPD. A witness who says that after LAPD snatched the baby from Brandon’s arms, an officer began violently shaking the seven-month-old back and forth as if they were intentionally trying to make the baby fly out of the carrier.

“My baby! My baby!” screamed Brandon. LAPD then put the infant on the sidewalk. Alone.


A concerned woman tried to grab the baby, and a police officer slammed the door on her. Upset, Brandon’s grandmother came and took her grandchild from the sidewalk. Ten cop cars soon pulled up. Police officers piled on top of Brandon, tazering and beating him. A beating that was recorded on video that has yet to be released. Witnesses and angry community members surrounded the officers recording the police. Police told witnesses to stop recording, but community members continued to film the police anyway.  Police responded to by taking photos of those recording them. A tactic that police use to intimidate community members with threats of arrest and deportation according to the witness.

Upset, community members gathered calling police out, “He did nothing to nobody.” “They (police) threw his baby.”

The community response was caught on tape by Ceebo Tha Rapper. Ceebo has been organizing the neighborhood and recording music about police brutality ever since the same police department killed his cousin, Ezell Ford. However, as the community filmed, police swiftly formed a line. With hands resting on their guns, officers aggressively push the crowd back in the video as community members remind police, “We’re unarmed.” This incident which began as a traffic stop between 7-8 pm, had 65th & Broadway sealed off and occupied by a small army of LAPD until midnight.

photo by Nash Baker from A Million Hits on YouTube

photo by Nash Baker from A Million Hits on YouTube

Following Brandon’s arrest, his mother, Linda Washington, was shocked when she received a call from her sister. She had just gotten off the phone with her son. He had called to say goodnight and ask how her day was. “(My) sister called saying I needed to come down because something happened with Brandon and the police.” Mrs. Washington didn’t believe her at first. After all, it was only minutes ago that Brandon was fine and now suddenly, her family was thrust into an emergency.

Given the wrong information several times by police, Mrs. Washington says she had to do a lot of running around just to locate Brandon and his impounded vehicle. Out on $50,000 bail, Brandon is being treated at the hospital. He has injuries and scars on his neck, forehead, and wrist from being beaten by LAPD. To make matters worse, Brandon’s wallet containing $1200 for his rent, was inside his car. Both the wallet and his rent money are now gone. According to witnesses, Brandon’s vehicle was driven away by a police officer, not a tow truck.


This seems to be about more than a traffic stop, according to Mrs. Washington. One of the officer’s recognized Brandon from two years ago when they had stopped and arrested him in the very same place destroying his pending opportunity to join the marines as an officer on Monday night reminded Brandon: “You thought you were going to the Marines last time.”

This is a young boy with a baby in the car. And it’s obvious, he’s got on work clothes. What harm is he doing?

Washington asked regarding LAPD immediately using force on her son. Residents of Dawson’s grandmother’s building and his Mom all say Dawson is a sweet and hardworking young father. He has nothing to do with gangs or drugs. In fact, the only other problem Brandon has ever had with police, was in the very same place by 65th and Broadway two years ago with the very same notorious Shootin’ Newton Department.

Concerned about the psychological affects police targeting may have, Mrs. Washington remains determined to support her son.

What happens if every time you take two steps forward someone pushes you two steps backward? Once the police come at you, you’re almost tagged… It’s almost as if they intentionally want to get him to the point to get him locked up.

Brandon Dawson & Mother Linda Washington Photo via Linda Washington

Brandon Dawson & Linda Washington

The eyewitness expressed similar sentiments about local police targeting the community:

They’re racist against the black and latino community. They insult us. They humiliate us. They belittle us.

Statistics back up their sentiments regarding police targeting and racist policing.

According to the NAACP:

  • African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
  • African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
  • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population

Save Black Boys SignThe Newton Police Department has been under fire from community members since August when officers from the department killed unarmed Ezell Ford nine days after they killed unarmed Omar Abrego. Regular demonstrations demanding justice for Ford and Abrego and an end to police brutality have been ongoing, but have yet to be met with any response other than force from the Newton Police Department. All of this of course occurring while those rallying for #FergusonOctober are making it look like there will either be justice against racist killer cops or revolution in America. One more family may be joining the efforts to stop killer cops and end police brutality. Mrs. Washington said her family hopes to attend the October 22nd day of national action against police brutality in Los Angeles.

October 17, 2014





H* #36: The Politics of Dating White People (as a POC) (feat. Shirley)

There’s this pervasive cultural narrative that deliberately and consciously aims to depoliticize love (e.g. the cries of “Love is love!” and “But love is pure!”)—it could even be called a national project in this age of “color blindness”. The implications of this are far and disturbing. Love is not just love, and who we choose to love is tied into systems of domination like white supremacy and patriarchy. Love, whether we like it or not, is incredibly political, especially when we (as POC) date white people. In this week’s podcast we dive in to discuss these messy racial dating politics of dating white people as a POC. 

We are joined for this discussion by Chuk’s friend Shirley (onetoc on tumblr), and we also discuss for short news at the beginning: #FergusonOctober, Vonderrit Myers, Gay Marriage and “How To Get Away With Murder”

Music: IntroClosing

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"Love is not just love."


"Who we choose to love is political."


Amen and amen.


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