RaceWire’s Ten Most Popular Posts of 2009

By Jorge Rivas Dec 31, 2009

Speaking English a Requirement for Motherhood? Reunite Cirila Baltazar Cruz with her Baby In Pascagoula, Mississippi, in November 2008, Cirila Baltazar Cruz gave birth to a baby girl. Soon after, her daughter was taken away from her because she could not communicate with the hospital attendants.

5 Things You Can Do Right Now About the Oscar Grant Shooting Oscar Grant, an unarmed man, was killed by an Oakland police officer. Makani Themba-Nixon compiled a list of five things people should do to respond to the senseless death of this 22 year old Black man.

“Beat It” – Mariachi Style

The 5 Most Unintentionally Racist Movies About Racism Bobby “Fatboy” Roberts, writing for Cracked.com, compiles a list of the top five, well, read the title of this blog post!

Latino Grandfather, Pregnant Woman Tasered at Baptism — But Don’t Call the Cops Racist [VIDEO]

A Latino family in Manassas, Virginia, is celebrating the baptism of their two young boys, at a party held in their grandfather’s backyard. The police arrive in response to a noise complaint, and ask to see the grandfather’s ID. The family’s account says that he provided it, but the police report say that he refused; both accounts agree that the grandfather was then Tasered three times in rapid succession, on his own property, and then charged with ‘public intoxication.’

Best Photo from the 9/12 Tea Party

Michael Jackson – Who’s Loving You? "When it became clear that the boy’s face we had loved had become the face of a man who didn’t love himself; we judged him. We tore at him and he fell apart. He was living proof of the impact of our rabid pop culture, an early sacrifice to the new mechanisms of fame which allow no privacy, no time to learn, no mistakes." – Adrienne Maree Brown

Miss Hampton U Proves Beauty Is Racialized A mixed-race college student won the beauty pageant at a traditionally Black university in Virginia. But it wasn’t exactly the student’s choice. Hampton University’s student body didn’t get to vote for their tall, fair-skinned queen. A five-judge panel did and what was their real mission? To get put her on track to become Miss Virginia in 2010. – Cindy Von Quednow

Right Flu, Wrong Swine Channing Kennedy presents a modest proposal. Why not rename the swine flu the spring breaker flu?

Race and Beauty Sold Separately: A Deeper Look at Black Barbie Adebe D.A. raises questions about race and power in small, glossy packages.