It almost worries me how personally affected I feel by Jia's departure! Based on what I'm seeing in so many of the comments though, it seems like Jia's writing just resonated so hard with so many people. PLEASE keep us posted on where you end up, as I will follow you wherever you go! (hmmm not in a creepy way, just gonna read and appreciate your writing, I swear!)
Haley sounds awesome. To many more great years of the Hairpin, may we never outgrow you!
@Lolren I'm also creepy and a huge fan who was worried about this. No one can fill my need for simultaneous fierce political feminist/anti-racist outrage, allusions to marijuana, and the most bangin' music suggestions of all time quite like Jia!
@StLAmy The point is, "assumptions" are constantly being made in favor of those with institutional power (white police) and against those without it (unarmed black people). I do not understand these commenters incessant need to point out dominant American views as if Jia or other supporters of protesters have not had them forced down their throats for their entire lives.
Definitely carrying pictures of vaginas down the aisle at any future weddings I attend/maid/have
@Abby Vogler@facebook There's a lot to unpack here. Given the significant number of unarmed black teenagers who have been shot/killed by police/neighborhood watch/etc., and - this is the operative part - whose killings are considered *justified* because of deep-seated racism, this story and what it illustrates about the US should not take a back seat to one's concerns about rioting and looting. No one, including Jia, wants people to get hurt or be scared to go out at night. We live in a society founded on racism in which white people create and sustain systems which privilege them, including law enforcement. Despite the fact that 2/3 of Ferguson's residents are black, only 3/53 police officers are black. What recourse does one have when denied agency, humanity, and no pre-approved systems through which to convey their outrage?
@Pariah Carey From one of the articles linked to by Jia:
"Ferguson’s police chief and mayor are white. Of the six City Council members, one is black. The local school board has six white members and one Latino. Of the 53 commissioned officers on the police force, three are black, said Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.
Blacks in Ferguson are twice as likely to be stopped by police as whites, according to an annual report on racial profiling by the Missouri attorney general. Last year, 93% of arrests following car stops in Ferguson were of blacks. Ninety-two percent of searches and 80% of car stops involved blacks, the report said."
Erasing race from the coverage of this story in order to appeal to working class Americans is not a way to fight injustice.
@cordovan sofa yes yes yes. Did not appreciate that at all! Why are you trying to keep us out?!
The only thing that makes me feel better about this article is seeing that the other Hairpin commenters agree about it!