When An Obviously Racist ‘Shopping While Black’ Situation is Happening, Who Steps In to Help?

“Shopping While Black” is a faux crime that black people fear committing—along with a whole host of other while-black faux-offenses that are rooted in racism against black people rather than in any real crime or even action—and consists of being black in a store, and thus being treated suspiciously, unwelcomingly, or even hostilely by store staff. Many black people have experienced it at least once in their lives; yet who steps in to help someone being victimized and humiliated by such outright racism in public spaces?

This social experiment, conducted by ABC‘s What Would You Do?, shows the answer to that question in real-life footage. A point to note is that it is not only amazing how few white people step in on the side of justice in this video, but also how surprised the white people that do step in are by racism when it is a fact of life for people of color in America today.

This Off-Duty Cop Proves What Young Women Know About Who’s Really to Blame For Rape

The video takes a petrifying turn at 6:40 when two married men come in. The fact that they encourage the man to rape the woman is bad, but the fact that we later learn (at the 8:00 minute mark) that one of them is an off-duty cop is horrifying. Take a look.

The rapist in this video is not only allowed to rape, he’s encouraged to do it. This is what happens when police officers, the media, or female journalists tell women to stop getting drunk/dressing like sluts to prevent sexual assault. It would be sensible advice if it didn’t reinforce the very structures that make sexual assault not only possible, but probable.

One in five women will be a victim of rape at some point in her life. Women who are between the ages of 16-24, are four times for likely to get raped than any other population group. It doesn’t keep happening because alcohol exists, it keeps happening because men who rape get to joke about it with off-duty cops. If the people who are supposed to be protecting women, buy into rape culture, it’s not surprising that rape remains the most unreported crime.

This parody to the creepy Uncle Sam ad against Obamacare is really worth a watch.

"Thriftshop" safer sex remix

2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect.

Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Charlie Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s World News with Charlie Gibson and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.

Jodie Laubenberg, the woman who proposed the controversial Texas abortion bill, once argued against funding prenatal care because “they’re not born yet.” Rick Perry just executed his 500th criminal. Are “pro-life” lawmakers hypocrites?

Since the ‘70s, the Schoolhouse Rock! song “I’m Just a Bill” taught us how a bill becomes a law. Over the weekend, YouTube user Bad Bill made his own parody of the song in response to the recent events in Texas. The “I’m Just a Bill” remix takes aim at legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, shut down the majority of Texas’s abortion clinics, and require that procedures must be done at ambulatory surgical centers.

Badass @VictorianPrude at the Texas Senate Committee re: SB 1

Interview: Texan Kicked Out of Abortion Hearing After Calling Anti-Choice Lawmaker an Ophthalmologist

Chicago Tribune columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Clarence Page discusses why “pro-choice” is his language of choice, rather than “pro-abortion rights.”