12/02/16 1:08pm
8 DIY ways to turn post-Trump hate graffiti into something positive

Turn anti-semitic graffiti into a discussion of 2002’s fine cinema. Left photo via QNS; right illustration by Chris Giganti.

There’s no denying that for many of us the days since Nov. 8 have taken on a nearly apocalyptic portent. Those who warned us that no presidential election could lead to changes overnight woke up the next morning (and every morning after) to visions of a new and surreal reality, as though we had passed into the timeline of The Man in the High Castle (maybe we’re living Season 2). What’s been so world-shaking in the aftermath is that not only did we not accurately know our country, but we don’t even know our own city, or even our Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Not even a full week after the election, The F.B.I. reported a 6 percent rise in reported hate crimes, and only a few days after that Brooklyn Heights’ own Adam Yauch Park was found tagged with swastikas. While we have to leave most of the hate crimes to authorities to handle, people around the city have taken up the call to get rid of the hate messages themselves. So here are some suggestions for DIY graffiti solutions to defuse the messages of hate you may find in your own neighborhood. This is New York City, after all: if we can’t win a tagging war on home turf, what the fuck are we even doing? (more…)

11/14/16 11:24am
A swastika found in Crown Heights was quickly crossed out.  Via  @AngryMarxistJew on Twitter.

A swastika found in Crown Heights was quickly crossed out. Via @AngryMarxistJew on Twitter.

New York is not here for your racist shit. We may thank ourselves every day (even when we’re not on the losing end of a nationwide pro-racism and misogyny referendum) that we live in the diverse, tolerant bubble of city life where expending racist energy would get so damn exhausting every time you leave the house. But the pernicious forces of this election are so damn brutal that their hateful fingers have slipped into the bubble, or just picked up the dormant threads of hate that have been here all along.

Hate crimes, including a swastika drawn on a sidewalk in Crown Heights and harassment on the streets and subways, have been reported across the city over the weekend, mirroring the rise in hate crimes nationwide, which is definitely an encouraging sign that the Trump presidency will be an era of sunshine and golden toilets for all. But this is by far the expressions of a small segment of our population, and New Yorkers, who have been sick of homophobia since the 90s and have been done with Islamophobia since 9/11, are reacting to it in very New York ways. Here’s how they’re responding, and what you can do too: (more…)

10/31/16 11:29am
Un-fare! Uber has a huge racism and sexism problem, according to a new study

Uber is facing a new controversy over sexism and racism thanks to the results of a new study. Via Gilt City.

The days of cabbies skipping fares based on the color of their skin have (surprise!) not gone away with the deluge of car-hailing apps. Much like how Airbnb is dealing with a major racism issue when it comes to home sharing, Uber and Lyft are being called out for enabling drivers to avoid or cancel fares based on their race. A two-year study of ride-hailing apps that Jalopnik reports on today found that trip requests from black riders took up to 28 percent longer to be accepted by UberX and Lyft than white people. Those black riders also had a cancellation rate nearly twice as high. Uber doesn’t show you the photo of the rider until after the driver accepts a ride, at which point they can cancel; Lyft shows you the photo right away, which makes its discrimination practices even harder to track.

But wait, there’s more! Women had the opposite problem, and not in a good way: Drivers in the study were more likely to keep women in their cars longer, taking elongated routes and being “chatty,” resulting in 5 percent longer (and more expensive) rides. Racism and sexism are not problems Uber or Lyft created, but their technology apparently hasn’t helped address it.  (more…)