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The Invention of the White People | USA | Al Jazeera

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As a society and a polity, the US has never been cured, never been treated, and it has never resolved its murderous racist history.

READ: The Invention of the White People | USA | Al Jazeera

The Radical Friendship Of Lorraine Hansberry And James Baldwin

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Jimmy would refer to her as Sweet Lorraine

READ: The Radical Friendship Of Lorraine Hansberry And James Baldwin

James Baldwin’s Ideas and Activism during the 1980s

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Why aren’t Black people more optimistic? Is it at once getting much better and hopeless? To shed light on these, we only need to return to James Baldwin who eloquently and cogently put it best regarding race, optimism, and the future of America: “I am not a pessimist because I am alive. To be a pessimist, it means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter. So I am forced to be an optimist. I’m forced to believe that we can survive whatever we must survive.” The future of Black people, Baldwin continues, is “precisely as bright or as dark as the future of the country. It is entirely up to the American people and our representatives [. . .] whether or not they will deal with and embrace the stranger they have maligned for so long.”
Source: “Why Aren’t Black People More Optimistic?” – AAIHS

“I think I know how many times one has to start again, and how often one feels that one cannot start again,” Baldwin once wrote, but “one can never remain where one is” because we owe…

The Dawn of Detroit

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READ: ‘The Dawn of Detroit’: An Interview with Historian Tiya Miles – AAIHS

Miles: I realized several years ago that although my histories of Cherokee slavery unfolded on farms and plantations, I was missing the opportunity to think more seriously about land and other features of the material (or natural) world in a way that might enrich my attempt at understanding. The Detroit study seemed to demand a greater awareness of environmental history for reasons that your question highlights, so I applied for a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to seek an orientation to the field of environmental history. I spent a year talking and studying with colleagues at Montana State University where there is a strong faculty cluster in this field, and I learned to ask new questions. My study of Detroit is not an environmental history per se, but it does bring in a consciousness not only of the critical import of the material environment to histories of race and power, but also of the notio…

RACE: Are We So Different?

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Remember: there are two humans on this planet: man and woman. That is the concept people can't seem to grasp. Forget religion and start with sexism, the all-time ism.

Eugenic Agendas

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ and William Shockley’s Eugenic Agenda By Alexandra Fair
Even as eugenic theorists professed a distinction between themselves and the Ku Klux Klan, their financial commitment to the White Citizens’ Council (WCC) spoke volumes.  While the White Citizens’ Council was no Blackkklansman-esque Klan organization, its members were equally as dangerous.  READ

Glasgow University reveals £200m profits in slave trade

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Glasgow University reveals £200m slave trade windfall - and plans for new slavery study centre
Helen McArdle, September 16, 2018, The Herald

ONE of Scotland's leading universities received benefits worth the equivalent of up to £199 million from slave trade cash, researchers have found.

Glasgow University carried out a year-long study into thousands of donations made in the 18th and 19th centuries and discovered some were linked to slave trade profits, despite the university's leading role in the abolitionist movement.

The university has now announced plans to create a centre for the study of slavery and a memorial or tribute in university grounds in the name of the enslaved as part of a reparative justice programme.

The research identified 16 bursaries, endowments and bequests donated between 1809 and 1937 from people whose wealth at least in part derived from slavery.

Donations to the 1866-1880 campaign to build current campus at Gilmorehill found 23 people who gave…

How the Alt-Right Continues to Appropriate Ancient Roman Symbols

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As ancient historian Anthony Marshall notes, the fasces had a real use: “they constituted a portable kit for flogging and decapitation.”

READ: Fasces, Fascism, and How the Alt-Right Continues to Appropriate Ancient Roman Symbols

Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago

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Towering skyscrapers dotting the Lake Michigan coastline, “snowy winds,” “blistering suns,” and roaring streets described what Richard Wright aptly called the “iron city,” or the city of Chicago.
While Chicago’s landscape has changed drastically since Wright walked the concrete jungle, it remains one of the most prominent cities in the nation. It is home to a large African American population, many of whom have roots in the Great Migration that brought literary giants such as Wright and Langston Hughes to its shores.

Source: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago – AAIHS

The Criminalization of Black Children

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In the late nineteenth century, progressive reformers recoiled at the prospect of the justice system punishing children as adults. Advocating that children’s inherent innocence warranted fundamentally different treatment, reformers founded the nation’s first juvenile court in Chicago in 1899. Yet amid an influx of new African American arrivals to the city during the Great Migration, notions of inherent childhood innocence and juvenile justice were circumscribed by race. In documenting how Blackness became a marker of criminality that overrode the potential protections the status of “child” could have bestowed, Tera Eva Agyepong shows the entanglements between race and the state’s transition to a more punitive form of juvenile justice. In this important study, Agyepong expands the narrative of racialized criminalization in America, revealing that these patterns became embedded in a justice system originally intended to protect children. In doing so, she also complicates our understandi…

The Pervasive Power of Male Privilege at America’s Elite Universities

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Institutions have hired men with predatory reputations despite complaints from women students and faculty. All because women haven’t had a strong enough voice in the system. READ

Jane Elliott destroys racism

Jane Elliot is a boss...she’s the bosses boss. She’s a mega nuclear fantastical person that has changing the world. Jane is the brave warrior inside all of us, that doesn’t care what anyone else has to say. She is right and has been since Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated!
The extremely wise Jane Elliott destroying racism in ONE minute. pic.twitter.com/HM0Gvy2d8K — Stacie (@TheChickLivesOn) September 8, 2018

"The Forgotten Origins & Consequences of Race in America"

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Ben Jealous tells the story behind lessons learned and unlearned, and what we all need to internalize if we aim to create a country where children are judged by the content of their character, not "race"

: Lecture: 'The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America' | Giving



Sexism: Women were being set up to fail #GlassCliff

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And what would you say if I told you that the number of female C.E.O.’s in the Fortune 500 recently hit an all-time high? It’s cause for celebration, right? But let’s look at the actual numbers. Out of those 500 companies, there were, as of early 2018, 27 female C.E.O.’s. 5.4 percent.
Why? We are several decades into a revolution that brought hundreds of millions of women into the global workforce. And 40 percent of managers are women. So what’s keeping more of them from reaching the top? To be sure, it’s a complex question with a number of factors, some of which you’ve surely thought about. But there’s one you probably haven’t thought about; probably haven’t even heard of it. Let’s start … here.
...Ryan’s analysis suggested that women were being set up to fail, whether intentionally or not. Such a failure would reflect poorly not only on the woman in question, but quite possibly on female candidates to follow. Ryan’s research did have its limitations. It covered only British compani…

FUTURE SHOCK (Mixed)

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...with population expected to triple in size (an increase of 226 percent). The Two or More Races population is projected to be the fastest growing over the next 46 years (see Table 2), with its population expected to triple in size (an increase of 226 percent). This group is projected to increase from 8 million to 26 million between 2014 and 2060. Its share of the total population is projected to increase from 2.5 percent.

Sandra L. Colby and Jennifer M. Ortman, “Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060: Population Estimates and Projections [P25-1143],” United States Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2015).
9. http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/demo/p25-1143.pdf.

SOURCE: Mixed Race Studies


Since 1968, my husband Herb, an expert in diversity and affirmative action, told his students: "People of Color around the world outnumber Europeans 7 to 1."
For me this is the definition of EMPIRE and colonization…

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