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How to Criticize with Kindness

“Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?” How to compose a successful critical commentary: You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement). You should mention anything you have learned from your target. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism. READ: How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently – Brain Pickings

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How an Artist Learned About Freedom From ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book’

Meredith Mendelsohn, Jan. 19, 2018, The New York Times On a recent wintry morning, the multimedia artist Derrick Adams was sitting in his cozy basement studio in Brooklyn talking about distant cities and faraway times. “It’s like reading a fairy tale book. I see the names of beauty schools and men’s clubs and taverns, and I think, ‘What does that place look like?’” Mr. Adams was referring to the establishments listed in the “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a series of AAA-like guides for black travelers published from 1936 through 1966, and the inspiration for “Derrick Adams: Sanctuary,” an immersive installation opening at the Museum of Arts and Design (known as MAD) on Jan. 25. “The Negro Travelers’ Green Book,” from the fall of 1956. Credit New York Public Library   Widely used at a time when African-Americans were navigating physical and social mobility through the swamp of Jim Crow laws and attitudes in the mid-20th century, the Green Books, as they came to be k

Coming Soon: Green Book

READ MORE The Green Book helped black travelers navigate the dangers and constant humiliations that racial segregation posed. For 30 years, a New York City mailman by the name of Victor Green wrote and distributed the Green Book—a travel guide for African American motorists. Source: The 'Green Book' Was a Travel Guide Just for Black Motorists - NBC News Save

Still Separate, Still Unequal: American Indians and Election 2018

These new assaults on American Indian voting rights speak to broader voter suppression efforts that have spread across the country. Whether it’s African American elders in Georgia being pulled from a van en route to a polling place; the closure of 868 polling places in districts with high concentrations of people of color; or new policies that make it more difficult for college students to vote, American democracy still remains separate and unequal. GOOD READ: Still Separate, Still Unequal: American Indians and Election 2018   - Higher Education

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Facebook is not our friend

excerpt: Clearly, the Revolution will not be Friended by such people. Some Black folks may celebrate Facebook’s purges, glad that white supremacist Trump boosters and other overt racists are among the targets. But majorities of white people in the U.S. supported Trump, and there is no possibility that Facebook or any other corporation could effectively police — or even recognize — the racism of most of their users. But they do silence the cop-watchers. What Facebook is attempting to enforce is the absolute authority of the corporate media as the arbiter of Truth — a dictatorship of the white moneyed classes. And that can never be in Black folks’ interest. READ

The Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests

Elizabeth Warren and the Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests Alondra Nelson, October 17, 2018, The New York Times This week, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts announced that geneticists had analyzed her DNA and proved her longstanding claim that she has Native American ancestry. Senator Warren had caved in to months of ridicule by President Trump, who mocked her using a racist term and ultimately refused to believe her “useless” DNA test. The question is not whether her DNA analysis is accurate. It’s whether it can tell us anything meaningful about identity. The truth is that sets of DNA markers cannot tell us who we really are because genetic data is technical and identity is social. The science in question is a form of chromosome mapping similar to that used in the billion-dollar genetic ancestry testing industry in the United States. That testing draws on incomplete data about human genetic diversity. In this case, the “reference set” included samples drawn fr

Why Coverage of Indigenous Issues Is So Lousy

Most journalists also said we didn’t bother to cover Indigenous peoples because there was no journalistic payoff. We, reporters, preferred to do stories to improve situations and conditions, by pointing out things that didn’t work properly. We looked for bad guys, stories about corruption or inept business owners, government administrators, politicians, cops, for example. Yet similar stories about Indigenous communities never went anywhere. Things never changed. Also, by telling these stories, we faced accusations of concentrating on the negative. Most reporters at major news networks and newspapers didn’t see those historical threads, because it’s never been part of their journalistic DNA. They were never taught about these events, social and political developments in their history or poli-sci classes. READ: Why Coverage of Indigenous Issues Is So Lousy | FAIR


AFRICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA BLOG: FestIC 2018 - Festival des Identités Culturelles (... : DOCUMENTAIRE | DOCUMENTARY Okuta, la pierre by/d’Ayéman Aymar Esse, 52’, Bénin, 2015 Douvan jou ka leve (Le jour se lèvera) by/de Gessica Geneus, 52’, Haïti, France, 2017 Iya Tunde, la mère est revenue by/de Laure Malecot, 52’, Sénégal, 2016 Mada underground by/de Denis Sneguirev et Philippe Chevallier, 55’, Madagascar, 2016 Le langage des perles by/d’Arsène Pandi, 12’, Togo, 2017 Gade ! by/de Hermane Desorme, 57’, Haiti, 2017 Les gracieuses by/de Fatima Sissani, 79’, France, 2014    Le rythme à la canne : un héritage royal by/de Natacha Hounvo, 26’, Bénin, 2017 Talaatay Nder (Le mardi de Nder) by/de Chantal Durpoix, 20’, Sénégal, Brésil, 2016 Under the bell by/de Bart Lambert Oubda, 9’, Burkina Faso, 2015 La promesse du biram by/d’Allamine Kader, 68’, Tchad, 2016 Dance for change by/de Cécile Thery, 63’, Burkina Faso, 2017 Au fantôme du père by/de Marie L

The real function of racism is distraction

“The real function of racism is distraction,” author Toni Morrison said in 1975. “It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” But there will always be something else to prove. Vindicating though it may seem on some level, Warren indulging her Republican baiters seems unlikely to yield more than a sense of moral satisfaction. Among conservatives, the goading was always insincere — as empty as the coffers of the charity to which Trump promised $1 million if Warren proved her Native blood. READ: Elizabeth Warren’s Native Ancestry Was Never the Point

White Mother Accidentally Sends Racist Text to Her Black Nanny Then Fires Her For Possibly Being Offended

Have you ever noticed that whenever white people get caught doing or saying something racist, the first thing they want to do is throw out the “That’s not really who I am” defense? Have you ever noticed that white people will do something racist to a black person and then expect the black person to be understanding and not get offended? It happens all the time, but it doesn’t get less annoying. READ: Black Nanny Fired After White Employer Sends Her a Racist Text White people cannot ever deal with the consequences of their actions. They are not used to being held accountable because white privilege and white supremacy are the most intoxicating drugs ever. 

Symbols of white supremacy hiding in plain sight

BIG ISMS: symbols of white supremacy hiding in plain sight READ: Brand New Conference 2018: Mirko Ilić discusses White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi and Alt-right symbols lurking in plain sight — Quartz

Princeton’s case for reparations

Princeton’s case for reparations By Ryan Born, October 1, 2018, The Daily Princeton “Enslaved African Americans built the modern United States, and indeed the entire modern world, in ways both obvious and hidden.” ― Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told When we accept that prestigious offer of admission from Princeton University, some small part of us becomes part of the great history of Princeton ― and so some part of us becomes shackled, forever, to the stains of slavery, Jim Crow, and continued racism. Just as the United States and white Americans themselves are bound, morally, to offer reparations to African-Americans, so too is the institution of Princeton University. Because of the University’s complicity in slavery and structural racism, it has an ethical commitment to provide justice in the form of reparations to African-American students. It is still somewhat controversial to remind ourselves that the United States was founded as a slaveholding

These Truths

These Truths is more than a political history of U.S. society or a civics book. This work is also a truth teller’s manual. As she traverses the political history of the U.S. by discussing nominating conventions, secret ballots, polls, politicians and talk radio, Lepore instructs her readers in the craft of history. READ: A History of Truth in These Troubled Times – AAIHS

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"Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor"

Blessed is the former slave, for he shall one day be called a master. Blessed are the unlettered, for they are not burdened with theories of history. Blessed are the poor, for they make the most of what they are given. Blessed are the aged, for they can be forever young. Blessed are the dead, for they are gone. We are on our own now. —Kerry James Marshall read Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) is regarded today as one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. A black man born into slavery in Alabama, he was an eyewitness to history: the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, the Great Migration, and the steady rise of African American urban culture in the South. Traylor would not live to see the civil rights movement, but he was among those who laid its foundation. Starting around 1939—by then in his late eighties and living on the streets of Montgomery—Traylor made the radical steps of taking up pencil and paintbrush and a

1968 and the longest military occupation of a U.S. city since the Civil War

On April 8, 1968, several hundred residents of Wilmington, the largest city in the state of Delaware, marched through the streets in solemn remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., whose funeral was held the following day in Atlanta, Georgia. Roughly 1,500 mourned that day, as they streamed in from various corners of the city—including all the city’s high schools—to converge on Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington. As the day’s events came to an end, some mourners expressed their grief and rage in the same way that many across the country had since King’s assassination four days prior—they unleashed violence on the symbols and systems closest to them that had enacted violence against them and against Black America more broadly. This uprising did not end the way the others had. At its close, this city, in which African Americans constituted roughly 40% of the populace, came under a nine-month occupation, “the longest military occupation of a U.S. city since the Civil War.” READ: The 1968

Spike Lee, Nike, and Corporate Activism

By using Spike Lee as a marketing spokesman—both as an actor and director—Nike chose to align themselves with a dynamic young Black cultural producer who was seen to be unapologetically outspoken on the issue of race . Following his directorial debut, Lee released five films between 1988 and 1992, which provided incisive critical commentary on police brutality, job discrimination, interracial dating, and a variety of other concerns. The ending of his 1988 film Do The Right Thing, which depicted a white police officer suffocating a young Black man, prompted white reviewers to fret that the film could incite Black rioting. In interviews for leading newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Lee contended that racial inequality was “the issue of our time,” and implored readers to “wake up” to the continuing structural barriers faced by people of color across the country. READ: Spike Lee, Nike, and Corporate Activism – AAIHS

Elaine Massacre 1919 Arkansas

Blacks were slaughtered by whites in an episode forgotten by history books October 1, 2018 American streets ran with blood in 1919. In the small town of Elaine, Arkansas, racial tensions turned brutally violent after African-American sharecroppers tried to unionize. A staggering 237 people were estimated to be hunted down and killed in what is now known as the Elaine Massacre. The bloodbath made its way all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. This is “Dark History” by the New York Post. WATCH


With “Solace,” I am telling a story missing from the current landscape of cinema: Black teenagers dealing with disordered eating and self-harm. The film is about a 17 year-old orphan who is shipped off from New York to live with her estranged grandmother in Los Angeles. After struggling to navigate between her grandmother’s overbearing ways while living with a hidden eating disorder, she plots an escape with her rebellious teenage neighbors, one of whom she learns has a dark secret too: cutting. Despite being widely considered a white girl’s disease, eating disorders are something that acutely affects Black folks; this significant misrepresentation can be accredited to many of us feeling alone in the experience. Black teenagers are 50 percent more likely than white teenagers to exhibit bulimic behavior, such as binging and purging. READ: Guest Post: How I Sought to Improve Black Representation with My First Feature “Solace” | Women and Hollywood

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“Politicians, Priests, and psychiatrists often face the same problem: how to find the most rapid and permanent means of changing a man’s belief…The problem of the doctor and his nervously ill patient, and that of the religious leader who sets out to gain and hold new converts, has now become the problem of whole groups of nations, who wish not only to confirm certain political beliefs within their boundaries, but to proselytize the outside world.” – William Sargant “Battle of the Mind”

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