How black people can emotionally protect themselves in the age of #BlackLivesMatter. As the death of Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati is added to the list of shootings by police this year, The Post's Karen Attiah gives advice for how to emotionally cope. (Ashleigh Joplin/The Washington Post) “All of these police brutality videos on my feed are making me sick,” a black male friend of mine from college posted on Facebook recently, after Sandra Bland’s disturbing encounter with officer Brian Encinia in Waller, Tex., was caught on camera. Three days later, Bland was dead. It made many of us sick. Yet again, we have video of excessive police force being exacted on an unarmed black person.
We watch the footage because in America, for black people to have any hope that we might gain justice in the event of police brutality, we need to have video evidence of the violence. (Bigstock) While cellphones, social media and the #BlackLivesMatter movement have certainly helped to raise national awareness of racism and police brutality, it can literally hurt to watch these violent encounters. What white Christians need to know about the Black Lives Matter movement. Tell the Rev. Osagyefo Sekou what you think about young black people rioting in Ferguson, and he'll tell you what you think about Jesus.
Jesus, he told a packed auditorium at Warner Pacific College Monday night, was born to an unwed teenager in an unimportant part of an empire. He preached a vision for a kingdom where the poor and humble were empowered. He was killed by a system that silenced its dissenters. The pastor has spent much of the last year in the streets of Ferguson and Baltimore, where young, black protestors are articulating a vision of a kingdom where they are empowered. On Monday, Sekou joined Portland faith and activist leaders for a frank conversation about the role of Christians in the Black Lives Matter movement, a phrase they used to name the broader racial justice movement stirring nationwide. We've boiled the talk down to five major takeaways for white Christians. The talk included lessons for other groups as well, but we're going to keep it simple. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Bell_hooks-feminism_is_for_everybody. A changing Mission - Documentary - San Francisco Chronicle. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism - Mother to Son by Langston Hughes. Black Girls Should Matter, Too. In a classroom at the University of Pennsylvania, more than a dozen black girls and women gather on a recent Saturday afternoon. A simple game begins as an icebreaker for the workshop. “Stand up if your racial identity ever made anyone doubt your abilities,” the session’s leader says. Everyone stands. “Stand up if you’ve ever been told to act like a lady.” Across generations—from high-school students to professionals with salt-and-pepper hair—a common reality appears.
With a tone of resignation, Horton recalled a counselor who she said doubted her aptitude for an honors biology course. A mounting body of evidence suggests that black students across the country face daunting odds in their quest for an equitable education. Given the growing recognition that race and poverty hinder educational opportunity and outcomes, leaders ranging from policymakers to businesspeople have committed to tackling this crisis. The president’s crusade is spreading across the country. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young. Why Junot Diaz urges you to read more promiscuously - Home | q. In a rich and wide-ranging interview, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Diaz joins Shad to discuss his ongoing push for real diversity in the largely-white worlds of Western academia and literature.
The Dominican-American author also comments on the importance of idealism in young people, why there's always a struggle when you come from the margins, and why — in a world packed with advice for writers — he offers his advice to readers. "Drop down out of Instagram time, out of Facebook time. Drop down into a much more human rhythm," says Diaz, adding that, for the sake of our culture and our future, we all have to learn to slow down. "To read a book is to be in the slow zone of the human.
" Forget advice for writers. Junot Diaz has some pointers for readers. Cornel West's Rise and Fall by Michael Eric Dyson | The New Republic. Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned” is the best-known line from William Congreve’s The Mourning Bride. But I’m concerned with the phrase preceding it, which captures wrath in more universal terms: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned.” Even an angry Almighty can’t compete with mortals whose love turns to hate. Cornel West’s rage against President Barack Obama evokes that kind of venom. He has accused Obama of political minstrelsy, calling him a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface”; taunted him as a “brown-faced Clinton”; and derided him as a “neoliberal opportunist.”
In 2011, West and I were both speakers at a black newspaper conference in Chicago. During a private conversation, West asked how I escaped being dubbed an “Obama hater” when I was just as critical of the president as he was. West’s animus is longstanding, and only intermittently broken by bouts of calculated love. Yet West is, in my estimation, the most exciting black American scholar ever. Chart: State Marriage License and Blood Test Requirements. Most Prisoners Are Mentally Ill — The Atlantic. Occasionally policymakers and activists will talk about how the justice system needs to keep mentally ill people out of prisons. If it did that, prisons would be very empty indeed. A new Urban Institute report points out that more than half of all inmates in jails and state prisons have a mental illness of some kind: Percent of Inmates Who Have Mental or Mood Issues The most common problem is depression, followed by bipolar disorder. Types of Mental Issues Among State and Federal Inmates The numbers are even more stark when parsed by gender: 55 percent of male inmates in state prisons are mentally ill, but 73 percent of female inmates are.
An increasingly popular program might help thin the ranks of these sick, untreated inmates. For example, just last week Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania saw its first case processed in its newly created mental-health court. The courts aren't a cure-all: Two-thirds of them use jail time to punish noncompliance with treatment. ‘A Conversation With My Black Son’ Continue reading the main story Video Op-Docs By GEETA GANDBHIR and BLAIR FOSTER For generations, parents of black boys across the United States have rehearsed, dreaded and postponed “The Conversation.” But when their boys become teenagers, parents must choose whether or not to expose their sons to what it means to be a black man here.
This Op-Doc video is our attempt to explore this quandary, by listening to a variety of parents and the different ways they handle these sensitive discussions. We intend “A Conversation With My Black Son” to be the first in a series of videos that will foster discussions about the state of race relations in America. Op-Docs By GEETA GANDBHIR and BLAIR FOSTER For generations, parents of black boys across the United States have rehearsed, dreaded and postponed “The Conversation.” This Op-Doc video is our attempt to explore this quandary, by listening to a variety of parents and the different ways they handle these sensitive discussions. This foreigner's guide to Irish accents will give you a good laugh. Ear-gasmic sounds here. With St Patrick's Day fast approaching, we're certain that a huge amount of tourists will be flooding into the 32 counties as Irish people welcome them with open arms.
We always did wonder what it would be like though if we placed a foreigner into a bar in West Cork, Derry or Dublin? Would they be able to understand what the hell was being said? We doubt it, because even some Irish people would struggle to understand what's being said into their earholes. This bluffer's guide to the Irish accent might help them acclimatize though thanks to the good people at Facts.
How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders from going back to jail. Robert Barksdale steps in front of the students in an English class at Eastern High School, searching for some semblance of redemption. “For me, school is a treat because I never got to be in school, for real,” he begins. He always envisioned visiting a school to speak to students but was beginning to realize the pressures of standing in front of the classroom. He scans the room and says: “Y’all are a little intimidating.”
Barksdale was around their age when he chose the streets over school. By 16, he was arrested and convicted on armed robbery charges, the culmination of a series of ill-conceived attempts to be a man. Now, at 25, he is one. But after spending so many of his formative years behind bars, he wondered: What sort of man would he be? Phil Mosby, 26, hands out copies of a poem for the students to read. They were all teenagers then, charged as adults for their violent crimes. Over the past year, they finally came home. So they stick together.
He stops to collect himself. Triggered: Objects Mistaken For Guns | Youth Radio. Two seconds. That’s how much time it took Cleveland police officers to shoot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black boy who was carrying a toy gun in a park near his home earlier this year. The officers later said they mistook the toy for a real gun. Rice later died from his injuries. When Youth Radio students learned of Rice’s death, they had many questions. They were struck by how many times officers had mistaken objects for guns, and how many times the victims seemed to be young people of color. Young black males are 21 times more likely than white males to be shot dead by a police officer, according to a ProPublica analysis called Deadly Force in Black and White. Triggered is a project of Youth Radio Interactive, a team of young people and professional developers who co-create apps and interactive news content linked to Youth Radio’s reporting.
Stop it with the feminist whitesplaining. -- Fusion. Lord, protect me from the attentions of well-meaning white women. Yesterday afternoon, I watched with some satisfaction as talented Daily Show Correspondent/Comedian/It Girl Jessica Williams dressed down “The Billfold” writer Esther Bloom for her recklessly-delivered reactions to Williams’ admission that she doesn’t feel qualified to host the soon-to-be vacated The Daily Show. @shorterstory @TheBillfold Because you have personally decided, that I DON’T know myself- as a WOMAN you are saying that I need to lean in. — Jessica R.
Williams (@msjwilly) February 17, 2015 There’s no doubt that Bloom meant to be encouraging, but her comments were less constructive criticism, more boiling cauldron of feminist theory, casual racism, and misplaced causation. Last week, Forbes contributor Ruchika Tulshyan outlined the issues women of color face at work when we try to speak up: I know of what she speaks: The feminist sisterhood has attempted to whitesplain me as well. Hip-Hop Sampling - Copyright Criminals | The Arts.
#HistoricPOC Is the Powerful Illustration of Black History Month Everyone Needs to See. A new viral hashtag is shattering stereotypes about the way many Americans view Black History Month. #HistoricPOC, founded by #solidarityisforwhitewomen hashtag creator Mikki Kendall, has taken social media by storm this week. She created a platform to showcase the diversity of multiculturalism and race throughout America's history and prove that there is so much more for us to learn.
Understanding the power of the photograph, Kendall's goal in creating the hashtag was to try to dismantle the singular narrative of American history pervasive throughout both the media and the education system. "I have a history degree. I know that a lot of the problem of the way it is taught in schools," she told Quartz's Reniqua Allen. The democratic power of social media underlying this hashtag attests to the fact that there is no universal "history" but rather histories — most of which get lost or overlook in the telling of "American history.
" The hashtag has of course also gone viral on Tumblr: What the "Lumbersexual" Trend Really Says About Men in Society Today. Officially coined only a few months ago by blogs like Gear Junkie, America's latest incarnation of masculinity, the lumbersexual, is fundamentally a bearded hipster with a penchant for plaid, tattoos and cold brew — both coffee and beer.
Quickly sensationalized by countless media sites, from Gawker and BuzzFeed to Cosmo and Time, the lumbersexual actually says a lot about the state of masculinity in the 21st century. In fact, one might just wonder if this new cultural identity signifies a crisis in masculinity. This emergent male archetype, with its echoes of a rugged albeit bygone era, parodies aspects of heterosexual masculinity in extreme and even ridiculous ways, suggesting that the most celebrated manly characteristics are struggling to find a place in the 21st century. A parody of masculinity, or the real thing? This has led to some fascinating observations. Of course, lumbersexual is not the first male archetype to appropriate aspects of gay culture. And that thing is technology. Demographic analysis for "seriously" How Racism Created America's Chinatowns. Last month, a San Francisco tour guide was caught in a racist rant about the city's Chinatown, berating residents for "eating turtles and frogs" and for not assimilating into American culture.
There's an irony to these grievances, considering that Chinatowns in the U.S. sprang up in large part because of anti-Chinese racism, and because of legal barriers that prevented assimilation. At their height, there were dozens of Chinatowns, in big metro areas like Los Angeles and Chicago and in smaller cities like Cleveland and Oklahoma City. You might think of these neighborhoods as places to eat dim sum and buy knickknacks, but the reasons they initially formed are much more complex -- and political. Chinatown, San Francisco, late 19th century. Chinese immigrants congregated together in part because of intense anti-Chinese attacks. These immigrants were paid lower wages than white workers, who then blamed Chinese laborers for driving down pay and taking away jobs. San Francisco's Chinatown.
Cool at 13, Adrift at 23. 27 Badass Images Of Women Winning And Exercising The Right To Vote. In 1921, Missouri voters passed a ballot measure amending the state constitution to allow women to hold political office. This was also the first election after the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting all U.S. women the right to vote. The ability of women's votes to affect women's lives revealed itself instantly, and it's as pressing as ever in 2014. Women's reproductive rights are being threatened in three states with anti-abortion constitutional amendments on the ballot. The 2014 midterm elections will determine how policymakers approach social programs and the minimum wage, both of which stand to impact many more women than men. Women determined the outcome of the 2012 election, but new voting restrictions in 22 states could disproportionally impact women. Nobody called Susan B. Anthony a "Beyoncé voter" or implored Elizabeth Cady Stanton to bypass the polls and "get back on Tinder or Match.com.
" In that spirit, here are 27 images of women voting throughout history. Watch a woman perform Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” as a dramatic monologue. Liz Obert: Dualities looks at the hidden and visible worlds of people living with mental illness (PHOTOS). Woman Endures Endless Catcalls During 10 Hour Walk In NYC: Gothamist. Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns. If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white. “Hashtag Activism” | Black&Smart. Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson.
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