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Reputation And The Economy Explain Why Latinos In St. Louis Are Comparatively Few | St. Louis Public Radio. At Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in St. Ann, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is cause for major celebration. The north St. Louis County church honored the patron saint of Mexico last month with a special mass attended by more than 300 people, many of them Hispanic. When the church bell struck noon, the parishioners processed around the church with an icon of the patron saint, singing songs in Spanish, led by a mariachi band.

Inside the sanctuary, dancers in red moved to the beat of a drum, and the priest gave a blessing to the children. Hispanics make up one of the largest ethnic groups in St. St. For the feast day crowd at Holy Trinity, family and economic opportunity seem to be the twin ties that drew people to the region. Field worker Jose Sanchez, for example, said he moved to St. “Why do I live in St. At a table nearby, Alberto Cortez said his family lives in St. “We’ve seen that it’s a very pretty place to live,” Cortez said in Spanish. Drive 18 miles south of St. Cheap Scots and Disappearing Stereotypes. Flashback Friday. A website called Found in Mom’s Basement posted this vintage toilet paper ad that plays on the stereotype that Scottish people are cheap. From the post: Although the stereotype of the cheap Scotsman isn’t as widely known in the U.S. today, going back a few decades it was an ethnic stereotype that was used freely, often making the Scots the butt of jokes.

The post has links to other examples, such as the Studebaker Scotsman, a low-cost, minimal-options car: For a more recent example, we have McFrugal, a hardware site (now down): A reader, Julia, noted that Scotch tape was named that because: it originally had adhesive only on the edges of the tape. The Scots-are-cheap stereotype is a great example of how ethnic stereotypes can lose their power. Obviously, though, it used to be a very common, widely-recognized notion. Leonard Nimoy On Mr. Spock's Jewish Heritage : Code Switch. Leonard Nimoy said that Mr. Spock was "an alien everywhere he went. " Jordan Strauss/AP hide caption itoggle caption Jordan Strauss/AP Leonard Nimoy said that Mr. Jordan Strauss/AP Leonard Nimoy, the beloved actor who played Mr.

But we wanted to share this video of Nimoy from the Yiddish Book Center, in which he recalls his early life. 'Spock is an alien, wherever he is. Nimoy goes on to say that the iconic "live long and prosper" salute that he created for the character was remixed from a Jewish benediction ritual: Ldnu5rgiWf1qe5m70o1_r2_500. About Autism | Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Autism is a neurological variation that occurs in about one percent of the population and is classified as a developmental disability. Although it may be more common than previously thought, it is not a new condition and exists in all parts of the world, in both children and adults of all ages. The terms “Autistic” and “autism spectrum” often are used to refer inclusively to people who have an official diagnosis on the autism spectrum or who self-identify with the Autistic community.

While all Autistics are as unique as any other human beings, they share some characteristics typical of autism in common. 1. Different sensory experiences. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Autism is diagnosed based on observation by a diagnostician or team of diagnosticians (e.g. neuropsychologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed clinical social worker, etc.). This material was adapted with permission from the What Is Autism? I am. I am. I am. - Autism Speaks Masterpost (new! Updated 6/20/14) - Autism Speaks Masterpost (new! Updated 6/20/14) There Was A History Of Race Based Violent Attacks | Hate In America | Investigation Discovery.

Telling Tales: Narratives About Black Men and Obesity | IJFAB Blog. Rebecca Kukla and Sarah Richardson recently published a piece in The Huffington Post, “Eric Garner and the Value of Black Obese Bodies,” in which they examined a seeming paradox revealed in the cases of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and 12-year old Tamir Rice. I seek here to add additional context regarding medicalization, narratives about black bodies, and how those bodies function as “public texts” (in Karla Holloway’s words), texts which tell tales. Though this conversation will focus on black men’s bodies, there is much to be said about how black women’s bodies are read by the public and by police. Bodies tell tales, and black bodies tell particular tales. Of course, these tales are not necessarily true or helpful. Let us begin with Kukla and Richardson’s piece. There are three sets of images. On the upper left, three stages of the fatal encounter between Eric Garner and police.

Consider the 1983 Supreme Court case of Los Angeles vs. The image shows a copy of a page from Dr. Black Men's Jail Time Hits Entire Communities. Am I Demanding Violence? | Let Our Voices Echo. Thank you Rudy TwoMoonFollow @OurVoicesEcho Some people make the fraudulent claim I’m demanding violence because I believe we should burn down pesticide GMO crops, or destroy fluoride distribution centers so water can go through untouched. I say we must destroy Monsanto, Cargil, Dow, etc. by hand, and have the right to return fire at cops. Some people love to take my words and call them “violence” when the point I am making is “self-defense”. Never in the history of our has a law been written which protects us from these law forces.

If a company or officer is found guilty of a crime, they get a wrist slap while we go to prison for years and years, because we had the audacity to protect our water, land, air, and rights. Many of us may not have a physical gun pointed at our head at this moment, so we can pretend we aren’t an invaded people.

If some people wish to “imagine” the reality is any other way, we are truly doomed. We have the right to: Cattle herding… Follow @OurVoicesEcho Like this: Putting Casual Racism on Trial. During her now-infamous CNN appearance, Zimmerman case Juror B37 made clear that, in her opinion, most people would have reacted the way that George Zimmerman did the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. If she meant that a good number of people would perceive the black male teenager being followed as the aggressor rather than an innocent kid walking home from the store, she might actually be right.

That’s because most people unconsciously employ what’s called implicit bias—an automatic negative perception of some people, along racial lines. In an era when overt racism is stigmatized, people are reluctant to admit to their prejudices, not only to one another but also to themselves. That stigma makes it even harder to grapple with the prospect of hidden racial bias. But research shows that denying or pretending that deep-seated racism doesn’t exist ultimately serves to intensify the problem If you don’t believe it, try taking an implicit bias test.

My Son Is Black. With Autism. And I’m Scared Of What The Police Will Do To Him. | Let Our Voices Echo. Thank you David Dennis Jr. Two months ago, my wife and I sat in the Marcus Autism Center’s exam room and heard the doctors tell us our son, Langston, had Autism Spectrum Disorder. I can’t articulate how I felt then because now, even weeks removed, I can barely articulate how I’m feeling now as I type these words. Mostly, on the drive home, I vacillated between worst-case scenario panic and optimism that everything will be okay. However, at some point on the way home I started thinking about what would happen if my son came in contact with a police officer, and I began to break down. Autism is a disorder characterized by social interaction difficulties, verbal and nonverbal communication issues and a penchant for repetitive movements. I’m not particularly scared or worried about him in terms of his autism anymore. Every time therapists or specialists see Langston, they show amazement at the fact he’s been diagnosed with autism because he’s so social.

Like this: Like Loading... Kendrick Lamar’s Blacker the Berry: Track Review. Yesterday brought the greatest musical gift of the year so far: a new Kendrick Lamar song! It’s called “The Blacker the Berry,” and it’s a striking piece of work, built around verses that provide an unflinchingly bleak assessment of race relations in America circa 2015. It’s related in the first person, and at first listen it seems to stand in direct contrast to the upbeat nature of “i,” the first single from his still untitled third record. Where that song was defiantly positive, based around the repeated assertion that “I love myself,” this track seethes with anger and resentment. As ever with Lamar, though, “The Blacker the Berry” is more nuanced than it seems on first listen. There’s certainly plenty of violence and destruction to reflect on here, and the song’s shot through with a visceral anger at its ultimate source: the way that the structure of American society continues to oppress African Americans.

Kim Crosby - Latest - THE AFRICANA: Language, Power, Privilege and Discourse  Why Grammatical Prescriptivism Reasserts a Bigoted Status Quo gram·mar (noun) /ˈgramər/ 1. [mass noun] The whole system and structure of a language or of languages in general, usually taken as consisting of syntax and morphology (including inflections) and sometimes also phonology and semantics. In the fields of critical theory and postcolonial studies, it has been established that the systems of oppression used by the colonizer rely on an “order” that employs binaries such as black/white, self/other, and civilized/savage – “a deep structure which regulates and legitimates imperial practices” (Imperialism, History, Writing and Theory, Tuhiwai Smith). Concepts: Michel Foucault’s conceptual framework of discursive practice is an essential analytical tool in understanding the power relations at work behind seemingly innocuous disciplines as broad and all-encompassing as language.

If competing political rhetoric (e.g. Real World Contexts: Whitney: Sister Can’t Fly On One Wing | The New Civil Rights Movement. Perhaps the drugs were Whitney Houston’s “black” scream, the expression of her rage at the dichotomy between the truth of her life and what we were watching onstage. “Did Whitney Houston die from drug addiction or from co-dependency?” There are some people who may feel that asking a question like this so close to Whitney Houston’s passing is disrespectful and an act of betrayal. I might agree with them. But celebrity is a curious thing. When people reach Whitney’s height of fame their lives become archetypal, like a prism that we turn in different directions; in the refracted light we see our own stories, our failures and triumphs.

Hours after the news had become public, the paper, news channels and Internet were flooded with tributes to one of the most famous singers of all time and how much she will be missed, even by fellow performers who competed ferociously with her. I remember in the late 80s feeling especially exasperated at Whitney, or the people who were advising her. Friends: Sexual Relations Between Elite White Women and Enslaved Men in the Antebellum South: A Socio-Historical Analysis. According to one historian, “few scholars… have viewed the relationships of enslaved men and free white women through the lens of sexual abuse in part because of gendered assumptions about sexual power” (Foster, p. 459).

This is in keeping with both the standard feminist conceptualization of rape as a tool of patriarchal oppression as well as the traditional (un-feminist) notion of women as too weak, emotionally and physically, to commit serious crimes, let alone sexual abuse, and the idea that men cannot be raped (Bourke, 2007, pp. 219, 328). However, it is becoming increasingly clear that women, too, are capable of committing sexual offenses and using sex as a means of domination and control (Bourke, pp. 209-248). Indeed, there is considerable documentation of white women coercing black men into having sex. According to Captain Richard J.

In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1867), Jacobs mentions how planters’ daughters would take advantage of male slaves. Ball, Charles. 1.) 2.) The Deep Racial Divide Between White and Black Evangelical Christians. Though minority and white evangelical Protestants have more in common than any other Christian groups, they are deeply divided on matters of race and justice. Carlo Allegri/Reuters Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace; This holy tide of Christmas Doth bring redeeming grace —God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman This week, approximately nine in 10 Americans will celebrate Christmas, in a wide variety of ways. Among Christians, the two groups who share the most in their approach to Christmas celebrations are white and minority evangelical Protestants. These shared Christmas practices are a part of the remarkably similar religious worlds of black and white evangelical Protestants.

Moreover, these divergent attitudes are not limited to the criminal-justice system. Diversity In Space: Tracking The First Asian Pilot In The Star Wars Movies : Code Switch. "There's ... too many of them," a Y-wing pilot says as Imperial ships overwhelm the Rebel fleet in the climactic space battle in Return of the Jedi. This scene is important because we've just learned that the Rebels have been lured to the forest moon Endor by the Emperor — it's a trap! It's also important for another reason: This is the first line spoken by an Asian character in the original Star Wars movies. Lieutenant Telsij of Return of the Jedi is one of just a handful of Asian characters in the Star Wars film series. Lucasfilm hide caption itoggle caption Lucasfilm Lieutenant Telsij of Return of the Jedi is one of just a handful of Asian characters in the Star Wars film series.

Lucasfilm Later comes the final line spoken by an Asian character in those films: "I'm hit! " So who is this Asian Rebel pilot? First off, the role is uncredited, and while there are assorted Rebel pilots listed in the cast, none fits the description. "That figure is a mess," Chee says. So that's that, right? Question From the Inside. "Black/Asian Solidarity" Readings | baritonepats_tumblr. Why discriminate if it doesn’t profit? Being Bigoted Isn't Being Brave (On "Political Correctness" As A Pejorative) (with tweets) · thetrudz. 8 Responses to Common Pop Culture Arguments About Offensiveness | Opine Season. Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre This is a re-worked version of an older piece from my blog; with the recent controversy over Miss Saigon at the Ordway, the continued pressure on the Washington NFL team to change its name, and the various Miley/Macklemore/Thicke fiascos, I thought it’d be a good time to update it.

Part of being passionate about art and culture is getting into arguments about art and culture. I’ve had my share, especially when it comes to the intersection of social justice and pop culture. What follows are eight rhetorical devices I’ve encountered in these arguments and why I don’t buy them. 1. 2. It’s also worth noting that finding something offensive isn’t always about “hurt feelings.” 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Further Reading: “Thanks for the Severed Head; You’ve Proved My Point” (at Native Appropriations) “Why Tonto Matters” (also at Native Appropriations; you should probably just bookmark that site) “What’s the Big Deal with Pop Culture, and Why Do You Keep Talking About It?” Like this: Why I am not Charlie. Test Yourself for Hidden Bias.

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