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The Burning House How not to say the wrong thing - LA Times When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan's colleagues. She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn't feel like having visitors, and she said so. Her colleague's response? "This isn't just about you." "It's not?" The same theme came up again when our friend Katie had a brain aneurysm. YEAR IN REVIEW: 10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages in 2013 This woman loves Katie, and she said what she did because the sight of Katie in this condition moved her so deeply. Susan has since developed a simple technique to help people avoid this mistake. Draw a circle. Here are the rules. Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings. When you are talking to a person in a ring smaller than yours, someone closer to the center of the crisis, the goal is to help. Comfort IN, dump OUT. Complaining to someone in a smaller ring than yours doesn't do either of you any good.

Historical Timeline of Public Education in the US | Race Forward 1647The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony decrees that every town of fifty families should have an elementary school and that every town of 100 families should have a Latin school. The goal is to ensure that Puritan children learn to read the Bible and receive basic information about their Calvinist religion. 1779Thomas Jefferson proposes a two-track educational system, with different tracks in his words for "the laboring and the learned." Scholarship would allow a very few of the laboring class to advance, Jefferson says, by "raking a few geniuses from the rubbish." 1785The Continental Congress (before the U.S. 1790Pennsylvania state constitution calls for free public education but only for poor children. 1805New York Public School Society formed by wealthy businessmen to provide education for poor children. 1817A petition presented in the Boston Town Meeting calls for establishing of a system of free public primary schools. 1845The United States annexes Texas. 1896Plessy v.

How to Talk Like a San Franciscan This article originally appeared on February 26, 1984. If you have spent any time in bookstores lately, you must have noticed that there are books on San Francisco's past, present and future; books that tell you where to eat, where to drink, where to drive, where to take a bus, where to stay, what to look at and even how to cook in the San Francisco style, whatever that is. But no book tells you how to act like a native San Franciscan, because it is widely assumed that the breed, if it ever existed, is extinct. One book, "San Francisco Free and Easy," subtitled "The Native's Guide Book," says on the first page, "San Franciscans are notorious newcomers. Another, written by a carpetbagger named John K. Fifteen years ago? A terrible thing has happened to native San Franciscans. The first thing to go is the language. The first lesson - learned at birth - is never to call it Frisco or San FRANcisco. It may also be called "Thecity", which is one word. Q: Whereya from? A: Here. Q: Oh yeah?

New York City teachers' strike of 1968 Albert Shanker The New York City teachers' strike of 1968 was a months-long confrontation between the new community-controlled school board in the largely black Ocean-Hill Brownsville section of Brooklyn and New York City’s United Federation of Teachers. The strike dragged on from May 1968 to November 1968, shutting down the public schools for a total of 36 days and increasing racial tensions between Blacks and Jews. Thousands of New York City teachers went on strike in 1968 when the school board of Ocean Hill–Brownsville abruptly dismissed a set of teachers and administrators. The newly created school district, in a mostly Black neighborhood, was an experiment in community control over schools—the dismissed workers were almost all white and Jewish. The United Federation of Teachers (UFT), led by Albert Shanker, demanded the teachers' reinstatement. Background[edit] Brownsville[edit] From the 1880s through the 1960s, Brownsville was predominantly Jewish and politically radical. Sincerely,

Voices from the Days of Slavery - Faces and Voices from the Presentation (American Memory from the Library of Congress) Approximately four million Americans enslaved in the United States were freed at the conclusion of the American Civil War. The stories of a few thousand have been passed on to future generations through word of mouth, diaries, letters, records, or written transcripts of interviews. Only twenty-six audio-recorded interviews of ex-slaves have been found. Fountain Hughes, Age 101 "You wasn't no more than a dog to some of them in them days. Read or listen to the rest of the narrative... Fountain Hughes, circa 1952. Top George Johnson, Age Unknown "I got my name from President Jeff Davis. Read or listen to the rest of the narrative... George Johnson, circa 1935. Uncle Bob Ledbetter, Age 72 or 73 "Yes sir, I know what's right and I tried my best to do what's right in everything I do." Read or listen to the rest of the narrative... Uncle Bob Ledbetter, October, 1940. Isom Moseley, Age 88 "Well now, they tell me it was a, a year before the folks knowed that, uh, they was free. Charlie Smith, 1976.

JUSTICE FOR RENISHA: From No Arrest to a Guilty Verdict (left) Theodore Wafer and Renisha McBride When 19-year-old Renisha McBride was shot in the face after knocking on a White man's door in suburban Detroit, I tweeted that her death would probably not mean as much to Black people as the then recent shooting of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell. I doubted aloud if her murder would mean as much as Trayvon Martin's, for whom we'd united to demand justice. I wasn't feeling particularly divisive, just resigned. Even though I lived in Detroit, where I was born, when Renisha was murdered, I didn't hear about her killing until days after the Dearborn Heights police department had deemed it unworthy of investigation. I remembered that I had power, reach and influence and I called a rally at the Dearborn Heights police department, demanding that they do their jobs and investigate Renisha McBride's killing. Though the story did gain national traction, not a single news agency would print Ted Wafer's name. We didn't always know the door was locked.

From Brooklyn to Bo-Kaap - Rolling Stone South Africa Music Exchange, one of South Africa's premier music, film, and entertainment conferences, was held in Cape Town's City Hall this weekend. The three-day conference, which describes itself as "a catalyst between the artistically anchored worlds of entertainment, film, music, and academia," welcomed critically-acclaimed and commercially successful U.S. Hip Hop recording artist and actor Mos Def (a.k.a. Yasiin Bey). After being born in New York City in 1973—and living in Brooklyn for 33 years of his life—Mos Def left "The City That Never Sleeps" (New York) to take up residence in "The Mother City" (Cape Town). Can you give people in Cape Town a sense of what it was like growing up for you in New York City? I was born in Brooklyn, New York City. [When I was a teenager], New York City was a crazy place. What do you mean it was a different time? What are some of your earliest Hip Hop or artistic memories? And then, I heard "Planet Rock," by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force. H.

Looking at Black Males in America Through Charts Thanks to the Internet, there’s no shortage of graphic images that can illustrate almost any statistic that we can come up with. So lucky for us, since African Americans are so well analyzed in this country, there are charts that can explain where Black males stand on achievement and opportunity that point out to us where we’re going. RELATED: The School-to-Prison Pipeline: How Our Educational System Creates Inmates Looking around, you can find some interesting figures, not that you have to believe everything you read, but many are backed up with sound scientific data and a lot of it can change your perception of where Black people, particularly males, stand. The chart below was created by Ivory A. This Bureau of Labor Statistics graph shows us a clear view of where Black males are most likely to be employed. And this directly correlates to Black boy mobility. …and where Black men and boys wind up shows a significant difference. So how does this look on a nationwide map?

Angela Davis & Toni Morrison / How do we become whole ... after traumas that threaten to splinter our souls?: On literacy, libraries, & liberation » onlineJournal | The Liberator Magazine “Write it down, girl. Tell everyone how much it hurts. Sharing will make it easier to bear.” -Terri L. Jewell How do we become whole -- again, or perhaps for the first time -- after experiencing traumas that threaten to splinter our souls? The road to recovery is meandering. The connective tissue here is the idea that each of us is, in varying degrees, caged by the wreckage of our past, and sometimes, our present. LIVE from the NYPL: Angela Davis and Toni Morrison: Literacy, Libraries, and Liberation Toni Morrison: We’re just talking, ooh. Angela Davis: We’re talking about [Frederick] Douglass, libraries -- Toni Morrison: Literacy -- Angela Davis: Literacy and liberation. Toni Morrison: Yes, absolutely. And my documentation for this, Angela. Angela Davis: I actually wanted to begin on that theme by talking a bit about the inaccessibility of libraries, and I’m thinking about my own childhood, when I saw this incredible building in Birmingham, Alabama, made out of Indiana limestone.

How One Bad Perm Launched A Natural Hair Company Ten years ago, a bad relaxer led a teen girl to launch her own natural hair product company. Jasmine Lawrence appeared on “The Oprah Show” back in 2007. She told the story of how a bad hair experience encouraged her to never use harsh chemicals again and, eventually, create her own line of natural products. {*style:<i>*}“This year… EDEN BodyWorks turns 10 years old,” Jasmine says in the above video.

A South African’s guide to when it’s okay to call Nelson Mandela ‘Madiba’ By Max Fisher December 9, 2013 (Gareth Davies/Getty Images) For many years, South Africans have affectionately referred to Nelson Mandela by his traditional Xhosa clan name, "Madiba." Naturally, since Mandela's passing on Thursday, people around the world have started using "Madiba" as well. After I joked on Facebook that white Americans often refer to Mandela as "Madiba" because of their close links to traditional Xhosa culture, reader Jaclyn Schiff and her husband responded by trying to sincerely answer the question: When is it appropriate for someone to use "Madiba"? Schiff and her husband, the journalist Menachem Wecker, put together this list of 15 criteria; they suggest that someone should meet at least one of these before deploying Mandela's nickname. 1. It's a good list. 1. 2. 3.

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Campaign Tackles How The Media Portray Black Victims of Shootings You can always count on mainstream media to pick and choose what they think are the scariest pictures of you they can find, even if you're the victim of the shooting. Remember how they portrayed Trayvon Martin as a thug, conveniently forgetting to show us regular pictures of him and focusing on his grill, hoodie, weed, etc.? More recently they did the same with Mike Brown, who was shot dead by the Ferguson, Missouri police. Fortunately, activists and every day people took to the Internet for a #IfTheyGunnedMeDown campaign. A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences : NPR Ed The design firm Pop Chart Lab has taken the first lines of famous novels and diagrammed those sentences. This one shows the opening of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Pop Chart Lab When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. And while it was once commonplace, many people today don't even know what it is. So let's start with the basics. "It's a fairly simple idea," says Kitty Burns Florey, the author of Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences. I asked her to show me, and for an example she used the first sentence she recalls diagramming: "The dog barked." "By drawing a line and writing 'dog' on the left side of the line and 'barked' on the right side of the line and separating them with a little vertical line, we could see that 'dog' was the subject of the sentence and 'barked' was the predicate or the verb," she explains.