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5 Things Not To Do When Accused Of Racism: A Note To Paula Deen And The Rest of White America

5 Things Not To Do When Accused Of Racism: A Note To Paula Deen And The Rest of White America | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Okay, I know this subject has been beat to death but I need to go there one more time. Why? Because Paula Deen’s crying, pleading, borderline belligerent I is what I is, and I’m not changing play for forgiveness mirrors the way that too many white people react to accusations of racism. And that reaction is no small thing. It’s one of the obstacles to ending interpersonal racism which, as we know, is the justification for institutional racism and the perpetuation of racial inequality.

 

So, for white people who want to be good allies, here are five things not to do when accused of racism:"

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Migration is Beautiful

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"Artist and co-founder of CultureStrike, Favianna Rodriguez, created the “Migration is Beautiful” butterfly image. “The butterfly symbol was not my idea. Immigrant rights activists have seen the butterfly as a symbol of fluid and peaceful migration for generations. To me, the monarch butterfly represents the dignity and resilience of migrants, and the right that all living beings have to move freely. I believe that we shouldn’t allow our identity to be defined only by our suffering, nor by the actions that others have taken to devalue our families and our labor — rather, let us celebrate our beauty, pride, and resilience in the face of inequality and injustice.”


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Cops Refuse to Stop Chase Plowing Over Multiple Children, Killing Them During Neighborhood Pursuit

Cops Refuse to Stop Chase Plowing Over Multiple Children, Killing Them During Neighborhood Pursuit | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Detroit Police tore through a neighborhood during a car chase, continued even after killing two children and injuring more.
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Shaka Senghor: Why your worst deeds don't define you

In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, "a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol." Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn't. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all.

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Juneteenth

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Juneteenth (1865- ), short for June 19th, is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the US. It is not (yet) a national holiday. It is celebrated on or about June 19th by some (but not all) Blacks, especially in Texas, where it is a state holiday.

 

Juneteenth is the closest thing to a Black American independence day.

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Healing Race Relations with Lee Mun Wah [VIDEO]

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Since its founding in 1994, StirFry Seminars & Consulting has revolutionized the field of diversity through its internationally acclaimed documentary films and seminars. Millions of viewers worldwide have seen The Color of Fear, as well as many of the other groundbreaking films produced and directed by Lee Mun Wah, StirFry’s founder, CEO and Master Trainer. In 1995, Oprah Winfrey produced a one-hour special on Lee Mun Wah’s life and the impact of The Color of Fear.

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Lee Mun Wah describes how dialogs are better than panel discussions and how to acknowledge the person in front of you and stop playing devil's advocate.


Get your popcorn and drink. The video is about an hour.

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UFW President on death by heat in the fields settlement. June 11, 2015 #LatinosAreHuman

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#FarmWorkerRights


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What to do if you are stopped by the police

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There are some things you should and should not do if stopped by US police. You could still wind up dead or in prison, but, like with safety belts, they increase your odds considerably:


The Seven Commandments:

  1. Thou shalt remain calm.
  2. Thou shalt keep thy hands in plain view at all times. This is what got Oscar Grant killed. Even though they had searched him, they still thought he had a gun because they could not see his hands. This means you do not reach for anything, like ID or registration, till you are asked for it.
  3. Thou shalt not run. This gives them an excuse to arrest you. This was Freddie Gray’s mistake.
  4. Thou shalt not touch a police officer.
  5. Thou shalt not argue. Or bad mouth the police. If you disagree with something they are doing, state it in a calm way that is not confrontational.
  6. Thou shalt not resist arrest. Even if you think you are being arrested unfairly.
  7. Thou shalt not get out of the car unless requested. They will think you are either going to run or pull a gun on them. You should roll down the window all the way and, if dark, turn on the lights inside your car. If they ask you to get out of the car, then you should.


Key phrases:

  • “I would like to remain silent.” Everything you say to police – even what you say on the telephone at the police station – can be used against you in court. The less said the better. If they ask if you know why they stopped you, say, “No.” They are fishing for information.
  • “I do not consent to this search.” This may not stop a search, especially an illegal one, but it may help you in court later. There are exceptions, but generally speaking they cannot search you, your car or your house against you will without a warrant (ask to see it and check the address!). The main exceptions are if they arrest you or if they see you try to hide something or throw it away. If they think you are armed, they are allowed to pat you down.
  • “Can I leave?” They can detain you for a short period without arrest if they have reason to suspect you of a crime.
  • “I want an attorney.” – Say this if you are arrested and say it immediately. Till you talk to a lawyer tell police nothing except your name and address. If you cannot afford a lawyer, get a free one.


Documentation:
 Write down everything you can remember as soon as possible: time, place, police department, badge numbers, patrol car numbers, physical descriptions, etc. Take pictures of injuries. Ask for copies of your medical treatment files. Get names and telephone numbers of witnesses.

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Police are allowed by law to shoot to kill if they feel their life is in danger in any way. 


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Student Loan Debt Stratified by Race, Class

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It’s well known that graduating college students in recent years have faced student loan debt at unprecedented levels far exceeding that of previous generations of American graduates. Nonetheless, a new report released by the New York-based Demos public policy organization documents the patterns of debt along racial and class lines with Black, Latino, and low-income students taking out higher loans than Whites and more likely to drop out with significant debt.


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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Border Patrol Discrimination in Southern NM

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In our country we take for granted that we are presumed innocent until proven guilty. But in communities that span 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border,
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Amy Chua

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Amy Chua (1962- ), better known as Tiger Mom (born in the Year of the Tiger, no less), is an American law professor at Yale and a Chinese mother at home. She has written four books so far:


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Interesting person who has lived a privileged life and tries to explain away those living in poverty without acknowledging the reality of oppression. 
 

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Immigrants, Latinos Helped Drive Business Creation Last Year

Immigrants, Latinos Helped Drive Business Creation Last Year | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Immigrants helped boost business creation in 2014, index finds, while share of new Latino business owners also climbed.
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Black Eyed Peas - Bebot (Generation One)


Abagond has the translation :D


This is one of my favorite Black Eyed Peas songs even though I had only understood 'Chicken Adobo' and 'Filipino' :D


Thank you Abagond


A few emotional songs you know are important, even without knowing the language - this one and

* Roberto Darvin's - Fronteras - sung by Mili Bermejo


and


* Mercedes Sosa - Sólo le pido a Dios


My wife doesn't by a lot of music, but she bought CDs for these two artists - so good, and I bought all the Black Eyed Peas CDs :D


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Courageous Passenger Kenneth Smith Hailed As Hero After Tackling Gunman On Megabus

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A passenger on a Megabus that was heading north from Chicago has been hailed as a hero after he reportedly subdued an armed man who fired at least one shot minutes after the bus started its journey.


Kenneth Smith
, 28, told the Chicago Tribune that he had just settled into his seat late Tuesday when a loud noise resounded through the bus. Smith was traveling to Minneapolis to visit his 6-year-old son.


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Gunmen can be subdued without killing them. This passenger (with no bullet proof vest) subdued this gunman. 


Police have bullet proof vests and are still quick to pull the trigger on unarmed civilians. 


#DisarmThePolice 


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Bree Newsome

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Bree Newsome (1985?- ), an American film-maker and freedom fighter, said on Saturday June 27th 2015:

“This flag comes down today.”

At about 5.30am, with the help of fellow activist James Tyson, she climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina state capitol and took down the Confederate battle flag.

She gave as her reason:

“We removed the flag today because we can’t wait any longer. We can’t continue like this another day. It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality.”

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Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)

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Occasionally. Just occasionally. This nation achieves something truly profound. And right. LGBT people can marry. We can marry. Woohoo. Today is a day of democracy. A day of equality. A day of the future. Shame on the politicians and representatives of the government still voicing hate. Shame on those counties and states who are refusing to cooperate. Shame on the states trying to ban marriage completely. We historians are already writing about these events and your responses in history books. Hate loses. Love Wins.
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President Barack Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Brings Church to Its Feet By Singing "Amazing Grace" (FULL VIDEO)

President Barack Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Brings Church to Its Feet By Singing "Amazing Grace" (FULL VIDEO) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama continues to lead this country with class and heart, delivering a touching and emotional eulogy for state Senator and Reverend Clementa Pinckney, an unfortunate victim in the tragic shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week.  Obama spoke eloquently of the good works and commitment to community Pinckney had, and solemnly acknowledged by name each of the church members who lost their lives with Pinckney.  He then proceeded to talk about the history of the black church and the power of grace.


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Creased Film Explores Asian Eyelid Surgery

Creased Film Explores Asian Eyelid Surgery | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Eyelids. There’s not a more tricky topic when it comes to Asian beauty standards (except maybeskin color). So I was intrigued to find out that Seattle filmmaker Jade Justad, who is herself mixed-race Korean-white, is producing a short film called Creased, which focuses on a teenager’s interest in Asian eyelid surgery to attain the folded lids so prized by many. I recently had a chance to chat with Jade.


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NYC Approves Bill That Removes Felony Conviction Check Box From Job Applications

NYC Approves Bill That Removes Felony Conviction Check Box From Job Applications | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
New York City joins the ranks of 100+ cities and 17 states that prohibit companies from asking applicants about their criminal record before making a job offer.
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Documentary about Dr. Favianna Rodriguez's work nominated for an Emmy

Favianna Rodriguez is a visual artist and community organizer who merges her artistic practice with political activism. Through her bold, vivid artwork, she has become a leading voice in raising awareness about immigration, women's issues, globalization and economic injustice.


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61 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education, Many Schools Remain Separate And Unequal

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The following excerpt is taken from the Huffington Post’s May 17, 2015 article titled, “61 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education, Many Schools Remain Separate And Unequal.” 


Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many American schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provide an education that’s inferior to schools with large white populations.


The following graphs show some of these disparities:


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Angel Island

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The Angel Island Immigration Station (1910-1940), in the San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz, was the Ellis Island of the US west coast, the main place immigrants from Asia were processed to enter the country. It is infamous in Asian American circles.


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33 Senators Join Chorus of Voices Condemning Obama’s Family Detention Policies

33 Senators Join Chorus of Voices Condemning Obama’s Family Detention Policies | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
One third of the Senate has had enough of the Obama administration’s abusive imprisonment of vulnerable mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday, they wrote:
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Fresh Off the Boat - Review by Jefe

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A guest post by Jefe:


“Fresh Off the Boat”
 (2015– ) is a US television sitcom that features an Asian American main cast, the first since “All American Girl” (1994) starring Margaret Cho. It is pretty much “The Wonder Years” with Asian faces. Critics have largely praised the show.


It is inspired by a book, “Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir” (2013) by Eddie Huang,  a Taiwanese American lawyer and restauranteur.


Premise:
 Eddie Huang’s family moves from Washington, DC’s Chinatown to suburban Orlando, Florida in the mid 1990s to run a steakhouse. The family struggles with assimilation in their new environment while Eddie finds solace in hip hop.


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The Asian quota

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The Asian quota (1984?- ) is where some of the top universities in the US seem to limit the number of Asians they admit as students each year. This first became noticeable in the middle 1980s. It has become even more noticeable since 1996 when Proposition 209 ended race-based admissions in California.


For example, Berkeley, one of California’s top universities, was nearly half Asian by the early 2010s – about twice what it was in the early 1990s. Harvard, meanwhile, has stayed pretty much the same, despite the growing number of Asian American students. In 1993 it was 20.7% Asian. In 2014 its incoming class was 19.7% Asian. Most other Ivy League universities are less than 20% Asian.

What makes it even more suspicious is that from the 1920s to the 1940s some of these very same universities practised a quota limiting Jews.


Asian Americans are only 5% of the country, so 19.7% might seem more than fair. Yet many young Asians are the sons and daughters of the Asian brain drain that began in the 1960s. That means compared to most Americans they are more likely to go to university and more likely to do well on the SAT, the main test used for university admissions.


A 2004 study by sociologists Thomas Espenshade, Chang Y. Chung, and Joan L. Walling found that at top US universities:

“The bonus for African-American applicants is roughly equivalent to an extra 230 SAT points (on a 1600-point scale), to 185 points for Hispanics, 200 points for athletes, and 160 points for children of alumni. The Asian disadvantage is comparable to a loss of 50 SAT points.”

In 2012, the average Asian American SAT score was, you guessed it, 50 points higher than for Whites (on a 1600-point scale).


Keep in mind that not all Asian Americans are the same. That “average” hides the fact that it is an average between brain-drain Asians, refugee Asians and old-school Asians. After Berkeley ended affirmative action in 1996, its law school went for several years without any Filipino American students. Most Asian Americans who voted on Proposition 209 voted against it.

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Black Spring

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The Black Spring
 (2014- ) is the name some give to the current protests in the US by Blacks and others, especially those against police brutality.


It gets its name from how it is oddly like the Arab Spring
 of 2011 in

Egypt and elsewhere:

  1. Lack of human rights.
  2. High rates of poverty and unemployment that the government is doing little about.
  3. Use of Twitter and street protests.
  4. The government answering legitimate demands with a police crackdown. Go back to Step #1.


There is a difference
, though: in the US the protesters in Egypt were seen asheroes, while protesters in the US are ignored or called “thugs”, even by a Black president.


I date the beginning of the Black Spring to Ferguson in 2014.
 There were protests before that, like for Rekia Boyd and Kimani Gray, and huge ones for Trayvon Martin. 


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Police Sergeant and Dispatcher Arrested On Federal Charges

Police Sergeant and Dispatcher Arrested On Federal Charges | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Newtown, Connecticut is now added to cities where staff on its police force have been charged with committing crimes.

(Eventually, all the bad might just be rooted out and we can build trust.)


The investigation was called “Operation Juice Box.” It involved a ring of people who received shipments of steroids from China, and also conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. It took almost 2 months and involved wire and electronic surveillance. Federal law enforcement officers seized hundreds of vials of steroids, about 600 grams of raw testosterone powder, 350 grams of powder cocaine, and 4 long guns.


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Apparently some people get into 'law enforcement' to try to get above the law, rather than to enforce the law.


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