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NewBlackMan: The “Reasonable Fear” of a Black Male: The Trayvon Martin Tragedy

NewBlackMan: The “Reasonable Fear” of a Black Male: The Trayvon Martin Tragedy | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Michelle Alexander, in New Jim Crow, argues that the institutionalization and saturation of mass incarceration has created a society where the “prison label” and the stigma of criminality “exists whether or not one has been formally branded a criminal: “In this way, the stigma of race has become the stigma of criminality. Throughout the criminal justice system, as well as in our schools and public spaces, young + black + male is equated with reasonable suspicion, justifying arrest, interrogation, search and detention of thousands of African Americans every year” (p. 194). Trayvon Martin is clearly evidence of this reality not only in his murder but also in the handling of the struggle for justice in his name. From Sean Bell to Oscar Grant, from Emmett Till to Robbie Tolan, it is all too familiar story, one that hopefully offers a different ending: JUSTICE."

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'I don't understand why this man has not been arrested'

'I don't understand why this man has not been arrested' | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

A witness says that the claim of self-defense is bunk:

“I heard someone crying – not boo-hoo crying, but scared or terrified or hurt maybe,” said Mary Cutcher, 31. “To me, it was a child...”

 

“This was not self defense...We heard no fighting, no wrestling, no punching. We heard a boy crying. As soon as the shot went off, it stopped, which tells me it was the child crying. If it had been Zimmerman crying, it wouldn’t have stopped. If you’re hurting, you’re hurting.”

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The Criminalization of Black Men & Slavery By Another Name via Is That Your Child

The Criminalization of Black Men & Slavery By Another Name via Is That Your Child | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

As I sit here watching the PBS documentary adaptation of the book Slavery By Another Name, I see the clear line from those times of terror for black people to the present day and the death of Trayvon Martin. I don't think that it can be said enough that history does not occur in a vacuum and that our past defines our present and our future. We cannot afford as a nation to continue forward, letting more centuries pass without addressing the institutionalization of white supremacy.

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Free Write: Apology To My Brown Boy

About ten years ago, a  few years before I became a mother, I wrote a poem called Apology To My Unborn about my fears for my then unborn son. My son is now 5 years old and has been asking me about...
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Brian Kent - I'll Find A Way Music Video

"In a time when people are struggling to find their own identity, this video speaks to stripping labels, being who you are, anti-bullying and recognizing in the end, we're all human and here together."

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Toni Morrison Takes White Supremacy To Task

"Few intellectuals have waged a public battle against white supremacy and patriarchy like Toni Morrison. Morrison has both examined and challenged systems of domination throughout her intellectual life. With her novels, essays, and interviews she has taken critical looks at the interlocking systems of race and gender oppression. In this interview she is asked by PBS's Charlie Rose what it is like for her to encounter racism. In true Morrison fashion she turns the question on its head, and places the onus for explaining racism back into the hands of White people. She asks Rose what he thinks of racism, why do Whites hold onto, and what are they going to do about it ending it. She rejects the notion that racism is simply something that Black people must grapple with, insisting, demanding, that White people also grapple with it. Fearless. Brilliant. Powerful."

 

Full Interview:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2790851242454573240#docid=4593061045941294502

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Trayvon Martin: When Clothing Becomes Criminal

Trayvon Martin: When Clothing Becomes Criminal | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"But the Ku Klux Klan wears hoods."

 

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Iraqi woman severely beaten in Calif. home dies

Iraqi woman severely beaten in Calif. home dies | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A 32-year-old woman from Iraq who was found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying "go back to your country" died on Saturday.
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Stop Racism, Not Hoodies — A Message to Geraldo Rivera

Stop Racism, Not Hoodies — A Message to Geraldo Rivera | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
As a member of the media, Geraldo Rivera is ethically obligated to challenge the stereotypes that led to a murder, not perpetuate them.
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American Harvest (2008)

American Harvest (2008) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Directed by Angelo Mancuso. Anti-immigration sentiment sweeps across America. A journey from Florida to New York, including a trip to the Mexican border...
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A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 - by Isao Hashimoto

"Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

 

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming."

 

http://www.ctbto.org/specials/1945-1998-by-isao-hashimoto/

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Education Not Incarceration for Young Men of Color

Education Not Incarceration for Young Men of Color | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The future of California depends on the brainpower of the next generation. We cannot march victorious into the future without our young men. It is time to turn the page.
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Heat don hoodies in response to death of teen

The Miami Heat have posted photos of themselves in hoodies in response to the death of a black teenager shot by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer.
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Trayvon Martin Killing's Youngest Witness, 13, Still Can Hear The Screams

Trayvon Martin Killing's Youngest Witness, 13, Still Can Hear The Screams | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
SANFORD, Fla. -- Austin McLendon hasn't been the same since that night three Sundays ago when Trayvon Martin was killed. His mother says he's been arguing with his siblings more than usual.
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Trayvon Martin Case: Why it Has EVERYTHING To Do With Race

Trayvon Martin Case: Why it Has EVERYTHING To Do With Race | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Racially Charged Prejudices: A Breeding Ground for Preconceived Notions

 

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Examining the Jeremy Lin Phenomenon Through a Critical Lens Erica Chito Childs / Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center | Flow

Examining the Jeremy Lin Phenomenon Through a Critical Lens Erica Chito Childs / Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center | Flow | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Immigration practices and laws were intricately tied to constructions of Asian men and women. Since Asian immigration was largely used as a tool for cheap labor recruitment of Asian males, who were viewed as “temporary individual units of labor rather than as members of family groups,” the immigration of Asian women was restricted.3 These restrictions also served to desexualize Asian men, as they were denied the ability to have families, constructed as asexual and non-masculine, and the Asian American population was minimized.4

 

While being characterized as asexual and feminine, the legal exclusion of Asians through various immigration acts affected Asian American communities until the eventual abolishment of “national origins” as a basis for quotas with immigration in 1965. Asian men were unable to start families because immigration laws banned the immigration of most Asian women and anti-miscegenation laws prohibited men of color from marrying white women. Accompanying the structural factors preventing Asian men from marrying, cultural narratives characterized Asian men as hypo-masculine and sexually deviant, eunuchs and rapists.

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A Teachable Racial Moment: Why Do Black Folks Stick Together?

A Teachable Racial Moment: Why Do Black Folks Stick Together? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"...the common heritage that most Black folks in this country share leads to what is called
“linked fate” among African Americans, a term explored in Michael C. Dawson’s book, Behind
the Mule: Race and Class in African American Politics. Linked fate means that, for many
African Americans, what happens to a Black individual is felt by many in the “racial” group,
whether that event is joyous or tragic.

 

This does not mean that others individuals who aren’t Black can’t feel joy or sorrow at
these events, but it does mean that Black folks feel particular emotions, as if the event
impacted our own families. Linked fate means that I consider forty million people to be
literal brothers and sisters."

 

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Trayvon Martin and Life Lessons for Young Black Boys - Chauncey DeVega - Open Salon

Trayvon Martin and Life Lessons for Young Black Boys - Chauncey DeVega - Open Salon | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"the police are operating from a position where a young African American is presumed "guilty," and his murderer is assumed innocent.

 

Cornel West famously suggested that all black children are "niggerized" at some point in their upbringing.

 

Black people are treated as adults even when they are minors. In the courts, black young people are disproportionately subjected to punishments which are typically meted out to adults. As research has repeatedly demonstrated, to be young and black is to be an adult for purposes of arrest, the gas chamber, or imprisonment.

 

...a parent is committing malpractice if they do not give their progeny the spiritual, emotional, philosophical, and personal armor to deal with the realities of white supremacy."

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Dick Gregory on the killing of Trayvon Martin

Legendary civil rights activist Richard Dick Gregory speaking about the racist crime that killed Trayvon Martin.

 

Thousands of people gathered today March 24th. at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17 y.o. teenager killed 27 days ago in Sanford, Florida in a racist crime.

 

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http://carlosqc.blogspot.com/2012/03/rally-for-trayvon-martin-in-washington.html

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"El Librotraficante" Tony Diaz Defies Ethnic Studies Book Ban With Caravan to Arizona

"Self-described book smuggler Tony Diaz, nicknamed "El Librotraficante", is set to launch a small caravan to bring carloads of controversial books into Arizona that were recently banned by public school officials in Tucson after the city suspended its acclaimed Mexican-American Studies program due to a state ban on the teaching of ethnic studies. "When Arizona tried to erase our history, we decided to make more," Diaz says. "We've unleashed this informal network that's galvanized into a national movement... People are forming groups to read the books that have been confiscated. They have actually brought so much attention to our community that I think right now we really are on the verge of a Latino Renaissance."

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When a White Boy Wears A Hoodie

When a White Boy Wears A Hoodie | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"My son wears a hoodie every single day to school. It is far from time for the white, right-wing to drop this act of victimhood in the American stories of racial inequality. It is embarrassing. It is ignorant."

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The Harvest/La Cosecha (2011)

The Harvest/La Cosecha (2011) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Directed by U. Roberto Romano. The story of the children who work 12-14 hour days in the fields without the protection of child labor laws. These children are not toiling in the fields in some far away land."

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Beat anti-gay activists at their own game

Beat anti-gay activists at their own game | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Starbucks stood up for gay rights, and now the Nat'l Organization for Marriage is threatening them with a right-wing boycott in 55 countries. Can we get a ton more people to thank Starbucks as NOM Is getting to boycott them?
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Trayvon Martin, my son, and the Black Male Code

Trayvon Martin, my son, and the Black Male Code | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"I thought my son would be much older before I had to tell him about the Black Male Code. He's only 12, still sleeping with stuffed animals, still afraid of the dark."

 

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Voices of L.A.'s Young Men

On Friday March 2nd, dozens of young men described the challenges they face to success before the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys ...
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