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How The Death Of A 12-Year-Old Changed The City Of Dallas : NPR

How The Death Of A 12-Year-Old Changed The City Of Dallas : NPR | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Forty years ago, a white police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was handcuffed in a police car. Santos Rodriguez's death sparked outrage and spurred changes in the city's police force.
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George Stinney

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George Stinney, Jr (1929-1944), at age 14, was the youngest person in America to be executed since the 1800s.

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The murder trial a month later lasted less than three hours. The courthouse was standing room only, no blacks allowed.

 

Charles Plowden, Stinney’s court-appointed lawyer was a white tax lawyer. Plowden:

did not ask for a change of venue;did not cross-examine witnesses;did not call any witnesses;did not appeal.

Plowden’s whole defence was that Stinney was too young to be tried as an adult. Wrong: 14 was old enough according to South Carolina law.

The jury of 12 white men took 10 minutes to find Stinney “guilty with no recommendation for mercy”.

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President Obama: “We need to do some soul-searching” :: racismreview.com

President Obama: “We need to do some soul-searching” :: racismreview.com | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"A quick survey of the landscape of contemporary U.S. memoirs, there are quite a few that take on this task of soul-searching around race, including James McBride’s The Color of Water, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle, June Cross’ Secret Daughter and Michelle Norris’ The Grace of Silence."

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Three Stages of Understanding Race

Three Stages of Understanding Race | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Here are the three stages of understanding race, simplified. 

1. In biology we are taught - race is biological

2. In sociology we are taught - race is a social and demographic construct

3. Maturity - call race what you want, but note that when our interpretations confront the world, we need to get real. We have real communities to grow up in, and serious racial issues to tackle. 


* Racism * Privilege 
* Stereotyping / Prejudice / Profiling* Xenophobia / Hate crimes* Segregation / Desegregation  * Integration / Immigration * Pluralism / Intersectionality / Community* Affirmative Action / Reparations* Prison Industrial Complex / War on Drugs / Stop-n-Frisk / New Jim Crow

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shelby's curator insight, January 28, 11:17 PM

MODULE 2

In biology we are taught that race is biological.

In sociology we are taught that race is a social construct.

These racial issues on stereotyping is an important issue that everyone needs to understand.

Alison J. Garrow's curator insight, March 23, 8:30 PM

Module 5 -

 

With looking at the three stages of understanding race I can definitely see where racial profiling comes in to play. When we were younger we were taught as the article says that race is biological. We were taught that a person was basically just born the way they were and not to judge them. When we take sociology we are taught that their are different classes of people so to speak. This I think and believe is where racial profiling and stereotypes were then created. We learn about the different things that people have been stereotyped in the past and they get repeated in today's time. Where if we weren't taught them and it was just left alone there is probably a good chance that most of the terms used today would become extinct and not used anymore. But I am sure new terms would come into play in this generation anyway.  When the third stage comes into play we have entered the maturity stage. This stage I think for me mainly you get to see the big picture of what is going on. You see the social construction of the generation you live in. You see all of the stereotypes and labels people are given and you then make your decision to follow the crowd or stand up for what you believe in. In the results of such things we bring about affirmative action, helping those that are discriminated against in the past and to an extent to today. These steps are what form America today and can either be discouraging or encouraging to change the future. 

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, May 11, 11:11 AM

LORD GOD WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR JUSTICE IS NOT DEFINED BY OR PER THE RACE OF THE PERSON BE THEY VICTIM OR ACCUSED YOUR GRACE AND MERCY IS THE SAME!

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Obama: "Trayvon Martin could have been me"

Obama: "Trayvon Martin could have been me" | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Obama:

 

"You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African-American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that – that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.

And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

 

And you know, I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear."

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Only 3 U.S. States Bother to Study How Sentencing Rules Affect Minorities

Only 3 U.S. States Bother to Study How Sentencing Rules Affect Minorities | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
How an idea borrowed from the environmental movement could help narrow racial disparities in the prison system.

Via Rexi44
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Timeline of Jordan Davis case

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A timeline in the case of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed while sitting in a vehicle at a Gate gas station on Jacksonville's Southside.
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The Cancer of Racism Thrives in America

The Cancer of Racism Thrives in America | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
For every person in this society to begin receiving a fair shake, each one of us has to become proactive in fighting on the side of right and not on the side of privilege.
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Did Trayvon's death have anything to do with race?

Did Trayvon's death have anything to do with race? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"We are dependent on the same group of people who got us into this to get us out of it" -Samori Camara

 

Cultural violence
Structural violence
Direct violence
Symbolic violence

 

"...knowing what Black people suffer in this country on an ongoing basis, you would think more white people would understand it is a bad thing, would want to fight against it, would show up because they want to make sure it doesn’t happen..."

 

- Click through for the whole article - 

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Same Sh*t, Different Decade: Trayvon Martin and the Politics of Race

Same Sh*t, Different Decade: Trayvon Martin and the Politics of Race | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
When the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial was announced on Saturday I turned off the TV and went to bed, emotionally exhausted. My exhaustion su
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FINALLY... A Mainstream Journalist Speaks Truth on the Trayvon Martin Travesty!

Journalist Martin Bashir spits some REAL truths and facts about the Trayvon Martin outcome! I applaud him for his honesty despite the "professional" backlash...
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'Trayvon, Redux,' by Rita Dove

'Trayvon, Redux,' by Rita Dove | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The former poet laureate penned a poem inspired by the teen's death and George Zimmerman's acquittal.
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My friend Nazanin found this. Thank you Nazanin!

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Justice 4 Trayvon Supporters Shut Down Multiple Freeways

Justice 4 Trayvon Supporters Shut Down Multiple Freeways | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Photos, Videos, Tweets

 

Oakland, LA, Houston

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Standing up (UNARMED) to the oppressive systemic racist industrial complex of the US

 

#Justice4Trayvon #NoJusticeNoPeace 

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Tucson Revives Mexican-American Studies Program : NPR

Tucson Revives Mexican-American Studies Program : NPR | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Tucson Unified School District is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program three years after it was banned by the state of Arizona.
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Who Gets to Be American?

Who Gets to Be American? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Remember Sebastien De La Cruz? He's that 11 year old Mexican American singer who performed the National Anthem to open game 3 of the NBA final in a traditio
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Smiley & West ~ Trayvon Martin | Keb'Mo

Smiley & West ~ Trayvon Martin | Keb'Mo | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Smiley and West reflect on the legal lynching in Florida and what it means for justice going forward.

Plus, blues guitarist Keb' Mo' traces his roots, from straight outta Compton to Nashville, via the Delta blues. 

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Florida man shoots neighbor in the face and tells police 'I only shot a ni**er'

Florida man shoots neighbor in the face and tells police 'I only shot a ni**er' | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
theGRIO REPORT - A Florida man arrested for shooting his neighbor in the face allegedly admitted his crime to police, with a strange excuse...
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from Aug 2012

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The Sensitivity of White People and the Problem of Race in America

The Sensitivity of White People and the Problem of Race in America | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"I refuse to accept that middle class white people who’ve inherited wealth their families accumulated with the help of racially exclusive government programs like the GI Bill deserve that privilege if it means accepting that people of color who inherit the poverty of parents who were excluded from those programs deserve to be impoverished. But that’s what this suggestion that everyone is equally to blame for racism suggests."

 

"…white people’s touchiness is a political problem. It blocks the kind of dialogue that is necessary to address structural racial inequity."

 

"Of course, to buy that, you have to accept that racial inequity still exists. If you do, the first step toward being part of the solution is to let go of all that touchiness. If you don’t believe that or don’t care, you’re reading the wrong blog."

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Gabby Calhoun talks to Dr. Boyce about the Police Beating She Suffered in June

Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Gabby Calhoun about the beating she took from the police
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John Henry Spooner, 76, found guilty in shooting death of 13-year-old

John Henry Spooner, 76, found guilty in shooting death of 13-year-old | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man who suspected his 13-year-old neighbor of breaking into his home and stealing weapons was convicted Wednesday of fatally shooting the boy...
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Fortress White America | The Nation

Fortress White America | The Nation | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"And there you have a succinct blueprint for the construction of Fortress White America: evict as many brown people as legally possible; build a wall to keep out the rest.
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Republicans repealed the 2009 Racial Justice Act, which allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentence if they can prove race was a factor in sentencing.
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One day, the ultimate victims of Republican efforts to build a whites-only party may be the Republicans. But for now, it is women, gays, minorities and poor people who are being royally screwed. As the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman reminded us, there is nothing more dangerous than a white man standing his ground in his own castle."

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Nazi Experiment Survivor Eva Mozes Kor Speaks at Clarkson University (YouTube Video Showing An Extraordinary Act Of Forgiveness)

Nazi Experiment Survivor Eva Mozes Kor Speaks at Clarkson University (YouTube Video Showing An Extraordinary Act Of Forgiveness) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor delivered a powerful message of forgiveness on October 8 at Clarkson University, while speaking before a large audience of students, faculty, staff and community me...
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Exclusive: Watch Woman Attack Lester Chambers Over Trayvon Martin Tribute

Exclusive: Watch Woman Attack Lester Chambers Over Trayvon Martin Tribute | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Fuse News captured exclusive footage of Lester Chambers, a member of soul-rock group the Chambers Brothers, being attacked onstage Saturday after dedicating a song to Trayvon Martin.
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so crazy #smh

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Marissa Alexander case in spotlight after Zimmerman trial

Marissa Alexander case in spotlight after Zimmerman trial | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Supporters say Marissa Alexander sentencing shows ingrained racism in Florida’s courts.

 

"Two Florida towns, 125 miles apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense."

 "Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her husband — against whom she had a protective order — and two stepsons. No one was injured, but she was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years."

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My friend Nazanin found this. Thank you Nazanin!

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Smiley & West - Dorothy Cotton of the SCLC

Smiley & West - Dorothy Cotton of the SCLC | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Dorothy Cotton, former education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, takes us to the front lines of the civil rights movement, then and now. 

Plus, Smiley and West reflect on President Obama's meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, the hunger strikes in Guantanamo and California, and the uprising/coup in Egypt.


Listen on PRI, Listen on Stitcher, Listen on iTunes
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