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Washington state Legislature approves 'Dream Act'

Washington state Legislature approves 'Dream Act' | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Washington state Legislature has given final approval to a measure to expand college financial aid to include students who were brought to the state illegally as children.
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Border Patrol agent shoots, kills migrant who threw rocks

Border Patrol agent shoots, kills migrant who threw rocks | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A U.S. Border Patrol agent has shot and killed an apparently undocumented migrant who allegedly threw rocks at the agent, striking his face, near San Diego.
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U.S. / Mexico border news sounds a lot like Palestine / Israel border news. 


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Dunn Trial Juror #4: We Voted 9-3 To Convict Him Of 1st-Degree Murder

Dunn Trial Juror #4: We Voted 9-3 To Convict Him Of 1st-Degree Murder | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Valerie, a home care nurse administrator known as Juror #4 in the Michael Dunn murder trial, has come forward to say that she believes he got away with the murder of 17-year-old


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Toni Morrison

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In 1993 she became the first (and so far only) Black American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.


In 2006 the New York Timessaid “Beloved” was the greatest novel of the past 25 years. Some say “Jazz” (1992) is almost as good!


In 1998 Oprah made “Beloved” into a film and starred in it. She picked four of Morrison’s books for her book club (1996-2010):

  • October 1996: Song of Solomon
  • January 1998: Paradise
  • April 2000: The Bluest Eye
  • April 2002: Sula

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From reading African authors, like Bessie Head and Chinua Achebe, Morrison learned that she could write about black people for black people, that she did not have to concern herself with the white gaze. They showed her how. If whites liked her books, great. If they did not, so what? She never gave up her day job, so she never became dependent on the white demographic buying her books.


That allowed her to write about stuff white people did not care about, like black self-hatred (“The Bluest Eye”) and the psychology of slavery (“Beloved”). It allowed real, fleshed-out black characters to take centre stage.

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White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman

White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The way we talk about race remains all wrong -- and until we fix it, more young people are going to needlessly die
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This article goes into depth on what needs to be understood about U.S. race relations. 


Talks about implicit racial bias as a pervasive phenomenon, with deep roots in how humans normally think.


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My Hijab Story

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"One of the major misconceptions about the Hijab is that young women are forced to wear it by their parents or by male family members. When actually, parents or men want have nothing to do with it. In fact, every woman has this form of liberation. When a woman is covered, men cannot judge her by her appearance but are forced to evaluate her by her personality, character, and morals. Though there are families and men that force women to wear Hijab, this isn’t a part of Islam. There is no compulsion in religion. Another misconception is that men do not have to cover themselves, this is incorrect. In the Qur’an, it states first that Men are to lower their gaze. Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. - 24:30. They are also expected to dress modestly and to cover their bodies just as women are. Modesty does not stop at physical appearance but also in speech and behavior. 


In the end, I tell people that the Hijab is not a responsibility, it’s a right given to me by my Creator who knows me best."


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Black Lives Matter

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"To be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage" -James Baldwin (by DesiBjorn)
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Black Lives Matter


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Unarmed Black Men and Children shot by police

Unarmed Black Men and Children shot by police | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


KIMANI GRAY

Sixteen-year-old Kimani was shot four times in the front and side of his body and three times in the back by two New York City police officers as he left a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn on March 9, 2013. The only publicly identified eyewitness is standing by her claim that he was empty-handed when he was gunned down.


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WATCH: Black Students At UCLA Law Feel Like They're In Another Country

WATCH: Black Students At UCLA Law Feel Like They're In Another Country | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"In an emotional video released earlier this week, students at the UCLA School of Law gathered to share their stories of being among the few black students on campus as part of an awareness campaign simply titled "33."

According to the video, out of roughly 1,100 students, 33 of them are black, that's three percent of the school's student population."

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Facebook unveils new gender options for users

Facebook unveils new gender options for users | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Gay advocacy group hails "milestone" move to allow social network users to identify as gender other than male or female.
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Kudos to Facebook!


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Michael Dunn's Shocking Admission Exposed

Michael Dunn's Shocking Admission Exposed | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Hat tip to BlackButterfly7 for the link to the letters.


In the first letter from Dunn to Rhonda:


On page 2 he says


“The more time I am exposed to these people, the more prejudiced against them I become.”

“I sure am looking forward to moving out of the South and away from the scourge of this country.”


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The Effects of Ignoring Systemic Racism | The Nation

The Effects of Ignoring Systemic Racism | The Nation | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"Individual racism may be hurtful, but the systemic carries much more ruthless consequences.

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Ignoring the reality of racism only makes us more racist."


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Part of the responsibility of living in the U.S. is to fight it's own oppressive systems. Systems of imperialist white supremacist racist patriarchal vulture capitalism. 


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Asian American Organizing: The Flipside of Conditional Privilege

Asian American Organizing: The Flipside of Conditional Privilege | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"The flipside of conditional privilege is resistance and struggle."


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Last Night on Jeopardy No One Wanted to Answer Qs About Black History

Last Night on Jeopardy No One Wanted to Answer Qs About Black History | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Happy Black History Month, everyone, courtesy of last night's all-white College Jeopardy panel! In the second round of play, the contestants sailed through five of the categories--including "International Cinema Showcase," "Weather Verbs," and "Kiwi Fauna"--but avoided the sixth like the, ahem, black plague. That category was "African-American History."
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Former soldier at center of murder of Iraqi family dies after suicide attempt

Former soldier at center of murder of Iraqi family dies after suicide attempt | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Feds: A former U.S. soldier convicted 5 years ago of murdering an Iraqi family died Saturday, two days after an apparent suicide attempt in his prison cell.
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Indigenous New Media–What are your thoughts?

Indigenous New Media–What are your thoughts? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
    (Awesome logo by Jessica Harjo for the Indigenous New Media Symposium THIS FRIDAY Feb 21st) When I started Native Appropriations in 2010, I started it as a place to catalogue random i...
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Black In America: Open Letter To All My Sons (in memory of the young Black men murdered without cause)

Black In America: Open Letter To All My Sons (in memory of the young Black men murdered without cause) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"What you hate, change it. What you value, share it. What you love, cultivate it. "


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There's a line in this letter that says "This country has never loved us..."


I explained what the country does love in the comments. 


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Michael Dunn Headed to Prison for the Shots that Failed to Kill

Michael Dunn Headed to Prison for the Shots that Failed to Kill | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"... Although Dunn did face some consequences for his behavior and the case was so egregious, the jury still struggled with the notion that Dunn was guilty. Apparently by merely raising the suggestion that Jordan Davis could have had a gun, even though no gun was found, Dunn’s attorneys were able to plant the seed of doubt in the jury. A white guy who shoots black teenagers should be given the benefit of the doubt, the jury apparently reasoned. Even if the shooter fails to contact the police after murdering a black youth and instead orders pizza..."

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I Was Born a Rebel - Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

I Was Born a Rebel - Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay her story, from suburban Long Island to a life of activism"


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Michael Dunn Guilty of 3 Counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

Michael Dunn Guilty of 3 Counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"Twelve jurors have found Michael Dunn guilty of 2nd degree attempted murder upon the lives of Tevin Thompson, Leland Brunson, and Tommie Stornes.  Each count carries a minimum sentence of 20 years to a maximum of 30 years.  Sentencing can run concurrently or consecutively.  Some familiar with Judge Healey are of the opinion that he is unlikely to enter concurrent sentences.  That means that Dunn is looking at a minimum of 60 years in prison on the 2nd degree attempted murder convictions.


The jury also found Dunn guilty of shooting a firearm into the vehicle, the sentence of which is a minimum of 15 years."


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TAVIS SMILEY | Snoop Lion | March 13, 2013


"Hip-hop artist Snoop Lion shares with Tavis how necessary it is to have a rap song that matters."


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Interview: Police tell Dunn that Jordan Davis was unarmed during shooting

Interview: Police tell Dunn that Jordan Davis was unarmed during shooting | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


In the video you will see Michael Dunn’s cooked up story that he had all night to think about. 


Dunn did not call 911 after the shooting.


He went to his hotel with his fiance, ordered pizza for his distraught fiance and he let the dog out to go potty.


You will hear Dunn say that Jordan Davis had a shotgun, or a stick.


Jordan Davis had a cell phone.


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Why #AmyChua & Jed #Rubenfeld’s argument about success & ethnic groups doesn’t hold water

Why #AmyChua & Jed #Rubenfeld’s argument about success & ethnic groups doesn’t hold water | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why finance firms are full of Jews or why the campuses of selective colleges are dominated by Asians? You might not feel free to speculate aloud in polite company, but Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s book The Triple Package will do it for you, and quite...
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Can the NFL discriminate against Michael Sam?

Can the NFL discriminate against Michael Sam? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Can a football team avoid drafting an openly gay player? And could he sue if it did?
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Decolonize All The Things: How Africana Sociology & Decolonized Anthropology Undo Domination

Decolonize All The Things: How Africana Sociology & Decolonized Anthropology Undo Domination | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"The first step towards critical analysis and political liberation is decolonization.  Decolonization is anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, and anti-capitalist. "


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I'm finding that the study of Decolonization is where I need to focus more attention. 


@getgln


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