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16-Year-Old Takes Principal to Task over Dress Code

16-Year-Old Takes Principal to Task over Dress Code | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
High school student Marion Mayer takes a stand against principal's sexist comments.
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Marion Mayer's articulate article takes the principal to task. It's worth reading the whole thing, but here are a couple highlights. The two day conversation is divided at the dashed line.  The principal refused to read her article. 


Principal Martinez

"Modest is hottest." and "Boys will be boys."


Ms. Mayer

..."My body is not here to look “hot” for you."...

..."Boys are not sexually uncontrollable"...


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14 Year old Sucker Punches 13 Year old Just for the Video


14 Year old's sucker punch breaks 13 year old's jaw in two places. 


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Jordan Davis - Bullet Wounds

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Jordan Davis shot by Michael Dunn.


Three bullets entered Jordan Davis.


Testimony by Dr. Stacey A. Simons, MD, forensic pathology specialist, paraphrased below.


  • One bullet entered Mr. Davis at his lower right abdomen. That projectile perforated his ribs, his diaphragm, his liver, perforated the diaphragm again, then the right lung, went behind the heart, in front of the spinal to column to perforate the aorta. The aorta is the large artery that carries all the blood from the heart to the body.  The projectile continued and perforated the upper portion of the left lung, continued on and caused fractures in the left 5th rib, a smaller fracture in the left 6th rib, then exited through the ribs, and came to rest below the skin, in between the ribs and the skin.
  • One bullet penetrated the inside of his left thigh and did not exit. It stopped at the femur.
  • One bullet penetrated the back of his right thigh.
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First Nations teen told not to smudge before school

First Nations teen told not to smudge before school | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"The 17-year-old Manitoba teen lost a younger brother to suicide last year and he says smudging — the practice of burning traditional medicines — is one way that helps him cope with his grief."


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"it's not that you did wrong, but that you'll be perceived to have done wrong..." -Father of Jordan Davis


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On post-intential racism - 'More Beautiful and More Terrible': Imani Perry


"For a nation that often optimistically claims to be post-racial, we are still mired in the practices of racial inequality that plays out in law, policy, and in our local communities.


One of two explanations is often given for this persistent phenomenon: On the one hand, we might be hypocritical saying one thing, and doing or believing another; on the other, it might have little to do with us individually but rather be inherent to the structure of American society.


More Beautiful and More Terrible compels us to think beyond this insufficient dichotomy in order to see how racial inequality is perpetuated. Imani Perry asserts that the U.S. is in a new and distinct phase of racism that is post-intentional neither based on the intentional discrimination of the past, nor drawing upon biological concepts of race.


Drawing upon the insights and tools of critical race theory social policy, law, sociology and cultural studies, she demonstrates how post intentional racism works and maintains that it cannot be addressed solely through the kinds of structural solutions of the Left or the values arguments of the Right. Rather, the author identifies a place in the middle space of righteous hope and articulates a notion of ethics and human agency that will allow us to expand and amplify that hope.


To paraphrase James Baldwin, when talking about race, it is both more terrible than most think, but also more beautiful than most can imagine, with limitless and open-ended possibility. Perry leads readers down the path of imagining the possible and points to the way forward."


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Tim Wise worked with this author (Professor Imani Perry Ph.D.,J.D.) in his movie 'White Like Me


'More Beautiful and More Terrible' has 5 out of 5 stars and glowing reviews. 

I'm looking forward to this breakdown of "post-intentional' racism.


It seems like the idea goes in conjunction with Michelle Alexander's book 'The New Jim Crow'. Where Alexander explains that even though the laws behind the war on drugs do not mention race, the effects are that with limited budgets and resources (and subconscious racism?), police forces primarily focus their war on Black and Brown communities, even through white people use illegal drugs as much or more than Black and Brown communities. 


And because you can't have a war on an inanimate object, the war is waged on Black and Brown people and on Black and Brown communities. 


@getgln 


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Michael Dunn Trial - Day 4, Monday Feb. 10, 2014

Michael Dunn Trial - Day 4, Monday Feb. 10, 2014 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"I’ll be watching on http://new.livestream.com/wildabouttrial/events/2749073


and also following on Twitter.


HLN has reported trial testimony thus far.


On Saturday, an evidence technician testified there were nine bullet holes in the vehicle where Jordan was shot to death, three of them in the rear passenger side door where Jordan was seated."


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The secret to changing the world: Lee Mun Wah at TEDx


"Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folk teller, educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer.


He is the Founder and Executive Director of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques.


His most famous film about racism, The Color of Fear, won the Gold Medal for Best Social Studies Documentary and in 1995, Oprah Winfrey did a one-hour special on the film and Lee Mun Wah's life.


In 2013, he will be releasing his latest film, If These Halls Could Talk, which focuses on college students speaking their truth about racism and other diversity issues in higher education and beyond.


Lee Mun Wah talks about the power of cultural perspective and the need to reach beyond the superficial in making cross-cultural connections.'


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Lee Mun Wah, not afraid to confront the topic of race. 

 

Regarding the last part of his speech, about entering another person's home - that's how you can tell how much segregation still exists in one's world. 


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Racial diversity still lacking in Hollywood's major films

Racial diversity still lacking in Hollywood's major films | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"The numbers are troubling still in the prestigious Academy Awards. Only three black men have won awards in the Best Leading Actor category from 1958 to 2013, and only one black woman, Halle Berry in 2001 for her role in Monster’s Ball, has ever won the award for Best Leading Actress. 


Despite the praise and success of these films, there is still a major problem in representation of black talent in Hollywood. The main issue is that they are casted for roles that are racially limiting in nature rather than what The Huffington Post’s Senior Editor Kia Makarechi calls “non-racially coded characters.” 12 Years, Fruitvale, Mandela, and The Butler demand black actors to fill in black roles. 
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The lack of racial diversity in Hollywood is more evidence of discrimination in employment, which in turn keeps those salaries out of the hands of people of color. 


It's 2014 now and it seems each ethnic group needs to create it's own industry of careers in order to get full employment. But even then, it's still the mass media and the big budget blockbusters where the bigger money is, so the discrimination and favoritism is a form of oppression. 


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Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California 2009


"Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D.; Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University; Author

Named one of the 100 most influential black Americans by Ebony magazine, Dyson touches on politics, the arts and the personal, including justice, poverty, faith and spirituality. Known as the hip-hop intellectual, he examines issues of class, race and poverty, and political strife. Join us for an enlightening discussion.


Moderator: Richard Thompson Ford, George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Stanford University; Author, The Race Card"


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Now that Dr. Cornel West is not broadcasting weekly with Tavis Smiley, I went and found me some Dr. Michael Eric Dyson to listen to.


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Taxpayers Are Spending Over $600M On Gun Violence Hospitalizations

Taxpayers Are Spending Over $600M On Gun Violence Hospitalizations | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on gun violence related hospitalizations across the country every year — dollars that you work hard for, dollars that shouldn’t be wasted on senseless violence."


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Janet Mock: I was born a baby, not a boy - CNN.com Video

Janet Mock explains why she was upset with her previous interview with Piers Morgan.
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Get it right Piers Morgan. Respect trans identity. 


Respect for Janet Mock! Nice nice fighter!


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Latinas vastly underrepresented in elected offices

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A new report by the group, LatinasRepresent shines a light on the underrepresentation of Latinas in elected offices. The data show that Latinas represent just 1 percent of elected officials nationwide...

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2014 - "No Latina has ever been elected to the U.S. Senate"


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The Bay Area's Faculty Student Mismatch

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"Below is a glimpse of data on the representation and diversity (or lack thereof) of university professors relative to student demographics in San Francisco Bay Area campuses. The article, White professors still dominate Bay Area colleges as student bodies grow more diverse, gives a bit more context to the issue. Unfortunately, this phenomena is not unique to the Bay Area. For a scholarly and feminist perspective consider checking out, Presumed incompetent: The intersections of race and class for Women in academia.


A very important issue as the representation of students of color generally, and Chicano/Latinos in particular, continue to rise."

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Notice how the hiring of faculty is way out of proportion to the demographics of the student population. What do you think accounts for that?


Structural, institutionalized and personal favoritism? 


Another way to look at this chart - if you combine the Asian and White groups together in the pie charts those groupings are then a fairly close match between the two columns of Faculty & Students.


Steven Riley, and others have mentioned that Asians are the next group that may likely 'become white' - in the way that Italians, Irish, Jewish, Middle Easterners and Egyptians have become culturally 'white' in the U.S. and on the census. 

If you group Black and Latino groups together in the pie chart, the numbers also somewhat match between the faculty and students columns.

It's also interesting to note that UC Berkeley is the only university to successfully hire a matching percentage of Black faculty compared to their student population.

@getgln

 

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Record Number Of Felons Denied Right To Vote

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A record number of Americans with criminal records cannot vote in what is expected to be a tight presidential election, a new study says.
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Parents killed girl by making her drink too much grape soda, water, authorities say

Parents killed girl by making her drink too much grape soda, water, authorities say | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A Tennessee couple faces murder charges for allegedly punishing the man's 5-year-old daughter by making her chug excessive soda, leading to her death
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Heating The Rez - please help - indiegogo campaign

Heating The Rez - please help - indiegogo campaign | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"We in the Northern Plains are experiencing a deadly sub-zero frigid winter & heating propane shortage which has claimed at least one life; help us fix it.


Due to an extremely deadly winter here on the Northern Plains, a winter which has claimed the life of a tribal member, we are raising funds to deploy 20 home pilot projects to receive multi-fuel stoves to replace dependency on fossil fuels to heat our homes (namely propane). We will grow our fuel source and manufacture our own fuel sources in the immediate future to start this shift to renewables. We send our condolences to the family of the lady we lost to a home which could not afford to be heated. Google "Standing Rock propane crisis" for more info. email us at lastrealindians@gmail.com with any questions. We thank you genuinely. Lila wopila" 


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When Loud Music Turned Deadly: the Case of Jordan Davis

When Loud Music Turned Deadly: the Case of Jordan Davis | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"This video tells the story of a black teenager in Florida who was killed by a white man after an argument over loud music. The slain youth's father shares his loss."


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Who Get's to Be A POC?: Self-Identifying & Privilege

Who Get's to Be A POC?: Self-Identifying & Privilege | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"The one-drop rule was a construction of a white supremacist colonial system that depended on classifying race in order to protect its grip on power.

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I don't actually know any "white" person who goes around saying they're black. But I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that's not a conversation I necessarily think we should shut down every single time. While they may not carry a “political” experience of blackness, there may be cultural, geographic even gendered, classed or religious reasons why a white person may say “hey, I’m black”.
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I think sometimes we’re too quick to say “nuh-uh, you can’t just come over here and say that. Stay in your box. You can’t understand this pain, you can’t get this identity.” And we play misery poker and shut folks down.
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I know plenty of Latin@s who are definitely “white-presenting”, but who consider themselves POCs because of language, culture, national ties etc. I also know some folks from South Asia and the Middle East (ex: Persians) who are officially considered to be “white/Caucasian” but who consider themselves POCs as a result of their identities as immigrants, as post-colonial subjects or even because of the dramatic shift in how the U.S. viewed people from South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa after 9/11. Marginalization and oppression don't draw neat little lines and racism is often tied up with classism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia etc. etc."

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My highlights from a great article from one of Steven Riley's (of Mixed Race Studies) favorite blogs, Mixed Dreams, towards a radical multiracial/ethnic movement.


PS: POC means Person of Color


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Tavis Smiley – Week Five 2014

Edgar Barens – “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

 

Twenty percent of America’s prison population is elderly. And in the next decade, nearly 100,000 inmates will die alone in their cells. One maximum security prison created a hospice program to care for dying inmates. The documentary, “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”, follows one inmate as he approaches his final days. The film’s director, Edgar Barens, joins us to discuss his Oscar-nominated short film.

 

 

Bill Fletcher Jr. – Traveling Through Palestine

Last month, a small delegation of African American artists traveled through Israel and Palestine to get a firsthand look at the daily lives of Palestinians. What they saw shocked and angered them, and their eyewitness accounts are sure to spark debate here as heated as any confrontation in the Middle East. Bill Fletcher Jr., senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, led the delegation and shares his perspective on the region. On the Ugly Side of the Wall By Bill Fletcher, Jr. “It felt like being in a huge prison.” That was how I responded to questions I was asked after leading a delegation of African Americans on a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories this past January. Yes, there are other ways of describing the experience. The land is beautiful; the people are generous; and with every glance, one sees reminders of a history dating back thousands of…

 

Isabel Allende – “Ripper”

Isabel Allende started her career as a prominent journalist in her native Chile. She became a political refugee after her cousin, Chilean president Salvador Allende, was overthrown and killed in a coup in 1973. As an exile in Venezuela, she reinvented herself into a human rights activist and author. More than 30 years later, she’s internationally renowned for her work. She joins us to discuss her latest book, “Ripper”.

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The Black History Month Challenge

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"See how many you can list and better yet, every day of February, explain one of these hashtags to your children..."

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Even though I don't exactly consider myself a transracial parent, (although I probably am by the sociological definition) I've found this blog, Transracial Parenting, to have one of the best writers on race. 


Rachel Dangermond's is informative without being preachy. Helpful without being negative, and I always know I will learn something new from her blog. Similar to when reading Abagond's blog.  


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Firefighter handcuffed while on duty - CNN.com Video

A firefighter ended up in handcuffs after he disagreed with a highway patrol officer on where to park a fire engine.
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Jury watches deadly moment in Dunn trial - CNN.com Video

Murder trial begins for Michael Dunn, who police say fired into a car full of teenagers killing Jordan Davis.
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Making history: After three-year legal battle, first undocumented immigrant lawyer is sworn in

Making history: After three-year legal battle, first undocumented immigrant lawyer is sworn in | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
On Saturday, February 1, 2014, Sergio García was sworn in as the first undocumented immigrant lawyer. An important moment in history. Watch the moving video:
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JewishNewsOne, no human is illegal. Drop the i-word.


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Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court

Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software designer, says he shot Jordan Davis, 17, in self-defense.
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