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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. 


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The Sikh Coalition and South Asian Organizations Release Report on Racial Profiling

The Sikh Coalition and South Asian Organizations Release Report on Racial Profiling | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


One young Sikh man recalls:

“There was a couple who started calling us names, referring to my turban, like ‘Osama bin Laden – I wouldn’t want to mess with you. God knows what you might be hiding in that…’ The staff of that cinema not only noted what he said but contacted the NYPD and said there was a possible terror alert. We were escorted out and detained by 12 cops and 3 undercover detectives.” – 23-year-old Sikh man 


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Best Friend of Jordan Davis describes Deadly Confrontation

Best Friend of Jordan Davis describes Deadly Confrontation | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Best Friend of Jordan Davis,

Leland Brunson describes confrontation between Jordan Davis and Michael Dunn.


Jordan Davis had a cell phone in his right hand during the confrontation with Michael Dunn.


Jordan Davis NEVER said “I’m gonna kill you”. Mr. Davis said ‘F. You” to Michael Dunn.


Michael Dunn may have murdered all four teens if if Tommie Stornes hadn’t backed up the Durango.


Michael Dunn didn’t call 911 to tell the police what happened. Michael Dunn called for pizza and cooked up a story. The police were up all night searching for Michael Dunn.


Michael Dunn admitted that he calls rap music ‘rap crap’.


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Unintentional Racism

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Unintentional racism starts with unconscious bias.


Unconscious bias

Psychologists tell us that our unconscious biases are simply our natural people preferences.  Biologically we are hard-wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests. Social psychologists call this phenomenon “social categorisation‟ whereby we routinely and rapidly sort people into groups.


This preference bypasses our normal, rational and logical thinking. We use these processes very effectively (we call it intuition) but the categories we use to sort people are not logical, modern or perhaps even legal. Put simply, our neurology takes us to the very brink of bias and poor decision making. -Tinu Cornish and Dr Pete Jones


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Click through to for three videos that explain the problem.


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Jacqueline Keeler's curator insight, February 16, 2014 6:28 PM

Great videos and interviews. Highly recommend to understand the divide of racial experiences in this country.

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Record Number Of Felons Denied Right To Vote

Record Number Of Felons Denied Right To Vote | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
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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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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Black Panther Party FREE breakfast program vs today

Black Panther Party FREE breakfast program vs today | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Black Panther Party began giving FREE breakfast to children as early as 1969. Free breakfast was one of over 60 community services provided by the Black Panther Party. The U.S. government began a pilot breakfast program in 1966, expanded the program in 1971, and further expanded in 1975. Federal funding varied by the family income of …
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Anchor Confuses Samuel L. Jackson with Laurence Fishburne live on air KTLA


"Samuel L. Jackson Eviscerates Anchor Who Confused Him With Laurence Fishburne Live On Air. "We don't all look alike!" Jackson told the KTLA anchor. 
Samuel L. Jackson appeared on Los Angeles morning show KTLA on Monday to talk about his new film, Robocop, but promotion was the last thing on the actor's mind after anchor Sam Rubin confused him with Laurence Fishburne.

While rattling off his recent list of professional accomplishments, Rubin included a Super Bowl commercial. But Jackson didn't actually appear in a Super Bowl commercial last weekend... Laurence Fishburne did.

"I'm not Laurence Fishburne," Jackson exclaimed after a painfully long silence. "We don't all look alike! We may be black and famous, but we don't all look alike!"

A clearly embarrassed Rubin, realizing his error, apologized and tried to steer the conversation back to the movie. But Jackson wasn't having it.

Rubin: "Let's talk about Robocop."
Jackson: "Oh, hell no! Really? Really?"

Jackson then proceeded to further distinguish himself from Fishburne. "There's more than one black guy doing commercials. I'm the 'What's in your wallet?' black guy," Jackson said, referring to his Capital One commercials. "He's the car black guy — Morgan Freeman is the other credit card black guy. You only hear his voice though, so you probably won't confuse him with Laurence Fishburne."

Jackson then drove his point home, saying, "I've actually never done a McDonald's or Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial. I know that's surprising.""

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There was something last year about Kanye West confused for Jay Z.


Check photo to see if you know who is who. 


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

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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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