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Not Vanquished | Scot Nakagawa

Not Vanquished | Scot Nakagawa | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Native American activist and academic Andy Smith wrote about the logic of genocide in Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy, saying “this logic holds that indigenous peoples must disappear…must always be disappearing, in order to allow non-indigenous people rightful claim over this land.”

 

Smith’s article cites Kate Shanley’s analysis of Native Americans as a permanent “present absence” that, according to Ella Shohat and Robert Stam functions as “an ambivalently repressive mechanism [which] dispels the anxiety in the face of the Indian, whose very presence is a reminder of the initially precarious grounding of the American nation-state itself…”

 

This is one more for the echo chamber. Native Americans are not vanquished and not vanishing."

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Government to Stop Deportation of DREAM’ers | Project Economic Refugee

Government to Stop Deportation of DREAM’ers | Project Economic Refugee | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
On announcement of President Obama's on stopping deportation of DREAM'ers, immigrants wonder if this will be for real this time.

 

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Wade Michael Page | by Abagond

Wade Michael Page | by Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"The Southern Poverty Law Center has had an eye on him since 2000. He wrote songs about killing Jews, blacks and gays. He belonged to the violently racist Hammerskin Nation. Despite all that he had no trouble buying a gun a week before the massacre.
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Even when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011 Congress did nothing." -Abagond

 

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"I am scared of the racist skinheads - but I'm even more concerned about the European-Americans who do not see theses racist attacks as a MAJOR concern and as a byproduct of their own culture of xenophobia, and as a continuation of centuries of oppression of the 'other'." -Glenn Robinson

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A REST STOP ON THE JOURNADA DE MUERTO

A REST STOP ON THE JOURNADA DE MUERTO | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
S  O M  E O N E    E  L S E’ S   C O U N T R Y    Say what you will about the United States as a global neighbor: one thing we show up for is drawing  maps. All over … 

 

"...living exactly where the very people you are excluding used to live is not easy." -Claire O'Brien

 

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Encore: Confronting the Contradictions of America’s Past | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Encore: Confronting the Contradictions of America’s Past | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Bill and Khalil Gibran Muhammad discuss what we should learn from our racial past to better understand the present."

 

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Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting: Seeking Some Answers

Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting: Seeking Some Answers | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"I wondered if the assailant would be described as a "terrorist," or a man with "mental health problems." I wondered how long it would take for this to be called an act of terrorism and a hate crime.
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I always balk at the question of "What is a Sikh?" I refuse to answer it. I am not a walking Wikipedia, and I think it's highly unfair for one to have to prioritize overarching religious tenants in a five-minute period to a dimly curious interlocutor.
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We are never in conversation with others; we are always speaking to others' fear.
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I don't know how many times I heard "Sikhs are not Muslims" or "Sikhs are confused for Muslim" this week, but that might the most damaging statement of all. This type of statement suggests that the violence is not wrong but simply misplaced: Muslims would be the "rightful" recipients of violence.
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My parents' own experiences in India and as immigrants to this country were so shaped by violence and xenophobia that I was raised to be timid about my religion in the public sphere."

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Border Patrol report prompts new calls for investigation | Need to Know | PBS

Border Patrol report prompts new calls for investigation | Need to Know | PBS | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Need to Know's second Border Patrol investigation spawns new inquiries into alleged abuse.

 

After our second Border Patrol aired, six members of Congress released a joint statement condemning the alleged abuses and calling for action.

 

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California said, “the agency’s leadership has yet to take any meaningful action to improve the oversight of its officers and agents in the field. The time has come for CBP to finally take these egregious allegations seriously.”

 

Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona added, “the credible, ongoing allegations of abuse and corruption by certain customs and border patrol agents raised by PBS and others demand immediate attention.”

 

And as for border patrol agent David Kermes, just last week Need to Know was contacted by customs and border protection’s office of internal affairs, which is now investigating the agent’s conduct.

 

The department watchdog wanted to know more about agent Kermes’ Facebook page, which we reported had photos of migrants in the desert. These photos include a photo of undocumented immigrants with the caption, “Run, you little bastards,” and cartoons insulting the President of the United States."

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Alabama man accused in bar shooting indicted on 68 charges - CNN.com

Alabama man accused in bar shooting indicted on 68 charges - CNN.com | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A 44-year-old Alabama man is indicted on 68 counts tied to a pair of shootings and other crimes last month in and around Tuscaloosa.
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“Stereotypes have some truth to them” | Abagond

“Stereotypes have some truth to them” | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Stereotypes are not based in fact but instead make you blind to the facts.

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In effect black people become a canvas on which white people paint their fears and self-serving lies.

 

So stereotypes often become this strange mirror of white people:

 

Whites got rich off of black slave labour. So blacks are pictured as not wanting to work hard, as being a drain on society.

 

White men raped black slave women in such huge numbers that Black Americans are now 15% white. So black men are pictured as dangerous rapists.

 

White men use to kill blacks without fear of the law. So black men are seen as violent and dangerous without fear of the law.

 

Whites repeatedly broke their treaties with American Indians, so now “Indian giver” means someone who takes back what he promised." -Abagond

 

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The Case for Gun Control | via @nakagawascot

The Case for Gun Control | via @nakagawascot | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Michael Moore suggests that violence is a cultural problem. He offered the example of Canada where gun ownership is far higher per capita than in the U.S. but that has much lower rates of violent crime to make his case.

I think hand guns should be banned. I’m not just talking about waiting periods and screening. I mean totally banned. Same for assault weapons.

 

Here’s why.

First of all, if, as many have argued, the problem is not guns but a culture in which too many people want to use them to do harm to others, the case for gun control is that much stronger. If we are violence prone, we should limit access to tools specifically designed to accomplish violence, especially those that allow violent people to act quickly, even repeatedly, and from a distance, making it more possible for a murderer to act with impunity.

 

…most murder is, in fact, an impulsive act of passion. And while our retributive criminal justice system likes to paint those murderers as heartless, soulless monsters, most who commit murder are pretty ordinary people. So ordinary, in fact, that they’re usually remorseful. They wish they could take it back.

 

So where violence is concerned, the better safe than sorry code of conduct should be founded on the principle that every confrontation will rise to the level of violence possible no matter who is involved. If there’s a gun present, it will be used. Take the gun out of the equation and the possibility of a shooting is eliminated.

 

Finally, I’ll offer this. I used to train people to work on a suicide hotline. Part of my training rap involved talking about relative rates of suicide among men and women. Men, I informed volunteers, commit suicide more often than women. Why? Not because they try more often than women. It’s because they use guns more often.

 

Suicide, like murder, is usually an impulsive act. Guns make that impulse a whole lot deadlier. So just as I would offer trainees the advice that in homes where someone is often depressed or suicidal they should probably not have a gun around, my advice for managing violence in a violence prone society is to make rules so that fewer people have guns."

 

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Stand Strong Against Hate | Southern Poverty Law Center

Stand Strong Against Hate | Southern Poverty Law Center | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups."

 

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IMMIGRATION: Advocates seek solutions to migrant deaths in Arizona

IMMIGRATION: Advocates seek solutions to migrant deaths in Arizona | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Authorities recovered the remains of 191 people along the Arizona border with Mexico in fiscal year 2010-11, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. Nearly half of the deaths occur in the Tohono O'odham Nation, an Indian reservation about the size of Connecticut that shares 76 miles of desolate, desert border with Mexico."

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Before You Say I Do | STARLETTE MCNEIlL

Before You Say I Do | STARLETTE MCNEIlL | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"If there is any just cause why this man and this woman should not be married at this church, let the Church speak now or forever hold its peace." -STARLETTE MCNEIlL

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Immigration Enforcement and Families - C-SPAN Video Library

Immigration Enforcement and Families - C-SPAN Video Library | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Panelists talked about the effects of negative effects of separating undocumented immigrants from their U.S. born-children.

 

Panelists:
Joanna Dreby, Assistant Professor of Sociology, the Univ of Albany

 

Ajay Chaudry, Deputy Asst Sec for Human Services Policy in the Office of the Asst Sec for Planning and Evaluation, Health and Human Services


Seth Freed Wessler, Investigative Reporter, Applied Research Center

 

Moderator:
Philip E. Wolgin, Immigration Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress"

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The Conversation We Need to Have

The Conversation We Need to Have | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Given the recent shootings by white males, James Holmes and Wade Michael Page amongst others, it would seem that AmeriKlan is in desperate need of a long overdue conversation pertaining to white male anger."

 

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Interrogation or Child Abuse? #NationalGeographic

The interrogation of a young boy over the murder of his sister has false and devastating consequences. 

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Immigration Council on Pinterest

Immigration Council on Pinterest | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Immigration Council is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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Race, Politics and Comedy Collide in "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell"

Race, Politics and Comedy Collide in "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
In his new late-night show, comedian W. Kamau Bell looks at news, politics and culture through the lens of race.

 

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Authorities Chose to Look the Other Way - Room for Debate

Authorities Chose to Look the Other Way - Room for Debate | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Homeland Security team in charge of monitoring non-Islamic domestic terrorism was essentially gutted after conservative politicians objected to its work. By Mark Potok.
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Politicians hammered by the NRA - CNN.com

Politicians hammered by the NRA - CNN.com | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Charles Garcia says neither presidential candidate is taking up the fight for smart gun restrictions in the wake of the Aurora shooting...
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Girl accuses father of 'waterboarding' - CNN.com

Girl accuses father of 'waterboarding' - CNN.com | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

I am so feed up with people abusing other people. Especially anyone in a position of power abusing their power to terrorize others.  

Got damn it!

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Why Don’t We Racially Profile Whites? | Scot Nakagawa

Why Don’t We Racially Profile Whites? | Scot Nakagawa | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Whites enslaved Africans – they invented race as we know it for this purpose. Even after a war was waged to end slavery, whites invented convicted leasing. Through this system, they unjustly imprisoned Blacks for the purpose of re-enslaving them. By doing so they not only created a pool of free labor, they terrorized the mass of the Black community of the South into remaining in poor jobs, often for their former masters and their descendents, for fear that they would be imprisoned since unemployment was a crime for Blacks in some jurisdictions. And where Blacks are concerned, much more followed, including Jim Crow and our current war on drugs (notice how I bring that up constantly? I think you should, too).

 

Whites vilified, persecuted, and alternately exploited and then excluded Asians and waged a war against Mexico and forced them into an inequitable sale of territory that includes all or part of seven U.S. states. And there was Jim Crow, lynchings, mass race riots targeting Black and Asian laborers, and more, and largely with impunity. I would go on, but I think you get the point.

 

The whole of the U.S. experiment in democracy is marred by incidents of racist brutality, violence, and warfare, and the legal diminution, dehumanization, and exclusion of people of color. In fact, it is what most characterizes race relations in America."

 

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Why History Matters | via @nakagawascot

"History ... shows that encouragement of bigotry in the form of scapegoating, racist pandering, and fear mongering on the part of visible mainstream leaders makes matters worse and may even be the glue the holds all the other trends together – word to Michele Bachman.

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When Japanese Americans were ordered to camps, almost no one spoke up for them. Like the post-9/11 persecution of perceived Muslims by fearful vigilantes and the federal government 60 years later (not to mention the equally irrational declaration of war on Iraq), internment during WWII was deemed reasonable through the fog of fear.

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Racism is driven by many things, not the least of which are greed and disdain for difference. But fear is what gives racism it’s dynamism. It is what can, in an instant, turn suspicion and resentment into violent repression.

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When whites commit acts of terrorism they are considered anomalies. 

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it’s time for us all to start speaking up. And I don’t mean about fear alone, but about the way that fear and racism combine to create an explosive brew that has, repeatedly, resulted in violence and persecution.


This is why history matters.


Japanese American and Alaska Native internment, lynching, and the many other violations of human rights throughout our history serve as a reminders that of the power of fear when combined with racism. This is the thread connecting these historical atrocities and, judging by Sunday, that thread remains unbroken."

 

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Alleged Sikh temple shooter former member of Skinhead band | Southern Poverty Law Center

Alleged Sikh temple shooter former member of Skinhead band | Southern Poverty Law Center | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups."

 

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REGION: Vista father of five dies in Arizona desert after being deported

REGION: Vista father of five dies in Arizona desert after being deported | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A Vista man died along the U.S. border with Mexico last month trying to return to his family after being deported.
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