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Junot Díaz on ‘De-colonial Love’, Revolution and More [Video] - COLORLINES

Junot Díaz on ‘De-colonial Love’, Revolution and More [Video] - COLORLINES | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Watch an excerpt of the Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur “Genius” grant winner’s keynote address at Colorlines.com’s Facing Race 2012 conference.

 

It’s hard to judge who’s been clamoring for this more: folks who weren’t at our conference and missed it, or folks who were and who want to see it again. Here’s an excerpt from author the keynote address of Junot Díaz, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant, at our Facing Race 2012 conference in Baltimore last month.

 

This excerpt is the first 25 minutes of his talk, and there’s plenty to chew on. Here, for instance, is Díaz explaining his work’s recurring theme of “decolonial love”:

 

“The funny thing about our privilege is that we all have a blind spot around our privilege, shaped exactly like us. Most of us will identify privileges that we know we could live without. So when it comes time to talk about our privileges, we’ll throw shit down like it’s an ace. And that shit is a three! I understand that. You grow up and you live a life where you feel like you haven’t had shit, the last thing you want to give up is the one thing, the couple of things that you’ve really held on to."

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Jordan Davis | Abagond

Jordan Davis | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Jordan Davis (1995-2012), an American high school student, was shot dead in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd 2012 by Michael Dunn in an argument over loud music.

 

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The New York Times reports that Jordan Davis has no criminal record and comes from “a stable environment at home”. Like he is the suspect or something. Meanwhile they say nothing about Michael Dunn’s criminal record or the home environment he came from. Like there is nothing odd or sick about a man who picks deadly fights over loud music at gas stations. Or who values human life so cheaply."

 

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We Are What We …

We Are What We … | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.  ~Paul McCartney  

 

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The Asian Fantasy of Charles Murray | Scot Nakagawa

The Asian Fantasy of Charles Murray | Scot Nakagawa | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Given this insistence on a singularizing view of Asian Americans, I offer this. most Asian Americans do understand this one thing: we live in a white dominated nation with a powerful distaste for the diversity we represent. Yet the key to understanding us may just lie in embracing that same, inconvenient diversity. Get a grip on that, and you may start to get a clue as to why we aren’t more likely to lean conservative than any other group of voters who don’t fit easily within the narrow confines of the conservative and liberal views of what constitutes “natural.”"

 

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100th anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks | Abagond

100th anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Photographer Gordon Parks was born a hundred years ago today – on November 30th 1912. Google, which regularly honours creative people, is not honouring him, but I will!

 

I have been posting some of his photographs on Tumblr today. Here are the ones that have been reblogged the most so far:"

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Another European-American Crying for What Now?

Another European-American Crying for What Now? | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Earnest Harris posted about this on his blog No More Race.
Listen to the video. My response is below the video.

 

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Not a Nation of Immigrants | CHANGELAB

Not a Nation of Immigrants | CHANGELAB | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation rooted in settler-colonialism..." 

 

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Sign language that African Americans use is different from that of whites

Sign language that African Americans use is different from that of whites | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Sign language that African Americans use is different in some respects from that of whites.
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Measuring Happiness: Infographic | MIT Technology Review

Measuring Happiness: Infographic | MIT Technology Review | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Columbia University researchers compiled polls that asked people in 150 countries how they feel about their lives."

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Notes towards a media guide to Gaza | Abagond

Notes towards a media guide to Gaza | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Just some notes based on reading about the 2012 bombing of Gaza on the English-language Internet. Suggestions are welcomed!

 

Listed roughly in order from worst to best:"

 

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Brother Ali | The Cornel West Theory | Smiley & West

Brother Ali | The Cornel West Theory | Smiley & West | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Albino, Muslim hip-hop artist Brother Ali talks about his harassment by the Department of Homeland Security and his new album, "Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color".

 

Plus, Tim Hicks and Rashad Dobbins, two members of The Cornel West Theory, dialog with their ensemble's namesake about their political and musical traditions.

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Justice for Nogales Teen Killed by Border Patrol « Standing On The Side Of Love

Justice for Nogales Teen Killed by Border Patrol « Standing On The Side Of Love | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"The agent that killed José Antonio fired on him from atop a 25-foot embankment and from behind a 20-foot-tall protective steel border wall. José Antonio was shot in the back 13 times, with two bullets found in his head. He was unarmed."

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"Please join me in urging the Department of Justice and the FBI to act transparently and decisively to end this unnecessary violence."

 

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Mom Asks 911 For Permission To Shoot Intruder - Actual Call

"http://www.neuroticy.com/ - Oklahoma media have the compelling story of a shotgun-toting 18-year-old mother who killed an intruder on New Year's Eve after a 911 operator told her, "Do what you have to do to protect your baby."

 

NBC affiliate KFOR-TV has video of its interview with Sarah McKinley, who was alone with her 3-month-old son in their Blanchard home, MSNBC says. McKinley says two men -- one of whom she had met previously -- appeared at her door Saturday night and then tried to break in. Two days earlier, she had buried her husband, who died of cancer on Christmas Day.

 

One man -- identified as 24-year-old Justin Martin --- had come by Thursday to express condolences. But Saturday, armed with a foot-long hunting knife, he and his partner attempted to break down McKinley's door. She blocked it with her couch, grabbed her baby and fetched a 12-gauge shotgun and a handgun before calling 911.

 

McKinley said she asked the dispatcher, "I've got two guns in my hand -- is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door? I'm here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?"

 

"I can't tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby," the dispatcher said.

 

The 911 conversation lasted for 21 minutes. Then the door gave in.

 

"I waited till he got in the door. They said I couldn't shoot him until he was inside the house. So I waited until he got in the door and then I shot him," McKinley told KFOR.

 

Martin, who charged McKinley with his knife, was hit in the "upper torso," police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His cohort, Dustin Louis Stewart, 29, fled but later surrendered to authorities.

 

Blanchard police say McKinley acted in self-defense.

"Oklahoma laws are clear on home defense. I think they're clear to most individuals that you can defend yourself in your home," said Detective Supervisor Dan Huff.

- USA Today"

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On Race and Taxes, Both Parties Insist Upon Speaking No Evil - COLORLINES

On Race and Taxes, Both Parties Insist Upon Speaking No Evil - COLORLINES | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The debate over taxes is and has always been a proxy for one about racial inequity. And we’ve never been able to admit it.

 

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Banned Mexican American Studies (MAS) Seeks Opportunity to Reinstate Classes At Tucson Unified School District

Banned Mexican American Studies (MAS) Seeks Opportunity to Reinstate Classes At Tucson Unified School District | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"The following video features footage of three public forum for the Unitary Status Plan (Desegregation Plan) held at local Tucson highs schools. The former Raza studies department at TUSD sought this as an opportunity to reinstate their classes in the district. Many students, parents, teachers spoke to the federal court, commenting on the treatment they have received from the TUSD school board, the Arizona Department of Education, other problems that are disregarded in the district and their future hopes for MAS.

 

Below is an objection appeal filed by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne on November 28, 2012. He joined TUSD's objection and stated in the document that MAS classes are irrelevant and that the State of Arizona will object to the attempt of MAS courses being reestablished."

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The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline - COLORLINES

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline - COLORLINES | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Wearing the wrong color socks, talking back to a teacher and being late are all infractions that landed Cedric Green in jail. The Justice Department says there are many more students like him.

 

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Gaza | Abagond

Gaza | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Gaza (1967- ), also known as the Gaza Strip, is a 40-km long piece of the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and Israel, where an eighth of all Palestinians live. It is 6 to 12 km wide. In land and people is roughly the size of the American city of Philadelphia."

 

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Spielberg’s Lincoln | Abagond

Spielberg’s Lincoln | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"What sets Lincoln apart was that he fought against his own racism, against his fallen nature, and did right in spite of it. Instead of giving into it and calling it right."

 

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Anti-Oppression Resources

Anti-Oppression Resources | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"This page contains a number of articles related to different forms of oppression, sorted in the categories race, class, gender, abelism, antisemitism, and ageism, as well as a small sampling of audio recordings on the issues."

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Balancing Jane: How's My Grammar?: Identity Politics and Grammar in the Developmental Writing Classroom

Balancing Jane: How's My Grammar?: Identity Politics and Grammar in the Developmental Writing Classroom | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"So, for a while, I throw grammar aside. I teach the higher order concerns. I talk about organization and introductions, transitions and thesis statements, conclusions and avoiding wordiness. Sometimes, my students get frustrated. Why can't I just teach them where to put the commas?

I tell them they're worrying about hanging up curtains when they haven't even built any walls.
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there is no such thing as "proper" grammar
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"Grammar: A Matter of Fashion." This article does a great job of comparing grammar choices to fashion choices.
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then, I'm having them read "I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why" by CEO Kyle Wiens. He says he gives every potential employee, regardless of position, a grammar test. Those who don't pass aren't hired. He says that grammar is important because it shows professionalism and attention to detail."

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Discrimination in a Low-Wage Labor Market: A Field Experiment

Discrimination in a Low-Wage Labor Market: A Field Experiment | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

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"Decades of racial progress have led some researchers and policymakers to doubt that discrimination remains an important cause of economic inequality. To study contemporary discrimination, we conducted a field experiment in the low-wage labor market of New York City, recruiting white, black, and Latino job applicants who were matched on demographic characteristics and interpersonal skills. These applicants were given equivalent résumés and sent to apply in tandem for hundreds of entry-level jobs. Our results show that black applicants were half as likely as equally qualified whites to receive a callback or job offer. In fact, black and Latino applicants with clean backgrounds fared no better than white applicants just released from prison. Additional qualitative evidence from our applicants’ experiences further illustrates the multiple points at which employment trajectories can be deflected by various forms of racial bias. These results point to the subtle yet systematic forms of discrimination that continue to shape employment opportunities for low-wage workers."

 

-Devah Pager, Bruce Western, and Bart Bonikowski

 

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America did not start with the Pilgrims | Abagond

America did not start with the Pilgrims | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
When was the country we now know as the United States first settled?

If you said 1620 for the Pilgrims you are way off.

 

“The country we now know as the United States”, which I will call America for the rest of this post, was first settled by Asians thousands of years ago. When the Pilgrims landed, America already had millions of people. Like, say, Squanto, who taught them how to live in America.

 

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Operation Pillar of Cloud: Israel continues to destroy Gaza | Abagond

Operation Pillar of Cloud: Israel continues to destroy Gaza | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Operation Pillar of Cloud (November 14th 2012- ), also called the Pillar of Defence, is Israel’s name for its latest military operation against Gaza. 

 

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The citizen who came in from the cold | Jeff Nguyen

The citizen who came in from the cold | Jeff Nguyen | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Laws serve many purposes, they can be used to protect people, they can be used to hide behind and they can be used to suppress dissent. A system that tells you up front that we will use your words against you without also counterbalancing that warning with we will use your words for you is one with built-in odds that are not in your favor.
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The Hopi acknowledged this truth in their proverb, “The one who tells the stories, rules the world.” By controlling the narrative through the media, the textbooks and the popular culture, the ruling class ensures that what you hear and see are only the stories they want to be told. One of the greatest losses for a culture, vis a vis the indigenous people in North America, is the loss of one’s collective, native language. As immigrants throughout America’s history have arrived or been displaced they have often had to make a hard choice between their native tongue and becoming more Americanized. Rather than allow for the best of both worlds..."

 

-Jeff Nguyen

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