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Native American travels across U.S. photographing citizens of tribal nations

Native American travels across U.S. photographing citizens of tribal nations | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
She sleeps on couches, dines with strangers and lives out of her car. Still, Matika Wilbur does it for the art and for the people. Wilbur is Native American.
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"We are still here," she said. "We remain."

One of those stereotypes is the image of Indians clad in feathers, nearly naked running across the prairie, whooping it up like what's oft portrayed in western cinema. Also the caricature image of Indians as mascots.

With that in mind, Wilbur said the project is meant to drive conversations about the ubiquitous appropriation of Native American culture and to discuss how U.S. citizens can evolve beyond the co-opting of indigenous images and traditions.

"I hope to educate these audiences that it's not OK to dress up like an Indian on Halloween," she said. "I'm not a Halloween costume. I hope to encourage a new conversation of sharing and to help us move beyond the stereotypes."

Wilbur added that she hopes her photos -- her craft -- will display the "beauty of (Native) people and to introduce some of our leaders to a massive audience."

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Jacqueline Keeler's curator insight, November 24, 2013 10:48 AM

"We are still here," she said. "We remain."

One of those stereotypes is the image of Indians clad in feathers, nearly naked running across the prairie, whooping it up like what's oft portrayed in western cinema. Also the caricature image of Indians as mascots.

With that in mind, Wilbur said the project is meant to drive conversations about the ubiquitous appropriation of Native American culture and to discuss how U.S. citizens can evolve beyond the co-opting of indigenous images and traditions.

"I hope to educate these audiences that it's not OK to dress up like an Indian on Halloween," she said. "I'm not a Halloween costume. I hope to encourage a new conversation of sharing and to help us move beyond the stereotypes."

Wilbur added that she hopes her photos -- her craft -- will display the "beauty of (Native) people and to introduce some of our leaders to a massive audience."

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Awesome story! A very inspiring tale of a woman that is helping her people through dedication, and art through photography. There are also some pictures from SF, and she recieved her funding through Kickstarter.com. She captures some attention demanding images and pushes the envolope for her people. 

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The Roots of Violence in Ferguson

The Roots of Violence in Ferguson | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Updated 8/16/2014
On Thursday evening, Jerry Rodgers, a longtime resident of Ferguson, Missouri, who’s known in the community as Uncle Black, gathered with other protesters for a peace march.
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Anthony Johnson lives in the Canfield Green Apartments, where Mike Brown lived and where he was gunned down in the street. Tattooed below Johnson’s right eye is a pair of tear drops, a tribute to his parents. His father was shot and killed when he was 10. His mom died in a car accident on Mother’s Day. Standing on the lawn of the apartment complex, he said police harassment is a regular part of life here. Cops often stop him on the street and ask where he’s going. Sometimes, they’ll pick him up by mistake, looking for a different black man. He knows not to walk around the neighborhood after a certain time at night, to avoid being stopped, interrogated, and asked for identification. “Why should I have to show ID if I’m just walking down the street?” he asked. “It just don’t make no sense. It’s sad that it took an incident like this to shed some light on the Ferguson police.” 

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Brazilian Officials Warn of ‘Imminent’ Death of Uncontacted Indians

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Brazilian Officials Warn of ‘Imminent’ Death of Uncontacted Indians
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The Indians were spotted in the same region where uncontacted Indians were famously photographed and filmed from the air four years ago. But the area lacks protection since a government post was abandoned after it was overrun by drug smugglers and illegal loggers in 2011.

The uncontacted Indians are some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. Although they appeared healthy, they have no immunity to common diseases such as flu and measles which have wiped out entire tribes in the past.

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The future of racial stratification in the US

The future of racial stratification in the US | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Note: The following is based on chapter eight of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's excellent book, "Racism Without Racists" (2010). This post presents his best guess as of 2010, but without all of his schola...

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"The government may well stop counting people by race. If so, civil rights laws will become harder to enforce and racism easier to deny."

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The privilege of colour-blindness

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Have you ever thought about what it means to be white?

A psychology professor from Columbia University conducted a study in which he asked white and racialized people on the street in San Francisco this very question.

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"Responses from the white participants ranged from bewilderment (they’d never thought about it) and denial of racial awareness (they claimed not to notice other people’s colour), to outrage, hostility and vicious racist rants.

 

To be clear, the psychologist was not asking his interviewees whether they were racist — only what it means to be white."

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DC Comics Basing Native Superhero on Cree Activist Shannen Koostachin

DC Comics Basing Native Superhero on Cree Activist Shannen Koostachin | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Jeff Lemire is creating a Native character based on First Nations activist Shannen Koostachin for the new DC Comics comic book Justice League Canada.
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Koostachin's legacy is Shannen's Dream, a social justice campaign that seeks to improve funding for education for First Nations children. Koostachin and Shannen's Dream are the subject of Alanis Obomsawin's 2013 film Hi-Ho Mistahey! A clip of the film is included.

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Koostachin's legacy is Shannen's Dream, a social justice campaign that seeks to improve funding for education for First Nations children. Koostachin and Shannen's Dream are the subject of Alanis Obomsawin's 2013 film Hi-Ho Mistahey! A clip of the film is included.

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Native Americans Descend From Ancient Montana Boy

Native Americans Descend From Ancient Montana Boy | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Genome of 12,700-year-old infant ties native peoples across the Americas to early hunting culture
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If correct, the findings refute the Solutrean hypothesis, which postulates that ancient migrants from Western Europe founded the Clovis culture. The data also undermine contentions that today’s Native Americans descend from later migrants to the Americas, rather than from the earlier Paleoindians. And that could help tribes that want to claim and rebury ancient American skeletons such as that of the 9400-year-old Kennewick Man from Washington state. “This is proof that Kennewick Man was Native American,” says archaeologist Dennis Jenkins of the University of Oregon, Eugene.

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Unintentional Racism

Unintentional Racism | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it

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

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Click through to for three videos that explain the problem.


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Interracial Marriage: New Documentary Uncovers Stigmas

Interracial Marriage: New Documentary Uncovers Stigmas | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
It’s sad to see that there is still a stigma attached to interracial dating. We don’t have to look any further than the backlash against…

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Richard Sherman Explains What People Mean When They Call Him A "Thug"

Richard Sherman Explains What People Mean When They Call Him A "Thug" | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
For the first time since breaking football, the media, and the internet, Richard Sherman addressed the reaction to his postgame interview, and his critics' use of the word "thug."
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Sherman referenced the Flames-Canucks line brawl on Saturday:

"There was a hockey game where they didn't even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that, and said, 'Oh man, I'm the thug? What's going on here?'"

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U.S. To Expand Ban On Racial Profiling To Include National Origin and Religion

U.S. To Expand Ban On Racial Profiling To Include National Origin and Religion | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it

Civil rights and civil liberties group, take a swig of champagne. According to a law enforcement official, the U.S. Justice Department is planning to expand restrictions on federal agents.

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The Justice Department’s proposed changes to the profiling ban are still a little unclear — they may or may not continue to exempt national security cases from any sort of profiling, which some say might defeat the purpose of the restrictions. “Adding religion and national origin is huge,” Linda Sarsour, advocacy director for the National Network for Arab American Communities, told the New York Times. “But if they don’t close the national security loophole, then it’s really irrelevant.”

 
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Kiran Herbert: Portland and Portlandia, Two Worlds of Whiteness

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"Ultimately Portlandia is a comedy, and strangely, there seems to be a refusal to laugh at the lack of diversity in Portland or to touch racism at all. "

 
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Oregon's "whiteness" not an accident, "A third law in 1857 made black migration into the state illegal again, and banned those already there from owning land, entering into contracts, and being able to sue in court ... In 1862 multi-racial people (in addition to blacks this included Chinese and Hawaiians) were made to pay an annual tax of $5 to live in the state. The rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s only exploited attitudes that were already present in Oregon, and ... the state was one of only six in the country that refused to ratify the 15th Amendment giving black people the right to vote."

 

"—and a great deal of the racist language used during this time remained on the books until 2000."

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Civil Rights Leader Nearly Killed At All White Lunch Counter Dies At 73

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Franklin McCain, one member of the famous Greensboro Four, who were refused service at the lunch counter of F.W. Woolworths’s store in Greensboro, NC has died at the age of 73.

 
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Mr. McCain, along with the other three student friends, Joseph McNeil, David Richmond, who died in 1990, and Ezell Blair Jr., now known as Jibreel Khazan, are credited with helping the civil rights movement gain momentum by their actions on February 1, 1960.

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Being the Victim of Racism Seems to Accelerate Aging

Being the Victim of Racism Seems to Accelerate Aging | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it

This study brings further evidence to the scientific belief that "social toxins" such as racism have a very real impact on people's lives and health.

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Being the victim of racism is associated with a host of physical and mental problems, and now, it seems, that form of discrimination may also be implicated in causing people to age faster. A new study found that victims on the receiving end of repeated racism—and who internalized negative feelings about their own skin color—have shorter telomeres, the DNA caps that shorten over time and are linked to the aging process.

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Globalisation has contributed to declining levels of religious freedom across the world

Globalisation has contributed to declining levels of religious freedom across the world | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
What factors affect religious freedom? As Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom writes, there is evidence that restrictions on religious freedom have increased globally in recent decades. Using data from a recent st...

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Statement From The San Francisco Giants Regarding Recent Headdress Incident

The Giants officially respond to the incident involving the detention and assault of 2 Native Americans over a fake headdress.
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The post-racial revolution will be televised

The post-racial revolution will be televised | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Still looking for post-racial America? Turn on the TV. A racial revolution is being televised, and vampires, zombies and headless horsemen are leading the way.

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Ask Guggenheim and other creators of these sci-fi, fantasy and horror shows to elaborate, and they say the same things: We try to reflect the world we live in; we grew up with friends from different races so we don't like all-white backdrops; successful shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" prove that all of TV is getting more diverse.

 

TV shows that hire more racially diverse casts and writing staffs attract more viewers, a 2012 UCLA study found. Cable shows with 30% to 40% minority casts brought in bigger audiences; shows with casts and writing staffs that were less than 10% minority had the lowest ratings, researchers at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA concluded.

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The Mestizo Concept: A Product of European Imperialism

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"Every mestizo is one less Indian -- or one more Indian waiting to reemerge." - Jose Barreiro, Taino/Guajiro What is the concept of Mestizaje? What are its origins? What role does it have to play i...

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Black and Ivy: My alternate Harvard experience

Black and Ivy: My alternate Harvard experience | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
The writer, who attended Harvard in the late 1980s, identifies with the students protesting against racism, and recalls a campus rife with many different conflicts.

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"Our rooming group senior year was white, Puerto Rican, Asian American and black. We called ourselves the U.N. And we reveled in a culture that was diverse, LGBT and women-friendly. And especially FUN-friendly.


Thomas Lauderdale, now the heart of the bestselling band Pink Martini, would put on a dress and play the grand piano at his “Breakfast at Tiffanys” soirées. The house master, Robert J. Kiely, was a strong but magical presence. At the time the head of the English department, he invited me to an intimate dinner with Toni Morrison."

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#DangerousBlackKids: Black Twitter’s response to Dunn verdict

#DangerousBlackKids: Black Twitter’s response to Dunn verdict | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
In response to the Michael Dunn verdict, Twitter users posted photos of their children with the sarcastic hash tag, #DangerousBlackKids.
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"#DangerousBlackKids is not about proving our worthiness to live to those who would handwave our murders. It is not about being respectable enough to deserve life. It is about being human in public, with each other, for each other. It is a reminder to ourselves that we will never be the monsters society would like us to be, that we are complex, complicated, and eminently worthy of life because we are here," Mikki Kendall.

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‘Why I Don’t Want to Talk About Race’

‘Why I Don’t Want to Talk About Race’ | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Tom Matlack asked his friend Steve Locke to write for us about race. He declined. Here's why.
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A Must-Read even just for the recommended list of books to read.  

"As James Baldwin said, 'As long as you think that you are white, there is no hope for you.'"

 
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Tex Hall Releases Statement on Bakken-Related Murder Case

Tex Hall Releases Statement on Bakken-Related Murder Case | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation Chairman Tex Hall releases statement on Bakken-related murder case.
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News broke January 14, of a suspected murder for hire plan in Spokane, Washington that allegedly involved James T. Henrikson of North Dakota. Henrikson is currently under federal investigation, along with three others, for defrauding Moheshu Energy, Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation Chairman Tex Hall’s oil company, out of millions of dollars. Today Hall released a statement on the story’s allegations:

 
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How Well Does the Media Cover Race? [Report] - COLORLINES

How Well Does the Media Cover Race? [Report] - COLORLINES | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
In a new report, Colorlines’ publisher, Race Forward, analyzes more than one thousand articles and transcripts to see how mainstream media frame race and racism.
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You’ve probably noticed how media focus on whether or not Paula Deen or some other celebrity or public figure is intentionally racist, rather than on the institutional and structural root causes of the racial disparities that continue plague our society.

 

Well, now there’s a two-part report that can help you quantify that intuition, “Moving the Race Conversation Forward: How the Media Covers Racism, and Other Barriers to Productive Racial Discourse.” 


The report comes from the researchers at Race Forward, publisher of Colorlines, who analyzed nearly 1,200 newspaper articles and transcripts from cable TV outlets  from 2013, and found that two thirds of race-focused coverage either emphasized alleged individual racism or prioritized voices that dismissed the persistence of racism as a significant force in our country today.

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The Myth Of The Absent Black Father

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Despite years of sociological research debunking the idea that black fathers aren't involved in parenting, Americans can't let this stereotype go.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published new data on the role that American fathers play in parenting their children. 

 

In its coverage of the study, the Los Angeles Times noted that the results “defy stereotypes about black fatherhood” because the CDC found that black dads are more involved with their kids on a daily basis than dads from other racial groups:

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Until Housing is a Right, Blacks Will Live Marginalized Lives | Black Agenda Report

Until Housing is a Right, Blacks Will Live Marginalized Lives | Black Agenda Report | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
News, analysis and commentary from the black left.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford: A new report says housing policies should be based on filling social needs rather than using housing as a wealth-building mechanism. “Housing should be treated as a right, and housing policies must be informed by the realities of race.”

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“The very notion that housing should be affordable to all – much less that housing is a right – has all but disappeared from major party political discourse.”


This year’s Martin Luther King Day report from United for a Fair Economy critiques U.S. housing policy, which has always been geared towards individual family home ownership.

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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person... | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Being a Straight White Middle Class Able-Bodied Male can be like winning a lottery you didn't even know you were playing.
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Very cool insights from former Veruca Salt band member how grew up White & poor.

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