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White Supremacy Is Not The Kooks; It's The System

White Supremacy Is Not The Kooks; It's The System | digital divide information | Scoop.it
White supremacy is not a bunch of drunken speed freaks with average-to-good marksmanship. It’s not some kooks in robes, or black and red clothing, or shaved heads. It’s not the yahoos riding around in 110 degree heat on the Mexi-Cali border chasing immigrants. Those individuals might indeed be “supremacists,” though I doubt they could spell it, and their interpretations of it would be vastly different. No, white supremacy is more like white privlage. It is seamlessly woven into the very fabric of American culture. And I mean all of The Americas. 

 My Netflix addiction has allowed me to familiarize myself with contemporary Latin American culture. There are far more similarities between the USA and our neighbors to the South than there are differences. Of course, that’s also true of all human beings too, but that’s another story. What I’m talking about is that the skyline of Bogota could be the skyline of any major city in the USA. Same ugly skyscrapers and freeways, and like here, only the bridges have any personality. The interiors of the homes of the middle-class are the same as here; same Cost+ Danish-modern furniture, same bad art on the walls, same, and different, crappy processed foods. Same cellphone fetish, same faux-Euro fashion sense, same car culture, with many more motorbikes thrown into the mix. 

Also, the same styles of misogeny, racism, and classism; more exaggerated by the huge wealth divide between the rich, the middle class, and the poor. And at the top of politics, as well as the business and entertainment industries: white people! White supremacy is the rather quaint notion that Europeans can own other peoples lands; and tell the people on those lands what to do. It is a relic of the holy Roman Empire; the essential ingredient to allow unbridled ruthlessness; all in the name of God. White supremacy is the very definition of hubris. 

The Wikipedia entry is instructive: Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence, accomplishments or capabilities. Contrary to common expectations, hubris is not necessarily associated with high self-esteem but with highly fluctuating or variable self-esteem, and a gap between inflated self perception and a more modest reality. Hubris is generally considered a sin in world religions. 

C. S. Lewis writes, in "Mere Christianity," that pride is the "anti-God" state, the position in which the ego and the self are directly opposed to God: "Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.[2] 

Rush Rehm simplifies this definition of hubris to the contemporary concept of "insolence, contempt, and excessive violence.” Sometimes a person's hubris is also associated with a lack of knowledge. One notable example is the Battle of Little Big Horn, as General George Armstrong Custer was apocryphally reputed to have said there: "Where did all those damned Indians come from?"[12] 

Well, even leaving the Big Guy out of it, hubris seems to be the fatal flaw in the “European” plan to dominate the world. The idea that their (English/German/French et. al.) way of life is the “best,” and that “everyone” wants to copy it is simply not true. People always will desire superior technology; stainless-steel cookware is definitely better that a clay pot or reed basket for cooking. But that’s not the same as saying:”therefore, I want to become a wage-slave and consumer.” Perhaps the most egregious example of white supremacy/hubris is the idea that this is “our” country, by which they mean the Western Hemisphere. 

Imagine going to Europe, killing a few Frenchies, and saying; “OBTW, I now own your lands.” As appealing as that may sound, it would be understandable if the locals never conceded that it was indeed your land. This also holds true for the occupation of The Americas by the Euros. 500+ years on, the indigenous people of this country do not feel it belongs to the Europeans; neither do the "freed" slaves, immigrants, refugees, and displaced persons that make up the bulk of the American masses. It’s OUR country. Another reason white supremacy = hubris is that the best and brightest stayed in Europe, nice and comfy in their estates and pied-a-terries, whatever those are. 

The people who “founded” America were mostly convict labor, servants, slaves, and anyone else who was too poor or too slow to escape the law; along with the steely-eyed gunmen hired to hunt and kill Indians, escaped slaves, and disobedient whites. The gentry came along much later, after the swamps had been drained, the forests felled, and the natives, bears, wolves, and cougars killed or run off. White supremacy is a mindset that allows white people to commit atrocious, heinous crimes and then look round as if to say: “Who, me?” It is the assumption that some crimes will go unpunished, both in this life and the next, if there is one. It is the ability to unapolegetically and unselfconsciously drive or fly to a conference on global warming. 

White supremacy is able to forget the suffering of people in “the news” is caused by blind obedience to a system that will detain you indefinitely without a charge or trial if you are suspected of a “crime,” the very definition of which changes daily. So leave the skinheads alone. They really don’t want any attention, they’re just a bunch of socially awkward nerds. The guys in the woods with 30 firearms is not the problem; he’ll probably blow himself up, or be shot by his neighbor or a Fish and Game warden long before the mythical “race war.” 

Loudmouth idiots like Rush Limbaugh don’t even believe half of what they’re saying; “shock jocks” have very little real influence on people. No, white supremacy is The System; the whole rotten, stinking mess mislabeled “Democracy.” Getting rid of a few psychopathic cops is not going to change anything in this country. For white supremacy to be abolished, the whole damn system must be changed.

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Putting Families First: Digital Strategies for Early Literacy, Part One

Putting Families First: Digital Strategies for Early Literacy, Part One | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Apple’s App Store offers consumers over 80,000 “educational” apps. But do we know if any of these resources are making a difference in children’s lives? Are early literacy and family engagement programs finding them to be useful? Do all families have equal access to quality content and mentors to help them become more selective? What are community leaders doing to help?
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The Good News About Educational Inequality

The Good News About Educational Inequality | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The enormous gap in academic performance between rich and poor children has begun to narrow.
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Is Google Fiber dead yet — or is Alphabet just trying to kill it?

Is Google Fiber dead yet — or is Alphabet just trying to kill it? | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The highly praised initiative has proven to be unprofitable, and Google's parent company seems fed up with it
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Why smartphones alone won’t close the digital divide

Why smartphones alone won’t close the digital divide | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Smartphones provide access to online information, but they are limited for doing homework, taking courses or applying for jobs. The Legislature and internet service companies should partner to ensure that all eligible low-income Californians receive affordable broadband plans and computers.

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Low-income kindergartners are closing the achievement gap, reversing a decades-old trend

Low-income kindergartners are closing the achievement gap, reversing a decades-old trend | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The good news surprised researchers, who also found that low-income parents are spending more time reading with their young children.
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Universities in America's South Are Fiscally Crumbling

Universities in America's South Are Fiscally Crumbling | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Colleges in the region are disproportionately losing funding and students.
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Digital Divides 2016

Lee Rainie is giving a keynote address at the Internet Governance Forum, discussing the digital divide that exists in 2016.
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Good School, Rich School; Bad School, Poor School

Good School, Rich School; Bad School, Poor School | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The inequality at the heart of America’s education system
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Where Preschool Doesn't Cost a Dime

Where Preschool Doesn't Cost a Dime | digital divide information | Scoop.it
BRISTOL, England—Any child in England who has turned 3 by Sept. 1 is guaranteed 15 hours a week of free childcare or preschool for 38 weeks a year, or 570 hours total, paid for by the national government.

“We don’t think of it as socialism at all,” said the Oxford University professor Edward Melhuish, who studies child development and was instrumental in conducting the research that largely led to England’s current policies. “We think of it as common sense.”

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Pencils, Books … and Full Internet Access

Pencils, Books … and Full Internet Access | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Those who have round-the-clock access to the internet have a significant advantage over those who do not.
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Special Education Practices

Special Education Practices | digital divide information | Scoop.it
What kind of support is helpful for students with special needs?

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Fault Lines: America's Most Segregating School District Borders

Fault Lines: America's Most Segregating School District Borders | digital divide information | Scoop.it
A comprehensive, national analysis identifies the 50 most segregating school district borders in the country.

 

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"Income-based segregation between school districts is rising. Today, high-poverty school districts enroll half of America's schoolchildren. Often these high poverty districts neighbor wealthier school systems where children have access to greater resources. Because property taxes play such an important role in school funding, affluent communities have an incentive to establish school district borders around their neighborhoods in order to ensure that the benefit of their wealth is reserved for their children alone. When the families with means isolate themselves in wealthy districts, low-income children are left behind and income segregation between school districts increases.

 

"This report presents the results of EdBuild’s analysis of the degree of income segregation across America's school district borders. In particular, it highlights trends among the 50 most segregating borders, and tells the stories of Detroit, MI; Birmingham, AL; Clairton, PA; Dayton, OH; and Balsz, AZ, whose borders with wealthy neighboring districts are the most segregated in the country."


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Sharper vision: What’s new in interactive displays for education

Sharper vision: What’s new in interactive displays for education | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Advances in interactive display technology expand the ability for teachers and students to collaborate in the classroom as evermore powerful mobile devices are used to share content.

Via Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου, Stephania Savva
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Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Forget about all the vague, superficial information out there. Edutopia blogger Terry Heick cuts to the chase with 19 meaningful questions parents can ask their children's teachers at the beginning of the school year.
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Google celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service with VR tours of most dangerous, inaccessible parks

Google celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service with VR tours of most dangerous, inaccessible parks | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Users can take guided tours, or wander alone in areas otherwise inaccessible to the public VIDEO
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Can’t Afford Coding Camp? The Feds May Have a Loan for You

Can’t Afford Coding Camp? The Feds May Have a Loan for You | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The future of education is almost here.
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Poverty Facts: Insight On Mankind's Biggest Issue - Richmond Vale Academy

Poverty Facts: Insight On Mankind's Biggest Issue - Richmond Vale Academy | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Down below you will find poverty facts, which will hopefully be useful in providing you with insight on poverty, its complexity and why it i

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10 Things to Know about the Charter School Debate

10 Things to Know about the Charter School Debate | digital divide information | Scoop.it
At separate conventions this summer, the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter Movement—the nation’s oldest and the youngest civil rights organizations—passed resolutions critical of charter schools and the privatization of education. We may have reached a watershed moment for market-based school choice. This article appeared here first at the Progressive Magazine. Here are 10 things to consider about…
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EducationHQ Australia - Chief Scientist Alan Finkel: 'Why nothing could replace a dedicated teacher"

EducationHQ Australia - Chief Scientist Alan Finkel: 'Why nothing could replace a dedicated teacher" | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Worried robots will replace teachers one day? Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO isn't. In this month's Hard Word, he lays out why an "inspiring human being" will always help children achieve more.

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How hard is it to keep kindergartners focused on a class lesson? This hard.

How hard is it to keep kindergartners focused on a class lesson? This hard. | digital divide information | Scoop.it
This is more than a charming look inside a kindergarten class, but a message to officials who dictate policy without understanding how children think and behave.
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5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Teachers may offer up a killer classroom library and carve out class time for silent reading, but these two things do not guarantee prolific reading, or even moderate reading from your students. One of my goals when I was teaching high school was this: to have students fall in love with reading while they were in my classroom (or at least like it a little more).

So how do you motivate secondary students in a deeper, lifelong reader way? It's not just about helping a student find that right book, as teachers often see as the ultimate mission, but it's about giving reasons for reading -- and really good ones. Because let's face it, there's plenty of stuff we all have to read that we may not be crazy about, but we know it's good for us. The following motivators are inspired by educator Kelly Gallagher's book, Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School.

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Give Old iPhones and iPads a New Lease on Life

Give Old iPhones and iPads a New Lease on Life | digital divide information | Scoop.it
How to revive old iPhone and iPads: Repurpose smartphones and tablets as home security monitors, second computer screens, dedicated backseat entertainment units in the car and more.
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Black students file civil rights complaint against Richmond schools over discipline practices

Black students file civil rights complaint against Richmond schools over discipline practices | digital divide information | Scoop.it
In the majority-black school district, black students with disabilities faced suspension at 13 times the rate as white peers without disabilities.
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