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BLACK LIVES AND MY WHITE PRIVILEGE: LESSONS FROM CHILDHOOD

BLACK LIVES AND MY WHITE PRIVILEGE: LESSONS FROM CHILDHOOD | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Sometimes the lessons of childhood make more sense when the world has changed and we are looking back.
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The NY Rens Were The ‘Greatest Basketball Team You Have Never Heard Of’

The NY Rens Were The ‘Greatest Basketball Team You Have Never Heard Of’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Their home court was a dance floor. John Wooden, who played against them, said he’d never seen better team basketball. And yet the NY Rens are still unknown even to hardcore fans.
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Great sports and great sportsmen. Let us celebrate the dignity they brought to their game. 
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Death of the Reagan revolution: Why the Southern Strategy is beginning to come undone

Death of the Reagan revolution: Why the Southern Strategy is beginning to come undone | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For years, the GOP establishment harnessed the power of Southern whites for their own ends. Not any more
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Having started my political life as an Eisenhower Republican, I have watched that party move far from my values and now  prepare itself for dissolution. The sad reality is that the South has set itself up to lose the dignity which is so much a part of its heritage.

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Tuskegee Airman Who Flew 26 Missions Over Germany Dies at 90

Tuskegee Airman Who Flew 26 Missions Over Germany Dies at 90 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Calvin Spann participated in the longest bomber escort mission in 15th Air Force history
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America must never forget the Black soldiers, sailors, and airmen who helped defeat The Axis despite the prejudices at home. And let us also remember the Japanese-Americans who fought while their families were in concentration camps and the Native Americans whose culture and lands had been expropriated but who still fought valiantly. Let us remember all those men and women and speak of them every time some political hatemonger tells us that one group or another is not worthy to be Americans.

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Ex-Hill aide who admitted 2 assaults avoids jail after he becomes a victim

Ex-Hill aide who admitted 2 assaults avoids jail after he becomes a victim | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donny Ray Williams Jr. received a suspended jail term after acid attack disfigured and partially blinded him.
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While this man has unquestionably suffered, the simple reality is his own best guess is that it was his unthinking penis that got him hurt just as it led to his hurting those women. I honestly believe that if he is to be allowed to live free, he should be chemically castrated (or physically). That he suffered from a crime doesn't free him from the moral consequences of being a rapist. And to hide behind the idea that in any way his behavior was the result of his race and its effect on him as a man?! Sorry, but that is a disgusting defense.

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10 Pictures You May Need To Show Your Kids. But I Really Hope You Don't Have To.

10 Pictures You May Need To Show Your Kids. But I Really Hope You Don't Have To. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Inspiring and sad and scary and positive all at the same time.
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These young men from the Yale University Black Men's Union have something important to say to their unborn children. While clearly about race and racism, these pictures also say something about what is best in young men and women who face the world with hope and determination.

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The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share

The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Have you read Musings and Checkers? A piece to make you think.

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N.C. governor grants pardons in divisive civil rights-era case

N.C. governor grants pardons in divisive civil rights-era case | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue pardoned on Monday a mostly African-American group known as the "Wilmington 10" after they were falsely convicted of firebombing a white-owned grocery store in 1971 during...
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It only took 42 years. I am glad that something like justice has been done, but enraged that it has taken so long and that there is no way to undo the harm of such despicable behavior by the state.

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The South’s Confederate-monument problem is not going away

The South’s Confederate-monument problem is not going away | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The narrative of America’s history has never been purely about what happened, but our memory of it.
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I have always loved history and revered its lessons. But what are the lessons of the monuments and flags of the Confederacy? Most of this brouhaha rests not on the actual war itself but on the determined defiance of children and grandchildren who believed they had in some way been deprived of their legacy and power. Throughout the south, there was (and continues to be) a rancor and racism that says, "We should have won. We should have kept our white supremacy. It was unfair because our soldiers were braver and our generals smarter. They beat us down with numbers and with wealth." In the end, we must not glorify the evils in our past—especially the evils of slavery and racism. But neither should we denigrate the dead who followed their beliefs into battle. We must find a new synthesis, one that can honor us all by forging a national identity that recognizes the importance of change and growth. 
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‘Everyone’s a winner!’ – Award ceremonies to become more inclusive | NewsBiscuit

‘Everyone’s a winner!’ – Award ceremonies to become more inclusive | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In attempt to combat accusations of cultural, ethnic or skill bias; the Oscars are planning to award prizes to ‘every person with a selfie-stick’. The short-list for Best Actor 2016 has now extended to include 1.4bn people of dubious talent, although a disproportionate number of the nominees are now teenage girls called ‘Harper’. While there is a legitimate argument that employment data should mirror demographics, it is odd to suggest that ‘success’ should be equally as fair; which could lead to midgets winning basketball tournaments.
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For my part, I don't think a lot of movies are worth giving awards, but I wish instead of recognizing "The Best" the academy recognized the "good" giving awards to all those that are truly deserving. In my opinion, some years we should have more than one winner and in other years zilch. As for race, well there are some great Black actors and film makers who should be recognized; but more importantly we need to have more opportunities for Black artists to make films. 

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Panel Studying Racial Divide in Missouri Presents a Blunt Picture of Inequity

Panel Studying Racial Divide in Missouri Presents a Blunt Picture of Inequity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A commission appointed by the governor after the death of Michael Brown is calling for sweeping changes on matters of policing, the courts, education, health care, housing and more.
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Congratulations to Gov. Nixon for creating this commission and to the members of the commission for creating a meaningful report. Now, the big questions: Will the legislature of Missouri do anything to create real change? If not, will the voters of Missouri turn the rascals out and replace them with legislators committed to a just and equitable society?

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New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study says black students are more likely to get criminalized discipline, while white students receive medical intervention.
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This study is consistent with others, for example while teacher reaction to misbehaviors of Blacks and Whites are the same when they are told it is a first offense, their reaction is much more punitive when they are told the misbehavior is a second offense.  Also, the language used by school therapists tends to differ; at least that was my personal experience as a clinician reviewing their reports. A White kid might be described as active, while a Black demonstrating the same qualities might be called disruptive.

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Musings And Checkers by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog

Musings And Checkers by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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I hope this piece affects the way people talk about an important topic and how they understand American history.

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Musings And Checkers by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog

Musings And Checkers by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

What eight-year-old boy doesn’t want to do things with his dad? When my father told me to hop in our black four-door Ford, I was happy to oblige. That we were going to the general store made it all the better.

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Because no subject matters more in modern America than the question of race, I hope you will read, comment on, and share this essay.

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Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Data show that for most white Americans, none of their best friends are black.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I first saw this on Facebook, and I thought it worth sharing. Personally, I seldom think about the race of my friends unless there is a specific reason, for example when discussing Indian topics with one of my Native American friends or Indian topics with one of my Indian friends (from India) or Black related issues with one of my Black friends, or ... You get the point. But all of them, Indian, Indian, Black, Hispanic, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Euro-American, or European, etc.: all of them share two very important qualities: they are intelligent and caring people. Does anything else really matter? Oh, yeah, I love and respect them all.

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