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Holocaust essay prompt causes controversy

Holocaust essay prompt causes controversy | Humanity | Scoop.it
Chris Matthews talks to Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Martin Goldsmith about an essay assignment in California that asked students to prove the Holocaust actually occurred.
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10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools

We love teachers – so this author's offering great tips for improving your teaching practice by paying more critical attention to race in our schools. If you've made any of these mistakes, here's what to do instead.
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Kosha Dillz Op-Ed: My Experience With Anti-Semitism Around the World

Kosha Dillz Op-Ed: My Experience With Anti-Semitism Around the World | Humanity | Scoop.it
The entire globe watched the Internet lose its head this past week with Matisyahu and a Rototom Reggae Festival being conquered by BDS (boycott divestment, and sanctions), unconquered, and freed all in a matter of 72 hours. Personally, I noticed a huge amount of slack and opinion being dished on similar topics in my news feed. All of a sudden, Facebook friends from all creeds became experts in Middle Eastern politics, defining the difference between Zionism and Judaism, Israel, Palestine, and all of its legal boundaries. 
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Public (School) Enemy Number One: How Structural Racism Undermines New Orleans Public Education

Public (School) Enemy Number One: How Structural Racism Undermines New Orleans Public Education | Humanity | Scoop.it
Despite the various narratives of progress, black and brown kids across our city--almost regardless of school, age, neighborhood, or income--are punished, threatened, failing, and producing predictable, vilified, low test scores.
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‘Anne & Emmett’ is timely play about racism

‘Anne & Emmett’ is timely play about racism | Humanity | Scoop.it
Author Janet Langhart Cohen speaks about racism in America. Her play is at IRT Sept. 4-6.
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Michael Robinson's Diabetes Jail Death Over Child Support Was Cruel | MyBrownBaby

Michael Robinson's Diabetes Jail Death Over Child Support Was Cruel | MyBrownBaby | Humanity | Scoop.it
Michael Robinson got arrested for failing to pay child support and died after being denied life-saving insulin. It's time to advocate for prisoner's rights.
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America's native prisoners of war

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Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk.
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A powerful and vital TEDTalk.

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Elephant 'cries' while being rescued after 50 years of abuse in India

Elephant 'cries' while being rescued after 50 years of abuse in India | Humanity | Scoop.it
An elephant that was kept in chains for 50 years and abused by a drug addict who used the animal beg in India has been freed.
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Missing Israeli Teenagers Revive a Mother’s Hard-Earned Intimacy With Loss

Missing Israeli Teenagers Revive a Mother’s Hard-Earned Intimacy With Loss | Humanity | Scoop.it
For Sherri Mandell, whose son was killed in the West Bank more than a decade ago, the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers feels all too familiar.
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Looking for Pearls: Savannah's last Holocaust survivor dreams of lilacs

On April 28 at the Holocaust Remembrance Service at the JEA I met a 9-year-old Hungarian girl who is now 79. Vera Hoffman is Savannah's last Holocaust survivor.
Candles were lit for survivors who have passed away.
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Girl forges bond with dog, progresses in speech therapy

Girl forges bond with dog, progresses in speech therapy | Humanity | Scoop.it
In a new pediatric unit at Memorial Hospital Miramar , a special golden retriever named Compass is helping a 3-year-old girl find her voice.
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Relational aggression-withholding friendship as a weapon-is seen in children as young as 2½

Relational aggression-withholding friendship as a weapon-is seen in children as young as 2½ | Humanity | Scoop.it
Children, especially girls, who are still in kindergarten or even younger form cliques and withhold friendship as a weapon. New programs to teach empathy.
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Pope Francis’ Address at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial | Salt + Light Blog

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Farmworkers to Publix: A penny more can change lives | Local Business | Bradenton Herald

Farmworkers to Publix: A penny more can change lives | Local Business | Bradenton Herald | Humanity | Scoop.it
A penny more. It does not sound like a lot, but to a group of about 100 people protesting Sunday outside a Coral Gables Publix, one cent more per pound of tomatoes means shorter days, higher pay and better working conditions for the thousands of laborers who pick the crops.
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Anti-Semitism Issue Again Confronts UC Regents - Santa Monica Mirror

Anti-Semitism Issue Again Confronts UC Regents - Santa Monica Mirror | Humanity | Scoop.it
Back in June, the president of the University of California promised on national radio that the UC Board of Regents would vote in its next m...
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Rapper Kosha Dillz fighting anti-Semitism one rhyme at a time - Jerusalem Post Israel News

Rapper Kosha Dillz fighting anti-Semitism one rhyme at a time - Jerusalem Post Israel News | Humanity | Scoop.it
The Jewish American rapper, who performs in Hebrew, Spanish and English talks about the increasing pressure on Jewish artists to bring politics into their act.
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The guy who broke strict religious protocol to save a kid's life

The guy who broke strict religious protocol to save a kid's life | Humanity | Scoop.it
Inspiring story of Harman Singh, who broke his strict religious protocol and took off his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a 5-year-old kid.
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Black Lives Matter – Except Biram Dah Ould Abeid’s

Black Lives Matter – Except Biram Dah Ould Abeid’s | Humanity | Scoop.it
Deafening silence greets Mauritanian anti-slavery activist’s three-year prison sentence.
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Young black man jailed since April for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell

Young black man jailed since April for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell | Humanity | Scoop.it
Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, had been held in Virginia jail without bail for nearly four months, accused of stealing a Mountain Dew, Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake
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DAKOTA 38 - Full Movie in HD - YouTube

DAKOTA 38 - Full Movie in HD - YouTube | Humanity | Scoop.it
To download the film in HD, burn your own DVD, or order a free copy of the DVD, visit http://www.dakota38.com/ . In honoring honor native traditions surround...
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Please take the time to watch this film.  We must understand the history of this country and the damage that has been done, and the healing that needs to take place. Thank you.

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At kidnapping site, Jews and Muslims join in prayer

At kidnapping site, Jews and Muslims join in prayer | Humanity | Scoop.it
In heart of West Bank's Etzion bloc, sheikh, rabbi, activists and others gather to issue joint call for three teens to be returned safely
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Film Tells Story Of How A 90-Year-Old Jazz Icon Became Friends With A Young Pianist

Film Tells Story Of How A 90-Year-Old Jazz Icon Became Friends With A Young Pianist | Humanity | Scoop.it
Justin Kauflin is a young twentysomething pianist who, at age 11, lost his eyesight. Jazz legend Clark Terry — the revolutionary flugelhornist who played
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Google discloses its (lack of) diversity

Google discloses its (lack of) diversity | Humanity | Scoop.it
In a rare glimpse behind the tech curtain, Google on Wednesday released its diversity figures.
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Tom Rogan - Touré, the Holocaust, and Hashtagosophy

Tom Rogan - Touré, the Holocaust, and Hashtagosophy | Humanity | Scoop.it
Early Saturday morning, the MSNBC host/hyperventilating philosopher Touré again enlightened the world. Facing a tweeter who mentioned that his parents had survived the Holocaust and then found the American dream, Touré responded, “The power of whiteness.”

Even for a man who thinks that Kenya sits on the Mediterranean, this was a particularly idiotic statement. With four words and an abundance of flippant pride, in one moment, Touré decided that his education project — making America understand that white supremacy still reigns — was more important than the Holocaust.

#ad#In four words, we see the trivialization of 6 million Jews killed for being Jewish. It’s the brushing away of industrial murder.

The statistics tell part of the story: 3 million Polish Jews (about 90 percent of Poland’s Jewish population) were murdered during the Holocaust. Under Nazi dominion, majority percentages of Jewish populations in many other European states were also massacred. But the statistics don’t tell the whole tale. To understand what the Holocaust truly was, one must visit the camps.

Along with millions of others, I’ve been to Auschwitz. A place to which Touré must now go. If nothing else, Auschwitz would likely jolt Touré’s 140-character hashtagosophy out of existence. That’s because Auschwitz isn’t simply a memorial, it’s a testament to prejudice in its worst form. After all, at Auschwitz, the slaves were the lucky ones. Entering under the gatehouse of death, the prisoners were separated into those who would die immediately, those who could be experimented on, and those who could work as slaves. Or what the camp commandant of another Nazi death camp called “Schöne Zeiten.” “The good times.”

Three particular places at Auschwitz have stuck with me most:

The gas chambers. Small spaces once covered by small vents filled with small pellets. Three small things that, together, killed over a million people.

The dormitories. Rows of wooden bunk beds that were once infested with rats, lice, and disease. Each night, those on the lowest bunks would face the dripping feces of those dying above.

The sorting rooms. The mounds of glasses, hair, and shoes that offer the human echo of the Holocaust’s victims. Incidentally, if you want to understand Israeli nuclear security strategy, go to a Nazi death camp.

Of course, Auschwitz is just one tombstone of the Holocaust. The other Nazi death factories are equally deserving of our attention. As are the Nazis’ other victims, such as the Romani people. But having been to any of these places, one cannot but be repelled by this tweet. It’s just too full of disdain and too ignorant of injustice. Still, we shouldn’t be surprised. Touré is a fervent hashtagosopher of the lowest order. Take his appraisal of the Syrian Civil War — U.S. farming politics are “far more” important. Regardless, as with his MSNBC compatriot Ed Schultz — a man who believes that homosexuals were Hitler’s most suffering victims – Touré shames his ideology. Historically deficient and morally unhinged, this is liberalism as the destroyer of its purported cause — justice for all the oppressed.

— Tom Rogan is a blogger and a columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He is based in Washington, D.C.
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