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Whiteness Matters

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The failed responses, at a rhetorical and a policy level in the aftermath of Katrina and post-Trayvon highlights a persistent failure to account for American racism.
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The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives”
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blackfemlens: Thank God for Abortion: What's At Stake For Black Women

blackfemlens: Thank God for Abortion: What's At Stake For Black Women | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
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Too many people have remained passive, or funneled all their energies into supporting politicians who have openly promised to seek ‘common ground’ with forces who are fighting for female enslavement. Seeking ‘common ground’ has really meant ceding ground to this whole onslaught. There can be no common ground with those who are fighting for female enslavement. The fight over abortion has never been about babies it has been about control over women.” 

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The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him

The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
'The culprits in a Congress where, from the White House point of view, evil has been every shade of Republican turned out to be seven disloyal Democrats.' David Bromwich, TomDispatch
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"Extreme caution marked all of Obama’s early actions in public life. Rare departures from this progress-without-a-trail -- such as his pledge to filibuster granting immunity to the giants of the telecommunications industry in order to expose them to possible prosecution for warrantless surveillance -- appear in retrospect wholly tactical."

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My Brother’s Keeper: How We Failed the Central Park Five | ACS

by Kanya Bennett, Director of Policy Development and Programming at the American Constitution Society, Angelyn Frazer, State Legislative Affairs Director at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society Foundations

In 1989, five African American and Latino boys were wrongly convicted of a heinous crime committed in New
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"We continue to deal with biased law enforcement, overzealous prosecutors, and under-resourced defense counsel. And where you would expect to see the greatest reform – interrogation and confession practices – change has been slow. False confessions played a significant role in convicting the Central Park Five, but the New York Police Department (NYPD) has yet to implement a precinct-wide requirement that confessions, and importantly, the interrogations leading to confessions, be videotaped."

  
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Fair Trade? Why Armstrong Williams Doesn't Represent Broadcast Diversity

Fair Trade? Why Armstrong Williams Doesn't Represent Broadcast Diversity | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
A recent Wall Street Journal Op-Ed claims that a proposed FCC rule is designed to target and derail the ownership plans of African-American Armstrong Williams. This is, in a word, false.
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More scamhood from Armstrong Williams offering himself up as the Black strawman.

 

"The joint sales agreements (JSAs) and SSAs between Sinclair and Armstrong Williams’ company, Howard Stirk Holdings, are illustrative of many similar agreements across the country.

Under these arrangements, Sinclair provides Howard Stirk with all technical, promotional, marketing, back-office, payroll, sales and related services. Sinclair also has the right to provide Howard Stirk stations with up to 25 hours of programming."

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Who is Black? Striking Images of the World's Dark-Skinned People Inaccurately Considered Non-Black - Atlanta Black Star

Who is Black? Striking Images of the World's Dark-Skinned People Inaccurately Considered Non-Black - Atlanta Black Star | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Black Arabia “Black Arab” may be a confusing concept to many people in the West, where Arabs are classified as Caucasian people. However, all uses of the word “Arab” prior to the rise of Islam in the 7th century refer specifically to people belonging to the Bedouin ethnic group.  After that and leading up to […]
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Who is Black? "Today’s Arabs are a mixture of these groups, with those of darker-skin facing the typical discrimination and oppression seen by the darker peoples of the world. . . ."

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[IN MEMORIUM]
Who Was Chokwe Lumumba?

[IN MEMORIUM]<br/>Who Was Chokwe Lumumba? | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
The Honorable Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Lumumba, an unapologetic revolutionary "New Afrikan" (Black) nationalist, fighting for the human rights and dignity of Black folks in a place…
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Since 'America's Black Revolutionary Mayor' died suddenly on Feb 25, the Internet has been buzzing with his name, but still too few know who he really was

Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/news-views/who-was-chokwe-lumumba-987#ixzz2vJCmtugO ;
Follow us: @EbonyMag on Twitter | EbonyMag on Facebook

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8 Black Female Inventors You Might Not Know - Atlanta Black Star

8 Black Female Inventors You Might Not Know - Atlanta Black Star | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
  Dr. Shirley Jackson is an American physicist.  She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, becoming the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate at MIT in nuclear physics. Currently, Jackson is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. In addition to her academic achievements, she also has an impressive list of inventions to her credit. […]
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8 Black Female Inventors You Might Not Know

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Marissa Alexander Now Faces 60 Years in Prison for Firing a Warning Shot in Self Defense

Marissa Alexander Now Faces 60 Years in Prison for Firing a Warning Shot in Self Defense | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
The new sentence is three times as long as the one she received in 2012.
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“Remember that when Marissa Alexander fired her warning shot to save her own life, she caused no injuries. Now she’s facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison for that act of self-defense,” said advocate Sumayya Fire in the statement. “That should send a chill down the back of every person in this country who believes that women who are attacked have the right to defend themselves.”

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Mount Holyoke, A College For White Men?

Mount Holyoke, A College For White Men? | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
I am a black student at Mount Holyoke College, the first of the seven sister schools, which was started because no other American colleges accepted women. Mount Holyoke women are taught to be bold,...
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"I spent the early hours of Saturday morning at the South Hadley Police Department having been arrested at Mount Holyoke for “breach of peace.” This is how the story begins."

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"I am a black student at Mount Holyoke College, the first of the seven sister schools, which was started because no other American colleges accepted women. Mount Holyoke women are taught to be bold, to never fear change, and to speak up against injustice… unless you’re a student of colour. 177 years later white male privilege still reigns supreme here. And it is actively reinforced by campus police.

 

I spent the early hours of Saturday morning at the South Hadley Police Department having been arrested at Mount Holyoke for “breach of peace.” This is how the story begins."

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“Post-racial America” is a dangerous lie: Why the fantasy is naive, insidious and deadly

“Post-racial America” is a dangerous lie: Why the fantasy is naive, insidious and deadly | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

BRITTNEY COOPER

"How false optimism on race seduces idealistic black youth into identifying with the very people who’d kill them."

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"Part of what Miles’ impressions of Dunn reveal is that the defense did a far better job of humanizing Dunn for the jury than the prosecution did of humanizing Jordan for the jury."

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Dillard President Asks Dr. Dre Why He Gave $35 Million to USC and Not a Black College

Dillard President Asks Dr. Dre Why He Gave $35 Million to USC and Not a Black College | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
________________ The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of AllHipHop.com _________________ This piece originally ran on yourblackwo...
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"Some may argue that Dr. Dre can do whatever he wants with his money, and this point is valid:  No one has the right to tell any of us what to do – a child has no obligation to care about his mother, a husband has no real obligation to provide for his wife, the list goes on and on.  But the truth is that if you choose not to care about your community, then don’t expect your community to care about you.   Black people have always been incredibly loyal and supportive of Dr. Dre, particularly those who made him the defacto King of Compton and Long Beach.  It would seem that his greatest economic gift should go to them instead."

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Racism: The Most Violent Weapon in Human History - Hip-Hop and Politics

Racism: The Most Violent Weapon in Human History - Hip-Hop and Politics | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Racial Justice educators and authors J-Love and David Leonard tackle another tough issue about the destructive force of racism..
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"The history of violence directed at African Americans is grounded in a history of systemic racism; efforts to protect slavery, irrational fear, segregation, Jim Crow, stereotypes and white privilege are all part of this history."

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"Dumbin' Down: Reflections on the Mis-education of the Negro" - Dr. Jeff Menzise

"Dumbin' Down: Reflections on the Mis-education of the Negro" - Dr. Jeff Menzise | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

Mind On the Matter  On- Line Store

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"Dumbin' Down: Reflections on the Mis-education of the Negro" 

 

"The first of Dr. Menzise's books is a chapter for chapter reflection on the timeless work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson: The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933). Dr. Menzise applies his expertise as a clinically trained School Psychologist, parent, and educator to the already lucid, insightful and prophetic thoughts of Dr. Woodson. "

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The Rite of Passage

The Rite of Passage | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Hotep, many of you have probably never experienced Homelessness before, so I will explain it to you since I have.  Homelessness is many things, it is a feeli…

Via Mark Wells
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This post is from a brother who is currently living the life of homelessness. We should be thankful that Allah gave him the will and courage to share his story for that we all may wake up to the reality of homelessness and our collective reaction to it, Insha'Allah.

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Why Stuart Hall Mattered

Why Stuart Hall Mattered | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
The Marxist intellectual revolutionized how we think about pop culture. But the U.S. media barely noted his death.
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"Stuart helped redefine what was meant by “ideology.” Drawing from the work of Antonio Gramsci, the Italian theorist jailed by Mussolini for a decade, Hall insisted that ideology was not only a specific set of ideas, like Communism or Catholicism; it was the everyday, “commonsense” values and attitudes embedded in media, which often benefited elites while also addressing the aspirations of everyday people by giving lip service to equality or upward mobility. Such common sense can also pit non-elites against each other, by, say, equating criminality with people of color in the news or reinforcing subservient roles for women. Hall insisted that exposing how ideological messages are embedded in “just entertainment” is the job of academics and public intellectuals."

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This Week on OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham >> March 15, 2014

This Week on OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham >> March 15, 2014 | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham  THIS WEEK     Listen Live Call-in Number: (347) 838-9852 March 15, 2014 "Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America" Author and Professor, Dr. Thabi...
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March 15, 2014“Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America”
Author and Professor, Dr. Thabiti Lewis
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8 Black Documentary Films Everyone Should Watch - Atlanta Black Star

8 Black Documentary Films Everyone Should Watch - Atlanta Black Star | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
“Have You Heard From Johannesburg?” “Have You Heard From Johannesburg?” is a seven-part documentary series that shines light on the global citizens movements that took on South Africa’s apartheid regime. It focuses on one of South Africa’s most important and powerful allies, the United States, which becomes a key battleground in the anti-apartheid movement as […]
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8 Black Documentary Films Everyone Should Watch
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The Comparative Suffering of "Black Girls' Zero-Sum Struggle" and "My Brother's Keeper"

The Comparative Suffering of "Black Girls' Zero-Sum Struggle" and "My Brother's Keeper" | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
An Uppity Negro Response to Brittney Cooper and why comparative gender suffering is a zero-sum gain for all.
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"For me, to do work and support initiatives and to lobby for policy changes that is specifically geared to black and brown males does not make one a supporter of heteronormative patriarchy. "

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Dr. Anthony Monteiro and the Assault on the Black Radical Tradition » CounterPunch

Dr. Anthony Monteiro and the Assault on the Black Radical Tradition » CounterPunch | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Dr. Anthony Monteiro and the Assault on the Black Radical Tradition
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"Although the struggle led by Monteiro was ultimately successful, this victory left a bullseye on his back, and it seems that Dean Soufas used the issue of his contract termination as her vengeance. "

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Like Obama Himself, My Brother’s Keeper Is Admirable but Flawed

Like Obama Himself, My Brother’s Keeper Is Admirable but Flawed | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

Mychal Denzel Smith on February 28, 2014 - 11:18 AM ET

"While President Obama no doubt cares deeply about America’s inequality, his approach to solving it is flawed."

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"Black and Latino boys are disproportionately targeted by police actions like stop-and-frisk. One in every fifteen black men and one in every thirty-six Hispanic men are incarcerated, as compared to one in every 106 white men."

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The good white folks of the Academy | Al Jazeera America

The good white folks of the Academy | Al Jazeera America | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
How Oscar-nominated films misrepresent African-American history
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"A historical aberration

Modern filmmakers who want to accurately convey the evils of slavery could do so through the stories of Toussaint Louverture or Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman or Frederick Douglass — or any of the other thousands of slaves who didn’t look to white saviors to escape their bondage."

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ZCommunications » The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals

ZCommunications » The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
The Long, Slow Surrender of American LiberalsBy Adolph Reed Jr. 
Source: Harper's 
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"Exaggerating the differences between Democratic and Republican candidates, moreover, encourages the retrospective sanitizing of previous Democratic candidates and administrations. "

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Spike Lee: Black Culture in New York Being Erased by Whites with "Christopher Columbus Syndrome" | Hinterland Gazette

Spike Lee: Black Culture in New York Being Erased by Whites with "Christopher Columbus Syndrome" | Hinterland Gazette | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Spike Lee says black culture being erased from New York City by whites with "Christopher Columbus Syndrome" and Fort Greene looks like Westminster Dog Show.
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‘You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re motherf*****’ Columbus and kill off the Native Americans. Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people. You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people.’

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Big Pimpin’, Spendin’ Cheese: How Rappers Like Jay-Z Help Keep You in Poverty

Big Pimpin’, Spendin’ Cheese: How Rappers Like Jay-Z Help Keep You in Poverty | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Today, rap music is filled with messages that tell its consumers what to buy and how much one must spend in order to be cool, hip, accepted, successful, and one of the new popular go-to words, “relevant.” When Jay-Z proclaimed the only way to look cool and get women in a club was to “pop” bottles of $200 bottles of Cristal, people followed suit.
OUR COMMON GROUND Omnibus's insight:

Our dollars are votes, and every time we spend one dollar, we send a message of what our values are, what’s important to us and how the economy can best suit our needs and make money in the process.  If everyone stopped buying peanut M&Ms, Mars would discontinue them and make something we want and would be willing to buy. Our dollars have power and Hip Hop has taught us how to relinquish that power and fatten the pockets of the wealthy, while the poor continue to starve."

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The Bias Against Black Bodies >>Charles Blow NYT

The Bias Against Black Bodies >>Charles Blow NYT | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
The conundrum of the current African-American experience: How to rescue people from a system and culture that threatens to drown them?
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Look deeply at the American culture and find what you need to know about a man named Michael Dunn.

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