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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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The Decadent Veil: Black America's Wealth Illusion

The Decadent Veil: Black America's Wealth Illusion | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
I write this piece following the ground work laid by W.E.B. Dubois's Veil of Double Consciousness. The veil he described was a visualization of racial duality. I now undertake the daunting task of clarifying the new veil of economics that has covered...
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Outstanding analysis  . . . the other side of the principle of "delusion of inclusion".

 

"Despite a large section of the 14 million black households drowning in poverty and debt the stories of a few are told as if they represent those of millions, not thousands. It is this new veil of economics that has allowed for a broad swath of America to become not just desensitized to black poverty, but also hypnotized by black celebrity."

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What If Black America Were a Country?

What If Black America Were a Country? | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Whether these men know it or not, they are continuing a debate that W.E.B. Du Bois gave voice to 80 years ago in his resignation speech from the NAACP. In a farewell address titled, “A Negro Nation Within a Nation,” Du Bois asserted:

The peculiar position of Negroes in America offers an opportunity. … With the use of their political power, their power as consumers, and their brainpower … Negroes can develop in the United States an economic nation within a nation ..
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Whether these men know it or not, they are continuing a debate that W.E.B. Du Bois gave voice to 80 years ago in his resignation speech from the NAACP. In a farewell address titled, “A Negro Nation Within a Nation,” Du Bois asserted:

The peculiar position of Negroes in America offers an opportunity. … With the use of their political power, their power as consumers, and their brainpower … Negroes can develop in the United States an economic nation within a nation ..

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How the St. Louis County Prosecutor Played Us

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Ferguson was a lesson in how to outmaneuver and manage a growing protest movement.
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No one, of course, had expected the tragic killing of Michael Brown to metastasize into an epic post-civil-rights-era clash between police and protesters. Once it did, we unraveled the rotten pistachio nut of race recurring like a bad cancer. Predictable bursts of reaction, from the peaceful to the violent pop-off, will be met by well-equipped police in waiting. But while the heat from calls for justice might thaw the frigid night air, the next day, month and year will find it right back where it all started. 

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Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans | Black Agenda Report

Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans | Black Agenda Report | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americansby Ajamu Baraka“A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give. When the white man who is always the aggressor knows he runs as great risk of biting the dust every time his Afro-American victim does, he will have greater respect for Afro-American life.” – Ida B. Wells
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"Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans"Ajamu Baraka is a human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst. Baraka is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. and editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report. He is a contributor to “Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence” (Counterpunch Books, 2014). He can be reached at info.abaraka@gmail.com and www.AjamuBaraka.com
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8 Disturbingly Racist Children's Books Designed to Devalue Black People - Atlanta Blackstar

8 Disturbingly Racist Children's Books Designed to Devalue Black People - Atlanta Blackstar | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Let’s Hurry or We’ll  Miss the Public LynchingIn the late 19th and early 20th century, many books were developed in the United States and the United Kingdom to propagate the devaluation of Black people in their relative societies.   Some of the books were so outrageous, comedian Bob Staake’s  made ‘Let’s Hurry or We’ll  Miss …
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"In the late 19th and early 20th century, many books were developed in the United States and the United Kingdom to propagate the devaluation of Black people in their relative societies.   Some of the books were so outrageous, comedian Bob Staake’s  made ‘Let’s Hurry or We’ll  Miss the Public Lynching‘ parody cover to bring light to the era."

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#Ferguson: An American Apartheid

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"#Ferguson: An American Apartheid"   

by Goldie Taylor

 

"By the time my maternal grandparents arrived in 1932, my father’s family had already been in St. Louis some 35 years. Like those who migrated north, both before and after them, they found a city bu...

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"For too many, including my family, that meant living in silence with the realities of over-policing, racial profiling and red-lining, never really mounting a fight against the confines of social and economic injustice with any fervor. It meant never seeing the ballot box as a meaningful mechanism for substantive change." 

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The Fire This Time: America's Truce in the Fight Against Racism Guarantees More Fergusons

The Fire This Time: America's Truce in the Fight Against Racism Guarantees More Fergusons | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Because of the persistence of racism and a relaxation of the fight against it, we are moving backwards. Ferguson is just the latest illustration.
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Bob Hebert is a wise and insightful voice in America. 

" Black people all across America, not just in Ferguson, are angry about the killing of Michael Brown. And they remain angry over the killing of Trayvon Martin. And many are seething over the fatal chokehold clamped on the throat of Eric Garner by a cop on Staten Island in New York—a cop who refused to relent even as Garner gasped, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”   

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White privilege: An insidious virus that’s eating America from within

White privilege: An insidious virus that’s eating America from within | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Ferguson offers white people a chance to understand the price of our privilege
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"But the most insidious power of white privilege, the albatross effect that makes it so oppressive to white people themselves, is the way it renders itself invisible and clouds the collective mind. It’s like a virus that adapts in order to ensure its own survival and perpetuation, in this case by convincing its host it isn’t there." 

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Self-Segregation: Why It's So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson

Self-Segregation: Why It's So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown's death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.
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"Clearly white Americans see the broader significance of Michael Brown’s death through radically different lenses than black Americans. There are myriad reasons for this divergence, from political ideologies—which, for example, place different emphases on law and order versus citizens’ rights—to fears based in racist stereotypes of young black men. But the chief obstacle to having an intelligent, or even intelligible, conversation across the racial divide is that on average white Americans live in communities that face far fewer problems and talk mostly to other white people."

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Black Masculinism and New Black Masculinities

Black Masculinism and New Black Masculinities | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
"I don't advocate for male privilege. I advocate for men." - Dr. T. Hasan Johnson Created by Dr. T. Hasan Johnson of CSU Fresno's Africana Studies Program, the concept of Bl...
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Gaining from Institutionalized Hatred

This hatred doesn’t come out of nowhere. People profit from the institutionalized hatred of Black men, most particularly law enforcement, media, and the bourgeois intelligentsia. Police departments and private/public prisons benefit from the hatred of Black males. The militarization of the police since the 1960s has made it profitable to be in law enforcement. Private and public prisons not only benefit from grants and federal (taxpayer) dollars, they often trade on the stock market, meaning people literally invest in the warehousing and forced labor of Black males, many of whom have been provided such an atrocious education (with no viable job options) for so many decades that their imprisonment is damned-near inevitable.
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Black and Unarmed: Men Without Weapons Killed by Law-Enforcement

Black and Unarmed: Men Without Weapons Killed by Law-Enforcement | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., reopens a fresh wound just weeks after a police chokehold killed Eric Garner in New York City.
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There comes a time when silence is betrayal.

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BlackListory | 8 Ways to Be More Like James Baldwin

BlackListory | 8 Ways to Be More Like James Baldwin | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

BlackListory

Bravo ! to them.  Check Yvette out.

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2.) Know thyself. Evolve.

“I had to go through a time of isolation in order to come to terms with who and what I was, as distinguished from all the things I’d been told I was. Right around 1950 I remember feeling that I’d come through something, shed a dying skin and was naked again.”

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OUR COMMON GROUND Voice, Matt Taibbi: "Obama's Big Sell Out"

OUR COMMON GROUND Voice, Matt Taibbi: "Obama's Big Sell Out" | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Barack Obama ran for president as a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street as the global economy melted down in that fateful fall of 2008. He pushed a tax plan to soak the rich, ripped NAFTA...
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"How did we get here? It started just moments after the election — and almost nobody noticed."

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OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham

'Thuggish': A Hypocritical Pretext for Killing Black People - Urban Cusp www.urbancusp.com we castigate African-American youth for acting out in ways that other youth do all of the time; even as we slice funding for physical education in public schools,...
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Marissa Alexander agrees to plea deal

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VILLE, Fla. -- Facing a possible 60 years in prison for firing a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons, Marissa Alexander agreed Monday to a plea deal that effectively ends the four-year old criminal case against her.
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I understand this decision, but do not be mistaken - THIS IS NOT JUSTICE.

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10 Black Scholars Who Debunked Eurocentric Propaganda - Atlanta Blackstar

10 Black Scholars Who Debunked Eurocentric Propaganda - Atlanta Blackstar | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop Senegalese-born Cheikh Anta Diop (1923 – 1986) received his doctorate degree from the University of Paris and was a brilliant historian, anthropologist, physicist and politician and one of the most prominent and proficient black scholars in the history of African civilization. Contrary to the long-standing European myth of a Caucasian Egypt,  Diop’s …
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The Great Black Expositors 

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NFL Still Dropping the Ball | George Curry l BlackPressUSA

NFL Still Dropping the Ball | George Curry l BlackPressUSA | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Now that Goodell has come out of hiding, it is not clear that the NFL is any closer to getting it right, as he keeps putting it, than it was when it dropped the ball in handling Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the league.
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George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook

 See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/2014/09/nfl-still-dropping-the-ball/#sthash.WV45ccZH.AfyUoNUT.dpuf

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How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism

How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
A host of new groups are reviving the grassroots fight for racial equality.
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“A moment of trauma can oftentimes present you with an opportunity to do something about the situation to prevent that trauma from happening again,” said Charlene Carruthers, one the activists at the conference."

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Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America | Black Agenda Report

Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America | Black Agenda Report | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

"The brave and besieged people of Ferguson, Missouri, have already caused serious complications for the U.S. National Security State." 

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"A Force to Crush a People

 

White America perceived that it was at war with Black people, who no longer knew their place – and so, places of confinement were made for them; fortified dungeons to house millions. Since America tells itself and the rest of the world that it does not make war on its own citizens, and that there is a sharp and Constitutionally defined separation between the military and civilian functions of the State, the war against Black people had to be called something else – a War on Drugs, or simply a War on Crime. Therefore, it was not long before the words “crime” and “drugs” and “Black” came to mean the same thing since, really, there was only one war going on. And, it continues, still."

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Black America and the burden of the perfect victim

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Michael Brown wasn’t an angel. Does that mean he had it coming?
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On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., and became an icon. But Parks was not the first to defy the rules. Nine months earlier, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. In an interview last year with Democracy Now, Colvin said that when the cops arrived and ordered her to get up, “it felt like Sojourner Truth’s hands were pushing me down on one shoulder and Harriet Tubman’s hands were pushing me down on another shoulder, and I could not move.”


So they pulled her up and jailed her. Colvin sued and became one of the five plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, a desegregation case that would reach the Supreme Court. In November 1956, the court ordered the end of bus segregation in Alabama. Parks was not involved in that suit.

 

But Colvin did not become an icon of the civil rights movement. In a March 2009 interview, she told NPR that civil rights leaders at the time thought Parks would be a better symbol for the movement. Parks “was an adult,” Colvin said. “They didn’t think teenagers would be reliable.” She also speculated that Parks had the right look for the part. “Her skin texture was the kind that people associate with the middle class. She fit that profile.”

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Americans' Deep Racial Divide on Trusting the Police

Americans' Deep Racial Divide on Trusting the Police | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
It isn't just Ferguson—polling shows that black Americans are wary of law enforcement across the nation, while whites are more likely to trust officers.
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"While the focus for the last two weeks has been on the specific racial tensions boiling over in the St. Louis suburbs, Gallup rounded up several years of polling data showing that these stories about black distrust of the police in Ferguson match with broader perceptions among African Americans nationwide."

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So Say We All

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Hail Captain Adama.

"There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the State, the other serves and protects the people.  When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the State tend to become the People." - William Adama

So Say We All

 

Tell Dept. Of Justice 'End Racist And Militaristic Policing'

http://www.popularresistance.org/tell-dept-of-justice-end-racist-and-militaristic-policing/

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The Mike Brown Killing: It's Much Too Late for Angry Words l Kobie Colemon

The Mike Brown Killing: It's Much Too Late for Angry Words  l  Kobie Colemon | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
Guest post by Kobie Colemon.
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This image will be an iconic reminder of  how the people of Ferguson, MO, responded to Mike Brown’s cold blooded killing. 

A few things I think I know about the police violence and Black protest in Ferguson, MO. First, when Black people are the victims of police brutality and murder, it is the murderers who are humanized and the Blacks who are dehumanized. There is a strange equivocation where the same rhetoric is used to exonerate one group of people (the police), while denigrating another (Black people).

 

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"I ran out, half-naked and bleeding..." l Goldie Taylor

"I ran out, half-naked and bleeding..." l Goldie Taylor | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it

National news analyst and commentator, documentarian and OUR COMMON GROUND Voice, Goldie Taylor writes of family and intimate partner violence.

 

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"It started with a couple of dime store t-shirts.  It ended with me running half naked and bleeding from our apartment.I hadn’t done it right, the laundry. His white undershirts were now pink, thank..."

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Get Out of Jail, Inc. - The New Yorker

Get Out of Jail, Inc. - The New Yorker | OUR COMMON GROUND  Informed Truth and Resistance | Scoop.it
On a cold November afternoon, Harriet Cleveland, a forty-nine-year-old mother of three, waved me over from the steps of her pink cottage in Montgomery, Alabama. She was off to her part-time job as a custodian at a local day-care center, looking practical but confectionary: pink lipstick, a pastel yellow-and-pink tunic, and dangly pink earrings. We’d need to start walking soon, she explained. The job, which paid seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour, was the only one she’d been able to find for some time, and was four and a half miles away. As we set off beneath loblolly pines, she recounted the events that had led me to her doorstep: her arrest and jailing for a string of traffic tickets that she was unable to pay. It was, in part, a story of poverty and constraint, but it was also a story of the lucrative and fast-growing “alternatives to incarceration” industry.
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Some investors have begun to turn their attention to extra-carceral institutions, such as private halfway houses, electronic monitoring, “civil commitment” centers for sex offenders, and for-profit residential treatment facilities. Private-prison corporations themselves have begun to expand into the “alternatives” industry. The GEO Group now has an array of “community reëntry services” and treatment programs. In 2011, it acquired the country’s largest electronic-monitoring firm, BI Incorporated, for four hundred and fifteen million dollars. 

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