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What Shall We Do With the White People? Ferguson--and America--Needs a Better Class of Racists

What Shall We Do With the White People? Ferguson--and America--Needs a Better Class of Racists | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Privilege is the ability to deny reality by ...

 

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Groups: Black Kos community, What are you watching?

Home Page: chaunceydevega.com

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OUR COMMON GROUND Voice Chauncey DeVega hits it out of the park. 

 

"White privilege and colorblind racism nurture a sense of white victimology and racial grievance mongering towards black Americans. White privilege also flattens history by presenting complicated matters of institutional racism and white supremacy as "simple" problems to be "solved" (here with pizza) by individual behavior as opposed to a serious and rigorous examination of inter-group power relationships."

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture Prepares to Open

The National Museum of African American History and Culture Prepares to Open | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it

This Smithsonian museum, conceived in 2003, is readying itself for a September debut in Washington. http://nmaahc.si.edu/

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Making Black History Matters. Owning our history  I can't wait to stand in line
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Demographics are not destiny: Facing Race considers the future of race in a ... - Facing South

Demographics are not destiny: Facing Race considers the future of race in a ... - Facing South | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
A national conference for racial justice advocates held in Dallas last week considered how changing racial demographics present both opportunities and challenges for advancing racial justice in the co...
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Study Links Discrimination, Blacks’ Risk of Mental Disorders - Higher Education

Study Links Discrimination, Blacks’ Risk of Mental Disorders - Higher Education | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it

Follow our reader on Facebook, "Working While Black"  https://www.facebook.com/WorkingWhileBlack

 

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The four types of discrimination that the study identified are disrespectful, condescending, character-based, and hostile discrimination. The findings are based on a sample of 4,462 African American and Caribbean Blacks between 18 and 65 years of age.

Though 83 percent of respondents reported experiencing some form of discrimination in the past year, the effects of discrimination worsen on a sort of sliding scale. The more frequently an individual reported experiencing all forms of discrimination, the more likely that individual was to also report mental health issues and other disorders.

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On-Campus Racism: SJSU Students Arrested for Torturing Black Roommate

On-Campus Racism: SJSU Students Arrested for Torturing Black Roommate | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
America is not a post-racial society. Black people are reminded of that everyday. One black student at San Jose State University learned that lesson when he was allegedly attacked and tortured by t...
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"All of these events happened in a suite shared by a total of eight occupants. Sadly, this young man had to endure the treatment from August 20th to October 13th of this school year.

What is interesting about this issue is that it took place on-campus in one of the most liberal states in the country. California residents often pride themselves (ourselves) on being particularly progressive. Each of these students is from central and northern California. But, this story sounds more like something one would hear about in the Civil Rights Era in the South."

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Support Let Freedom Ring l Our Love for the Drs. Julia and Nathan Hare

Support Let Freedom Ring l Our Love for the Drs. Julia and Nathan Hare | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Although there has been no public announcement, many of you are no doubt aware that Dr. Julia Hare has been living with Alzheimer’s for several years and was diagnosed with the End Stage of the condition during the Christmas/Kwanzaa holidays. However, she subsequently served notice that rumors of...

 

Let Freedom Ring Fund for Drs. Julia and Nathan Hare.

http://www.gofundme.com/bl1sig

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My dear friend and OUR COMMON GROUND Voice Dr. Julia Hare has been living with Alzheimer’s for several years and was diagnosed with the End Stage of the condition during the Christmas/Kwanzaa holidays. However, she subsequently served notice that rumors of her demise are just a bit premature. 


Her first appearance on OUR COMMON GROUND was in 1985.


 Drs. Julia and Nathan Hare need our help.  They have been on the frontline for us.  We must now have their back.


Please make donations to help preserve the freedom and dignity of the proud and inimitable lady, Dr. Julia Hare, that her husband, Dr. Nathan Hare promised, fifty-seven years ago, to protect and “To Love and to Cherish” (Essence magazine).


Give generously because they have without questioned earned the right to receive our help.  http://www.gofundme.com/bl1sig

Please post and share. #LETFREEDOMRING

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Watch: Brutal Arrest of Arizona State University Professor

Watch: Brutal Arrest of Arizona State University Professor | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Arizona’s 3TV on Saturday released disturbing video footage of an encounter between a black female Arizona State professor and a white campus police officer last month, which turned brutal after she asked why she was being stopped.
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If I hear another ASU rep say that the university takes diversity seriously I'm gonna punch somebody in the throat. sweat2gawd. who beats up a university prof because they won't appease the ego of some small time campus policemen. This ain't got a damn thing to do with laws or criminal behavior. This is about racial power. Who has it and who doesn't. That cop, Stewart Ferrin, wanted to show Ersula who was boss and did. The university co-signed his barbarity without as much as a cursory investigation. Now, they are saying, surprise surprise, they are planning to conduct an independent one. Why the change of heart? Because they are now under surveillance. And yet they continue to hold fast to their narrative and stand with the ASU policeman's account. People keep asking me do I know Ersula. I've never met her but she is MY sista and YOUR sista too. She is an American citizen. She is a human being that should be treated with respect and dignity. She committed no crime other than having the audacity to demand respect. She was uppity, in other words and now finds herself fighting to stay out of prison!! Respect for diversity my ass!

- OUR COMMON GROUND Voice, Dr. David Ikard

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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14

WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

Via Franklin Delano Williams
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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 
Are you watching it on your local PBS Station??

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....it's on my PBS Station GPB right now!! Are you watching it on  your local PBS Station??

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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 - http://sco.lt/6SInNB
....it's on my PBS Station GPB right now!! Are you watching it on your local PBS Station??

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Police Abuse of Dr. Ersula Ore l Arizona State Professor l Outrageous police misdconduct

Police Abuse of Dr. Ersula Ore l Arizona State Professor l Outrageous police misdconduct | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
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"On May 21, 2014, Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor in the English Department at Arizona State University (ASU) was making her way home having just concluded teaching a summer course for the evening. During the course of her journey home, Dr. Ore was stopped and questioned by an ASU police officer who was presumably assigned to patrol the area located just off campus. After a brief exchange with the officer, a brief physical altercation ensued in which Dr. Ore, who was wearing a dress, was forced up against the officer’s car and then onto the ground fully exposing portions of her lower body to those looking on."

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Fact Sheet: The State of African American Women in the United States

Fact Sheet: The State of African American Women in the United States | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
This is a snapshot of how African American women are faring in health, education, entrepreneurship, economic security, and political leadership.
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African American women continue to have higher rates of unemployment than white women and continue to have lower amounts of weekly usual earnings and median wealth compared to their male counterparts and white women. These disparities leave a growing portion of our population more vulnerable to poverty and its implications.

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The case for reparations l Coates talks with Chris Hayes, The Case for Reparations

The case for reparations l Coates talks with Chris Hayes, The Case for Reparations | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Chris speaks with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates about the history of economic plunder and exploitation that are key features of white supremacy in America.
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Chris Hayes talks with The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates about the history of economic plunder and exploitation that are key features of white supremacy in America.
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RACE SUMMIT by Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference →

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RACE SUMMIT by Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

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The race problem in the United States …has been a visible or invisible factor in almost every important question of domestic policy since the foundation of the Government.”

— Charles Hamilton Houston, 1934 — In the legacy of the Negro Convention Movement of the 1800’s and the Pan Africanist Movement of the 1900’s, we are convening a National Summit on Race, to spin, broadly, along four (4) axes: consultation, documentation, declaration and actualization. We invite those who share our belief that the unresolved issues of race and disparate consequences of white privilege in this nation have dire consequences for the country’s future and the world. We seek to create a space—for a deliberative process among scholars, activists, professionals in many fields and faith leaders—to generate recommendations for an historic course correction around America’s racial future. This process will provide a framework for linking our struggles across the Diaspora and beyond.For More Informationhttp://www.racesummit.org/  ;
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Hood Museum at Dartmouth - Art and Activism: A Panel Discussion

"Art and Activism" Moderated by Hood Director Michael Taylor, this panel discussion brings back to campus three former artists-in-residence—Subhanker Banerjee, Daniel Heyman, and Sana Musasama—...
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More Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: This Time, They’re Coming for Your Democracy

More Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: This Time, They’re Coming for Your Democracy | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Twelve years ago, John Perkins published his book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.” Today, he says “things have just gotten so much worse.”
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This is how white supremacy operates in the economic machine of capitalism in this country. Under cover of law.
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The Supreme Court Is Poised To Cripple The Federal Ban On Housing Discrimination

The Supreme Court Is Poised To Cripple The Federal Ban On Housing Discrimination | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Racial discrimination has become more and more subtle. And this Supreme Court case will test a crucial housing discrimination standard that seeks to root out this discrimination.
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A five-justice majority on the Roberts Court is not expected to look as kindly on “disparate impact,” given its eagerness to review an issue on which all lower courts have agreed, and its hostility to the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and other means for rooting out racial discrimination.

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The Worth of Black Men, From Slavery to Ferguson

The Worth of Black Men, From Slavery to Ferguson | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Three centuries of struggle to assert black humanity.
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#BlackLIVESMATTER

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Writer J. California Cooper Dies at 82

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Prolific writer and playwright J. California Cooper has died at the age of 82, a family friend has confirmed to EBONY.com.

Cooper passed away peacefully in Seattle, Washington on September 20th, with…
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The world of 'dreamthinkers' mourn the loss of prolific author, J. California Cooper. One of my favorite authors and from book to book, my BFF.

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BlackListory | 9 Things You Never Knew About Hitler’s Black Victims

BlackListory | 9 Things You Never Knew About Hitler’s Black Victims | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it

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"Many African soldiers were killed on the way to POW camps, prior to that they were depicted as savages with German propaganda films." (Available pictures and film )


As an Israeli offensive against the Palestinian civilian population winds down due to a cease fire, many observers are revisiting the circumstances that loosed white Holocaust survivors onto the Arab world. What people rarely speak of, however, are the Afro-Germans and Africans who were also victims of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi campaigns.

 

In the books Hitler’s Black Victims and Hitler’s African Victims, the ways in which blacks suffered is detailed.



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Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 110 Black People | Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 110 Black People | Malcolm X Grassroots Movement | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Since January 1, 2012, police and a much smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at least 110 Black women and men. These
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This report documents how people of African descent remain “without sanctuary” throughout the United States. Nowhere is a Black woman or man safe from racial profiling, invasive policing, constant surveillance, and overriding suspicion. All Black people – regardless of education, class, occupation, behavior or dress – are subject to the whims of the police whose institutionalized racist policies and procedures require them to arbitrarily stop, frisk, arrest, brutalize and even execute Black people.

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From a Tangle of Pathology to a Race-Fair America | Dissent Magazine

From a Tangle of Pathology to a Race-Fair America | Dissent Magazine | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
A Quarterly of Politics and Culture
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"Post-racialists often confirm their perspective by pointing to black and minority appointments to the nation’s elite positions, including the election of Barack Obama to the highest office in the land. Indeed, the president himself often perpetuates this “post-racial” trope. In his speech marking the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Obama described how “legitimate grievances” had “tipped into excuse-making” and “the transformative message of unity and brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination.” “And what had once been a call for equality of opportunity,” he continued, “the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead, was too often framed as a mere desire for government support, as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.”

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Lighting the Path Toward Justice "Talk Back" & Panel Discussion by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Lighting the Path Toward Justice "Talk Back" & Panel Discussion by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Watch Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's Lighting the Path Toward Justice "Talk Back" & Panel Discussion on Livestream.com. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and highlighting the transformative impact of this groundbreaking legislation in forging a pathway to social justice and equal opportunity for all America.
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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights "Lighting the Path Toward Justice "Talk Back Panel

Non-Profit & Activism Event ·  More event details ...

Wed Jun, 25 2014 12:00 PM EDT — Wed Jun, 25 2014 3:00 PM EDT

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Juneteenth | Black Independence Day | June 19, 1865

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Juneteenth | Black Independence Day | June 19, 1865

A Day of Celebration of Freedom

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Juneteenth | Black Independence Day | June 19, 1865

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln's authority over the rebellious states was in question For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

Read More: http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htmJuneteenth | Black Independence Day | June 19, 1865
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Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th

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"And it remains for our successors to become better than they can now foresee."

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“FIFTY YEARS DISTILLED” 

Fifty years ago, there came from many quarters of our nation a youthful diversity of ethnicities, opinions, lifestyles, and persuasions, a cadre of risk-takers committed to lifting the last burden from the shoulders of the world’s last oppressed woman and man.  Our coming together was more than idealism that has since been celebrated as the Mississippi Summer of 1964.

 

While countless pundits and chroniclers from without have vertically described, discussed and even extolled the seasonal events of that year, this is the rare occasion, some fifty years later, for a horizontal view of those who survived to tell the story — its origins, frustrations, triumphs and its aspirations as well as hope.

 

With the doves outnumbering the ravens in the parliament of our hair, this is our unbent and unbowed voice calling to those who must succeed us as radical agents of change.  We want them to know that ours was more than theory and faith.  It was more than uplifting rhetoric and freedom songs — It was pragmatic and tedious, dangerous and deadly, not only for us but more importantly for the locals who believed in us with their lives.  May this passage of time reveal what the present once obscured.  It comes as a special comfort to know that we were far better then than we could have ever known then.

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ACTRESS, ACTIVIST RUBY DEE DEAD AT 91

ACTRESS, ACTIVIST RUBY DEE DEAD AT 91 | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
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NEW YORK (AP) — Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.
Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thurs...
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Acclaimed Actress, Passionate Activist Ruby Dee, now Ancestral Mother

Announcing her Mother's transition, Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home in New Rochelle on Wednesday night of "natural causes."

 

Further she said, "We have had her for so long and we loved her so much," Day said. "She took her final bow last night at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren."

 

Day added: "We gave her our permission to set sail," said Day. "She opened her eyes, closed her eyes and away she went."

 

Another African goddess has left us. RUBY DEE. Rest in Peace & Power.

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Texas Prosecutor Removes Black Juror After Comparing NAACP Ties To White Supremacy

Texas Prosecutor Removes Black Juror After Comparing NAACP Ties To White Supremacy | OCG Info & News Board       •● ☥●•   The Third Eye Parenthesis | Scoop.it
Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress.
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