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Lottery fixing scandal spreads nationwide

Lottery fixing scandal spreads nationwide | The Web | Scoop.it
Eddie Tipton has been convicted of fraud for fixing a jackpot in Des Moines, but prosecutors say his high-tech scheme extended beyond Iowa.
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Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence

Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence | The Web | Scoop.it
Secret recording played for local officials, in which police officer says resident ‘needs a god damn bullet’, resulted in $35,000 payout to prevent man from suing
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Black teacher pepper sprayed in Seattle on Martin Luther King Day

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Jesse Hagopian, a history teacher from Seattle, was walking along the pavement talking to his mother on the phone when he was sprayed by a female officer on January 19.
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"Me and Toni Morrison: On the Same Page About Skin Color Politics"

"Me and Toni Morrison: On the Same Page About Skin Color Politics" | The Web | Scoop.it
by Ms. Meltingpot

Hello Meltingpot Readers,

Have any of you read Toni Morrison’s new novel, God Help the Child? Not only have I read it, I had the chance to see Ms. Toni give a reading from the book here in Philadelphia and of course got her to sign my book. It was magical getting to meet her in person and to hear about her inspiration and ideas for writing this particular story.

Dear readers, I don’t know if you know this, but God Help the Child is all about a dark-skinned Black woman, Bride, who was rejected by her light-skinned mother and how that rejection informed the painful trajectory of her entire life. The book begins:

It’s not my fault. So you can’t blame me. I didn’t do it and have no idea how it happened. It didn’t take more than an hour after they pulled her out from between my legs to realize something was wrong. Really wrong. She was so black she scared me.”

That could be the opening to my new book too, Same Family, Different Colors, only it wouldn’t be from the mouth of a fictional character, but rather a confessional from a real woman. Bride’s story may be a creation of Toni Morrison’s imagination, but sadly, mothers reject their children every day, even in the year 2015, because they’re too dark or too light. Depends on the circumstances. And, it’s not just Black people who exhibit these skin color prejudices. The stories I’m collecting from Latino and Asian-American subjects include the same experiences, with the same language of rejection and despair.

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This Mocha-Caramel-Honey Post-Racial Fantasy Is Making Me Sick

This Mocha-Caramel-Honey Post-Racial Fantasy Is Making Me Sick | The Web | Scoop.it

By Sharon Chang

"Are we bingeing on mixed-race beauty to feel better about racism?"


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Community Village Sites's curator insight, May 21, 2015 3:48 PM

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This article says so many things I have been thinking.


There is also a thing called beauty privilege, that I do not hear others talking about in that way.


The article is excellent and detailed overall.

The one bit I would say differently is where Sharon says:
"We know race is not biological...".


Race is exactly biological. The fact that race is about biology does not need to reinforce racism however. “The Nature of Race”, by Ann Morning goes into this and how different scientists view race differently. The big opposing views are between anthropologists and medical scientists.


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The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

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"Imagine you are a slave. You belong to a farmer who owns a tobacco plantation on the eastern shore of Maryland. Six long days a week you tend his field. But not for much longer . . .What will you do? Make your choices well as you embark on your journey to freedom.

 

To play The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom, you must download and install the free Sandstone Player Software on your computer. Sandstone is required to support the 3-D style interaction in the game. Click here to find instructions for downloading Sandstone on a Mac or PC.  The game is also available as both an iOS and an android app."

 

Tags: USA, historical, National Geographic.


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US Marine given 4 years in prison for August rape of Okinawa woman

US Marine given 4 years in prison for August rape of Okinawa woman | The Web | Scoop.it
A Japanese court handed down a four-year prison sentence to Corporal Iian Christopher Tarver on Thursday after he plead guilty to sexually assaulting a young woman in Okinawa. The 21 year old U.S. ...
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Aaron was one of us

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I sat last night at Aaron Swartz's memorial in San Francisco, among the very people who built the Internet, the web, the culture of young entrepreneurialism and Web 2.0...


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2015’s States Most & Least Dependent on the Federal Government

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A Wikipedia Expert's Thoughts on the NYPD Editing Controversy

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Read one Wikipedia expert's take on the NYPD editing controversy.
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Indio Police Officers to Stand Trial for Use of Force Case

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The officers are accused of beating a suspect, which was caught on tape by a 'concerned citizen.'
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VIDEO: The Difference Between a Black Man and a White Man Open Carrying An AR-15 Legally

VIDEO: The Difference Between a Black Man and a White Man Open Carrying An AR-15 Legally | The Web | Scoop.it
“Two men carrying the same rifle down the street receive two entirely different reactions from police.”
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Community Village Sites's curator insight, May 17, 2015 5:40 PM


I was scared-to-death just watching this video. 


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Brutality Eyed in Arrest of UVA Student By Alcohol Agents

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A 20-year-old African American University of Virginia student was injured during an arrest by Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).
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These Amazing Maps Show the True Diversity of Africa

These Amazing Maps Show the True Diversity of Africa | The Web | Scoop.it

"African countries are also quite diverse from an ethnic standpoint. As the Washington Post's Max Fisher noted back in 2013, the world's 20 most ethnically diverse countries are all African, partially because European colonial powers divvied up sections of the continent with little regard for how the residents would have organized the land themselves. This map above shows Africa's ethnographic regions as identified by George Murdock in his 1959 ethnography of the continent."

 

Tags: Africa, colonialism, borders, political, language, ethnicity.


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Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 2015 8:54 AM

Africa is a very diverse and complicated continent due o mistakes made in the Berlin Conference. The strange boundaries drawn restrict these African nations to be one with their own people not with their enemies.

Chris Costa's curator insight, October 27, 2015 4:51 PM

We have seen the repercussions of ethnic tensions play out in the Balkans, the Middle East, and even in the United States, and Africa is no exception. Arbitrarily drawn national borders- the remnants of European colonialism- means that there is often significant ethnic diversity within many African nations. Although this creates interesting blends of language and culture, it has often bred violence in many countries, perhaps most notably in South Africa and Rwanda. Although many members of the West like to lump the entire continent into a single category, this could not be further from the truth. The second largest continent with extreme biodiversity, it has bred thousands of languages and hundreds of different cultural backgrounds, sometimes within a single country. It is important for the West to understand the complex make-up of the African continent in order to avoid the Eurocentric assumptions many Westerners make when discussing the continent. There isn't a single "Africa"- there isn't even a single "Nigeria," but rather a multitude of different peoples and cultures, equally as complex as those found in other regions of the world. This map does a very good job at illustrating the complexity and richness of the continent.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 30, 2015 7:20 AM

People often underestimate how diverse Africa really is. We often have the tendency to lump all Africans together in one large ethnic group. The actual number of different ethnic groups in Africa is rather staggering. This map can also be used as a partial explanation for the amount of ethnic conflict in Africa. Often times, these ethnic groups are squashed together in states with poorly drawn borders. Under that situation, ethnic conflict becomes inevitable.

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“Stand your ground” law helps white defendants a lot more than black ones

“Stand your ground” law helps white defendants a lot more than black ones | The Web | Scoop.it
As George Zimmerman's trial begins, the stories of two very different shooters show the inequality behind the law
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What your Facebook likes reveal could be a privacy nightmare: study

What your Facebook likes reveal could be a privacy nightmare: study | The Web | Scoop.it
Your votes could unwittingly reveal how you vote, your marital status and perhaps your sexual orientation (MT @ciranews: What your Facebook likes reveal study - http://t.co/tQCLNfVExu #Internet)...
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