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When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 7

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Racial discrimination remains ubiquitous in America: Blacks are at a disadvantage even at crosswalks.
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Want a simple example from this excellent essay on the racism that permeates our society? "In one study by scholars at Portland State University and the University of Arizona, three black men and three white men played pedestrians trying to cross a street at a crosswalk. On average, a black pedestrian was passed by twice as many vehicles before a driver yielded." 

Let's be honest with ourselves, if a Black man can't cross a street as easily as a white man, how is he going to get an education, a job, or a home as easily? Well, quite simply he can't and that is wrong. 
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Fact-checking Donald Trump's convention speech: A dark vision based on specious stats

Fact-checking Donald Trump's convention speech: A dark vision based on specious stats | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The dark portrait of America that Donald Trump sketched in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention is a compendium of doomsday stats that
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Mr. Trump certainly told us that we have lots to worry about, but his facts are wrong or distorted. Here's a good job of fact checking by one newspaper. 
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War is the new normal: 7 reasons America can’t escape conflict

War is the new normal: 7 reasons America can’t escape conflict | Upsetment | Scoop.it
No sooner do we withdraw from one Middle Eastern country than we reengage another. It's a cycle we refuse to break
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Nothing is more upsetting to this patriot than to see the country he loves give up its basic values and replace them with the cult of war. There is a new madness in America.

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Immigrant keeps suicide watch over fellow refugees from Bhutan

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Som Subedi is stuck in traffic. He's running late to check on one of his flock: a 37-year-old woman who's among scores of newly arrived Bhutanese immigrants he watches over like a worried parent.
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It upsets me that Bhutan rejects its Hindu minority. It upsets me more that refuges groups who come in such small numbers to America find themselves so lonely. It makes me wonder if we average Americans do enough to welcome the wayfarers into our communities and our lives. When my grandparents came to America, were they welcomed? Sure, they were not pat of such a tiny diaspora, but were they welcomed by the people who were here? Probably not, and that makes it all the more imperative that I behave better, that I welcome strangers to my land. What about you?

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Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple With Racial Tension

Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple With Racial Tension | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Racial tensions are playing out in new ways on college campuses nationwide, like the University of Michigan, which has seen a sharp decline in black undergraduate enrollment.
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The creation of a society that is once equal and just and at the same time allows for and celebrates such basic building blocks of identity as race, religion, ethnicity is the great task of modern America. But that has been our task since the end of the Civil War. For my part I try to not notice these differences until I have a sense of personal friendship with the individual; then I feel good when I recognize the things that help to make him/her different; but first --always first--the individual's heart.

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'Hang the B*tch!' 'F*g!' 'N*gger!': Uncensored Rally Videos Expose Donald Trump's America

'Hang the B*tch!' 'F*g!' 'N*gger!': Uncensored Rally Videos Expose Donald Trump's America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What's It Like to Be at a Trump Rally? Here It Is, Uncensored.
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It is important that we recognize who the people are whom Hillary Clinton called deplorable. There is a lot of anger and hate at those Trump rallies and it scares me to see my country sinking to these kinds of outbursts. 
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Why Is America’s Foreign Policy Still Punching Above Its Weight?

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Why Is America’s Foreign Policy Still Punching Above Its Weight? « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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An articulate and well thought out analysis of the role of America in world affairs during the past eighty years. I recommend reading it, but be sure to get to the end where the author discusses the world-views of Clinton and Trump, both of which he finds problematic; and I agree with that assessment. 
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‘No Guns for Christmas’

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Based on two police shootings in Ohio, this short documentary questions whether toy guns can really be innocent gifts.
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What a condemnation of America and what our country has become. That children not be allowed to have toy guns because we have become so violent, so terroristic in our way of life and of policing, so paranoid in dealing with our citizens. As a child I played 'cowboys and Indians," "cops and robbers," and "Americans vs Japs or Germans." We went to movies and reenacted those gunfights as well. Nobody called the police to report the threat; and if they had, the police who came to investigate would not have started shooting. Who is at fault? Certainly not kids for being kids. How did we escalate to a culture so preoccupied with terrorizing ourselves? Certainly the war on terror and the war on drugs are part of this process. Certainly the encouragement of a culture of guns is part. Certainly the news media that gives such intense coverage to crime and such little coverage to normal life is part. Certainly the failure to recognize the emotional dysfunction of many, especially those who are swept into the criminal justice industry as opposed to providing them treatment is a part. And yes, the failure of our society to help its citizens to reach a sense of "life, liberty, and happiness" is part of the problem. What to do? What to do?

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Liberty, equality and Lincoln’s legacy: Is America doomed?

Liberty, equality and Lincoln’s legacy: Is America doomed? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With Obama's dreams of being a second Lincoln ruined by a new civil war, how long can our paralyzed country last?
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What do you thing: Is our nation doomed? Will the U.S.A. go the way of the Soviet Union? Or can we save ourselves? An excellent think piece. By the way, did you catch my interview of John McKee Barr on It Matters Radio? He is the author of "Loathing Lincoln."

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We The People-Remember to Vote-Take action and try someone else as it is We The People!

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We the People!   Awakenings sole purpose is to enlighten you to Embrace Your Past, Empower the Present, Enrich Your Future! There is no better way to accomplish this than to understand the principles and beliefs upon which America was founded.


Via Sharla Shults, Rosemary J. Adkins, Sandra McLeod Humphrey
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