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They're here: photos released of 8 female activists that history almost forgot.

They're here: photos released of 8 female activists that history almost forgot. | Upsetment | Scoop.it

This is Lillian Parker Thomas, a journalist, was a local and correspondent editor for the New York Freeman, and she is believed to have been the first black woman to be a professional theater critic.


. The Library of Congress is releasing new digital images to remind people of these forgotten heroes. 

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They were Black and the were women and they lived in America in the late nineteenth century, but all the prejudice and gender expectations of a hidebound society didn't stop them. 
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New Ferguson Video Adds Wrinkle to Michael Brown Case

New Ferguson Video Adds Wrinkle to Michael Brown Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A documentary says security footage suggests that the young man may not have been stealing from a Ferguson, Mo., convenience store before he was shot by the police.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Ferguson revisited and maybe, just maybe there's more to the story. Not that Michael Brown was some innocent but that there was something more to his visit to that convenience store. Was it a pot deal? Possibly. If so or if not, that still leaves him dead in the street shortly after and that reveals the underbelly of America, the questionable treatment of Blacks by police and government in general. I get the backlash that is White racism, but fear of Blacks and what they may want in reparations doesn't make what has gone on right. Race matters.
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‘Evil, evil, evil as can be’: Emotional testimony as Dylann Roof trial begins

‘Evil, evil, evil as can be’: Emotional testimony as Dylann Roof trial begins | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Roof, now 22, was charged with killing nine people in an effort to start a race war in the United States.
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In case you have forgotten what hate and evil look like. In case you think they cannot be wrapped in a white skin. 
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A 6-year-old girl and a male fetus were killed in a car crash. The compensation for the fetus was much higher.

A 6-year-old girl and a male fetus were killed in a car crash. The compensation for the fetus was much higher. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Women and people of color get less compensation than white men in similar personal injury cases.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
When we effectively create a Blue Book valuation in setting awards for damages, we remove humanity and decency in order to satisfy the principles of accounting and business. Meanwhile, the loss of life and especially the destruction of the quality of life has nothing to do with considerations such as lost earnings. I don't have a clear notion of the right metric, but can we live with the idea that one child's life is somehow worth more than another because of race, ethnicity, or gender? 
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Is Alabama’s judiciary too white?

Is Alabama’s judiciary too white? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Appellate judges in Alabama are elected through an 'at-large' system that critics say discriminates against black judicial candidates in a state still struggling with a racially-charged past.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If the topic of race and justice interests you, I hope you'll listen to this podcast from It Matters Radio. I was delighted to have Time Magazine's Jay Newton-Small join me to discuss her views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HnSp1QWdYo 
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Violent arrest of teacher caught on video; officers face...

Violent arrest of teacher caught on video; officers face... | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Officials are investigating an Austin police officer’s violent arrest of an African-American elementary school teacher who was twice thrown to the ground during a traffic stop for speeding and comments by a second officer who told her police are sometimes wary of blacks because of their “violent tendencies.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If you think this would have happened to a white person, then you are living in a different planet. If you think this officer was properly dealt with, what world are you in? Wait, even the second cop admits that this is about race as he makes it clear that cops have a different attitude towards Blacks than Whites. 
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What some Republicans are saying about race and criminal justice reform

What some Republicans are saying about race and criminal justice reform | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some prominent Republicans are engaged in a conversation about race and policing that may signal a strengthening bridge between how Democrats and Republicans approach reforming the criminal justice system.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Possibly in the midst of the madness that is overtaking America's race relations and policing there is a ray of light as some Republicans see a need for criminal justice reform. Now, if we can get them to also publicly recognize what the vast majority of us know, that justice has not been color blind but needs to be. 
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Poll: Majority of Americans think race relations are getting worse

Poll: Majority of Americans think race relations are getting worse | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Washington Post-ABC News survey finds that twice as many people trust Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump to address race relations.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
What do you think? Are race relations getting worse in the US? What do you think needs to be changed to make them better, if that is something you want? Of the major candidates, which do you more trust to move in that direction? And lastly, how important is the state of race relations to you; is it one of your top issues, mid-range, or not important at all? My answers, worse. We need to make sure that Black and Hispanic citizens see that their wellbeing is important by dealing with police, poverty, education, and most importantly recognizing that white privilege is a real issue. Sadly, of the two, I think Secretary Clinton has the better chance, but I don't have a lot of faith in her doing so. And it is in my top issues, because if we don't find a way to a more civil society, we cannot hope to have ongoing prosperity, justice, or growth. 
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WATCH: White cop brutally beats black teen for riding bike — then charges her with assault

WATCH: White cop brutally beats black teen for riding bike — then charges her with assault | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This is why the Black Lives Matter movement exists because of the unnecessary violence against Black Americans, often done under cover of authority and in the name of the law. Let's be honest, if these kids had been white there is no way they would have been stopped and charged for trespassing or anything else. It is vile behavior like this display from Jared Williams that degrades our society and law enforcement officers everywhere. 
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On Crime Bill and the Clintons, Young Blacks Clash With Parents

On Crime Bill and the Clintons, Young Blacks Clash With Parents | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Young African-Americans are challenging Clinton-era policies on crime, diverging from their elders who enthusiastically support Hillary Clinton and the former president.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Did the Clinton reforms work to make lives better? Not really. Like much done in Washington, the unintended consequences were seriously harmful. One reason is that laws like the Clinton Crime Bill and Welfare Reform are based on the goal of controlling abuse and misconduct rather than on the goal of inducing better, more positive conduct. Government should be helping those who need better than trying to keep them for reaching for the brass rings they can see before them. When real chances are available then we will see people give up the false promises of drugs, crime, and cheating. That's one reason that older Black Americans should be supporting Sanders even as they give the Clinton's a wave of fond farewell. 
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America’s Police Problem Isn’t Just About Police

America’s Police Problem Isn’t Just About Police | Upsetment | Scoop.it
America’s Police Problem isn't Just About Police. It’s about race, poverty, and sky-high levels of violence. Why is the United States such a global outlier?
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A powerful and cogent discussion of the forces that lead to Americas police violence, and the author doesn't even touch on the growing militarization of police or The War on Drugs and its implications for violence.
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The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black

The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An examination of traffic stops and arrests in Greensboro, N.C., uncovered wide racial differences in measure after measure of police conduct.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Forget the argument that there are many good police officers; there is something simply wrong about our nation's approach to policing, especially in its disregard for the dignity of our Black citizens. Yes, Black Lives Matter, but more than that, the Quality of Black Lives Matters.

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Huckabee Claims Black People Aren't Technically Citizens During Critique of Unjust Laws

Huckabee Claims Black People Aren't Technically Citizens During Critique of Unjust Laws | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The legal case for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is pretty thin—as Slate's Mark Joseph Stern put it, "she claims she’s acting 'under God’s authority,' while her extremist attorneys have filed rambling, impudent briefs that attack the Supreme Court’s decision [in Obergefell v....
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I keep saying that the Confederacy is coming back to life in attacks on the Fourteenth Amendment. That Amendment took the place of a "peace treaty" at the end of the Civil War. (No way to sign a peace treaty with a never-existing government, and the North never recognized that the Confederate States existed.) The Amendment spelled out the terms of the South's surrender, right down to issues of citizenship, debt, and rights of Southern soldiers. Most especially it did away with the idea of "States' Rights." Clearly, Mr. Huckabee doesn't want to recognize that the 14th is the "Law of the Land." Be sure you read my piece on the Amendment. ( https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-does-fourteenth-amendment-anchor-kenneth-weene?published=t ) because we must defend the constitution and our nation.

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White artist’s Emmett Till painting sparks protest at Whitney Museum

White artist’s Emmett Till painting sparks protest at Whitney Museum | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An abstract painting of lynching victim Emmett Till on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York was the subject of a weeklong protest by a black artist who decried the canvas as "an injustice to the black community" because it was painted by a white woman.

Parker Bright spent several days this week standing in front of the painting by Dana Schutz, who used historic photographs as inspiration for her depiction of Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy killed by white men in Mississippi in 1955.





Till's mother insisted on an open-casket funeral to show the world the mutilated body of her son, and Jet magazine published photos of his corpse. The brutality sparked outrage that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

In an interview published Thursday in Artnet News, Schutz said that when she made the painting last year, it was a response to "a summer that felt like a state of emergency."

"There were constant mass shootings, racist rallies filled with hate speech, and an escalating number of camera-phone videos of innocent black men being shot by police," she said. "The photograph of Emmett Till felt analogous to the time: what was hidden was now revealed."

Bright, who engaged onlookers in conversations about "Open Casket," argued in a Facebook Live video that "Schutz doesn't have the privilege to speak for the black people as a whole or for Emmett Till's family."

"No one should be making money off a black dead body," he said, demanding that the curators remove the painting from the biennial exhibition.

Bright's protest found supporters online. A Berlin-based British artist, Hannah Black, sent the biennial curators a letter lambasting Schutz for using "black pain as raw material." She called on the museum to destroy the painting.

Whitney curators Mia Locks and Christopher Y. Lew, both Asian American, defended their inclusion of Schutz's "unsettling image" in the show.

"By exhibiting the painting we wanted to acknowledge the importance of this extremely consequential and solemn image in American and African American history."

Locks said any attempt to shut down a conversation about art "is a dangerous and slippery slope and feels to me like an affront to the belief in art and the capacity of art to hold all those complexities."

Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney museum's chief curator, said the museum took pains to publicly acknowledge the controversy.

Schutz, who didn't respond to interview requests from The Associated Press, said in a statement provided by the museum that "Open Casket" was an effort to "engage with the loss."



"I don't know what it is like to be black in America. But I do know what it is like to be a mother. Emmett was Mamie Till's only son. I thought about the possibility of painting it only after listening to interviews with her," she wrote.

She dismissed accusations of trying to profit from Till's killing, pledging that the painting "was never for sale and never will be."

The controversy was the subject of false news reports. Several websites circulated a bogus letter purporting to be from Schutz calling for the painting to be removed.

Whitney patron Robyn Autry, an African-American professor of sociology who came to see the painting from Connecticut, said viewing it was painful because of the subject material, but "artists can do what they want. That has to be the case. But then people will respond to it however they will respond to it."

Elias Schultz, a 20-year-old student from New York, said it's important to let everyone be heard.

"I don't think that Schutz is doing any harm by bringing more attention to the story of Emmett Till," she said.

The 2017 Whitney biennial exhibition is on view until June 11. It features the work of 63 individuals and collectives, about half of whom are female artists and about half are non-white.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
First, I think this a strong painting and one that reminds us of a very serious issue, not just in American history but also in our current social climate. Second, I think it racist for a Black person to say that Whites cannot speak to the Black experience. Such an attitude would only deepen the racial chasm in America. I certainly include people of all races and ethnicities in my writing and believe that "we are all more nearly human than otherwise". What do you think? 
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Ex-officer charged in fatal shooting that launched Milwaukee protests

Ex-officer charged in fatal shooting that launched Milwaukee protests | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A former police officer has been charged with reckless homicide in the shooting of Sylville Smith. The officer was fired this fall, after separate charges of sexual assault.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If it was a split second decision and if the bad guy already had a gun in hand even if he threw it away right after the first shot, I can't fault this officer for that second shot. Cops have a right to protect themselves and how quickly could he or any cop have processed this sequence of events. So now we have another question of racism; if this police officer were white, would he be charged? Certainly not every cop who discharges their weapon should be charged. Sadly, race has become the issue of our cities. Of course we knew this day would come, but it is so sad that we have not yet figured out that race should not matter even as it does. Today, we had lunch with a woman who said, "I grew up never knowing that I'm a racist. Now, because Blacks speak a different dialect or don't behave just the way I do, I have trouble accepting that they are not inferior." At least she is trying to reach a place of justice in her own heart. It ain't easy.
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License to kill: Can any amount of evidence convict a white cop who shoots a black man?

License to kill: Can any amount of evidence convict a white cop who shoots a black man? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Clear video evidence in the Walter Scott shooting wasn't enough; for black Americans this travesty is nothing new
Kenneth Weene's insight:
When a juror said that he could not in good conscience consider a guilty verdict, that juror made clear the lie that justifies the Black Lives Matter movement for those of us who believe in justice. If we cannot consider that a cop might have murdered a Black man, then we cannot ask Black Americans to accept our justice system. If we cannot consider that a cop might kill somebody without reasonable cause then we cannot ask Americans—Black or White—to trust the police. With this mistrial, Charleston, South Carolina, calls us all to outrage. 
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Eye-tracking technology shows that preschool teachers have implicit bias against black boys

Eye-tracking technology shows that preschool teachers have implicit bias against black boys | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Using eye-tracking methods, researchers found that preschool teachers spend more time watching black boys than white students or girls. They seem to anticipate that the black boys will cause trouble.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If you still don't get the idea that racism is alive and destructive at a systemic level in our society, perhaps you will find this article instructive. Imagine that you are a little Black boy and these are the attitudes you face in preschool, just exactly how do you cope with it? Sure there are other issues like family structure, economics, gangs, and drugs that play a part, but to face this prejudice in your preschool classroom is just sick and destructive. 
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25 African-Americans thrown out of South Carolina restaurant after a white woman complained of feeling 'threatened' 

25 African-Americans thrown out of South Carolina restaurant after a white woman complained of feeling 'threatened'  | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Discriminated: Michael Brown (center) and his family were denied service at a South Carolina restaurant after a white woman claimed she felt threatened 
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Then the restaurant had the gall to offer them a free meal if they wanted to return. Big effing deal, a free meal. My guess the manager would offer it to go. This is what hate and bigotry look like. I have no idea where there are Wild Wing Cafes, but I hope that nobody who cares bout justice will go near them. 
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GOP Rep: Whites Better Than ‘Sub-Groups’

GOP Rep: Whites Better Than ‘Sub-Groups’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Says they made more contributions to society.
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I do wish somebody would give this guy my essay, Checkers Anyone, to read. Not that anybody this dumb would understand it or anything else about racism. I can only hope that the people of Iowa will be as sickened by him as I am. Meanwhile, if you want to send him a copy of my essay or perhaps read it yourself, here's the URL http://www.kennethweene.com/#!checkers-and-race/cbls  
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3 police officers killed, 3 wounded in Baton Rouge; gunman dead

3 police officers killed, 3 wounded in Baton Rouge; gunman dead | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With the circumstances of the shootings unexplained Sunday night, a community already numbed found itself searching for new words to describe its horror and despair.
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Each death becomes not a warning but an incitement as we tumble towards the chaos of a war between Blacks who have been too long mistreated and police who show no evidence that they understand the grievances of the citizenry. It is not a question of #BlackLivesMatter, or #AllLivesMatter, or #BlueLivesMatter but that justice must matter. 
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Black preschool kids still get suspended much more frequently than white preschool kids

Black preschool kids still get suspended much more frequently than white preschool kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Significantly fewer students are getting suspended, according to new federal data. But disparities in suspension rates between different student groups remain, and they start in pre-school.
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If there was one idea that permeated my youth in New England, it was that education was the bedrock of democracy. From Harvard and Boston Latin to my own alma mater, Governor's Academy, the oldest boarding school in America, we New Englanders led the way in giving our young the ability to be productive citizens. As an adult and working as a psychologist in New York, one thing I became very aware of was the difference in educational opportunity that existed for the wealthy versus the poor and for the White versus the Black and Brown among us. 
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How psychologists used these doctored Obama photos to get white people to support conservative politics

How psychologists used these doctored Obama photos to get white people to support conservative politics | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The results show one reason why Obama's presidency has been so divisive.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While these studies have design flaws and deal with tiny differences, I thought them worth noting. The complex interplay of race and economics in American politics is a topic deserving of much research. 
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Kwadwo was painting a tribute to victims of police brutality. Then he almost became one.

Kwadwo was painting a tribute to victims of police brutality. Then he almost became one. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"Who would write my name on the back of my own painting?"
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If you still don't get it. If you still don't understand the issue of race and policing in America. Well, here's another powerful story that might just help get you to appreciate why "Black Lives Matter" is an important cause. 

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Mom: Dashcam Shows Chicago Cop Killed My Unarmed Son

Mom: Dashcam Shows Chicago Cop Killed My Unarmed Son | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Ronald Johnson’s mother said she doesn’t want Chicago’s hush money because she claims official footage proves police lied about him holding a gun.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

If the film footage shows no gun, then not only should the cop go down but every other cop who was involved at the scene should be penalized. This is actually the core of the Black Lives Matter campaign. the blue culture's willingness to condone  its own brutality towards people of color in the name of law and security.

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Watch NYPD Video Showing James Blake Tackled By Cop

Watch NYPD Video Showing James Blake Tackled By Cop | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The former tennis star was wrestled to the ground
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While the original police claim was that this was mistaken identity, they have not released a photo of the wanted man. If he—as they claim—looks so much like James Blake, other than the color of his skin, how about showing the world that it was a reasonable mistake?

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