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Claudia Rankine: “I Think We Need to Be Frightened”

Claudia Rankine: “I Think We Need to Be Frightened” | color conversations | Scoop.it
Claudia Rankine took the stage at BAM on Tuesday night as part of the venue's Eat, Drink, and Be Literary series (presented in partnership with the National
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Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?

Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade? | color conversations | Scoop.it
An experiment at Fieldston, which starts when 8-year-olds are sorted by race, has some very liberal parents fuming.
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White Brazilians Don’t Want to Accept Their Racism In Controversy Over African Head Wraps

White Brazilians Don’t Want to Accept Their Racism In Controversy Over African Head Wraps | color conversations | Scoop.it
Will the nice white ladies who wrap themselves in our head wraps be with us when we weep over the deaths of young black boys and cry out for justice?
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"BRECHTIANA (for Abdias Nascimento)
First, They usurped math
Medicine, architecture
Philosophy, religiosity, art
Saying they had created them
In their own image and likeness.
Next,
They separated the pharaohs and pyramids
From the African context
Because Africans would not be capable
Of such invention and advancement
Not yet satisfied, they said
That our ancestors had come from far away
From a strange Asia
To invade Africa
To push out the natives
Bosquimanos and hotentotes.
And wrote History in their own way.
Calling the nations “tribes”
Kings “regals”
Languages “dialects”.
Then,
Then they blamed slavery
On the ambition of its own victims
And put racism
On our tab.
So, They reserved for us
The most sordid places
The most degrading occupations
The dirtiest roles
And they said:
“Laugh! Dance! Make music!
Sing! Run! Play!”
And we laughed, danced and made music
We sang, ran and played
Now, enough!"
— Nei Lopes
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KKK Expert: 'Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump'

KKK Expert: 'Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump' | color conversations | Scoop.it
Daryl Davis believes the method he used to persuade many klansmen to defect from the hate group can help America to bridge its political divides.
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Being “Brown” in Post 9/11 America

Being “Brown” in Post 9/11 America | color conversations | Scoop.it
This year marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, an event that sparked dramatic shifts in global policy and international relations.
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Academia, Love Me Back

Academia, Love Me Back | color conversations | Scoop.it
My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education.…
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Michelle Obama’s Embrace Of Feckless War Criminal George Bush Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened Last Week | VSB

Michelle Obama’s Embrace Of Feckless War Criminal George Bush Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened Last Week | VSB | color conversations | Scoop.it

There's no escaping Whiteness
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Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people ...

Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people ... | color conversations | Scoop.it
“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white...”
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Albert Einstein: The Negro Question (1946)

Albert Einstein: The Negro Question (1946) | color conversations | Scoop.it
I am writing as one who has lived among you in America only a little more than ten years. And I am writing seriously and warningly. Many readers may ask: "What right has he to speak about things which concern us alone, and which no newcomer should touch?"
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Abolish the Police. Instead, Let’s Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality.

Abolish the Police. Instead, Let’s Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality. | color conversations | Scoop.it
When people ask me, “Who will protect us, I want to say: Who protects you now?
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What Are the Effects of Teaching Black Students About Social Justice?

What Are the Effects of Teaching Black Students About Social Justice? | color conversations | Scoop.it
A new study shows such courses prompted self-exploration and openness in marginalized kids.    
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Black Dads Are Doing Best of All - NYTimes.com

Black Dads Are Doing Best of All - NYTimes.com | color conversations | Scoop.it
There is an astounding amount of mythology loaded into this stereotype, one that echoes a history of efforts to rob black masculinity of honor and fidelity.
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young African Immigrant

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young African Immigrant | color conversations | Scoop.it
Yaa Gyasi and Toyin Ojih Odutola — both born in Africa and raised in the same Alabama town — have become two of the finest observers of race in America.
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Anaheim's Racist-as-Hell History Beyond the KKK, and Why OC Weekly Covers It

Anaheim's Racist-as-Hell History Beyond the KKK, and Why OC Weekly Covers It | color conversations | Scoop.it
Talking about how Anaheim is Orange County's top city for racist incidents beyond the Ku Klux Klan
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Activist, Priest, Feminist: Get to Know Pauli Murray

Activist, Priest, Feminist: Get to Know Pauli Murray | color conversations | Scoop.it
Pauli Murray, a Civil Rights activist, scholar, feminist, and Episcopal priest, is a Durhamite whose name you should know.
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W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900)

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900) | color conversations | Scoop.it
Visually dazzling set of hand-drawn charts created by Du Bois, condensing an enormous amount of data on African-American life into aesthetically daring and easily digestible visualisations.
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Why a Skinny Black Nerd Like Barack Obama Became the Coolest Man on the Planet

Why a Skinny Black Nerd Like Barack Obama Became the Coolest Man on the Planet | color conversations | Scoop.it
He tucks his T-shirt into his sweatpants. He taught law students the Constitution. And most importantly, argues Damon Young, President Obama helped chip away at the pernicious myth that black people don't value intellectual curiosity and academic achievement.
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I Will Never Underestimate White People’s Need To Preserve Whiteness Again | VSB

I Will Never Underestimate White People’s Need To Preserve Whiteness Again | VSB | color conversations | Scoop.it

Whiteness and the preservation of White supremacy is past an identity or status. It is their oxygen, their plasma, their connective tissue.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on When Language Fails Her

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on When Language Fails Her | color conversations | Scoop.it
The writer spoke about police killings in America.
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Forget Lena Dunham, Let’s Talk About Odell Beckham Jr., Who Is a Brilliant Troll

Forget Lena Dunham, Let’s Talk About Odell Beckham Jr., Who Is a Brilliant Troll | color conversations | Scoop.it
The flamboyant New York Giants’ wide receiver isn’t worried about what anyone has to say about his sexuality, and, at this point, two things are clear: He’s going to keep dancing and he’s just trolling us.
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Swimming's Racist Past Makes Simone Manuel’s Win an Even Bigger Deal

Swimming's Racist Past Makes Simone Manuel’s Win an Even Bigger Deal | color conversations | Scoop.it
On Thursday, the world watched as Simone Manuel became the first African-American to win a gold medal in an individual swim event, and first Black woman to win an Olympic swimming medal period. …
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Those who focus on police reform are asking the wrong questions

Those who focus on police reform are asking the wrong questions | color conversations | Scoop.it
The focus has been on ending shootings by officers, but activists are pushing for deeper social and economic changes
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Black Lives Matter Protest Proves Pride Needs More Empathy, Less Prejudice

Black Lives Matter Protest Proves Pride Needs More Empathy, Less Prejudice | color conversations | Scoop.it
Instead of griping about a 25-minute delay, or complaining when people bring up issues that don't personally affect you, how about adding a little empathy to your pride instead of prejudice? LGBT rights have progressed because of protest and people who have benefited from those actions should look beyond themselves and consider the struggles of those still fighting because Pride is, always has been and always will be, political.
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