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The Sugarcoated Language Of White Fragility
For a while now, I've been thinking about how terms like "white privilege," "inclusion" and "unconscious bias" all sound just... too nice. Don't they see...

“To mitigate our shortcomings, we surround ourselves with comforting words. Words that feel neutral. Words that don’t point fingers (at us). Words that center Whiteness, while erasing the harshness of discrimination and segregation. We reject words that we feel are too direct, that might reveal complicity on our part.

Let’s be clear that these linguistic gymnastics are only fooling White people. People of color have been aware that corporate pushes for “diversity” are often flimsy CYA efforts to mask sustained homogeneity, and “inclusion” is often code for tokenism. Scholars of color have been writing about the nuances of privilege and oppression for a long, long time while watching White people invent different ways to either wriggle out of, dominate, or shut down the conversation. These same scholars have also been watching White writers and educators whisper the same exact thing they’ve been shouting, and magically draw a crowd.”

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Eifel Rallye Festival 2016 by Guillaume Tassart

Police point guns at face of college football star playing Pokémon Go

Faith Ekakitie, a defensive lineman for the University of Iowa, was playing Pokémon Go in an Iowa City park when police officers pulled their guns on him last week.

Ekakitie wrote about the incident in a Facebook post. But he also tempered his remarks by writing that, from the officers’ point of view, the situation was vastly different—and that a bank nearby had just been robbed. He ended his post by thanking the police, but it’s his powerful message about prejudice that have people talking. 

Finally, the last state couldn’t resist the temptation of not providing any health care insurance to low-income children, most of who are obviously Black. Arizona was the last state to accept Martin Luther King day as a holiday. Ten years after every other state did. So I’m not really surprised. 

The gov’t shouldn’t have preferences in color especially if it concerns our CHILDREN.

#StopRacism

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Michael Jordan weighs in on police shootings
By BIANCA PADRÓ OCASIO

Michael Jordan made a rare foray into politics on Monday, addressing the rising tensions between African Americans and the police and announcing donations to support positive community policing.

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” the former NBA star said in a letter published in The Undefeated, a start-up site focused on the intersection between sports, race and culture.

Although Jordan admitted his experiences with law enforcement might be different than those of other people of color, he hopes police relations with their communities can be mended “through peaceful dialogue and education.”

“Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family,” Jordan said. “We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”

Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, added that he would be making $1 million contributions to both the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

“The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities,” Jordan wrote.

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When You're Accustomed To Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression
I've never been punched in the face. Not in an actual fight, at least. I'm not much of a fighter, I suppose... more of an "arguer." I don't think I'm "sc...

And things started making a little more sense to me. All this anger we see from people screaming “All Lives Matter” in response to black protesters at rallies. All this anger we see from people insisting that their “religious freedom” is being infringed because a gay couple wants to get married. All these people angry about immigrants, angry about Muslims, angry about “Happy Holidays,” angry about not being able to say bigoted things without being called a bigot.

They all basically boil down to people who have grown accustomed to walking straight at other folks, and expecting them to move…

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Watch: Woman chokes back tears as she videos property vandalized with racial slurs

Last week, Mia Frias-Russell woke up to find her property had been vandalized with racial and misogynistic slurs. In a Facebook Live video from her home in Campbellsburg, Indiana, Frias-Russell showed the audience her shed and car, both of which had been covered in graffiti saying “N—-r” and “B—h.” 

The police have been investigating the incident, and Campbellsburg Marshal Claude Combs said,  “This kind of stuff is not right, it’s not tolerable, and when we find out who did it, they will be charged criminally.”

Brandi Nicole Dimas, who identifies herself as a friend of Frias-Russell’s, has also started a GoFundMe campaign for Frias-Russell, to help her move and get a new car. Dimas says Frias-Russell recently moved with her three kids to Campbellsburg “in hopes to raise her children in a better community,” but now she hopes she can use the money to “get out of that racist town.”

models Celia Hammond (2nd from right) and Joanna Lumley (far left) along with 4 other models pose with greyhounds before a race at Hendon Greyhound track in June 1968. Photo by Chris Morphet

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How One City Rakes In Millions From Arresting Black People For Petty Crimes
This city ranks #1 in America for arresting (mostly black) people for petty crimes. And it's raking in millions for it.