• Richard Spencer, the notorious white nationalist, was met by hundreds of student protesters Tuesday evening during his speaking engagement at Texas A&M University. 
  • Police officers, equipped with helmets and protective shields, clashed with protesters who were blocking the banquet hall in College Station, Texas, where Spencer was speaking.
  • A Facebook Live uploaded by Texas A&M senior Hana Zeenath Khan shows police officers clashing with protesters. They are heard chanting “the whole world is watching.”

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So let’s say you’re the leader of a great new nation, but to your dismay you find your hard-built country teeming with pesky undesirables whose singular goal is to uproot your carefully constructed society by mooching off welfare and stealing all the jobs you created for your own loyal citizenry. What do you do about it? Well, if you’re old timey America, you forcibly uproot thousands of Native Americans from their own homes and send them to “reservations,” which is a euphemism for “population control camps,” or, more specifically, “concentration camps.” Conditions at these camps were somewhat less than ideal, and that’s just for those Native Americans who didn’t die during the several-hundred mile trek to get to their new homes. Many more perished on the reservations due to a delightful combination of unsanitary living conditions and starvation. In some cases they weren’t allowed to leave (like prisoners) and were forced to work for hours (like labor camps) for no pay (like slaves).

Adolf “I know an evil idea when I see one” Hitler not only knew about these forced relocations and reservations, but actively studied the plans of Indian reservations such as Bosque Redondo, and designed his concentration camps based on what he’d learned. As John Toland wrote in his book Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, “Hitler’s concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history.” In fact, Hitler so admired America’s approach to killing all the Indians that he “often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination – by starvation and uneven combat – of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.”

5 Of Hitler’s Worst Ideas You Didn’t Know Came From America

How to support the Black Lives Matter movement as a white ally

White allyship, though it may sound difficult, is a key part of the fight against white supremacy. To learn more about how white people can contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, Mic spoke to Heather Cronk, the interim co-director of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals that organizes white people in the fight for racial justice. 

There is a clear place for white people in this movement. 

  • Many white people Cronk encounters feel like the movement for black lives is “not for them” and that they “don’t see themselves in it,” she said. But, that’s simply not true.
  • “There’s a clear role for white folks to play as part of a multiracial movement for racial justice,” Cronk said in a phone interview. 
  • “Undermining and disentangling ourselves from white supremacy is something that benefits white people in addition to benefitting folks of color." 
  • But, Cronk stressed, "part of the work is trusting black leadership” to direct white allies in ways that are helpful to the movement. 
  • Cronk laid out a few easy ways for white people to start finding their place in the movement: 
  • Namely donating to a black-led organization and staying informed about the Black Lives Matter movement by reading works from writers of color. 

Start with deepening your relationships with black people and other people of color.

  • White people must also work on their relationships with people of color, especially organizers.
  • “One of the most important things you can do as a white person is to build deep relationships with folks of color who you know but haven’t had this relationship with or are doing organizing work in your community,” Cronk said. 
  • “That’s far more authentic than saying ‘I’m ready to do work now’ but not having relational context to that work. Being in deep and accountable relationships is essential to the work.”
  • While it may be uncomfortable to broach topics like police brutality with your friends of color, white people have to get past their own fears.
  • “Systems of oppression rely on silence in order to exist,” Cronk said. “It’s important to have that conversation rather than not have it, even if that means you tumble all over yourself and you look awkward." 

But don’t rely on your friends of color to educate you.

  • People of color often take on the emotional labor of racism, but not every person of color is willing to do educate white people about racism.
  • In that case, Cronk says, if you want to have talks about race with black friends, you should ask for their consent first and let them know that the conversation can be on their terms.
  • In the meantime, check out this curriculum for white allies looking to learn about race and this Black Lives Matter syllabus from New York University, complete with videos and movies to watch.

Your work needs to start with your own family.

  • Talking about racism at the holiday dinner table may be difficult, but it has to be done.
  • It’s important for white people to engage in anti-racist work to "come out” to their family and friends as people who are trying to fight white supremacy, as allies to black people and people of color.
  • “White folks who want to show solidarity with folks of color, yes you have to come out as being an anti-racist white person, and part of that is not opting out of that when it feels like it might be tough,” Cronk said. “That’s the privilege that allies to oppressed communities have.”

Becoming an ally will be hard work, but it’s worth it. Read more

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Backlash over blackface holiday tradition in Chatham, Ontario
Grocery store has long tradition of dressing people in blackface for traditional holiday character

A Dutch holiday tradition of dressing someone in blackface sparked outrage at a grocery store in Chatham, Ont. when photos circulated online.

The Dutch Market holds its annual event at the store celebrating Sinterklaas, a Santa Claus character who has a sidekick named Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete. Zwarte Piet is typically portrayed by someone dressed in blackface.

When the store posted photos of this year’s event, held this weekend, to Facebook, the owners say they faced criticism.

Dutch Market manager Dirk Van den Berg apologized for offending anyone.

“It isn’t intended to be racist, it isn’t intended to offend anybody,” he said. “If we offended anybody, we apologize, but it wasn’t intended to offend anyone.”

Van den Berg defended the tradition, but said he and his staff will reconsider how they celebrate next year.

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Dylann Roof trial begins; jury is made up of 3 black people and 9 white people

  • On Wednesday, just before opening statements began in Roof’s capital hate crimes trial, federal prosecutors and the defense team chose three black jurors and nine white jurors to sit on the panel of 12. 
  • A group of six alternates is composed of two black and four white jurors, according to an official courtroom pool report provided to members of the press by the Charleston Post and Courier.
  • That’s nearly proportional to the make up of Charleston, which is 70% white and 25% black, according to the United States Census Bureau.
  • Roof, 22, has pleaded not guilty to a 33-count federal indictment Read more

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There has never been a point where spending a lot of time with white people has made them less racist.  We had slavery for hundreds of years, and after that we had even more terrorism and Jim Crow.  White settlers spent time around Natives and still thought it was okay to destroy us.  We have always existed on this land and in this country but racists still pretend our existence is intolerable to them.  There has never been a point where they weren’t “used” to us, that’s why they had laws on the books to control us.  Living next to us and sharing spaces with us and having us raise their kids didn’t change them.  Why?  Because we weren’t “human” to those white people.  That’s what Trevor doesn’t get. 

Its not about “being used to black people”.  Our (Humanity’s) natural condition isn’t to be a flaming bigot.  That’s something we are taught and a way we choose to live.  Tomi is the way she is because she chooses to be, the fact that she frames our humanity as an “opinion” should be proof enough that she’s only using him in order to appeal to the white liberal crowd.  The fact that they would waste time policing frustrated marginalized people instead of condemning her shows she’s already succeeding in that. 

And being nice, sending gifts, and complimenting these people normalizes them.  And you might hope that they will just *magically* choose not to hate you. But that still leaves black women, and everyone else who doesn’t fit in to whatever arbitrary standards they have for humanity.  They’ll smile to your face and take your cupcakes and flirt with you over drinks but they’ll insult your children, call for the death of men just like you, and support the continued genocide of many marginalized people. 

What an absolutely fantastic documentary - I won’t spoil the outcome here (even though most already know because it was a big case), but check it out!

The Stand your Ground Law is predominately implemented to protect whites that feel threatened by African American males purely because they’re African American males. A drunk man fires 10 shots into a car of unarmed teenagers for playing their music too loud, killing one, before fleeing the scene and having a few more drinks and ordering a pizza. Never once did he call 911 or mention to his fiancé he felt threatened. Only in Florida could a defence lawyer argue that this is justified due to this specific law. The Stand Your Ground Law perpetuates racial bias and really needs reformed.