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Church members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church community in downtown Charleston, South Carolina shed tears, express heartache, and pray together during the first services following the shooting perpetrated by white supremacist Dylann Roof, who shot and killed 9 black churchgoers in hopes of igniting a “race war”. 

The people who’s lives were ripped away and destroyed by absolute hatred, bigotry, and ignorance are identified as:

• Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd (54) – Bible study member and manager for the Charleston County Public Library system; sister of Malcolm Graham.

• Susie Jackson (87) – a Bible study and church choir member.

• Ethel Lee Lance (70) – the church’s sexton.

• Depayne Middleton-Doctor (49) – a pastor who was also employed as a school administrator and admissions coordinator at Southern Wesleyan University.

• Clementa C. Pinckney (41) – the church’s pastor and a South Carolina state senator.

• Tywanza Sanders (26) – a Bible study member; grandnephew of Susie Jackson.

• Daniel Simmons (74) – a pastor who also served at Greater Zion AME Church in Awendaw.

• Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (45) – a pastor; also a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School; mother of MLB prospect Chris Singleton.

• Myra Thompson (59) – a Bible study teacher.

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Elephants are one of the most majestic creatures on this world. They’re also one of my favourite animals, I think they’re truly the king of the Jungle! 

I would like to dedicate this post to my best friend @tilldeathdousart because she loves elephants.

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Malcolm X at Oxford with Eric Abrahams, the Student Union president, before addressing university students on the subject of extremism and liberty on December 3, 1964.

Eric Abrahams was a Jamaican Rhodes Scholar who came to St. Peter’s College, Oxford, in 1962, to study Law. He served as President of the Oxford Union in Michaelmas Term 1964 (the second student from the Caribbean to hold that office). Abrahams invited Malcolm X to speak at the Union debate and he also participated. 

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Nursing textbook claims direct eye contact with African-Americans is “aggressive behavior”

  • A nursing textbook is causing a stir online for the startlingly racist and xenophobic claims it makes about many racial and ethnic groups. 
  • The book, Journey Across the Life Span: Human Development and Health Promotion, was written by Elaine Polan and Daphne Taylor and published by F.A. Davis Company in January 2015.
  • The controversial passages grabbed public attention Thursday after Jazmine Lattimore, a student at Galen College of Nursing, posted photos on Facebook from a section on giving medical care to African-Americans.
  • Direct eye contact in this culture can be considered a form of aggression,” the passage reads. 
  • The rest of the book reads like a travel guide for racist aliens interested in visiting planet Earth. It offers a chapter on Hispanic Americans claiming nurses should avoid eye contact with them, too, since it’s interpreted as giving the “evil eye.” 
  • The book inaccurately claims Arab-Americans believe “illness is seen as a punishment for sin, and death is seen as God’s will.”
  •  This claim is equally off-base when it comes to Muslims. According to Islamic tradition, illness is often seen as a trial or an opportunity to forgive one’s sins — not a punishment for committing sins. Read more (8/11/17)

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In Ghana, people are often buried in ‘fantasy coffins’. The Ga people believe life in the next world continues in the same way it did on earth, so carpenters honor the dead with custom coffins that represent their dreams, personalities, occupations, vices, or obsessions. Source Source 2 Source 3