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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s.
By Andrew J . Hawkins

Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.

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Billionaire Charter School Leader Says Black Politician Worse Than the KKK
The white supremacist violence in Charlottesville was the tragic result of the Republican Party’s racist politics, which have only intensified under Pres...

from the article:

A week ago, Daniel Loeb, the chairman of the board for New York City’s Success Academy Charter Schools network, accused New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins of being worse than the Ku Klux Klan:

“Hypocrites like Stewart-Cousins who pay fealty to powerful union thugs and bosses do more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”

What had the African-American senator done wrong? Stewart-Cousins supports more transparency and accountability for charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated.

After my stint in the charter world, I have a lot of open contempt for billionaire charter managers who make money off of the farce that rich white people with their white savior “non-profit”organizations insist that they’re the only ones equipped to save black people from themselves.

Stop making money off of black poverty. Stop insisting that the black people who oppose you are too ignorant to know what’s for their own good.

Located in the gorgeous Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge serves as an important resting, feeding and nesting ground for migratory birds along the Atlantic Flyway. With almost 10,000 acres to explore, visitors can enjoy bird watching, fishing, boating, hiking and photography while learning about wildlife and the environment. Photo by Doug Racine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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More Parents Of Color Think Racism Is Holding Back Their Children In School
The facts are on their side.

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In many states, school districts that serve minority populations receive less state and local funding. These schools tend to have less-experienced teachers. Students of color face disproportionately tough discipline compared to white students.

“It’s racism, it is. People can deny it, or try to explain it away, or say slavery ended, but that doesn’t mean that with the snap of a finger, peoples’ attitudes, policies and procedures did not continue to perpetuate the same cycle that oppresses black and brown people,” said Miles, whose children currently attend or have graduated from schools in Schenectady, New York. Miles is an organizer for Citizen Action of New York, and has worked around issues of school funding inequities.

Parents of color (rightfully) don’t trust white power structures to keep the best interest of their children at the forefront. Empower black & brown educators at every chance you can get.

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Low-Income Asian Character In 'Power Rangers' Highlights Rarely Discussed Issue
The Asian-American and Pacific Islander population has the second fastest growing poverty rate in the U.S., behind the Hispanic community.

Ludi Lin (Zack Taylor) discusses how the common asian stereotype is broken in the new Power Rangers movie.

Diversity and Representation matter

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Salman Rushdie’s new novel, The Golden House, is set in New York, the city he now calls home, and its themes are deeply American.

There’s a moment when one character says, “Your country is young — one thinks differently when one has millennia behind one; you have not even 250 years.”

Does that youthfulness shape Rushdie’s view of the U.S.? “It’s a very interesting thing,” he says, “having been brought up in one very ancient country, India, and then having lived in a kind of reasonably old country, England, and then to come to a new country. They all have their slightly different characteristics.”

Leaving The Past Behind — Or Trying To — In Rushdie’s Latest

The April Fool’s Day That Wasn’t: America is Undergoing Surgery Without Anesthesia

Today on Twitter, DJT went even more batshit than usual, again railing that Obama wiretapped him and excoriating the media–for some reason, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, in particular–for covering the very real Trump Russia story instead of the demonstrably false Obama wiretap claim. 

April Fool’s Day jokes abounded, most of them noting there is no joke: the man is dangerously unhinged and imperiling the nation and the world. 

Yesterday the New York Times reported that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have maintained their business holdings and that they directly profit from serving in Daddy’s administration. Even more troubling: two business persons with no experience in federal government or foreign policy have had security clearance for months.

We’re wide awake while this administration attempts to dismember us. 

It’s Day #72 and we’re already deeply, hideously scarred. 

Whether the American experiment survives depends on our diligence and threshold for pain.

We can’t, under any circumstances, stop resisting.