Special Investigation: Native Americans Are Being Killed by Police at a Higher Rate Than Any Other Group
These deaths are rarely covered in the media, but now, Native groups are organizing for justice in a growing Native Lives Matter movement.
By Stephanie Woodard

To get a clearer picture, Mike Males, senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, looked at data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected from medical examiners in 47 states between 1999 and 2011.

When compared to their percentage of the U.S. population, Natives were more likely to be killed by police than any other group, including African Americans. By age, Natives 20-24, 25-34 and 35–44 were three of the five groups most likely to be killed by police. (The other two groups were African Americans 20-24 and 25-34.)

Males’ analysis of CDC data from 1999 to 2014 shows that Native Americans are 3.1 times more likely to be killed by police than white Americans…

First Black Anthropologist in the world 🌴🇭🇹

Anténor Firmin’s major work, De l’égalité des races humaines (The Equality of Human Race) was published in Paris in 1885 and while a foundational text in anthropology was largely ignored or dismissed (Fluehr-Lobban 2000). Recovered only recently, the manuscript was translated and introduced into English by Asselin Charles as The Equality of the Human Races (Positivist Anthropology) (2000), one hundred and fifteen years after its original publication. From 1884 to 1888, during his years in France as a Haitian emissary, Firmin was one of the three Haitian members of the Paris Anthropology Society, whose name remained on the roster until after his death in 19113. Although a member of the Société who attended many of its meetings, his voice was effectively silenced by racialist physical anthropology dominant at the time, and by his race. In the Mémoires that provide a transcript of the Société’s deliberations are recorded the two occurrences in which Firmin rose to speak. At one point he stood his ground to challenge the biological determination of race that pervaded the prevailing physical anthropology of Broca and others when he was confronted by Clémence Royer (a pioneering woman of science who translated Darwin’s Origin of Species into French) who asked Firmin if his intellectual ability and presence in the Société were not the result of some white ancestry he might possess. Firmin tells us in his own words in the Preface to The Equality of the Human Races that he wanted to debate with those who «divide the human species into superior and inferior races» but he feared his request would be rejected. «Common sense told me that I was right to hesitate. It was then that I conceived the idea of writing this book» (Firmin 2000: liv). We now know that a signed copy conveying «Hommage respectueux à la Société d’anthropologie de Paris, A. Firmin» was presented to the Paris Anthropological Society in 1885, and that no review or further mention of the book, beyond it having been received, was made in the Mémoires d’anthropologie, the periodical of the Society.

Anténor Firmin was an anthropologist who pioneered a critical study of race and physical anthropology and developed in his major work, De L’égalité des races humaines…, a vision of anthropology as an integrated study of humanity. The publication date of 1885 of De L’égalité des races humaines marks it as a pioneering text in anthropology and it is perhaps the first major work of anthropology written by a person of African descent. Although Firmin’s tome was lost to Francophone anthropology, it was recognized not only in Haiti but also among Pan-Africanist scholars as an early work of négritude. Anténor Firmin also had a seminal impact on Jean Price-Mars, the 20th century founder of Haitian ethnology, and these ties extend further to the American founder of African and Afro-American anthropology, Melville Herskovits.


Yet Another ‘Friendly’ Reminder

Just because someone is white doesn’t make them racist.

Just because someone is cisgendered doesn’t make them transphobic.

Just because someone’s heterosexual doesn’t make them homophobic.

You’re all missing the point of this, aren’t you?

We’re fighting for equality and rights. You blaming the entirety of a category of people for a section of that category’s actions is hateful, hurtful and downright disturbing.

If we want peace, we’re going to have to agree on something. Hating someone because they were born a certain way is unacceptable.

This includes being born as a white, cisgendered heterosexual.

Listen to your own words for two seconds, then tell me again that they’re all racist, transphobic, homophobic bastards.

(And before you attack me, I’m a genderqueer panromantic demisexual. I may be white, but that doesn’t change my view on racism’s unacceptability at all.)


Jordan Peele’s new horror movie about an interracial couple in a racist, super white suburb is way too real

The film follows an interracial couple, played by Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya, as they visit Williams’ character’s parents. Upon arrival, Kaluuya’s character notices something eerie about the Black people in the town: A number of them have been reported missing.

Gifs: Universal Pictures


Fighting Gentrification: This White Family Refuses To Live In Any Neighborhood That Isn’t 100% White

In America’s less affluent neighborhoods, low-income minorities are often left to grapple with the gentrification juggernaut all on their own. But these marginalized people will be happy to know they have an ally in Ryan and Caitlin Hubbard and their son, Corey—a white, upper-middle-class family that is helping to fight the good fight by refusing to live anywhere that isn’t already 100 percent white.

Finally, a real stand on the issue of gentrification! Read more