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What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.


This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rioting Breaks Out in Huntington Beach After Surfing Open - Many people don't want to hear this kind of tough love, of course. They'd like to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that all white children are as sweet and harmless as Taylor Swift. But the reality is that the statistics tell a different story. For instance, according to research from the Department of Justice, 84 percent of white murder victims are killed by other white people [PDF]. Similarly, white rape victims tend to be raped by other whites [PDF]. White-on-white violence is a menace to white communities across the country, and yet you never hear white leaders like Pastor Joel Osteen, Bill O'Reilly, or Hillary Clinton take a firm stance against the scourge.

Rachel Maddow Show: Who are low-wage Americans?

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Rachel Maddow Show: Who are low-wage Americans?

Rachel Maddow Show: Rights rollbacks put North Carolina in civil rights spotlight

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Rachel Maddow Show: Rights rollbacks put North Carolina in civil rights spotlight

Bradley Manning verdict could test notion of aiding enemy - U.S. News

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Bradley Manning verdict could test notion of aiding enemy - U.S. News

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Blanks Slate: Living While Black: Anecdotes about Dealing with Police

Most countries have foundational myths that underlie the ethos of the national character. Much of our national myth involves freedom and Enlightenment liberalism: property rights, religious freedom, and the dignity of the individual are among the core values which under-gird our national identity. This narrative leads to national cliches like "If you work hard enough, you can do anything" and 'pulling oneself up by the bootstraps' is the key to success.  The accompanying narrative overlooks what that actually looked like for much of our history including, inter alia, discriminatory legal regimes. This is important not, as many think, to enable a "victimhood" mentality among descendants. This is important to reaffirm that this country has only recently recognized that the "inalienable rights" explicitly assigned to all of mankind in our founding document apply to women and many people of color. This recognition is to understand that, since our country's inception, there have been parallel sets of rules and laws for  marginalized people that are distinct from and harsher than those for the majority. It also means "dignity of the individual" doesn't apply equally.

dream hampton • 20 African Novels That Grew Me

I have read a number of thee novels and they will expand your mind as well as your world.

DARING ACTION AT THE BORDER BY UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH - NEED YOUR HELP! - THE REDESIGN

After a daring act of bravery and civil disobedience, six undocumented youth, now in Arizona's Ely Detention Center, have begun a hunger strike demanding their release. They need your help in pressuring the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama administration to release these immigrants to be reunited with their families.

Monday, July 22, 2013

FISA court renews authority to collect phone records | Politics and Law - CNET News

A top-secret federal court has renewed the authority of the U.S. government to collect telephone records as part of its surveillance program. In other words: Let the federal spying keep on rolling.

The Court & the Right to Vote: A Dissent by John Paul Stevens | The New York Review of Books

The Court’s heavy reliance on the importance of a “fundamental principle of equal sovereignty among the States,” while supported by language in an earlier opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, ignored the fact that Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution created a serious inequality among the states. That clause counted “three fifths” of a state’s slaves for the purpose of measuring the size of its congressional delegation and its representation in the Electoral College. That provision was offensive because it treated African-Americans as though each of them was equal to only three fifths of a white person, but it was even more offensive because it increased the power of the southern states by counting three fifths of their slaves even though those slaves were not allowed to vote. The northern states would have been politically better off if the slave population had been simply omitted from the number used to measure the voting power of the slave states.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Court Tells Reporter to Testify in Case of Leaked C.I.A. Data - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — In a major ruling on press freedoms, a divided federal appeals court on Friday ruled that James Risen, an author and a reporter for The New York Times, must testify in the criminal trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency official charged with providing him with classified information.

Court Tells Reporter to Testify in Case of Leaked C.I.A. Data - NYTimes.com

Friday, July 19, 2013

Charles Blow REACTION To Obama On Trayvon Martin Case Zimmerman Verdict ...

The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime - The Daily Beast

But there’s a huge problem with attempt to shift the conversation: There’s no suchthing as “black-on-black” crime. Yes, from 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by black offenders, but that racial exclusivity was also true for white victims of violent crime—86 percent were killed by white offenders. Indeed, for the large majority of crimes, you’ll find that victims and offenders share a racial identity, or have some prior relationship to each other.

The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime - The Daily Beast

Martin Bashir: President Obama’s surprise speech on Trayvon Martin, race in America - It was not the conversation that I have heard among African Americans this week.

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Martin Bashir: President Obama’s surprise speech on Trayvon Martin, race in America

Obama Takes Over White House Press Briefing To Speak On Trayvon Martin - It Was Far To Weak And Timid

It is about time President Obama something even though it was somewhat weak. The state's have never respected the human rights of African Americans. He needed to speak more to the racial bigotry that caused this to happen. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of Black folks speaking straight with other Black folks and meekly to White folks. Until we confront, combat and defeat racism. The problem is the attitude of supremacy felt by to many White folks. There are plenty of fair minded White folks but attitudes of far to many are unacceptable and must change. We cannot wait.

Approximately the same percentage of White folks kill White folks as Black folks kill Black folks. White folks are far more likely to own guns than Black folks. White folks are the problem. White folks need to deal with the bigotry among themselves. We, as Black folks need to find ways to raise the decision costs when White folks act out on racism. There must be a price for this behavior. Unless their is a price there is no incentive to change.

Obama Takes Over White House Press Briefing To Speak On Trayvon Martin (VIDEO)

All In : The mystery behind strange allegations against Texas protestors

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All In : The mystery behind strange allegations against Texas protestors

All In : Rick Scott faces mounting pressure on Stand Your Ground

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All In : Rick Scott faces mounting pressure on Stand Your Ground

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Disembodied Racism and the Search for Racist Intent: The Trayvon Martin Case » Sociology Lens

The Trayvon Martin case has become a national media event complete with competing individual evaluations, competing definitions of racism and competing blame narratives.  In these “racial events,” Americans propensity for individualistic analysis coalesces with America’s racialized culture in order to produce a mix of individual evaluations and sweeping claims about racial groups and the institutional privileges and disadvantages of different racial groups.  In my experience, this process reinforces many of the flawed ideas about race that sociologists regularly debunk and challenge.

Disembodied Racism and the Search for Racist Intent: The Trayvon Martin Case » Sociology Lens

All In : The Next chapter in the Trayvon Martin saga

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All In : The Next chapter in the Trayvon Martin saga

Monday, July 15, 2013

Yahoo wins motion to have FISA court objections to surveillance made public

Yahoo wins motion to have FISA court objections to surveillance made public

79.02.04: The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States,1880-1950

The United States has a brutal history of domestic violence. It is an ugly episode in our national history that has long been neglected. Of the several varieties of American violence, one type stands out as one of the most inhuman chapters in the history of the world�the violence committed against Negro citizens in America by white people. This unit of post Reconstruction Afro-American history will examine anti-Black violence from the 1880s to the 1950s. The phenomenon of lynching and the major race riots of this period, called the American Dark Ages by historian Rayford W. Logan, will be covered.
Immediately following the end of Reconstruction, the Federal Government of the United States restored white supremacist control to the South and adopted a �laissez-faire� policy in regard to the Negro. The Negro was betrayed by his country. This policy resulted in Negro disfranchisement, social, educational and employment discrimination, and peonage. Deprived of their civil and human rights, Blacks were reduced to a status of quasislavery or �second-class� citizenship. A tense atmosphere of racial hatred, ignorance and fear bred lawless mass violence, murder and lynching.



79.02.04: The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States,1880-1950

79.02.04: The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States,1880-1950

The United States has a brutal history of domestic violence. It is an ugly episode in our national history that has long been neglected. Of the several varieties of American violence, one type stands out as one of the most inhuman chapters in the history of the world�the violence committed against Negro citizens in America by white people. This unit of post Reconstruction Afro-American history will examine anti-Black violence from the 1880s to the 1950s. The phenomenon of lynching and the major race riots of this period, called the American Dark Ages by historian Rayford W. Logan, will be covered.
Immediately following the end of Reconstruction, the Federal Government of the United States restored white supremacist control to the South and adopted a �laissez-faire� policy in regard to the Negro. The Negro was betrayed by his country. This policy resulted in Negro disfranchisement, social, educational and employment discrimination, and peonage. Deprived of their civil and human rights, Blacks were reduced to a status of quasislavery or �second-class� citizenship. A tense atmosphere of racial hatred, ignorance and fear bred lawless mass violence, murder and lynching.


79.02.04: The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States,1880-1950

Saturday, July 13, 2013

MALCOLM X: OXFORD UNION DEBATE (December 3, 1964)

Melissa Harris-Perry: Mental health erodes for inmates in solitary confinement

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Melissa Harris-Perry: Mental health erodes for inmates in solitary confinement

Melissa Harris-Perry: Two federal judges condemn treatment of Gitmo detainees

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Melissa Harris-Perry: Two federal judges condemn treatment of Gitmo detainees

Watch Christopher Hitchens Get Waterboarded (VANITY FAIR) American Torture

Melissa Harris-Perry: The Mos Def video you have to see

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Melissa Harris-Perry: The Mos Def video you have to see

Thursday, July 11, 2013

When A Teen's 'Sarcastic' Facebook Message Goes Terribly Wrong


On February 14, just two months after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, an 18-year-old in Texas named Justin Carter was arrested.
Carter, an avid gamer, got into a spat with a fellow League of Legends player on Facebook. After being provoked and told he was "messed up in the head," Carter fired back with a startling comment:
I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten / And watch the blood of the innocent rain down/ And eat the beating heart of one of them.


When A Teen's 'Sarcastic' Facebook Message Goes Terribly Wrong

Poll: Americans say Snowden isn’t a traitor — MSNBC

Approximately 55% of American voters view Snowden as a “whistle-blower,” according to new Quinnipiac University poll. Only 34% consider him a “traitor” for revealing details on two of the nation’s top secret surveillance programs.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

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Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court

In the voting rights case, the South, which for decades had to clear any voting changes with federal officials, saw itself liberated, while African-American and Latino voters saw the decision as once again allowing historically hostile states to suppress the right to vote for minorities.

Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court

In the voting rights case, the South, which for decades had to clear any voting changes with federal officials, saw itself liberated, while African-American and Latino voters saw the decision as once again allowing historically hostile states to suppress the right to vote for minorities.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Race-based policing ‘from California to the New York island’ — MSNBC

Today is the 49th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the 1964 Act was a seminal piece of anti-discrimination legislation and paved the way for the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But much of the institutional racism quelled by the Civil Rights Act some 50 years ago has resurfaced in a different form.
Race-based policing ‘from California to the New York island’ — MSNBC

All In : PRISMs precursor: Total Information Awareness

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All In : PRISMs precursor: Total Information Awareness