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Increasing segregation

Increasing segregation

Charles Blow lays out some statistics in his opinion piece in the NYTimes today. He focuses on the increasing segregation by class and race that US neighborhoods are experiencing, like “about 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of nonwhite Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race.” The associated infographic isn’t precisely about
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Hunger Strike at Immigration Prison

Hunger Strike at Immigration Prison

ROJ Trainer Brenda Zook Friesen has a connection to an inmate at this immigration prison, run by for-profit company GEO Group. Prisoners, detained for not having immigrations papers, are protesting deportation policies as well as inhumane conditions at the prison. A hunger strike started a couple weeks ago, peaked at 750 prisoners, with two remaining
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Link: Urban Church Plantations

Link: Urban Church Plantations

http://www.christenacleveland.com/2014/03/urban-church-plantations/ Call it “church empires,” “urban colonization,” “urban church plantations,” or “Walmart churches,” this sort of “ministry” (so-called) has been around a long time and needs to stop.

“I would have said that even if he was white.”

“I would have said that even if he was white.”

  You’ve probably heard it before: “I would have said that even if [fill in the person’s name] was white.” It’s a tried and true method of distancing oneself from actions that are based on white superiority. I know this, because I’ve used it, and hear others use it. Typically, it is white people who
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Race, Perceptions and Stereotypes

Race, Perceptions and Stereotypes

Some interesting social science research on race, perceptions and stereotypes and how they play into white supremacy and internalized oppression/inferiority. Highlights from an NPR story (listen to the story or read the transcript at the link): SAPERSTEIN: If someone went from being employed to being unemployed, or being out of prison to being in prison, or
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Report on Advancing Equity in Organizations

Report on Advancing Equity in Organizations

The D5 Coalition has a report (released a few months ago) that examines “Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” It’s based on interviews, reports, and assessments of various philanthropic foundations, and has a lot of helpful ideas to consider. I appreciate the importance that it places on changing policies, practices and
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If you watch the superbowl…

If you watch the superbowl…

If you are watching the Superbowl today, during one of the commercial breaks, watch this 2 minute spot instead. The creators didn’t have the funds to actually air it during the game. I’ll add that I’m a bit uncomfortable with some of the images (a brief scene from Dances With Wolves to illustrate “Sioux” – not
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New Report: Moving the Race Conversation Forward

New Report: Moving the Race Conversation Forward

RaceForward (formerly the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines) has released a report which analyzes conversations about race in the “mainstream” media (Surprise! The mainstream doesn’t talk much about systems!), describes seven harmful racial discourse practices, and features case studies of attempts to change this harmful discourse. They invited Jay Smooth to do a quick
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The Indigenous Nelson Mandela

The Indigenous Nelson Mandela

I just came across this fine post (on Racism Review), a month of so belatedly, about how Nelson Mandela’s indigenous culture is whitewashed in Western media. Here’s a quote: Madiba’s indigenous identity and ideas have, as is always the case, been whitewashed to invisibility. His constant references to the beauty, importance and identity marker of
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This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism”

This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism”

This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism” Parsing out the term “white feminism,” beginning with this: Every single time women of colour talk about “white feminism” or “white feminists” within the context of discussions about the way that the mainstream feminist movement privileges whiteness, we deal with an onslaught of defensive white
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