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  3. WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT RACE RELATIONS FROM OPIE & ANTHONY’S CUMIA

    Be sure to read the link in my tweet for context. Anthony Cumia’s selfie-with-black-bestie was predictable. And so was this immediate response from presumably one of Cumia’s defenders:

    I’ve personally witnessed racial confrontations as a bystander or as a direct participant and I’ve only seen blacks as the victims in those instances. Still, I refuse to write off an entire race as “Savage violent animal f**ks.”

    Unlike Cumia…

     

  4. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AT 50 - THE BEGINNING, THE END, OR NEITHER?

    I’ll mark today’s 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by reading you a piece of legislation:

    [W]ith a view to affording reasonable protection to all persons in their constitutional rights of equality before the law, without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude…

    Sounds familiar? I have news for you.

    This didn’t come from the Civil Rights Act of 1964—try the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

    I have more to say about this on MentalUnrest

     

  5. START OF WORLD WAR I AND THE GREAT MIGRATION OF AFRICAN AMERICANS

    The start of World War I was 100 years ago today when Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo.

    The Great War reduced the flow of European immigrants – then a principal source for cheap labor in large American cities outside of the South – to a slow drip, which subsequently created new employment opportunities for African Americans, who wanted to escape the South’s Jim Crow laws and lynching.

    The movement of about 6 million African Americans from the South to the Northeast, Midwest and Western industrial cities in pursuit of these opportunities is called the Great Migration.

    Harlem, a predominantly white New York City neighborhood located at the northern end of Manhattan, saw a tremendous influx of African Americans during the Great Migration.

    One could argue that Archduke Ferdinand’s death helped to spark the Harlem Renaissance…

    (Mother and child image in Chicago’s Union Station shot by Esther Bubley.)

     

  6. 5 MEMBERS OF HASIDIC STREET PATROL (FINALLY) ARRESTED FOR BEATING A GAY BLACK MAN IN WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN

    Failed Messiah reported earlier that the street patrol gang, after beating 22-year old fashion student Taj Patterson while screaming racial and anti-gay slurs – attempted to run over eye witnesses who took photos of the attack and the gang’s vehicles inclusive of license plates.

    What boggles the mind about the Patterson case, among other things, is that the attack happened December 1, 2013 – during the final days of Bloomberg and Kelly, I should add – and no arrests were made until April of this year, despite multiple eyewitness accounts.

    And the suspects’ publicly stated reasoning behind the attack? CBS New York News reports:

    The suspects said at the time of the incident they were looking for vandals who were damaging cars, but there was no evidence of vandalism the night of the attack, Young reported. No one called 911 until after the confrontation was underway. The assailants fled when witnesses began to take photos of the beating.

    The attack left Patterson with a broken eye socket, a torn retina, blood clotting as well as a number of cuts and bruises.

     

  7. Happy 100, Bayard Rustin…

     

  8. I guess I had one more thing to say, other than this, about Spike Lee’s gentrification rant

    Well, maybe another thing — I grew up in a neighborhood in Brooklyn where Italians, Jews, and folks of African descent were completely cool with sharing their cultures. No one attempted to turn the neighborhood into one culture, and everyone felt free to contribute their share. I don’t see much of that in these gentrified neighborhoods today…

     

  9. John E. Ferguson and his wife Harriet, both people of color as well as slave owners, petitioned a Richmond, VA court in 1853 to declare the couple, as well as their six children, “not negroes.”

    Virginia Memory has more about the Fergusons…

     

  10. Concord, CA high school serves fried chicken and watermelon in honor of Black History Month.

    Source: NBC Bay Area News

     


  11. A sad state of affairs that can be changed for the better…



     


  12. ZOMBIES = BLACK, SAYS AMERICAN TV GAME CONTESTANT

    From the Daily Mail (UK):

    A Family Feud contestant left host Steve Harvey and fellow competitors reeling when in answer to the question ‘Name something you know about zombies’, she slammed the buzzer and blurted out: ‘Black.’

    ‘They’re black. Okay…,’ said African-American presenter Harvey who was barely able to suppress his laughter as he turned to the board.

    'I don't know if they're white… or… I… just… probably,' Christie fumbled perhaps sensing that her bizarre answer could be construed as racially charged.

    The punchline came when someone told the other to “Shut up,” but I’ll let you read the rest of the story or watch the embedded video to find out what happened…

     


  13. If you want some laughs, ask folks for their definition of “acting sufficiently black.”

    oneluv918:

    In Moms Mabley’s time, she experienced racism from whites. I can recall in the ’80s and ’90s, you, Whitney, Michael Jackson and Oprah, you all experienced this backlash from the Black community, saying you weren’t “Black” enough. Were you hurt by those comments from your “own people?”
    I didn’t understand it! [Laughs] When somebody says to you, as dark as I am, “You’re not Black enough,” it’s like, “What are you talking about?” It’s not like I got up yesterday and I was Asian. What do you mean? Oh, you just want me to be your idea of what a Black person is? You just have to say, “You’re right, I’m probably not Black enough for you. So why are you here?” I am who I am.  I’m never going to be anybody’s ideal. So I’ll just be Whoopi.

     

  14. summersumz:

    fashinpirate:

    Javon Johnson making me cry in approx 30 seconds. 

    As long as “walking while black” is a risk factor, there is the hard work of justice to be done. This truth is a truth that we all own, even if it impacts us disproportionately. It is a truth that should become history, not reality.

    (Source: arabellesicardi)

     


  15. TANYA FREE - PODCAST - SEP 25 2013

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    Tanya Free & Friends podcast - Sep 25, 2013:

    • More congressional budget drama
    • Cutting food stamps
    • NRA’s idea to give more guns to the good guys
    • The death of Jonathan Ferrell by a Charlotte, NC police officer (“Four shots, pause; four shots, pause; two more shots.”)