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The Green Lantern

It’s Official: Black People are Now Superhuman

Variations of the trope have existed for years beyond count. The myth that the “Middle Passage” had the effect of selecting only the strongest African captives, while the weaker ones died. Then, those who survived were further selected for strength through generations of enslavement. Which leads us to the persistent belief that Black people are athletically superior.
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I Don’t Feel Bad About Being White, 1

I Don’t Feel Bad About Being White, 1

So true: Critiquing “whiteness” doesn’t degrade white people. Rather it expects white people to be mature and open to growth.

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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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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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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No Trump When Playing the Race and Class Cards

This past weekend, Roots of Justice trainers gathered in Dallas to develop a new training model to guide participants in an exploration of the ways that various oppressions intersect. So I was especially interested to hear a short (1:32) story today on NPR’s Morning Edition about how “race trumps class” in the digital divide. (The “digital divide” describes
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Conversation between great Black feminists, bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

Conversation between great Black feminists, bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

So I finally had a chance to watch last week’s 90-minute conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, and given its length, I thought I’d jot down some general topics that they to make it easier to find, for those who want to listen again to a certain bit, or those who just don’t have time
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