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Old September 3rd, 2016, 04:51 PM
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Default Re: White people: stand up.

A really cool storyfy from 2015 on a Project Peace panel about modern segregation--yes, after the civil rights movement, and to this day, using government money.
"We get the government we want. We have outsourced dealing with homelessness and mental illness...to the police."

"Don't blame the police, blame the voters for not demanding accountability. They (police) work for you."

"Be about the hard questions. Racist people create racist policies."
Definitely worth reading. A shame this effort has received so little coverage.
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Old September 7th, 2016, 03:32 PM
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It happened more than 40 hours ago, but it finally hit mainstream media: the murder of a Black Lives Matter activist who was very visible after Michael Brown's murder by white police, in Ferguson, two years ago.

Darren Seals was found shot dead inside a burning car--just a couple of months after he reported on social media that he, and his younger brothers, had been stopped and threatened by gun wielding white cops. Unsurprisingly, police reports couldn't even be bothered to check the correct spelling of his name before going public with the news.

I am now counting down to the spin wherein traffic stops--justified or not--suddenly become a criminal record that will 'explain' this man's murder.

Black people, particularly black women, who speak out about the abuse and discrimination they endure every single hour of every single day of their lives, are risking their safety, and that of their families, every time they stand up for their right to be treated the same way a white person is treated.

This is not a myth, and this is not an exaggeration--this is reality in the USoA, in the year of our lord 2016.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 07:37 PM
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Default Re: White people: stand up.

oh nice Denver, equate voting to taking a poop. UM DISRESPECTFUL TO THE PROCESS


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Old September 9th, 2016, 01:30 AM
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I'm uh, a bit confused how this comment belongs in this thread, Zaphod.

On the comment itself: it's not the classiest thing I've ever seen, but considering how many people cannot take time off work to vote--particularly people in minority groups in some states (not Colorado, alas)--promoting mail-in ballots seems like a good idea.
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Old October 19th, 2016, 05:12 PM
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There are still people out there disputing that black US citizens and residents are disproportionately the victims of police violence.

And yet.

A white police officer armed with both Taser and gun, shot and killed a 66 year old black woman in New York. The emotionally disturbed victim was first brandishing scissors, and later on, a bat. The Taser was not deployed. The cop shot the woman twice in the torso, and killed her.

However, three white men plotting to BOMB the residences of Somali immigrants are apprehended without loss of life, and the white-presenting killer of two cops in California is also arrested without minimal injuries. Oh, and apparently, those three white men? They cannot be 'terrorists' because they are not Muslim.

Gee, no racial bias here. None at all.
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Old December 15th, 2016, 11:09 PM
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This is fantastic essay (it's actually a sermon). Please, please, please: if you are a white American, go read it.
Racism is not slavery. As President Obama said, itís not avoiding the use
of the word Nigger. Racism is not white water fountains and the back of
the bus. Martin Luther King did not end racism. Racism is a cop severing
the spine of an innocent man. It is a 12 year old child being shot for playing with a toy gun in a state where it is legal to openly carry firearms.
But racism is even more subtle than that. Itís more nuanced. Racism is
the fact that ďWhiteĒ means ďnormalĒ and that anything else is different. Racism is our acceptance of an all white Lord of the Rings cast because
of ďhistorical accuracy,Ē ignoring the fact that this is a world with an
entirely fictionalized history.
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Old March 17th, 2017, 02:42 PM
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Default Welcome to the Anti-Racist Movement

From The Establishment's wonderful primer:
"If you are just now feeling the urgency of the need to fight systemic racism, chances are, you are white. I know, I know ó Iím starting off with blanket assumptions about you and that doesnít feel good; you literally donít have to tell me about it, Iím quite familiar! But seriously, you are probably white or white passing (yes, Iím aware that Ben Carson and Lil Wayne exist and some people of color are capable of holding on to baffling amounts of denial, but I do not have whatever power it would take to break through that level of delusion so letís just stick with new white folk). Iíve written down this handy list of things that youíve missed so far that youíre going to need to catch up on, on your own time. This knowledge and preparation will not only make your fight against racism more effective, it will allow us to continue our progress as you catch up."
Yes, it's more than a bit sarcastic in tone, but it does cover the basics and explains a lot of things that white/white passing people simply do not see/hear/realize.
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Default Re: White people: stand up.

As a white-passing person with "good" intentions (I strive to push for a more egalitarian society), I found that article almost entirely useless. Perhaps the author felt a little better after venting, and maybe the editors and/or publishers feel a little better after clearing and publishing it. So maybe it helped them.

Maybe it can help wake up some well-intentioned ivy leaguer, but the odds seem slim. I like to think I understand where the author is coming from, but I can also admit that maybe I don't. Either way, it offered me personally nothing constructive. I'm poor, and from where I sit, that's a far bigger disadvantage than any skin color ever could be.
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