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america-wakiewakie:

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’ | Common Dreams 
Although African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americans, nearly half of all prison inmates in the U.S. are black. This startling statistic has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to publicly criticize the U.S. for its treatment of African-Americans. A number of recent studies and reports paint a damning picture of how American society dehumanizes blacks starting from early childhood.
Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions. More than 20 years ago, Smith College professor Ann Arnett Ferguson wrote a groundbreaking book based on her three-year study of how black boys in particular are perceived differently starting in school. In “Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity,” Ferguson laid out the ways in which educators and administrators funneled black male students into the juvenile justice system based on perceived differences between them and other students.
Today this trend continues with record numbers of suspensions as a result of “zero-tolerance” school policies and the increasing presence of campus police officers who arrest students for insubordination, fights and other types of behavior that might be considered normal “acting out” in school-aged children. In fact, black youth are far more likely to be suspended from school than any other race. They also face disproportionate expulsion and arrest rates, and once children enter the juvenile justice system they are far more likely to be incarcerated as adults.
Even the Justice Department under President Obama has understood what a serious problem this is, issuing a set of new guidelines earlier this year to curb discriminatory suspension in schools.
But it turns out that negative disciplinary actions affect African-American children starting as early as age 3. The U.S. Department of Education just released a comprehensive study of public schools, revealing in a report that black children face discrimination even in preschool. (That preschool-aged children are suspended at all is hugely disturbing.) Data from the 2011-2012 year show that although black children make up only 18 percent of preschoolers, 42 percent of them were suspended at least once and 48 percent were suspended multiple times.
Consistent with this educational data and taking into account broader demographic, family and economic data for children of various races, broken down by state, is a newer study released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that found African-American children are on the lowest end of nearly every measured index including proficiency in math and reading, high school graduation, poverty and parental education. The report, titled Race for Results, plainly says, “The index scores for African-American children should be considered a national crisis.”(Read Full Text) (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

america-wakiewakie:

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’ | Common Dreams 

Although African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americansnearly half of all prison inmates in the U.S. are black. This startling statistic has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to publicly criticize the U.S. for its treatment of African-Americans. A number of recent studies and reports paint a damning picture of how American society dehumanizes blacks starting from early childhood.

Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions. More than 20 years ago, Smith College professor Ann Arnett Ferguson wrote a groundbreaking book based on her three-year study of how black boys in particular are perceived differently starting in school. In “Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity,” Ferguson laid out the ways in which educators and administrators funneled black male students into the juvenile justice system based on perceived differences between them and other students.

Today this trend continues with record numbers of suspensions as a result of “zero-tolerance” school policies and the increasing presence of campus police officers who arrest students for insubordination, fights and other types of behavior that might be considered normal “acting out” in school-aged children. In fact, black youth are far more likely to be suspended from school than any other race. They also face disproportionate expulsion and arrest rates, and once children enter the juvenile justice system they are far more likely to be incarcerated as adults.

Even the Justice Department under President Obama has understood what a serious problem this is, issuing a set of new guidelines earlier this year to curb discriminatory suspension in schools.

But it turns out that negative disciplinary actions affect African-American children starting as early as age 3. The U.S. Department of Education just released a comprehensive study of public schools, revealing in a report that black children face discrimination even in preschool. (That preschool-aged children are suspended at all is hugely disturbing.) Data from the 2011-2012 year show that although black children make up only 18 percent of preschoolers, 42 percent of them were suspended at least once and 48 percent were suspended multiple times.

Consistent with this educational data and taking into account broader demographic, family and economic data for children of various races, broken down by state, is a newer study released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that found African-American children are on the lowest end of nearly every measured index including proficiency in math and reading, high school graduation, poverty and parental education. The report, titled Race for Results, plainly says, “The index scores for African-American children should be considered a national crisis.”

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iridessence:

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mirainomessenger:

becauseloveonlygrows:

boyprincessmanic:

TW: EXTREME RACISM AND SLURS

Alright you guys listen up. This is really REALLY important so just do me a solid here and take a minute to read this okay.

A few years ago, a good friend of mine named Whitney Mitchell became extremely sick and had to have both arms and legs amputated. She was given a 12% chance to live but she fought through it and she’s one of the bravest and most beautiful people I’ve ever met in my life.

Today, her mother sent me a message on Facebook saying that Whitney had been targeted by a website called Chimp Mania. I’d never heard of it, so I did some research, and at just a glance I was immediately disgusted. Just the RULES for the website are awful beyond words.

The forum thread for Whitney is mocking enough, calling her a “shefreak” and saying she “plans to knuckle drag again.” The comments say some pretty stomach-churning things, but I decided to leave a lot of them out. A lot of them were photoshopped pictures of Whitney from when she was in physical rehab, replacing her legs with things like fried chicken legs and a map of Niger. This is the only thread I even bothered looking at and I could barely stomach it.

There is a petition to get this website permanently deleted. I don’t know how much good it will do but it NEEDS signatures. It’s got barely any right now and I don’t want this blatant vomiting on human beings to continue.

Here’s a link to the petition: http://chn.ge/1dectHH

This bullshit has gone on long enough. The fact that it exists in the first place makes me sick to my stomach. Please take a moment to sign this petition.

NOT

ENOUGH 

NOTES

WHY ISN’T THIS AT OVER A MILLION NOTES??!

This website has been up and running for a long time. Much like stormfront it is a hate website, but this website targets individuals, and crosses any line of what should be considered “free speech” and is obviously hate speech. Please. This is too much. This person has gone through so much already. 

This is why when people complain on this site about black even TALKING about racism, and when they complain about white girl Starbucks jokes, I seethe.

This is what WE have to deal with, people creating entire websites dedicated to calling us animals. This is why I laugh at those Starbucks jokes, and literally give negative shits about people who say “well no one should make jokes about ANYONE” because clearly y’all never seem to find the people that run sites like the one mentioned above to call them out, otherwise they wouldn’t exist.

Do you know how this feels? Do you know how this fucking feels? Being viewed as subhuman? That sites like this exist? That they target disabled women of color for no other purpose than having the audacity to be born black in this world AND suffer from terminal illness?

I really don’t know what else to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I feel this shit in my bones.

Every single one of you that can had better sign this fucking petition, or unfollow me.

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blackmanonthemoon:

lisaquestions:

aljazeeraamerica:

No charges made in Detroit shooting of unarmed black teenager

Prosecutors are seeking more information from police before deciding whether to charge a man who fatally shot a black woman on the porch of a Detroit home in a predominately white neighborhood, sparking accusations of racial profiling.
Renisha McBride, 19, was killed by a shotgun blast in Dearborn Heights early Saturday.
Her family says she likely approached the home, in the predominantly white neighborhood of Dearborn Heights, to seek help after getting into a car accident. The case is reminiscent of the September death of a young, black man in North Carolina who was shot 10 times by police after he sought help after getting into a car accident. The officer involved in that shooting was charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Dearborn Heights police said the shooter told investigators that his shotgun accidently discharged, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Photo: Ricardo Thomas/AP

Accidental discharge? No way I believe that. You don’t accidentally discharge a shotgun into someone’s head from behind. You don’t shoot someone in the head if you weren’t already aiming for their head. And we get back to shit like CeCe McDonald going to prison for defending herself from lethal assault and some white guy ~accidentally~ shoots a black woman in the back of the head and the police need to decide whether they’re going to charge him with anything? It’s obvious what’s happening here, just like with police not charging Zimmerman until the story went national and people started pushing back.

SPREAD THIS, DON’T WAIT UNTIL A MURDER OF BLACK YOUTH IS SENSATIONALIZED BY CNN AND FOX NEWS TO PAY ATTENTION

blackmanonthemoon:

lisaquestions:

aljazeeraamerica:

No charges made in Detroit shooting of unarmed black teenager

Prosecutors are seeking more information from police before deciding whether to charge a man who fatally shot a black woman on the porch of a Detroit home in a predominately white neighborhood, sparking accusations of racial profiling.

Renisha McBride, 19, was killed by a shotgun blast in Dearborn Heights early Saturday.

Her family says she likely approached the home, in the predominantly white neighborhood of Dearborn Heights, to seek help after getting into a car accident. The case is reminiscent of the September death of a young, black man in North Carolina who was shot 10 times by police after he sought help after getting into a car accident. The officer involved in that shooting was charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Dearborn Heights police said the shooter told investigators that his shotgun accidently discharged, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Read more

Photo: Ricardo Thomas/AP

Accidental discharge? No way I believe that. You don’t accidentally discharge a shotgun into someone’s head from behind. You don’t shoot someone in the head if you weren’t already aiming for their head. And we get back to shit like CeCe McDonald going to prison for defending herself from lethal assault and some white guy ~accidentally~ shoots a black woman in the back of the head and the police need to decide whether they’re going to charge him with anything? It’s obvious what’s happening here, just like with police not charging Zimmerman until the story went national and people started pushing back.

SPREAD THIS, DON’T WAIT UNTIL A MURDER OF BLACK YOUTH IS SENSATIONALIZED BY CNN AND FOX NEWS TO PAY ATTENTION

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brashblacknonbeliever:

Todd Kincannon, the ex-South Carolina GOP executive director, is on a brand new racist, sexist, ableist tirade against @Suey_Park on twitter. To see some of the more disgusting tweets he and his followers sent her, you can check out @Suey_Park’s twitter timeline. Be warned though, some of the tweets are truly horrific.

(Source: womanistgamergirl, via blackamazon)

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frantzfandom:

causalvogue:

carnivaloftherandom:

(screencaps of @bbcnews story on 12 Years A Slave winning the TIFF audience award, the linked story, the original tweet from BBCNews’ feed, highlighted by me, and Steve McQueen appears to question the BBC’s life choices in this delightful cap from the TIFF press conference.) 

When did Benedict Cumberbatch become a black man by inference? When BBC News decided that naming him the star of 12 Years A Slave was a better idea than crediting the actual star, Chiwetel Ejiofor. 

ICYMI: During the premiere/press conference, I wrote a couple of posts about the unconscious bias being displayed by the media in coverage of 12 Years A Slave (link to follow-up post/press conference transcription, etc., is at the bottom of that linked post.) 

AGAIN, LET ME EXPLAIN YOU A THING, MEDIA: If a film directed by a black man, written by a black man, and STARRING a black man wins an award and your tweet/news story does not have a picture of a black man on it and doesn’t even mention a black man other than the director until WAAAAAAY down the page, you are being racist. I don’t care if you intend to be, you are. 

Why? Because you are putting a white man who has a supporting role (and not even the big supporting slot occupied by Michael Fassbender or Sarah Paulson) ahead of the STAR OF THE FILM and its director. 

Regardless of how well-known or talented, or what kind of person that white man is, (Don’t hate me, fandom, this is on the BBC and not Benedict Cumberbatch) it does not make him the star. 

Please join me in a loooooong moment of facepalming. 

Again. 

ETA: IT GOT WORSE. GOOGLE. OH GAWD GOOGLE. Added a cap of the search result for “Author of 12 years A Slave.” Embiggen it. h/t to @laurakeet who found the result. Solomon Noethup. No. Nonono. 

Noooooo.

If he gets Best Supporting and Chiwetel goes home empty handed…I swear ‘fore god…I will wreck some shit.

I fucks with Steve McQueen heavy, but I’m afraid if he keeps telling white folks about themselves he won’t get to make another movie

the fukshit that poc creatives have to deal with. LOOK AT THIS SHIT

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eshusplayground:

strugglingtobeheard:

my tweets on tim wise’s bumass. they aren’t all in order but i figured i’d compile them in one place. this man has had some fucking nerve these last couple of weeks. allying with hugo & all that. 

POC deserve more space and compensation for their anti-racist work period. Why? Because doing anti-racist work as a POC is EXTRA WORK. we fight racism, deal with racism, survive racism daily. taking time to write about it, work against it, education others about it, that goes above and beyond what POC trying to survive in a white supremacist society need to be doing. so no i don’t feel sympathy for a white man crying racist when his entire body of work is about whites racism, privilege and arrogance all while exhibiting exactly what he claims to speak against.

As Harlan Ellison would say, “Pay the people of color!”

feministbatwoman:

Toni Christina Jenkins, the waitress who got a racist slur in lieu of a tip, just got suspended from her job at red lobster. Because protecting racists is more important than protecting your customers. 

If you have the money/ spoons, please consider donating to “Tips for Toni

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New York Times, as shared in this tweet:
The Public Editor’s column last Sunday misstated the nature of the killing of Trayvon Martin. It should have been referred to as a shooting, not a crime.

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terrasigillata:

mausspace:

here they come

These statements just fucking baffle me. What do you think we are ALWAYS FUCKING TAUGHT IN SCHOOL? What do you thikn we always saw on the History Channel (before it turned into Snow Plow Survival Man or w/e)?

WE DO NOT NEED A WHITE HISTORY MONTH BECAUSE OUR HISTORIES HAVE DOMINATED HISTORICAL DISCUSSION FOR CENTURIES. Oh and btw as soon as a PoC tells you some fucked up shit about our history - e.g. imperialism, racism, genocide - you don’t want to listen to it so clearly you have no fucking interest in history at ALL.

o.O it begins…

I believe it was deluxvivens who said, “can you imagine having a White History Month that actually told white history? little white children would be going home killing themselves.”

(Source: kohenari)

You know you are a **STAR** White Indigenous Solidarity Activist If…

deluxvivens:

peopleofcolor:

Chances are you are not a white man if you are reading this or taking it seriously. However, we encourage you to take it upon yourself to compel at least one abusive white activist man you know to read this. You know who he is /they are. Take this as a challenge, but if you can’t we understand. We wrote this list because we’ve been abused for so long by some white activist men, particularly in doing Indigenous solidarity work.  This list is just a beginning. It does not capture all our critiques, but it’s a humble effort at creating that space where we could let it all out. Not that we haven’t confronted these particular white ‘radicals’, but, nothing happened. We remained as hysterical, hyper-sensitive white women and women of color.

You know you are a ***star*** white Indigenous solidarity activist if:

  1. You are the go-to-person when it comes to X Indigenous territory or nation(s).
  2. You have successfully managed to counsel people of colour out from Indigenous solidarity spaces and ‘back’ to the ‘ethnic’ enclaves you think they belong to.
  3. You have successfully managed to make women of colour struggling to do Indigenous solidarity work in ‘your’ group cry several times over your racist, heteropatriarchal hateful hysteria.
  4.  You have taken Gandhi’s maxim of “see-no-evil-and-speak-no-evil” to mean the Marxist-see-no-race-and-no-gender maxim (which incidentally guides your life and politics…BTW, we are not saying we are a fan of that sexist and racist Gandhi).
  5.  You do not let critical anti-colonial and anti-racist work by Indigenous peoples and people of colour convince you that it’s not all about class.
  6.  You are just not smart enough to understand that capitalism emerged out of colonial and racist Empire building.
  7.  You’ve organized your activism along all the problematic hierarchies in our society. You are, after all, a white Marxist man/Manarchist.
  8.  You do not listen to Elders in the Indigenous communities you work with. Instead, you believe in making few who share your politics into the ‘go-to’ voices and pretend that Indigenous nations/communities are homogenous.
  9.  You forget (or are just not smart enough to understand and recognize) that people of colour have much, much longer histories of fighting people like you for their liberation, than you have of trying to help out the very people you’ve done everything to destroy.
  10.  You forget what your forefathers have done, and very easily ignore what you are doing. You have the big responsibility of being the messiah of Indigenous peoples, after all.
  11.  You feel compelled to tell Indigenous people just exactly how they should do their decolonizing work (that is, through your hyper-patriarchal, see-no-race-and-no-gender Marxist/Manarchist politics).
  12.  You frantically Marxist-bate in public, in front of Indigenous women and women of colour, and encourage them to join you.
  13.  You think too much with your white cis-gendered dick!
  14.  You feel comfortable to tell people of colour that their work is important only in so far as it does not come in the way of your white politics, and class-based strategies of doing anti-colonial work.
  15.  You find anti-racism divisive. However, a little bit of culture thrown in (you know, flip flops from India, a bit of an accent) is heartily welcomed.
  16.  You speak of class revolution with a silver spoon dangling from your “Marxist” mouth. Your Marxist mouth often stinks so much that sometimes others have to leave the room.
  17.  You think people of colour, in particular, women of colour are just naïve and not capable of understanding the complexity of solidarity activism the way you do. Women of colour, after all, have the smallest skull size.
  18.  You think you can’t be racist because you date only women of colour. You do not want to think about how such sexual politics have been central to colonial violence.
  19.  Your knowledge of feminism is limited to your appreciation for the ‘First’ wave’s racists and eugenicists. Margaret Sanger is held by you in high esteem.
  20.  You insist activism against colonialism should feel good for white bodies, and therefore you don’t want to focus on colonial violence that ALL white bodies participate in.
  21.  You talk big macho shit about police, but fail to see the uniform of your own whiteness
  22.  You ensure that only the projects you propose are well funded.
  23.  You think (and have also said) that white people’s anti-colonial work is more important than that of anybody else’s. Even more important than that of the Indigenous peoples themselves!
  24.  You speak with confidence about everything, and are never humbled by the limits of your knowledge. Your knowledge which sits within the confines of your Marxist-bating or your manarchism.
  25.  You secretly roll your eyes at Indigenous spirituality, while you ‘politely’ encourage prayer at the beginning of your events
  26.  You are not into all this divisive language: you know colonizer/colonized. You have also told us that bringing in gender, race, sexuality ‘etc’ negatively affects Indigenous solidarity work.
  27.  You like to list all the ways you and your ancestors have been colonized. And how much slavery and servitude are alike.
  28.  You talk about the newness of solidarity work, and how you are making history with your every effort, instead of looking back and acknowledging that you are flying on the coat-tails of the oldest resistance movement on this land.
  29.  The sexual violence of colonialism is a niche-activist market for you, it doesn’t make up the core of your activism. The continued theft of Indigenous children and the ever growing number of disappeared and murdered Indigenous women are a footnote to your “solidarity” or “decolonization” politics.  The theft of land apparently is not connected to the dispossession, disappearing and murdering of Indigenous peoples.
  30.  For you increasing white men’s power on this land is how anti-colonialism is done
  31.  You LOVE to smudge, and parade your Indigenous knowledge about, never feeling uncomfortable with your body having this knowledge
  32.  You ensure that your political framework is the way to do “Indigenous solidarity”. So sure are you that this one political framework is the only way to decolonize, that you react with intense hostility, indifference or superficiality to any detected threat to your activist territory. Whether that “difference” to you is critical anti-racist analysis, critical disability analysis, or gender and Queer analysis, or any kind of non-secular analysis.
  33.  Words fought against or for by any political-socio group (like women, for instance) is accorded the status of “academese”. These words (such as race, gender, patriarchy, heteropatriarchy, queerness, transgender, genderqueer, disability etc..) which allow for an analysis of interlocking systems of oppression are too complicated for the “regular” masses, and those who use this “politically correct language” are elitist
  34.  You chalk-up anti-colonial/racist feminist politics to Foucault and afterwards make it into a debate between Marx and Foucault. You feel like women of color bringing up race needs you to pull out your Marx sword, so that you can intellectualize your racism and make it into a debate between two dead white men who cared as little about race and gender as you do.
  35.  You speak about “less-educated” whites, or poor(er) whites as if they are not politically savvy, and can’t keep up with your “revolutionary” consciousness
  36.  You relate to your colonizing ancestors as if they were less smart and more racist than you are.
  37.  You dare to imagine what this land will look like after your revolutionary vision is achieved.
  38.  You forget that sometimes colonized and racialized people make ‘friends’ because it’s politically expedient for survival, or maybe you remember, but you are never the politically expedient—you are always the (s)hero
  39.  You participate in marches where you can feel like the white activists in Selma, Alabama, but you only participate in the marches.
  40.  Being behind the barricades makes you giddy with excitement. You play revolution on the coat-tail of Indigenous peoples’ struggles, but once the barricades are down, you are nowhere to be seen.
  41.  You have made a living/a career/ a name/an identity out of being “in solidarity”.
  42.  You have made it clear that you are a shameless scumbag. You are immune to being shamed for your racism, (hetero)sexism etc.
  43.  You judge poor(er) than you folks for their materialism. Sometimes dressing like a poor(er) person is less advisable for the poor—funny unlike you it doesn’t tend to give them activist credit.
  44. You pretend to know your Marx, but understand the working-class as “joe six-pack”—the sweaty-cis-gendered ,straight-as-a-gate-talking, game watching ‘abled bodied’ working man. (insert a burp here).
  45.   You refer to (certain kinds of) racists and racism and colonialism as “mad”, or “crazy”. You make sure to distance yourself from their racism.  “They,” after all, are the real racists, and being the good white is your bread and butter. You are always ready to pull out your one or two self-reflexive superficial utterances, usually made alongside a long story of narcissistic pleasure in your “eureka” moment-akin- to Columbus’ “ I discovered new land, ” and yours being  “I discovered I am on stolen land” .
  46.  You don’t recognize any objections to your policy, whether silent objections or those that are screamed (at you) by marginalized bodies in history and present.
  47.  You push past the “slow” process of consensus. You bully your way so that your time-line and agenda is achieved
  48.  You complain that this work is really hard and too complicated.  Ending colonialism, after all, should be easy.
  49.  Your notion of decolonization never calls into question your ‘rightful’ place on this land
  50.  You secretly and mostly want decolonization to ‘unshackle’ yourself from the position of the colonizer….It is, after all, such a burden.

- via Unsettling Settlers

somebody will need ointment for their burn.

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