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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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izanzanwin:

ALL NATIVES, ALLIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PEOPLE, PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST. Today we just kicked off our Annual “Time Out Week” at the University of North Dakota. During this week we have native speakers and events and during the weekend we have the pow wow. Also important to note our theme this year is Gender & sexuality in Native America, important during SAAM. It has become increasingly difficult to recieve funding to even put on these events every year,. Very few administration showed up at our opening ceremony, despite an invite months ago. Its very disappointing to see such racism running rampant on our campus.

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at the University of North Dakota took this upon themselves to show their blatant racism in relation of the Fighting Sioux mascot being changed. The sorority is right next door to American Indian Student Services. They posted a banner saying: "You Can Take Away Our Mascot But You Can’t Take Away Our Pride!". They continue to display ignorance despite one meeting of reconciliation that already took place. 

EDIT: The above pic is from 2008 
http://www.indianz.com/News/2008/007874.asp 
But the banner is from today 4/7/2014. It just goes to show how this racism towards natives at University of North Dakota has not improved. 

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astrochelonian:

andycud:

dglsplsblg:

on the issue of racism, this is a great illustration. 

minority racism towards white people is at most an inconvenience. a singular experience where their race works against them. a truly escapable type of experience because after it, they return to a society tilted in their favor. in fact, even during the experience, they never leave it. they never lose the advantage.

white racism towards minorities is systematic and destructive. we get jailed, shot dead, have our rights ignored, our rights slashed, neighborhoods targeted, job opportunities decreased, healthcare options constrained and more. all these things work together to create a understandable hatred towards whites. a hatred born out of pain, experience, oppression and disenfranchisement. a hatred that makes way more sense than white racism which is born out ignorance. a hatred that is fueled by the  knowledge that whites, even those who swear to not be racist, by their actions and words perpetuate the system of oppression. their words of solidarity ring hallow.

i for one have never trusted easily but white people have a even harder time gaining my trust. very very few do. what’s most disheartening is when you extend that trust only to be betrayed. i had that happen to me a few months ago. that cut was deep but it was a learning experience. 99.99999% of whites are programmed to hate us. that’s just the truth.

if your white and this post angers you, good

Every single white “friend” I’ve had has betrayed me by being a racist scumbag who dehumanises me, my family and my people. And we’re still not supposed to hate them.

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sun-thief-rai:

ami-angelwings:

madgastronomer:

kate-wisehart:

kammstheace:

spidees:

ladykats:

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this right here, this comment right here pisses me the fuck off.

you’re in your every right to like one company more than the other but cite “better women” as your reason is not only insulting to the amazing, wonderful female characters DC has created but also hailing marvel’s female characters for all the wrong reason.

If you said your reason for liking one company more than the other is because Marvel treats its female characters better or is starting to, i would completely agree with you and probably have a discussion.

BUT THIS. THIS IS NOT OKAY

There’s also the fact that it goes against every notion of feminism ever.

"Better Women" is reducing a whole group of women to one broad gesture, and using it to degrade another group of women.

No woman is better than another, and DC’s women certainly aren’t terrible. They’re amazing. And so are Marvel’s; all women are.

DC treats it’s women like shit. That’s not their fault, and it doesn’t make them less than. 

Here’s the thing. I knew this was coming.

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Every time a Jennifer Lawrence or Anne Hathaway challenges an interviewer’s question on the basis of sexism/feminism – asking why their male counterpart got the “good” question about his work and she got the question about her outfit and workout routine we come a little bit closer. We do a tiny bit better.

Moments like these are praised, especially on Tumblr. Gifset after gifset of JLaw or Anne Hathaway makes its way across my dash with thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of notes, praising the actresses for rejecting the systematic sexism thrown their way in interviews or speaking out or being vocal for (white) feminism.

Yet when Nicole Beharie does it, we get a soundbite turned gifset stripped of its context, spun around, and flipped on its head to paint Beharie, Fox’s breakout star, and Black America’s latest hero, as some fronting, demeaning, sexist, spewing divisive, anti-feminist logic with a misogynistic undercurrent.

HUH! Well will you look at that! It’s the Miley Cyrus twerking debacle all over again. As I scroll through the “Nicole Beharie” tag I’ve tracked on tumblr I find myself taking a deep cleansing breath to rid myself of the frustration that’s come over me, and realize the smell of sexism and feel of racism permeating my lungs is all too familiar. And expected.

back-up-youre-offendedBeharie’s comment about preferring Marvel over DC because they have better women, wasn’t “reducing a whole group of women to one broad gesture, and using it to degrade another group of women.” On the contrary, she was praising Marvel for it’s better treatment, visibility, and writing of their women/female characters – thereby declaring her preference for Marvel’s story telling. The darnest thing is that somehow when I watched this interview, I squealed in a total fangirl moment that consisted of a gasp & “me toooo.” Y’know…because I got it!

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Dear white feminists who don’t know the true meaning of intersectionality, take your puppet strings and weak attempts elsewhere.

DontComeForMe

*Defaulters refers to the default gender, sexual orientation, (& in this article in particular) race, etc. here in America. I seriously shouldn’t need to spell it out any more than that. :O)

BOOM

What in the FUCKING FUCK? How does anyone read that very brief exchange, even stripped of context, as ANYTHING OTHER THAN “I prefer Marvel because their women characters are treated and written better?”

Oh, yeah, right. Racism, that’s how. JFC, people.

It’s really ridiculous just how uncharitably they read her comment.  As said above, it was obvious what she meant.  These characters aren’t REAL, they’re created.  When she says “better women” she meant better characters, better written, better situated.  It’s like saying you like Star Wars better than Star Trek because of “better battles” and then somebody says “YOU ARE DEMEANING THE AMAZING OFFICERS IN STAR TREK WHO GIVE THEIR LIVES IN COMBAT”.  Well, no.  They’re not real, the battles are fictional constructs made out of creative choices and decisions by writers and filmmakers.  And we understand that.  This isn’t any different.  And generally, we do understand that for women talking about how women are portrayed or treated in media too, at least (as pointed out in the above reblogs) for white people.

Using the example alluded to above about Emma Stone pointing out the differences between the questions she gets asked and Andrew Garfield gets asked, she’s praised for noting that she gets asked all the fashion/relationship questions and he gets asked “the interesting, poignant questions”.  I mean people could be just as uncharitable to her and say that she’s claiming fashion and relationships aren’t interesting and she’s demeaning groups of women who are interested in those things.  But they don’t, because they understand context and that she’s pointing out sexism.  And yet for Beharie, they read it as literal and negatively as possible, and ignored that she’s talking about fictional creations and therefore her critique/praise would obviously be about the writing and creative choices.  People don’t need to agree with her assessment, but to dismiss her opinion by trying to frame it in this completely contextless way is ridiculous. 

BLESS ALL OF THE BOLDED.

I’ve seen previous gifsets of Nicole stating how excited she was to finally play a character as Abbie, that she enjoys reading comics, and that she has never had an opportunity like this before and she’s happy that she’s apart of the Sleepy Hollow crew.

She’s a geek! She reads and enjoys comics! And when I saw this particular gif with other gifsets of her I UNDERSTOOD WHAT SHE MEANT BECAUSE I FEEL THE EXACT SAME WAY. Marvel’s women ARE better than DC’s. Not better ACTUAL, LIVING BREATHING WOMEN PITTED against OTHER women. But BETTER CRAFTED. BETTER WRITTEN. BETTER PORTRAYED. It BAFFLES me that there are so many of you that took it literally and didn’t understand the context of what she meant.

We get a comic fan talking normally about comics and she hasn’t said anything NEW. A LOT OF YOU ACTUALLY AGREE AND HAVE MADE TEXT POSTS UPON TEXT POSTS DISCUSSING THIS, WHY IS IT THAT WHEN WE HAVE A BLACK WOMAN SAYING THE EXACT SAME THING, THERE’S IMMEDIATE BACKLASH

Don’t bother answering, I already know.

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sharkeisha:

a lot of people are STILL asking me how Iggy Azalea is racist and homophobic so i’m just going to make a proper post 

in addition to all of this she also calls herself a “slave master” at 0:06 in this video

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can-u-not-my-wayward-son:

rogerklotz:

kingofsoutherncalifornia:

A student studying Arabic was detained, arrested, and questioned for carrying ARABIC FLASHCARDS at the airport. He wanted to sue the TSA agents but the judge ruled that some of the words he was studying (like “bomb” and “target”) warranted “further investigation.” Whatever that means.

We still have government officials institutionally supporting Islamophobia and cultivating a fear of the middle east. Why criminalize a language? Associate language with violence, “do you know what language Bin Laden spoke?” Fuck that noise. American presidents, the elite in this country have slaughtered, killed, and supported the genocide of native americans, kidnapped and enslaved africans, stolen mexican land in the name of manifest destiny, put japanese and their descendants in concentration camps just because they looked asian and continue to institutionally oppress poc domestically and internationally. And they spoke english.

Dont come here telling me that arabic is a language of terrorists, because the biggest terrorists I know are english speaking white men. Goodbye.

Links: f u c k   t h i s 

W O W. 
Not that I’m suprised, though. I wish I was surprised but the TSA are the people who literally questioned me for having Quran on my phone.

This disgusts me. The Arabic language is beautiful. Islamaphobia disgusts me

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jumpingjacktrash:

vastderp:

the-real-seebs:

jelenawoehr:

This is what racism looks like.
Racism is the utter lack of compassion it takes to see a mother grieving for a boy and afraid for her own sons, and think, “Wow, that would be really easy to tweak in Photoshop to make her look stupid. Wouldn’t that be funny?” 
Racism is dehumanizing. Racism robs this woman of her individuality, her humanity, and her gender. “And ain’t I a woman?” This mother ain’t a woman to “The Patriot Nation.” She’s an object to be ridiculed for mistakes she never made; mistakes, in fact, that someone intentionally added to a photo of her for the purpose of mocking her grief and fear.
Racism is someone in front of his computer whose face twists into the same mask of disgust we see in grainy old black and white films of the KKK burning schoolhouses and churches, and instead of a racial slur spilling from his curled-back lips, he sneers, “Sheeple,” or “Socialists,” or “Obamanation,” and he clicks “like” and “share” on this photo because there’s no little switch in his brain to say: “Is this right to do to a human being?” No. The filter turns off when his hate is triggered by this image. And the really scary thing is, that missing filter means he’s also missing the ability to honestly ask himself, “Am I responding this way because of this woman’s race?” 
This is also what courage looks like, over there on the left.
Courage is a woman who knows damn good and well that there are people in the world who will use and abuse anything she does in the public eye to slander her, her community, and the sons on whose behalf she’s protesting.
Courage is a woman with her head held high holding a protest sign of her own making in front of a news camera. She is old enough to have three sons. Surely, she has experienced racism before. Surely, she was raised to “never ever forget [she] was born on parole,” and surely she knows that speaking for her sons means taking risks with her own image, her own safety, and her own reputation. 
The cost of courage in nonviolent protest has changed. Those who march peacefully may no longer risk firehoses and police dogs’ bites (though they do risk being attacked with chemical weapons), but they now risk digital slander as impossible to remove from the Internet as unflattering photos of Beyonce.
One acute injury, one arrest, or a lifetime of being “the stupid woman with the misspelled sign” online when you KNOW damn well you can spell “sons” (and so can all of your sons, for that matter)? Dog bite, or teenage niece who gets on Facebook for the first time calling to ask why auntie doesn’t know how to spell? 
I think I’d take the dog bite, personally. 
 
Showing my work: The racist photoshopped image was found on Facebook. Use of FotoForensics validated my assumption (based on jpeg artifacts) it had been resaved repeatedly. A Google reverse image search using the photoshopped image revealed the original. I used SnagIt to create the side by side comparison here. To his credit, the friend who first shared the fake version retracted it and declared it “despicable” after being shown the original photo. 
I obviously do not own the original, but I grant any and all permission to use the above comparison image for purposes related to rescuing this anonymous woman’s reputation from racist attempts to depict her in unflattering and false ways via sharing of a “meme” anywhere, in perpetuity. As an additional sidenote, if anyone knows the woman depicted, please give her a hug from me. 

Wow, classy editing there.

i’m mad we have to share this cool planet with so many complete pukes.

i’m proud i get to share this cool planet with so many people who search for the truth and won’t let petty cruelty pass.

jumpingjacktrash:

vastderp:

the-real-seebs:

jelenawoehr:

This is what racism looks like.

Racism is the utter lack of compassion it takes to see a mother grieving for a boy and afraid for her own sons, and think, “Wow, that would be really easy to tweak in Photoshop to make her look stupid. Wouldn’t that be funny?” 

Racism is dehumanizing. Racism robs this woman of her individuality, her humanity, and her gender. “And ain’t I a woman?” This mother ain’t a woman to “The Patriot Nation.” She’s an object to be ridiculed for mistakes she never made; mistakes, in fact, that someone intentionally added to a photo of her for the purpose of mocking her grief and fear.

Racism is someone in front of his computer whose face twists into the same mask of disgust we see in grainy old black and white films of the KKK burning schoolhouses and churches, and instead of a racial slur spilling from his curled-back lips, he sneers, “Sheeple,” or “Socialists,” or “Obamanation,” and he clicks “like” and “share” on this photo because there’s no little switch in his brain to say: “Is this right to do to a human being?” No. The filter turns off when his hate is triggered by this image. And the really scary thing is, that missing filter means he’s also missing the ability to honestly ask himself, “Am I responding this way because of this woman’s race?” 

This is also what courage looks like, over there on the left.

Courage is a woman who knows damn good and well that there are people in the world who will use and abuse anything she does in the public eye to slander her, her community, and the sons on whose behalf she’s protesting.

Courage is a woman with her head held high holding a protest sign of her own making in front of a news camera. She is old enough to have three sons. Surely, she has experienced racism before. Surely, she was raised to “never ever forget [she] was born on parole,” and surely she knows that speaking for her sons means taking risks with her own image, her own safety, and her own reputation. 

The cost of courage in nonviolent protest has changed. Those who march peacefully may no longer risk firehoses and police dogs’ bites (though they do risk being attacked with chemical weapons), but they now risk digital slander as impossible to remove from the Internet as unflattering photos of Beyonce.

One acute injury, one arrest, or a lifetime of being “the stupid woman with the misspelled sign” online when you KNOW damn well you can spell “sons” (and so can all of your sons, for that matter)? Dog bite, or teenage niece who gets on Facebook for the first time calling to ask why auntie doesn’t know how to spell?

I think I’d take the dog bite, personally. 

 

Showing my work: The racist photoshopped image was found on Facebook. Use of FotoForensics validated my assumption (based on jpeg artifacts) it had been resaved repeatedly. A Google reverse image search using the photoshopped image revealed the original. I used SnagIt to create the side by side comparison here. To his credit, the friend who first shared the fake version retracted it and declared it “despicable” after being shown the original photo.

I obviously do not own the original, but I grant any and all permission to use the above comparison image for purposes related to rescuing this anonymous woman’s reputation from racist attempts to depict her in unflattering and false ways via sharing of a “meme” anywhere, in perpetuity. As an additional sidenote, if anyone knows the woman depicted, please give her a hug from me. 

Wow, classy editing there.

i’m mad we have to share this cool planet with so many complete pukes.

i’m proud i get to share this cool planet with so many people who search for the truth and won’t let petty cruelty pass.

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mushington:

Next time a white person accuses you of , ask them if they have two and a half minutes to watch this

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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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