Why It’s So Hard For Whites To Understand Ferguson

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Robert P. Jones in The Atlantic states: “One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown’s death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.” He goes on to say: “The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri…has snapped the issue of race into national focus…causing many Americans to question just how far racial equality and race relations have come, even in an era of a black president and a black attorney general.” To read more, click here.

Chinese Americans In The Deep South

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From the Abagon blog, we learn that Chinese labourers were imported into the American South after the Civil War to replace emancipated black slaves. However, the plan failed as the Chinese left the plantations and moved north. Some of those who stayed in the South became grocers to black sharecroppers, and plantation commissaries gave way to Chinese grocery stores. To read more, click here.

Anti-Semitism in Greece: How Real?

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w.goldendawngreece-052214In a recent article in The Jewish Daily Forward, Gavin Rabinowitz discusses the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) report that Greece is the most anti-semitic nation in Europe. Reporting on a global anti-Semitism survey Gavin states, “With 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was on par with Saudi Arabia, more anti-Semitic than Iran (56 percent) and nearly twice as anti-Semitic as Europe’s second-most anti-Semitic country, France (37 percent). To read more, click here.

Slave Descendants Seek Equal Rights From Cherokee Nation

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A new lawsuit challenges the exclusion of African-descended Cherokees from tribal benefits

A new lawsuit challenges the exclusion of African-descended Cherokees from tribal benefits

As reported in Salon, a media news blog,  David Cornsilk is Cherokee, a self-taught civil rights advocate, and genealogist. He traces his slave-owning ancestors back to their aboriginal lands in Georgia and Tennessee. Cornsilk is not a Cherokee Freedmen descendant, a black who descended from slaves once owned by Cherokee and other tribes. Yet, for nearly two decades, Cornsilk fought for the rights of Freedmen descendants to have tribal benefits. To read more, click here.

Is “Jew In A Box” Exhibit Fostering Understanding Or Anti-Semitism?

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The Jewish Museum in Berlin is stirring up controversy with an exhibit called “The Whole Truth: Everything You Wanted to Know About Jews.” The element of the show getting the most attention is a cast of Jewish men and women who take turns sitting in a Plexiglas box, and answering visitors’ questions about Jewish life and culture. To read more, click here.

AP Poll: Majority Harbor Prejudice Against Blacks

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According to an Associated Press poll, racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president.  Fifty-one percent of Americans have anti-black attitudes and fifty-seven percent have anti-Latino attitudes, increases over previous year. To read more, click here.

18 Million Rising: Asian and Pacific Islanders Organization Invites Public to Join Campaign on Immigration Reform

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18MillionRising.org was founded to promote Asian and Pacific Islander civic engagement by leveraging the power of technology and social media. Check out their campaign on immigration reform by clicking here.

Study: Culture to Blame for Racism, Sexism, Homophobia

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A study led by Paul Verhaeghen, a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology, found that facets of U.S. culture, such as literature, movies, television, radio and the internet, may contribute to the problem of racism, sexism and other “isms” by exhibiting the same stereotypes that society tries to snuff out. To read the story in Science Daily, click here.

New Research: Social Security Helps Older Women, Especially Black Women and Latinas, Stay Out of Poverty

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According two new fact sheets from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Social Security can be a lifeline out of poverty for older black women and Latinas. While the program is crucial to many older Americans, it is especially important to black women and Latinas because they tend to have fewer alternative sources of income, experience higher poverty rates, and earn less on average throughout their working years.  To read the fact sheets, click here.

The Constant Foreigner

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What is it like to constantly be asked, “Where are you from?” and treated as if you’re not from the United States? A blogger of Chinese and Jamaican ancestry answers that question in a provocative account of a restaurant conversation in Monteagle, Tennessee. Click here to read the article.

Five Native Myths You Should Know

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Misinformation about Native Americans still abounds. Jessica Yee explodes five enduring myths in this article.

“I Don’t Care If You’re Offended”

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In an article from his blog, Fineness & Accuracy, Scott Madin talks about the difference between saying something that is “offensive,” and saying something that harms others because of racism, sexism, homophobia, and the like. The article adds clarity to the “you’re-being-offensive-too” argument often made when people are rebuked for remarks that reinforce oppression. To read the article, click here.

Push(back) at the Intersections: How About Some -isms with Your Feminism?

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What do Mary Daly, Margaret Sanger, Nellie McClung, Martha Griffiths, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, Julie Bindel, Robin Morgan, Germaine Greer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Janice Raymond, Sheila Jeffreys, and Beth Elliott have in common? According to s. e. smith, “All of these ‘leading lights’ of the feminist movement are contributors to a long and not very proud history of dragging -isms into the feminist movement.” To read smith’s article, click here.

Latino/as In the U.S.— Faster Growth Than Expected

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Final U.S. Census data could show that Latino/as are seventeen percent of the population. As a result, Latino/as face both new opportunities for influence and some contempt. Click here to read the CNN article.

The Miniature Earth

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If the Earth had only 100 people, this is what it would be like. The haunting video is an important reminder about world poverty and interconnection. To read more about the Miniature Earth Project, click here.

Microaggressions Blog

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Microaggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile attitudes, slights, or insults toward members of marginalized groups, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTI community. The Microagressions blog collects and publishes reader-submitted descriptions of microaggressions and the impact the microaggressions had on the people who endured them.  Here are two examples:

Look at her. That’s no fair. Why do I have to walk? She’s taking advantage.

I’m a wheelchair user in a large museum. I felt like my struggles with accessibility were nothing and the young, able-bodied man who said this expected pity.

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Excuse me, do you speak English?

—Man at the bus stop. I am an Asian American woman. I was reading Jane Austen. In English.

To read the many posts on the blog and perhaps to submit your own, click here.

Study: Native Americans Can Trace DNA to 6 Women

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A new study of DNA suggests nearly all Native Americans can trace part of their ancestry to just six women, whose descendants immigrated to North, Central and South America as much as 20,000 years ago. Read the NPR article by clicking here.

Against Oppression Analogy

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The author of this article says, “The discourse of anti-discrimination reinforce a notion that all oppressions are similar. And while I may well agree that different types of oppression are equal, I think that analogising one to another stunts our knowledge of either.” To read more click here.

Segregation In America: ‘Dragging On And On’

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Racial segregation in the U.S. housing market has ebbed since its peak, around 1960. But it can be hard to find a truly integrated American neighborhood, according to demographer John Logan of Brown University, who has been parsing the latest census data. To read the NPR article, click here.

Shards of Innocence: Dealing with Anti-Semitism

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This is an interesting account of a woman recalling how she learned about anti-semetism when she was a girl. To read more click here.

Busting the “Tiger Mother” Model-Minority Stereotype

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mother and child Amy Chua talks about the “Tiger Mother” stereotype and its negative effect on Asians. To read the article, click here.

“Stereotype Threat:” Creating Poor Performance

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Stereotype threat refers to the risk of confirming a negative stereotype about one’s own group. Research shows that stereotype threat causes decreased performance and distancing from the stereotyped group. Click here to go ReducingStereotypeThreat.org to read more.

Counting Multiracial America Grows Ever More Complex

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collageWhen it comes to keeping racial statistics, the nation is in transition, moving—often without uniformity—from the old “mark one box” limit to allowing people to check as many boxes as their backgrounds demand. To read the New York Times article, click here.

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