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ARTICLE ABOUT RACISM

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A brief piece by a person I frequently pass time with online.

Source (Go read his other stuff!): https://reversevoltaire.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/on-racism/

Music: 009. Sergej Vassiljevitsj Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Op. 18) – Adagio Sostenuto

Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/02/counter_lies_with_emotions_not_facts.html

Will you join with me in a quest to recall racism? Racism is overdue and does not belong in our civilized world. It will take more than a strong resolve to tackle racism. Racism is caused by some and experienced by others. Racism in any shape or form is an unconscionable, inhumane and disgusting way of living your life especially in the global village that is hurting so bad. This economic crisis has underlined the fact that we are all in this together. We are all hurting as a result of the greed of some. We all need to be engulfed by an epidemic of hope, support and camaraderie.

In any nation where racism is thriving, we are all losers whether we are the exploiter-losers or the exploited-losers. In the short term, racism may look like a good thing but in the long run we lose. You cannot reach the goal of a non-racial society if you leave racism, unchecked. You cannot be a coward if you want to tackle racism, head-on. Racism has to be confronted, personally. Racism has to be recalled, by you! Even your de facto majority is not a license to be racist.

Racism refers to certain “superior” attitudes and actions of some people that in some way disadvantage other people on the basis of their deemed to be “inferior” race. This negative value judgment is both morally wrong and indefensible because of its intentions and its consequences. You may have grown up with racism. Racism may have been entrenched by the attitude of your parents, your synagogue, your church, your mosque or your school, your college or your primary system. So much so that racism “happens” subconsciously. You are responsible for your racism.

We need to revisit the way individuals interact with others. Just take a look at the courtesies we bestow, one upon the other. We need to just observe how downright rude we can be to one another especially in public spaces. I have often come away from these observations with the conviction that I could see nothing else at play but racism. When someone literally pushes you out of sequence in a line at a ticket booth or at the grocery store it is appalling, and even more so if that person is from another race. I have had many encounters with racists. One that stands out is what happened on a flight between Charlotte and Phoenix. The gentleman (of another race) took the magazine and placed it between my shoulder and his shoulder and he actually requested that I should not touch him. Wow! Racial categories appear biological but have an impact on social interactions and sanctions. Racial categories in the United States often appear mutually exclusive but may in fact be overlapping. Right now you can be African-American, Native-American, and Caribbean-American.

We need to look at racism in the institutions of our society. The quality of the interactions between people is a good barometer of the racism inherent in society. If you have an organization whose management consists only one race and the workers are comprised of all the other races then something is amiss. Why are minorities not allowed in the power sharing and management of the institution and or organization? We need to look at promotions and career ladders because often racism is the glass ceiling that prevents people from upward mobility. We need to look at the social and institutional structures that disadvantage groups by denying them access because of their race.

We need to look at institutionalized racism or racism that is so entrenched in the way society operates that it becomes normative. Racism has a long history and as such has seemingly benefited some while definitely denying opportunities to others.

No legislation or act of congress can undo what has been done and approved by governments and institutions under the banner of racism. No-one can erase the pain suffered as a result of racism.

We need to do something more than agree that racism is wrong. We need to engage in exploratory dialogues about race. Definitely, a national truth and reconciliation exercise can lead the nation to understanding and forgiveness en route to reconciliation and national rebuilding efforts.

We need to resolve to not allow people to make racist jokes or remarks in our presence. If there is not an ear to listen; there will not be a tongue to whisper. We need to be aware of our own racism, prejudice and stereotyping. We need to unlearn old habitual ways of interacting with other races and if needs be seek counseling to learn new ways of interaction. Do something about the recall of racism, now.

After all is said and done, more is said than done. God forbid.

Please send me an email stating your willingness to work on this project to come up with solutions to eradicate this social problem.

I am in the process of publishing my first book containing my memories of childhood and the conflicting images in the nuanced reality of apartheid in South Africa: Flatline to Change.

LA Times story alleging racism by Torrance PD including Garver from this video. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/15/local/la-me-bias-torrance15-2010mar15
Here are what other members of the community have to say…
From Yelp, reviews of Torrance Police Department.
1. “One of the worst police departments I have ever seen. A hideous, militaristic organization that specializes in terrorizing the children of its community.”
2. “Seriously? You had not an ounce of compassion for anyone and instead, brought shame to yourself and your department. That man and the accident victim deserved better.”
3. “Yeah, i’ve seen these boys in blue beat people untill they’re black and blue in Wilmington, Gardena, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach and El Camino Village. the cops tell(black) people to stay out of Torrance but they force themselves on every surrounding city.”
4. “Seriously TPD? …these police officers that approached the “suspicious” vehicle and shot first and asked questions later! These police officers really graduated from the police academy? Wow! This is unacceptable for any police department to do this.”
5. ” I don’t trust the Torrance Police Department aka Gestapo! Once upon a time I use to feel safe however, that has gone and it is a shame to our community. You are here to help the community not harass those that live in it. Our youth do not respect you and have great reasons for that.”
6. ” I didn’t do anything wrong but he came at me with a really negative, angry, aggressive attitude and I was surprised by that being a female.”(lucky if you were not sexually assaulted)
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@philochko on twitter

Terrell Jermaine Starr

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/01/02/a-cop-in-ukraine-said-he-was-detaining-me-because-i-was-black-i-appreciated-it/

Feeling unsafe on campus, minority groups have rallied together to protest a racially hostile environment at the University of Missouri. In response the president of the college has resigned. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

Should the president have resigned? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/09/striking-mizzou-football-team-wants-president-out-over-wave-of-racism.html

“Mizzou football scored their greatest victory ever on Monday, effectively sacking the school’s president.

Tim Wolfe resigned as head of the University of Missouri following criticism of how he responded—or didn’t—to racist attacks on students over the past few months.”

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The Young Turks November 9, 2015 Hour 2

Cops Beat And Taser Students For Noise Complaint (VIDEO)

University of Missouri President Resigns Over Racism

Christians Very Offended By Starbucks Holiday Cups

SeaWorld To Stop Killer Whale Shows

Cops Shoot Autistic Boy In Truck

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ANTI-RACIST ACTIVISTS TO FOLLOW

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Crow-Incarceration-Colorblindness/dp/1595586431

Deray Mckesson, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/deray
http://thisisthemovement.launchrock.com/

Johnetta Elzia, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/nettaaaaaaaa
http://thisisthemovement.launchrock.com/

Shaun King, blogger
https://twitter.com/shaunking

Feminista Jones, blogger
https://twitter.com/feministajones

Elon James White, This Week In Blackness #TWIB
https://twitter.com/elonjames
http://thisweekinblackness.com/

Franchesca Ramsey, YouTube activist
https://youtube.com/chescaleigh
Shit white girls say to black girls:

Sometimes you’re a caterpillar:

Akilah Hughes, YouTube activist
https://youtube.com/smoothiefreak
Meet your first black girlfriend:

On intersectionality, feminism, and pizza:

Tim Wise, white anti-racist activist
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Wise/140254320968

REFERENCED, SOURCES, AND FURTHER READING

WEALTH & HOUSING

Housing discrimination report
http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/fairhsg/hsg_discrimination_2012.html

The racist housing policy that made your neighborhood
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/the-racist-housing-policy-that-made-your-neighborhood/371439/

A battle for fair housing is raging but mostly forgotten
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/12/01/248039354/a-battle-for-fair-housing-still-raging-but-mostly-forgotten

Race & income inequality
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/washingtons-silence-the-racial-wealth-gap

Racial disparities in lending
https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2009/09/pdf/tarp_report.pdf

EDUCATION

Data snapshot: school discipline
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/crdc-discipline-snapshot.pdf

Status and trends in black education
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2003034

EMPLOYMENT

Racial bias in hiring
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/spring03/racialbias.html

Whiter jobs, higher wages – EPI Report
http://www.epi.org/publication/whiter_jobs_higher_wages/

MASS INCARCERATION

Racial trends
http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie.html

Is prison the new Jim Crow?
http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/ga/200393.shtml

International prison population trends
http://www.prisonstudies.org/highest-to-lowest/prison-population-total?area=all&category=wb_poprate

US has largest prison population in the world
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/17/3568232/the-united-states-had-even-more-prisoners-in-2013/

Racism in the prison industrial complex
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/masked-racism-reflections-prison-industrial-complex

Criminal justice fact sheet
http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet

RACIAL PROFILING

Race & the drug war (coke vs cocaine info)
http://www.drugpolicy.org/race-and-drug-war

Show me your papers
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2012/09/19/show-me-your-papers-law-takes-effect-arizona

Blacks suffer under stop & frisk – man stopped 258 times
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/05/where-blacks-suffer-under-stop-and-frisk-on-steroids/371869/

Disproportionate minority contact – Report
http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/jj_Disproportionate%20Minority%20Contact.pdf

Racial gaps in arrests – a staggering disparity
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/18/ferguson-black-arrest-rates/19043207/

POLICE BRUTALITY

Police militarization
https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/police-militarization

Police brutality statistics
http://graphs.net/police-brutality-statistics.html

Twice a week white officers shoot black suspects
http://mic.com/articles/96452/one-troubling-statistic-shows-just-how-racist-america-s-police-brutality-problem-is

SUMMARY
In this video, Laci Green talks about the nature of racism in 2015. She begins by challenging commonly held ideas about what racism is. She highlights how racist attitudes have created a racist system…which have created more racist attitudes. In order to stop the cycle, she illustrates 6 common ways that racism is institutionalized. Wealth disparities and housing, education, employment, mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality are all touched upon. She ends by calling white America to stop making excuses that enable the past to continue and instead acknowledge the injustice right in front of us.
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In which John talks about racism in the United States.

The playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMs_JcuNozJb-5TJ3uuvqPzQVjO_XarED If you have suggestions for additions, let me know!

SOURCES

On average, black men’s prison sentences are 20% longer than white men’s for comparable crimes: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324432004578304463789858002

Black people and white people use illegal drugs at similar rates, but black people are far more likely to be arrested for drug use: http://www.vox.com/2014/7/1/5850830/war-on-drugs-racist-minorities

African Americans are far more likely to be stopped and searched (although the contraband hit rate is higher among white people) in California: http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/23/opinion/oe-ayres23

And in New York (where the data isn’t quite as good but appears to be comparable to CA): http://www.nyclu.org/content/nypd-quarterly-reports

Those wrongfully convicted and later exonerated by DNA are disproportionately African American: http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/DNA_Exonerations_Nationwide.php

Black kids are far more likely to be tried as adults and more likely to receive life sentences: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/06/05/when-to-punish-a-young-offender-and-when-to-rehabilitate/the-race-factor-in-trying-juveniles-as-adults

Black former convicts get fewer employer callbacks than white former convicts: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/focus/pdfs/foc232i.pdf

Emily and Brendan are more hirable than Lakisha and Jamal: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/spring03/racialbias.html

On that front, this study is also interesting: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/apl/90/3/553/ and similar results have been found in the UK: http://www.theguardian.com/money/2009/oct/18/racism-discrimination-employment-undercover and also in Australia: http://ftp.iza.org/dp4947.pdf

Also, this news story has some great analysis: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/business/for-recent-black-college-graduates-a-tougher-road-to-employment.html?smid=pl-share

High schools with mostly African American and Latino students are less likely to offer courses in Algebra II or Chemistry than high schools with mostly white students: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1382484-ocr-letter-disparities.html

This article explores many of the other ways that increasingly segregated schools have negatively affected African American students: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/sunday-review/why-are-our-schools-still-segregated.html?smid=pl-share

And this story discusses the fact that African American students are more than twice as likely to be suspended as white students–even in preschool. http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/03/21/292456211/black-preschoolers-far-more-likely-to-be-suspended

The ACP report on racial disparities in U.S. health care: http://www.acponline.org/advocacy/current_policy_papers/assets/racial_disparities.pdf
This (dated) study is also damning: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3695664 and there’s lot of good info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_health

More info on increasing disparities in life expectancy between black and white people in the US: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1497364/

The most recent polls show fewer white people thinking racism is not a problem than the ones I used in this video (although still a huge divide): http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/22/politics/cnn-poll-racial-divide-justice/ and http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/on-racial-issues-america-is-divided-both-black-and-white-and-red-and-blue/2014/12/26/3d2964c8-8d12-11e4-a085-34e9b9f09a58_story.html and http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2014/12/28/New-Poll-Shows-Racial-Divide-Crosses-Party-Lines

Racial wealth disparity and the role that inheritance plays: http://iasp.brandeis.edu/pdfs/Author/shapiro-thomas-m/racialwealthgapbrief.pdf
Related wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_inequality_in_the_United_States

The widening of the wealth gap: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/12/12/racial-wealth-gaps-great-recession/

Nonvideo recommendations: I really like Roxane Gay’s work in Slate and The Butter; this story in the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/25/business/for-recent-black-college-graduates-a-tougher-road-to-employment.html?smid=pl-share; Chris Rock’s recent interview at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-five-filmmaker-chris-rock-753223, and Ashley Ford’s commentary and analysis: https://twitter.com/ismashfizzle. Also Kiese Laymon’s wriitng is great, including http://gawker.com/my-vassar-college-faculty-id-makes-everything-ok-1664133077

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This video is a part of a series produced by Race Forward to highlight the impact of systemic racism on our everyday lives. And Yes, it’s really a thing. For more information visit RaceForward.org

Video stars Jay Smooth and is directed & edited by Kat Lazo.

TRANSCRIPT:
Have you ever wondered why, even though undocumented people come to the US from all over the world, the face of undocumented persons is always assumed to be from Central America or South America? And our heavy-handed enforcement policies, that ruin lives and tear families apart every day, are focused almost entirely on the Southern US border, and the Hispanic people of color who cross that border?

SOURCES:
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-racist-us-immigration-policy

http://ac.els-cdn.com/S1870355013717828/1-s2.0-S1870355013717828-main.pdf?_tid=8a4e8bc6-e905-11e4-a876-00000aacb361&acdnat=1429717253_2b95db943eee751d1fb3bdb1c7e6044d

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/03/2013329115414268219.html
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