Monthly Archives: July 2012

dr. cheik anta diop pt1

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Black Egyptians, The Original Settlers of Kemet… Cheik anta diop explains the origin of humanity 

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White Patterns

Re-blogged from coloring between the lines  “…  the experience of being socialized as a white person is largely INVISIBLE to people who are white. Even trying to write about it is tricky; I keep revising this post just to try to get my thoughts clear. Unlike many people of color, most white people don’t talk regularly about race, their own or other people’s. Other people don’t usually remark on or draw attention to the fact that someone is white. Whiteness itself is the reference point; other races are defined by their difference from whiteness.
As a result, many white people have very little experience in thinking about, discussing and navigating issues of race. Naturally, when the topic of race is raised, particularly in a charged way, many white people feel uncomfortable. They don’t have much practice in or resource for responding authentically, flexibly, creatively, and effectively.
These are some of the (mostly unconscious) behaviors and attitudes that can result:

– Silence.
– Carefulness.
– Self-consciousness.
– Nervousness.
– Avoidance.
– Denial.
– Pretense.
– Numbness.
– Going “stupid.”
– Freezing.
– Sense of entitlement.
– Defensiveness.
– Resistance.
– Ignorance.
– Making assumptions.
– Overcompensation.
– Trying too hard.
– Guilt.
– Shame.
Recognize any of these? Got any others to add?
(If you want to learn a lot about how white people behave, just ask a friend of color. One of the defining characteristics of a minority identity is its visibility. As a result, most people of color have been thinking and talking about race their whole lives. Non-dominant group members also need to observe and become experts about the dominant group, for their survival. People of color can often see clearly the patterns that are invisible to white people.)
Now, imagine what happens when a whole lot of people are walking around behaving in all those funny ways in relation to race, often with no awareness of what they’re doing. Is it any wonder that reality – say, the representation of race in children’s books – doesn’t match our vision?!?

The most effective way I know to change unexamined behaviors and attitudes is to first notice they’re there, then examine them. In the next several posts, I’ll explore these patterns in some detail, with examples of how I’ve seen them in myself and other white people.
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Judge sets George Zimmerman bail at $1 million – Marshfield News …

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Globe and MailJudge sets George Zimmerman bail at $1 millionMarshfield News-HeraldGeorge Zimmerman, left, and attorney Don West appear before Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester during a bond hearing at the Seminole …

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George Zimmerman could go free today – Orlando Sentinel …

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Globe and MailGeorge Zimmerman could go free todayOrlando SentinelBy Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel His lawyer says he’s working to pull together enough money to post $1 million in bail. That’s the amount set …

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When courts pretend it’s not about race

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The United States has a dignity problem. The concept of dignity is recognized by law in countries all over the world. [via @UsaSlumdog]

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