Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Reading



Why Black people in France are still invisible
by Aude Konan
A new French study has revealed that racism is on the rise in France, with half of the French population admitting that they have a racial prejudice. Contrary to the popular belief that racists are old people who are left-wing, the study reveals that 65% of people under the age of 30 believe that there are too many immigrants in France. Numbers show that 8.8% of people living in France are migrants, and 57% of them are Europeans.
Read More at Media Diversified


We need decriminalization, because no one ever looks like a rapist.
The client seems ideal, older, polite and respectful in all his emails, he arrives right on time, clearly having just showered and his designer t shirt and jeans pristine. 
Because no one ever looks like a rapist.
Read More at Sometimes, It's Just a Cigar


The Rockstar Vacation Dilemma
by Jeana Jorgensen, Ph.D.
I don’t vacation well. I’m a bit of a workaholic, so as much as I love travel and meeting new people and seeing new places, it’s hard for me to really, truly interact with the new places and people. I think I’ve figured out part of why this is.
Read More at JeanaJorgensen.com


Tomgram: Ann Jones, Citizen's Revolt in Afghanistan
by Ann Jones
Soon after 9/11, Ann Jones went to Afghanistan to help in whatever way she could, “embedding” with civilians who had been battered by the rigors of that war-torn land.  Out of that experience, especially dealing with the crises of women, she wrote a powerful and moving book, Kabul in Winter. In 2010, she borrowed a flak jacket, put on her combat boots, and settled into a U.S. military outpost in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border to see what life was like for American soldiers.  (“Being outside the wire had filled me with sorrow as I watched earnest, heavily armed and armored boys try to win over white-bearded Afghans -- men of extraordinary dignity -- who have seen all this before and know the outcome.”) 
Read More at TomDispatch.com


Damn, He Didn’t Die?: George Zimmerman, Oppressive “Moral High Ground” Lectures and What’s Good For My Soul
by Mia McKenzie
If you haven’t heard, yesterday George Zimmerman, the man who stalked and murdered Trayvon Martin, was shot at. Many initial reports offered vague headlines such as “George Zimmerman Shot In Face” in the hopes that people would click to see if he was dead or not. Turned out, he wasn’t dead. To the dismay of a lot of folks, including myself.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


Lawrence Hamm Black Community Control of Police



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