Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday Reading



In which we establish that there was a genocide against Native Americans, yes there was, it was genocide, yes or this is why I teach Native Studies part 3 million
by Cutcha Risling Baldy
Now, some people may be surprised to learn that when I talk about genocide in my classes (and I do, I often teach about California, and it becomes very clear, very quickly that what happened in California is a genocide) that students resist. There are many things that I tell them which they take at face value. If we are talking about basketry, they don’t question the methods or the outcomes of what I am saying about basketry. If we are talking about sacred sites, they nod along to videos I show them of Native people fighting for the right to protect their sacred places. But when we start talking about genocide, it usually results in few people who really, really, want there to  have not been a genocide in the United States.
Read More at CutchaRislingBaldy.com


White America's Emotionally Abusive Relationship With Black People
by Chauncey DeVega 
White America emotionally abuses black people. 
The abuse takes many forms. It is an unwillingness to admit to harms done, a denial of the pain caused to others, and a habit of selective remembering and forgetting in which White America can imagine itself as largely good and benign, a feat that is accomplished by attempting to silence and bully anyone who would dare to suggest otherwise. 
Like most abusers, White America wants people of color to forget the bad and to only remember the good.
Read More at Indomitable


The Forgotten Filipino-Americans Who Led the ’65 Delano Grape Strike
By Lisa Morehouse
While the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez are widely known for running the Delano Grape Strike and prompting an international boycott of table grapes, the origins of that movement are rarely discussed. [O]n the night of Sept. 7, 1965, farmworkers voted to go on strike the next day. They were almost all Filipino.
Read More at kqed.org


The Harsh Truth About Progressive Cities
By David Dahmer
Madison, Minneapolis, Austin, Portland, San Francisco. 
These are America’s most progressive, forward-thinking, open-minded, and social-justice-focused cities. They also have the worst racial disparities in the nation and some of the worst racial segregation.
Read More at Madison365.com


The Sharecropper's Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud of Their Hair
By Hunter Oatman-Stanford 
American history books are filled with stories about titans of industry—invariably, white men like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller—who cornered emerging industries and amassed incredible wealth at the expense of the public and their employees. Yet few know the name of Madam C.J. Walker, a black female entrepreneur who built a hair-care company from scratch and became one of the most powerful African Americans in the early 20th century. Unlike those corrupt businessmen of yesterday or the ones who rule Wall Street today, Walker offers an inspirational icon for our age—a woman who overcame great barriers to make it into the ranks of America’s elite, choosing to reinvest her money in social causes and provide opportunity to those who had none.
Read More at Collector's Weekly


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