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Working twice as hard to get half as far: Race-based employment gap in Minnesota

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  • The Twin Cities metro area has the biggest disparity in black-white unemployment rates of any major metropolitan area in the country.
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  • What is going on here?
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  • Racism in Minnesota (and Beyond)
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Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet | MN

The Twin Cities metro area has the biggest disparity in black-white unemployment rates of any major metropolitan area in the country. What is going on here?

That's the question addressed by Dr. Algernon Austin, author of the Economic Policy Issues brief that presented the research on national disparities in unemployment by race. He spoke at a "leadership session" organized by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability at in St. Paul on September 1.

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Austin sliced, diced and dissected the numbers from a dozen studies, and came up with three reasons for the disparity.

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Racism in Minnesota (and Beyond), Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

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  • We cannot conquer "the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism" until we "shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society." -- Martin Luther King
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  • A new legal caste system?
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Glenn Beck is NOT Martin Luther King Jr.!

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  • Please watch the video and sign their pledge to stand with Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and against Beck and Palin's hate.
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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders
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  • It is important for all of us to stand together with one voice against hate and intolerance.
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Don Hazen, AlterNet

Dear Reader,

Glenn Beck is NOT Martin Luther King Jr.! August 28th is an important day in American history.  On this date Martin Luther King Jr. promoted a just, equal, diverse and compassionate country in his "I Have a Dream Speech" at the Lincoln Memorial.

This year, on the same date, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will hold a rally at the Lincoln Memorial.  The racist and hate-filled tenor of Beck, Palin and the Tea Party movement is in direct contrast to the noble vision of Dr. King. We cannot sit idly by and let King's vision and legacy be hijacked for political purposes.

Our friends Robert Greenwald and the team at Brave New Foundation have produced a new video and pledge encouraging everyone to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle for a just and equal America.

Please watch the video and sign their pledge to stand with Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and against Beck's hate.

It is important for all of us to stand together with one voice against hate and intolerance.

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Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders, DeNeen Brown, Washington Post | DC

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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally To Face Countermarches From Civil Rights Activists, Al Sharpton
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  • Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King?
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DEA Seeks Ebonics Translators to Decipher Black Peoples' Phone Conversations

Don't get the wrong idea: this has nothing to do with the drug war being racist; they just need expert testimony to help win drug cases.

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Scott Morgan, StoptheDrugWar.org

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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Ever since NAACP endorsed marijuana legalization in California, there's been a raging debate over whether the drug war targets black communities. Looks like the DEA just settled it.

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Atlanta  — Federal agents are seeking to hire Ebonics translators to help interpret wiretapped conversations involving targets of undercover drug investigations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently sent memos asking companies that provide translation services to help it find nine translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics, Special Agent Michael Sanders said Monday. [AP]

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But don't get the wrong idea. This has nothing to do with the drug war being racist. They just need expert testimony to help win drug cases:
"You can maybe get a general idea of what they're saying, but you have to understand that this has to hold up in court," he said. "You need someone to say, 'I know what they mean when they say 'ballin' or 'pinching pennies.'"

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What would Martin Luther King Say? Mosques and the New Jim Crow in America

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  • Muslim Americans are Americans. There can be no government Establishment of Judeo-Christian traditions, and no prohibition on how and where Muslim Americans worship. We are seeing attempts to foment a new Jim Crow, centered on mosques, which involves all the same fear-mongering, segregation, and special pleading for the majority that characterized the old (Jim Crow).
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  • The Community Center at Park 51
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Juan Cole, Informed Comment

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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The demonstration held on Sunday (Aug 22) against the Park 51 Muslim community center in lower Manhattan was an attempt by the right wing to strike at first amendment freedoms, but at the same time, it was simply a revival of urban policies of discrimination that were routine in the last century.

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That the demonstration had racist overtones is clear from this video of the event at YouTube, which caught the crowd’s harassment of and near attack on an African-American carpenter the rightwingers perceived as a Park 51 supporter. He is caught on audio pointing out that the mob actually did not have the slightest idea what he thought about anything.

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The Community Center at Park 51, Park 51
Park51 will be dedicated to pluralism, service, arts and culture, education and empowerment, appreciation for our city and a deep respect for our planet.  Park51 will join New York to the world, offering a welcoming community center with multiple points of entry.

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Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders

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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally To Face Countermarches From Civil Rights Activists, Al Sharpton
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  • Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King?
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DeNeen Brown, Washington Post | DC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Joanne Thielen

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Social activists and civil rights leaders, among them the Rev. Al Sharpton, are planning marches and demonstrations -- including the unveiling of a nearly four-story-tall original sculpture on the Mall -- on Aug. 28 to coincide with a rally organized by Fox News personality Glenn Beck.

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Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech there.
The conservative talk show host announced in November that he wanted to reveal a "100 year plan for America" <http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/33466/> at the Lincoln Memorial. More recently, he said that the purpose of his Aug. 28 event is to restore the country's "values" and to pay tribute to military families.

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Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King? Paul Helmke, Huffington Post
Most jarring is the sad irony of all of these people at the podium, with their supporters spread across our National Mall, celebrating, in part, their worship of guns, while invoking, quite blatantly, the legacies of two great Americans whose magnificent lives were cruelly cut short by bullets.

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Mexican attacks inflame tensions on Staten Island

Olmedo, who was hospitalized for five days and was briefly in a coma, contends he was targeted because of his ethnicity, not because he had been involved in a related incident or because the suspects wanted to steal his belongings.

Cristian Salazar, Associated Press, in Salon

In this Aug. 4, 2010 photo, Isaias Lozano shows a reporter where he was wounded during a robbery at El Centro del Inmigrante in the Port Richmond section of Staten Island, New York. Although Lozano was a victim of a robbery in the neighborhood, it has not been determined that it was a bias or hate crime.

When Rodolfo Olmedo was dragged down by a group of men shouting anti-Mexican epithets and bashed over the head with a wooden stick on the street outside his home, he instinctively covered his face to keep from getting disfigured. Blood filled his mouth.

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"I wanted to scream, but I couldn't because of the beating they were giving me," said the 25-year-old baker. Nearly five months later, he is still taking pain medications for his head injuries.

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Recorded by a store's surveillance camera, the assault was the first of 11 suspected anti-Hispanic bias attacks in a Staten Island neighborhood, re-igniting years-old tensions between blacks and Hispanics in New York City's most remote borough.

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Warning: Racism Is Bad for Your Health

Harboring prejudice, it seems, may be bad for your health.
Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?

Elizabeth Page-Gould,  Greater Good, in AlterNet

AlterNet Editor's Note: This month (August), Beacon Press is publishing the latest Greater Good anthology, Are We Born Racist? New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. To coincide with its release, Greater Good featured a sneak peak at some of the contributions to the book, including this provocative essay by psychologist Elizabeth Page-Gould.

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When we think about the victims of racism, we typically think of the immediate targets of racial prejudice: Those who have suffered at the hand of discrimination and oppression. But new research has identified another, unlikely group of victims: the racists themselves.

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In the urban metropolises of the United States and Canada, it is almost impossible to avoid talking to someone of another race. So imagine the toll it would take if every time you did, your body responded with an acute stress reaction: You experience a surge in stress hormones, and your heart pumps harder while your blood vessels constrict, inhibiting the flow of blood to your limbs and brain.

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Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner? New America Media

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  • We might have actually retreated from racial equity.
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  • 'A View From the Bottom'
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  • Racism in Minnesota (And Beyond)
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Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King?

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  • Most jarring is the sad irony of all of these people at the podium, with their supporters spread across our National Mall, celebrating, in part, their worship of guns, while invoking, quite blatantly, the legacies of two great Americans whose magnificent lives were cruelly cut short by bullets.
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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders
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Paul Helmke, Huffington Post

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Joanne Thielen

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A disturbing magazine cover crossed my desk last week (August 1-7) announcing, in big bold print, that Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and the NRA are hosting a "Restoring Honor" rally next month.

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It's being held at the Lincoln Memorial, a place that honors America's most revered president: the one who saved our union, freed African slaves, and breathed the healing balm "of malice toward none" at the conclusion of our bitter Civil War -- and who was killed by a gun.

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It's also being held on the 47th anniversary of the "March on Washington." The march where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke so eloquently of his dream that one day his children would live in a nation where "they will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

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Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders, DeNeen Brown, Washington Post | DC

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  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally To Face Countermarches From Civil Rights Activists, Al Sharpton
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  • Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King?
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