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Racism With No Racists: The President Trump Conundrum

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  • If the media cannot call that racism, will they be able to cover President-elect Donald Trump?
  • And while they figure it out, how bad will the lives of racial people get while racism hides behind euphemisms?
  • Related: Another Election Loser: Corporate Media

Tressie McMillan Cottom, tressiemc

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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmTy5tt7s2H-B2v-uk10FiiqH6kN32QrX6iaoXvZuxnAPbj5uwNovember, 2016 | President-elect Donald Trump ran on a fundamentally racist platform.

President-elect Donald Trump promulgated the idea that Mexicans are rapists, blacks are trapped in inner cities, Muslims are terrorists and that America could only be great “again” by becoming what it was in the 1950s when all manner of de facto and de rigeur racism was common.

That is probably why noted and admitted white racist groups supported his candidacy, celebrate his election and congratulate themselves for winning.

For the media, this presents a special kind of problem for which modern media is poorly equipped.

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She has published on race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy. McMillan Cottom is also co-editor of two academic books: “Digital Sociologies” from Policy Press and “For Profit U” from Palgrave MacMillan. Her public scholarship has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and the Atlantic to name a few.

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Another Election Loser: Corporate Media, Ari Paul, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • As the dust settles and America comes to terms with the election of Donald Trump, it’s time to take a look at the embarrassment of the media class, with the failure of polling only one part of the story. For those who have bemoaned the mediocrity of corporate media, this might appear as a well-deserved comeuppance, but it also brings the uncomfortable upending of decades of common wisdom about media and elections.
  • Related: Propaganda Rules the News

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How We Got to Standing Rock - and How You Can Help

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Part 1: The Many Ways to Help Standing Rock

Even if you can’t show up at the wintry encampments, you can join water protectors in other ways: from calling the North Dakota governor to breaking up with your bank.

Part 2: Climate Justice Meets Racism: This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making

North Dakota’s militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline—and the Standing Rock Sioux’s fierce resolve—reflect the area's particular racial divides.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Many Ways to Help Standing Rock

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Even if you can’t show up at the wintry encampments, you can join water protectors in other ways: from calling the North Dakota governor to breaking up with your bank.

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine

Nov 29, 2016 | The timing couldn’t have been more awful.

The day after Thanksgiving, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that people camped at the Oceti Sakowin Camp would be considered trespassers on that federally managed land after Dec. 5. With thousands of people, it is the largest of the water protectors’ camps. Next came the snow, which is piling up across the camp as I write. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered an immediate evacuation allegedly out of concern for the well-being of water protectors in the “harsh winter weather.”

“He gave a whole list of concerns … that we’re going to freeze to death and the solution is to cut off emergency services,” said Tara Houska, an organizer from Honor The Earth, at a news conference on Monday. The move evokes the “collective memory of Native people being pushed off land,” she added. “In 2016, that history is still happening.”

Sarah van Gelder wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Sarah is co-founder and editor at large of YES! Magazine. Her new book, “The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America” is available now from YES!

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Part 2: Climate Justice Meets Racism: This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making

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North Dakota’s militarized response to activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline—and the Standing Rock Sioux’s fierce resolve—reflect the area's particular racial divides.

Jenni Monet, YES! Magazine

Sep 16, 2016 | Attack dogs and waves of arrests by police in riot gear could look like isolated incidents of overreaction to the activism stemming from the Standing Rock reservation. But for the Lakota Sioux who live in these marginalized hillsides, the escalated militarization behind their battle against the Dakota Access pipeline is a situation decades in the making.

North Dakota is not the whitest state in America, but it’s arguably the most segregated. More than 60 percent of its largest minority population, Native Americans, lives on or near reservations. Native men are incarcerated or unemployed at some of the highest rates in the country. Poverty levels for families of the Standing Rock tribe are five times that of residents living in the capital city, Bismarck. In Cannon Ball, the heart of the tribal community, there are rows of weathered government homes, but no grocery store. Tucked behind a lonely highway, this is where mostly white farmers and ranchers shuttle to and from homesteads once belonging to the Sioux.

Jenni Monet wrote this article for YES! MagazineJenni is an award-winning journalist and tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico. She’s also executive producer and host of the podcast Still Here, launching in September 2016. 

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'You Want Racial Politics? We’ll Give You Racial Politics!'

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  • Liberal Democrats victimized themselves on election night. They need to think harder about whether they really want the kind of culture they have been trying to create: one divided along lines of race and gender.
  • What they found out on election night is that it doesn't always work to their advantage.

Martin Cothran, Intellectual Takeout

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/hillbillies_3.jpg November 9, 2016 | CNN commentator Van Jones, clearly upset by the results coming in last night, claimed that Democrats got “White-lashed.” In a way, he was right. But he has only himself to blame. 

The problem with liberals is that they want all the advantages of racial politics and none of the detriments. They have succeeded in weaponizing entire racial groups, but when they find that they have inadvertently weaponized the ones who vote the other way, they get upset.

Martin Cothran is the editor of Classical Teacher magazine, published by Memoria Press, and the director of the Classical Latin School Association.

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A Region That Sees Racism as a Threat to Its Economy

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  • If cities and states don’t start implementing policies with these racial barriers in mind, the fears of the Twin Cities’ regional planners—higher rates of poverty and lower rates of homeownership—could persist across the country.
  • Related: City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage

Alexia Fernandez Campbell, the Atlantic

Oct 26, 2016 | For decades, Minneapolis has been heralded as an American success story: The Twin Cities area is home to one of the largest concentrations of Fortune-500-company headquarters, and, relative to other large American cities, has low unemployment, little poverty, and plenty of affordable housing. Much of the prosperity, which has been called “The Minnesota Miracle,” has been attributed an unusual approach to sharing tax revenues between rich and poor communities in the region.

But two years ago, an uncomfortable reality came to light: The Metropolitan Council, a regional planning council, began analyzing Census data and discovered that the Twin Cities metro area is hardly a land of opportunity for everyone. The area had the largest wealth gap, employment gap, and homeownership gap between white residents and people of color among the country’s 25 largest metro areas. Two years after the council’s original report, little has improved, though the employment gap has narrowed a bit.

Alexia Fernandez Campbell is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where she covers immigration and business. She was previously a reporter at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Spanish-language newspaper of The Palm Beach Post.

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  • “You have to not only talk about it, you have to be about it,” she said, “and be willing to go out there and stand and take action.” --lifelong resident, Angela Avent, 36
  • City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage
  • Minneapolis Grapples With a Community Being Left Behind

 

Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People

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  • It is probably no coincidence that when you examine the recent rash of police killings, you find that the offenses the victims were initially stopped for were preposterously minor.
  • The dangers of turning police officers into revenue generators.
  • Related: To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody … 

Jack Hitt, Mother Jones

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September/October, 2015 | In April, several days after North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager stopped Walter Scott for a busted taillight and then fatally shot him, the usual cable-news transmogrification of victim into superpredator ran into problems. The dash cam showed Scott being pulled over while traveling at a nerdy rate of speed, using his left turn signal to pull into a parking lot and having an amiable conversation with Slager until he realized he'd probably get popped for nonpayment of child support. At which point he bolted out of the car and hobbled off. Slager then shot him. Why didn't the cop just jog up and grab him? Calling what the obese 50-year-old Scott was doing "running" really stretches the bounds of literary license.

But maybe the question to ask is: Why did Scott run? The answer came when the New York Times revealed Scott to be a man of modest means trapped in an exhausting hamster wheel: He would get a low-paying job, make some child support payments, fall behind on them, get fined, miss a payment, get jailed for a few weeks, lose that job due to absence, and then start over at a lower-paying job. From all apparent evidence, he was a decent schlub trying to make things work in a system engineered to make his life miserable and recast his best efforts as criminal behavior.

Jack Hitt is a contributing writer for Mother Jones, a nonprofit independent journal.

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To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody … , Ali Afshar, Human Development Project / Portside

Because pick on schizophrenics, you are picking on me.

 

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Trump isn’t the Problem; the Republican Base is

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  • Don’t worry about Trump, worry about his supporters: It’s not Trump who is attacking people, sometimes trying to kill anyone looking Hispanic or Muslim in public or at his rallies. It is his supporters; these are the people we really need to worry about. Because if Trump falls out of the Presidential race you better believe those people still exist in our nation.
  • Don’t get me wrong, there would be a lot of worry if Trump became President. However, if he fails, remember those racist, bigoted, and otherwise stupid people who supported him are only going to wait for another Trump.
  • Related: Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

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https://i.imgur.com/wn7S0O2.jpg 10/08/2016 | Friends Who Like Trump. Facebook has made it possible to find out what your friends like and follow.  Headlines all over the internet point you to use this feature to find out which of your friends like Donald Trump.  So yeah, I tried it out.  Honestly, I am nowhere near surprised; every friend of mine who loves Trump as a politician are those whom I expected.  Call me crazy, but I am not going to delete these guys.  I would rather keep such folks in close quarters to observe and understand them.  Being that many of these people are folks I have known for years, most of them know they can be radically honest with me.  And yes, when I ask questions I want real answers.  Why would a reasonable healthy person support a fascist?  At least I am in a good position to ask.

Trump fans hate “political correctness.” One of the biggest reasons my friends give me on why they  love Trump is because “he doesn’t give a damn about political correctness”.  So let us talk about that for a second.

Johnny Silvercloud: The Soul Brother #1 of a Kind. Consequentialist street photographer abolitionist writer/speaker who stands for any oppressed peoples. I do it because every man and woman deserves freedom of thought -- especially black folks.

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Trump Is the Symptom, Not the DiseaseJeff Schweitzer, Huffington Post

  • It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into philanthropy and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character. --Joseph Heller, Catch-22
  • American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism

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Only through continued growth, awareness, and acknowledgment that words matter can something as ugly as racism be overcome.

George Sachs, Everyday Feminism

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October 2, 2016 | Last week an article was published in the September issue of the The Atlantic titled “The Coddling of the American Mind.”

The goal of the article was to show that college students (aka Millennials) are increasingly rigid in their language, especially those words or phrases involving race, gender, religion, or any other target status. This is commonly referred to as political correctness.

The authors’ thesis was that “college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like.” They go on to conclude that this political correctness is unhealthy and “disastrous” for education and mental health.

George Sachs is clinical child psychologist and founder of the Sachs Center for ADD/ADHD and Aspergers in Manhattan. He specializes in the testing and holistic alternative treatment of ADD/ADHD in children, teens and adults, utilizing social skills groups and Neurofeedback for ADHD

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Divest From Prisons, Invest in People—What Justice for Black Lives Really Looks Like

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  • Instead of addressing the roots of drug addiction, mental illness, and poverty, we’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions. It’s time for a change.
  • We’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions.
  • Related: A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

Liza Bayless, Yes! Magazine

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http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/01/11/opinion/justice190v.jpg  Oct 11, 2016 | In July 2015, more than 2,000 members of The Movement for Black Lives—a group composed of more than 50 racial justice organizations—convened in Cleveland to recognize the violence committed against Black people in this country and around the world. At the assembly, participants decided the Movement needed to form a coalition that articulated concrete ways to build a more equitable society. Six legislative platforms emerged that covered issues like economic justice, reparations, political empowerment, and divestment from policing and incarceration. In their Invest-Divest platform, the authors called instead for investment in programming, like restorative justice initiatives, that would decrease incarceration and strengthen communities.

According to the Brookings Institution, White Americans are equally likely to use and more likely to deal drugs, while African Americans are more likely to be arrested, convicted, and sentenced harshly. For U.S. residents born in 2001, the Bureau of Justice Statistics predicts that 1 in 111 White women will go to prison in her lifetime, while 1 in 18 Black women will. For White men, the likelihood is 1 in 17; for Black men, 1 in 3.

Liza Bayles is an editorial intern at YES! Liza wrote this article for YES!.  

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A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick, David C. Couper, the Progressive 

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There is a long and difficult road ahead of us. We know what it is because we have heard it before for so many years. The 1968 Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (Kerner Commission) identified the problem: we are becoming two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal. It’s the same today.

 

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