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White Privilege: The Elephant in Minnesota's Living Room

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  • The reality is that those same marginalized communities that we are taught to demonize and pathologize over and over again do not have adequate access to political capital, social capital, or economic resources to reshape the systems that impact their lives.
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Nekima Levy-Pounds, Minneapolis (MN) StarTrinune 

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May 20, 2014 | Let me warn you up front. Many of the folks reading this blog post may not like what I have to say. But that's neither here nor there. I have to get this off my chest. I am tired of attending meetings and events in which folks are having conversations about equity and are delicately skirting around the issue of race. Hardly ever are notions of racial bias and discrimination and just "plain ole racism" part of the conversation. All too often, such issues remain at a surface level, which leads to very safe, comfortable dialogue that does not push us to address the real challenges that are hindering our progress as a state and reinforcing intolerable racial disparities. 

Society is still separate; still unequal.

Beyond that, many of these conversations about "equity" consist of white Minnesotans in the upper echelon talking to each other about issues that impact communities of color and yet there are often just one or two "representatives" in the room from those communities. Half the time, I'm one of those two representatives. And when I look around those rooms and observe a sea of predominately white faces, it occurs to me that the lack of diversity around those tables and the relative comfort levels of those in attendance reveals more than any fifty page study ever could about the true state of race relations in Minnesota. Sadly, it appears that 60 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, our society is still separate and unequal and unwilling to change anytime soon. (If you don't believe me, please take time to travel to various neighborhoods throughout the Metro area and outstate Minnesota to see the levels of segregation and income inequality firsthand.)

Nekima Valdez Levy-Pounds is an American lawyer, professor, activist, writer, and preacher. She was elected in 2015 to be the president of the Minneapolis (MN) chapter of the NAACP.

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Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black, Scandalous One, Daily Kos

Any fair observation of what has transpired over Obama’s two terms would reveal an undeniable racial component in the way Republicans have approached his presidency. 

Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black.

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Any fair observation of what has transpired over Obama’s two terms would reveal an undeniable racial component in the way Republicans have approached his presidency. 

Scandalous One, Daily Kos

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http://images.dailykos.com/images/215927/story_image/original.jpg?1456601866 http://images.dailykos.com/images/215927/story_image/original.jpg?1456601866 Former Republican Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, pointing her finger in President Obama’s face. This is emblematic of the disrespect that many Republicans have for America’s first African-American President.

Tuesday Mar 22, 2016 | As a black American, I feel compelled to rebut this diary by Crashing Vor. While I believe the diarist is well-intentioned and makes a solid argument, I strongly disagree with his/her thesis that racism doesn’t underpin the unprecedented Republican hate against President Obama. 

Here’s why I’m saying this:

It’s a given that Republicans will hate a Democratic president. It’s what Republicans do — hate is essentially a virtue on the right. We all saw how they went after Bill Clinton relentlessly, how they trash former President Jimmy Carter and so on. But, there is something significantly different about Republican animus towards Obama — it goes way beyond the regular partisan antagonism. 

Scandalous One, Member, Daily Kos

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Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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  • South Africa used truth and reconciliation to address its racist history. Now these organizers think it's time for the United States to do the same.
  • Until recently, Davis says, most white Americans didn’t realize how big a problem racism was.
  • Related: The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Yessenia Funes, Yes! Magazine

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Apr 13, 2016 | Around the year 1619, slavery landed on the North American shore. Slave ships sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Then, west along the James River. Finally, to a village on the modern-day site of Richmond, Virginia. Once there, slave traders led Africans through obscure forest trails—but only at night, so as not to disturb the day to day lives of white folk. Eventually sold at auction at the village, these Africans became slaves, continuing the racist history that began with the genocide of Native people.

In 1737, the village was renamed Richmond. It was at this place, which marked the beginning of America’s legacy of violence against African Americans, that revolutionaries met this winter to discuss how to finally heal these wounds.

Yessenia Funes is an assistant editor at Yes! Magazine A New York native, she covers inequality, poverty, and climate justice.

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The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism, Sarah van Gelder, Angela Davis, Fania Davis, Yes! Magazine

  • We have to imagine the kind of society we want to inhabit. We can’t simply assume that somehow, magically, we’re going to create a new society in which there will be new human beings. No, we have to begin that process of creating the society we want to inhabit right now.
  • Anti-war activist Ciaron O’Reilly: conventional protests are 'a dead end' 

Clinton's Hold on Minorities Slipping*

  • The Clinton campaign is in the midst of an historic collapse — much of it due to the unraveling of support for Clinton among nonwhite voters — and the national media has yet to take any notice.
  • “Hillary is certain to insult the Sandernistas – just as her husband and political soul mate insulted Blacks, in order to prove her “centrist” bona fides to white Republicans.”
  • Part 1: Hillary’s Support Among Nonwhite Voters Has Collapsed
  • Part 2: Bill Clinton Insults Blacks in Order to Build Hillary’s “Big Tent” Party

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Part 1: Hillary’s Support Among Nonwhite Voters Has Collapsed

There simply is no evidence available to suggest that Hillary Clinton’s robust coalition of nonwhite voters still exists — certainly not in anything like the form it was just four weeks ago. 

Seth Abramson, Huffington Post / LA Progressive

https://maxcdn3.laprogressive.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/hillary-facing-720.gif03/31/2016 | On February 27th, Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders among African-American voters by 52 points.

By March 26th, she led Sanders among African-Americans by just nine points.

And today, Public Policy Polling, a widely respected polling organization, released a poll showing that Sanders leads Clinton among African-American voters in Wisconsin by 11 points.

Seth Abramson is the Series Editor for Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University) and the author, most recently, of DATA (BlazeVOX, 2016).

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Part 2: Bill Clinton Insults Blacks in Order to Build Hillary’s “Big Tent” Party

Bill Clinton’s premeditated assault on Black Lives Matter was part of the strategy to woo White Republican voters to his wife’s “big tent” campaign, in November. Bill jumped the gun, itchy for the Democrats to make their classic rightward shift. He and Hillary share the same political brain. “At some point in the campaign, she was bound to stage a dramatic display of ‘independence’ from Black Lives Matter – or have her husband do it.”

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

http://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/GLEN_clinton.jpg?itok=psDWdkCCWed, 04/13/2016 | Bill Clinton’s tirade against Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Philadelphia, last week, signals that his wife’s inner circle is having great difficulty resisting the urge to lunge rightward into general election campaign mode to scoop up the millions of Republican voters disaffected by Donald Trump. For months, corporate Democratic strategists have been salivating over the prospects of building a super-party – the ultimate “big tent” – from the ashes of a disintegrating GOP. They calculate that the numbers of suburban Republican “moderates” that can be won over to the Democrats in November is greater than potential defections from the party by disgruntled Sandernistas. The Black vote does not even count in this equation, on the assumption that they have nowhere else to go.

There is no question that Bill Clinton’s attempt to create another Sister Souljah moment,” as the Washington Post’s James Hohmann put it, was dangerously premature. The hordes of Trump-traumatized Republican defectors to the Democrats are still theoretical, while polls show that about a quarter of Sanders’ supporters say they will not vote for Clinton in November if she wins the nomination. Plus, now that the primaries have moved out of the South, larger percentages of Black Democrats are willing to the be swayed by Sanders. The Philadelphia episode will have an impact on their decisions.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
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Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune

  http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Ian%20Haney%20Lopez%20%7C%20Dog%20Whistle%20Politics.jpg April 6, 2016 | Forty years ago when I was in law school, one of my professors went out of his way to integrate and sometimes code inappropriate remarks, including racist commentary, in his lectures. Over the course of the semester, I finally had enough and asked him to stop. I argued, unsuccessfully, that I was burdened with twice the work of my classmates (who were either outside the scope of his vitriol or oblivious to it), because like everyone else, I had to listen to his lectures for substance, but also for offense.

I was reminded of that experience this past week when Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman explained his rationale for not prosecuting the two Minneapolis police officers responsible for shooting and killing Jamar Clark. That announcement has divided and polarized the community like no other legal argument in recent memory. Radio and television reports, newspaper editorials, commentary and letters to the editor, social media, and old-fashioned water-cooler conversations have figuratively blown up with contention over the merits or lack of merits of Freeman’s decision.

Steven Belton is president and chief executive officer of the Minneapolis Urban League.

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The Talk, Devin C. Hughes, Upworthy

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For black families, this tough conversation can be the difference between life or death.

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American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South, Ben Fountain, Guardian <>

How the Republican party’s dog-whistle appeal to racism, refined by Richard Nixon and perfected by Ronald Reagan, led inexorably to Donald Trump.

The Talk

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For black families, this tough conversation can be the difference between life or death.

 

 

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Devin C. Hughes, Upworthy

March 28, 2016 | A 2007 study by the Department of Justice found that blacks and Hispanics were about three times as likely to be searched during a traffic stop. Blacks are also twice as likely to be arrested and nearly four times as likely to experience the threat or use of force during interactions with police.

Devin C. Hughes: I'm a speaker, author, and storyteller who works with a variety of leaders, groups, organizations, and teams that have a desire to break down enterprise-wide cultural barriers, improve personal and organizational performance, and enhance communication through greater self-awareness and understanding of one another.

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The Democratic Road to Black Ruin

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Democratic Party operatives claim that Blacks are voting “strategically” when they support the corporate warmonger Hillary Clinton for president. The reality is, Blacks believe only Clinton has the money and organization to beat the White Man’s Party – the GOP.  But, only two outcomes are possible from such a “strategy”: “either the triumph of the White Man’s Party, or electoral victory for Black people’s worst enemies among the Democrats.”

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

http://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/GLEN_hillary-clinton.gif?itok=5sWb7Whv Wed, 03/23/2016 | Without overwhelming Black support, especially in the South, Hillary Clinton could not have achieved her insurmountable lead over the Democratic challenger from her left, Bernie Sanders. Although Blacks are the most left-leaning ethnic bloc in the United States – the most pro-peace constituency and the group that most closely resembles Sander’s beloved “Scandinavian Social Democrats” on economic issues – the bulk of Black voters have aligned themselves with the right wing of the Democratic Party, leading corporate pundits and pollsters to categorize Blacks as a “moderate” constituency within the Democratic sector of the duopoly electoral structure. Based on national voting behavior, the “left” side of the Democratic Party spectrum is now dominated by younger whites, who are locked in a struggle with their elders, Blacks and, to a lesser degree, Hispanics, for the “soul” of the Party.

Of course, the Democratic Party has no soul; it is a rich man’s machinery controlled by Hillary Clinton’s patrons on Wall Street – a fact that most Black voters understand quite well. They are fully aware that Clinton is deeply connected to the “fat cats” with the resources to mount a billion-dollar-plus campaign against the Republican/White Man’s Party, in November. The likelihood that the GOP candidate will be the unapologetically racist Donald Trump lends urgency to their allegiance with Clinton, the cackling war criminal and former “Goldwater girl” who co-championed all of her husband’s mass Black incarceration and poor Black family-crushing initiatives the last time they were in the White House.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report

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Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report <> 

  • http://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/Three%20Prez.jpg?itok=8b_143QU The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

 

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