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I Don’t Discuss Racism With White People

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July 13th, 2015 | What follows is the text of a “sermon” that I gave as a “congregational reflection” to an all White audience at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 28th. The sermon was begun with a reading of The Good Samaritan story, and this wonderful quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

John Metta, Huffington Post / Popular Resistance

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A couple weeks ago, I was debating what I was going to talk about in this sermon. I told Pastor Kelly Ryan I had great reservations talking about the one topic that I think about every single day.

Then, a terrorist massacred nine innocent people in a church that I went to, in a city that I still think of as home. At that point, I knew that despite any misgivings, I needed to talk about race.

You see, I don’t talk about race with White people. To illustrate why, I’ll tell a story.

John Metta: Some of the creative excuses I enjoy include working as a software developer, keeping my twins from killing themselves, spending too little time with my beloved wife, making cider, taking long walks, drinking tea, drafting silly bios for websites, and various other pursuits that don't actually involve writing.

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Series | Considering the Problem of Race in America, Part 9: Noam Chomsky on the Roots of American Racism, George Yancy and Noam Chomsky, The Stone / New York Times

This is the ninth in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week’s conversation is with Noam Chomsky, a linguist, political philosopher and one of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, “On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare,” with Andre Vltchek.

Charles Pierce | The 35-Year-Old Georgia Mother Who Was Shot and Killed by Police

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  • Pierce writes: "This has been a long year already regarding the phenomenon of how police come to kill the people they are sworn to serve. The places are established and iconic - Ferguson, Baltimore, the first bad scene in Charleston." 
  • The tragic story of Caroline Small, a name you need to know.
  • 15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now To End Police Brutality
  • The Not-So-Great White North

Charles Pierce, Esquire

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Working with a local television station, Brad Schrade of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution examines the extremely aromatic five-year old case of Caroline Small, a 35-year-old mother of two who was shot and killed by two police officers in Glynn County, a warren of small towns along the Georgia coast. It is a perfect case study of the problems with police culture in this country—most notably, the near impossibility of getting the justice system to deal with police who kill people. It is a true American horror story.

Charles Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now To End Police Brutality, Zak Cheney-Rice, Mic.com

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How, besides protesting, can we actually make sure no more black people are killed, beaten or tortured by the police? And how can we promote justice and equity in law enforcement more generally? The Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link have partnered with various protesters and street-level organizers to find some concrete solutions to this problem.

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The Not-So-Great White North, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Black people in Minneapolis are 8.7 times more likely to be arrested for a low-level offense than white people; Native Americans are 8.6 times more likely than whites to be subject to such an arrest. Here’s a new report chronicling one city’s so-far failed efforts to ease racialized policing.
  • Part 1: Picking up the Pieces
  • Part 2: Being Black in America

Ed Felien | Terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel: Why capitalism needs racism

There have been twice as many deaths from white male, right-wing terrorists than there have been from Islamic terrorists since 9/11, and, yet, we’ll spend more than $3 trillion in 2015 fighting Islamic terrorism …

Ed Felien,  Southside Pride

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AP_Ethel_Lance_02_mm_150625._16x9_992.jpgJuly 13, 2015 | How do you get ordinary people so crazy they start killing each other? How do you turn simple, quiet young men into mass murderers? You convince them that someone is jumping ahead of them in the line.

Capitalism is an aggressive and predatory method of distributing goods and services.  “It’s the most efficient economic system,” its supporters say.  And that’s true, if you don’t consider the costs of human pain and suffering or the mess that it makes that the rest of us have to clean up.  Capitalism is driven by immediate, short-term profits.  A capitalist makes more money if he can pay his workers less than his competitors and if he doesn’t have to worry about environmental regulations.  If a worker asks for more money, the capitalist will say they could get a woman or a person of color to do the job for less, or they might say they could move the plant to Mexico or China.

Ed Felien, Editor/Publisher at Southside Pride

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Why The Media Refuse To Connect Those Church Fires With Race

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  • “When it comes to church burnings, many African Americans see the difference between an official hate crime and an act of ‘vandalism’ as an issue of semantics, especially given the long, painful history of racists intentionally—and largely independently—setting fire to black churches all over the country,” – Jack Jenkins, ThinkProgress
  • Muslim charities 'Respond with Love' to raise funds to rebuild burned-down black churches.

Carolyn J. Davis, Talking Points Memo

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July 13, 2015 | In recent weeks, investigators have been examining the circumstances surrounding a series of fires at predominantly black, southern churches. While some of the more recent fires were ruled accidental, authorities found evidence for arson in at least three cases. Burning black churches has a long, well-documented history as a white tactic for intimidation, particularly in the days of the Civil Rights Movement. More recently, a mid-1990s series of racially-motivated church burnings prompted the 1996 Church Arson Prevention Act.

And yet, the seeming reluctance of several media outlets—including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN.com—to seek a racial context for covering the fires has led some commentators to question what might be at stake in avoiding calling the church fires anything other than “isolated incidents” or “vandalism,” especially in light of the recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Carolyn J. Davis is a Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

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Muslim charities 'Respond with Love' to raise funds to rebuild burned-down black churches, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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  • They must rebuild and you can help, all houses of worship are sacred.
  • Part 1: Part 1: Muslim charities raise nearly $45K to rebuild burned-down black churches
  • Part 2: Respond with Love: Rebuild Black Churches, Support Victims of Arson across the South

 

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