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If You Laugh, You Get It. If You're Offended, You're Part Of The Problem.

Ha, ha, ha, ha! Diet Racism. Because you just don't get it. The official beverage of the Washington Redskins.

Phoebe Gavin, Upworthy

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College%20Humor%20%7C%20Diet%20Racism.jpgWell-meaning people sometimes make off-handed remarks to each other and to people of color that are hurtful and offensive. Calling out friends and acquaintances on remarks like those in this clip is beyond frustrating because no one ever wants to admit that racism is nuanced. Thank the heavens for comedians.

The video was created by CollegeHumor. Now that you had your laughs, here's a more serious take on this kind of thinking.

Phoebe Gavin: After ditching my combat boots, I started writing. Then I kind of never stopped. I want a world where complex characters tell all our stories. Race, gender, orientation — all your intersections are belong to me. 

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A Devised System-- Nixon's Vision for Dealing With Blacks Has Been Fully Realized

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  • President Richard Nixon is quoted as having said; "You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to." I'm sure President Nixon would be content to know that such a system seems to have already reached the implementation stage.
  • An increasing trend in the killing of African American men today by law enforcement personnel
  • Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On

Oscar Eason Jr., OpEdNews

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s_300_farm6_static_flickr_com_95544_15033380545_2bd98c02ce_n_852.gif Rev. Al Sharpton Leads March, Rally Over Eric Garner's Death On Staten Island (image by gerard_flynn

9/6/2014 | The tragic shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson Missouri, has caused all fair-minded and not so fair-minded US Citizens to once again turn their attention toward this seemingly increasing trend that is so basically against everything that is fundamentally democratic.

Brown's killing only adds to the growing number of African American males killed by police over a reasonably short period of time. It's as if there was some nationally resolved theory that the negative effects of Black males on American culture can be nullified by separating this element from US society's mainstream. A change in policing and sentencing led to an increase of African American prisoners in less than a decade. There are over 7 million people in our jails, prisons, on parole or in some form of law enforcement control and an inordinate number of them are African American males.

Oscar Eason Jr. is Chairman of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs.

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Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On, Jon Marshall, The Atlantic

Forty years after Watergate, presidential suspicion of reporters and attempts to keep the press at arm's length remain high.

The Problem of Race in America: September 3, 2014

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  • We should honor the sacrifices of the heroes of the civil rights movement, the courageous men and women who risked their freedom and even lives in the battle against racial discrimination. 
  • Their vision for a society of genuine social progress and economic opportunity can be achieved only if we recognize the inherent worth of the individual and we follow in their footsteps to enshrine the principle of individual rights. 
  • Part 1: He Dropped One Letter In His Name While Applying For Jobs, And The Responses Rolled In
  • Part 2: This Is What It's Like To Be An Unarmed Black Man In America

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Part 1: He Dropped One Letter In His Name While Applying For Jobs, And The Responses Rolled In

Although digital job applications would seem to be the ultimate exercise in colorblind hiring, numerous studies and applicants have found the opposite

Cate Matthews, Huffington Post 

08/ferguson5.jpg09/02/2014 | His name is José Zamora, and he had a routine.

During his months-long job search, he says he logged onto his computer every morning and combed the internet for listings, applying to everything he felt qualified for. In the Buzzfeed video here, he estimates that he sent out between 50 to 100 resumes a day -- which is, in a word, impressive.

But Zamora said he wasn't getting any responses, so on a hunch, he decided to drop the "s" in his name. José Zamora became Joe Zamora, and a week later, he says his inbox was full.

Cate Matthews is the Associate Editor, Digital Innovations at the Huffington Post

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Part 2: This Is What It's Like To Be An Unarmed Black Man In America

The video comes in the midst of a nationwide conversation about the "criminalization of the black body," a phenomenon in which the act of walking while black -- or, as is the case in this clip, sitting on your porch eating ice cream while black -- is met with violence and bullets. It's as absurd of a reality as it is a damning one.

Cate MatthewsHuffington Post 

09/02/2014 | You know how it is. You're outside your house, sitting on your stoop, peaceably eating an ice cream cone, and when you look up there's a gun trained on your face and a police officer demanding that you vacate the premises.

Or maybe you don't. You don't, unless you're not white.

In "Cop v. Black Guy," a Funny Or Die video written by "Key And Peele" veterans Colton Dunn and Phil Augusta Jackson, a cop accosts a young man sitting on his on porch. Things advance and get absurd quickly -- his uniform switches from SWAT to Stormtrooper before we know it -- and the absurdity is fitting.

Cate Matthews is the Associate Editor, Digital Innovations at the Huffington Post

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Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans

  • In a shocking video posted to YouTube, St. Paul (MN) police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool. 
  • “I’m not your brother!”
  • Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ 

Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

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Friday, Aug 29, 2014 | The latest in police misconduct was captured in a cellphone video that surfaced earlier this week. The video depicts a black man, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Lollie, sitting in a public space waiting to pick up his young children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

“I want to know who you are and what the problem was back there,” a female cop says to Lollie at the start of the video.

Joanna Rothkopf is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on sustainability.

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Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ Ian Millhiser, Think Progress

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  • The Court’s present majority seems much more interested in using its power to thwart racial justice.
  • What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America

 

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