Archive for January, 2011

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Birds treated better than black people in Mississippi?

January 27, 2011

This kind of story may generate a laugh because it’s so absurd; to acknowledge the shameful truth about it is likely to bring you to tears.  Watch this video where Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac tests a theory: that birds are treated better than black people in Mississippi. Birds revered more than people in black town in Mississippi

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The gifts of darkness

January 17, 2011

I am tired of hearing the constant exhortation to move away from darkness towards the light – in church, at work, in the media.  The metaphor is a deeply ingrained one and, as a white person, I have to ask who does this metaphor most serve? We have been given multiple negative images about “the dark” and taught to fear it, control it, and avoid it. Oh, and yes we have been taught to fear, control, and avoid people whose skin color is dark.

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What went wrong? Race and class in Seattle

January 2, 2011

Twenty five years ago a white father and a black father in Seattle had a dream.  What if their eighth grade sons, one attending the elite prep school Lakeside, and one from Seattle’s Central Area, were on a mixed basketball team? White kids would have their eyes opened about entitlement and black kids would be exposed to wealth and achievement and get a chance at private school.  It seemed to work as the team bonded and won a regional AAU championship.  But this story does not have a happy ending. A  courtside seat to an experiment

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