Saturday, October 31

Black americans

American history, Anti-racism, Black americans, Black history, Racism

What’s it like for a Black man to train white folks to be anti-racist?

Doyin Richards started off as "the dad guy talking about fatherhood" with his blog, Daddy Doin' Work. He spent several years sharing his fatherhood experiences, had a photo of him combing his 2-year-old's hair while wearing his baby in a baby carrier go viral in 2014, and published a book about dads empowering moms that same year."Then the world changed in 2016," Richards says. "It's not that the world changed—this stuff has always been bubbling under the surface—but then it just exploded."Richards had always been an anti-racist activist, but when the Black Lives Matter movement pushed anti-racism into the mainstream, he started using his platform more and more to help move anti-racism education and activism along. It hasn't been an easy road. Richards is open about his mental health st...
Black americans, Black Lives Matter, Racial Justice, Racism

Man held up a Black Lives Matter sign in ‘America’s Most Racist Town’ and shared how it went

Is Harrison, Arkansas truly America's most racist town? It's not like there are official statistics kept on such things, but the town of 13,000 in the Ozark Mountain region does have a reputation. According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Harrison was the site of riots in the early 1900s that drove most of the Black population out. (Current demographics put the town at over 95% white, with less than 1% of the population being Black.) The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacist group Kingdom Identity Ministries are based in the area. The KKK uses a Harrison post office box for its mailing address, and its national director lives outside of town.Though city leaders insist that the town's reputation has been tarnished by a small group of people, there have been signs—litera...
Adoption, Black americans, Black history, Race, Racial Justice, Racism

She founded a non-profit to help transracial adoptive parents style their Black kids’ hair

Upworthy interviewed Tatiana Mac, author of a series of tweets that went viral because she found a way to make a complicated issue coherent and digestible for the masses. She succinctly addressed eight different issues and offers advice, free of charge, for each one. Tatiana MacMac, a Software Engineer based in Portland, Oregon, describes herself as a "Vietnamese American who has started to unpack my own internalized oppression and simultaneous complicity within white supremacy. I experience racism, but not to the extent that Black folks do.""I think that, in many ways, it feels like 'white people have entered the chat' on discussions of race," she said. "Panicked and somewhat new to these discussions, it felt like many people were riding the energy and...
American history, Black americans, Black history, Racial Justice, United States

As the anthem debates return, a reminder that it was a veteran who first suggested kneeling

Debate over kneeling during the national anthem have once again hit the public discourse as sports has resumed—in a modified fashion—and players are being filmed taking a knee for racial justice.Last night, Major League Baseball shared a video of some San Francisco Giants players, as well as team manager Gabe Kapler, kneeling during the anthem...Members of the @SFGiants kneel during the National Anthem. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/QbvAvCZiEs — MLB (@MLB)1595297811.0...which was met with celebration by some and derision by others, including the president. Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of grea… https://t.co/ld98zeAK3j — Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1595327060.0The most common complaint about kneeling dur...
Black americans, Black history, Racial Justice, Racism

​Detroit Youth Choir sings powerful new lyrics to Oscar-winning song ‘Glory’

One day when the glory comesIt will be ours, it will be oursOh one day when the war is wonWe will be sure, we will be sureThe song "Glory" from the feature film Selma won an Oscar in 2015. Originally performed by John Legend and Common, the song combines elements of rap, hip hop and gospel, and was a powerful anthem representing the Civil Rights Movement portrayed in the movie.Now, that anthem has new lyrics and a young, fresh face—or rather, a bunch of young, fresh faces. The Detroit Youth Choir's rendition of "Glory" includes the original chorus, plus lyrical nods to the coronavirus pandemic and the current uprisings for racial justice. Seeing these young people singing their hearts out in a song written about a similar fight decades ago is both chilling and thought-provoking. Members...
Black americans, Black Lives Matter, Justice, protest, Racial Justice

Portland Navy vet stood tall asking feds to remember their oath. They broke his hand.

On Saturday evening, 53-year-old Chris David, a disabled Navy veteran, took a bus ride to downtown Portland. According to the Washington Post, he had seen videos of federal agents attacking protesters, whisking some of them away in unmarked vans, and was disturbed by what he saw. So he decided to go talk to them, to ask them what they thought of the oath they had made to defend the Constitution of the United States. David, who had never attended a protest before, hung back and watched protesters outside the federal courthouse after he arrived on the scene. When the feds arrived, they rushed a line of protesters, and David took the opportunity to approach the agents. Standing before them in his Navy sweatshirt, he asked them, "Why are you not honoring your oath? Why are you not honoring ...
Black americans, Black history, Black Lives Matter

Asheville city council approves reparations for Black residents in a unanimous 7-0 vote

The question of how to make up for hundreds of years of stolen labor from and economic discrimination against Black Americans has been hotly debated for years. When racial disparities can be traced directly to laws, policies and regulations that prevented Black people from earning or accumulating wealth generation after generation, the only just thing to do is to try to repair the damage. Enter the idea of reparations, which literally means "to repair" through financial or other means. Asheville, North Carolina has just taken a big step forward with this idea by unanimously approving a resolution designed to repair the racial disparity among its residents. In a 7-0 vote, the city council apologized for the city's role in historic wrongs against Black people, including slavery and discr...