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Black Employment Rates Were Hit Worse Than White Employment Rates During The Recession

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  • The recession widened the employment gap between Blacks and Whites. [The Atlantic]
  • If the NYPD is willing to disrespect their boss in public, what do they do when no one’s looking? [The Grio]
  • Ezell Ford’s autopsy found that the unarmed Black man was shot in the back by the LAPD. [The Root]
  • Egypt’s military government is persecuting gay Egyptians. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

Macklemore On Race In America: “As A White Person, We Have To Listen”

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"I've been inspired by the mobilization."
  • Macklemore gave a great interview with NYC’s Hot 97 in which he discusses white cultural appropriation of hip-hop and what white people can do to support the Black Lives Matter movement. (I don’t think he explained that pencil thin ‘stache though.) [Hot 97]
  • Giada DeLaurentiis has split from her husband of 11 years. You know, I kinda can’t help but wonder if this is tied to Matt Lauer’s split from his wife — there have been rumors that something has gone on between Giada and Matt. Hmmmm…. [Us Weekly]
  • This interview Bill Cosby did in early November features some … odd comments about the relationship between the characters of Cliff and Clare Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” [News One] Keep reading »

Black Colleges Are Helping To Boost Black Participation In The Sciences

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  • Historically Black colleges are helping to increase participation in STEM fields. [The Atlantic]
  • Gmail has been shut down completely in China. [The Guardian]
  • Read the too-common story of an insurance company mix up that ended with the last-minute denial of gender reassignment surgery for one trans woman. [The Daily Beast]
  • Black women led change on social media this year. [The Root] Keep reading »

“Why Is My Curriculum White?” Is Exactly The Question We Should Be Asking About University Education

Why is my curriculum white?

The hardest thing I was ever tasked with reading in a history course was Edward Said’s Orientalism. I dropped the course because it was totally over my head. That says a lot.

My major was twentieth-century European history, and my focus was on Germany, but specifically the rise of the Third Reich. I was interested in finding out why and how millions of people could justify a genocide. I was very, very focused on Germany and Russia; I didn’t want to study the United States at all, but my major required me to take courses in non-European and non-American history, so toward the end of my education, I took courses — grudgingly, at the time — on African and Southeast Asian colonial history. Eventually I also started taking courses on contemporary art history, where I was introduced to South American artists like Lygia Clark and Gabriel Orozco, and, of course, my art theoretical deity, the Cuban-born American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. That’s really all the background I have on South American culture. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On The Sacrifices Expected Of Immigrant Nannies

The Soapbox: On The Sacrifices Expected Of Immigrant Nannies

I have a deep-seated resentment of White parents who specifically hire Black immigrant women or people of color as nannies. Whenever I go to the park or take a stroll through New York City on any day of the work week and see large groups of Black or minority women pushing strollers with little blonde or brown-haired children in the seats, I cringe. As the holidays approach, the sight becomes even more troublesome for me. This isn’t because there is something inherently wrong with people of different races being caretakers for White children, but because I know far too well the intricacies of that dynamic, namely the many sacrifices these women of color often make to secure and keep such work, and the unfair and demeaning conditions sometimes imposed on them by their White employers. See, I was the child of an immigrant, Afro-Caribbean live-in childcare worker. And I know what she faced. Keep reading »

The Police Aren’t “Under Siege,” They’re Under Criticism

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  • The shooting of two NYPD officers this weekend was tragic, but to blame it on Black Lives Matter protestors has no basis. The police aren’t “under siege,” they’re under criticism. [Slate]
  • Learn about the Turkish businesswomen who are fighting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s censorship and neglect of domestic violence issues. [The Daily Beast]
  • President Obama is nominating US Attorney Sally Yates for deputy attorney general, the number 2 spot at the Justice Department. [Raw Story] Keep reading »
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