Racism

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#OscarsSoWhite

I didn't even notice, to be honest. I watched as the name were read and did what many of us do; "Oh, so-and-so wasn't nominated. That's a surprise." or "Wow! I didn't expect them to get a nomination." I was hoping to see Michael Keaton get a nomination, which he did, and see Book of Life get an animation nomination, which it didn't. It wasn't until the hours that followed that I was made aware of the issue. No actors of colour were nominated in any of the acting categories.

Rape Culture and Ferguson

There's a story that came out back on January 11 off of the campus of the University of North Dakota. The article begins this way;

"Nearly one in three college men admit they might rape a woman if they knew no one would find out and they wouldn’t face any consequences, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Dakota.

Vid of the Week: Lupita Nyong'o

You may have seen or heard about Lupita winning an Oscar this past Sunday and her great speech. What you may not have seen or heard about yet is her earlier speech when honoured by Black Women in Hollywood for Best Breakthrough Performance of 2013. Check it out!!

Video of the Week: Tim Wise on Racism

I have just started classes working towards my MSW (Master of Social Work). In my second class on Diversity, Marginalization and Oppression, we watched a chunk of this video.

This is so worth an hour of your time (worth more actually). Tim is spouting facts and logic mixed together in such a way that hopefully it can blow away any remaining roots that make us want to hold on to the lie that somehow racism is not an issue, or no longer an issue.

Jane Elliot: Lessons in Discrimination

Jane Elliot repeated this experiment many many times in an attempt to help those who were unfamiliar with discrimination and prejudice, experience it, if only for a moment... It helps us understand it in a whole new way.

I've seen a number of Jane Elliot's videos more than once, but it is powerful every time.

Trayvon Martin: The Latest Victim

It is impossible to get away from the a discussion of race when discussing Trayvon Martin's death and the circumstances surrounding him being shot by George Zimmerman.

I have been cautious to respond hastily to the 'not guilty' verdict recently awarded to Zimmerman. This is a very polarizing case and I wanted to think deeply before actually deciding what I want to say in this moment.

Speaking for Love Equals Suspension for Three Students

I was introduced to these three stories today; three stories that can be very disheartening. Each one speaks to the difficultly of being a True Rebel voice as a young student.

Inspired by Basketball History X

I love movies! When I was a kid, going to the movie theatre was like an adventure! I still have vivid memory of my first couple visits and watching E.T. and Annie on the big screen. It was amazing!

White People Suck!

Catchy title I know! Being of European descent myself, it might sound strange, but these were the exact words that came to my head after a brief online interaction that I just had.

My Dad was born in Holland, as were my 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents and so on... In Holland Santa Claus is called Sinterklaas and comes door to door on the evening of December 5th with gifts. Sinterklaas does not come alone. He is preceded by a servant named Zwarte Piet, which translated is “Black Peter”.

Freedom Riders: True Rebels

"In 1961, the Freedom Riders, a dedicated group of men and women, black and white, young and old (many from university and college campuses) across the country boarded buses, trains and planes bound for the deep South to challenge that region‘s outdated Jim Crow laws and the non-compliance with a US Supreme Court decision already three years old that prohibited segregation in all interstate public transportation facilities."  from http://www.freedomridersf

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