I should have released a reader earlier but this week has been very hectic with jury duty and final classes and papers. I have included the links to some pictures that I saw on Facebook that are perfect descriptions of what is going on in the minds of many. Since I have been late to posting a reader there is now my selection of article of the week.
Article of the Week:
I always talk about Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s book but it really is that good and important for this day and age. Rudy Giuliani’s racist comments show one thing very clearly, that the black body continues to be criminalized no matter the circumstances. In this interview Dr. Muhammad gets into the history of why we are still facing these race issues today in America and why people like Giuliani use the distraction of black on black crime during conversations of police brutality against black bodies.
Challenge for Protesters: Turning Anger into Action, Sandhya Somashekhar, The Washington Post
Soledad O’Brien Schools CBS Host: Black Protesters deserve to ‘Survive an Interaction with Police’, David Edwards, Rawstory
Tamir Rice Autopsy Released and Declares his Death a Homicide, Reuters, The Huffington Post
As if all sane people did not know this already. Let’s see what happens this time.
Mark Wahlberg Doesn’t Deserve Pardon, Jeff Yang, CNN
Very interesting piece. Just goes to show you how far #CrimingWhileWhite goes. I would agree to the pardon if he had done some legitimate work to show he has changed by genuinely working with organizations that seek racial justice but since he has not and this is to further his chain of restaurants he needs to be denied.
NYPD ‘Restraint’ and the Mass Dentention of Peaceful #EricGarner Protesters, Andrew Padilla, Latino Rebels
Why Do We Never Get to be Innocent Victims?, Urban Cusp, Urban Cusp
Viewpoint: Why Eric Garner was Blamed for Dying, Stacey Patton and David J. Leonard, BBC
Beautiful but sad piece.
Other News on Race
Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue, Tanzina Vega, The New York Times
How Racists and Partisans Exploit the Age of Obama, Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic
White are Biased and They Don’t Even Know it, Chris Mooney, The Washington Post
Chicago Gave Hundres of High-Risk Kids a Summer Jo. Violent Crime Arrests Plummeted, Emily Badger, The Washington Post
Why We Can’t Breathe, Justin Dunnavant, gradhacker
Great piece on how grad students of color committed to racial justice can voice their concerns while striving for the PhD.
So many people had opinions about Tavis Smiley on Sean Hannity’s show and I am one of them. Though I feel like Smiley should have known that his criticism of President Obama would have been used against him the Fox News, Smiley was making exceptional points about how race is involved in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. Hannity of course refused this logic and stayed firmly rooted in his white privilege. Smiley even called Hannity out on his condescension, which Hannity was not going to allow to happen on his show. Just goes to show you some people you need to not talk to or be friends with because they will ultimately still view you as less than.