Posts Tagged ‘race’

Columbusing

December 5, 2018

Columbusing: When a person (generally a white one) discovers something that isn’t really new. A video by Felice León.

More:

“‘Columbusing’: The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New,” Brenda Salinas, NPR

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Adiós blanco América cristiana

July 10, 2018

The United States is no longer a majority white, Christian country. At 45 percent of the population, white Christians are a shrinking demographic, and it’s obvious, hence the bitter backlash from many members of the group against the country’s increasing diversification.

“People fight like that when they are losing a sense of place, a sense of belonging, and a sense of the country that they understand and love. How do they reengage in public life when they can’t be the majority?” — Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America.

An Atlantic video.

Related:

“Trump can’t make America white again,” Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

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Access

June 8, 2018

Access

When Starbucks closed 8,000 stores on May 29th to give 175,000 employees racial bias education, one element was a short film by Stanley Nelson, The Story of Access:

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A Pardon for Jack Johnson

May 25, 2018

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Johnson, convicted in a unjust federal trial in 1913, was posthumously pardoned by President Donald Trump on Thursday. Mr. Johnson, the first African American boxing champion, was a victim of racism, and there has been a long campaign to right this historical wrong, complicated by Johnson’s history of adultery and domestic violence.

But remedying racial injustice doesn’t seem to be why Mr. Trump pardoned Jack Johnson. He did it because celebrity pal Sylvester Stallone asked him to, and because Mr. Johnson was “a truly legendary boxing champion, legendary athlete, and a person that, when people got to know him, they really liked him,” said the president. A flamboyant, womanizing, larger-than-life celebrity? Donald Trump can certainly relate to that.

And of course if Donald Trump can pardon a dead man, surely there’s hope for Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn ….

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“Trump’s pardon of Jack Johnson is not insignificant. But caring about racial injustice in 2018 would be more meaningful.” Eugene Scott, Washington Post

 

Video: Celebrity Jack Johnson conducts an unidentified jazz band, 1929. Alternate takes here.

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Slavery to Mass Incarceration

January 12, 2017

“Slavery to Mass Incarceration,” a short video by the Equal Justice Initiative. Narrated by Bryan Stevenson, illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Directed by Jim Batt; sound design by Kim Boekbinder.

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American Terrorism

January 4, 2017

“Terror Lynching in America” a short video by the Equal Justice Initiative. Narrated by Bryan Stevenson, illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Directed and produced by Jim Batt and Kim Boekbinder.

h/t: Colorlines

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What It Means

October 19, 2016

“What It Means,” written by Patterson Hood and recorded by him with Drive-By Truckers.

“And that guy who killed that kid down in Florida standing ground
Is free to beat up on his girlfriend and wave his brand-new gun around.”

Drive-By Truckers website

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Slavery in America

February 19, 2016

The Whitney Plantation near Wallace, Louisiana, was founded by German émigré Ambroise Heidel and his family in 1722, and his son Jean Jacques Haydel Sr. converted it to sugar cultivation in the early 1800s. The property passed through several hands before it was purchased by New Orleans attorney John Cummings, who spent 16 years and $8 million of his own money transforming it into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery in America.

“The Whitney Plantation is not a place designed to make people feel guilt, or to make people feel shame. It is a site of memory, a place that exists to further the necessary dialogue about race in America.”

— “Telling the Story of Slavery,” Kalim Armstrong, The New Yorker

More:

“Harsh world of slavery focus of Louisiana plantation museum,” Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters

Video produced by Kalim Armstrong

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Brooklyn: ‘Do The White Thing’

November 6, 2015

An all-star cast (including Flavor Flav) updates Spike Lee’s Brooklyn classic for Jimmy Kimmel.

” … 26 years after the original, we finally have a sequel that we think does an equally good job of reflecting the spirit and feeling of Brooklyn today.”

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Privilege

October 24, 2015

“Let’s Talk About Privilege,” a short video by SNL’s Sasheer Zamata.

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