Black Women Now the Most Educated Group In US

A new report confirms that black women are now the most educated group in the United States. But we still have a long way to go for pay equity.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between 2009 and 2010, black women earned 68 percent of all associate degrees awarded to black students, as well as 66 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 71 percent of master’s degrees and 65 percent of all doctorates awarded to black students.

The report also says that the percentage of U.S. college students who are black increased from 10 to 15 percent from 1976 to 2012, while the percentage of white students among all U.S. college students fell from 84 to 60 percent.

(Read the full story.) Source: Black Women Now the Most Educated Group In US

Obama Slams Gingrich’s ‘Repugnant’ Proposal To ‘Test’ US Muslims

“We have heard more suggestions that Muslims in America be targeted. Tested for their beliefs, some deported or jailed,” he said. “The very suggestion is repugnant and an affront to everything we stand for as Americans.”

“We cannot give in to fear or turn on each other or sacrifice our way of life,” he said. “We cannot let ourselves be divided by religion because that’s exactly what the terrorists want. We should never do their work for them. And here in the United States, our freedoms — including freedom of religion — help keep us strong and safe.”

Source: Obama Slams Gingrich’s ‘Repugnant’ Proposal To ‘Test’ US Muslims

1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America’s gun crisis looks like | US news | The Guardian

Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive reveals a shocking human toll.

“We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” Barack Obama said after the San Bernardino attack in December 2015.

(Click to see the graph of each incident.) Source: 1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America’s gun crisis looks like | US news | The Guardian


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The African-American Civil War Memorial, Washington, DC.


Ivanka Trump’s rabbi pulls out of the RNC — after he’d planned to lead a prayer against bigotry

One particularly interesting line from Lookstein’s planned invocation reads, “We know that we are living in very dangerous times, when all of these blessings are threatened from without, by forces of terror and unimaginable brutality, and from within, by those who sow the seeds of bigotry, hatred and violence, putting our lives and our way of life at risk.”

Source: Ivanka Trump’s rabbi pulls out of the RNC — after he’d planned to lead a prayer against bigotry

Regretful Trump tried to back out of Pence pick during midnight phone call to aides: report

CNN’s Dana Bash reported Friday that GOP candidate Donald Trump was uncertain about his selection for vice presidential running mate — so much so that he asked his aides at midnight whether there was any way to avoid it.

Source: Regretful Trump tried to back out of Pence pick during midnight phone call to aides: report

‘You should be hung for treason’: Top Trump ally threatens anti-Trump GOP delegate

“You should be hung for treason, Stefani,” Paladino wrote. “There will not be a Republican Party if you attempt to replace Trump. I’ll be in your face in Cleveland.”

Source: ‘You should be hung for treason’: Top Trump ally threatens anti-Trump GOP delegate

Black Lives Matter activists: FBI told them not to protest at GOP Convention | The Independent

“I think the FBI should be more concerned with investigating and dissuading the known white supremacists and people with ties to known terrorist organisations from attending the convention, versus trying to intimidate people who are speaking out against injustice,” Mr. Sinyangwe said.

(Click to read the dull story.) Source: Black Lives Matter activists say FBI told them not to protest GOP Convention | Americas | News | The Independent

A Two Part Descriptive Theory of Racism

Part One

(Clip and save.) Simply put: racism is a complex system! It is more than just a lack of empathy, name-calling, labels and put-downs–or imagined slights, grievances, jokes, reverse racism, or the product of political correctness.

Racism is global and situation-specific, it is “milieu control.” Adaptable, flexible, and multi-layered; it has psychological, social, symbolic and institutional elements; it has interpersonal roles and communication forms for conflict and consensus; it has a changing set of threats, punishments and rewards; its ideology of loyalty focuses on sex (less so today), power and wealth.

Racism focuses on both the social order and the economy. It uses authority to structure society according to racial privilege as it enriches its designated benefactors. Racism uses denial to defend the system. Denial blames its victims, always arguing that the evils of the system are their fault, the consequence of behavior flaws embedded by race, holding victims accountable while resisting their movement for change. It intensively resists the “other.” It deflects change and conserves the status quo.

An overlooked element of racism is its use of unspoken rules to foster conformity–to create matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors within different groups to heighten tension and conflict. Racism’s group think of self-deception internalizes certain norms about status, merit, and compliance; media amplifies and transmits its social impact.

Part Two

Racism evolved out of American slavery, into organized violence and suppression during Reconstruction; into lynching (3,400) and group white violence (Tulsa, Rosewood, FL, Cincinnati) and sun-down towns and residential segregation in the early 20th century. It enforced segregation and economic discrimination (sharecropping), then turned to strategies to block power sharing (gerrymandering, altering voting laws, election fraud, misinformation campaigns, disenfranchisement).

Racism created economic displacement (America’s inner cities without grocery stores, good schools or jobs!), and currently uses institutional assaults by government (Ferguson’s fine collections, Flint water poisoning, stop and frisk) to skew the political economy by leveraging race. Racism is not measured by statistics; in fact, statistics are often used to deny racism. The state only needs to exercise a few examples to promote fear as it denies its guilt, while claiming it is carrying out its obligations.

Changing hearts is not enough. (Nor is education! Some of America’s most impactful racists (John C. Calhoun, Roger Taney, Woodrow Wilson (he segregated govt) were from “good” families and well-educated at Ivy or elite institutions,)

We must finally, centuries later, weed out (rip out!) the tenacious, persistent, immoral system.

Blood on Your Hands, Too



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New York World’s Fair. 1939-1940.