Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Apr• 13•18

Assata“The schools we go to are a reflection of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that knowledge will help set you free. Schools in Amerika are interested in brainwashing people with Amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the positions the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect Amerika’s schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant.” -Assata Shakur

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National Geographic Admits To Its History Of Racist Reporting

Written By: Elsie Law - Apr• 04•18

National Geographic April 2018In the April 2018 “special issue” of National Geographic, named “The Race Issue,” the opening letter from the magazine’s current editor-in-chief, explores the racist history of National Geographic.

The editor’s letter contains the following acknowledgments of the publication’s historic racism:

• African Americans were not allowed to be members of National Geographic, at least through the 1940s. (NOTE: National Geographic was established in 1888.)
• For the April 2018 issue, National Geographic got Professor John Edwin Mason to explore the magazine’s archives and make an assessment of the publication’s coverage of Black people. He found that, “until the 1970s National Geographic all but ignored people of color who lived in the United States, rarely acknowledging them beyond laborers or domestic workers. Meanwhile it pictured “natives” elsewhere as exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages- every type of cliché.
The Professor concluded, “National Geographic did little to push its readers beyond the stereotypes ingrained in white American culture.” He states: “Americans got ideas about the world from Tarzan and crude racist caricatures. Segregation was the way it was. National Geographic wasn’t teaching as much as reinforcing messages they already received and doing so in a magazine that had tremendous authority. National Geographic comes into existence at the height of colonialism, and the world was divided into the colonizers and the colonized. That was a color line, and National Geographic was reflecting that view of the world.”
• National Geographic printed a caption under a 1916 photograph of two Australian Aboriginals, “South Australian Blackfellows: These savages rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings.”
• The magazine was guilty of omitting national news that dealt with major injustices involving people of African descent. Referencing a “massacre” that occurred in South Africa in 1959 where 69 Black South Africans were murdered by police in Sharpeville, “many shot in the back as they fled,” Professor Mason states that a subsequent article about South Africa in National Geographic: “Barely mentions any problems. There are no voices of black South Africans. That absence is as important as what is in there. The only black people are doing exotic dances…servants or workers. It’s bizarre, actually, to consider what the editors, writers, and photographers had to consciously not see.”

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The Winnie Mandela Communication Ban

Written By: Elsie Law - Apr• 04•18

Winnie MandelaWinnie Mandela “was one of some 150 people the [South African] government prohibited from leaving their towns, speaking to the press, and talking to more than two people at a time.” – Source: National Geographic, April 2018

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Apr• 04•18

“In two years, for the first time in U.S. history, less than half the children in the nation will be white.” -From National Geographic, April 2018

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National Geographic: Driving While Black

Written By: Elsie Law - Mar• 30•18

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Mar• 30•18

“Distance from the top for blacks varies directly with the discomfort one occasions for those who run things.” -Randall Robinson

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Police Terrorism: The Kill An Unarmed Black Man In His Backyard Edition

Written By: Elsie Law - Mar• 28•18

Stephon ClarkOn March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark, an unarmed Black man, was murdered while standing in his backyard. The young father was killed by police officers who were allegedly responding to a report of someone breaking windows out of cars. Stephon Clark, who was holding a cellphone while standing in his backyard, was fired upon by the Sacramento police.

According to The New York Times: “Video from body cameras and a police helicopter overhead showed that officers shouted that Mr. Clark had a gun, and them fired 20 shots, continuing to shoot after he dropped to his hands and knees.

When officers examined Mr. Clark’s body, however, the only object they found was a cellphone.”

It has been reported that the Attorney General of Sacramento is investigating this shooting of Stephon Clark. If the “justice” received for the too-many-to-count precedents of unarmed Black men, women, and children killed by “law enforcement” is any indication of the level of “justice” that can be expected from the system for Stephon Clark, not much should be anticipated.

Protests expressing outrage for the murder of Stephon Clark has spread nationwide.

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Mar• 28•18

“Apartheid hadn’t been the creature only of racist white Boers but of kindred-spirit American investors, lenders, diplomats, and presidents as well.” -Randall Robinson

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Mar• 23•18

“Part of the fallacy of white supremacy is the setting of whiteness and the norm and everything else as ‘other.’ Have you ever thought about the fact that even though most of this country’s predominately white colleges had racial discrimination as part of their founding principles they are referred to simply as ‘colleges’ or ‘universities’; however, our schools had to be specifically labeled as ‘black colleges and universities’? The same is true for fraternities, sororities, churches, dolls, books, and even Jesus! Black Jesus? I’m still trying to figure that one out since the Bible itself describes Jesus as a black man. Nowhere is this white standard-setting more outrageous than when it comes to history. When the topic is about anybody other than white folks, it has to be labeled: Black, Latino, Native American, etc.; but white folks have been allowed to own ‘history.’ As this planet’s original people, there is no history without us. Further, even when we moved outside of Africa, from ancient Greece and Rome to the Russian Empire to the start of the American Revolution to today, black folks have touched all of humanity’s most significant events. Neither the world nor America would be what they are today without the contributions of people of African Ancestry, let us be clear for once and for all that black history is ‘history.’” -Dick Gregory

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The Perilous Aftermath Of Daylight Savings Time

Written By: Elsie Law - Mar• 13•18

Daylight Savings TimeOn Sunday, many people across the country turned their clocks an hour forward for Daylight Savings Time.

Daylight Savings Time, originally implemented in Germany during World War II as a means to save energy, is currently observed in the United States, except for in Hawaii and Arizona. Reportedly, for the reasons stated below, Massachusetts and Florida have begun lobbying to abandon compliance with Daylight Savings Time.

Researchers have noticed that on the day after people have “sprung ahead” in order to comply with Daylight Savings Times, a spike in heart attacks occur. According to Business Insider, “On the Monday after [the] springtime switch, hospitals report a 24% spike in heart attack visits around the country.” [NOTE: This trend has an opposite effect when people turn their clocks back an hour. Fall Daylight Savings Time coincides with a 21% drop in heart attacks.]

Lack of sleep is said to be the cause of the spike in heart attacks. According to Business Insider, “Researchers estimate we’ll all deprive ourselves of an extra 40 minutes of sleep” due to the “spring-ahead” Daylight Savings Time.

Altering our sleep patterns, even this seemingly miniscule amount of time, can have seriously detrimental health consequences. Therefore, be sure to compensate for the shift in time. Try to go to sleep an hour earlier, or wake up an hour later, until your body adjusts to the shift in time. Consistently giving your body the proper amount of rest is extremely important.

Also, take into consideration that in addition to the heart-attack spike, the sleep deprivation caused by springtime Daylight Savings also reportedly causes an increase of serious accidents, on and off the road.

Be safe and be healthy.

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