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Into the Black Creeks Pushing for Tribal Citizenship; Black People Helped Shaped the Muscogee Creek Nation. Now, They’re Fighting to Be Recognized as Citizens of the Tribe Again

Rhonda Grayson is the great-granddaughter of America Cohee Webster, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Rhonda can say America’s roll number by heart: 4661. Rhonda grew up aware and proud of her Creek ancestry, but has not been able to enroll as a member of the tribe herself. In 1979, the Creek Nation re-wrote its constitution to change the citizenship parameters so that only people who could trace their lineage by blood could be members. That meant Black people who were the descendants of the Creek’s enslaved population were removed from the rolls. These people were called Creek Freedmen, and until 1979, they were considered members of the tribe.  Watch the episode from MSNBC here. 

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What Will End Police Violence? (EP. 125)

It’s almost half a year since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer and the country erupted in protest demanding change. It felt like a turning point in many ways, but was it? Since that day, some cities and states have taken steps towards police accountability. The city of Minneapolis voted to defund their police department, Iowa restricted chokeholds, New York repealed a law that kept officers’ disciplinary records secret, and Virginia passed a law making it easier to decertify cops with a history of infractions. That’s just to name a few. But, in many cities and states, the progress has met with resistance like in California where police unions blocked a law that would have allowed officer misconduct to end their service.  A video by ACLU.

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MAKING-VISIBLE: ANTI-BLACK RACISM – WEBINAR 1

We are thrilled that Valerie Brown will be sharing her stories and insight with us as our first speaker for Making-Visible: Anti-Black Racism. Valerie is a Dharma Teacher in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, an international retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC. Valerie envisions lives transformed individually and collectively to foster greater courage, trust, authenticity, and love in action. She offers leadership and executive coaching and consulting, mindfulness training, finely-crafted small group pilgrimages and retreats for leaders, individuals, teams, and organizations to foster personal and professional development and societal transformation.

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“The Police Killings No One Is Talking About”: Native Americans Most Likely to be Killed by Cops

A new investigation by In These Times explodes myths about who is most likely to die at the hands of police by revealing that, compared to their percentage of the U.S. population, Native Americans were more likely to be killed by police than any other group, including African Americans. It also found that cases of African-American police deaths tend to dominate headlines, while killings of Native people go almost entirely unreported by mainstream U.S. media. We speak with reporter Stephanie Woodard, who wrote the article, “The Police Killings No One Is Talking About,” and with James Rideout, the uncle of Jacqueline Salyers, a 32-year-old pregnant mother and member of the Puyallup Tribe who was killed by police earlier this year in Tacoma, Washington.

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As Study Finds 4,000 Lynchings in Jim Crow South, Will U.S. Address Legacy of Racial Terrorism?

A new report has uncovered shocking details about the history of lynchings in the United States and their legacy today. After five years of exhaustive research and interviews with local historians and descendants of lynching victims, the Equal Justice Initiative found white Southerners lynched nearly 4,000 black men, women and children between 1877 and 1950 — a total far higher than previously known. By Democracy Now!

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Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

This film explores the extraordinary life of Howard Thurman, a teacher, poet and in his heart a “mystic,” and proponent of the non-violent struggle for social change. Jesse Jackson, Otis Moss, Jr and others speak about Thurman’s “spirit” being foundational in their lives. Congressman John Lewis calls him the “patron saint” of the Civil Rights Movement. Actor Keith David voices Thurman’s words.

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Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America

Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today. A PBS Special.

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Abena Koomson performs “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes

Poets in Unexpected Places, Union Square, NYC, December 2014

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8 Minutes 46 Seconds –  A Story for Anyone Who Doesn’t Yet Understand Why; by Nick Pezzillo

This will not be an easy film to watch. But for some, it is everyday life. I hope it makes you angry, and makes you think, and it makes you question what you think you know. Because that’s what it did to me while I was making it.  I spent the week and a half after George Floyd died, watching the world explode. The web and all my social feeds were flooding over with so many moments of passionate pain. And then I saw a collage of several Black faces on an Instagram post. Each face, a person killed under circumstances of being Black in America. I began a deep dive into each of their stories, learning about them, and watching the horrific details of the end of their lives. I started downloading all the materials I could and watching the videos coming out daily from the pillars of the Black community and the protests. And then I began to create. I wanted to make a film that would speak to the people like me, the ignorant people not truly understanding what it’s like to walk outside as a Black human in today’s world. Because as an almost 40 white man I was not educated correctly in Black American history. I, like so many, was under the terrible impression that institutional racism was somehow behind us. And I was wrong.

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Video: Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology, by Deirdre Cooper Owens

Deirdre Cooper Owens, an Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY and the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, presents a talk titled “Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology” at UC Berkeley on Feb. 21, 2020. In her talk, Owens reveals the United States’ genealogical origins regarding not only modern gynecology but also the history of reproductive medicine. She explains how the institution of American slavery was directly linked to the creation of reproductive medicine in the U.S. Dr. Cooper Owens provides context for how and why physicians denied black women their full humanity, yet valued them as “medical superbodies” highly suited for experimentation. Engaging with 19th-century ideas about so-called racial difference, Dr. Cooper Owens sheds light on the contemporary legacy of medical racism.

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The Wilmington Massacre of 1898;  by Jeff Horste

I highly recommend everyone (especially the whites) watch this video.  I never knew about the Wilmington Massacre of 1898.  All we can do now is continue to educate ourselves and otheres areound us.  This video highlights voter suppression, the destruction of black communities and the purposeful attempts to erase black history.

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The Search For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women; by Avery Kleinman

Kaysera Stops Pretty Places was 18 years old when she was found dead in the backyard of a Hardin, Montana home. She was a member of the Crow/Northern Cheyenne tribal communities. And her family wants answers and justice, after local law enforcement couldn’t determine the cause of her death. Stops Pretty Places’ story is one of many. There are over 2,300 missing Native American women and girls in the United States, according to a report released last month by the Sovereign Bodies Institute. Native American women and girls also face some of the highest levels of murder, domestic abuse and sexual violence in America. But as The Pacific Northwest Inlander wrote, the members and leaders of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement didn’t need this data to tell them something was happening, and that it was being overlooked by law enforcement.

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Malcolm Jenkins – Addressing Racial Injustice Head-On in the NFL | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins discusses the NFL’s changing attitude on protesting police brutality, the need for more Black representation beyond the players, and why white allyship is so important for bringing Black folks the justice that’s long overdue.

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The Right Way for White People to Address Racial Injustice | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Desi Lydic talks to racial dialogue expert and “white people whisperer” Dr. David Campt about how white people can fight racism in their own social circles.

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The Problem with Wokeness | All About Women 2019

Identity, which is at the heart of wokeness, is often regarded as the most fundamental thing we have. But clinging too hard to your identity can lead to an emphasis on what makes us different, rather than what we all might have in common. 

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Dr. Bettina Love Explains What She Means by a Co-Conspirator; by PMSEDGWICK 

Dr. Bettina Love is a brilliant ed reform leader who has a talent for bringing into crystal clear focus how real change can happen.

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The Most Intense Heartfelt Description Of Racism I Ever Filmed

This interview with journalist, civil rights advocate, lawyer Roger Wilkins was one that I never forgot. I asked him to be straight and honest with me and to speak to his grandchildren in the future, of his experiences. That is exactly what he did, with such intensity and clarity. During this challenging time with the black lives matter movement and police unfairness and the coronavirus pandemic, I thought that I would present Roger’s comments again. I always felt that every student (at any age) should hear Roger to better understand what was experienced by so many Americans during slavery, in the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and, to some extent, today.

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The Economic Legacy of Racism

Why does the racial divide persist between comparatively similar segments of the workforce? If additional education is not the solution to racial inequality, what is? In this interview, Professor Sandy Darity discusses the troubling systemic and psychosocial challenges that have faced black Americans since the formation of the United States…

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Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism

Join us in this training to explore how storytelling can be used to develop concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations actively engaged in anti-racist work. Special thanks to our community, especially Jovelle Tamayo, who has dedicated her time and talent to documenting this workshop series almost since the beginning. 

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Don’t be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks

Created by BCRW and members of Project NIA, this video offers a concise approach to bystander intervention that does not rely on the police.

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Whiteness at Work by Chris Conway

Whiteness at Work is a podcast that seeks to highlight the ways in which systemic racism creates inhumane work environments, produces inequitable economic outcomes, and imposes traumatic experiences on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the United States. We also look at the ways in which cooperating with systems of racism, intentionally or otherwise, dehumanizes and hurts white people. We feature guests who are working to expose the ways in which white supremacy and institutionalized racism exist in organizations and who are offering solutions to these problems that are rooted in the foundations of our country.

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FULL SPEECH: The Rev. Dr. William Barber II Electrifies Delegates

Offers provocative remarks on the Middle East, Black Lives Matter, Jesus. Taped Live at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

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Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of “What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy” and has been an anti-racist educator, and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades.

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Bryan Stevenson Speach on Equal Justice Initiative

Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, spoke to the American College of Trial Lawyers at the 2017 Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Seeing White

Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

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Battalora and DiAngelo: How #Antimiscegenation Created #WhiteFragility

These women answer a lot of questions about the day to day thinking of “white people”.

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Mass Incarceration, Visualized

In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it’s become a normal life event. This Visualization of the Mass Incarceration of Black People Lays Out Some Numbers That Are Absolutely Staggering.

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America’s Original Sin: Slavery Never Ended, It Just Evolved

Wallis told Martin that original sin is not just slavery, but the “deliberate dehumanizing and debasing” of African-Americans and the attitude that “Black lives and bodies don’t matter.”… Saying that “mass incarceration is the current evolution of slavery.”  He also noted that the “deliberate disenfranchisement” of prisoners, gerrymandering, and other forms of voter suppression are tactics used to keep certain “demographics from changing America.”

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Women Of Color Assess The Impact Of The Women’s March

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Ijeoma Oluo, editor-at-large for The Establishment, about how women can navigate feminism and issues of identity. Some women of color question whether and how the movement should go forward. They’re saying that they’ve not been included, and they want white women to meet them where they are.

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Lynching in America – Uprooted,  by The Equal Justice Initiative

Over a hundred years after Thomas Miles Sr. was lynched in Shreveport, Louisiana, his family travels to the South for the first time, seeking answers about a man – and a place – they have never fully known.

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All Lives Matter

Must watch satire on “All Lives Matter”

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Comedian Franchesca Ramsey Explains Exactly Why Racism Isn’t Just a Southern Problem

If there’s one region of the United States with a notoriously bad reputation for racism, it’s the South. But in the latest episode of MTV’s Decoded, Franchesca Ramsey sounds a hearty spoiler alert: Racism is a problem in the North and West too. And it always has been.

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White Privilege Glasses

The mission of Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS)  is to work towards greater social justice. And nowhere is this more needed than in the area of race. To this end, CTS has created a video to shine the light on White Privilege. We believe the racial divide will only change when the collaborative “we” understand the concepts of privilege and begin to identify and correct the systems that advantage one group over the other.

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Victims of Judicial Corruption Kids For Cash Prison Slavery Ring, Pennsylvania

Five thousand children were sold for millions of dollars for personal profit in Pennslyvania in a Judicial Corruption Slavery Racket.  Judges got nearly 3 million in kickbacks in exchange for sending more kids to juvenile detention centers.

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Red Cry: Today’s Genocide in America

Red Cry is an original, feature-length documentary film chronicling the lives of Lakota Elders and Oyate (people) in the face of ongoing genocide against the Lakota by government and corporate interests.

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The Daily Show’ Goes To Whitesboro To Change A Racist Village Seal

At first you may think this was a joke, however it was not. “The seal in question was designed in the early 1900s to illustrate a “friendly wrestling match between village founder Hugh White and an Oneida Indian,” according to the Associated Press, which White won”.  See how politically correct means treating people with respect. 

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 Activist DeRay McKesson School Stephen Colbert on White Privilege

Activist De Ray McKesson was a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday (January 18, 2016), and he pulled no punches in his discussion of police violence and white privilege. The co-founder of Campaign Zero, which seeks to eliminate police violence against citizens, discussed the backlash to the Black Lives Matter Movement and dismissed the idea that the inherent dangers of policing negate the tragedy of lost lives.

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Two Towns of Jasper-Behind the Lens- POV | PBS

Two Towns of Jasper is a collaborative effort between a black and a white filmmaker, with the producers using segregated crews to document the town of Jasper over the course of the trials of the three white men charged with dragging Mr. Byrd, a black man, to his death. This film will resonate with anyone concerned with the divisions that separate one person from another, whether that division is based on race, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or religion.

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MOVE Bombing at 30: “Barbaric” 1985 Philadelphia Police Attack, Killed 11 & Burned a Neighborhood

On the 30th anniversary of a massive police operation in Philadelphia that culminated in the helicopter bombing of the headquarters of a radical group known as MOVE. “ The fire from the attack incinerated six adults and five children, and destroyed 65 homes. Despite two grand jury investigations and a commission finding that top officials were grossly negligent, no one from city government was criminally charged.”

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The Angry Eye, Jane Elliott

Examines institutionalized racism in this country that black people go through every day. This is a video that all people should watch.  The intense and often painful emotions that the exercise provokes shines a hope that, someday, we will overcome the capricious lines that divide us – if only we can learn to accept and appreciate our differences. 

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“The Half Has Never Been Told:” Author Explains How Slavery Powered American Capitalism

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.

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How Structural Racism Works: Tricia Rose

Professor Patricia Rose, Director of Brown University”s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, delivers the inaugural Provost Lecture Series

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Sometimes You’re a Catapiller

This adorable cartoon explains privilege in the most nonconfrontational way possible.

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Tough guys bring the Hood to the ‘Burbs at Christmas- PRANK

What happens when “THUGS” crash the whitest neighborhood in the city?

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Christopher Columbus | Native Americans | One Word | Cut

Native Americans were invited to respond to “Christopher Columbus.”

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 How to be an Antiracist

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it,” writes professor Ibram X. Kendi. This is the essence of antiracism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism. Explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean. This conversation was recorded during the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The week-long event is presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic.

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Healing in Action 2020: A Resounding Call to Grieve, Heal, and End Racism Together

The violence and inhumanity that killed George Floyd serves as a prism for the callous forces of structural racism that have plagued our country since its inception. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation stands with the Black community in this moment – along with all people of color and their communities across the globe – and in continued support of the many partner organizations actively in pursuit of racial equity. Let’s convene to grieve together, begin to heal, and renew our commitment to racial equity and to ending racism. The time for action is now.
Featuring: Reverend Alvin Herring, Baratunde Thurston, Bryan Stevenson, Dr. Celeste A. Clark, Dr. David R. Williams, Diane Wolk-Rogers, Henry Kravis, Isabel Delgado, Jerry Tello, John Legend, Kathy Ko Chin, Keedron Bryant, La June Montgomery Tabron, Linda Sarsour, Michelle Alexander, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Sunni Patterson

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Everyday Racism: What should we do?

 Racism is a business. Its marketing is so successful that even Akala looks sideways at a young black man holding a lot of cash. These racial assumptions lead to ‘everyday’ racism – daily encounters and micro-aggressions. It’s time to recognize the relationship between top-down propaganda and the bias that we all carry. From The Guardian.

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