Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The “criminal look” « Jewamongyou's Blog

The “criminal look” « Jewamongyou's Blog: "Kiwiguy recently linked to an article in Psychology Today that claims people can ascertain the criminality of a person, somewhat accurately, just by looking at him. Criminals Look Different From Noncriminals Yes, once again, you CAN judge a book by its cover Published on March 13, 2011 by Satoshi Kanazawa"

Monday, March 28, 2011

$20 and not a penny more! - Minnesota GOP seek provisions to eliminate welfare!

Minnesota GOP wants it to be illegal to carry cash if you're poor

Kurt Daudt wants to crack down on cash for poor people

For a political party that keeps harping on Democrats for trying to control people's lives, Republicans in Minnesota sure are doing some weird things. First, they want government to control decisions made between pregnant women and their physicians. Now they want to make sure that poor people never have more than $20 in their pockets. Poor people can't be trusted with cash, it seems.

A bill introduced by Rep. Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) would prohibit people who use EBT cards--government assistance on plastic--from withdrawing cash at ATMs with the cards, except for $20 per month.

We haven't been able to reach Daudt yet, but Angel Buechner of the Welfare Rights Committee is not amused.

"The Welfare Rights Committee would like to state that this Bill, House File 171, is not based in any common sense or fiscal responsibility," Buechner said at this week's hearing on the bill. "It is appears to be based on knee-jerk, ignorant bias and a desire to stigmatize the poor."

The bill (see the text here) would require cashiers to ask for photo ID and prohibit EBT-card holders from purchasing alcohol or cigs.

Steve Gottwalt (R-St. Cloud) thinks $20 is enough for the month
As things stand now, people using EBT cards are allowed to withdraw cash, which works out well for them because a lot of stores don't have EBT hook-ups. If the bill passes, all those stores would have to get EBT connections, or poor people using the cards would have a limit on where they could shop.

We reached Jodi Boyne, director of public affairs for House Republican Caucus, and she confirmed that the intent of the bill is to crack down on public money used for bad stuff--those alcohol and cigs again--and actually, in some cases, at a casino, according to this KSTP news report.

"There is documented evidence that these cards have been used for fraudulent purposes, and it's looking at addressing that," Boyne says.

The KSTP report was the reason Daudt launched his bill--watch this video to see the report--and he is not the only Republican supporting it. A whole host of his fellow GOP-ers have signed on, as you can see here.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nicholas Stix, Uncensored: Cincinnati: Recipe for a Riot

Nicholas Stix, Uncensored: Cincinnati: Recipe for a Riot: "Cincinnati’s riot was in many ways generic. The “Queen City,” as Cincinnati is known, has its own generic (but considerably younger), Maxine Waters-style, racist politician, Councilwoman Alicia Reece. As reported by Jane Prendergast and Robert Anglen in the April 10 Cincinnati Enquirer, Councilwoman Reece demanded, to the cheers of a black mob that had taken over City Hall, and refused to let any white leaders speak, that “Every member of the council, from the mayor on down, needs to be here today. Leadership needs to deal with the diversity that exists in the city.”"

Population drastically declines in Ohio cities - USATODAY.com

Population drastically declines in Ohio cities - USATODAY.com: "Ohio's major cities continued their drastic decline during the past decade, a sign that hard times are not easing in the industrial heartland. By Mark Duncan, APCleveland, among Ohio's top metro areas, saw a drastic population decline in the last decade.EnlargeCloseBy Mark Duncan, APCleveland, among Ohio's top metro areas, saw a drastic population decline in the last decade.Ads by Google3 Credit Scores (Free) Places that once prospered from making things — steel, tires, cash registers, bikes — continued a free-fall that started half a century ago and may be getting worse, according to Census Bureau population numbers released Wednesday."

White flight drives mayoral results | Charlotte | News | Citizen Servatius

White flight drives mayoral results Charlotte News Citizen Servatius: "In a column called 'Charlotte's last white mayor,' Glenn H. Burkins, editor of the local news Web site Qcitymetro.com, pointed out the obvious last week. 'Outgoing Mayor Pat McCrory may well be Charlotte's last 'white' leader,' Burkins wrote, after studying election results. That hits some people funny. When I made the same argument last week, I was called a racist by some callers to my radio show. Burkins, who explained that this was the new reality because Charlotte is 'darker,' probably won't be called a racist because he is black, even though we were saying the same thing."

Minorities now in the majority in Charlotte - CharlotteObserver.com

Minorities now in the majority in Charlotte - CharlotteObserver.com: "Greg Johnson and Judy Galindo have helped change the face - and complexion - of Charlotte. Johnson is an African-American marketing executive who moved back to his home state last summer. Galindo is a native of Colombia who came to launch a Spanish-language paper last fall."

Monday, March 21, 2011


DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF KING?: A REVIEW ESSAY, THE - page 3 Encounter: "Young argues, it had to do with a fear of sexuality:
Deeply buried but intense sexual fear of black males, illustrated by the sexual nature of attacks on black men by whites who seek to control or destroy black aggressiveness, has been a persistent pattern in the South since the advent of slavery. From the systematic destruction of the black family during slavery to contemporary barriers for black males attempting to protect and provide for their families via the imposition of strong societal and economic proscriptions, there is a recurrent theme: controlling black men. The theme was ever-present at lynchings of black men for allegations of rape or for flirtation with white women, and is always evident somewhere in the heavy punishment awaiting black men who assert or advocate the interests of their people. The FBI campaign was very much consistent with this neurotic white Southern racist tradition"

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Radiation level at Japan nuke plant exceeds limit - CharlotteObserver.com

Radiation level at Japan nuke plant exceeds limit - CharlotteObserver.com: "TOKYO A Japanese government official says the level of radiation at a troubled nuclear plant has exceeded the legal limit, underscoring the continuing problems with reactors rattled by Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami."

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

4 Killed in Ivory Coast After Women Honor Dead

4 Killed in Ivory Coast After Women Honor Dead: "ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- In an act of bold defiance, thousands of women converged Tuesday on the bloodstained pavement where seven of their sisters fell last week, even as the army backing this country's rogue leader killed four more civilians."

Raul A. Reyes: Brisenia Flores Was a Victim of Border Vigilantes and Media Indifference

2011-03-08-brisenia.flores.jpegRaul A. Reyes: Brisenia Flores Was a Victim of Border Vigilantes and Media Indifference [huffpo.com] - Compare Brisenia's tragedy to that of another nine-year-old in
Arizona. When Christina Taylor Green was killed in the attack on
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her death led to national
soul-searching over the tenor of our political discourse. Christina was
eulogized in President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address as her family sat with the First Lady.

Or consider the murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz
last year. Krentz was shot by unknown assailants who were believed to
be undocumented immigrants. His death inspired an outcry over illegal
immigration. Politicians invoked his name at Department of Homeland
Security hearings and in the subsequent passing of SB 1070.

I don't mean to take away from the suffering of the Green and Krentz
families. However, Brisenia's death did not provoke anywhere near the
same amount of attention, let alone outrage by politicians and the news

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Black Actresses: Symbols of Our Femininity? « Charcoal Ink

Black Actresses: Symbols of Our Femininity? « Charcoal Ink: "Yet have they come far enough? Everyone remembers that watershed moment when Hallie Berry made her electrifying and heartfelt speech when she won the Oscar for Monster’s Ball. Berry’s acting in Monster’s Ball was first class as was her break-out role in Jungle Fever. What about the women who had come before her? Which actresses do you rate and why?"

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Low-Self Esteem, Bashing, or Just Keepin’ It Real? « Zaire

Low-Self Esteem, Bashing, or Just Keepin’ It Real? « Zaire: "About a week ago Abagond did a post on black women, white men, and the dynamics between the two. Most commenters focused on the lack of romantic relationships between the two groups. The nature of the post led people to comment on black women’s place on the beauty totem pole and whether interracial relationships with white men are an attainable for black women(as if being with a white man is something to “aspire” to, LMAO). A commenter by the name of Chuck speculated that white men (as a group) may be innately less attracted to black women than they are other races of women, and visa versa. While others argued that racialized beauty standards, negative stereotypes, and other non-biological factors were the reason for low number of black female/white male unions"



Mixed Race America: It still matters if you're black (or white)

Mixed Race America: It still matters if you're black (or white): "Despite what Michael Jackson may have sung about once-upon-a-time, I believe it DOES matter if you're black or white.

Meaning, it matters, still, whether you identify as African American or as Caucasian. Meaning, it matters if you benefit from white privilege. Meaning it matters how others perceive you, especially depending on where you are, regionally and contextually (ie: are you in the U.S. South or the West Coast? In a cosmopolitan city or a rural township? Are you in a classroom where you are the only one, and is this a course on 20th Century American writers or African American poets?)"

America's anti-Muslim debate skips the Q.C. | Charlotte | News | The N word

America's anti-Muslim debate skips the Q.C. Charlotte News The N word: "In my travels, when I tell people that I live in Charlotte, I receive mixed responses. Some people say, 'Everybody's trying to move to Charlotte.' Others say they could never live that far in the South because people are racist. Some people are even rude enough to suggest that people in the South are 'dumb,' which they feel free saying to my face. When I tell them I was born and raised in the South, they sometimes say, 'I'm not talking about you.' Really."

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

DRESS’ING UWINNIPEG RED: Aboriginal women across Canada

DRESS’ING UWINNIPEG RED: Aboriginal women across Canada

UW RELEASE - 2011/034


WINNIPEG, MB - The University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s
and Gender Studies (IWGS) in partnership with local Métis artist Jaime
Black proudly presents the inaugural and campus-wide installation of the
REDress Project from March 7-12, 2011. This interdisciplinary on-campus
art & education project aims to raise awareness surrounding the murders
and disappearances of more than 600 Aboriginal women across Canada.

“The installation of the REDress Project is a logical, and timely,
extension of the community-building work that IWGS has been engaged in
over the last several years with organizations such as the Coalition of
Families of Missing and Murdered Women in MB, the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, and the Art Building Community symposium,”
explained Kim Hunter, IWGS Projects and Events Coordinator. “IWGS
continues to focus on the ways in which art can be used in tandem with
education to address the issues that affect our communities.”

Along with the installation of 120+ dresses, IWGS is coordinating free
events in conjunction with the project including daily tours of the
installation, providing educational materials, supporting a movie
screening as well as a panel of speakers. This project is designed to
provide an environment for students, staff, faculty and the general
public to learn through engagement through art, and to provide
opportunities for conversation about the serious impact of this gendered
and racialized violence on all of the peoples of Canada.

REDress Project EVENTS - all events open to the public:
Installation Tours (includes 8 installation locations)
All tours start at escalators, 1st floor Centennial Hall at UW

March 7 - 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
March 8 - 7:00 pm
March 9 - 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
March 10 - 12:30 and 4:00 pm
March 12 - 2:30 pm

Tuesday March 8
Free Cinema Politica screening of Finding Dawn
7:30 pm, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, UWinnipeg (free childcare, snacks and
bus tickets available).

Lisa Michell - advocate, activist and chairperson of the Women’s
Memorial March of MB - will host a discussion after the film. IWGS,
along with Ka Ni Kanichihk's Aboriginal Women Reclaiming Our Power
program (supported by Status of Women and Heritage Canada), are honoured
to support the UWSA, UWSA Womyn's Centre and Gallery 1C03 in the
screening of this important film.

Wednesday March 9
REDress Panel Discussion
12:30 pm, Convocation Hall, UWinnipeg (Free, snacks available)
With REDress Project artist Jaime Black, filmmaker & activist Tina
Keeper, volunteer for Amnesty International and member of the Stop
Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group Lisa Forbes, and artist
Leah Decter.
For more information about REDress events please contact Kim Hunter iwgs@uwinnipeg.caThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 204.786.9921.

UWinnipeg is consistently ranked in the Top-10 in the country on an
annual basis by both Maclean’s Magazine and The Globe & Mail
newspaper. The University of Winnipeg is a leader in academic
excellence, Indigenous education, environmental studies, business, and
theatre & the arts. Find out more by visiting www.uwinnipeg.ca. Follow
us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/uwinnipeg and on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-Winnipeg-youofwcom-Where-You-Matter-Most/40526795732 .

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Bill Cunningham and Jesse Lee Peterson Rant Off About Black America!

Two controversial conservative activists attack Black America. Nationally syndicated talk radio host Bill Cunningham and anti-Black activist Jesse Lee Peterson discuss issues facing Black America.


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