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10 Books About Race To Read Instead Of Asking A Person Of Color To Explain Things To You

In today's current political and cultural climate, it's crucial that everyday Americans are engaging in important conversations about race, bias, discrimination, and privilege. For people of color, these conversations are nothing new; they are a requirement in communities where experiences of racism, bias, and bigotry are a part of everyday life. But for many white people who have never been burdened by a system built specifically to keep us down, these conversations can seem confusing, uncomfortable, and awkward, which is makes them even more necessary. If you're not sure how to talk about issues of race in America, try picking up one of the many incredible books about race instead of asking people of color to explain it to you.

If you really want to be a better ally, if you really want to be on the front-lines in the war against racism and discrimination in the United States, you have to take the initiative to educate yourself. It isn't up to people of color to inform or reform white people. As "White people, stop asking us to education about racism," a collective piece from an African American voice on Medium, so clearly explains. "Don’t ask us to provide the information for you. Instead, participate in your own education. We’ve already given you enough of our free labor. Don’t ask us for anymore." https://www.bustle.com/p/10-books-about-race-to-read-instead-of-asking-a-person-of-color-to-explain-things-to-you-8548796
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Jan 23, 2020, 05:40 PM (18 replies)

From now on, I'm going to call Adam Schiff "Cool Breeze"

Because he has got to be the smoothest and coolest muthafuffa in the land ...

Samuel L. Jackson needs to play him in the movie.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Jan 22, 2020, 04:49 PM (1 replies)

I don't hate women candidates. Just this one. And this one. And this one ...


I have no problem with women. My wife is a woman and I have daughters who will likely be wives and mothers of daughters one day. I only had a problem with Hillary Clinton, and my problem with her is completely separated from her gender, and is solely based on the fact that she was so dishonest when compared to other prominent politicians who ran for president. How could anyone vote for such a liar?...

So I’m a perfectly reasonable, women-friendly fellow who is completely open to the idea of a woman president. And I never thought I’d hate anyone as much as I hate Hillary Clinton. But to my surprise, I’m actually starting to hate Elizabeth Warren.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve heard that Elizabeth Warren is a champion of consumers and the middle class who battled the big banks and advocates for economic reform. Nonetheless, she rubs me the wrong way.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed Jan 22, 2020, 08:20 AM (21 replies)

Ayana Pressley looks like a goddess

As a black woman who experienced and understands the depth of black girl hair culture and who has family members suffering from alopecia, I am so proud of and grateful to her.

And while I know beauty is only skin deep, my breath was taken away by her glorious natural beauty.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Jan 19, 2020, 03:25 PM (32 replies)

Presenting this without comment

Because I just don't know wtf to say about it ...

I think Meghan is rescuing Harry

Not the other way around.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat Jan 18, 2020, 03:03 PM (36 replies)

The two Americas captured in one 2-second gif

Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:04 PM (7 replies)

WashPo: Blacks deeply pessimistic about country under Trump

President Trump made a stark appeal to black Americans during the 2016 election when he asked, “What have you got to lose?” Three years later, black Americans have rendered their verdict on his presidency with a deeply pessimistic assessment of their place in the United States under a leader seen by an overwhelming majority as racist.

The findings come from a Washington Post-Ipsos poll of African Americans nationwide, which reveals fears about whether their children will have a fair shot to succeed and a belief that white Americans don’t fully appreciate the discrimination that black people experience...

More than 8 in 10 black Americans say they believe Trump is a racist and that he has made racism a bigger problem in the country. Nine in 10 disapprove of his job performance overall.

The pessimism goes well beyond assessments of the president. A 65 percent majority of African Americans say it is a “bad time” to be a black person in America. That view is widely shared by clear majorities of black adults across income, generational and political lines. By contrast, 77 percent of black Americans say it is a “good time” to be a white person, with a wide majority saying white people don’t understand the discrimination faced by black Americans.

“As a black person, you’ve always seen all the racism, the microaggressions, but as white people they don't understand this is how things are going for me,” said Tate, who said he is the only black male teacher in his school. “They don’t live those experiences. They don’t live in those neighborhoods. They moved out. It’s so easy to be white and oblivious in this country.”

Francine Cartwright, a 44-year-old mother of three from Moorestown, N.J., said the ascent of Trump has altered the way she thinks about the white people in her life.

“If I’m in a room with white women, I know that 50 percent of them voted for Trump and they believe in his ideas,” said Cartwright, a university researcher. “I look at them and think, ‘How do you see me? What is my humanity to you?’ ”

This article raises an important point: for black Americans, the age of Trump hasn't just frustrated us about the direction of the country, but it also has changed how we feel about our place here and how we are seen and treated by our fellow Americans. I fear the social and psychic damage being done to us, not only by Trump himself, but by people we must live and work with whom we no longer can trust or feel safe among.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 07:45 AM (12 replies)

How cool is it that Pelosi appointed an impeachment manager who voted against her for Speaker?

That would be Jason Crow, who I think is now very glad his view didn't carry the day.

Fearless badass women don't hold petty grudges, but just focus on getting the job done.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Jan 16, 2020, 06:19 PM (33 replies)

For Your Consideration: Anthony Foxx for the VP Short List


Bridging the Gap: Secretary Foxx’s Legacy of Choice

By and large, Foxx’s priorities as Secretary of Transportation were predicated on his experiences with local government. As a city council member and then mayor of Charlotte for four years, Foxx was recognized for his attention to the long-term impacts of municipal policymaking. He focused on developing a regional transportation plan that spurred economic growth in Charlotte and addressed transit equity issues.

It was this focus on home rule and equity that set him apart when President Obama was evaluating candidates to succeed former Secretary Ray LaHood in 2013. Foxx’s philosophy is based on choice in transportation – which extends not just to a person’s preferences, but also into their opportunity to choose.

A key theme throughout Anthony
Foxx’s tenure as USDOT Secretary has been expanding options and opportunities in American transportation networks. Foxx strove to engage community leaders, industry, and private citizens across all disciplines to develop right-size and right-fit solutions for pressing transportation issues...

Foxx highlighted the severe repercussions of transit inequity for people of color and impoverished communities, namely access to better jobs, schools, and housing. “Sometimes transportation assets can even improve a neighborhood and bring those things closer to home,” he said, referring to the Ladders of Opportunity project – the keystone of his effort to give Americans the power of choice in transportation.

It sought to bridge the gaps created by 20th Century transportation projects that divided Americans along economic and racial lines while also repairing and replacing aging infrastructure. In 11 communities like Philadelphia and Spokane, USDOT worked with communities and government officials to generate solutions to disjointed transportation networks and alleviate urban partitions created by highways.


Fun Foxx Fact: He was the Designated Survivor for the 2015 State of the Union.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu Jan 16, 2020, 01:07 PM (17 replies)
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