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Jesse Williams On Shooting of Ferguson Teenager Michael Brown

http://youtu.be/RDU8Bk9jc-s Jesse Williams talks to CNN about the shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri on Sunday. Here are a few excerpts from his on the situation: "I think we have to talk about the narrative and make sure we’re starting at the beginning. You will find that people doing the oppressing often want to start the narrative at a convenient point,” Williams said. “This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the heat for four hours in the sweltering heat. “I know plenty of white kids that steal stuff from convenience stores,” Williams continued in response to allegations that Brown stole cigars moments before his murder by law enforcement. “There is this idea that every time a black person does something they automatically become a thug worthy of their own death.” “The rest of us are not treated like human beings. Period,” the actor said. “That needs to be discussed. That is the story.”
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WATCH THIS: Compton Cowboys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86Ugg7tEH5Q Blindie loves this article and video about the Compton Junior Posse, an equestrian program designed to keep kids off the street. As featured on Good's website: Compton, a city on the south side of Los Angeles, is a notoriously difficult place to grow up. As birthplace to many of the gangs that put "gangsta" in "gangsta rap," the city has for decades been plagued by violence, drugs, and other crimes that make life hard for everyone—particularly young people, who are recruited and pressured to join in on all the illicit activity. In response to the allure of gangs, a number of organizations both big and small have popped up to try and keep children off the streets and out of gangs. But there's only one doing it on horseback. Founded in the late 1980s on a small plot of land called Richland Farms, the Compton Junior Posse is a program that, in its own words, "keeps kids on horses and off the streets." The posse teaches equestrian skills to children of all ages in an effort to help them avoid the pitfalls of youth. In the process, it's kept a lot of kids out of trouble and caused a lot of Angelenos to do double-takes—it's not every day you see a cowboy riding around the streets of L.A. Meet the Compton Junior Posse in their mini-doc above!
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DID YOU KNOW?: Black Teens Have Lower Rate of Drug Use Compared to Whites

A study found that Black and Asian teens have the lowest rate of drug use, so why are black teens arrested for drugs nearly three times more than whites? Could it be that black teens are portrayed as drug-addled hoodlums in the media? Here is an article Good published on the matter: A study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatrysays that black and Asian teens are less likely to use drugs and alcohol than white people their age. In a survey of more than 72,000 young people conducted by Dan Blazer, a psychiatry professor at Duke Medical Center, 39 percent of white teens and 37 percent of Latinos reported having abused substances in the past year, compared to 32 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Asians. When it came to drugs alone, 20 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks, and 12 percent of Asians reported using. Blazer called the relatively low rate of substance abuse among black juveniles "surprising": "The public perception is that that’s not the case," he said. Also surprised should be American police, who continue to arrest black kids for drug use at far greater rates than whites. Consider this chart from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice: arrestchart In the 1990s, the juvenile black drug arrest rate was nearly three times that of whites, and in 2008 it remained almost double. The fact is that cops bust blacks kids markedly more for a crime they commit slightly less often. This is especially unfair because petty drug offenses are how thousands of black kids per year end up in the U.S. justice system. Their criminal records then haunt many of them for the rest of their lives, ruining their employment and educational opportunities and all but forcing them to turn to more crime to stay afloat. We've argued before that America's nonsensical drug laws leave a lot to be desired when compared with those of other Western nations. But when police don't enforce those laws evenhandedly, they go from being just nonsense to racist as well.
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WATCH THIS: Tokens battle for white friends

Watch this hilarious Funny or Die video Token! Kulap Vilaysack is a scream as a self-described "token" amongst her white friends, or as she calls it, "a fleck of yellow in a sea of white" until she meets their other friend played by Brandon Johnson -the black token. But Vilaysack is not about to lose her reign and warns him, "this is a one token town. ONE. So time for you to Bell Biv and GO!"
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Long Island Paper Depicts Obamas as Sanford and Son, Calls it “Satire”

New York's Long Island weekly newspaper, Smithtown Messenger, published a photo spread entitled "Before and After" of the past five presidential couples and the Obamas at the beginning and end of their respective presidential terms. The piece would've been clever had not the paper chosen to depict the Obamas "after" as Esther (LaWanda Pages) and Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) from the early 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son. After accusations of racism, publisher Phillip Sciarello defended the piece as satire but said the newspaper would run a retraction in its next edition. The NAACP's Long Island regional director Tracey Edwards described the piece as "despicable and disrespectful. If this was intended as satire, it misses the mark." Hazel N. Dukes, president of the state NAACP conference said in a statement on Wednesday, "it is simply shocking and outrageous that such a blatantly racist ad would run in any paper, much less an official paper of Suffolk County," Dukes said. "New Yorkers of all races and ethnicity are disgusted by it and reject it." If satire is meant to be witty, even ironic, or at least exaggerate a bit of truth, Blindie thinks that the Smithtown Messenger definitely missed the mark -Esther is not Fred Sanford's wife but his bickering sister-in-law and the only similarities between them and the Obamas is their race. The satire relies upon the stereotype that black people are of a depressed economic class, bicker frequently, and are generally comedic because of that.
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Dutch Model Lara Stone Dons Blackface for French Vogue

In the never-ending, broken record saga of blackface as an art form, Dutch model Lara Stone is the latest white person to dip into the shoe polish. Stone's face, arms and legs were painted in dark make-up to resemble what we can all assume to be a black person. French Vogue's editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield styled the shoot, and is rumored to be next in line as editor-in-chief at the American Vogue.
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Harry Connick Jr. Schools Clueless Australians About Blackface

Harry Connick Jr. appeared as a guest judge on the Australian television show Hey Hey Hey it's Saturday and spoke out against a shameless blackface performance that was billed as a "tribute" to Michael Jackson by the "Jackson Jive." Speaking not as a white American but as an American, Connick expressed his disapproval to the blackface jive saying, "we've spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons that when we see something like that, we take it really to heart..." We can't figure out what's more outrageous -that the host apologizes to Connick for offending him (not black people), that the entire Jackson Jive troupe are now (supposedly) highly educated and are doctors, or that Jive did the same routine on the same show 20 years ago AND WON!
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Jesse Williams On Shooting of Ferguson Teenager Michael Brown

http://youtu.be/RDU8Bk9jc-s Jesse Williams talks to CNN about the shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri on Sunday. Here are a few excerpts from his on the situation: "I think we have to talk about the narrative and make sure we’re starting at the beginning. You will find that people doing the oppressing often want to start the narrative at a convenient point,” Williams said. “This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the heat for four hours in the sweltering heat. “I know plenty of white kids that steal stuff from convenience stores,” Williams continued in response to allegations that Brown stole cigars moments before his murder by law enforcement. “There is this idea that every time a black person does something they automatically become a thug worthy of their own death.” “The rest of us are not treated like human beings. Period,” the actor said. “That needs to be discussed. That is the story.”
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WATCH THIS: Compton Cowboys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86Ugg7tEH5Q Blindie loves this article and video about the Compton Junior Posse, an equestrian program designed to keep kids off the street. As featured on Good's website: Compton, a city on the south side of Los Angeles, is a notoriously difficult place to grow up. As birthplace to many of the gangs that put "gangsta" in "gangsta rap," the city has for decades been plagued by violence, drugs, and other crimes that make life hard for everyone—particularly young people, who are recruited and pressured to join in on all the illicit activity. In response to the allure of gangs, a number of organizations both big and small have popped up to try and keep children off the streets and out of gangs. But there's only one doing it on horseback. Founded in the late 1980s on a small plot of land called Richland Farms, the Compton Junior Posse is a program that, in its own words, "keeps kids on horses and off the streets." The posse teaches equestrian skills to children of all ages in an effort to help them avoid the pitfalls of youth. In the process, it's kept a lot of kids out of trouble and caused a lot of Angelenos to do double-takes—it's not every day you see a cowboy riding around the streets of L.A. Meet the Compton Junior Posse in their mini-doc above!
Read More

DID YOU KNOW?: Black Teens Have Lower Rate of Drug Use Compared to Whites

A study found that Black and Asian teens have the lowest rate of drug use, so why are black teens arrested for drugs nearly three times more than whites? Could it be that black teens are portrayed as drug-addled hoodlums in the media? Here is an article Good published on the matter: A study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatrysays that black and Asian teens are less likely to use drugs and alcohol than white people their age. In a survey of more than 72,000 young people conducted by Dan Blazer, a psychiatry professor at Duke Medical Center, 39 percent of white teens and 37 percent of Latinos reported having abused substances in the past year, compared to 32 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Asians. When it came to drugs alone, 20 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks, and 12 percent of Asians reported using. Blazer called the relatively low rate of substance abuse among black juveniles "surprising": "The public perception is that that’s not the case," he said. Also surprised should be American police, who continue to arrest black kids for drug use at far greater rates than whites. Consider this chart from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice: arrestchart In the 1990s, the juvenile black drug arrest rate was nearly three times that of whites, and in 2008 it remained almost double. The fact is that cops bust blacks kids markedly more for a crime they commit slightly less often. This is especially unfair because petty drug offenses are how thousands of black kids per year end up in the U.S. justice system. Their criminal records then haunt many of them for the rest of their lives, ruining their employment and educational opportunities and all but forcing them to turn to more crime to stay afloat. We've argued before that America's nonsensical drug laws leave a lot to be desired when compared with those of other Western nations. But when police don't enforce those laws evenhandedly, they go from being just nonsense to racist as well.
Read More

WATCH THIS: Tokens battle for white friends

Watch this hilarious Funny or Die video Token! Kulap Vilaysack is a scream as a self-described "token" amongst her white friends, or as she calls it, "a fleck of yellow in a sea of white" until she meets their other friend played by Brandon Johnson -the black token. But Vilaysack is not about to lose her reign and warns him, "this is a one token town. ONE. So time for you to Bell Biv and GO!"
Read More

Long Island Paper Depicts Obamas as Sanford and Son, Calls it “Satire”

New York's Long Island weekly newspaper, Smithtown Messenger, published a photo spread entitled "Before and After" of the past five presidential couples and the Obamas at the beginning and end of their respective presidential terms. The piece would've been clever had not the paper chosen to depict the Obamas "after" as Esther (LaWanda Pages) and Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) from the early 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son. After accusations of racism, publisher Phillip Sciarello defended the piece as satire but said the newspaper would run a retraction in its next edition. The NAACP's Long Island regional director Tracey Edwards described the piece as "despicable and disrespectful. If this was intended as satire, it misses the mark." Hazel N. Dukes, president of the state NAACP conference said in a statement on Wednesday, "it is simply shocking and outrageous that such a blatantly racist ad would run in any paper, much less an official paper of Suffolk County," Dukes said. "New Yorkers of all races and ethnicity are disgusted by it and reject it." If satire is meant to be witty, even ironic, or at least exaggerate a bit of truth, Blindie thinks that the Smithtown Messenger definitely missed the mark -Esther is not Fred Sanford's wife but his bickering sister-in-law and the only similarities between them and the Obamas is their race. The satire relies upon the stereotype that black people are of a depressed economic class, bicker frequently, and are generally comedic because of that.
Read More

Dutch Model Lara Stone Dons Blackface for French Vogue

In the never-ending, broken record saga of blackface as an art form, Dutch model Lara Stone is the latest white person to dip into the shoe polish. Stone's face, arms and legs were painted in dark make-up to resemble what we can all assume to be a black person. French Vogue's editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield styled the shoot, and is rumored to be next in line as editor-in-chief at the American Vogue.
Read More

Harry Connick Jr. Schools Clueless Australians About Blackface

Harry Connick Jr. appeared as a guest judge on the Australian television show Hey Hey Hey it's Saturday and spoke out against a shameless blackface performance that was billed as a "tribute" to Michael Jackson by the "Jackson Jive." Speaking not as a white American but as an American, Connick expressed his disapproval to the blackface jive saying, "we've spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons that when we see something like that, we take it really to heart..." We can't figure out what's more outrageous -that the host apologizes to Connick for offending him (not black people), that the entire Jackson Jive troupe are now (supposedly) highly educated and are doctors, or that Jive did the same routine on the same show 20 years ago AND WON!
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