Interracial couple and gay friend attacked in Queens, suspected hate crime

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NBC New York – An interracial married couple says they were attacked outside a bar in Queens early Saturday, and that their attackers used racial and homophobic slurs…

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Running from my White-ness

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“What I learned in my grade school days was so sugary sweet that I graduated with the belief that America was the savior of the world and that Slavery was a blight caused by a few bad people wiped clean by the heroic Abraham Lincoln.”

“When I got into college and began to take history and philosophy courses, I started to wake up. Some of the required books led me to read other books that opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of our history and the unfolding America. Beyond that was the enlightening accounts of human atrocities across the globe throughout history.”

“…the way to a more united and equal America is by less separation and more conversation…”

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Community Village: Black Like Me (Book Review)

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What does it mean to be a person another race?The answer to the question would lead John Howard Griffin on a journey through a side of America he had never known about. All he had to do was darken his skin.
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What is The Racial Bechdel Test?

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The Racial Bechdel Test is to PoC presence in the media what The Bechdel Test is to female presence in the media. It tests whether or not a form of media has a strong PoC presence.

The test is important because it shows trends in how PoC’s are not only represented in media, but also how they are portrayed.

In order to pass the test, three requirements must be met:

There must be more than one character of colorAt least two characters of color must have a conversationThe conversation has to be about something other than a white person

That’s it! Just three simple rules. Now let’s see what passes and what doesn’t.”

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Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (9780743294485): James W. Loewen: Books

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“Starred Review. According to bestselling sociologist Loewen (Lies My Teacher Told Me), “something significant has been left out of the broad history of race in America as it is usually taught,” namely the establishment between 1890 and 1968 of thousands of “sundown towns” that systematically excluded African-Americans from living within their borders. Located mostly outside the traditional South, these towns employed legal formalities, race riots, policemen, bricks, fires and guns to produce homogeneously Caucasian communities—and some of them continue such unsavory practices to this day. Loewen’s eye-opening history traces the sundown town’s development and delineates the extent to which state governments and the federal government, “openly favor[ed] white supremacy” from the 1930s through the 1960s, “helped to create and maintain all-white communities” through their lending and insuring policies. “While African Americans never lost the right to vote in the North… they did lose the right to live in town after town, county after county,” Loewen points out. The expulsion forced African-Americans into urban ghettoes and continues to have ramifications on the lives of whites, blacks and the social system at large.”
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Reel Bad Arabs

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How Hollywood Vilifies a People, A powerful dissection of Hollywood’s distorted portrayal of Arabs, from the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest blockbusters.
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