I’m racist. I know I’m not supposed to say that. I know there’s a school of thought that black people can’t be racist, but I am. My racism has nothing to do with my use of the word “Wypipo” or “Becky.” It is not related to my reluctance to consume Caucasian potato salad. I’m racist because I live in America. A few weeks ago, late at night, I was sitting outside in my car in one of the most crime-ridden cities in America. I was in a neighborhood that probably wouldn’t be described as upwardly mobile—a black neighborhood. As I was entering an address into my GPS, two young black men, neither more than 21 years old, walked up to either side of my car and knocked on the window. My heart was beating fast as I pondered my options. Finally, I rolled down the window. I knew I had been caught slipping and figured that my only choice was to give up my shit and save myself. I mustered all the bass my vocal cords could offer, put it … [Read more...] about Can the Jewish Community Benefit from White Privilege if They are Targets of White Supremacy?
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While many of the survivors of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been traveling the country organizing support for gun control and to keep guns out of schools, the adults investigating the shooting have reached an entirely different conclusion: arm teachers. Politico reported on Wednesday that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the commission investigating the shooting, recommended a “major expansion” of Florida’s Guardian Program, “which has allowed some non-educators to carry weapons in schools.” Currently, 25 of 67 school districts participate in the program. Earlier in 2018, the state passed the Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which enabled school officials to arm non-educator staff trained as “guardians.” The law prohibits teachers from the training, but Gualtieri’s recommendation asks lawmakers to amend the rule to equip and train teachers with guns. “We … [Read more...] about The Commission Investigating the Parkland Shooting Wants Florida Schools to Arm Teachers
WASHINGTON—A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that underfunded American public schools, most of which lack even the most basic support systems, were producing students who were perfectly prepared for the remainder of their dismal public and professional lives. “We found daily interaction with—if not actual instruction from—a teacher who is inattentive to their needs tends to build a strong familiarity with indifference and neglect, which in turn allows students to transition easily into modern society,” said lead researcher Angela Cunningham, whose team found that grade schoolers experiencing routine systemic disappointment during early education were more than three times as likely to accept drifting through a series of disappointing careers and relationships in adulthood as normal. “Our students will no doubt be ready for the bureaucracy, red tape, and deep sense of resentment that will define the next … [Read more...] about Report: Underfunded Public Schools Lacking Basic Support Systems Leave Students Perfectly Prepared For Rest Of Life
State Of The Nation Welcome to State of the Nation, a five-part series about North Carolina's pivotal role in American history over the past 50 years. The South is not misunderstood. It never has been. Throughout its history, the region has been covered the same way the rest of the nation has been—by people with an agenda, aiming at one end or the other. For all the stomping any Southerner can rightfully carry on with concerning how they’re portrayed in the media, the context for that coverage was informed and shaped by, and reflective of, home-grown assholes. As Southern media has expanded and shriveled, there have been constants, which remain among the dwindling pages of today’s remaining daily print editions. The parties around them have shifted their focus, but the bone-deep racist and sexist tendencies that we so often like to pat ourselves on the back for eradicating have survived, and persist not despite the light shed on them, but because of who directs … [Read more...] about Losing the Lede to North Carolina’s Far Right
State Of The Nation Welcome to State of the Nation, a five-part series about North Carolina's pivotal role in American history over the past 50 years. Norma Rae was a lie. Maybe lie is too strong. And maybe that reference is a bit dated. But still, watching the movie coming up on 40 years later, the message that it wants to sit with you as the credits roll feels more like a half-truth; a prettier lie, then. A piece without a realistic end—there’s not much money to be made in a film with a climax of a mill closing up shop. But Norma Rae exists as a pop-culture historical moment nonetheless, one preserved by the United States Library of Congress in 2011. If you’ve seen the film, you remember one thing, it’s the ending. It’s Sally Field standing atop a table with her “UNION” sign while the deafening looms on the floor are switched off one-by-one in a final, victorious show of support. The union wins the vote by a narrow margin, and Norma ends … [Read more...] about The Murder of Mill Town, USA