BLACK AND LATINO
What does it mean to be black and Latino in the U.S.? Featuring interviews with Latino actors Laz Alonso (“Avatar”, “Jumping the Broom”), Tatyana Ali (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), Gina Torres (“Suits, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”), musicians Christina Milian (“Dip it Low”) and Kat DeLuna (“Whine Up”), and journalist Soledad O’Brien (CNN), among many others.
To be honest, I didn’t even follow the case. I suppose because a part of me was aware of what the outcome would be. I have to admit I expected at least a manslaughter charge, but no…Not Guilty. Not Guilty? The truth is the whole trail was a sideshow, presented for your entertainment, and now everyone will take to the twitters and tumblrs, facebooks and so on to express their disgust in 140 characters or less, post a gif from a disney movie, of their favorite character crying, or dedicate a digital page to ‘liking’ a soul they will completely forget about next week when the next big mediocre comic book blockbuster debuts. This is of course if they haven’t forgot about him already. His name was Trayvon Martin. You wouldn’t know by looking at the myriad of articles and interviews on the ‘Zimmerman Trail.’ I guess Trayvon doesn’t have the same kind of ring George does on national television.
I am sorry Trayvon…in this moment I feel we have all failed you. You and the young men of color who died before you and those who will die tomorrow without cause, reason, or justice. America had a real opportunity to have that dreaded, terrifying, and revelational discussion about race, history, fear, and shame on all fronts; but in true American fashion we choked and even scoffed at the notion that we are flawed in any way. The pinnacle of social evolution…Post-Racial America! HLN, CNN, Fox, and the whole troop of incompetent tabloid peddling lackeys who have the audacity to call themselves journalists screamed, insulted, caricatured, and belittled for weeks for ratings and a check; only to now await the looming riot they have alluded to on every broadcast, with bated breath and 24 hour coverage.
Trayvon Martin. He was just a regular kid. Just a regular teenager in America. But he was easily made a villain yes… because he was black. Its not a “race card”, or trying to evoke “white guilt,” it is simply the truth. In America when you are black, a man, wearing a hoodie, and named Trayvon, you have a totally different life experience from a white man wearing a button down, named Greg. When you are the latter you fit securely in the American social norm. You arouse zero suspicion, the general public are taught from birth to be comfortable with you. You are invited into everyone’s home, on their television screens, magazines and books, even their daughter’s arms. However, fall out of that social standard and justifying murdering you is as easy as a click of a mouse.
Historically, we know nothing of justice. How dare I assume we’d learn now.
Mr. Martin…my apologies.
Go forth with haste, Peace awaits.
I’ve created these flyers for a school activist project where I bring more attention to the women in history that have been forgotten or ignored. This blog will be an extension of those flyers where I post longer biographies of these women and other bad-ass women like them. Too often women’s achievements have been pushed aside, either by others in their lives, or else by the historians who choose to ignore them. This tumblr is dedicated to celebrating them and bringing their achievements to light!
THE MAN WHO ARMED THE BLACK PANTHERS?
The man who armed the Black Panthers turns out to have been an FBI informant. FBI files, uncovered by journalist Seth Rosenfeld, reveal that Richard Aoki, a prominent activist in the 1960s who was the first to supply the Black Panthers with guns and weapons training, was also an undercover FBI source. A mysterious character who always sported sunglasses, even at night, Aoki was a militant leader of the Third World Strike and an activist with the Asian American Political Alliance at UC Berkeley.
The revelation about Aoki’s role as an informant emerged from FBI files obtained by Rosenfeld and an interview with the FBI agent who says he recruited Aoki. Rosenfeld has spent the last 30 years researching the history of the FBI and radicals in Berkeley for his new book, “Subversives,” published August 21st.
FBI files reveal new details:
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Produced and edited by Ariane Wu
Reported by Seth Rosenfeld
Open to speculation but do weigh in.
50 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
A weekly show hosted by John Green, where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John debunks 50 common misconceptions that most people have about topics such as vikings, exploding birds and peanut butter.
Creating marketing materials for the BLACKGIRLSCODE film && Cannes!
I’m beyond excited and looking forward towards getting this film out there, finding funding for a large expanse of this project. THIS TOO SHALL HAPPEN.
“Black Girls Code will change the world. Founded by Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code is closing the digital divide by introducing young girls of color into the fields of tech. These young girls are our future pioneers”.
Check out BlackGirlsCode.com for more information about the organization!
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Obit of the Day: “Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany”
Hans Massaquoi was very disappointed when his teacher told him that he could not join the Hitler Youth. Massaquoi’s friends had all joined and he was enthralled with the uniforms, the parades, the camp-outs. But Hans’ desire to join was trumped by the color of his skin.
Born in 1926, Mr. Massaquoi’s parents were a German nurse and the son of a Liberian diplomat. He would grow up in Hamburg as the Weimar Republic was collapsing and the the Third Reich was building up.
When he was in second grade, Mr. Massaquoi was so taken with the Nazi imagery that, at his request, his nanny sewed a swastika to his sweater. Although his mother removed it when he returned home from school, a picture had already been taken. (See above.)
Mr. Massaquoi’s family lived in Germany for the duration of the war. According to Mr. Massaquoi’s memoir, Destined to Witness, he theorized that there were so few blacks living in Germany that they were a low priority for extermination. Eventually he would move: first to his father’s home country of Liberia and later to Chicago.
In the United States, although trained in aviation mechanics, Mr. Massaquoi would become a writer for Jet magazine and eventual move to its sister publication, Ebony, where he became managing editor.
Mr. Massaquoi, who passed away on January 19, 2013 on his 87th birthday, was encouraged to write down the story of his unusual childhood by his friend and author of Roots, Alex Haley.
(Image is from Mr. Massaqoui’s collection and copyright of William Morrow Paperbacks via spiritosanto.wordpress.com)
Fascinating story. Fascinating life. And a photo that sticks with you.
Wow. — tanya b.