This fall, in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, and in the face of the mounting Black body count at the hands of law enforcement, ChangeLab put out a call for a Model Minority Mutiny. We called on Asian Americans to stand up against the model minority myth as an act of self-liberation from a humiliating, trivializing, and dehumanizing stereotype that has, for too long, been used as a justification for labeling Black communities as "problem" minorities, and excluding and criminalizing Black people.
Americans take to the street to protest police killings
Monday, 29 December 2014 16:03
Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – On Saturday Dec. 13, thousands of Americans across the country registered their objection to police officers not being held accountable after killing unarmed citizens, many of them Blacks, by mounting massive demonstrations and rallies, the main one held here in the nation's capital.
A few days before Thanksgiving much of Ferguson, Mo. went up in flames, but the match that lit the torch was struck years before.
Even before the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old, college-bound Michael Brown – the unarmed teen killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson – there was the toxic stench of systematic racism that permeated not only in Ferguson, but in most of north St. Louis County – an area with more than 20 separate municipalities. And for each municipality there is a police force that earns its city millions of dollars in revenue by stopping motorists (particularly Black motorists) at will. And the curiosity of most of these municipalities is while the residents are majority Black, the elected officials and police departments are overwhelmingly white. Ferguson Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes is working to change that.
Monday, 29 December 2014 15:41
Al McFarlane Editor in Chief
Dr. Bernadeia Johnson Wednesday announced her resignation as Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) superintendent, effective January 31, 2015. She said she planned to help with the transition to new leadership through June 30, 2015.
Afrodescendientes: Revel Spirit: Blending two cultures, two worlds into one destiny
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:05
Carmen Robles, associate editor, Afro Descendietes
More than the blending of two cultures and two worlds, Revel Spirits is the blending of an entrepreneurial dream. The crossing of paths for Micah McFarlane, an African-American music producer and promoter and that of Mexican native Hector Ruiz, an executive chef and restaurateur can only be attributed to destiny.
OPINION | Less scrolling and scanning, more digesting
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:41
Bruce Johansen, TC Daily Planet
Tied to our electronic devices, most of us do a lot of scrolling these days: scanning our Facebook newsfeeds and tweets, skimming favorite blogs and online news sources. The result, says Nicholas Carr ("Is Google Making Us Stupid?" and The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains), is that we're losing our capacity to concentrate, contemplate, reflect, even as what we're reading is often purposely kept shorter in response to our shortened attention spans. All of this has consequences for the quality, depth, and tone of the discourse that we can engage in about important matters.