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Rethinking How We Teach About Slavery

In New York City, Trinity Church is organizing a theological conference scheduled for January 2016 that will examine "racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change." In preparation for the conference, Trinity is producing a video examining its relationship with slavery and the slave trade during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

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Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon's founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the American west.

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By: Melanie Cunningham Food Inequality is one issue amongst many of the discriminatory practices that are not receiving national attention (e.g. police bruBy: Melanie Cunningham Food Inequality is one issue amongst many of the discriminatory practices that are not receiving national attention (e.g. police brutality, cultural appropriation, and more recently the Flint Water Crisis). In many low-income areas, food options for Black residents include carry-outs, corner stores, and fast food…

PP: Sometimes I think White America thinks anti-racism means anti-white. If the playing field was balanced, maybe. But it's not. It's like saying, "I have a field, you have a field. You should shut up and grow your crops like me." Except, the other guy doesn't have farming equipment and the soil is poor. He's already behind before he even starts. Now, flip it around. The results would be no different if whites were behind other races. White riots and looting would ensue.

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This is great for discussing the impact of historical racism. The video gives "Affirmative Action" as the answer, but I think that opens the doors for discussions of other approaches as well.

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Kim TallBear on Twitter: "Playing Indian is colonialism, structural racism that appropriates & controls identity (like bones, land, DNA). Indigenous folks say "Stop!""

'The Whipping Post' _this structure was one of the tools frequently used in many Southern states to torment and demean Black men publicly, but this lesson in history is one of significance. Every generation is given a paradigm to follow, can you imagine what these youngsters are learning on this particular day

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For the first time in Mexico's national history 1.38 million Afro-Mexicans are being recognized for their Afro-ancestry by the government. Mexico is home to a diverse population, but national censuses have excluded documentation of African lineage since the Mexican Revolution of 1910. For 95 years, the national identity for Mexico was "mestizaje," a term that only acknowledges interracial descendants of colonizers and indigenous communities, and ignores the role of African slaves in…

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