Beyond Dialogue: What We Can Do To Stop Police Violence


What can actually be done about implicit racial biases, especially in policing?


The policy is as simple as it is ingenious: Whenever possible, the police officer pursuing a suspect cannot be the same officer to apprehend a suspect or use force.”


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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Says What He Thinks About Race and Oppression


When you press play it should jump to around the 1:01:00 mark where Tyson answers a question for about 4 or 5 minutes.



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Thank you to @TheCharlesiWas for sharing this.

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The Model Minority is a Lever of White Supremacy


“According to the myth we’re also less prone to criminality, more family-oriented, harder working, less egocentric, more cooperative, and less mouthy, making us ideal employees. That is, of course, as long as we don’t aspire to management. Lei Lai, an assistant professor at Tulane University, found that Asian Americans have the lowest probability of promotion to managerial positions among all non-whites, and in part for being stereotyped as having some of the same characteristics – being quiet and unassertive, among others – that lead many to call us model minorities, begging the question, is the model for the racial minorities America wants just submissive, put up or shut up robots?

So let’s cut through some of the fairy dust here. Asian Americans do have higher median family incomes than all others by race. However, that’s because Asian American families tend to include more incomes. Our per capita incomes still lag behind that of whites. Asian Americans also tend to be clustered in coastal cities where median incomes are higher, skewing that statistic even further. Even the supposed higher than average educational attainment level of Asians doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny. When it comes to the percentage of adults without high school diplomas, the Hmong, Chinese, Laotians, Vietnamese, and Cambodians in the U.S. all exceed the national average of 19.6%, with the Hmong on the extreme end of disadvantage at 59.6%

The reality is that very little unites Asians other than the fact that non-Asians have decided we are a race, and an often hated one, and have treated us as such, whether we like it or not.

The myth provides a smokescreen for one of the most fundamental contradictions of U.S. democracy – our ideal of liberty and equal rights, and our history of slavery and enduring legacy of white supremacy – and allows our policy makers to avoid the systemic reforms that are necessary to address that contradiction.”



Community Village‘s insight:


Loving racial justice brings us to uncover the propaganda (the comparing and judging of some races against other races) that feeds racism.


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“Suspicion Nation” – Addressing the Critics; Re: Maddy


“… Maddy, I can understand you more now as a person, but I still don’t like that you changed your vote. There, I said it.  Does that mean that I hate you?  No.  Does it mean I have no respect for you as a person?  No. If I were to meet you, I would want to sit and hear about everything you experienced in Seminole County.  I think we might have something in common moving away from our hometown within our hometown, to find that people in other parts of this great nation are not welcoming to “outsiders.”


I would tell you that our brains process what our guts tell us.  Example?  When you were mocked and demeaned, did you first feel it in your gut, or your brain?  It took your brain time to discern that the women were not laughing with you, but at you. If your gut hadn’t processed their motivation, your brain would not have discerned it.

So, what is the problem that the anti-Trayvon Martin camp has with Maddy and Lisa Bloom’s interview of her?  They allege that Maddy told Reverend Sharpton on his Politics Nation program, that she had not been bullied.


Thankfully, that interview is on Youtube.  Reverend Sharpton said that there are those who question what happened in the jury room.  Did people pressure people?  Were people bullying Maddy?  He asked her directly, “Were you bullied, Maddy?” Maddy hesitated.  She started her answer with “we.” She stopped again, and when she continued stated, “I can’t say I was bullied.”


As she continues, she goes back and repeats what she has always contended; i.e., that the way the law was read to her, she could not say that Zimmerman was guilty.


What I see in Maddy’s interview on Politics Nation, and her interview with Lisa Bloom, is that Maddy speaks of two distinct times.  She tells Lisa Bloom what happened BEFORE the jury deliberated and it was at that time when she was bullied.   By the time that the jury deliberated, two of the jurors had already re-defined Maddy in her person to believe that she was not educated and intelligent enough to understand anything presented to the jury at trial, neither the jury instructions, nor the law to in which to apply the facts.  By the time of jury deliberations, there was no further need to bully Maddy.  She was already intimidated…”

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“Breaking out the data this way provides an opportunity to explore the structural reasons for this gap, like employment and education opportunities or barriers and immigration history. ”



Community Village‘s insight:


Asian data is missing before 1987 or so. That’s due to the U.S. Asian population not being large enough before then to be ‘statistically significant’. The reason for the low Asian population is due to the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924 and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.


Immigration policies are no longer based on race. They now prefer the highly educated, which explains the higher income.


If the U.S. would implement low cost public higher education it would level out this income gap over time.


The U.S. benefits from the educational infrastructure of other countries. The U.S. uses (im)migrant brains without making the investment in education for it’s own citizens.

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Why crime statistics cannot be trusted – in two charts

AKA: Racism is not dead – in two charts: Black Americans use marijuana a bit more than Whites: Yet are way more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession: Also notice that the rise in arrest r…

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A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure

The glossy images on admissions brochures don’t always paint an accurate picture of campus diversity — which could lead some students to show up at very different colleges than they’d imagined.


Community Village‘s insight:


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When Images Of Diversity Don’t Match Reality


“The majority of schools, Pippert reports, “provided images of diversity” that were “significantly different than the actual student body.” In fact, the whiter the student body at a college, the more often images of minorities were featured in its publications.”

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Anti-Asian Bias in College Admissions?: Part 1 – An improper comparison

  This post is broken into two parts for the sake of length: Anti-Asian Bias in College Admissions?: Part 1 – An improper comparison Anti-Asian Bias in College Admissions?: Part 2 – In support…


Community Village‘s insight:


My question is, how can we get more students to go to college?


What do we as a culture (U.S. culture) need to provide to our children so they can attend college?

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