links for 2010-06-10

  • “What’s really sad is that these disturbing trends, especially on the legislative and state level, come at a time when a Black man sits as president. I have often said that Black power is more feared than Black people, and we are now seeing the response to their fear of Blacks and other people of color gaining more power. Their fear of us gaining more knowledge. Their fear of our children having knowledge (= power)  and a true understanding for who we are.

    “The most insulting part, and I’m speaking directly to the Texas and Arizona messes here, is that do they really think that if they ‘rewrite’ history or cut ethnic studies classes, we won’t teach our children our true history? Do they think we are so stupid that we will actually forget the Civil Rights Movement? The answer is yes. And that’s what really gets me.”

  • “A group of artists has been asked to lighten the faces of children depicted in a giant public mural at a Prescott school.

    “The project’s leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about the children’s ethnicity. But the school’s principal says the request was only to fix shading and had nothing to do with political pressure.

    “The ‘Go on Green’ mural, which covers two walls outside Miller Valley Elementary School, was designed to advertise a campaign for environmentally friendly transportation. It features portraits of four children, with a Hispanic boy as the dominant figure.”

  • “Today, frustrated by plummeting property values and high crime, many diehards have hit their breaking point. Their exodus is consigning borderline neighborhoods to full-blown blight and putting prime residential areas at risk. By some estimates, this year’s Census will show a population drop of 150,000 people from the 951,000 people who lived within city limits in 2000. That would be roughly double the population loss in the 1990s, when black, middle-class flight began replacing white flight as the prevailing dynamic.”
  • “But even overt racism is difficult to prove, because it becomes a ‘he said, she said.’  And people of color only have so much time in their lives and sometimes don’t have the energy to deal with being mocked at a fast food restaurant or being refused service at a lunch counter.  Because racism already takes up too much time and energy, and sometimes we have to pick and choose.  So I think there are a lot more Valley Swim Clubs out there.

    “But here’s what I know to be true.  If civil rights laws were not enacted, market forces would not drive discriminatory white companies out of business.”