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  • "The quality that hip-hoppers seem to find most enviable in Original Sinatra is his air of stylish menace, and in particular, one much-touted association. 'It’s always good to compare yourself to people you look up to,' Jay-Z told a Swedish TV interviewer last year. 'Pretty much the way he lived his life and the parallels in how he affected the culture is what I strive to do.'”
  • "It's a sign generations of people may have never seen, yet Mark Prior says it's his right to discriminate."'If I've got a problem with you it's going to be on the front of my store,' says Mark Prior. 
    "Prior posted his 'No Negros Allowed' sign after he says he had some problems with black people in the past and needed to make a policy against them. "
  • "And the Vann plantation, like Southern plantations owned by Whites, depended on Black slaves. The Cherokees and four other Southeastern tribes owned slaves—a fact not widely known. In efforts to 'civilize' them, the U.S. government pressed the tribes to adopt large-scale agriculture and slavery.

    "Those tribes, which include the Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws and Seminoles, have resisted acknowledging their participation in slavery. Some African-Americans also have a hard time understanding that history.

    “'In Black American culture, a lot of families have stories about ancestors running away to the Indians for safety,' Miles says. 'So to hear about Native Americans actually owning Black slaves, it really punctures that story—that notion about Native spaces being safehavens. I think there’s some resistance to it.'”

  • "The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has put the oral histories online through a partnership with the Springfield African American History Foundation. 

    "State historian Tom Schwartz says the Lincoln Library is trying to tell the larger story of Illinois, not just the life of the 16th president. He says the oral histories help listeners understand the lives of African-Americans and the contributions they have made to Illinois." 

  • "Nearly 40 percent of black New Yorkers who had held a job previously were unemployed for more than 12 months during the recession and early part of the recovery. That compared with 24 percent for whites, 27 percent for Latinos and 26 percent for Asians. For men aged 55 to 64, 34 percent were unemployed for more than a year."
  • "She and more than 1,000 other Hispanic farmers in Texas and other states sued the U.S.D.A. a decade ago, demanding that the government make reparations and change its ways. Last month, Congress agreed to multibillion-dollar settlements for mistreatment — but with black and American Indian farmers. Hispanic farmers say the government has offered them a laughable sum by comparison."
  • "Christine, a 23-year-old Burmese patient who saw Dr. Rivkin for the injectable rhinoplasty, admitted it was glossy images that made her self-conscious of her wider nose as a little girl.

    "'I liked to read and look through the pictures in beauty magazines,' Christine tells StyleList. 'The beautiful women with Western features always were on covers and graced the pages, which started to make me feel different and insecure.'"

  • "Given the huge platform she's created, this interview presented an excellent opportunity to discuss issues of class and race in a meaningful way. Ultimately however, her final word was to "shop" at Hermes—a very expensive, exclusive global boutique. Again, Oprah leaves us with a less complicated analysis than what we deserved—particularly as her consuming public that was invited (perhaps dragged) into her personal moment where larger race, class, and gender issues should have been talked about in an intersectional way. Instead, race, class, and gender—as identities—were shoved into a (designer!) bag and ignored in favor of a shopping spree."
  • "So, here, whiteness is being used to construct national identities – and national identity is being used to shore up whiteness’ power. There is only one way of being properly Australian, and both non-white immigrants (and their descendants, like me) and Indigenous populations are expected to emulate whiteness and the associated culture. In this country with a strong sense of national identity, there’s a strong, partially obscured sense that whiteness is what advocates of a unified national identity are really going for."

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