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  • "The eldest son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said Monday if his father had not been killed more than four decades ago, the civil rights icon would be fighting alongside workers rallying to protect collective bargaining rights.

    "I would've hoped we would be in a different place in this nation 43 years after his death. Something has gone awry in America."

  • "We can’t accept that there are places where people aren’t afforded that choice and move from there because we’re too busy having to contend with this element of white populism that rejoices in not knowing things. We spend far too much time dealing with people who refuse to go beyond their front yard – or their citiy’s 'downtown,' even though it is clear that food deserts often are not that far away from the average person – to understand the plight of others, simply because it is not their plight. We spend too much time with people who very well may, in one form or another, subconsciously suppress 'food availability' as a Black issue…. and we all know that that’s a step toward populist acceptance of the idea that 'labeling something a Black issue means that white America doesn’t have to address it.' Y’know, because us Blacks aren’t 'real Americans.'

    "Again, the rejoicing in not knowing things."

  • "Of the African-Americans surveyed, more than 40 percent reported they experienced some form of racial discrimination, and approximately 4.5 percent reported suffering from GAD. About 39 percent of Afro-Caribbeans reported examples of racial discrimination, but only 2.69 percent had ever developed GAD.

    "The experience of racial discrimination, however, was not associated with GAD for Afro-Caribbeans. Soto, who worked with Nana Dawson-Andoh, graduate student in psychology and Rhonda BeLue, assistant professor, health policy and administration, suggested that because Afro-Caribbeans have a different history from African-Americans, they may both define and manage racial discrimination differently."

  • "Joe Johnson and Nelson Liang grew up on opposite sides of the world — Arkansas, USA, and Guangzhou, China, respectively. They’ve ended up working within feet of each other, on San Francisco’s San Bruno Avenue, where they share a view of a rapidly changing neighborhood and a prescription for improving relations between African American and Asian American communities.

    "It’s not exactly rocket science: People need to get to know each other and understand their cultural differences and similarities. Their prescription might seem obvious, but the fact that it springs from their day-to-day, on-the-street experiences gives it weight. And a reassuring sense of possibility."

  • Preach, Arielle!–AJP

    "Any average day in urban America, you’ll find a woman that has a story about street harassment. The cat calling, butt groping, or 'accidental' feel ups that women tend to endure remain an ongoing issue that is a blatant example of gender inequality. It is incomprehensible why grown men can’t manage to talk to women like normal human beings. Yet, it’s more disturbing to see older men cat call women young enough to be their daughters or granddaughters. If you are 50 years old, there is no reason for you to be harassing a woman that barely looks twenty. As child molestation and rape continue to plague our communities, isn’t it time that we 'check' our 'elders' for sexually harassing young women in the street? Or will this form of dysfunction stay buried between silence and nonchalance?"

  • "The raid, which coincides with one of the most concerted government crackdowns on dissent in a decade, sent a chill through China’s burgeoning gay community, which in recent years has grown self-confident despite intermittent harassment from the authorities. Gay activists say they cannot recall an incident in which so many people were taken into custody in one fell swoop.

    "Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1997 and officially removed from a list of mental disorders in 2001 although it remains largely taboo, and invisible."

  • "Love it or hate it, when most people think of metal, they think of white dudes. Even if metal was born from the blues and there are growing scenes in places like Indonesia and Peru, metal’s founding fathers–Priest, Sabbath, Maiden–and most of those who’ve come after have been unmistakably Caucasian. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find out about a small but passionate collection of guys who dressed like doomsday cowboys and listened to Motorhead in the predominantly black, central African country of Botswana."

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  • O’Phylia

    @miga: Whenever men ask me that, I promptly say, “Not old enough, sir.”
    Let them know quick.

  • miga

    Re: Street Harassment by older men towards young girls… THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS ARTICLE.
    Between middle school and the age of 16, the most common question I was asked was “How old are you?” by strange men.

    Once I was hit on relentlessly at work by a customer old enough to be my grandfather, and who reminded me of him until the jerk opened his mouth. Seriously. He tried to chat me up by mentioning his granddaughter who was MY AGE. I told him not-interested, but he used the fact that he was a customer as reason to not leave me alone.

    Random old men make lewd comments, get too close, or tell me to smile, and i’m supposed to accept it because they’re my elders. Bullsh*t.

    One of the worst moments in my life was being molested by a stranger on the street in broad daylight. He got close to me because I was too busy “respecting my elders” to pay attention to the warning signs.

    It’s disgusting how elders can use their privilege and the respect we’re taught to give them to prey upon young women and girls. They should be our protectors, and teachers, and collaborators- not our assaulters.

    • AndreaPlaid

      From another woman who survived sexual violence to you, miga… ::hugs::

      And this:

      It’s disgusting how elders can use their privilege and the respect we’re taught to give them to prey upon young women and girls. They should be our protectors, and teachers, and collaborators- not our assaulters.

      THIS–All day, every fucking day. Thank *you* for saying this!