"Shea processing takes two routes. The raw nuts are sold to Asian oil companies in bulk who extract, refine and sell the oil to Europe for cosmetic purposes. Whereas unrefined shea butter is locally processed, certified organic, graded for purity then pushed onto the world market by upper level distributors. In both scenarios a hefty markup is added with none of the profits trickle down."
“'Poverty pimps, that’s all many NGOs really are,' stated Dr. Samuel Hunter of the American Shea Butter Institute. 'They claim that they are in the villages to help the people when in actuality their application of fair trade versus a living wage is often the biggest enabler of poverty for the women throughout this region.'”
"Asian women in Canada find racial discrimination more hurtful than sexism, according to new research from the University of Toronto's psychology department.
"'We found that Asian women take racism more personally and find it more depressing than sexism,' said lead author and doctoral student Jessica Remedios. 'It feels like a more personal attack.'
"The study is based on a sample of 242 women of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Filipino descent living in Canada. Most were University of Toronto students who have been in Canada for an average of 10 years."
"It is also vital to look beyond Camhs as BME children and young people from particular groups are disproportionately over-represented in systems and situations that are said to have a negative impact on their mental health. These include the criminal justice system, social services looked-after provision, exclusion from school and educational underachievement. Although this information has been in the public domain for some time, little progress has been made to redress the imbalance and inequity."
"The easy answer is that the disparity in coverage is about race and class. Media critics argue that if Caylee had been black, her disappearance and death would never have received as much attention. There were indeed sharp contrasts: Caylee, white, from a middle-income home in suburban Orlando, in the shadow of Disney World; the Jacks sisters, black, from a lower-income Southeast Washington neighborhood besieged by drugs and crime, just blocks from the Capitol."
"Before camera phones there were camcorders, but because of the size people didn’t really go walking around with them. You either had to be in the right place at the right time, or a member of the media. It’s an important moment in history for the black community. Now, we have the power to monitor the police and to document incidents of brutality. It’s funny, because it seems like it’s the camera phones that anger the police, but it also seems like the camera phones are the only things controlling them."
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