February 19, 2016 marked the 74th anniversary of the beginning of the Japanese internment camps. Shortly following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the incarceration and forced relocation of 110,000 to 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were US citizens. Incarcerated without trial, they were forced to leave behind their families along with everything they knew and loved. The internment has been determined to have resulted more from racism in the West Coast rather than any military danger posed by Japanese Americans.
Fusion.net compiled a series of tweets by T. Greg Doucette which demonstrate many of the problems black people face in the U.S. court system and why changes never seem to stick.
It is well worth the time to read the 43-tweet story.
Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen, members of the Get Lit organization, perform “Somewhere in America” on The Queen Latifah Show in 2014.
This extensive post by Jon Greenberg has many links to resources on how to be a strong white ally to people of color. “By ‘curriculum,’ I do not mean a unit of study for classroom use (to be clear: this list is separate from my work in the classroom); rather, these resources, inspired by the #Charlestonsyllabus, are for anybody who wants to learn more from perspectives often underrepresented among many White circles.”
Links to these resources will be added to the United Against Racism – NM Resources page.
There are no doubt complexities that come with White Americans working for racial justice. White privilege can lead to a chronic case of undiagnosed entitlement, creating poor listeners, impatient speakers who talk over others, and people unaccustomed to taking orders. Nevertheless, the movement for racial justice needs more White Americans to get involved. And it’s our responsibility to help each other get involved–and get involved productively. I compiled this list to help White Americans do so.
All Lives Matter The 1800’s Edition by Anthony McPherson
A community discussion on Monday, March 7 from 5 – 7pm at the Santa Fe Community Foundation
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution sheds light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history.
If you miss the screenings on PBS, they will be available to watch on-line until March 18, 2016. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Full Film | Video | Independent Lens | PBS