Category Archives: racism

Movies expose racism/discrimination

These are 10 movies that need to be seen and discussed. 

Ten of the most powerful movies that deal with the issues of slavery, racial discrimination and overall hatred in America. Some of these clearly demonstrate the struggle black Americans have faced as they have sought equality and justice in American society. Persons wishing to learn about this part of American History, should take time to view these movies throughout the year.

Hidden Figures (2016)
This movie related the story of extra-ordinary female African-American mathematicians who played a key role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program and faced all forms of discrimination and racism.

Selma (2015)
It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

12 Years A Slave (2014)
Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in Louisiana for 12 years before his release. He was assisted by a member of the Quakers.

#41 – Story of Jackie Robinson (2013)
Story of the racial integration of American professional baseball player Jackie Robinson, whose jersey was number 42. Details the history of racism that he paid to integrate baseball in America.

The Butler (2013)
Movie about Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), chief Butler for 8 presidents. As a child he witnessed the rape of mother and the killing of his father in America’s cotton fields.

Red Tails (2012)
A historical perspective of the famous Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. Forced into a segregated unit, these incredible Black pilots became one of America’s best fighter unit.

The Help (2011)
Life stories of Black maids in the South. The movie tells the narrative from the point of view of the maids who serve white families.

Crash (2004)
This movie about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described “passion piece” for Haggis, Crash was inspired by a real-life incident, in which his Porsche was carjacked outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard in 1991

 

Remember the Titans (2000)
Depicts the true story of Herman Boone, African American coach, played by Denzel Washington, and follows Coach Boone as he tries to introduce a racially diverse team at the T. C. Williams High School in the city of Alexandria, a suburb of Washington, D.C. in 1971

Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994)
Minister at Ebenezer Church who was replaced by MLK, Jr. Deacons let Johns go for a less radical preacher.

The Rosa Parks Story
Story of Rosa Parks, seamstress, whose peaceful defiance led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the end of in the south.

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What is Reverse Racism?

This is a great explanation about the meaning of “reverse racism.” Take a few minutes to watch and contemplate.

The Racist History of Soap in USA

College students React to 1940s video about Racism

Have attitudes about race changed in America in the last 70 years? Take a look.

KKK Established in Pulaski, Tennessee 1866!

http://spartacus-educational.com/USAkkk.htm

Emmitt Till Killed in 1955

Please listen and read.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-death-of-emmett-till?cmpid=email-hist-tdih-2017-0828-08282017&om_rid=d0f18f96fed3e7a52308d75aaaa17f9a6e95626f6272a411702f75082377e14a&om_mid=231440959&kx_EmailCampaignID=14393&kx_EmailCampaignName=email-hist-tdih-2017-0828-08282017&kx_EmailRecipientID=d0f18f96fed3e7a52308d75aaaa17f9a6e95626f6272a411702f75082377e14a

How to Race Bait by Mathew Cooke

Excellent way to learn about racism and the institution of slavery!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WHPGL_wBaM&list=PL0S8JYG95_lphaPreENTSu3TGxlmydbdr

Blame the victims for Slavery?

slavery - CopyIt does no good to assign blame to others regarding slavery. The fact that it was institutionalized for profit speaks for itself. What do you think?

http://www.uhurusolidarity.org/2014/09/08/next-time-someone-says-but-africans-sold-themselves-into-slavery-send-them-this-article/

Heirs of Privilege – How Does Racism Work in America?

America was never founded for anyone who was other than White Anglo Saxon, that’s the reality. Or is it? What do you think? Show us the evidence for or against the opening sentence!  Read the article for which a link has been provided below.  

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/06/13/rachel-dolezal-story-lesson-how-racism-works/J8R27qgq2YfDRUuOVhpYGI/story.html

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Does the KKK have rights under the Constitution?

In no way do I support/believe what the KKK stands for. In fact I detest the Klan. However, if other groups are allowed to pass out literature about their beiefs, then under the Constitution the KKK should also be allowed to do so.  Individuals have the right to refuse to take the literature.

http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2014/12/kkk_loses_lawsuit_over_handing_leaflets_to_drivers_in_missouri_town.phpKlan photo

Ferguson’s Two separate realities? Or just “out of sight, out of mind?”

Dependng on which ethnic group, it seems that the residence of Ferguson, Missouri have been living in two separate realities, as is the case in far too many American cities. Please take a few to read this article. Ask questions? Seek answers? Propose solutions.

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/06/theres_a_hunger_to_deny_that_race_matters_the_new_segregation_and_white_americablack_america_divide/

 

Author Jan Wahl Still Sees Children as Our Greatest Hope

I had an opportunity to chat with one of my favorite children’s authors, Jan Wahl, from Toledo, Ohio. He was born on April Fool’s Day, sometime during the 1930s.

As is my tradition, while chatting with Jan, I was actually interviewing him because I wanted to know him better. He has written over 100 children’s books, many are already out of print.  Jan lived in Mexico and Denmark. He collects Mickey Mouse objects, and wears a Mickey Mouse watch. He is sometimes referred to as Dr. Mouse, apparently a name given to him by a child. He attended the University of Michigan.

I first met Jan Wahl when our no longer in existence organization, Cambios, brought him to read to children in a couple of our Lenawee County public schools. We purchased about 100 copies of his book The Candy Shop, a book that dealt with “racism” and how children find ways to deal with it.  The book was donated to every elementary in the county, and the public libraries. A few years ago, Alexander Elementary school brought Jan to read to students, at my recommendation.

I asked Jan to tell me which was his favority book (of the over 100 he had written). He thought for about a second and responded How the Children won the War!  He added that he still believes that children may have the solutions to our problems.  Jan gave me a copy of this book several years ago and I plan to pass it on to my great neice, Madeline, because I too think that the children will find the solutions.

I look forward to reading his new publication The Long Tall Journey, to be released in the fall.

This is a link with a book list http://www.paperbackswap.com/Jan-Wahl/author/

N-Word and No one speaks

N-Word and No one speaks