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Originally posted on Abagond:
A “thug” (1810) is someone who is violent with little regard for the law. Like “savage” and “terrorist”, it has become highly racialized, especially since 2009.
Think like a White racist:
- savages = Native American men;
- terrorists = Muslim men;
- thugs = Black American men.
White Americans use these words to stereotype the men of an out-group as dangerous and naturally violent, as lacking morals and empathy. Whites then use that as an excuse to act in just that way towards them: violent, no empathy, no morals. Drones, police brutality, genocide.
You can see how racialized the word “thug” has become in 2015. Here is how many web pages use the following phrases according to Google:
- 497,000 “black thugs”
- 88,700 “Latino thugs” + “Hispanic thugs”
- 87,100 “white thugs”
- 8,520 “Asian thugs”
- 3,440 “ray rice is a thug”
- 6 “charlie sheen is a thug”
Even though Sheen has a much longer history…
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Originally posted on Afroculinaria:
An Open Letter to Paula Deen:
Photo Courtesy of: Johnathan M. Lewis
Dear Paula Deen,
So it’s been a tough week for you… believe me you I know something about tough weeks being a beginning food writer and lowly culinary historian. Of course honey, I’d kill for one of your worst days as I could rest myself on the lanai, the veranda, the portico (okay that was really tongue in cheek), the porch..whatever…as long as its breezy and mosquito-free. First Food Network now Smithfield. (Well not so mad about Smithfield—not the most ethical place to shill for, eh, Paula?)
I am currently engaged in a project I began in 2011 called The Cooking Gene Project—my goal to examine family and food history as the descendant of Africans, Europeans and Native Americans—enslaved people and enslavers—from Africa to America and from Slavery to Freedom. You and I are both human, we…
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Originally posted on Abagond:
Cahokia (fl. 1050-1250) was the largest North American city north of Mexico in 1100. It was as large as Paris or London in its day, or New York in the late 1700s. It had 15,000 to 40,000 people and stood across the Mississippi River from where St Louis now stands. It arose almost overnight, five times bigger than anything for thousands of miles – and then suddenly it fell 200 years later.
Thomas Jefferson knew about it, yet it was little known or studied till the 1960s when the US government dug up part of it up to build an interstate highway. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, one with a billboard for Joe’s Carpet King in the middle of it (as of 2011).
Monks Mound (pictured) is the main thing left. It has stood for a thousand years – yet is built on clay! In a flood plain…
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On Thursday, the MTA board voted unanimously to pass a new round of fare hikes for 2015—starting in March, the base subway/bus pay-per-ride fare will be raised from $2.50 to $2.75, with an effective fare increase of 4.1% across the board. You can see a full list of the changes below (via MTA). [ more › ]
The Magic Numbers To Make The Most Of Your MetroCard With The New Fare Hike
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:10:40 GMT
The Health Department is launching a new ad campaign to remind people that they may qualify for coverage at no cost under the Affordable Care Act.
City Urges New Yorkers to Sign Up for Health Insurance
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 02:48:21 GMT
Sources tell NY1 the city is expected to lift a longstanding ban on cellphones in public schools, allowing principals, teachers, and parents to work out policies for their individual schools.
City DOE to Lift Cell Phone Ban in March
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:01:29 GMT