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07/26/2012
Obama Announces First-Ever African-American Education Office

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is creating a new office to bolster education of African-American students. The White House says the office will coordinate the work of communities and federal agencies to ensure that African-American youngsters a...

Son of Baldwin
03/24/2012

Son of Baldwin

For the Unenlightened. And There Are So Many:

5 Tips for White Allies in the Occupy Movement
01/30/2012
5 Tips for White Allies in the Occupy Movement

5 Tips for White Allies in the Occupy Movement

1. Pay attention to who is talking in working groups: Speak less. Take on a role of supporting the development of people of color (POC) leadership in your group. Use progressive stack: a tool that ...

Kentucky church bans interracial couples  | The Raw Story
12/01/2011
Kentucky church bans interracial couples | The Raw Story

Kentucky church bans interracial couples | The Raw Story

A small church in Pike County, Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from most church activities “to promote greater unity among the church body.”

“Though it is clear that these women had no ill intent, it was also clear that they had little cultural awareness or c...
11/16/2011
Mississippi Sorority Recalls ‘The Cosby Show’ By Dressing in Blackface - COLORLINES

“Though it is clear that these women had no ill intent, it was also clear that they had little cultural awareness or competency, and did not understand the historical implication of costuming in blackface.”

Six students at the University of Southern Mississippi dressed in black face to depict the Huxtables at an off-campus 1980s themed costume party.

Warning: This piece may make you uncomfortable and your world a little less comfortable. Razor-sharp writing from one ma...
11/16/2011
A Probable Cause | Content of Character

Warning: This piece may make you uncomfortable and your world a little less comfortable. Razor-sharp writing from one man's quest to make the world right for his former students, and current neighbors.

We marched on Harlem's 28th Precinct to say, Stop Stop & Frisk. We marched on Brownsville's infamous 73rd Precinct to show folks we mean business. Our mass arrests brings Stop and Frisk fully into the legal injustice system where we will expose illegitimacy and illegality.

11/13/2011
derrick bell's rules of racial standing

derrick bell's rules of racial standing

FIRST RULE The law grants litigants standing to come into court based on their having sufficient personal interest and involvement in the issue to justify judicial congnizance. Black people (while they may be able to get into court) are denied such standing legitimacy in the world genera...

Check out beautifully articulated piece by #OWS volunteer on his activism in ending 'Stop and Frisk.' "For years, beat c...
11/09/2011
Our Demeanor | Content of Character

Check out beautifully articulated piece by #OWS volunteer on his activism in ending 'Stop and Frisk.'

"For years, beat cops have been saying that quotas and the business model are an imposition on their proud profession that keeps them from ethically serving the communities in which they work and sometimes live."

Would 2,000 whole white Christian heterosexual American-born gainfully employed males submit to that kind of daily public humiliation? By birthright, do they deserve better?

Check out this incredible literary work. Written from experience, Content of Character contributor, Matthew Ira Swaye de...
11/01/2011
Fairly Activated, I Disobey | Content of Character

Check out this incredible literary work. Written from experience, Content of Character contributor, Matthew Ira Swaye describes his jailing, our education system and 'stop and frisk.

I was arrested Friday outside the 28th precinct. In my police wagon were Americans ages 20-66. The women were in a separate wagon. Professor West and other religious and community leaders were in a separate wagon.

Racial Inequities Live On in Georgia
10/01/2011
Racial Inequities Live On in Georgia

Racial Inequities Live On in Georgia

Twenty years ago this week, Warren McCleskey, an African-American man convicted of killing a white police officer in Atlanta, was executed in the state of Georgia....

Not the best-written but always good to hear about reverse racism. Whatever that is.
09/25/2011
UC Berkeley 'Racist' Bake Sale Demonstration Sparks Outrage

Not the best-written but always good to hear about reverse racism. Whatever that is.

In protest against an Affirmative Action-like bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature, a UC Berkeley group, Berkeley College Republicans, announced plans to host a satirical Increase Diversity Bake Sale, selling racially price-adjusted pastries on campus, according to SFGate. The bake sale is sch...

Check out my friend Sonny Singh Brooklynwala's recent writing on post 9-11 racism. He's a great activist, musician and f...
09/19/2011
Healing the trauma of post-9/11 racism one story (and melody) at a time | Left Turn - Notes from the

Check out my friend Sonny Singh Brooklynwala's recent writing on post 9-11 racism. He's a great activist, musician and friend.

Once the term terrorist attack was all over the headlines on September 11, 2001, something inside my 21-year-old, fresh-out-of-college self was dreadfully certain of what was coming next. Before I even had a chance to begin processing and mourning the horrific loss of thousands of lives in New York...

On the heels of the Perry-Romney debate where he stated, "when someone commits the most heinous of crimes against our ci...
09/08/2011
Lawyers: Racism at trial violated killer's rights

On the heels of the Perry-Romney debate where he stated, "when someone commits the most heinous of crimes against our citizens, they get a fair hearing."

Attorneys for a Texas man who was sentenced to death after a state witness relied on race in his testimony are fighting to get his sentence changed, or at least get him a new hearing. When Duane Edward Buck was on trial...

Public's first glimpse of MLK Memorial - CBS News
08/22/2011
Public's first glimpse of MLK Memorial - CBS News

Public's first glimpse of MLK Memorial - CBS News

The Early Show: Public's first glimpse of MLK Memorial - After 15 years and $120 million, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will be unveiled on four acres near Washington's Tidal Basin

North Carolina Eugenics Board Victims Fight For Justice
08/17/2011
North Carolina Eugenics Board Victims Fight For Justice

North Carolina Eugenics Board Victims Fight For Justice

WINFALL, N.C. -- Elaine Riddick's small frame heaves, her rapid, shallow breaths whistling in her throat as she forces the words out between her sobs. "So what am I worth?" she asks the five people seated at the long table before her.

The Koch Brothers And The Battle Over Integration in Wake County's Schools
08/15/2011
The Koch Brothers And The Battle Over Integration in Wake County's Schools

The Koch Brothers And The Battle Over Integration in Wake County's Schools

The stakes in the battle over the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina couldnât be higher. On one side are the billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch, and the Tea Party and libertarian groups they fund.

CofC is starting a new series called "Either It's Racist or I'm Too Sensitive". This week, we show a video where media c...
08/05/2011
"Racist or I’m Too Sensitive" Poll; Get a Gun | Content of Character

CofC is starting a new series called "Either It's Racist or I'm Too Sensitive". This week, we show a video where media cuts out a young boy's real sentiment behind wanting a gun. Whether you've seen the clip or not, please weigh in and VOTE!

This week in Either It's Racist or I'm Too Sensitive, we vote on why the media cut out a young boy's hope to have a gun.

In order to make her White counterparts feel safer, the black female was denied her right to be sole valedictorian. Join...
08/04/2011
ColorOfChange.org | Tell school officials: Support Black student achievement

In order to make her White counterparts feel safer, the black female was denied her right to be sole valedictorian. Join Color of Change in their campaign to right this wrong.

Kymberly Wimberley earned the highest GPA in her class. But fearing a “big mess,” her principal named a White student with a lower GPA “co-valedictorian.” Demand that school officials correct this injustice.

Have you caught this story? "Wigger Day" ?!
08/03/2011

Have you caught this story? "Wigger Day" ?!

07/27/2011

"White people will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this-which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never, the Negro problem will not longer exist, for it will no longer be needed." James Baldwin

The Biggest Lie About Race? That It's Real | Content of Character
07/27/2011
The Biggest Lie About Race? That It's Real | Content of Character

The Biggest Lie About Race? That It's Real | Content of Character

One of the most important aspects of talking about race is remembering that it's an illusion. When false identities generate real policy decisions, activists' responsibility is to disarm and reenergize.

07/26/2011

"The trouble is rooted in a legacy that we all inherited, and WHILE WE'RE HERE IT BELONGS TO US. It isn't our fault. It wasn't caused by something we did or didn't do. But now that it's ours, it's up to us to decide how we're going to deal with it before we collectively pass it along to the generations that will follow ours." Allen G. Johnson

07/22/2011

"It does no service to the cause of racial equality for white people to content themselves with judging themselves to be nonracist. Few people outside the clan or skinhead movements own up to all-out racism these days. White people must take the extra step. They must become anti-racist." Clarence Page, 1996

07/22/2011

"Americans of good-will, the nice decent church people, the well-meaning liberals, the good hearted souls who themselves wouldn't lynch anyone, must begin to realize that they have to be more than passively good-hearted, more than church goingly Christian, and much more than word-of-mouth in the liberalism." Langston Hughes, 1943

07/22/2011

"It does no service to the cause of racial equality for white people to content themselves with judging themselves to be nonracist. Few people outside the clan or skinhead movements own up to all-out racism these days. White people must take the extra step. They must become anti-racist." Clarence Page, 1996

07/20/2011

"If the moderates of the white South fail to act now, history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." Martin Luther King, Jr., 1958

07/19/2011

"Sometimes change comes not in the first round, but at the second, third or fourth. Change starts with one person questioning, challenging, speaking up and doing something to make a difference. We can each make a difference…because each of us is already part of the community where racism exists & thrives." Paul Kivel, 1993

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