Cultural Appropriation and Death by Hoodie

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First they wear the hoodie to rebel… Someone in a marginalized culture starts wearing clothes and hair a certain way (spats, Afros, bell bottoms, baggy pants, hoodies) that those in the dominant culture are not wearing it. (And that fashion is used as shorthand for ‘threatening’, and oppressed people get killed) Authorities in the dominant culture cry out against the ‘radical’ fashions of ‘those people’ (And that fashion is used as shorthand for ‘threatening’, and oppressed people get killed) Then they wear the hoodie to fit in… Young people of the dominant start importing the style from the oppressed culture…

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws: The Racism in the Stew

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My husband has decided he cannot talk to me about what happened to Trayvon Martin. He says I’m a troll. (He’s probably right).  We got caught up in the definition of institutional racism and the inevitability that ‘stand your ground’ laws would be used within that context. Do I need to back up and explain a bit? Trayvon Martin was the 17 year old African American boy who was walking home from 7-11 with a bag of skittles and an ice tea (‘wearing a hoodie!’ some people who don’t understand what they’re saying might say) when he was gunned down…

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The ERA – Still Current and Still Necessary

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  Following the Supreme Court’s ruling for Walmart and against the class action lawsuit brought by female employees who were systematically discriminated against, Democrats in both houses re-introduced the Equal Right Amendment on June 22, 2011.   The amendment was first introduced in 1923, it fell three votes short of ratification in 1982 and has been reintroduced every year since. The fact that this amendment has struggled to pass despite ample evidence that women are still not treated equally under the law in the United States speaks to the depth and breadth of misogyny in the American culture and psyche.

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Another Reminder That the US is Not a Discrimination-Free Zone

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Article on discrimination first published as Newsflash: Corporate Boards Still Largely White, Male on Technorati.  As always, additional commentary is included here that you will not find in the original article.  It is at the end of the post.

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