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Ralph Jones Jr., a brilliant 16-year-old who had his pick of colleges and chose Florida A&M University, chatted with The Root about why he went with a historically black school over an Ivy League, and the negative attention he’s getting for his decision.
This warms my heart. Shoutout to all the current students and alum of HBCU’s everywhere!
Good for him! Stick with where you will receive a quality education and get the support that you need!
Controversy whatever, he realized he’d have a better college experience and therefore get a better education.Its controversy when he picks an hbcu and its controversy when black kids get into ivy leagues.
idk why he chose FAMU out of all the HBCUs but good for him.
FAMU a good school though
Harvard is a joke tbh
We all ask ourselves why these Coachella people are so hell-bent on wearing shitty tourist versions of Native American headdresses. Through research and careful study, I have finally determined why.
These are the descendents of the Coach-hell-ha* tribe originally based in California. This tribe was started by a guy named Whitey McAsshole, a well-to-do man of his day, in the 1880s. He saw Native Americans being oppressed all around him, usually by him, and became very upset at all the attention they got from liberal hippies. Why doesn’t anyone want to give me smallpox blankets? he asked himself. And why are my suits so boring and old-West-ey? He decided to kill two birds with one stone (literally, they were getting on his nerves) by wearing a colorful headdress for funsies. The Native Americans he hadn’t chased out of the area protested that their cultural heritage wasn’t a costume to be appropriated while doing drugs in the dirt, but who cared what they thought, anyway — they didn’t even speak American good or have lots of money. Besides, it was racist against whites when Native Americans spoke.
And so the tradition of the colorful headdress spread amongst the McAssholes and their friends. They adopted many other rituals, too, such as wearing bras as shirts, desperately trying to get into VIP tents by saying they know Katy Perry, and limiting the voting rights of everyone who looks different. The spirit of the Coachella tribe has extended far and wide, but they gather once a year in California to celebrate their roots and dance very awkwardly with no rhythm and stupid arm movements that usually end with an elbow to someone’s eye and sloshed, lukewarm beer. It’s a beautiful sight, one that everyone should avoid at all costs.
*Coach-hell-ha is actually pronounced “Romney.”
Event: Upcoming exhibition - Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).
Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.
Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.
Details: 30 April - 25 August 2014
Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
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“abortion is a permanent decision”
so is…having baby…..
my people always been fly
yep. This was actually a ‘program’ started by the Fascist/Catholic regime in Spain during Franco’s dictatorship. The idea was to steal babies from ‘left leaning’ parents, poor single mothers and sell them to right wing parents. The Spanish Catholic church has been quiet about this, but there have been dozens of protests and lawsuits. Investigations are still going on. There’s a really interesting documentary on this, I’ll have to find it.
This is another reason why I have zero respect for the Catholic Church in Spain, or Franco sympathizers.
Janet Jackson singing All For You, all for me. Queen Elizabeth Theater in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia in 2011.
White Women and ‘Blame a Black Man’ Syndrome
Bonnie Sweeten, a 40-year-old white woman, was sentenced to eight years in prison for a host of crimes including stealing money from her family and the law firm where she worked and lying about being kidnapped by two black men. Sweeten had actually taken her daughter to Disney World with her ill-gotten gains. Her criminal actions cost law-enforcement agencies thousands of dollars as a multistate search for the woman and her child ensued, even though they were just kicking it with Mickey Mouse.
Sweeten, who was clearly living in fantasy land in thinking that she could get away with robbing, stealing and lying on folks, made a conscious decision to blame two black men in order to get away with her crimes. While she is clearly off-center, her choice of whom to blame was rational because it got her the result she wanted: a great diversion while she and her daughter enjoyed Disney World without a care in the world.
The fact that a woman would potentially cause harm to others over a jaunt to Disney World speaks to how little some people value the lives of black people in this country. Worse than that, people like Sweeten know that if they blame a black man (or woman), then they have a better chance of getting away with the crime.
Amanda Knox blamed a black man when she was accused by Italian police of killing her roommate. Her false accusations left the falsely accused Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, a local business owner, ostensibly bankrupt. Remember Bethanny Storro and her acid-attack hoax, in which she threw acid in her own face and yet blamed a black woman for the crime? Storro wanted media attention and, ironically, to meet Oprah Winfrey, the most powerful black woman in the world. It was Winfrey’s producers who discovered the gaping holes in Storro’s story and alerted police to her lies.
Therein lies the problem: Law-enforcement agencies pull out all the stops when a white woman says a black man or woman has committed a crime against her, even when the white woman is the actual predator. The behavior of the white woman and law enforcement plays to the worst aspects of our society: the idea that black men in particular and blacks in general are violent and obsessed with white women to such an extent that white women need to be protected from blacks at all costs.
When white women are the aggressor, they get a pass — like Storro, who was sentenced to treatment for mental illness. Let me falsely accuse a white woman of a crime and rob several charities to the tune of $28,000, and I doubt very seriously that I would be sentenced to mental-health care. I would think it would be jail, restitution and more jail. This ideology of white women as victims and black people as predators is so pervasive that even people who should know better still lean on this perverse way of thinking.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s most recent descent into madness caused her to put her finger in the face of President Obama. Brewer says that she felt threatened by him, when it is clear that she was the aggressor in the situation. Clearly, she is suffering from an acute case of “blame a black man” syndrome. This powerful white woman wants to pretend that she was at risk, when in fact President Obama was at risk because she was enraged and behaving erratically.
What sane person is going to run up on the president of the United States, stick a finger in his face and yell at him? An insane person might actually do that and then do the most sane thing possible: Paint this black man as the aggressor, even though the photos tell a very different story. Psychologists would call that sociopathic behavior, but I’ll just call her that crazy lady running the state of Arizona into the ground.
It is Brewer’s ability to outright lie about what transpired between President Obama and her that is frightening, and speaks to why cases like Sweeten’s get so much media and law-enforcement attention, even though the accusations are false. The ability of white women to paint black men as aggressors, despite any evidence, and to be believed immediately by law enforcement often has dire consequences for the accused — see Emmett Till or the scores of black men rounded up when Susan Smith falsely accused a black man of killing her children in South Carolina.
Sweeten’s punishment suggests that the legal system is finally willing to prosecute white women who lie on black men about crimes and to give them sentences that reflect the enormity of the crime, which is a good thing. I just wonder if the outcome of this horrendous situation will become the exception or the rule.
Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., is editor-at-large for The Root. Fo
as I said before, NEVER FORGET
Okay now I’m done goodnight FORREAL
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