Intro: Black Music ~ Robert Glasper Project Featuring Yamiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)
Outro: The River ~ Noel Gourdin
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First World PainsSpreading awareness of the devastating pains we have in the First World..
Aaron L. MorrisonJournalist, The RootTwitter/Website
During the new millennium , we have witnessed the recycling of old trends from past decades. 70s and 80s fashion, 90s music and now, the Civil Rights era of the 50s and 60s, and the racism that comes with it. The murder of Trayvon Martin has outraged people in this country just as the brutal death of Emmit Till did in 1955.
Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old high school student, was gunned down by a man who claimed that Martin looked "suspicious." The only thing Trayvon was wearing was a "hoodie" sweatshirt and he was carrying a bag of Skittles and iced tea that he retrieved from the store for his little brother. He was unarmed and did not pose a threat to anyone except the trigger man, George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch captain. He was followed and harassed because of the color of his skin.
The year is 2012, and we as a nation still choose to ignore the racism and injustice that goes on around us and to our own children. My son is only 2 years-old and has a collection of hoodies, and has since birth. Most of these hoodies were purchased from places such as Wal-Mart, Target and Old Navy. It breaks my heart as a mother, even at the tender age of 2, I fear for my Son's life. I fear for the racial profiling that will happen to him when he turns 17, the same age as Trayvon Martin.
Today's society is afraid to speak out against injustice due to man reasons. Fear of being portrayed a certain way to the media, fear of disappointing friends, even fear of losing a job. But that's where the problem is, we need to speak up, we need to scream out. Because allowing your voice to be heard is the first step to making a change. Let's do our part, let's do it for our children. Let's do it for Trayvon.
About our guest blogger:
Ashley Howard is a recent transplant to Oakland, CA. She spoke at the #JusticeforTrayvon Rally in San Francisco. To contact her you can email herhere.
Intro/Outro: "Trayvon" by Jasiri X
Hear it here:
Many People Took Pictures of themselves with hoodies to support #TrayvonMartin. For more pics, go to: http://pinterest.com/mbrooks26/trayvonmartin/
Intro: Black Music ~ Robert Glasper project Featuring Yamiin Bey
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In American politics
, the Southern strategy
refers to the Republican Party
strategy of winning elections in Southern states
by exploiting anti-African American racism
and fears of lawlessness among Southern white voters and appealing to fears of growing federal power in social and economic matters (generally lumped under the concept of states' rights
). Though the "Solid South
" had been a longtime Democratic Party
stronghold due to the Democratic Party's defense of slavery prior to the American Civil War
and segregation for a century thereafter, many white Southern Democrats stopped supporting the party following the civil rights plank of the Democratic campaign in 1948
(triggering the Dixiecrats
), the African-American Civil Rights Movement
, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
and Voting Rights Act of 1965
, and desegregation
. (source: wikipedia
Music for 3/10/12
Intro: Black Radio ~Robert Glasper Project Featuring Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)
Outro: Afro Blue ~Robert Glasper Project Featuring Erykah Badu
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In The Matter of Color:
Race and the American Legal Process: The Colonial Period
Author: Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
VOTER ID MAP
Green: States that require a Photo ID Blue: States that Require a Non-Photo ID
Yellow: States that request a Photo ID Grey: States that have NO Photo ID Law
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Opening Music: Robert Glasper Project "Black Music"
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