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Racism In Retail (Again)…..

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Retailer H & M recently pulled a photo of a black boy wearing a hoodie with said, “coolest monkey in the jungle“. Not sure how NO ONE thought about how this would be viewed as offensive. The ad has been pulled, but not before social media blasted the retailer. Not surpisingly, the retailer also had some defenders on social media making comments like, “I see a sweet little black boy wearing a sweater with ‘coolest monkey in the jungle. I see nothing else. Hope this helps.
Another said, “Perhaps it was an innocent mistake and no-one even thought that they injected racism into the ad.”

Unfortunately, the disrespect of comparing black people to monkeys has a long standing racist history!

Sources:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/h-m-slammed-racism-coolest-monkey-jungle-hoodie-article-1.3744160

https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5a53203be4b003133ec9917a/amp

“Systemic Racism Kills….LITERALLY. DAILY.” -Bree Newsome

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Another powerful quote from a SHEro on the frontlines Bree Newsome!

Systemic racism kills. Literally. Daily. This is why I have no space for folks who try to reduce the issue of racism to a mere “culture war”, as though racism is just a bad idea held by otherwise decent people & not a brutal system that deprives people of humanity

-Bree Newsome

Revisionist History Reaches An All Time Low….Trump Chief Of Staff Says A ‘Lack Of Compromise’ Led To The Civil War

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In an interview with Fox News today, Trump Chief Of Staff, John Kelly says a “LACK OF ABILITY TO COMPROMISE led to the CIVIL WAR”.

COMPROMISE? Can you really come to a compromise when it comes to the enslavement, oppression, rape, murder, and economic disenfranchisement of an entire race of people perpetuated and perpetrated out of greed for hundreds of years?

Click the link to view the interview:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/31/politics/john-kelly-trump/index.html

Sources:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/10/31/politics/john-kelly-trump/index.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/10/31/politics/john-kelly-trump/index.html

Racist History Of The National Anthem

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Time to educate ourselves on the racist history of the national anthem. The Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key. He wrote the song shortly after being in a battle with the British Colonial Marines. The Colonial Marines were a group of enslaved black soldiers who were promised their freedom in exchange for being in the British Army. Key was apparently a little salty about the encounter even though his troops won. Key was pro slavery and thus, probably was none to happy about engaging in combat with blacks whom he thought were inferior.

Sources:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/amp/oped-colin-kaepernick-racist-history-our-national-anthem-n642636

http://www.theroot.com/star-spangled-bigotry-the-hidden-racist-history-of-the-1790855893

Remembering Mamie Till-Mobley: Mother Of Emmett Till

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In September 1955, the murderers of Emmett Till were acquitted. Till was brutally beaten and murdered for whistling at a white woman in Money, MS. His mother Mamie Till-Mobley (1921-2003) held an open casket funeral. She wanted the world to know what happened to her son.

Mamie Till-Mobley became an advocate for racial justice and continued to be active in advocating for civil rights. She died at the age of 81, in 2003.

Sources:

http://www.anb.org/articles/15/15-01388.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/emmett-tills-open-casket-funeral-reignited-the-civil-rights-movement-180956483/

Conversation With A Queen!

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Today I was fortunate to hear some powerful gems shared by a QUEEN that I greatly admire…. Melita Travis-Johnson! One of these gems was the one listed above.

When it comes to racism and other “isms” faced by black people; we can rest assured that there are MANY forms and layers of oppression that impact us all collectively.

We must remain UNITED and vigilant in fighting oppression in all of its forms.

Removing Symbols vs. Eliminating Substance

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Powerful quote from Rev. Dr. William Barber: “If statues come down racism can still be up.”

Bree Newsome Keeping It 100!

Black History: Special Delivery!! Bree Newsome treated some REAL truth! Had to share! It costs less to educate than it does to incarcerate!

MLK Quote

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MLK made this statement in Memphis, TN in 1968. Sanitation Workers there sought his assistance in gaining better working conditions and pay for its black workers.

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