African Americans

Barriers Rooted in Race and Gender Bias Harm Educational Outcomes of African American Girls and Must Be Addressed, New Report Shows | NAACP LDF | OYRchallenge

This article is based on the NAACP report, Unlocking Opportunity For African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity. One premise that has held true since the 1960’s, is that the quality of teaching usurps all other factors in a child’s life. “One growing body of research shows that student achievement is more heavily influenced by teacher quality than by students’ race, class, prior academic record, or a school a student attends. This is especially true for students from low-income families and African American students. The benefits associated with being taught by good teachers are cumulative.” African American Girls education

The report, Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls:  A Call to Action for Educational Equity, outlines what are sometimes insurmountable barriers to staying in school and how poor educational outcomes result in limited job opportunities, lower lifetime earnings, and increased risk of economic insecurity for African American women. In 2013, 43 percent of African American women without a high school diploma were living in poverty, compared to nine percent of African American women with at least a bachelor’s degree. The report examines roadblocks faced by both African American girls and boys—such as under-resourced schools—and emphasizes those that have a distinct impact on African American girls due to the intersection of gender and race stereotypes. These barriers include lack of access to college-and career-preparatory curricula in schools; limited access to athletics and other extracurricular activities; disproportionate and overly punitive disciplinary practices that exclude them from school for minor and subjective infractions, such as dress code violations and wearing natural hairstyles; discrimination against pregnant and parenting students; and pervasive sexual harassment and violence.

via Barriers Rooted in Race and Gender Bias Harm Educational Outcomes of African American Girls and Must Be Addressed, New Report Shows | NAACP LDF.

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Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life | Psychology Today #OYRchallenge

Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D

Racial microaggressions are the brief and everyday slights, insults, indignities and denigrating messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned White people who are unaware of the hidden messages being communicated. These messages may be sent verbally “You speak good English.”, nonverbally clutching one’s purse more tightly or environmentally symbols like the confederate flag or using American Indian mascots. Such communications are usually outside the level of conscious awareness of perpetrators. In the case of the flight attendant, I am sure that she believed she was acting with the best of intentions and probably felt aghast that someone would accuse her of such a horrendous act.

via Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life | Psychology Today.

African American Labor| Labor Day #OYRchallenge

Black workers

Field laborers

Today, September 1, 2014, is Labor Day; a national holiday in the United States. After reading articles of 21st century celebrations that forbid non-union workers from participating, it saddens me. We have made claims to a post-racial country. Talk of racism at this juncture are vehemently criticized, even in light of disparities in African American economic, social, and political power in relation to majority populations. The further insult come especially today when we as African Americans post messages, photos, articles, and other material congratulating America’s unions, when much of the substantive foundations in America was built on African American forced labor. We also forget the history of labor unions in this country.


Factory Workers

Labor unions protected majority workers. African Americans were forbidden to join in its inception. I remember reading a paper on the struggle. During one strike, when African Americans were finally allowed to join American unions, the union forbade African Americans to picket alongside White members. After African Americans protested, they were allowed to form separate lines in order to participate in the union action. To this day, with the Affirmative Action policies in place, unions work with corporations to control the African American employee’s job security, positions, and employment situations, especially during economic upheaval in America.

So, why do we cherish entities that marginalize us throughout history? The story is long and contrived, but this video pays homage to the original laborers and the strongest population of people in America – African American workers. Thank you for carving out a beautiful, yet still volatile landscape for me to play.

This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist – Atlantic Mobile

The question Cliven Bundy put to his audience last week—Was the black family better off as property?—is as immoral as it unoriginal. As both Adam Serwer and Jamelle Bouie point out, the roster of conservative theorists who imply that black people were better off being whipped, worked, and raped are legion. Their ranks include economists Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell, former congressman Allen West, sitting Representative Trent Franks, singer Ted Nugent, and presidential aspirants Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.

via This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist – Atlantic Mobile.