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Let Black Kids Just Be Kids

Robin Bernstein New York Times
As long as white children are constructed as innocent, we must continue to demand that children of color are as well. The idea of childhood innocence carries so much political force, we can’t allow it to be a whites-only club. We argue that black and brown children are as innocent as white children, we assume that childhood innocence is purely positive. The idea of childhood innocence itself is not innocent: It’s part of a 200-year-old history of white supremacy.

Florida Poised to Strengthen ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

By Lizette Alvarez New York Times
Florida, nicknamed the Gunshine State, became a symbol of strong self-defense laws after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in 2012 and was later acquitted when a jury found he was justified in pulling the trigger.

The New Civil Rights Movement Doesn't Need an MLK

Danielle Allen and Cathy Cohen The Washington Post
With the spread and growth of protests against police violence, two questions have captured the public imagination: Will these events lead to a new civil rights moment? If so, where is the next Martin Luther King Jr.?

Black Future Month, Envisioning Where We Go From Here

Opal Tometi Huffington Post
Everyone knows that February in the U.S. is observed as Black History Month. Though modern observances have become routine and even commercialized, this year we find ourselves in the context of incredible and undeniable Black resistance and resilience – and so there can be no Black History Month as usual. We must seize the opportunity to change the course of history by shaping our future.

How to Understand Psychic Violence and Murder - "The Whole Damn System"

Lisa Brock Praxis - Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
[This is the first of a three-part series, Rage Against the Narrative, by Praxis Senior Editor Dr. Lisa Brock. The series is written in response to the uprising sparked by the killings of unarmed black people throughout the US. The three epigraphs below are gestures to each part.]

Time to March on Washington—Again

Ari Berman The Nation
The Supreme Court’s decision gutting the Voting Rights Act in late June and the acquittal of George Zimmerman less than three weeks later make this year’s march “exponentially more urgent” with respect to pressuring Congress and arousing the conscience of the nation, says Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, a co-sponsor of the march.

Fear and Rewriting Trayvon: Educator Thoughts

Mica Pollock Teaching Tolerance - Blog Prejudice Reduction
Research shows that to prevent next harms to young people, it helps to analyze individual tragedies as part of patterns we can counteract collectively. FBI data shows African Americans comprise around half of all youth arrests for murder. Conclusion: African American youth commit around 2 percent of homicides in the United States--you'd think it was 92 percent from media coverage.

Fear and Rewriting Trayvon: Educator Thoughts

Mica Pollock Teaching Tolerance - Blog Prejudice Reduction
Research shows that to prevent next harms to young people, it helps to analyze individual tragedies as part of patterns we can counteract collectively. FBI data shows African Americans comprise around half of all youth arrests for murder. Conclusion: African American youth commit around 2 percent of homicides in the United States--you'd think it was 92 percent from media coverage.
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