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Poor Kids Are Starving for Words

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:16 pm October 29, 2014 The following piece is from the Atlantic. It was written by Jessica Lahey. By: Jessica Lahey “Education,” Horace Mann declared in 1848, “is a great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance wheel of the social machinery.” But increasingly, the condition of American children—and even their […]

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‘Born and raised’ Texans forced to prove identities under new voter ID law

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:06 pm October 28, 2014 The following post is from The Guardian. It was written by Ed Pilkington. By: Ed Pilkington Eric Kennie is a Texan. He is as Texan as the yucca plants growing outside his house. So Texan that he has never, in his 45 years, travelled outside the state. […]

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The Official Michael Brown Autopsy Report Doesn’t Say What the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Says It Does

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:00 pm October 28, 2014 The following piece is from Daily Kos. It was written by Chameo. By: Chameo “Autopsy of Michael Brown indicates he reached for cop’s gun and had pot in system.” Yesterday as our little group was preparing to stand in solidarity with Ferguson for the national October 22 […]

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The White Problem

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:53 am October 28, 2014 The following piece is from Medium. It was written by Quinn Norton. By: Quinn Norton This is Part One of a Series on Whiteness. (Part Two)Politically, the Negro is the touchstone of the modern democratic idea. The presence of the Negro puts our democracy to the proof and […]

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An anti-Ebola march in SW Philadelphia: “I’m a West African – not a virus.”

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:58 am October 27, 2014 The following piece is from Philly. It was written by Jeff Gammage. By: Jeff Gammage Practically everyone at the march had a story about people who refused to shake hands or moved to another bus seat when they realized they were near a Liberian. “Once they hear […]

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Report: Chicago Police Are Getting Away With Brutality, And Most Of It Is Against Minorities

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:05 pm October 24, 2014 The following piece is from the Huffington Post. It was written by Joseph Erbentraut. By: Joseph Erbentraut A report to be presented to the United Nations next month alleges the Chicago Police Department has engaged in “ongoing, pervasive” violence targeting the city’s youth of color in a […]

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The “Dear White People” syndrome: Why movies are obsessed with light-skinned black characters

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:54 am October 24, 2014 The following post is from Salon. It was written by Morgan Jenkins. By: Morgan Jenkins For Princeton University’s recent Black Alumni Conference, an advance screening of “Dear White People” took place at the town’s Garden Theater, and I was one of many who could not wait to see […]

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“I am Darren Wilson”: St. Louis and the geography of fear

Protester car with slogan “I am Mike Brown.” Ferguson, Missouri, Sept. 30.

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:02 pm October 23, 2014 The following piece is from Quartz. It was written by Sarah Kendzior. By: Sarah Kendzior ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—“I am Darren Wilson.” The slogan is all over the St. Louis metropolitan area: on T-shirts worn by soccer moms, on rubber bracelets worn by police officers, on signs held […]

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Police Violence and Youth Resistance: “Mike Brown Means We Got to Fight Back!”

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:48 am October 23, 2014   The following post is from the Praxis Center. It was written by Dara Cooper. By: Dara Cooper As a food and environmental justice activist, like many of my comrades, I embrace a global, macro analysis and vision for why we’re fighting. Rooted in the realities of […]

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The Nod: A Subtle Lowering of the Head You Give to Another Black Person in an Overwhelmingly White Place

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:10 pm October 21, 2014 The following piece is from Medium. It was written by Musa Okwonga. By: Musa Okwonga If you’re a black person who has ever visited a place where there aren’t many other black people, then you will be familiar with The Nod. The Nod is just that: An almost imperceptible lowering […]

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