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Harvard Owned Up to Its Role in Slavery. When Will the Others?

Last week, Harvard University officials announced a plan to create a plaque commemorating slaves who were forced to work on the campus during the 1700s. The Boston-based institution follows in the footsteps of fellow Ivy League member Brown University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, albeit considerably later. Yet they are far outnumbered by the army of institutions who, Ivy League or not, remain steadfast in their decision to continue operating under the assumptions that their institutions came to be without complicity in American slavery.

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Photo of University of Florida Frat Boys Wearing Blackface Ignites Controversy

So this was bound to happen.

In fact, BYP blogger Summer warned you this was going to happen.

A photo of University of Florida frat boys attending a Halloween party in blackface has sparked controversy and intense debate online.

Unsurprisingly, opinions varied on the appropriateness of white people wearing blackface.

Because in 2012, this is somehow still up for debate.

REPORT: Minority Students Underrepresented at Top-Tier Universities

According to a recent study by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis, Black and Latino students are underrepresented at highly selective colleges.

The study analyzed race, income, and enrollment patterns at America’s top Universities from 1982-2004.

Even after accounting for income disparities, white students were five times as likely as black students to enroll at a top-tier university, and two-three times as likely to gain admission.

Tennessee Tea Partiers Want to REMOVE Slavery, Genocide from Text Books!

This is wrong on so many levels.

Earlier this month, the Tennessee Tea Party presented a proposal to state legislatures that would literally rewrite history, airbrushing or removing all together topics such as slavery and genocide from school text books!

Our nation was founded upon the enslavement of human beings (by many of our founders, in fact) and the removal (by any means necessary) of Native Americans from their native lands. These are facts.

But if these “patriots” have their way, none of that will show up in text books; because apparently the inclusion of these minor details would make the founding fathers “look bad.

Go figure.

REPORT: Black Unemployment MUCH HIGHER Than National Average

A new report by UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education finds that throughout 2011 unemployment amongst African Americans hovered between 15 and 16 percent, while falling below 9 percent for the rest of the population

The Black unemployment rate is currently higher than it was in December of 2007, when the recession began, as well as June of 2009, when the recession officially ended.

STUDY: Black Boys Receive Less Attention, Harsher Punishments, and Lower Grades In School

According to a recent study conducted by the Yale University Child Study Center, Black boys recieve less attention, harsher punishments, and lower grades in school than their White counterparts.

This trend persists from kindergarten all the way through college, regardless of socioeconomic status.

And a recent article in the Washington Post asserts that Black children in the D.C. area are suspended or expelled two to five times more often than White students.

This really shouldn’t surprise anyone; we’ve always known that our young Black men face an uphill battle in this society, practically from birth. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take action to counteract the systemic oppression of young Black men in America.

Check out Roland Martin’s interview with Judith Brown Dianis, the co-director of the Advancement Project, about these disturbing trends below.

CDC Report: Blacks Hit w/ STDs at Higher Rate Than Whites

According to a new report from the CDC, Black people (particularly young Black people) and Hispanics contract sexually transmitted diseases at a much higher rate than whites.

While America is plagued by STDs at an alarming rate in general (19 million people, to be specific), Black people are grossly overrepresented in these statistics.

Young Black men are particularly at risk, dominating data related to syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Socioeconomic disadvantages like financial constraints and an inability to access adequate health care are likely to blame.

From The Root:

Is It Ever OK For White People To Say NIGGER?

In an article released last week for Time Magazine, writer Touré asserts that it’s not OK for white people to use the word nigger (or its crazy cousin, nigga).

Well…he does list some exceptions.

According to Touré, white people can say nigger if they are:

1. Reporting on, commenting on, or writing some kind of think piece involving the word nigger.


 2. Using the word as part of a play, film, song, piece of visual art or stand-up comedy routine.

Is that alright with you?

How Racism Is Destroying America's Political Discourse

A few years ago I had an internship at the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, where one of my chief duties was to spend hours looking through microfilm for newspaper clippings that dramatized the racial climate in Philadelphia throughout the years.

One article that stood out was a poll of Philadelphians that asked, “How would you describe the state of racial equality in America today?” The vast majority of whites (something like 60-70%) answered “Good.”

The year was 1968.

These people had no idea how dire the state of race relations was in America at the time because all they could compare it to was a not-so-distant past marred by lynching, sharecropping and segregation. But today we can see quite clearly that things were bad. Racism was alive and well.

And that’s why race is such a tricky issue in America. Racism grows classier and more refined every day, but it never goes away. How else can we explain the American people tolerating the unprecedented disrespect, racism, obstruction and outright legislative terrorism being perpetrated by the GOP?

Take Back Boystown: White vs Right?


Boystown was built and created by gay whites with hard earned money years back…Its sad that Boystown has been taken advantage by these f***ing savage monkeys.
“They also happen to be very noticeably out of place!! So why are they not questioned and asked to leave by the police is amazing! Check their ID and if they don’t live there ask them to enter an establishment or leave!!! …They travel from all over the city to infest ‘Boystown’ with their ghetto mentality and violet [sic] attitude! Watching that video really has sickened me!!! It is what it is, and they were all Black!”
Quotes found on the TAKE BACK BOYSTOWN Facebook page, courtesy of Huffington Post.