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Everything I Needed To Know About Black History Month I Learned From Public Radio
There is only one more week left in Black History Month and you may not have cracked open even one book.  Never fear Brothers and Sisters.  For here is a curated playlist of audio pieces that will fulfill your quest for Black History knowledge while keeping you engaged and interested.  This playlist is hosted on SoundCloud so you are able to play it right here in stream in Google Plus or you can download the individual MP3 files to your computer or digital device or you can download the Soundcloud app and play the playlist through it.  While you are doing chores, exercising, relaxing, walking the dog or whatever you plan to do this weekend, put your earphones on and drop some interesting knowledge on yourself.

If you would like to download the MP3 files for later listening you'll find them on Soundcloud at the URL below:

If you would like to play the playlist right here in stream, click the play arrow on the Bryan Stevenson Wants Equal Justice link right here in this post.  Once that piece is finished playing, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the player box and the other audio pieces will appear for you to play.

Bryan Stevenson Wants Equal Justice
Here’s The Thing on WNCY Public Radio - 02/16/2015 

From 1877 to 1950, nearly 4,000 black people were lynched in the United States. Bryan Stevenson says these stories aren't part of the collective historical memory of most Americans, but they should be. Stevenson is the founder and director of the Equal Justice Institute, an Alabama-based non-profit that fights for retrials, death-sentence reversals, and exoneration in the face of racially-charged legal practices and policies.
The Equal Justice Institute's report about lynching, recently detailed in The New York Times, is one piece of Stevenson's work focused on "confronting the legacy of racial terror"—a legacy that is directly observable today in the record numbers of incarcerated black men and boys. In this episode of Here's The Thing, Stevenson tells host Alec Baldwin that he believes the history of slavery and violence needs to be radically acknowledged and addressed if Americans are to achieve the promise of an equal society.   

The need for racial terror stems from White Supremacy’s mandate that non-whites never feel as if they are entitled to whole humanity in the way in which they are treated.  Racial terrorism is just one legacy of the ideology of White Supremacy.  What are some others?

The United States of Fergson : Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Legacy Of White Supremacy
Moyers & Company on PBS - 12/05/2015

In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York’s Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, this week we present an encore broadcast of Bill’s conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.

First telecast in May 2014, Coates had just written a cover story in The Atlantic magazine, provocatively titled “The Case for Reparations.” It urged that we begin a national dialogue on whether the United States should compensate African-Americans not only as recognition of slavery’s “ancient brutality” — as President Lyndon Johnson called it – but also as acknowledgement of all the prejudice and discrimination that have followed in a direct line from this, our original sin.

His words are remarkably prescient in light of recent events. As Coates explained to Moyers, “I am not asking you, as a white person, to see yourself as an enslaver. I’m asking you as an American to see all of the freedoms that you enjoy and see how they are rooted in things that the country you belong to condoned or actively participated in in the past. And that covers everything from enslavement to the era of lynching, when we effectively decided that we weren’t going to afford African-Americans the same level of protection of the law…

“There are plenty of African-Americans in this country — and I would say that this goes right up to the White House — who are not by any means poor, but are very much afflicted by white supremacy.”
Reparations, Coates said, are “what the United States, first of all, really owes African-Americans, but not far behind that, what it owes itself, because this is really about our health as a country… I firmly believe that reparation is a chance to be pioneers. We say we set all these examples about liberty and freedom and democracy and all that great stuff. Well, here’s an opportunity for us to live that out.”

There has always been resistance to White Supremacy.  One of the big triumphs in that resistance was the passing of the Civil Rights Act.  The next audio piece discusses the behind the scenes politicking in Washington that lead to the passage of the Act, which set the stage for the Voting Rights Act, housing legislation and other progressive pieces of legislation.  Of particular interest are the baldly racists things said by members of the House of Representatives (Strohm Thurman among them) in opposition to the act.  

The Politics Of Passing The 1964 Civil Rights Act
Fresh Air  on WHYY Public Radio - 02/20/2015

Martin Luther King may not have had a vote in Congress, but he and the movement he helped lead were integral to getting the civil rights bill introduced. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of that bill, now known as the Civil Rights Act.

Among other things, the act outlawed discrimination in public accommodations — including restaurants, hotels and motels — ending the era of legal segregation in those places.

Todd Purdum is the author of the forthcoming book An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

There has been a lot of push back since the triumph of the Civil Rights Act.  We return to Moyers & Company to detail how the right wingers are attempting to re-disenfranchise colored people.

The Fight - And The Right - To Vote
Moyers & Company on PBS - 10/24/2014

This past weekend, the Supreme Court upheld Texas’ harsh voter ID law for the upcoming midterm elections, potentially disenfranchising some 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters.

The Lone Star state’s voter ID law is part of a nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the right’s desire to hold onto power, as demographic changes are altering the electoral landscape. In the last four years, close to half the states in the US have passed laws restricting the right to vote, the most fundamental principle of democracy.

Shelby County v. Holder, last year’s Supreme Court decision revoking an essential provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, upped the ante and has encouraged many states to try to impose restrictive voter ID laws, as well as gerrymander congressional districts and limit registration and voting hours.

The argument made in favor of this vast disenfranchisement is rampant voter fraud — but in state after state there is rarely proof of anyone showing up at a polling place and trying to illegally cast a ballot.

This week, Bill talks with an attorney and journalist about the ongoing vote suppression controversy. Sherrilyn Ifill is president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a noted civil rights litigator whose work has included landmark voting rights cases. She tells Bill, “The right to vote was sacrosanct because it was the thing that came with your citizenship. It was the great equalizer. And we’re seeing a different philosophy about the meaning of that exercise of citizenship.”

The legacy of White Supremacy has negative outcomes for people of color even in areas where White Supremacy was not as strongly practiced.  Systemic racism that lead to housing discrimination and lower economic prospects for Blacks lead to Blacks living in housing in areas that may have higher levels of toxins.  This has profound effects. I personally think environmental racism is such an underdiscussed topic that I put two audio pieces in this curated list about the phenomenon of girls going into puberty earlier. I put in the first piece to discuss the phenomenon itself and the second piece to  dive more in depth into how communities and families can protect girls.

Researchers Say Girls Are Developing Earlier
Forum on KQED Public Radio - 01/02/2015 
Fresh Air on WHYY Public Radio - 12/02/2015

On Forum
Two Bay Area researchers tracked the physical development of more than 400 girls, ages 6 to 8, over the course of ten years. They found that many girls are starting puberty sooner than previous generations. Early puberty has been associated with an increase in symptoms of anxiety, earlier initiation of sexual activity and may be linked with an increased risk of breast cancer.

On Fresh Air
Many girls are beginning puberty at an early age, developing breasts sooner than girls of previous generations. But the physical changes don't mean the modern girls' emotional and intellectual development is keeping pace.

Two doctors have written a book called The New Puberty that looks at the percentage of girls who are going through early puberty, the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors that influence when puberty begins, and whether early puberty is linked with an increased risk of breast cancer.

“What I find concerning is that puberty is a process that's very sensitive to the environment and we can move the timing of puberty, unintentionally.”
- Julianna Deardorff, co-author of The New Puberty

"It has been established that girls who enter puberty earlier are more likely to have symptoms of anxiety, higher levels of depression, initiate sex earlier and sexual behaviors earlier," Julianna Deardorff tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Deardorff and Louise Greenspan are co-investigators in a long-term study of puberty. They've been following 444 girls from the San Francisco Bay area since 2005, when the girls were 6 to 8 years old. The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Deardorff says that while early puberty could be hard on a young girl, family and school support matters.

"The family can serve as a huge buffer against some of those negative effects of early puberty," she says. "There's also been some research to show that certain aspects of the neighborhood context and also schools can be protective. ... It can completely mitigate the risk associated with early puberty on girls' emotional and behavioral functioning."

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Where White Supremacy And The War On The Poor Collide
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The Justice Department released its Ferguson report this week.  A lot of ink has been spent writing about the reports findings of racial bias in the Ferguson PD.  But not enough has been said about a particular finding in the report:
The city of Ferguson gets over twenty percent of the money in city coffers from fees and fines associated with court cases resulting from predatory policing.
Did you get that?  Let me say it a different way: The city of Ferguson has a financial incentive to arrest poor people for anything and everything specifically because the city knows poor people are less able to pay the initial fees associated with the arrest  or the ticket and therefore will rack up even more fees and fines with which to fill the city coffers

In the +SoundCloud playlist (linked) above, I have collected a series of stories about the phenomenon of #PredatoryPolicing and how police (nationwide, not just in Ferguson) are colluding with the court system to extract money from poor people through court fees and fines even though it is illegal  for judges to NOT consider a person's ability to pay when issuing a fine

AUDIO PIECE ONE: Justice Department Study Finds Ferguson Police Department Guilty Of Predatory Policing
A new study by the Justice Department finds that the Ferguson police department is purposely over-policing Black residents in order to use court fees and fines to fill the city coffers. This practice is called predatory policing. This story first ran on NPR's the first week of March in 2015.

AUDIO PIECE TWO: Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over Debtors' Prison
In a new challenge to police practices in Ferguson, Mo., a group of civil rights lawyers is suing the city over the way people are jailed when they fail to pay fines for traffic tickets and other minor offenses.
The lawsuit, filed Sunday night on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the police shooting of Michael Brown, alleges that the city violates the Constitution by jailing people without adequately considering whether they were indigent and, as a result, unable to pay.

AUDIO PIECE THREE: Increasingly Court Fees Punish The Poor
An NPR investigation has found an explosion in the use of fees charged to criminal defendants across the country, which has created a system of justice that targets the poor.

AUDIO PIECE FOUR: Civil Forfeiture
Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the United States today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, or cash and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets —all without charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty in a court of law, with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with or convicted of a crime to lose homes, cars, cash or other property.
Earlier this year Eric Holder issued a policy that ended police departments' ability to seize someone's property, sell it at auction and then split the profits with the federal government.  But I included this piece anyway because the practice had been going on FOR THIRTY YEARS.  It was a policy started with the war on drugs, which in my opinion was a war on minority communities and a war on people too poor to get drug treatment.  Here is an article about Eric Holder's policy change from +Slate in which +Leon Neyfakh argues that Civil Forfeiture won't actually stop until reforms are implemented by individual state legislatures.

Most of the audio pieces in this curated playlist come from +NPR which did an audio series called "Guilty And Charged" about the return of debtors' prison. 

You can listen to the first audio story in my playlist right here in stream on Google Plus.  When you are finished, the other audio pieces in the playlist will appear for you to select.  Or you can go to the Soundcloud link above and download all the pieces to your mobile device to listen at your leisure.
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The jackal buzzard is a 45–55 cm long African bird of prey. The taxonomy on this species is confusing, with some taxonomists considering this species, the Archer's buzzard, and the augur buzzard to be the same superspecies.

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C'mon "Jeopardy" contestants! Three competitors on the massively popular trivia program let us down this week when they essentially revealed that none of them have ever seen "RuPaul's Drag Race." On Wednesday's episode of &q...
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But taking what he said on its face neglects a real fact. Super wealthy people use political donations to make sure nothing they want to do is illegal. So, of course poor people commit more crimes.

Look at the Savings and Loan scandle. SCORES of people went to jail. When the one percenters saw that the Justice Department was actually going to, you know, prosecute people for robbing hundreds of thousands of people blind, they simply through their money into lobbying for reform of financial regulations.

And thus super rich people could cause the Great Recession and have NOT ONE PERSON be held accountable.
During a floor debate, Washington State Republican Senator, Jim Honeyford, stated that "colored" people are more likely to commit crimes.
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I'm an abhorrent saver. I seriously suck at putting away money for a rainy day. So, imagine my delight when I heard about digit - a fun little, FDIC-insured, startup that looks at my spending habits and asks me to save small amounts at a time via text message when I'm underspending.

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Let your child watch as much television as he or she pleases WITH MUTE AND SUBTITLES ON! Believe me, they will start enjoying reading really quick.
Any good habit starts with the family, and that includes the love for books.

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Reading is both a hobby and a habit commendable to people of all ages. How do we ensure it is instilled from childhood to adulthood?
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