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“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR's First Inaugural Address. Franklin D. Roosevelt had campaigned against Herbert Hoover in the 1932 presidential election by saying as little as possible about what he might do if elected. Through even the closest working relationships, ...
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Rappers and Los Angeles-area natives the Game and Snoop Dogg led a unification march for men of color Friday morning to the LAPD’s graduation of its newest officers.
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> Nevertheless, these videos often end up making a statement very similar to that conveyed by lynching photographs: This can be done to people of color because they are not true citizens. And this message is supported by nearly every aspect of American society.

Whether this is "true" or not on the whole, it seems true to the author. What a sad state for our society, to make people feel like they don't belong to the Country in which they were born and raised. It seems to many that we haven't progressed an inch in 60, 80, 100+ years.
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"At the same time that watching the brutalization of people of color fails to inspire empathy, Americans don't need to see white people brutalized to grieve along with their families. When two white journalists were shot on camera by an African-American former colleague in August 2015, media outlets refused to broadcast the footage. And no one had to witness their victimization in order to sympathize with them and express outrage against the shooter." Very true. And, this is why "#alllivesmatter" folks can sit their hurt butts down.
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Parents all over the world are constantly telling their kids to eat their veggies “because it’s good for you”. Studies have long shown that the risk of cancer and heart attacks can be greatly reduced by a regular intake of fruit and vegetables. Recent research done at University of Warwick went beyond the traditional scope in …
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Artist Safwat Saleem grew up with a stutter -- but as an independent animator, he decided to do his own voiceovers to give life to his characters. When YouTube commenters started mocking his Pakistani accent, it crushed him, and his voice began to leave his work. Hear how this TED Fellow reclaimed his voice and confidence in this charming, thoughtful talk.
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Due to the widening racial divide, from now on, I, a white male, will be donating exclusively to minority causes. I'm sorry for all the whites who struggle and feel their situation is as bad as anyone's. But no matter how bad it is for any white person, there isn't a deeply systemic bias against you that makes your problems even harder to overcome. For every unfortunate situation a white person experiences, the same is true for minorities plus the systemic biases.

But the issue isn't how bad-off anyone is. The issue is the opportunities available and the biases against them. White privilege is real and really vile. We are humans. Our historically ignorant bigotry did not divide us into separate species. We've understood for centuries the importance of diversity yet there still exists, and is clearly still perpetuated, this ignorant, xenophobic, racist, fear mongering from idiots like Trump and his ridiculous followers. If that’s you, crawl back into your holes and disappear into the pages of history with the other disgusting trash of humanity that has existed before you. The rest of us want to be one race; the human race, and we want to, literally, see and treat everyone as the equals we are.

So while there are loudmouth piles of shit spewing their hatred, while there are cops killing minorities without cause and without ramifications, while there are vast, systemic educational and economic inequalities, while prisons hold vast numbers of minorities while white collar criminals, who devastate many millions of lives, walk free, ... while our world is so fucked and ignorant and whites continue to be accomplices to this systemic bigotry and suppression by not standing up for our brothers and sisters with different skins tones, I will not be party to it.

Here in the U.S., whites have always been, and are still, significantly the power-majority, so too are we responsible for the majority of our systems, laws, infrastructure, … I refuse to be associated with people that allowed this system to evolve and, worse, to remain. Whites should be up in arms over the mistreatments allowed by our systems. Where is the outrage? It sickens me.

While i can’t change the color of my skin, i can change my state of mind. I will not pretend that my struggles change with my state of mind but my dollars, thoughts, and concerns are no longer distributed among the generally underprivileged, instead, squarely focused on my people: systemically oppressed minorities.

My tiny contribution won't have any impact but at least hopefully I'm less involved in perpetuating the problem and more involved in fixing it.

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