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moving our big isms blog

sexism-114898019-56aa22523df78cf772ac8573slowly but surely we will move all the posts here on wordpress (if it will work successfully) to blogger

 

go look:

http://www.thebigisms.com/

and we should be back full time blogging in 2019… Trace

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“I Wanted to Make Art that Told a Story”: Alison Saar on Her Eloquent Sculptures

Alison Saar moves freely and seamlessly from the deeply personal to more political work, dealing with the history of race in America.  She has made work that speaks of her experience of becoming a mother, creating narratives about the African deity Yemaja, a mother spirit and patron saint, especially of pregnant women. In her current solo show at LA Louver, Saar addresses the history of slavery in America.  The title of the exhibit, Topsy Turvy, is a reference to the character Topsy in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In the novel, the inhuman treatment that rendered her callous and indifferent to life is transformed through love, leading her to be filled with hope and a desire for good.

Source: “I Wanted to Make Art that Told a Story”: Alison Saar on Her Eloquent Sculptures

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A New Museum Chronicles Niagara Falls’ Pivotal Role in the Underground Railroad

Millions of visitors a year come to Niagara Falls. And many of them go to see the famous water crashing over the cliffs and not much else, observed Bill Bradberry, a native of the place and former city manager.  Many tourists, and even residents, don’t know the key role that the city of Niagara Falls played in the history of the Underground Railroad.  Now, with a museum dedicated to this history opening May 4, Bradberry, the chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission, aims to change that.

Source: A New Museum Chronicles Niagara Falls’ Pivotal Role in the Underground Railroad

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Ida B Wells: the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement | The Guardian

Some 4,075 African Americans were lynched in 12 southern states between 1877 and 1950, according to the Equal Justice Initiative’s 2015 report, Lynching in America. Some were witnessed by big crowds who brought children and picnic baskets, as if at a public entertainment.

While Ida B Wells was out of town, a mob destroyed her printing press in Memphis and threatened to kill her if she returned. She stayed away from the south for more than three decades but toured the US and UK, raising awareness through public speaking.  In 1895 she published a pamphlet, the Red Record, the first statistical record of the history of American lynchings, a forerunner of data journalism projects such as The Counted, the Guardian’s project to document people killed by police.

Source: Ida B Wells: the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement | World news | The Guardian

Quote: They made their little kids watch human beings be burned. That has created a disease. We have to treat that disease… –Bryan Stevenson

Originally published in the 1909 National Negro Conference
The journalist and agitator Ida B Wells dispenses with the notion that the lynching of black men was a means of protecting white women, in a furious, lucid diatribe against the practice – and the federal government’s reluctance to put a halt to it.

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Zora Neale Hurston ‘Barracoon’ Excerpt

After surviving the Middle Passage, the captives were smuggled into Mobile under cover of darkness. By this time, the international slave trade had been illegal in the United States for 50 years, and the venture was rumored to have been inspired when one of the brothers, Timothy Meaher, bet he could pull it off without being “hanged.” (Indeed, no one was ever punished.) Cudjo worked as a slave on the docks of the Alabama River before being freed in 1865 and living for another 70 years: through Reconstruction, the resurgent oppression of Jim Crow rule, the beginning of the Depression.

BIG READ: Zora Neale Hurston ‘Barracoon’ Excerpt

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Al Gore warns worst of climate change will be felt by black and poor people | The Guardian

Speaking at a memorial to the victims of lynching, the former vice-president warned of the disproportionate impacts of global warming…

Al Gore, the former US vice-president turned climate change advocate, has warned that the deepening crisis of global temperature and sea level rise – and the consequent spate of natural disasters in America – will increasingly affect black and poor people more than others.

Speaking at the opening of a new national memorial and museum chronicling America’s history of lynching and racial violence in Montgomery, Alabama, Gore said that the US could expect to see many more major disasters of the ilk of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last summer.

Source: Al Gore warns worst of climate change will be felt by black and poor people | World news | The Guardian

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The Goldman Prize missed the black heroes of Flint — just like the media did | Grist

In remaining anonymous and absent from the “hero” narrative, the black residents of Flint have not been recognized as possessing the agency of non-black figures involved in the crisis. They figured into the national narrative almost exclusively as helpless or hapless victims, whose woes needed vetting by credentialed, non-black doctors and scientists. It is a type of modern racism that appears in many forms all around us.

Source: The Goldman Prize missed the black heroes of Flint — just like the media did | Grist

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1968: 50 Years Later – WNYC News – WNYC

In a series of interviews with participants, historians and modern-day counterparts, WNYC looks back at how historic moments in a pivotal year shaped our region.

Source: 1968: 50 Years Later – WNYC News – WNYC

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ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH

ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH

Amy McQuire tears away the facade on the Commonwealth Games currently under way in Australia, on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Australia has a long history of presenting a sunny, sporty picture of itself, complete with Indigenous icons and ‘celebrating’ native people. There is rarely a hint of the greatest theft of land in recorded history and the brutality that accompanied it, especially in Queensland, the bloodiest state, and which goes on today…

Source: ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH

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Alabama Memorial Confronts America’s Legacy of Lynching | The Takeaway | WNYC Studios

America’s first national monument dedicated to the victims of racism and lynching has opened its doors in Montgomery, Alabama.

LISTEN: Alabama Memorial Confronts America’s Legacy of Lynching | The Takeaway | WNYC Studios

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‘Cruel Adversity’ mural still a source of controversy in Durham | New Hampshire

“These were difficult and cruel times, with atrocities committed by all sides.  In 1676, Maj. Richard Waldron of Dover invited the local Wabanaki tribes to a peace conference. Hundreds answered his call — he double-crossed them.  About 200 Indians were apprehended and sent to Boston: some were killed, while others were shipped to the Caribbean in slavery,” the poster says.

“Every time I ask a person who does not identify as white about their perception or reaction to the mural, they point not only to the panel we have been discussing, but to the entire piece of art as essentially ignoring native peoples — not to mention blacks and others — except for the one panel showing an indigenous person with a torch. They all know what it means to not be white in a white culture, and too often have their identities portrayed in negative ways,” Brickner-Wood said.

Source: ‘Cruel Adversity’ mural still a source of controversy in Durham | New Hampshire

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Starbucks’ Bias Training Has Right Raging at the Real Racists | Village Voice

Just ignore racism, and maybe it’ll go away or something

Source: Starbucks’ Bias Training Has Right Raging at the Real Racists | Village Voice

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Princeton to Name Two Campus Spaces in Honor of Slaves – The New York Times

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Family photo of two war criminals

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Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Bashar is standing right in front of Hafez. His older brother Basel, who is wearing jeans, died in the 90’s. His younger brother Amjad with the ginger hair died in the 2000’s. Only his other younger brother Maher remains. Axis of resistance? Give me a fucking break.

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APTN Investigates: Cowboys and Pretendians

Many Indigenous people onscreen are subject to stereotypes, typecasting, and even, what is known as “redface.”

Source: APTN Investigates: Cowboys and Pretendians – APTN NewsAPTN News