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"The most fucked up thing about racism is this. When you talk about it with white people, they always make the discussion about their feelings. About how they personally aren’t racist. All of these atrocities are happening to my people and the first thing you think about is YOU? And you expect me to believe you aren’t racist?"

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What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor | The Nation
Inevitably, when you talk about white privilege someone will ask the question, “What about poor white people? What privilege do they have?”
In January 1961, John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the nation’s thirty-fifth president. In February 1961, he signed an executive order for a pilot food stamp program, one based on the model previously used during the Great Depression. During his campaign, Kennedy had spent much time in West Virginia, and according to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen, “was appalled by the pitiful conditions he saw, by the children of poverty, by the families living on surplus lard and corn meal, by the waste of human resources…. He called for better housing and better schools and better food distribution…. He held up a skimpy surplus food package and cited real-life cases of distress.” Kennedy saw people in need and used his power as president to address their crisis.
This week, the House Appropriations Committe released a draft of the 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill. In it, $27 million is budgeted for a pilot program aimed at reducing child hunger in rural areas. “Sounds innocuous enough,” writes MSNBC’s Ned Resnikoff, “except the $27 million program was actually the committee’s substitute for a White House proposal which would have allocated $30 million to child hunger across urban and rural areas.”
Resnikoff goes on to point out that this doesn’t mean children in urban areas will be completely left out of hunger reducing programs, as the “federal government spends hundreds of millions of dollars on the Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to low-income children when school is not in session and they don’t have access to free or reduced school lunch,” and that there are specific challenges that face rural areas with regards to food insecurity. However, “the House committee’s proposal is likely to help fewer people of color than the White House proposal. And while rural areas may be unique in terms of the challenges they face, they’re not where most of America’s hungry are concentrated.”
They’re also among the whitest. “The Appalachian region,” which is where this money would go,writes Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur, “is also more white (83.5 percent) than the United States overall (63.7 percent), according to the Appalachian Regional Commission—and much more so than urban areas, which have a disproportionately high share of minorities.”
It’s not that Kennedy or this current House subcommittee ever explicitly said “white hunger is more important than black hunger, white poverty is more important than black poverty.” But the seeming indifference toward black poverty, played out in their actions as elected officials, reflects the privileging of whiteness. It is indecent that any person go hungry, particularly in a country of such abundance. It is indecent to determine that some of those people are more worthy of our investment in their being fed than others. It is indecent to then pretend as if that’s not the case. All these indecencies add up to an injustice. We are a country that practices injustice as a way of life.
Yes, you can be poor and white and still benefit from white supremacy. That’s what privilege is.
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The Featured Creature: Stunning Bright Blue Cloud Forest Millipede Is Sure to Shock You

Okay, who’s ready to have their mind BLOWN?!

Check out this absolutely stunning Blue Cloud Forest Millipede (Pararhachistes potosinus) found only in the remote high altitude cloud forests of Mexico. The bright blue coloration warns predators about its ability to produce toxic secretions.

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Photo credits: Luis Stevens, George Grall

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To celebrate Huey Freeman Only Speaks The Truth 2000th post I wanted to do something special, so here it is Huey Freeman slapping the ignorance out of someone in 3D
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Black Star Still Shine

To my fellow Ghanaians and football lovers,

Ghana’s early exit from the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been a heartbreaking but essential lesson for me. Before the commencement of the tournament I was discussing the prospects of Ghana and the Ivory Coast with friends. Frustrated by the propensity for fans and analysts to discount the chances of these African nations performing well in the tournament, I was prompted to make a bet with a friend that Ghana would defy the odds and perform very well in this World Cup. 
It seems that all those analysts and bookies have seen many more moons than I. Irrespective of how talented, skilful or tactically astute African football teams and players may be, they are as of yet, unable to overturn the widely held preconceptions that they are incapable matching the aptitude of nations from South America and Europe.
I will not pretend to understand all of the systemic issues belonging to African Football which undermine management unity and player decision making. I will however lament that it is disenchanting that these issues are not being overcome by a sense of pride in representing one’s nation and one’s continent. Or a burning desire to demonstrate the innate ability and passion that we have for the game. Perhaps above all else, a sense of duty to provide a reprieve for the long suffering fans, whose loyalty, admiration and love for their team never waver, and for whom a triumphant World Cup campaign would mean much more than just a victory in a sporting tournament.
Football can be reflective of life in many ways, it holds the power to unite people and nations alike. It can bring joy and light to the lives of people who are otherwise shrouded in darkness. It represents a platform for a peasant to converse with a king.
Whilst I have learned not to place unrealistic expectations on the football administrations of struggling nations, I will never let the black star in my heart dull in it’s shine because for me, football is more than just a game.

Kofi Solomon


“I’m black… They never let me forget it. I’m black alright… I’ll never let them forget it.” 
— Jack Johnson, the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World (1878-1946)  (via)

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Hollywood Actor Idris Elba was in Ghana some few days ago to celebrate his birthday, and shoot a movie. The Actor who is of Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean parentage traveled to Koforidua, Takoradi and many other places the movie “Beasts of No Nation,” was shot.

Idris is working on this production with Red Crown Production.The movie is based on a novel written by Uzodinma Iweala, and directed by Cary Fukunaga.

Read More here: http://www.enewsgh.com/enews/2014/06/04/first-photos-idris-elbas-movie-shoot-in-ghana/

Photo Credit: King Luu. 

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"We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one."

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Despite violent crime in America declining, the nation’s incarceration rate has tripled since 1980. Laws are often badly written, unclear, and unevenly enforced. The ‘justice system’ discriminates against people of color, the poor, and the disadvantaged. A black male, for example, is 7 times more likely than a white male to be imprisoned. The burgeoning private ‘for profit’ prison industry requires a constant supply of prisoners and spends millions of dollars lobbying politicians to that end ..