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Will the new jobs bill help hardest hit areas?
Given the Kirwan Institute's experience in tracking the impact of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and other federal relief programs, we are concerned that the new jobs bill will not help those communities or states in greatest need.
Friday, December 4, 2009(1 comments)
Burn Hollywood Burn: Part Deux
Why is it that American cinema seems completely incapable of displaying a mothering experience congruent with my own? Even the most “inspiring” of tales, perhaps a category to which both The Blind Side and Precious aspires, can at best display a protagonist who perseveres and achieves in spite of Black mothering, rather than because of it.
Friday, December 4, 2009(2 comments)
Oprah & Tyler Perry should be applauded
I heard someone say “Oprah was incest obsessed”. Wow! Oprah & Tyler Perry are to be applauded for their courage in producing this movie—my own mother was the victim of childhood rape by her mother's boyfriend; he also molested her younger brother. Trust me, the scars last forever. It took my mom and her brother 50+ years to speak of what happened to them and when they did, they got clobbered by their so-called family.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Forgotten truths about the rawness of survival
I've read some reviews which, in tone, seemed to take an experiential distance from the knowledge of violence. This usually turns up in coded sentences of amazement and disbelief that this could have occurred anywhere. I honestly wish I could sit down with those folk and challenge them to dig deeper and uncover their own hidden memories.
Thursday, December 3, 2009(2 comments)
A New Lesson from the Old “Tuskegee” Study
As Congress debates how to provide health coverage for everyone and fear of the swine flu vaccine runs rampant, there is a different critical lesson to take from the infamous medical research project which targeted poor rural African American men and ran unabated for decades.
Thursday, December 3, 2009(2 comments)
White Man's Burden Redux: The Movie!
One problem with white saviour films is that they perpetuate the archaic paradigm of the white man's burden. They tell stories of white people going outside of their privilege to help people of colour who ultimately can't or won't help themselves.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The continuing struggle for justice in Bhopal
A gas leak at a pesticide factory operated by Union Carbide Company (UCC) killed more than 20,000 people and exposed over 500,000 people to toxic gas and chemicals. On December 3, 1984 the people of Bhopal, India were subjected to one of the world's worst industrial disasters. As a result of this exposure, thousands of people were disabled. For years children have been born with birth defects.
Bidding Not-So-Fond Farewell to Willie Horton
You may have noticed some hoopla going on right now over the case of one Maurice Clemmons. Clemmons is suspected of having recently ambushed and killed four police officers in a Washington state coffeehouse. Turns out that Clemmons had been serving what was effectively a life sentence in Arkansas until nine years ago, when then-governor Mike Huckabee commuted his sentence.