How Racist History Books Spurred The Black History Education Of Today

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“History, when you think about it, it’s not just about facts. But history is about identity, right? It tells us who we are. It tells us about the other. It tells us where we’ve been. It tells us where we’re going. It tells us all these particular things about us and about other people.”

Black history education as we know it, as riddled as it is with errors and mischaracterizations, took centuries to make it into mainstream classrooms. Before that, the teaching of the topic was largely based on racist, Eurocentric narratives.

To better understand how it all changed, let’s start from the beginning — with some of the earliest American history textbooks, published in the 1800s.

This is a history textbook from 1832. It was written by Noah Webster — yes, that Webster— and one of the opening chapters describes the QUOTE “varieties of the human race” in undeniably racist detail.

To be more specific, the text literally describes groups of people like Hindus as “ugly,” “cowardly and effeminate,” but refers to Europeans as “the most distinguished variety of men.”

One Harvard researcher described Webster’s text as “distressingly typical” of the time. Because it was written three decades before the end of the Civil War, the book only described slavery in the context of policy and completely ignored the abolitionist movement.

That decision wasn’t just an oversight. Webster really believed that Africans had “no history” and — you can see this from his writings — that history was centered on European colonizers and politicians.

“It was just part of kind of the racial climate during that time, right? Education, particularly history, was used as a racial apparatus to continue to transmit notions of race, racial hierarchy and different aspects that told black people were like non human …read more

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People are outraged over a yoga Meetup that’s only open to white women, and are questioning how its allowed on the platform

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Pat Brown, a criminal profiler from Prince George’s County, Maryland, created an event called “White Women Yoga Meetup.”
The event was created on a platform called Meetup, which aims to “create thriving communities” based on shared interests, according to its website.

On her blog, Brown said that she created the event after finding herself “locked [out] of many dozens of groups” that were intended for people of color, which she feels are “a way of keeping white people from joining.”
On Twitter, people have called the event racist and questioned why Meetup is allowing the group to advertise on its site.
Speaking to INSIDER, Brown said that she never intended to carry out the event, and was actually trying to “bring forth the racism and separatism promoted by Meetup.”

Pat Brown, a criminal profiler from Prince George’s County, Maryland, is facing backlash on social media users after creating a yoga event that’s only open to white women.

The event, called “White Women Yoga Meetup,” appears to be scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on March 2.

“This MeetUp group is to allow space for White women to gather in the name of yoga, surrounded by the supportive community of White people, White yoga instructors, and all around safe White spaces,” the meetup’s description reads.

So far, seven women including Brown appear to have RSVP’d online.

The event was created using an online platform called Meetup

On Meetup’s website, users are encouraged to “create thriving communities” based on shared interests. For example, groups are available for people to learn how to cook, try scuba diving, and make crafts, among other options.

While many of the groups on Meetup are open to anyone who’s interested, some are …read more

Source:: Business Insider


5 People Are Dead After A Shooting At An Aurora Manufacturing Plant

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More details have emerged about the shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday.

In a press conference on Saturday, the Aurora Police Department identified the five victims: Clayton Parks, Trevor Wehner, Russell Beyer, Vicente Juarez and Josh Pinkard. They were all employees at the plant.

The police department says the 45-year-old suspected gunman also worked at the plant. On Friday, police say the suspect was called in for a meeting there, where he was let go. That’s when police say he opened fire, shooting and killing three people in that room.

Authorities say the shooter then left the meeting room and killed two other people. Five police officers were also shot and a sixth suffered a minor injury that wasn’t related to the gunfire. The police department said all of the injured officers were in recovery.

After arriving on scene, it took about 90 minutes for authorities to find and neutralize the shooter. The suspected gunman was killed in a gunfight with police officers.

Aurora’s chief of police said the gunman had six prior arrests — the most recent in 2017 for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

The gun used in the shooting was registered to the shooter. He obtained a Firearms Owner Identification Card in 2014 and bought the gun in question shortly after. The Aurora Police Department said a felony conviction in 1995 should have prevented him from getting a FOID card, though it wouldn’t have necessarily shown up on the background check required to get it.

“It’s a shame mass shootings, such as this, have become commonplace in our country,” Mayor Richard Irvin said. “It’s shame that a cold and heartless offender would be so selfish as to think he has the right to take an innocent …read more

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TCL’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch

We’ve seen practically as many different folding phone concepts as there are phone manufacturers, but one particularly intriguing idea may soon be coming back from the dead — CNET reports that BlackBerry and Alcatel brand owner TCL is working on as many as five different foldable devices, one of them a phone that can bend around your wrist like a bracelet, per the image you’re seeing immediately above these words.

That’s actually not a new idea: one of the very first folding phone prototypes we saw from Lenovo was a bracelet-watch, back in 2016. Here’s a video of that one from Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag:

To be honest, details on TCL’s devices are pretty scarce. CNET’s only got the renders above and an image from a…

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