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Monthly Archives: June 2013
Sometimes you just have to let everyone speak for themselves. Please read Heritage Foundation Head Start Scholar Fares Poorly Against Adorable 10-Year Old. More importantly, however, please see the video which highlights the dangerous nature of greed lobbying which will create, skewer and disseminate “scientific” studies to fit its ideological agenda and ignore facts and results demonstrated in reality and in the form of a child. And this nearly 20 years after The Bell Curve…
Please read Universal Healthcare and Economic Freedom Go Hand in Hand. What the article does not address is the fact that those countries with universal healthcare systems in place also mandate, fund and enforce strong public education systems. Citizens in those countries would not settle for less as they know their basic rights, the interconnectedness of these rights and how essential and positively effective programs designed to guarantee basic human rights are in their communities.
For those who have not yet had the opportunity to see these two events which I am more than hopeful will promote honest soul searching as well as essential monologues and dialogues in many families, friendships and society-at-large, please take the time to do so.
Become aware of the beasts that have grown strong roots in societies around the globe. Their sole purpose is to denigrate and divide in order to turn groups of humans into “sub-humans”, namely racism and its cousin colorism. These pervasive villains of division are, unfortunately, very much alive and thriving in all of our cultures today. They have been effectively cultivated and disseminated in religious scripture, caste and other (il-)legalized slave systems for millennia. They are omnipresent and propagated in historical and current literature and film media, social policies, in board rooms and on the streets. As a result, they are ingrained within us consciously and subconsciously. See an excerpt from Dark Girls here.
Also, please take a moment to read the following response from Tika Sumpter to these positive contributions to society: Dark Girls: OWN Documentary Spotlights Skin Color.
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Do not miss this tonight! Also, please see Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with India Arie which aired today, will air again tomorrow (check your local listings) and will hopefully be uploaded to the Super Soul Sunday episodes section.
Please do not miss the Dark Girls Documentary.
More on colorism:
Note: Given Beyoncé’s recent and strong stance against the photo-shopping of her pictures associated with her H&M campaign which she unequivocally nixed, I do not believe that she was instrumental in the “lightening” of her skin in an ad mentioned in the video.* The overarching observations and messages in this video, however, should give us pause for thought and begs our proactive awareness…every day.