I am racist, and so are you. by Rachel Shadoan

And the sooner we both acknowledge this, the sooner we can begin to address the problem. So let’s talk.

“Wait just a minute here, Rachel. You’re like, the least racist person I know. You’re always sharing stuff about race and racism. You couldn’t possibly be racist.”

Here’s the deal. Racism isn’t just guys in white robes and Paula Deen shouting racial slurs. Racism is subtle, racism is insidious, and our culture is so deeply steeped in it that it’s impossible to grow up in the US and not be racist. It’s a kind of brainwashing: a set of default configuration files that come with the culture. It’s a filter, built up from birth, that alters our perception of the world. (Literally–racial bias makes people see weapons that aren’t there.) Racism isn’t just conscious actions; it’s judgements that happen so fast that we may not even be aware of them. Even people who are horrified by the idea of racism see through this lens, have this default programming. Even you. Even me.

Especially me. (Source: Read more)

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Rocky Mount NC: Obama’s federal initiative begins in Rocky Mount – Wilson Times

David Glasgow has joined the city of Rocky Mount as team lead for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative.

In January, it was announced that Rocky Mount was among seven, out of more than 90, cities to benefit from the second round of President Barack Obama’s innovative and flexible economic development program. SC2, originally created in 2011, is designed to strengthen local capacity and coordinate federal investments to spark growth in economically distressed communities.

Glasgow comes to the program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and has many years of experience in economic and community development. He will work in City Hall for up to 24 months coordinating a team of 20 key staff from the many federal agencies that work with local governments, nonprofits and the private industry to “grow jobs and improve the quality of life in the region.” (Source: Read more)

How many more Mike Browns will it take for us to consistently speak up and speak out? Coach Leshaun Jenkins

It has taken me a long time to process my feelings, my opinions, as well as my own perspective. I am not offering commentary for likes, for approval, or for controversy. I am offering my perspective because I am an intellect, a humanitarian, and an educator, so it is my wish to get people to see things from a plethora of angles. I don’t do facebook arguments nor any other form of cyber ignorance, but always welcome face to face intellectual conversations that make me better and well versed…with that being said I hope that this is a learning read for you.
1. Police and Civilian Culture-for some reason there is a negative culture in our nation when it comes to the relationship b/w cops and civilians. A cop/polices’ job is to serve the public. The civilian job is to appreciate the service..therefore there should be cohesive relationship that exist b/w the two entities. But it doesn’t. Why? Because the relationship is tainted by bias, preconceived notions, and personal prejudices by BOTH parties. This leads to a lack of trust and has created a “get you before you get me” mentality in cops and in civilians. Where have we heard this? On the battle field, in war zones. We no longer see each other as formidable foes, but as forces of opposition.
2. Race Matters?- As Michael Eric Dyson wrote in a book, RACE RULES! Why does race play such a MAJOR role in EVERYTHING? Check your history. EVERYTHING that led to the development of this country involved race..Question? How can you write a book, and in every chapter talk about race, but write a conclusive chapter that does not deal with race. We need to end these superficial relationships and deal with race. Some of my best friends don’t look like me..but the relationships isn’t b/c we work together, or b/c we are neighbors, etc..its genuine. But we create superficial relationships out of convenience, we we become part of the problem and not solutions. This Mike Brown Case is controversial b/c of the race of the members involved. Would this be as controversial if the cop and Mike were both White, or if they were both Black? We need to stop being so hypocritical and compassionate when is convenient. Where is the disgust when its black on black crime which is out of CONTROL! Lets fight violence PERIOD! Are we surprised that people still have issues with another persons race? I’m not surprised one bit.
3.Mike Brown laid in the street for 5 HOURS like road kill. That right there is just disturbing. Have we lost all respect for humanity? Is our county and world that bad off that we don’t see our neighbor through love? Society has created a MONSTER that the world has no solution for.

I’m not upset that a black kid was killed by a white cop…I am upset that a kid was killed by a cop. For me…I would feel the same way if a white kid was killed like an animal by a black cop. Until we figure out how to love one another, society will get worse. You cant make it to heaven hating folks. I don’t care who it is, No one is gonna make me hate them. That’s what the devil wants! Lets take control of our world again!
Advice: Protest, its your right! But peacefully! Churches be havens of hope, not just when stuff happens, but everyday! Are we evangelizing like we should? Or are we organizing the community after a kid gets slain? Speak up, speak out! Stop being scared! Your voice matters and so does your actions! I know my thoughts are all over the place, but that’s just how I feel. Lord, bless Ferguson, Missouri….How many more Mike Browns will it take for us to consistently speak up and speak out.
The scene in Missouri looks like Selma, Alabama…….the 60s. Why does it look that way, b/c people are still thinking that way. LORD bless our evil minds, bless our evil ways…LORD if you don’t change this world, no one else will. ~AMEN

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Michael Brown Incident