#racism

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We knew it 56 years ago. Very little has changed.

“White racism is essentially responsible for the explosive mixture which has been accumulating in our cities since the end of World War II . . . What white Americans have never fully understood--but what the Black can never forget, is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerner_Commission

Contrary to the "self-evident" and "common sense" arguments pundits and politicians continue to make about how the school closures early in the pandemic were detrimental to children's mental health, studies actually show that teen suicide rates, which usually peak each year in October, coincidental with the start of the school year, actually held steady and similar to summer rates, or even dropped, during the beginning of the "lock down" school year. Why? Most likely because those suicides are in response to bullying, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism. ableism that the kids experience when they return to school each year.

I'm not saying the school closures weren't detrimental in many ways. As a science teacher, it was impossible to run real lab activities over zoom. Social interactions suffered. Many kids had low or no bandwidth and couldn't tune in (generally low income kids). Many lost access to social services schools provide.

But …

A Powerful Executive Praised for His Efforts Shared Racist, Antisemitic Sentiments in Texts
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Ryan Millsap has built important relationships with Black leaders and Jewish colleagues.

But his private communications, copies of which were filed in court, exhibit derogatory views toward those communities.

https://www.propublica.org/article/ryan-millsap-movie-executive-racist-antisemitic-texts?utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=mastodon-post

On June 21, 1877, the authorities hanged ten Irish miners in a single day in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Known as Black Thursday, or Day of the Rope, it was the second largest mass execution in U.S. history. (The largest was in 1862, when the U.S. government executed 38 Dakota warriors). They convicted the Irishmen of murder, and accused them of being terrorists from a secret organization called the Molly Maguires. They executed ten more over the next two years, and imprisoned another twenty suspected Molly Maguires. Most of the convicted men were union activists. Some even held public office, as sheriffs and school board members.

However, there is no evidence that an organization called the Molly Maguires ever existed in the U.S. The only serious evidence against the men was presented by a spy, James McParland, working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, who provided the plans and weapons the men …