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Racial bias in America: from higher suspension rates in preschool, to disproportionate rates of capital punishment, to everything in between, structures of authority routinely allow anti-Black racial bias to color the “facts”, and warp the narrative. And frequently (whether unintentional or otherwise) the police and the media often work together to further criminalize innocent Black victims

1Criminalizing Blackness in America

2. 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian attacked and choked by police, literally while holding a puppy…because McMillian made them “feel threatened” and gave them “dehumanizing stares

3. Author and CNN contributor keithboykin: how the AP slandered Renisha McBride even in death

4.  The Associated Press: when can skin color alone determine who is and who isn’t a looter? (hint: don’t be Black)

5. Lauren Davidson: Disturbing Study Proves That Cops View Black Children Differently 

This implicit racial bias does not magically stop at innocuous events like the VMAs, or in »Hollywood. So far, it doesn’t ever turn off. There are two Americas and racial bias is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe

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     “‘Struggle’ is the key word, man. I’ve got a job, but even if you pay three or four bills, you’ve still got six more looking at you. How the hell are you gonna be happy doing that? We need to live, not survive. So now I’m trying to do what they call ‘affiliate programs’. I’m trying to be an Internet entrepreneur. But my wife thinks I’m full of shit—she’s about to kick me out of the house for this.”     “You still have your day job, right?”     “Of course. In fact, I work three jobs, man! I didn’t tell you the whole story: I work a night job, then I have the day job I just got off from, and then I have an earlier job that I have to get up for at three o’clock in the morning. I work 24/7. You caught me here because I got off early from my day job and I came down here to take a little walk, cool off my head and keep my spirits up. You don’t want to look down and out.     “So that’s where I am at, you see? And I’m still not making it. I’m trying to hustle, but I still ain’t going nowhere. But now I have to make this online thing work, or my wife will throw the kitchen sink at me. I’m living on a prayer. I know there’s money to be made on the Internet, but you can’t trust everybody, and it’s hard to find somebody who’s gonna train you. I already bought some software—now I need to set it up and learn how to use it.     “That’s what I’m trying to do right now. I’m tired of scraping by payment to payment. At some point you want to relax with your family. You don’t want to work 24/7. Your kids want this, want that, want to go to nice places. What are you gonna tell them? They’re little now, but you don’t want them to remember you as the dad with the sad, broken story who never gave them anything.”

portraits-of-america:

     “‘Struggle’ is the key word, man. I’ve got a job, but even if you pay three or four bills, you’ve still got six more looking at you. How the hell are you gonna be happy doing that? We need to live, not survive. So now I’m trying to do what they call ‘affiliate programs’. I’m trying to be an Internet entrepreneur. But my wife thinks I’m full of shit—she’s about to kick me out of the house for this.”
     “You still have your day job, right?”
     “Of course. In fact, I work three jobs, man! I didn’t tell you the whole story: I work a night job, then I have the day job I just got off from, and then I have an earlier job that I have to get up for at three o’clock in the morning. I work 24/7. You caught me here because I got off early from my day job and I came down here to take a little walk, cool off my head and keep my spirits up. You don’t want to look down and out.
     “So that’s where I am at, you see? And I’m still not making it. I’m trying to hustle, but I still ain’t going nowhere. But now I have to make this online thing work, or my wife will throw the kitchen sink at me. I’m living on a prayer. I know there’s money to be made on the Internet, but you can’t trust everybody, and it’s hard to find somebody who’s gonna train you. I already bought some software—now I need to set it up and learn how to use it.
     “That’s what I’m trying to do right now. I’m tired of scraping by payment to payment. At some point you want to relax with your family. You don’t want to work 24/7. Your kids want this, want that, want to go to nice places. What are you gonna tell them? They’re little now, but you don’t want them to remember you as the dad with the sad, broken story who never gave them anything.”

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