Four Ways to Honour Native Culture Without Appropriating

“Many Americans have a disconnected relationship with indigenous peoples: We’re fine as romanticized historical centerpieces and entertainment props, but mocked and ridiculed when we decry the materialistic use of sacred objects like headdresses or call to remove a dictionary-defined racial slur like redskin from the NFL lexicon.

The message is clear to Natives: You can feel honored, or you can shut up.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There are ways you can honor us that don’t diminish the uniqueness of 566 federally recognized tribes down to a few, pan-Indian, stereotypical images that insult, degrade, and dehumanize my people.”

Read the full article with all 4 awesome suggestions HERE

Some Facts That Poverty Deniers Don’t Wanna Hear

“Any thinking person should be able to recognize the hardships suffered by poor families. They’re less likely to have health insurance, even though they’re probably living in a less healthy environment. If they own a home, there’s an estimated 40 percent chance that the outstanding mortgage is more than the value of the home. They’re less likely to have a car, even though having a car has been linked to greater success and opportunity. They’re three times more likely to be victimized by crime. They’re under constant financial stress, with nearly half of them lacking the assets to support their families for even three months.”

Full list HERE

Jamie Haller Sues Three Mounties and the City of Williams Lake BC After Alleged Assault

“Haller’s arrest and treatment are an example of how First Nations people are overpoliced and underprotected by law enforcement.”

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Full story links HERE

Whitewashing and The Problem with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

“None of this is to say we can’t or shouldn’t care about ALS. Obviously, it’s a terrible disease and finding a cure would be an unquestionably good thing. But the idea that we as a nation care about the Ice Bucket Challenge even as much as we do about Ferguson — let alone far moreso — is incredibly disheartening.

We can care about both issues at once, and we should, but right now we’re caring way, way more about the thing that isn’t nearly as important. So by all means, donate money to ALS research — just don’t for a moment think that it absolves you of our collective responsibility to pay attention to and consider the ramifications of an infinitely more important story.”

The Daily Show Wastes No Time Addressing Crisis in Ferguson

Once again, The Daily Show kills it

“forget that in Ferguson 94% of the police are white and 63% of the people are black
forget that 92% of police searches and that 86% of car stops are for black people
forget that the white municipal government finances nearly a quarter of it’s annual budget through the fines and penalties disporportionally leveled against the black portion of the population
forget that the history of this town includes this tasty nugget,
-News reporter speaking, showing image of three heavily armed police officers-
’52 year old man named Henry Davis said that four Ferguson police officers beat him, then charged him with damaging government property because his blood had gotten on the officers uniforms’
So let me get this straight, you guys got tanks, but you can’t keep a couple of tide sticks around? Because here’s, here’s the problem with everything that’s going on in this conversation. This isn’t all about just one man and killed in one town. It’s about how people of colour, no matter their socio-economic standing face obsticales in this country with surprising grace.”

Following Ferguson; Teaching the Crisis in the Classroom

“Washington, D.C. schools issued a five-page teacher’s resource guide for how to discuss Ferguson in the classroom. It’s full of practical tips, and geared for students in the public district.

Teachers who discuss police brutality and Michael Brown’s death will need to “remember that you will almost certainly have students who have been victims of racial profiling in your classroom,” the guide cautions, urging that teachers proceed with care, sensitivity and openness.”

 

Awesome and incredible resource! Read the full article HERE