Social Justice and Identity (AAS 250)

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Some News Happening Over the Weekend (3.17.14)

The host of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart, interviewed Anita Hill this past Thursday night, who infamously testified at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings. Ms. Hill now has a documentary coming out that focuses on it. Video 1 and Video 2

A new study that was released showed that black boys and other boys of color are perceived as older than their white counterparts. This study was up for discussion yesterday on Melissa Harris Perry on MSNBC. Video 1 & Video 2

Pres. Obama Extends a Hand to Young Men and Boys of Color. What About Girls? (via The Nation magazine)

Pres. Obama Extends a Hand to Young Men and Boys of Color. What About Girls? (via The Nation magazine)

Don’t worry! Friday’s Looks, Listens, and Reads will be back next week!

But here is an article from the Nation on the necessity of including and focusing on the plights experienced by young girls and women of color in national conversations, as My Brother’s Keeper has begun to do. Excerpt: “Now that the concept has moved from the non-profit world to presidential policy, it’s impossible to keep ignoring the obvious question: where do girls and young women fit in? If streets corners, classrooms, workplaces and court systems are inhospitable to and dangerous for black and Latino boys and men, how do they affect the girls and women who are often right by their sides? After all, boys and men don’t exist in a vacuum.”

Some News Happening Over the Weekend. (2.17.14)

As you may or may not know, the case of Michael Dunn, who killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012, was settled this past Saturday. This weekend, on Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC (with guest host Joy Reid), the case and the racial implications of Davis’ death, including the use of Stand Your Ground, was discussed in depth. Watch the videos below.

  1. Did “stand your ground” influence Dunn trial?
  2. The dimension of the Michael Dunn case
  3. The challenges facing young black men
  4. President Obama launches initiative for young men of color
  5. What will My Brother’s Keeper look like? 

Thoughts on the videos? Post below.

Also, if you have any suggestions, post them below as well.

News Happening over the Weekend.

On the Saturday and Sunday’s edition of Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, her and guests discussed a documentary premiering on PBS today called Spies of Mississippi, taking a look at the Civil Rights Movement in a different way. They also discussed how the parents of Trayvon Martin and of Jordan Davis, whose murderer is currently on trial, have turned their personal tragedy of losing their sons into activism to end Stand Your Ground laws around the U.S. and to prevent another black son from being murdered due to his blackness. Watch the two videos below.

http://on.msnbc.com/1iHpSZH

http://on.msnbc.com/1eDueCr