Diane Bell-McKoy, President, Associated Black Charities of Maryland
THE DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN AND MANY OTHER INDIGNITIES FACED BY BLACK MALES (REGARDLESS OF INCOME AND EDUCATION) RELATED TO THE POLICIES IN THIS COUNTRY
By Diane Bell-McKoy, President, www.ABC-MD.org
(BALTIMORE - April 6, 2012) - The death of Trayvon Martin is an absolute tragedy; our condolences and heartfelt concern goes out to his family and friends.
It is also the time for us to understand the significant impact that structural racism makes in our lives each and every day as people of color. It is the very core that limits the collective economic vitality and the physical health for people of color which then impacts all citizens. It is also the challenge that can cripple America in the future as this country grows increasingly brown.
Structural racism is a significant part of our challenge as a city and state - it is not necessarily about "bad people" but about bad policies and policies that have huge "unintended consequences" based on racialized behavior. I believe Trayvon Martin's death is an example of a "perfect storm" - existence of a law that provides distinct advantages to non people of color and negative unintended consequences to people of color.
Structural racism - a system of societal structures that work interactively to distribute generational and historic advantages to groups of people based on race and that produces cumulative, race-based inequalities. This includes laws and policies with "unintended consequences based on racialized behavior."
A stand-your-ground law is a law that allows a person to use deadly force when threatened without attempting to retreat. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat.
A local question to ponder: Have you ever been stopped by the police for a traffic violation and then handcuffed so they could "search the car" or asked if you were doing or had any drugs in your car?
If your answer is no: Then ask any African American males you know if this has been their experience, or if they know of any African American males who have had this experience, regardless of income or educational background. (We acknowledge that there are people who are not of color who have also been profiled and stopped by the police. However, disportionately we know this happens to African American males).
How does structural racism play out in these situations? Unintended consequences of existing laws - that allow one group of people to feel safe and another group of people to feel "targeted".
THE G SPA WELCOMES SPOKESPERSON AND BEAUTY-INSIDER SONYA LOWERY
Lowery is best known as an avid thrill-seeker, lifestyle enthusiast and founder of the adventure movement, World Next Door. She believes in the philosophy of living and sharing your best life. "I spend a lot of time outdoors, and despite the exposure to the sun, wind and other harsh elements, I am always being asked how I keep my skin so healthy looking. I don't believe that women want drastic changes, only an opportunity to enhance what they already have. And that's why I'm so excited about being part of the G Spa family. I believe that small changes can make a big difference in how women feel about themselves." Read in Full >>
2013, An Amazing Year! :A "Thank You" from Associated Black Charities of Maryland
• ABC's sell-out annual women's event convened enterprising young women and established movers and shakers for a powerful evening with Jada Pinkett Smith.
• We were able to support the work of nonprofits in Prince Georges County in partnership with the Prince Georges Chamber of Commerce and look forward to the launch of our Prince Georges County Board Pipeline in 2014.
• ABC-Dorchester was awarded the Community Transformation Grant by Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as, successfully hosted the 2013 Health Disparities Conference.
• We partnered with multiple statewide organizations to inform citizens regarding unintended economic impacts of administrative and legislative policies (existing and proposed) on individuals, families and communities of color in Maryland. With the goals of expanding the lens of policy makers and influencers, advocates and citizens, our efforts assisted successful passage of policy changes related to expansion of employment access. Read in Full >>
Gwen Shelton, Baltimore City Community Advocate Extraordinaire, Passes 12.2.13
Elder C D Witherspoon: Ms. Shelton was one of the bravest people I have ever had the opportunity to meet. Some of the personal conversations we had I will take with me until our spirits reunite on the other side of the Jordan. I had the opportunity to speak with her just two weeks ago, and had spoken with at least twice per month since she initially became ill. She has been one of the most consistently loyal people I have ever known. She fought diligently for the people even in spite of her declining health. She was truly a Christian soldier in the truest sense of the word. Read in Full >>
REBIRTH: The Bmorenews.com 11th Anniversary Gala & Benefit :: Honorees include Photographer Anderson Ward :: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 :: 6-9p :: Douglass-Myers Museum
All are invited to attend REBIRTH: The 11th Anniversary of Bmorenews.com on 12/11/13 from 6 to 9 pm at the Douglass-Myers Maritime Museum. RSVP at www.bmorenews11.eventbrite.com.
Honorees that night include Baltimore's extraordinary photographer Anderson Ward. Read in Full >>
REBIRTH: The Bmorenews.com 11th Anniversary Gala & Benefit :: Honorees include Moonyene Jackson-Amis :: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 :: 6-9p :: Douglass-Myers Museum
Honorees on this magnificent evening include some of the most stellar people in America, including Bmorenews' longtime friend from Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Moonyene Amis-Jackson: She is nothing short of a fighter for the people. The story of Harriet Ross Tubman is one so deeply burned in her soul. All too well, she knows what it is to be black in a land dominated by whites. She also knows, like Tubman, the way towards freedom and justice for all.
From 2001 to 2009, Moonyene Jackson-Amis was an elected official on the Easton Town Council representing Ward IV, the first African American woman to stand for election in the history of Talbot County. She did what no black woman had ever done - let alone in the 21st century ... on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. There are approximately 36,000 citizens in this place. And Easton is the County Seat. Read in Full >>