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".
Justice or Else! 20th Aniversary: The Million Man March :: 10.10.15 :: National Mall :: Washington, DC
WE want Justice for Blacks in America who have given America 460 years of sweat and blood to make her rich and powerful.
We want an immediate end to police brutality and mob attacks.
WE want Justice for the Native American Indians.
We want Justice for the Mexican and Latinos.
We want Justice for Women.
We want Justice for the Poor.
We want Justice for the Incarcerated.
We want Justice for Veterans.
We want Land
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CHOO SMITH Launches 30-Day Campaign: "The Race to $10K" :: "Love It, Learn It, Live It, Lead It."
: Baltimore is in need of viable programs for our youth and now, more than ever, we need to reach more kids. Baltimore, let's stand up and support our 'Bumblebees'. It takes everyone to do a little so that a lot can be accomplished. I'm putting out a call to action and I need your help. Donate today. Every dollar counts. Your donation will be put to good use as Choo Smith Youth Empowerment looks to expand! Read in Full >>
KEVIN POWELL, Author: A Discussion & Book Signing :: Tues., Nov. 17, 2015 at 6 pm :: Reginald Lewis Museum :: BALTIMORE
As a pop culture curator, Kevin produced the first exhibit on the history of hip-hop in America at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, which toured America and overseas. As a humanitarian, Kevin's work includes local, national and international initiatives to end violence against women and girls (including a very well-regarded appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show highlighting domestic violence); and he has done extensive philanthropic and relief work, ranging from Hurricane Katrina to earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, to Superstorm Sandy in New York, to his annual holiday party and clothing drive for the homeless every December since 9/11.
As an acknowledgement of Kevin's life of public service and his dedication to literature and the arts, Cornell University recently became the owner of The Kevin Powell Collection, documenting nearly 30 years of his work to date in print, photos, videos, books, handwritten notes, speeches, and select memorabilia. Read in Full >>
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2015 Fall Seminar Series November 3, 10, 17 :: Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D.
November 3: Health Care Policy from the Inside: When elected representatives are also health care providers
Key health care policy decisions are made at the state level by state legislators. We’ll hear from Maryland state legislators who are also health care providers. Join Delegate Clarence Lam, MD MPH; Delegate Terri Hill, MD, and State Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, RN, and moderator Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D. who will give their perspective on the formulation of health care policy. Read in Full >>