black people cannot create justice in our communities until We obliterate any traces of white supremacy until then we all considered slaves on a longer leash whenever you see black people with any power autonomy or independence it is because black people have been able to destroy white institutions & white governments I do believe it will take too long to infiltrate&neutralize white supremacy our power is controlling our own movements we must consider leaving the Western world & every black person moving back to Africa to contribute to ending white skin domination/white supremacy / white cultureas long as we live with them we contribute to the thief of First Nation land and resources we have a home but as refugees we need a critical look at the back to Africa movement
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This scene of psychic meltdown is completely normal under the system of white supremacy no black person’s mental state is stable under these conditions of terrorism and domination there was no other black person there in the classroom to back her up shameful how we are treated and not there for one another if you try to stand up all black people it seems walk away and disappear you are on your own when the full hand of oppression come swinging down no one will be around I commend this woman for her actions an efforts to stand up against a racist institution we gotta fight the powers that be

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For many black people life can only be black and white with no gray margin for within the grey is privilege not afforded to the perception of blackness similar to the game of chess invented to simulate social choices but at the end of the game the king and the pawn are put back into the same box and that box’s is white supremacy which is a synonym for white culture,

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5 Examples of the War on the Black Woman’s Womb

March 30, 2014 | Posted by K. Abel 


Forced Breeding

Breeding enslaved Africans was a profitable business in the United States for hundreds of years. Although forcing two strangers to engage in sexual intercourse was traumatizing to both genders, Black women endured a heavy burden of pregnancy, childbirth and child loss. Children created through forced breeding were marketed as highly desirable stock when sold on auction blocks. Countless Black women endured the ongoingprocess of rape, gestation, labor, delivery and sale of their children several times within a lifetime; literally turning her womb into an extremely lucrative slave production factory.


Forced Sterilization in the United States

In 1927, The US Supreme Court declared sterilization of handicap persons constitutional. This ruling was used as justification to sterilize Black women who were deemed “mentally diseased” or “feeble minded” by accepted scientific phenotype classifications. Hundreds of thousands of perfectly healthy Black women were sterilized throughout the United States with California and North Carolina topping the list for almost a century. Without informed consent in many cases, Black women were routinely sterilized for no valid medical cause. Teaching hospitals in the South performed unnecessary hysterectomies on Black women so often, the procedure came to be known as “Mississippi Appendectomies”.

The Negro Project 

In 1939, a Black sterilization initiative called The Negro Project was created and implemented by Eugenicist Margaret Sanger. As part of her ongoing efforts to purge society “undesirables” such as the mentally handicapped and the poor, Sanger designed an insidious agenda to remove the “black stain” from the fibers of American society. Sanger knew that earning the trust of the Black community was not going to be easy. Cleverly, she enlisted the assistance of Black religious, political and scholarly leaders. The idea that sterilization could provide a means towards upward mobility for Blacks was heavily debated between Black ministers and scholars. Sanger managed to garnish enough Black leadership support to penetrate the Black community with her sterilization programs nationally. The Negro Project would ultimately lead to the sterilizations and pregnancy terminations of millions of Black women for decades to come.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, was founded by Eugenicist Margaret Sanger in 1916. From that moment on, Sanger’s mission to insure population control of minorities, the impoverished and the handicapped has been nothing short of controversial, but successful nonetheless. With continuous financial and legislative support from the U.S. government, Planned Parenthood continues to propser. In 2008-2009, Planned Parenthood reported that it received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts. Presently, planned parenthood is responsible for more than 25% of abortions in the United States. From 2011-2012, Planned Parenthood conducted  333,964 surgical abortions throughout their facilities nationally. Although Planned Parenthood denies targeting minorities when providing pregnancy prevention service, 79% of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are within Black and Hispanic communities.


Cesarian Sections

A report in the “Annual Summary of Vital Statistics: 2008″ stated that the rate of C-Section births has increased by 56% since 1996. Black women rank highest of all demographics, with 34.5% of all reported child births using the Cesarian procedure. Many of these women have low risk pregnancies, so C-sections are often unnecessary. Medical professionals often try to convince expecting mothers to undergo C-Sections because the procedure can mean higher profits and lower risk for malpractice liability. Cesarian Section procedures can have dangerous results for both mother and child including injury, blood clots and infections. Women who have undergone C-Section increase risks during future pregnancies with complications such as uterine rupture, which can be deadly for both mother and child.

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   The NFL Combine. Where young football talent “try’s out” or gets “sized up” by nfl teams waiting to buy, or rather pay the player for the next few years of service to the league.
   kinda looks familiar doesn’t it? Or are people is still sleep? In the words of my brotha J. Cole “Money control Ni**as, white man control money laughing like “Yea yea my man, get that money son””  

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so people are just now thinking about and noticing this? 

No, we’ve always talked about it. Just seeing it side by side is making me really grossed out

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   The NFL Combine. Where young football talent “try’s out” or gets “sized up” by nfl teams waiting to buy, or rather pay the player for the next few years of service to the league.

   kinda looks familiar doesn’t it? Or are people is still sleep? In the words of my brotha J. Cole “Money control Ni**as, white man control money laughing like “Yea yea my man, get that money son””  

I got sick

so people are just now thinking about and noticing this? 

No, we’ve always talked about it. Just seeing it side by side is making me really grossed out

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US Army vs. Naturalistas

March 27, 2014 | Posted by Barbara-Shae Jackson 
Photo: US Army

New Army regulations, in process of publication, are marginalizing women with natural hair, and there is a petition on whitehouse.gov to correct their racial bias.

The new changes to AR 670-1 says flat twists and two strand twists — protective styles that Black women with natural hair rely on — are unauthorized because they are not professional or neat in appearance.

Dreadlocks, which defined by the new article as “any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair” are not allowed either.

The concern of the petition’s creator, and the nearly 2,000 who have signed, is: Natural women, who have often made the personal choice to avoid weaves, wigs and perms — all Army-authorized — to embrace their own hair, are not being given options that show that their natural hair is valued or accepted by the military branch for which they have chosen to serve.

If the changes are published, women with natural hair in the Army will have to figure out ‘what to do’ with their hair because an institution has deemed it an issue that needs to be fixed to maintain a certain standard.

Natural hair is not a problem, nor are natural hairstyles. Curly tresses can be well-kept, neat and presented in a professional manner which does not negatively reflect on the image the Army desires to uphold — this should be the sole requirement when regulating women with natural hair, the petition states.

A total of 100,000 signatures are needed by April 19, 2014, for the policy (AR 670-1) to be reviewed.

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US Army vs. Naturalistas

March 27, 2014 | Posted by Barbara-Shae Jackson 
Photo: US Army

New Army regulations, in process of publication, are marginalizing women with natural hair, and there is a petition on whitehouse.gov to correct their racial bias.

The new changes to AR 670-1 says flat twists and two strand twists — protective styles that Black women with natural hair rely on — are unauthorized because they are not professional or neat in appearance.

Dreadlocks, which defined by the new article as “any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair” are not allowed either.

The concern of the petition’s creator, and the nearly 2,000 who have signed, is: Natural women, who have often made the personal choice to avoid weaves, wigs and perms — all Army-authorized — to embrace their own hair, are not being given options that show that their natural hair is valued or accepted by the military branch for which they have chosen to serve.

If the changes are published, women with natural hair in the Army will have to figure out ‘what to do’ with their hair because an institution has deemed it an issue that needs to be fixed to maintain a certain standard.

Natural hair is not a problem, nor are natural hairstyles. Curly tresses can be well-kept, neat and presented in a professional manner which does not negatively reflect on the image the Army desires to uphold — this should be the sole requirement when regulating women with natural hair, the petition states.

A total of 100,000 signatures are needed by April 19, 2014, for the policy (AR 670-1) to be reviewed.

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11 Examples Highlighting the War Against Natural Black Hair

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Tiana Parker sent home from school crying for having locks

Tiana Parker, 7, was reprimanded by her Tulsa, Okla., elementary school in September for wearing locks to school. Her father removed her from the Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, after the charter school’s dress code banning “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and other faddish styles” sent her home in tears.

Two weeks after Tiana transferred to another school over the policy, her former school backtracked with an apology and amendment to its dress code.

MarKeese Warner denied employment for dreadlocks

In June 2012, Penn State engineering student MarKeese Warner learned when she applied for a summer job at Six Flags in Mitchellville, Md., that she was denied employment because her locks were a breach of the company policy against “extreme hairstyles.”

Six Flags stood by its decision and claims it is an equal opportunity employer.

Meteorologist Rhonda Lee was fired for defending natural hair

Meteorologist Rhonda Lee was fired from Louisiana KTBS 3 News in October 2012 for responding to a viewer’s racist Facebook comment about her natural hair. The ABC affiliate station said that Lee violated company policy when she responded to the comments with an explanation about her ethnic hair and African-American heritage.

She recalls a manager at the station suggesting she thank viewers for their oft-racially insensitive comments about her hair. “I remember thinking, ‘No I’m not going to thank someone for being racist,’” she says.

The TV station is maintaining that it sent an email addressing staff communicating with readers on social media, however Lee affirms she “never got part of any policy as it pertains to any Facebook posts and social media in general.”

Sheryl Underwood calls afro hair “nasty”

Talk-show host  and comedian Sheryl Underwood  caused an uproar  in the Black community, when she made a derogatory reference to Black hair in a August re-run episode of CBS’s “The Talk.” In the segment, co-host Sharon Osbourne highlighted the fact that model Heidi Klum saves the hair after her biracial children get a haircut.

Underwood responded,“I’m sorry but why would you save afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair. You ain’t never seen us at the hair place going, ‘Look here, what I need is the curly, nappy beads.’ That just seems nasty.”

To make matters worse, when co-host Sara Gilbert added that she also saves her children’s hair, Underwood responded, “Which is probably some beautiful long silky stuff. That’s not what an afro is.”

Black woman gets TSA patdown for puffy hair

The Transportation Security Administration searched Laura Adiele’s “poofy” hair in July 2011 at Seattle’s Sea-Tec Airport even after she already had gone through a full body X-ray scanner.

Adiele felt the additional search was discrimination, that she as a Black woman with an afro tucked up into a curly bun, was being selected for hand-screening when women of other races with “big hair, ponytails” weren’t. So she asked to speak to a supervisor.

“The supervisor shows up and she says, ‘It’s our policy that we examine anything that poofs from the body,’ and I’m looking around me at all these women with bigger hair if you will and I’m thinking ‘why am I the only one being singled out here for poofy hair?” Adiele said, adding, “It’s just totally a violation of my personal space and my biggest question is if I’m going through a full body X-ray what more do you need to find, after that?” Adiele said.

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Isaiah Mustafa Says women have to have “good hair”

Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa made headlines in 2011 when he opened up in an E! interview about the qualities he looks for in a woman.

Mustafa, who has been romantically linked to comedian Kathy Griffin, listed admirable qualities such as athleticism and honesty but then asserted that his ideal woman has to have “good hair.”

“Yes, it does have to be real hair. I want my kids to have nice hair so she better have good hair. Cause, I don’t know if you’ve checked my hair out lately. Aside from today it’s normally nice. Today it’s slightly nappy,” Mustafa said.

Milwaukee teacher cuts off student’s braid

In November  2009, Lamya Cammon, 7, reported that her first-grade Milwaukee teacher brought her to the front of the class and used a pair of classroom scissors to cut off one of her braids as punishment. Embarrassed, the girl cried at her seat while her classmates laughed at her expense. According to reports, the teacher then remarked, “Now what you gonna go home and say to your momma?”

The teacher has since apologized for acting out of “frustration” and was also issued a $175 fine for disorderly conduct from the local police department. The district attorney, however, has declined to press charges against the teacher. Eventually the school board suspended her without pay.

Hampton University bans hairstyles

Hampton University, a historically Black university, has a ban on cornrows and dreadlocks for students in its five-year MBA program.

Male students enrolled in Hampton’s program have not been allowed to sport these styles since 2001, when the ban was put into place. The ban was started because of the school’s desire to maintain a “professional” look for students in the program.

The ban sparked controversy, but the university maintains hairstyles will prevent students from securing corporate jobs.


Vanessa VanDyke threatened with expulsion

A Central Florida girl faced expulsion because administrators at her private Christian school wanted her to cut and shape her hair. Last month, Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, the school the 12-year-old had been attending since  third grade,  gave her a week to decide whether to change her natural hair or leave.

“It says that I’m unique,” Vanessa said of her hairstyle. “First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in.”

Vanessa’s mom, Sabrina Kent, said her daughter has had the same hairstyle since the beginning of the school year, but school officials only became concerned Vanessa’s hair was a distraction after Kent complained to them about her daughter being teased.

“There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her,” Kent said.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that the school is not going to expel Vanessa, but she still must abide by school’s policy of styling.

“We’re not asking her to put products in her hair or cut her hair.” However, the school is not accepting her current look, either. “We’re asking her to style her hair within the guidelines according to the school handbook,” the  school said in a statement to a local news outlet.

Missouri woman told to cut off 10-year-old locks or lose job

In October, 24-year-old Ashley Davis was told by her bosses at Tower Loan, a Missouri loan company, that due to changes in the company policy, she had until the end of the week to cut off her 10-year-old dreadlocks if she wanted to keep her job.

The policy states,”dreadlocks, braids, mohawks, mullets and other hairstyles are against company guidelines.”

Ashley had worked for two months with her locks in plain sight, and says her supervisor even commended her job performance.

Davis says her locks are a part of her culture and everyone in her family wears them. But, she’s the only one in her office that wears the hairstyle.

Black employee told braids look “ghetto”

Katherine Lemire, a former special prosecutor for the New York Police Department, says that she was removed from her job at Michael Stapleton Associates for standing up for a Black colleague.

Lemire, who was president of MSA Investigations until she was forced to resign, says she stood up for Chanissa Green after MSA Vice President of Operations Joe Atherall warned the human resources assistant to not wear her hair in braids.

According to the allegations, here’s what he said: “When someone like me… sees someone with a style like that, we think ghetto – not professional. I’ll tell you what’s beautiful: my daughter, with blond hair and blue eyes.”

Lemire, who has filed a lawsuit, says that the probe into the discrimination was botched by the company and the employee handling the investigation was also fired as a result.

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