In plain sight: the ghosts of segregation
- Vestiges of racism and oppression, from bricked-over segregated entrances to the forgotten sites of racial violence, still permeate much of America’s built environment.
- Several years ago, I began to photographically document vestiges of racism, oppression and segregation in America’s built and natural environments — lingering traces that were hidden in plain sight behind a veil of banality.
- Some of the sites I found were unmarked, overlooked and largely forgotten: bricked-over “Colored” entrances to movie theaters, or walls built inside restaurants to separate nonwhite customers.
- In 2018, I was perusing the website for the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, which led me to a theater company site that mentioned the Moore Theatre’s segregated entrance.
- And these pictures prove that if you look carefully enough, you’ll find that the evidence of the structures of segregation — and the marks of white supremacy — still surrounds us, embedded in the landscape of our day-to-day lives.
To win in 2020 and beyond, Democrats need to face 1990s truths
- Political and ideological battles over racial justice, the role of the federal government and the meaning of citizenship have been waged within the Democratic Party since the New Deal helped usher in an unwieldly coalition of liberals, Southern conservative segregationists (sometimes called Dixiecrats), moderates and progressives.
- This sorry state of affairs means that unless and until the GOP recovers the conservative principles that allowed political centrists such as former President Dwight Eisenhower and social liberals like New York City Mayor John Lindsay to find room in the party, the future of national progress lies in the hands of Democrats.
- Debates within the party should be less about the practicality of birthing new freedoms than our shared responsibility -- whether Democratic centrists, moderates, liberals or progressives -- of forging a broad-based national consensus, outlining bold steps toward achieving policy and political solutions that these watershed historical times demand.
Qualcomm’s next flagship processor is the Snapdragon 888
- Qualcomm typically announces its flagship processor for the next generation of smartphones at the end of the year, and though the company may not be hosting a physical event this year, coronavirus has not changed timing in 2020.
- The company today officially unveiled the Snapdragon 888, which you can expect to see in nearly every flagship Android smartphone next year.
- Previously, manufacturers had to use a separate, optional chip for 5G; the direct integration should yield some efficiency gains to help mitigate the battery drain that often plagues 5G connections.
- Whether the leap to a 5nm will help Qualcomm catch up to the speed of Apple Silicon remains to be seen, although it’s not like Android users have many alternatives.
- Still, with ARM-based chips becoming increasingly important for laptops as well as phones, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of performance gains Qualcomm can bring to the next generation of devices.
The Black battalion that rescued Tony Blinken's stepfather
- It overcame harassment and violence by white GIs and civilians at their training camps in the South and had to deal with the skepticism of military brass who didn't believe Black people could master sophisticated tank doctrine -- or, for that matter, serve in any combat roles.
- One of the battalion's soldiers, Sgt. Ruben Rivers became one of the first African Americans to win the Medal of Honor for bravery during World War II.
- Despite the heroism of units such as the 761st Tank Battalion, the Tuskegee Airmen, the 333rd Field Artillery which played a pivotal role during the Battle of the Bulge or the Black Marines who fought pitched battles against the Japanese on the island of Saipan, decades went by and no Black soldier serving during World War II received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award.
Violent, lively and brash, taverns were everywhere in early colonial America
- Rather than apologise and run away, the soggy sot continued to damn local governance and religious order, exclaiming: ‘Christ … is a Sinner as well as Other Men … May the Thunder Strike God if he me should punish!’ With ‘chronic and inherent’ partisanship cleaving political order, and lower-class colonists thumbing their noses at authority, colonial leaders were convinced that they must issue change, and fast.
- Colonial leaders also issued blanket measures that forbade Black men and women from entering licensed taverns as customers.
- Indigenous Americans, poor whites and women faced similar obstacles as officials enacted a slew of policies intended to stop them from taverngoing and, in turn, full participation in civil society.
- Though elites damned unlicensed taverns as the bane of civil society, many of those same men emerged as some of disorderly houses’ most notable, and violent, customers.
- Over the next 10 years, rebellious colonists from Charleston to New York City commandeered taverns to resist one tax after another and, in turn, assert a republican-minded civil society.
Disney honors Chadwick Boseman's birthday with tribute
- Boseman, who died in August after a private battle with colon cancer, starred as T'Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel superhero franchise.
- On Saturday, Disney chairman Bob Iger tweeted to alert that something was coming.
- That turned out to be a new opening credit for the "Black Panther" film currently streaming on Disney+.
- The slightly more than 30 second tribute shows clips of Boseman and was shared by Marvel Studios' official Twitter account.
- No announcement has been made as of yet for how the studio plans to handle casting for "Black Panther 2," which is scheduled to begin filming in 2021.
Instagram will highlight users who donate to nonprofits on Giving Tuesday
- Instagram is getting into the charitable spirit just ahead of Giving Tuesday.
- Today and tomorrow, you'll see a Giving Tuesday story at the start of the stories section.
- Any accounts you follow that use the Donation or I Donated stickers will be included there.
- The service will highlight creators who are giving back to their communities on its main account and @creators.
- Meanwhile, Instagram is working on a more permanent way for you to create and share fundraisers on your feed.
- Instagram plans to start testing this feature soon.
- There are several ways for users to show support for local businesses through the app, Instagram noted.
- It has some shopping features through which you can buy items from a local retailer or restaurant.
- You might also use the Support Small Business and Buy Black stickers in your stories to encourage your followers to do just that.
AI reveals vast racial inequities in NYC homeownership
- An AI analysis of New York City housing data has revealed stark racial disparities in homeownership, home loans, and foreclosures in the Big Apple.
- The research by analytics giant SAS and the non-profit Center for NYC Neighborhoods (CNYCN) showed that areas with a higher proportion of Black and Hispanic homeowners have lower home values — even when the age and square footage of their properties are the same.
- The team also found that the cost of getting home purchase loans is higher for Black and Hispanic borrowers than other racial groups.
- The CNYCN will use the insights to design programs that can increase Black homeownership and advocate for policies that help to close the racial wealth gap.
- The non-profit believes that data-driven insights could help address the racial disparities in homeownership.
Apple's MacBook Air M1 drops to $899 for Cyber Monday
- If the early praise for Apple’s M1-powered MacBooks got you excited at the prospect of upgrading, Cyber Monday has brought a good opportunity to do so.
- The space gray, silver and gold models are included in this promotion, so you get to pick which you prefer (unlike other deals we’ve seen in which only one color option gets the discount).
- However, only the base models are on sale, so you’ll be getting Apple’s M1 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage regardless of which color you go for.
- But you’ll notice the differences Apple made when using the new MacBook Air. It’s much quieter than the previous version, and the M1’s octa-core CPU and octa-core GPU run apps quite smoothly.
- And since you’re getting Apple’s latest and greatest chipset, it’s an even better opportunity if you’re currently working on an aging Air and would benefit from the performance boost.
Black churches enlist mental health pros to support community
- As Black people face an onslaught of grief, stress and isolation triggered by a devastating pandemic and repeated instances of racial injustice, churches play a crucial role in addressing the mental health of their members and the greater community.
- This year, the AAKOMA Project has received clergy requests that are increasingly urgent, asking to focus on coping skills and tools people can use immediately, Breland-Noble said.
- At smaller churches, where funding a counseling center is unrealistic, clergy are instead turning to members of the congregation to address growing mental health needs.
- People thought seeking mental health treatment meant your faith wasn't strong enough, Williams said.
- The Bridges to Care and Recovery program trains faith leaders in "mental health first aid," suicide prevention, substance use and more, through a 20-hour course.