50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration – The Atlantic

This is a clip from a long but excellently written article in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Politicians are suddenly eager to disown failed policies on American prisons, but they have failed to reckon with the history. Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family,” 50 years later.

Source: 50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration – The Atlantic

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VIDEO: Um, what exactly IS an “old stock Canadian,” Stephen Harper?

“Old Stock Canadian”?

I guess ours are not the only pols struggling with ways to respectfully discuss immigration.

Source: VIDEO: Um, what exactly IS an “old stock Canadian,” Stephen Harper?

The Ethiopian Fashion Tribe that turns Nature into Haute Couture | Messy Nessy Chic

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Remember when you tried to get creative and bejewel your jean shorts or decorate your new tennis shoes with a Sharpie pen? Well this is not that. In the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia, the Surma and Mursi people don’t have glue guns, sewing machines, sequins or Sharpies to accessorise with. Inspired by the tools and textiles provided by nature alone, these ancient African tribes manage to create their own unique fashion that could easily rival and certainly influence the avant garde looks of Haute Couture Fashion Weeks around the world.

Source: The Ethiopian Fashion Tribe that turns Nature into Haute Couture | Messy Nessy Chic

When I threatened the police – YouTube

All lives matter. This is a story from long, long ago.

I’ve never shot or shot at any human being. This is the tale of a threatening phone call my mom told me to make in 1969 when I was 13 years old.

I LOVE the police, especially the ones here in Highland Park and Highwood Illinois. I get scared when I see a light top car in my rear view mirror. But when on my front porch with my bride I am reassured to see a marked car cruise by. We always smile and wave.

Meet the Black Marine Vet Who’s Speaking Out Against #BlackLivesMatter

Cornell West this guy ain’t.  A whole lot of what he says seems to me egregious nonsense.   But I take from this interview that the rhetorical utility of #blacklivesmatter as a slogan is rapidly coming to an end.  It crumbles in the face of “lives matter”.

For anyone familiar with how hard ball politics is played it’s easy to believe that some of the more odious chants at blm rallies, “fry ’em”, “pigs in a blanket”, etc, are being shouted by “false flag” plants working for the FBI, Tea Party,  FoxNews or the Koch brothers.  I readily acknowledge blm has served a useful role since Ferguson in rallying and focusing the energy and online attention of people outraged by the killings of Michael Brown and others.  But it looks like the slogan’s 15 minutes are about up.  The rallying cry “livesmatter” necessarily includes our darker ones and that, sez me, is the best way forward.