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

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.

She studied kids of Shoah survivors but her findings seem to fit poor, inner-city negroes as well #blacklivesmatter

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Epigenetic changes often serve to biologically prepare offspring for an environment similar to that of the parents, Yehuda explains. In this case, however, the needs of the fetus seem to have trumped that goal. With low levels of cortisol and high levels of the enzyme that breaks it down, many descendants of Holocaust survivors would be ill adapted to survive starvation themselves. In fact, that stress hormone profile might make them more susceptible to PTSD (below, yellow); previous studies have indeed suggested that the offspring of Holocaust survivors are more vulnerable to the effects of stress and are more likely to experience symptoms of PTSD. These descendants may also be at risk for age-related metabolic syndromes, including obesity, hypertension and insulin resistance, particularly in an environment of plenty.

via Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Have Altered Stress Hormones – Scientific American.

#Target goes gender neutral – White Supremacist reaction – Stormfront

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Action Press/REX (3736986c)  Mei Feingold representing Israel and Conchita Wurst representing Austria  Israeli party during the Eurovision Song Contest build up in Copenhagen, Denmark - 06 May 2014

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Action Press/REX (3736986c)
Mei Feingold representing Israel and Conchita Wurst representing Austria
Israeli party during the Eurovision Song Contest build up in Copenhagen, Denmark – 06 May 2014

Target goes gender neutral – Stormfront.

Heil Tolerance! #Nazi salute OK in #Switzerland…if it’s not political — RT News

A Nazi salute may – or may not – land you in jail in Switzerland. Apparently, you are safe if you manage to prove that it was intended as a personal statement and not a marker of political affiliation, the country’s highest court has ruled.

The decision, entitled “Hitler salute in public not always punishable,” implies the following: “Unless one is proven to be spreading racist ideology, they’re free to express a personal sentiment or belief with the gesture.” That is what Lausanne’s Federal Tribunal said Wednesday, according to AP.

via Heil Tolerance! Nazi salute OK in Switzerland…if it’s not political — RT News.

Charleston shooting: For every criminal killed in self-defence in the US, 34 innocent people die – The Independent

I fired my first .22 when I was four years old. My mother kept a pistol in our home for all of my childhood.  I adore the constitution (well, many parts of it) I have a lot of sympathy for my gun loving brothers and sisters.  But then there are the numbers…GunGraphic

Charleston shooting: For every criminal killed in self-defence in the US, 34 innocent people die – Americas – World – The Independent.

Rachel Dolezal and the History of Passing for Black – The Atlantic

Anytime you’re talking about the cultural domain, it certainly can be advantageous to pass as black. In many ways, particularly when you’re talking about the discourse around authenticity in jazz, the most authentic jazz players had to be black. And so if you’re a white jazz player who believes that—and that’s the paradoxical irony of being a white jazz musician, is that many of them were quite traditional in their sense that it’s an authentically black music, and so a black person must play it—but what do I do, because I’m not black?

via Rachel Dolezal Resigns – The Atlantic.