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Moore's Ford Bridge Lynching
According to a recent article in The Guardian by Jon Swaine:
US authorities are investigating whether some of those responsible for one of the American south’s most notorious mass lynchings are still alive, in an attempt to finally bring prosecutions over the brutal unsolved killings.

FBI agents have questioned a man in Georgia about the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching of 1946, the man told the Guardian. The man was among several in their 80s and 90s named in connection with the incident on a list given to the US Department of Justice by civil rights activists.

Beyond the hard evidence that suspects in the Moore's Ford Bridge lynching of four African Americans—among those attacked was a World War II veteran and a pregnant woman—appear to be still living, the sheer chronology of it all predicts that perpetrators of racial violence from the 1940s-1960s, in many cases, will still be alive. While time may slightly ease the sting of historical racial violence in America, it does not lessen the need for justice in cold cases of lynching. Just as every single man and woman who contributed to the horrors of the Holocaust are tracked down to every corner of the earth, the same must be done for those who so brazenly and publicly terrorized African Americans with little consequence.

Not only are these cases worth fighting for because the lives and legacy of old victims still matter, but the very pursuit of justice in these cases communicates to future perpetrators of racial violence that their acts will not be tolerated in America.

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All photos in this post are by Prince Balume and Achilles Balume, and are posted here with permission.

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In 2006, DR Congo passed a new constitution, which is similar to our (US) constitution in many ways. The right to vote, to assemble, and to free speech are guaranteed. Beyond our constitution, it guarantees strong parity between men and women. The issue today, though, is that it imposes tenure limits on the President.  

By law, President Joseph Kabila must step down and allow an open election in 2016. He began as a military dictator who led the country through a transitional government, and was then democratically elected President. His re-election met with some criticism, and he's since been maneuvering to extend his tenure -- recently by trying to amend the tenure law outright, and then by introducing requirements that would delay the election.

People in DR Congo are still learning about the law and starting to believe in their rights. If Kabila stays in power, it will set back the progress the people have made toward a Democratic DR Congo. John Kerry and the US State Department have been trying to get him to step down at the end of his term.

Last month, Kabila's supporters in Parliament passed a census requirement for the next election. That law would delay the 2016 election indefinitely. The people of DR Congo organized a coordinated demonstration to protest the census requirement. The government cracked down on the protesters. Some were killed and others are not yet accounted for.

The great success was that Parliament eventually relented and removed the census requirement. It was a real step toward implementing democracy. It dearly cost people who demonstrated, though -- some who paid with their lives.

So, what does this have to do with the climate?

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Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 11:09 PM PST

She speaks for me.

by slksfca

Reposted from SLK in SF by rb137

This drag queen speaks for me. This fabulous, fierce, funny, articulate Irish drag queen speaks for me.

All my gay life I've been looking for just the right words to express the reality I've lived (and in some ways still live), and now she's done it. Superbly. Brava, Panti Bliss.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), published an investigative report on torture by the military and CIA in 2009.  As it happens, I wrote about it at the time. And interestingly, the same two psychologists who are currently in the news for having developed the CIA torture program, were named then.  

Physicians for Human Rights, in reports still available on its web site, detailed the practices developed by psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, which it said included beating, sexual and cultural humiliation, forced nakedness, exposure to extreme temperatures, exploitation of phobias, sleep deprivation and sensory deprivation. These men have once again been named as the men who developed he CIA's torture program.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based PHR, which shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, says psychologists “led the way” in legitimizing the Pentagon’s approval and use of the tactics, which were first tried out at Guantanamo.  PHR joined the Senate Armed Services Committee in calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate who should be held accountable.

And then, nothing happened.

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Sometimes I visualize a world in which climate actions like tomorrow's Dhaka March against the impacts of dirty energy on Bangladesh are live streamed in public squares, in piazzas, plazas and praças.

Imagine having the capacity to rev up enthusiasm akin to that which surrounds an event like the World Cup?  When, for millions of people, regardless of country, culture or class,  everyday life is “back burnered” for a few weeks. And it doesn't really matter if and when your favorite team is eliminated because it is the entire process, kit and kabboodle,  which engages us. Is there any one whose heart did not ache a little last summer when the host country Brazil was so mercilessly trounced by Germany in the FIFA Semi-Finals?

What if climate change activism had the power to awaken and ignite such a universal response?

I won't be in Bangladesh tomorrow, when folks take to the streets to protest plans to construct a coal-fired power plant in Rampal, which borders the Sundarbans - a UNESCO world heritage site and locale for the world’s most pristine mangrove forest.

But I have met and spoke with the people of Bangladesh at these huge climate conferences. Their desperate determination is palpable. Their fear, so primal, you can almost smell it.

And so I dream of a day when millions of people will stand with them. Will cheer them on in their brave acts of defiance. In their desperate call to be acknowledged.

Bonn Climate Talks: 6/14/2011: Bangladesh maintains its no-nonsense, pace-setting status in climate change activism with it's announcement today of plans to amend its constitution to provide a provision which addresses climate change.

“The state shall take appropriate response measures, including mitigation and adaptation, against anthropogenic-accelerated global-warming-induced climate change and sea-level rise.”

The country is the first to adapt its constitution with an amendment providing the government with authority to insure legal action and penalties be imposed on institutions and/or people found responsible for climate change-related damages.

The amendment results from the findings of a 2010 five-member tribunal jury in Dhaka, where scientists, lawyers and parliamentarians met to hear local families who had lost families and livelihoods due to the impacts of climate change.

Tomorrow's protest is not the first to call attention to the need to protect the highly diverse Sundarban ecosystems. Not only does this region provide millions of Bangladeshis with food and water,  but the mangroves indigenous to the Sundarban protect low lying villages from typhoons and increasingly powerful storm surges resulting from the rise in sea level. And, as science has informed us, there is an indisputable correlation between rising sea levels and increased coal use.

"Although mangroves make up less than one percent of all tropical forests worldwide, their contribution to mitigation of climate change is huge," writes Ranjan Panda.  "Unfortunately, however, they are facing the fastest ever rate of destruction."

"More importantly, emissions from deforestation of the same mangroves that act as one of the best carbon sinks make up nearly one-fifth of all global emissions due to deforestation. In fact, mangroves continue to be lost at a rate 3-5 times faster than global deforestation rates. The report estimates economic damages on account of mangrove destruction at about US$ 6-42 billion annually."

Bangladesh: climate change rally 2008.  Women wearing the masks of G8 leaders join climate change protest in Dhaka. Picture credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam
In no uncertain terms, officials and scientists representing Bangladesh at the Cancun talks made it clear yesterday that their country, which unabashedly occupies Ground Zero in the climate wars, is fearless and righteously proud in its determination to save itself by ensuring it receives an equitable share of fast track financing to assist developing countries in adapting to climate change.

"Loans are not an option for my country," said Bangladesh Minister of State for the Environment Dr. Hasan Mahmud. "We did nothing to create this problem and we should not be charged in solving it."

Unless something is done now, chances are in less than 40 years you will look at the map and Bangladesh will no longer be there. What will remain of this country will not be recognizable. Bangladesh & COP16: "Real people don't live underwater" (December, 2010)

It amazes me that we continue, and rightfully so, to complain about the inability of the world's leaders to take action on climate after over 20 years of negotiations while we, hundreds of thousands of us around the globe, can show up for one day, for a few hours, to demand comprehensive and quick action on global warming and climate justice, yet return home and fold back into disconnect mode. Silent and "distracted by distraction from distraction" until another huge event is manufactured to spur us into action.

True, I could not participate in Yeb Sano’s 1000km climate change awareness march from Manila to Tacloban.  Yet I will forever remember that morning in Warsaw, when I walked into the Plenary on the first day of the UNFCCC Climate Talks as he spoke and cried for the people of his country in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

Nor could I paddle out with the Pacific Islanders last Friday as their canoes convened to blockade huge ships in Australia's coal port. And yet, if I closed my eyes, I swear I could taste the tingle of salt water as it filmed my face;  feel an ache in my arms as they bent back and forth, back and forth over those oars; sense the adrenaline careening through  my chest as that first huge coal freighter reared its commanding head, tight and tenacious at the waterline.  

There are no huge screens, no live streaming, little media coverage to enable us to feel a core connection with tomorrow's Dhaka protest. The only way we have to support this effort, therefore, is to amplify the message.  

There is little time left. There is so much to be accomplished. We have so few resources. We must bear witness. Grow momentum. Awaken our neighbors. People our public spaces. Shout from virtual housetops.

Join me. Take Action.


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Vital mangrove forest or dirty coal plant?

The people of Bangladesh have made up their mind. Now, they are taking to the streets of Dhaka in colourful and creative protest to say NO to plans for a massive coal plant in the Sundarbans mangrove forest.

Support the protesters in Dhaka and these other brave communities that are fighting for a cleaner, fairer future by sharing their story.

The cultural community in Bangladesh joins the Pacific warriors, the Filipino marchers, and numerous other communities around the world who are taking spectacular action to prevent fossil fuel expansion - expansion that is set to destroy the most iconic and pristine habitats on our planet.
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I've received permission to publish in full the following statement.

Wings, a self-taught silversmith and professional photographer, is an enrolled member of Taos Pueblo, the People of the Red Willow. His heritage is full-blooded Tiwa, which is his people’s name for their ancestry, their spiritual beliefs, and their native language, which he speaks fluently. Below he calls on our fellow Natives, artists and allies alike, to stop the violence and racism of appropriation, of redface, of minstrelsy, of mascotry; to honor our ancestors and protect our children. Crossposted from Wings Silver Work.

From Wings:

Wings EONM Resized
I had planned to release a public statement today to coincide with its marking as Indigenous People's Day, a call for unity and action among our peoples and our allies on behalf of all our people of color.

In the midst of our own battles against racist appropriation, theft, forced assimilation, and cultural genocide, I have become increasingly attuned to the existential threats faced by other people of color in this country, and have sought ways to help effect positive change for all of us. Our young Black men, lynched under color of law; undocumented Latino children, fleeing violence in their home countries only to be warehoused like cattle in interment camps at the border; Muslims and people of Asian, Middle Eastern, and African ancestry or national origin, subjected to violence and discrimination for their faith; all of the thousand and one acts of bigotry, from the daily microaggressions of unequal treatment or whispered asides to the spectre of overt physical violence: Each of these affects each of us, and I have watched recent incidents with a growing sadness. I had hoped, on this day, to make a call to stand together, united in hope and determination to make this earth a better place, both for our peoples today and for the generations to come.

And then yesterday, I was made aware of events in Phoenix.

I have been outspoken for years against the appropriation — the theft — of our images, our identities, our histories, and our names in the form of mascotry, minstrelsy, and redface. It's why I oppose the practice of sports teams, whether in the major leagues, at the college and university level, in K-12 schools, or in peewee and little leagues, assuming any name related to our peoples for team names, mascots, or logos. My opposition is not restricted to the most violent racist slurs, such as that used unapologetically by Washington's NFL team despite the disgust of our peoples. "Chiefs," "Braves," "Blackhawks," names that represent tribal affiliations: Unless used by an all-Indian institution, such as those found on some reservations, their existence is, categorically, racist. There is no room for debate on this, and there is no question about what it is: It is a stark example of the dominant culture's ongoing theft of identity from a group that it has historically not merely marginalized but sought to exterminate. It is a living artifact of cultural genocide, and it is something our peoples must unite to oppose.

Instead, I see that racist institutions and their leaders are working actively to drive a wedge between our peoples on an issue where we must stand together.

Yesterday, a group of courageous Indian activists, many of them younger people, traveled to Phoenix to take a public stand against the continuing racism of the Washington NFL team. We supported them from here, proud to see our fellow Indians leading on this issue. And I was by turns shocked, dismayed, and very, very angry to see that the team's leadership paid to bring six busloads of Indians to the game to serve as cover, as though throwing a tailgate party for a few dozen, or even a few hundred, Native people in any way washes away the stain of the organization's continued use and financial exploitation of one of the ugliest racist slurs that can be leveled against any people, anywhere.

I was further dismayed and angered to learn that many, perhaps most, of them were from Zuni Pueblo and the Navajo Nation, brought in with the connivance of the Pueblo's own leadership — and worse, that the current governor of Zuni Pueblo was invited to, and Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly actually attended, the game as Dan Snyder's "special guest" in his private box, giving the imprimatur of tribal governments and their apparent seal of approval to a continuing act of cultural genocide.

As I have said here before, I fully recognize that Zuni Pueblo and the Navajo Nation are sovereign entities and can do as they please in this regard. At the same time, our peoples have a moral, cultural, historical, and spiritual responsibility to each other. As a full-blooded member of another Pueblo nation, it becomes my own duty to speak out against behaviors that will harm all of our peoples — and never more so than when those behaviors threaten our children's welfare and very existence. It's no coincidence that our Native youth suffer rates of suicide (and family and sexual violence) that are many times that of other ethnic groups. As someone who worked with our at-risk youth for many years, this is an issue close to my heart.

There is nothing I can do individually to change the hearts and minds of the Zuni and Navajo leadership; that will have to come from within their own spirits, or at least from pressure by their own people. What I can do is to make a statement via my art and my gallery. To that end, we have removed all pieces made by Zuni and Navajo artisans, in whole or in part, from inventory. The pieces remain on the Web site, but with an advisory attached noting that they are no longer for sale, and explaining why. The artists who created them have long since been paid; they will not be cheated out of just compensation because their leadership is engaging in unethical conduct. I am the sole person who will take the loss on these items, which I do gladly; it is the one way I have to make clear my opposition to such bad conduct. Unfortunately, I also will purchase no more art from Zuni and Navajo artisans until those nations' leadership reverse course and do right by their people, their children, and all of our relatives and ancestors throughout Indian Country.

To buttress communication and education about this important issue, I also call on our brothers and sisters across our tribal nations and our non-Indian allies alike to support the work of #EONM, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry. Led by two warrior women, buttressed by the activism of hundreds, perhaps thousands, this organization and its allies work tirelessly every day to force this issue onto the radar of the country's "opinion leaders" and public officials, and to educate the public about its importance. It is their shirt I wear proudly in the photo above, and they have my voice and my activism in support of their essential work.

There is one final thing that I can do: Today, I call on all of our peoples to join me in becoming activists in the fight against racism, against cultural genocide, and for our children.  Reject racism; reject appropriation of our identities, our histories, our images, our names. Reject bribery and blood money, the colonialist lure of thirty pieces of silver in exchange for the selling — and selling out — of the blood and bone, the scalps and skins of our ancestors and the futures of our children. They all deserve better than the token compensations of colonialism.

~ Wings

From Aji:
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Aji wearing an EONM tank
I join in Wings's statement wholeheartedly. I agree with each and every one the points he makes here, and I unequivocally support the actions he has chosen to take.

On this Indigenous People's Day, I take this opportunity to renew my own longstanding commitment to fight against mascotry and minstrelsy, racism and redface. I will continue to lend my voice and support to these issues and causes and to those who fight for them, for the memory of our ancestors and the futures of our children.  I likewise wear the #EONM shirt proudly and publicly, and I endorse and support the organization's work.

~ Aji

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With just one year left before the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals, The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) reveals 805 million people worldwide continue to experience hunger and that serious problems remain with the 'hidden hunger' or 'micronutrient deficiency,' which impacts some 2 billion people worldwide.

While the GHI reports that hunger has fallen by 39 percent in developing countries, 16 countries continue to experience hunger which is considered "alarming" or "extremely alarming."

Areas in Africa which lie south of the Sahara merit “alarming” GHI scores. Rankings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia were challenged due to lack of available data.

The largest improvements in GHI ranking were evidenced in Angola, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chad, Ghana, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has produced an interactive version of the GHI, with specifics on the Challenges of Hidden Hunger.

The report stresses the urgent need for governments along with multilateral institutions to commit to ending hidden hunger through committing finances, coordination and transparency to ensure adequate systems for monitoring and evaluating nutrition capacity. Regulations to ensure good nutrition could incentivize investments in public health to expedite the production of nutrient rich seeds and foods.
Hidden hunger can coexist with adequate or even excessive consumption of dietary energy from macronutrients, such as fats and carbohydrates, and therefore also with overweight /obesity in one person or community.

Poor diet, disease, impaired absorption, and increased micronutrient needs during certain life stages, such as pregnancy, lactation, and infancy, are among the causes of hidden hunger, which may “invisibly” affect the health and development of a population.

Possible solutions to hidden hunger include food-based approaches: dietary diversification, which might involve growing more diverse crops in a home garden; fortification of commercial foods; and biofortification, in which food crops are bred with increased micronutrient content. Food-based measures will require long-term, sustained, and coordinated efforts to make a lasting difference. In the short term, vitamin and mineral supplements can help vulnerable populations combat hidden hunger.

The 9th GHI report issued since 1990 represents the first time the focus has included an evaluation of both climate and agricultural models to determine the impact of climate change on the international food supply.

WorldWatch Institute reports today that the impact of climate change on crops is expected to result in a 20-percent rise in child malnutrition.

While dramatically impacting crop yields, increasing global temperatures will also alter global precipitation patterns and exacerbate the spread of insects and weeds which threaten the viability of food crops. Rice, maize, wheat, sorghum and millet crops, those most essential to meet the nutritional needs huge swaths of the world's population, will be most effected.

Most severely affected will be the wheat-growing regions of South Asia, Europe and Central Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, where production is projected to decline by 46, 47, and 35 percent, respectively. Also under threat are Middle Eastern rice paddies, where production is expected to fall by 36 percent.

The regions that would benefit from climate change would experience relatively smaller changes. The analysis estimates that wheat production in Latin America will grow by 13 percent and that millet production will increase in the East Asia and Pacific region and in Latin America and the Caribbean, by 6 and 8 percent, respectively.

Experts in the field of food security and climate change are recommending the allocation of at least $7 billion to assist developing countries adapt to climate change by supporting research on food security, improving irrigation and expanding roads in rural regions.

According to the World Bank's 2010 World Development Report an estimated $75 billion must be allocated on an annual basis to adapt to agriculture, sea-level rise and the increase in tropical diseases as a result of climate change.

The Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire next year, focus on issues such as reducing global poverty by 50%, promoting gender equity and empowering women, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, and providing universal primary education. The 1st, and perhaps primary, MDG, is to  "Eradicate eradicate extreme poverty and hunger."  The UN has been working on the Post-2015 development agenda in which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) expound upon the MDGs as they take into account a more nuanced picture of the world's most pressing problems as they are currently compounded by the impacts of climate change and the alarming growth in disparity between the world's rich and poor.


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Low-income communities and communities of color, are often over looked when it comes to environmentalism. Often times, they may be disregarded as not caring, or difficult to engage, or simply forgotten because they are not considered potential funders.

This, however, is not true. They often bear a disproportionate amount of the negative impacts of environmental problems, yet have enormous passion to protect their environment and help their fellow citizens.

As the world debates how to tackle to the problems of climate change, we must remember that it is these communities who will bear the brunt of the impacts. As the climate changes, it is the poor who will struggle to cope the most with increased prices for food, extreme events that affect their homes, or the geopolitical instability that arises from it.

In the United States, work to engage Latino communities in the climate change debate is lagging. Time and time again, studies have proven that the environment ranks high in priorities for Latino communities, yet there are few groups who work directly with Latinos to engage them. Most materials are not produced in Spanish, while there’s a serious lack of coverage on Latino media.

Climate change is the most serious environmental threat facing our planet, yet why is such a huge segment of the population overlooked? I cannot answer that question, yet I am here to show you otherwise.

As a Latino who works with Latino communities on environmental issues, I am here to tell you that we are very concerned. We are passionate, and willing to work hard to protect our environment. We understand that climate change is a global problem that needs all of us.

We care about protecting our families, our neighborhoods, our way of life, our culture, and our right to a clean and safe environment. We are here to stand up against corporate greed, against inequality, and against the destruction of our planet.

For Latinos, the environment is not a "cause," it is a way of life that informs our beliefs, behavior, and attitude.  Latinos have a strong land ethic.  We respect the Earth, she is our Mother and our source of life.

We stand ready to do our part, and march side by side with our brothers and sisters to stop climate change. As individuals we are alone, yet together we are a force to be reckoned with. Do not discount us, but engage us in the process.

This is more than just a summit to discuss climate change. This is a summit to discuss the very survival of our species. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you speak Spanish, English, Arabic, or Chinese. We will all be affected if we don’t stand together and protect our planet.

Si se puede!

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Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 02:13 PM PDT

150 Years in Yosemite: Those Who Kill

by rb137

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As we celebrate 150 years of protecting Yosemite National Park, we have to look closer at how it became ours in the first place.

The name itself -- Yosemite -- is a slur. It is a Miwok word that means "Those Who Kill." Sometimes it's translated as "Some of Them Are Killers," and it refers to the Ahwanhee people who'd lived in the valley for centuries before the US government ordered its evacuation and later created a national recreation area under the Yosemite Grant Act. But the people who lived there weren't killers. They just lived in a valley that our government wanted to use for entertaining dignitaries.

That is the untold story of Yosemite National Park.

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At The Last Real Indians, Ruth Hopkins (a Sisseton Wahpeton and Mdewakanton Dakota/Hunkpapa Lakota) notes the latest in-your-face racism displayed by students at the University of North Dakota's Springfest. Here's a photo that appeared on Facebook and was sent to Hopkins by another member of her tribe:

In [the photo], non-Native UND students are wearing shirts that say ‘Siouxper Drunk.’ Beneath it, a stereotypical ‘Indian head’ reminiscent of the retired Fighting Sioux logo is pictured drinking from a beer bong. What followed the post were a string of comments from understandably infuriated Natives, many of whom were from the Spirit Lake Nation, the Dakota Tribe located closest to the UND campus.

Dakota, Lakota and Nakota people comprise the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), also known as The Great Sioux Nation. Oceti Sakowin were called ‘Sioux’ by their enemies.

The UND Fighting Sioux logo was retired after the NCAA concluded that the race-based mascot was hostile and abusive toward Native Americans. This decision was based on numerous complaints, affidavits, and an abundance of evidence collected over the years that proved the mascot was not only offensive, but detrimental and contrary to NCAA policy.

The drunken Indian stereotype is one of the more infuriating ones attached to us over the years. As a consequence of the European introduction of strong liquor to America, alcoholism, cirrhosis, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and other alcohol-related problems do plague Indians more than other ethnic groups. But the idea that Indians are genetically predisposed to become alcoholic, that we can't "hold our liquor," is a falsehood that just won't go away. The widespread and mistaken notion (boosted by these dreadful tee shirts) that we cannot as a people resist the allure of alcohol and are more susceptible to its effects, contributes to the idea that we are inferior, genetically and socially.

In fact, only a few points separate non-Indians from Indians when it comes to the percentages of people of all races who drink any alcohol and who drink to excess. While many tribes—the Navajo Nation, for instance—forbids sales of alcohol on their reservations, liquor is easily obtainable nearby. Whiteclay, Nebraska, for instance, an unincorporated community of 14 just across the South Dakota border, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Lakota, exists almost solely on the sale of liquor to Indians.

Native students at UND responded to the offensive tee shirts on Twitter. Some participants have apparently apologized. But the image remains on the Twitter profile page of one of the progenitors of the tee shirts, Samuel Revering, whose handle is @Sioux—Sam. He is also decorated in redface, which is as offensive to Indians as blackface is to African Americans.

Hopkins again:

University of North Dakota administrators: you cannot afford to remain silent in the face of such arrogant bigotry. This mockery against Native people, this repugnant spectacle of racial intolerance, took place at your Springfest. An apology for allowing ‘Siouxper Drunk’ tees to be worn at your Springfest isn’t good enough. Sensitivity training will not suffice. Racially motivated incidents keep happening on the University of North Dakota campus. Implement a zero tolerance policy for any and all words, actions, and depictions that discriminate against Native Americans. Only by imposing automatic, pre-determined penalties for clearly defined, racially motivated infractions will you finally purge such shameful conduct from your institution. The onus is on you, not the Native Americans who are being subjected to this harassment and abuse.
The UND episode is just one more example of how Indians continue to be treated with disrespect. Often, atop that disrespect comes a second layer, it's-just-a-joke-don't-you-have-a-sense-of-humor? And, why-are-you-complaining-about-this-and-team-mascots, when-there-are-so-many-other-issues-Indians-ought-to-be-concerned-about? As if we aren't fully familiar with all aspects of our situation in the 21st century.

UPDATE: The latest tweet from @Sioux—Sam:

Indians be all sideways with me cuz they already spent their welfare this month. Wtf more do they want from me
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Mercer Island High School cheerleaders at the school's Winter Assembly in 2005.
What if they looked like these teenaged cheerleaders?

Instead they look like this.

Photo from Bring Back our Girls facebook page
Bring Back Our Girls


They aren't from North America or Europe.

Lots of people have thought this but not said it directly. Some have blogged about it and raised the question:

So is this an issue of race?

What if the girls were white? The nation would not rest with the story of Alabama cheerleader, Natalee Holloway, whose disappearance caused a media sensation for almost half a decade. Child pageant star, JonBenét Ramsey’s abduction and murder was met with extensive media coverage that transformed her into a household name. Out of the 234 Nigerian girls gone missing, how many can you name?

Others have tweeted it, like these from Black Kos Editor Justice Putnam:

If just one pretty blonde girl was kidnapped w/ the other 234 black girls taking a physics test, the trad media would be all over it.

234 girls kidnapped taking a physics exam & no one is yelling to high heaven?

What? They're black?

Ok, move along. Nothing to see here.

Follow me below the fold for more thoughts on this and what we can do about it.
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Recent revelations about the content of a still secret Senate report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which allowed for use of torture, highlight the use of techniques used by a little-known military department.

These techniques from the military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape program (SERE) had been lifted from a mock-torture prison camp exercise used to inoculate U.S. prisoners against the effects of torture. Two military psychologists hired as contractors for the CIA allegedly helped form the CIA’s controversial “enhanced interrogation” program.

James Mitchell, one of the two psychologists, recently told The Guardian newspaper he could not talk about the specifics of the program due to a non-disclosure agreement, which carried "criminal and civil penalties" should he violate it. But the details of the program, used in slightly different forms by both the CIA and the Department of Defense have been examined in numerous press and governmental reports.

Currently, the use of SERE techniques is supposedly banned for use by both CIA and Defense Department interrogators.

But a key U.S. Defense Department directive rewritten only a month before Barack Obama was first elected President used a legalistically-carved definition for SERE techniques to hide the fact that important components of the SERE interrogation techniques that could amount to torture were still available to U.S. interrogators.

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