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Einstein on Racism: “It is a disease of white people.”

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On May 3, 1946, Albert Einstein was invited to the campus of Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University, the first black university in the U.S. to grand degrees.

meme1Even though Einstein rarely left Princeton at that point in his life, he accepted the request to take part in a ceremony bestowing him with the honorary degree of doctor of laws.

At the event, he delivered speech challenging the U.S. to lead other countries on a path to peace, by preventing war. He also made strong statements denouncing segregation.

Here is an excerpt of his speech:

“The only possibility of preventing war is to prevent the possibility of war. International peace can be achieved only if every individual uses all of his power to exert pressure on the United States to see that it takes the leading part in world government.

The United Nations has no power to prevent war, but it can try to avoid another war. The U.N. will be effective only if no one neglects his duty in his private environment. If he does, he is responsible for the death of our children in a future war.

My trip to this institution was in behalf of a worthwhile cause. There is a separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it.

The situation of mankind today is like that of a little child who has a sharp knife and plays with it. There is no effective defense against the atomic bomb – It can not only destroy a city but it can destroy the very earth on which that city stood.”

Rose and Roland: 50 Years of Love

Rose: We went to the movies, and my husband, they wouldn’t let him sit with the whites, but I could.

Roland: We came in hand in hand and the man told me, “You can’t sit up there, no, you have to go upstairs.” …. So, I thought, “Okay, we’ll go upstairs.” He said, “No, she has to go downstairs.” I looked at the man and I said, “Wait a minute…her body is just as black as mine, and she’s my wife…”

Rose: So we went upstairs.

Vogue’s Racially Insensitive Spread

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Vogue is once again in hot water for featuring what many are saying to be a culturally and racially insensitive fashion feature.

This time it is Vogue’s Italian division of the magazine, but this is just another in a long line of racist spreads.

While this is not typical minstrel blackface, many are suggesting these images are “non-traditional blackface,” and are just as offensive.

What do you think?

Anger Over Chelsea Handler’s Oscar Night Tweets

The Huffington Post allowed Chelsea Handler to takeover their Twitter account during Oscar night.  Many people were offended by her tweets, and took to their own Twitter accounts to express their outrage at both Handler and The Huffington Post.

She tweeted about the historic 12 Years a Slave win by making an Africa joke (and plugging her upcoming book):

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And then came these tweets about adoption and race in an attempt to poke fun at Angelina Jolie:

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Some people may argue that comedy is sometimes intentionally offensive, and that is okay. Do you think these tweets were crossed the line and were intentionally malicious? Or do you think when it comes to comedy, there is no line to cross?

The Pathology of White Privilege

White privilege explained by a white man, and he’ll tell you why it is coming from him.

Colorblindness: A Christian Perspective

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I sometimes hear the argument that Christians should always practice and teach colorblindness.

Here is a great explanation by John Piper on why Christians “can’t afford to be color blind”.

However, I do want to mention the one area where I personally disagree with him. A commenter summed it up better than I could:

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Powerful Images of Children Posing as Black History Icons

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Eunique Jones Gibson started the Because of Them, We Can campaign during Black History Month in 2013.

Her goal was simple: to positively share African American history in a way that tackles racial stereotypes and empowers the youth who pose and view the images.

The campaign was so successful, it was clear that this project needed to be extended to 365 days (and now beyond). One year later, and Gibson has continued her campaign with inspiring new images.

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Why Every Parent Needs to Know about Cloaked Websites

meme1By Jamie

Most of us are well-aware of the internet racism that occurs on Twitter, Facebook, and in the comment section of news articles. However, what many people are unaware of is that there is a seemingly undetected form of internet racism that is extremely insidious, and the lengths they pursue to conceal a hidden agenda is quite elaborate.

Internet research via search engine (i.e. “Googling”) is a preferred method of research and general knowledge gaining by children and adults. It allows knowledge to be at our fingertips, and since the introduction of smartphones, we simply need to type a keyword and receive countless articles related to our topic. This is why cloaked websites are cause for concern, not just for every parent (although, my first thought was for my children when I heard about this), but also any person who uses the internet.

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