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Hoodwinked History: How False Civil Rights Narratives Distort Modern Freedom Struggles | The Root

Hoodwinked History: How False Civil Rights Narratives Distort Modern Freedom Struggles | The Root

-We all know how sanitized mainstream black history has become. Matin Luther King Jr.? Now he was a kumbaya preacher-man. Rosa Parks was a tired seamstress- she didn’t get up because he feet were hurting. Can you blame her? Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, everybody loved Muhammad Ali. Turns out that this remixed, retelling of black history is doing more harm than good. Today’s package: Whitewashing Black History. Over the years what we’ve come to refer to…

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We Are America © 2019 Joseph Kyle Walker | BMI

We Are America © 2019 Joseph Kyle Walker | BMI

It doesn’t suit a man to say He’s a racist, No, bigotry, is just not fashionable at all, But if you can get them to think that you and yours are ‘chosen people’, You might just get away With digging divides And building walls, let me tell ya’ We are America, We started out somewhere near Africa long before north parts of Mexico became Arizona, Utah, California, Oh, we are America, we traveled from Europe, across Asia We’re Turkish and…

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Ultranationalism: What it is and how to Smash it (OLD VIDEO ESSAY)

Ultranationalism: What it is and how to Smash it (OLD VIDEO ESSAY)

Hey comrades. Today I’m releasing a video that’s a little bit different than usual. This video is an edited and updated version of a video that I made for a research project a long time ago. This video is going to be about ultra nationalism, a term I use to describe a broad category of ideologies that include fascism and ethno nationalism. What motivated me to make this video was the recent terror attack carried out by a fascist against…

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Racism in America

Racism in America

(scary music) Why would they do that?! – There’s no good reason. Here, let me show you something. (serene music) Here’s a group of kids playin’ together. They’re diggin’ a hole. Having a real good time. And they’re all from different cultures. This is Ming, Bill, Kenny, and Hector. They’ve all decided that being different is what makes their friendship special. (Roberta) Wow, yeah! But what about those people we saw earlier? Could they learn to care about people who…

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Freedom Schools Shape Students’ Lives

Freedom Schools Shape Students’ Lives

(group) Good morning! (man 1) Circle up, circle up! It’s Tuesday at harambee and Freedom School is in the house! (Jalen Greathouse) On the first day of Freedom School I was shy, me and my cousin came. I was like, oh my God, I’m so happy right now! It was the best place I could be! (Sile P. Singleton) Our kids are scholars- that’s what they’re told they are. Every day. If you’re a scholar, you are a learned person….

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Opinion | Palestinians aren’t pawns of Hamas. They want freedom, just like anyone else.

Opinion | Palestinians aren’t pawns of Hamas. They want freedom, just like anyone else.

Palestinians have been gathering en masse in Gaza and within Israel proper, between 20- and 30,000 people, to protest. And rather than recognize, “Wow! This is the largest civil protest that’s happening almost anywhere in the world,” the first thing you hear is, “Hamas is organizing people.” But what you’re doing in that moment is you’re assuming that Palestinians are automatons, that they’re actually pawns that are being produced and procreated in order to serve a political vision and not…

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A summer camp where Black kids learn that Black is beautiful | Freedom Summer

A summer camp where Black kids learn that Black is beautiful | Freedom Summer

I don’t know if anyone is like destined to be a leader, but,, yeah, I could definitely could become a leader, yeah. And I’m going to the Black Lives Matter Camp. I’ll be a youth leader there, which means like I’ll be helping, the regular like, leaders, with like teaching the kids how to like, go around the camp and like, some of the activities. I haven’t like ever gone to a Black Lives Matter Camp. I’ve been to some…

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Freedom in Black and White

Freedom in Black and White

Hello and welcome to African Elements. I’m Darius Spearman. In this video we’re going to examine the notion of “freedom,” and why it’s been such an elusive thing for black folks to obtain. How do the opposing ways in which we define freedom impact the political experience of black folks at large? All that coming up next. Thank you for watching African Elements. Before we get started I have to give up big thank you to our very first patreon…

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Hidden Meanings Behind Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Video Explained

Hidden Meanings Behind Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Video Explained

♪ This is America ♪ – Childish Gambino’s This Is America has become an overnight cultural phenomenon. And, it’s definitely the kind of video you have to watch more than once. Throughout the piece, Gambino plays the complex role of America herself, from violence, to the use of entertainment as a distraction. He’s playing both the caricature and the ring leader. The internet was quick to pick up tons of hidden messages that were scattered throughout the video. Here’s some…

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