Returning from unintended hiatus (coming up..)

Returning from unintended hiatus (coming up..)
Coming up this week: Jason Collins – in open rebellion to prejudice, bigotry and hate.

Due to an unexpected inability to write, access and update temporarily this site for the past week, very little new material has been added. But that is sure to change within the next few days, beginning with an in depth article about NBA star Jason Collins’s historic announcement to live his life openly and freely. Stay tuned…

W.E.B. Du Bois

 

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One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not remember that Daniel Webster got drunk but only that he was a constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner… and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect men and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.”
– W.E.B. Du Bois

Native American Actresses Discuss Hollywood Stereotypes in a Tyra Show Flashback (VIDEO)

In an old episode of the “Tyra Show” recently resurfacing on YouTube, Tyra Banks aired a special program on “Racism in Hollywood” including an exclusive interview with Native American twin actresses, Shannon and Shauna Baker. In the clip, they discuss the various stereotypes attributed to their people, the pressure to disguise themselves as Latina women, and especially the dearth of available roles for Native American actors. In fact, it seems that in Hollywood as in most of America, Native Americans only exist in the public’s minds as a bygone image from the 18th century, when in fact they remain very much alive and in their homeland in the 21st century. Watch the fascinating interview below: