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    Denise Oliver Velez

    Denise Oliver Velez
    Feminist, Activist, former Young Lords Party and Black Panther Party member, applied cultural anthropologist.  See her diaries at Daily Kos.
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      Slippin' into whiteness:

      Melungeons and other ‘almost white’ groups

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Jul 2, 2012
      Arch Goins and family, Melungeons from Graysville, Tennessee

      “Whiteness” in the U.S. has value. It is no surprise that in a society that has historically oppressed, scorned and demonized “blackness” (as if blacks were almost an untouchable caste), some sub-cultural groups scattered across the nation sought refuge in elaborately constructed “not black” clusters. The United States government, mandated by the Constitution to collect census data that included “race” as a category, created much of the confusion, with shifting classifications over time, using terms like mulatto, octoroon, mestizo, and mixed.

      Southern History

      The lie about when slavery ended

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Feb 27, 2012
      The lie about when slavery ended

      I hate lies. History books are still full of them.

      Lies about the founding of this country. Lies about the treatment of Native Americans. Lies about the Civil War and slavery.

      One of the most important things that takes place each year in Black History Month is the outing of lies and attempts to correct the distorted history we have been taught.

      So as Black History month draws to a close, let’s examine one of the big lies and together help spread some simple truths.

      Slavery in the US did not end with the emancipation proclamation.

      Racism

      Dating and marrying out: cross-cultural relationships in the U.S.

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Dec 12, 2011
      Dating and marrying out: cross-cultural relationships in the U.S.

      A recent news story from Kentucky about the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voting to ban Stella Harville and her fiancé, Ticha Chikuni, simply because she is white and he is a black African attracted a lot of media and blogger attention outside of the state.

      Though many people reading and commenting were surprised that this could be happening 44 years after Loving vs Virginia, I was not. Granted we have come a long way in recent years toward changing attitudes about relationships that cross certain borders, but we still have a long way to go before we as a society are divested of racial and ethnic animosity built into the foundational bedrock of our society.

      Civil Wrongs

      Backsliding into Jim Crow in Alabama

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Nov 20, 2011
      Backsliding into Jim Crow in Alabama

      When I see the words “Jim Crow,” I think of the south, of segregation, of black codes, of a minstrel show song.

      When I think of Alabama and segregation those images run the gamut of violence—little girls in a bombed church in Birmingham, Bull Connor, marchers being hosed.

      They are stark images, in black and white.

      The people are black and white as well.

      It seems that we have slid backwards to those days in Alabama—except perhaps we should reference “Juan Crow” now, instead of Jim.

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