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Archive for May 25th, 2007

Slumlord in Jail

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 25, 2007

Fabulosa Mujer blogs:

The issue of slum housing is rampant in the city of Los Angeles — because of gentrification, many landlords neglect regular wear and tear maintenance of a building, allow for vermin infestation, going as far to shut down water and electricity for days, and including verbal and physical violence to intimade and coerce tenants out of their rent controlled units. All in efforts to wipe out clean a building that is occupied by low income usually people of color families; to then sell an empty building at market rate in this hot gentrified land, or turn the building around toand rent to higher earning tenants.

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Memorial Day Tradition

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 25, 2007

Shark-fu, of the blog Angry Black Bitch, blogs in memory of her father and of their Memorial Days together:

The Air Force was the first place where my father was given expectations and expected to meet them. Not fail, but meet and/or exceed high expectations. My father left the Air Force believing in himself for the first time. With that belief and some nice ‘thanks for your service now get yourself an education, son’ funding he struggled yet succeeded to get an education then build the life he dreamed of as a bitterly poor young man so long ago.

And that belief ran head on into the reality of American during the mid 1960’s…into the reality of prejudice and racism…into the harshness of guaranteed failure and low if not no expectations. Like so many, my father’s military service only took him so far before segregation came into play. But like so many, his service showed him that he could…should, but for the color of his skin, go farther. I have always believed that my father would never have become committed to social justice if his experience post service hadn’t been dehumanizing by comparison.

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India, Africa, and Their Colonial Past

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 25, 2007

Diepiriye writes about his trip to Delhi and about the relationship between Indians and Blacks in his Myspace blog:

Just like in most of the colonial world, the whims and desires of the colonial masters determined which Indians would encounter which Africans- and this has unfortunately led to a great deal of conflict and mistrust amidst a people who ultimately must engage one another, even if only for commerce. Nonetheless, there is a lot of mutuality shown by the way that both African and Indian Diasporas lend and borrow cultural traditions, or in many cases, develop whole new cultural traditions.

Via Krish.

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