How Does the Language We Use Legitimize (or Delegitimize)?

This interesting article looks at the language we use about history — especially that of the Civil War (or should it be called War of Rebellion):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/we-legitimize-so-called-confederacy-vocabulary-thats-problem-180964830/

150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre/NPR

“This wasn’t just an event in history; it wasn’t something that just happened and is over. The things that could bring about an atrocity of this magnitude — those were human things, and that potential is still in people.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/12/15/370182656/150-years-later-a-formal-apology-for-the-sand-creek-massacre?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2041

63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project

“The “I, Too, Am Harvard” photo campaign explores the diverse experience that black students at Harvard have to face.”

This happens everywhere, but these students share their experiences and their messages to others:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/21-black-harvard-students-share-their-experiences-through-a

Racism and Sexism Online: University of Illinois Chancellor Responds to Hate Comments

When the Chancellor of the University of Illinois didn’t cancel classes due to weather, some people took to the Internet, with racist and sexists comments. How she responded is the real story!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/university-of-illinois-chancellor-responds-to-hate-comments

Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot By ALISON SMALE/NYTimes

Germany’s changing demographics due to immigration, especially of Muslim Turks, present problems and opportunities. This article examines the addition of lessons in Islam in the public education system in response to those changes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/world/europe/germany-adds-lessons-in-islam-to-better-blend-its-melting-pot.html?_r=0

Concern Over an Increasingly Seen Gesture Grows in France By SCOTT SAYARE/NYTimes

Growing controversy over the use of a nonverbal gesture linked to Nazi Germany is increasing in France. Questions of racial/cultural hatred versus freedom of expression, political correctness, and history are part of the discussion in this very real case study currently unfolding.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/world/europe/concern-over-quenelle-gesture-grows-in-france.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=WO_COQ_20140103&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=0

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Ani DiFranco, White Feminists, and Racism

There have been quite a few good articles about the problem of racism and white centering among White feminists. If you are not familiar with the current conflict, Ani DiFranco has been criticized for planning a songwriting workshop (since cancelled) at a former plantation in Louisiana. In addition to the lack of sensitivity to the issue of slavery, history, and ongoing racism, DiFranco has been criticized for how the situation was handled after the fact. This post is a good one for those of us who are white to read, examining how we can address our own racism, including what to do when we have inadvertently offended someone (with a great comparison with an accidental physical injury).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-milstein/5-ways-white-feminists-can-address-our-own-racism_b_3955065.html

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What Part of Sacred Don’t You Understand? Laurel Morales/NPR

What is sacred? How do we communicate and do we communicate with outsiders about the sacred? This conflict between Indians, specifically in this example, Hopi beliefs with the US and foreign (French) justice systems.

“The Paris auction of 27 sacred American-Indian items earlier this month marks just the latest in a series of conflicts between what tribes consider sacred and what western cultures think is fair game in the marketplace.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/12/19/255544805/what-part-of-sacred-don-t-you-understand