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What I’m Reading: Farewell to Manzanar – 18 in a series – “…the December Riot seems to have been inevitable.”

August 16th, 2019 No comments

“During that first summer and fall of sandy congestion and wind-blown boredom, the bitterness accumulated, the rage festered in hundreds of tarpapered cubicles like ours. Looking back, what they now call the December Riot seems to have been inevitable.”

From Farwell to Manzanar by by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housto and James D. Houston

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 23 in a series – “…in open contempt of their humanity…”

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“Then too, there was the intensified degradation of the spectacle. What an assemblage! Men and women, young and old, married and single; moral and thinking human beings, in open contempt of their humanity, leveled at a blow with horses, sheep, horned cattle, and swine. Horses and men, cattle and women, pigs and children—all holding the same rank in the scale of social existence, and all subjected to the same narrow inspection, to ascertain their value in gold and silver—the only standard of worth applied by slaveholders to their slaves.””

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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What I’m Reading: Silver Like Dust – 22 in a series – “…at least until other plans were in place.”

August 16th, 2019 No comments

“Named after the ancient Roman goddess of fruit, the city of Pomona was a little town originally known for its fertile land and its abundant fruit trees. Thirty miles west of Los Angeles, it offered a perfect holding spot for the Japanese. It was close enough that the prisoners could be transported there quickly, and it was far enough away from the coast to put General DeWitt and the War Relocation Authority at ease—at least until other plans were in place.”

From  Silver Like Dust by Kimi Cunningham Grant

What I'm Reading: Those were hakujin beaches. Whites-only beaches.

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 34 in a series – “… their work focused on influencing the U.S. presidential election.”

August 16th, 2019 No comments

“The focus on the U.S. presidential campaign continued throughout 2016. In [REDACTED: Harm to Ongoing Matter] 2016 internal [REDACTED: Harm to Ongoing Matter] reviewing the IRA-controlled Facebook group “Secured Borders,” the author criticized the “lower number of posts dedicated to criticizing Hillary Clinton” and reminded the Facebook specialist “it is imperative to intensify criticizing Hillary Clinton.”51
IRA employees also acknowledged that their work focused on influencing “IRA employees also acknowledged that their work focused on influencing the U.S. presidential election.”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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“Honey, There’s Someone At The Door!” via Instagram

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What are your favorite public artworks? Share your memories in the comments!

“Honey, There’s Someone At The Door!”

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Denver’s Big Blue Bear by Lawrence Argent at the Colorado Convention Center 

We took a moment to do some sightseeing while in Denver for @denverpopculturecon and looked in every corner of this statehouse.

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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 13 in a series – “…he recommended requiring that these “unfavorable races be kept segregated in ghettos.”

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“The Klan’s favorite term for the whites they approved of, “Nordic,” probably came from Columbia-and Yale-educated lawyer Madison Grant, a distinguished exponent of “scientific” racism; his 1916 book The Passing of the Great Race raised an alarm about the new non-“ Nordic” immigrants, such as Italians and Jews; he recommended requiring that these “unfavorable races be kept segregated in ghettos.”

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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What I’m Reading: Farewell to Manzanar – 17 in a series – “But this woman, I realized much later, was half-black…”

August 15th, 2019 No comments

“One of our neighbors was a tall, broad woman, taller than anyone in camp, as far as I recall. She walked erectly and wore an Aunt Jemima scarf around her head. She was married to a Japanese man, and they had adopted a little Japanese girl I sometimes played with. But this woman, I realized much later, was half-black, with light mulatto skin, passing as a Japanese in order to remain with her husband. She wore scarves everywhere to cover her giveaway hair.”

From Farwell to Manzanar by by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housto and James D. Houston

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 22 in a series – “No one could tell amongst which pile of chattels I might be flung.”

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“It was a sad day to me when I left for the Eastern Shore, to be valued and divided, as it was for my dear mistress and teacher, and for little Tommy. We all three wept bitterly, for we were parting, and it might be we were parting forever. No one could tell amongst which pile of chattels I might be flung. Thus early, I got a foretaste of that painful uncertainty which in one form or another was ever obtruding itself in the pathway of the slave.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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What I’m Reading: Silver Like Dust – 21 in a series – “This is what you deserved!”

August 15th, 2019 No comments

”As the caravan of buses drove through the city of Los Angeles that April day, people stopped to stare. Some pointed and a few yelled. “You don’t belong here!” hollered a middle-aged man. “Dirty Japs!” shouted a young girl. “This is what you deserved!” yelled a mother, holding her infant son to her chest.”

From  Silver Like Dust by Kimi Cunningham Grant

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 33 in a series – “…public social media pages that claimed (falsely) to be affiliated with U.S. political and grassroots organizations.”

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“Initially, the IRA created social media accounts that pretended to be the personal accounts of U.S. persons.45 By early 2015, the IRA began to create larger social media groups or public social media pages that claimed (falsely) to be affiliated with U.S. political and grassroots organizations. In certain cases, the IRA created accounts that mimicked real U.S. organizations. For example, one IRA-controlled Twitter account, @TEN_GOP, purported to be connected to the Tennessee Republican Party”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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