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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

EbonyRose ·
Hmmmmm .... ???? Well, I have absolutely no idea! Biology should have been my strong suit ...but due to a rather colorful education experience through my formative years ... well, let's just say it isn't! But, that's a hell of a good question though, Yemaya! I look forward to hearing a discussion about it ... I'm sure I could learn a few things!
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

Yemaya ·
Ok well let's start of with a definition of what melanin is. I will give a few definitions. From WikiPedia : Melanin ( Greek μέλας, black ; pronounced /ˈmɛlənɪn/ <small> ( listen )</small> is a class of compounds found in plants , animals , and protists , where it serves predominantly as a pigment . The class of pigments are derivatives of the amino acid tyrosine . Many melanins are insoluble salts and show affinity to water. [ citation needed ] The most common form of biological...
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

sunnubian ·
. Evidently color does matter in nature, considering that it is nature that is responsible for any and all color on earth, including that of human beings. Color or lack of color in humans is only an adaptation to environment, no different or for no other reason than it is for flowers, trees, animals, fish, birds, or fruit and vegetables. That fact alone is what makes it ridiculous for people to actually believe that the color of another human being means anything negative or positive.
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

Yemaya ·
Reference: I don't really care to discuss to social implications of this in terms of how people are treated. I want this discussion to lean more heavily on the scientific data that is available about hue-mans, what causes color and what is the natural evolutionary purpose of having color (melanin). And the ultimate question, does our color make us superior or inferior in terms of science. Sunnubian, sista, this is a discussion based on science. I'm curious what and if there are any...
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

Yemaya ·
Now I'm asking the question: Are we really ready to have this mature discussion on science??? Where is Shulamite?? I'm sure that with her scientific background she would be able to add some insight into this.
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

sunnubian ·
Scientifically, it is quite simple, melanin is produced by the body to protect it from the rays of the sun.
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

Yemaya ·
hmmm so the only advantage to having melanin is that we are protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun?? That definitely sounds like a natural advantage. That's not a small feat. Yet we are constantly bombarded with the message that skin color doesn't matter? A perfect example of how it does indeed matter. Now I wonder what happens to that energy after it becomes absorbed by the dermal melanin??
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

Yemaya ·
And what of melanin that is found inside the body in organs?
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

James Wesley Chester ·
Reference: '...does our color make us superior or inferior in terms of science.'---Yemaya Color is a defense mechanism against the damaging effects of sunlight. Life is more comfortable with it than without it. Period. No one...no one ever attempts to contradict that. Everything else is societal. Including those who talk about 'color doesn't matter'. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

shulamite ·
Hey, Yemaya The melanin pathways have multiple functions, though the function scientists recognize best is the protection from free radical damage and (UV mediated) DNA nicking. There are "balanced polymorphisms" (eg certain "versions") of melanins that confer different types of benefits that have nothing to do with sun protection. When I discussed this here last year, I think I mentioned some of the other beneficial effects... shulamite
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

Yemaya ·
Thank Shulamite. I'll have to find the link to that discussion. I'll pick it up there. Yemaya
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Re: In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

Huey ·
Don't we also get Vitamin D from the sun as well (through our skin)? That's another reason. Because of that, not too many black folks ever suffer from brittle bones.
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Re: Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

Kocolicious ·
Thank you for that my sista. Through the years, I've self-published a few books: poetry and essays mostly. But! After the death of my son, my focus changed. And there was a need for me to incorporate my knowledge to the youngsters. So I developed many after school programs to teach writing, literacy, composition and such to those uninformed teens who think they know it all. For a good while, I hated adult black people....it took me almost ten years to finally heal from the anger of...
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Re: Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

sunnubian ·
Your welcome Koco, and I really meant it. Also, I think that many, many African American feel frustration and even anger towards the African Americans out there that are just a big weight on the Black community, I know I have. But, then I have to think about how little I knew when I was young and that most of what I know now and have learned about our history in this country, African history, American politics, racism, the politics of psychological and social manipulation, etc., I had to...
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Re: Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

Kocolicious ·
Thank you for asking my sista. My feeling of abandonment came from my son being gunned down in front of a least 40 morning commuters whom merely swirved around his body as he fell to the ground like he was road kill. No one called the police. No one stopped their cars. He just laid there dying. No one saw him as maybe someone who could be one of their children-a son. Or maybe a family member. Their inhumane ignorance of a "child" laying in the middle of the street demonstrated to me how...
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Re: Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

sunnubian ·
Koco, I am so sorry. I am almost speechless. It's unbelievable that human beings can even have it in them to do something like that. I'm gonna have to mentally digest that for a while. I am so sorry. I'm glad you found the strength to soldier on to help someone else, to try to save other people's children in the face of how everything when down with your son.
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Re: Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

Yemaya ·
Black Agenda Report has a broader analysis of this trend amongst others targeted towards black women and children. http://blackagendareport.com/c...k-women-and-children Freedom Rider: The War on Black Women and Children b y BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley White supremacy is on the offensive, especially against Black women. “Black people are punished for driving, for walking down the street, for having children, for putting their children in school, for acting the way...
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Re: Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

Kocolicious ·
True slavery has existed longer than freeedom. In fact, slavery have been HERE in the world since the beginning of time-which includes EVERYBODY....Europeans too. But! The difference in African slavery I see opposed to others who have been enslaved are the facts that we were/are the ONLY ones targeted and specificially taken from our lands for sole purposes of profit and sex. Hence the ideology of being a degraded form of chattel property. African women and children have always been on the...
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Re: Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

sunnubian ·
I do admire Belafonte for all these years still being a person that will actually come out against injustice and racism without regard to what it may or may not do to his career, and for even being a person who could just as well sit in his comfy life and just ignore plight of anyone not in his own family or his own circle, but he chose not to just sit and ignore and be a hear not evil, see no evil, speak no evil Negro. But, your response, Koco, was really on point. I really think that you...
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In Nature, when it comes to humans, does color matter?

Yemaya ·
I wanted to address this issue because it seems as if American society is being drowned with this message that color doesn't matter. I don't really care to discuss to social implications of this in terms of how people are treated. I want this...
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Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

sunnubian ·
Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Color Lines Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration One of the foremost people fighting to end this injustice is musician, actor and civil rights legend Harry Belafonte, who founded the Gathering for Justice, an intergenerational coalition with the goal of ending child incarceration. Back in 2010, right after the November elections, our publisher Rinku Sen interviewed Mr. Belafonte about his ongoing social justice work...
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

Yemaya ·
At the end of the day, how can legalizing weed benefit Black people in anyway?? That is my own thoughts regarding questioning this legal marijuana movement. The state governments will regulate it so tightly that most of us wouldn't even be able to comply within reason and they will still drag our black asses to jail. A no win situation for us. IMO.
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

sunnubian ·
Oh, but it would create another industry to insure certain people have jobs, much like the Prison Industrial Complex Industry, and just how many Black people would have access to those jobs or be able to have a businesses servicing that business or receive government contracts to produce the product [just like the Prison Industrial Complex Industry]?
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

Muhammad Cipher ·
This is where the writers thesis and logic beings to fall apart. The decriminalization of drugs is not the same as advocating for a new market opportunity for the Walmart-ificaton of weed (a real argument and concern within advocacy groups). The authors concerns are more centralized with the market based capitalist system (not my characterization, but the authors description) than than any particular by product of decriminalization. Furthermore, the data on the decriminalization of narcotics...
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

RadioRaheem ·
I didn't know that Tupac's mom got arrested for drug recently.
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sunnubian ·
"I don't know......just getting that funny AfricanGlobe feeling from this." What is the problem you see with AfricanGlobe?
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

sunnubian ·
"not creating a new market for big pharma.....something that legalization advocates explicitly are against" ************************************************************************************ That is exactly what it will create and legalization advocates being against it creating a new market for Big Pharma is equivalent to American farmers being against Corporate Farms, the sheer dollars Big Pharma would rain on our politicians would cut out legalization advocates' opinions altogether.
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

Muhammad Cipher ·
Originally Posted by sunnubian: "not creating a new market for big pharma.....something that legalization advocates explicitly are against" ************************************************************************************ That is exactly what it will create and legalization advocates being against it creating a new market for Big Pharma is equivalent to American farmers being against Corporate Farms, the sheer dollars Big Pharma would rain on our politicians would cut out legalization...
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

Kocolicious ·
This is not new strategy. Yall really need to read about the Opium wars. Then come back and discuss this. Cuz was one of the many reasons why China closed it doors. We're not talking herion, cocaine, meth. We talking about marijuna. Come on yall. Let's be serious. The above drugs have no health values. Marijuna does. Do the math. And is why the government feels that it is ridiculous to keep it illegal. Plain and simple. It became difficult for the government to stamp out alcohol so they had...
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

sunnubian ·
I did mean to point out that I had no idea why the author was interjecting drugs other than marijuana into subject of legalization [of marijuana] in the first place.
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

Huey ·
Is it just me, or people who are trying to make certain drugs legalized because it would make America REALLY look bad to the world if the jails were filled with the majority of people who take drugs (i.e. "white folks") instead of black and brown people filling the jails?
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Re: “Three Good Reasons Why People of Color Should Question the Drug Legalization Movement”

Xumbrarchist ·
1.) Drug legalization does not change the nature of policing. So what? If tens of thousands of people are not arrested over marijuana then the nature of policing is a separate issue. I am sure some police won't like it because they just want any excuse. Xum
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Re: Tell the CBC: Corporations Don't Speak for Black People

Momentum ·
CBC's silence is bought and paid for.
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Re: Tell the CBC: Corporations Don't Speak for Black People

RadioRaheem ·
central casting...just like they pay actors to stand-in the background of TV shows and movies. Black and church Leadership is simply up for sale.
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Re: Tell the CBC: Corporations Don't Speak for Black People

Norland ·
Off Topic: I watched Housewives of Atlanta for a couple seconds yesterday, for the first time. Who are these people? Money transformed these women into what I saw yesterday? Upcoming, Housewives from the Potomac. God Damn!!!!!! Back in the days of old, these bitches would have owned slaves. Who's doing their housework now? They're so busy scheming, gossiping, conniving against each other, it's not them. So very much phoniness crammed into an hour. That's most of what TV is these days. To me.
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

homie ·
Just because white scientist the wealthy and politicians say or write things that they believe, does not necessarily mean that what they say and write is always actually true or correct. Take for example how people described the Negro slave. They said that a black slave is 3/5 of a person and is property indistinguishable from owning cattle. I can say with absolute certainty that in the 16 th century, the Africans who arrived at the shores of America till this day never regarded themselves...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

Momentum ·
People are born in varying degrees of sex. I believe that because I've seen boys that wanted to be girls from an early age and girls who wanted to be boys at an early age. I can't tell anyone what they know about themselves is wrong. I know I'm a man, someone telling me I'm not would seem crazy. Telling someone that have testicles for ovaries what they are is really none of my business, why would I know anyway that is a human dimension I can't relate to. I've evolved some on this. We've got...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

Norland ·
I know that no body can make YOU do anything YOU don't want to do. If YOU want to plow butt holes, YOU do that. If YOU want to lick lollipops, YOU do that. If YOU want to feel like a girl, YOU do that. Wherever YOU go there YOU are; whatever YOU do, YOU did; it was YOUR choice. No one has ever been born screwing someone in the butt; feeling any damn thing. It would be hard to do anyway, laying in separate bassinets, not knowing a damn thing; even that YOU were YOU. Everything people do is...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

sunnubian ·
The "Three Fifths (3/5) Compromise" never had anything to do with any beliefs of whether or not the slaves were 'human' or '3/5 human', etc. It only had to do with Taxation and Representation. Any racist mythology about the "humaness" of Africans/slaves, came out of the minds, mouths and racist propaganda of racists, and/or racist people's ignorance or deliberate misinformation of what The Three Fifths (3/5) Compromise really was. ********************************* THE THREE FIFTHS...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

RadioRaheem ·
Congrats to Caster on making it to the Finals in the 800M. https://www.yahoo.com/news/sem...-064126611--spt.html Semenya cruises through to 800m final August 19, 2016 View photos Caster Semenya (RSA) of South Africa competes. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler By Mitch Phillips RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Caster Semenya qualified for the Olympic women's 800 metres final with supreme ease on Thursday and, barring a catastrophe, appears nailed on for gold in Saturday's final. The South African,...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

Norland ·
There's something really disheveled about brains in the heads of people that require SLAVES. ENSLAVING other people's sons and daughters. That's some shit!!! Forcing other peoples' sons and daughters to cater to your every whim. No matter how terrible/nasty for some rags for clothes, scraps from plates for food and holy, barely standing shacks in which to live. These people would KILL you if a DOG was treated in that manner; unless dog is part of THEIR menu. Europeans came here without an...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

sunnubian ·
[Soon, men are going to have to give women a pap smear and swab their mouth for a DNA test to be sure it's a woman they are going on a date with]: Clairol Brings Back the First Black Transgender Fashion Model in Its Lovely New Campaign Tracey Norman kept her gender identity a secret By Kristina Monllos August 16, 2016, 12:55 PM EDT Advertising & Branding Norman, who modeled for Clairol in the '80s, returns in "Color As Real As You Are" from Grey. YouTube: Clairol In December, New York...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

Norland ·
We, as individuals, know what's right and what's wrong. One cannot keep following others. If mainly white people knew how to use their genitalia properly, they'd probably not be so apt to kill other mothers' children, sons and daughters. No baby I've ever seen slid out of an asshole, to my knowledge. Some countries say beastiality's OK, some say pedophelia. Some folks think decapitation's OK, some folks say kill folks that don't look like them, some say drop bombs on the heads of others;...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

sunnubian ·
"Now, we already know that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Queer (LBGTQ) community is liberally (Democratically) supported. They’re also conservatively (Republically) supported as well. They threw money to both sides—even if we don’t hear it often spoken of." ************************************************* So, ' THE BEST 'CIVIL RIGHTS' MONEY CAN BUY' . "M inority status" is supposed to be based on race coincident to population, but, once White women [who coincident to...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

Kocolicious ·
I totally agree! But!
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

sunnubian ·
O.k., I forgot one word in the Civil Rights Act language "sex"; i.e., how White women, still being a majority population group, could also claim 'protected status' under the Civil Rights Act. [Sorry about that]: Civil Rights Act of 1964 Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary A federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), and religion in employment, education, and access to public facilities and public...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

sunnubian ·
O.k., I forgot one word in the Civil Rights Act language "sex"; i.e., how White women, still being a majority population group, could also claim 'protected status' under the Civil Rights Act. So, I guess LGBTs will be able to utilize the same word in the legal definition to claim 'protected status'. [Sorry about that]: Civil Rights Act of 1964 Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary A federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

DennisKalita ·
So, we must ask for things specifically for ourselves. Yep and if we ask for anything, it should be how-to-fish programs, job training. “… ask ….”, he says. Anything like reparations are impossible because our story has never been properly told. If our history was clearly understood, we might be able to ask. Americans have never heard our story. No one has historically documented it. It is not in textbooks. Not really. This is in need of an encyclopedia, a series of films, plays, on and on...
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Re: LGBT is now considered Minority Status

RadioRaheem ·
congrats on their victory. they are simply the unity principles that Dr. King and other in the Civil Rights movement spoke about. I guess any group that includes whites will always get their way.
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