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Racism impacts your health

Outside in public: Smiling, dressed real fine, manners on point. I am well schooled on how to be respectful, how to take up space, how to use silence when necessary. Travelling home on transit listening to music to drown out my day — filled with injustices from the minute I left my “sanctuary” ten hours earlier. Fumbling for keys, nearly pushing the door down to my home. All I experienced outside threatens to crash down my door and engulf my insides and swallow me whole. My breath struggles to calm itself. Grief shadows me through the hallway. I self-talk my way into the kitchen, slipping my armour off; my thick silver bangle hits the floor, the sound awakening me to reality. I am home. I sit still for a minute and contemplate how I will go out again to face the monster of anti-Black racism. I drink my tea quickly, and begin to make dinner. - Feb 9, 2018, author’s journal
  • Published in Health

Racism Intact As Brazil Commemorates Black Consciousness Day

Brazil celebrates Black Consciousness Day every year on Nov. 20 to commemorate the struggle of Afro-Brazilians and to celebrate the influence of African culture in the country. The date was chosen in honor of Zumbi Dos Palmares, a leader of African slaves, who died on Nov. 20, 1695.

USA | Lynching memorial shows women were victims, too

A memorial to victims of lynching in the U.S. is now open in Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is a six-acre site that overlooks Montgomery, the state capital. It uses sculpture, art and design to give visitors a sense of the terror of lynching as they walk through a memorial square with 800 six-foot steel columns that symbolize the victims.

Afro-Latin American Women Leading Fight Against Racism, Sexism

While The Cuban Revolution is known the world over for its advances in combating structural racism, anti-Black racism persists at a personal level, and a coalition of Afro-Cuban woman are borrowing a page from the Black Lives Matter Movement to complete the revolution´s unfinished business.

US Prisons Have 5 Times More Blacks Than Whites: Report

Black people in the United States are imprisoned at least five times more than whites across the country, a new report published this week has found, the ratio being 10 Black people to one white person in at least five different states.

The Secret Country again wages war on its own people

Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to "support" the homelands.
  • Published in Opinion
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