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The Establishment's Blog – June 2015 Archive (10)

FEATURE: Freedom Fighter Bree Newsome Releases Statement

Yesterday, Bree Newsome - the courageous activist who removed the Confederate Flag that flies in front of the South Carolina Statehouse - released a statement via Blue Nation Review. In the letter, she explains her reasons for removing the flag; and calls us all to action, saying: "I…

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Added by The Establishment on June 30, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: #NotTooProudToFight Hashtag Highlights #intersectionality of Fight For LGBTQ Equality With Fight Against Racism For Queer People of Color

As Darnell L. Moore puts it (via MIC), "If LGBTQ people have reason to be proud today, it is because of the radical responses of the tenacious freedom fighters, black and brown folk among them, who refused to be mistreated and shamed by the state or society.". However as Moore (a Brooklyn-based…

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Added by The Establishment on June 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "We Can't Wait Any Longer" - Activist Bree Newsome Removes Confederate Flag In Front of South Carolina Statehouse

Since the shooting of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina two weeks ago, there have been renewed calls for the removal of the Confederate Flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse (a constant reminder of racism and white supremacy). This past Saturday one woman took matters…

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Added by The Establishment on June 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide"

The United States Supreme Court has now legalized gay marriage nationwide, a giant leap that follows the thirteen year fight of gay activists across race lines. Under the 14th amendment, states are now required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize any same-sex union legally performed in another state. As reported by the Huffington Post, the justices outlined several reasons for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples: "They wrote that…

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Added by The Establishment on June 26, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: The Charleston Church Shooting Is Another Reason Why South Carolina Needs To Get Rid Of The Confederate Flag

Dylann Roof, 21, white, walked into the oldest church in the south, Emanuel AME Church, setting off fire killing nine people. “You rape our women and are taking over our country,” was his justification. But in Roof’s case, we didn’t know who he was. The day of his birthday, it wasn’t reported that he received a 45-caliber pistol from his father. No one published a story in the news when Dylann first received a jacket with flags of Apartheid-era South…

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Added by The Establishment on June 19, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: It’s Deeper Than Hair - A Tumultuous Journey to Self-Love

For some, the larger their coarse, coily hair becomes, the more uniquely beautiful they feel. For me, it was like being forced to exist in society wearing fewer clothes as time passed until I was finally wearing absolutely nothing. No two journeys (yes, it is a journey) in the pursuit of natural hair are the same, but I never would have thought mine would be like this.

By Kim…

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Added by The Establishment on June 19, 2015 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: 9 Dead After White Terrorist Guns Down Church Members At Historic Black Church in South Carolina

Last night, nine people were gunned down by a white male at one of South Carolina's most historic black churches. Church members were gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Church ( in Charleston) for bible service when the lone man - approximately 21 years of age - started shooting. One of those killed in the mass shooting was the church's pastor, state Senator …

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Added by The Establishment on June 18, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Dominican Republic's Ethnic Cleansing of Haitians

WTF?! In what can only be described as ethnic cleansing, around 500,000 legally stateless Dominican Haitians, who were stripped of their citizenship in a 2013 court ruling that sparked world wide criticism, could reportedly be deported to Haiti starting today. According to reports,…

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Added by The Establishment on June 17, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: '8 Transgender Women of Color Who Are Doing More Than Just Being Visible'

As the world remains abuzz with images of Caitlin Jenner's Vanity Fair Cover story (the first out transgender woman to cover the magazine), The Root have chosen to direct some of this attention onto 8 remarkable trans women of color who are not only living their…

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Added by The Establishment on June 4, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Race Forward - Time To Drop Antiquated Racial Designations

America has moved forward on gay rights, legalizing marijuana and other topics. It is time to move forward on race. Who am I to talk about race? To America I am just another black face. But I understand the complicated history of race in America, because my family has lived every facet of it. We are Louisiana Creoles whose history starts in the 1600s here in the Americas. I know where my African and European relatives originated. I have white relatives and relatives…

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Added by The Establishment on June 3, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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