Monday Linkspam

In Brazil, blacks live six years less than the white population || Brasil Defato
The life expectancy of the black population – made up of blacks and browns – is 67 years in Brazil. According to the Annual Report on Social Inequalities, this time is lower than that recorded among whites, who live 73 years on average. The survey was conducted by the Center for Population Studies, Unicamp, and published by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) on Tuesday (19).

What Voting and Fetal Pain Laws Have in Common || Abortion Gang
The list of absurd laws goes on: South Dakota has a new law that forces women to wait 3 days before having an abortion and Indiana even has a bill working its way up to the governor that would force doctors to tell women in writing that abortion causes cancer (yet there is medical no link between the two).  Abortions cause cancer the same way voting causes cancer: it doesn’t.

Standardizing Sizing || Feministe
It would be nice if women’s clothes, like men’s, were sized in inches and were fairly standard; it would also be nice if so much value weren’t assigned to the size on your pants tag.

ABW’s The Tyler Perry Project || Angry Black Woman
Really, Tyler Perry? Is that what your movies are about? You could have fooled me, because from the small sliver I’ve seen in passing or been forced to watch by my family members (who have unfortunate bad taste), I haven’t seen much that’s spiritually uplifting or been imparted any wisdom that might make my life better. Perhaps it’s because I have not sat down and watched any of these films in full that I’m not experiencing the full effects…I will watch every movie made by this man in an attempt to offer critical analysis based on actual experience and viewing. As I watch each, I’ll liveblog it, then I’ll write up my thoughts after it’s over and I’ve had time to settle.

Women are Wild Animals; Men are Hunters || Sociological Images
Dmitriy T.M. sent in another example, via Jezebel, of the use of hunting as a metaphor for dating/attaining sex with women.  The metaphor portrays men as predators and women as prey,  suggesting that women are inherently unwilling and men inherently deceitful, coercive, and aggressive.

A Year After SB 1070, the Deportation Pipeline Still Begins in Washington || Colorlines
For the last year, the country’s stare has focused on Arizona as it has vied for most fantastically anti-immigrant state in the country. This month, that designation has shifted to Georgia, and the fight is on to ensure that it’s the last place where this show unfolds. But whether or not the SB 1070 wave has finally crested, little will change unless immigration policy changes at the federal level, where the ultimate the power lies.

Five Different Types Of Racism Explained || Angry Black Woman
She argues that there are five main types of racism, each equally as detrimental as the next: Aware/Blatant Racism, Aware/Covert Racism,Unaware/Unintentional Racism, Unaware/Self-Righteous Racism, Internalized Racism.

Today In Awesome: Arizona Students Fight Back || COLORLINES

Students at the University of Arizona are fighting back against the anti-immigrant sentiment prevalent in their state. The students erected their own border fence. They deconstruct the oppressive image of a border fence by using the fence to inform and teach students and any passer-by.

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The fence spans the length of four football fields and runs along one side of the campus quad, forcing students to walk all the way around it. While a few people have complained about the inconvenience, student leaders told me that many people said thanks for providing a focal point that got people to rethink borders.

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College Republicans put out their own perspective through a memorial near the fence honoring fallen border patrol officers…No Mas Muertes did a great job of responding when that memorial was vandalized (someone wrote bad things in chalk on the sidewalk in front of it). Member Francisco Baires told KGUN9 News that he was appalled that someone “desecrated” the Border Patrol memorial and that the fence honored all those who died on the border, migrant and law enforcement alike. Good answer.

The article ends with a tip from from Scholarships A-Z, an organization that helps young undocumented immigrants figure out how to navigate getting into and paying for college: “Be patient. Laws can be changed. Don’t give up, be future oriented.”

Definitely read the full article and view more photos at ColorLines.

Linkspam (4/7/11)

Figured a link round-up may make up for a lack of posts today.

Read on!:

As always, stay informed and knowledgeable.

Space, Army, or Death

These are apparently three out of four choices given to Georgia 3rd graders when faced with a multiple choice question dealing with immigrations. 3rd graders.

Excerpt via ColorLines:

What does the U.S. do with illegal aliens?

scan of the immigration question on test A. The U.S. puts them to work in the army.

B. The U.S. shoots them into outer space.

C. The U.S. puts them to death.

D. The U.S. sends them back where they came from

 

I’m sure this must have been a great read for any immigrant children or children with immigrant family or friends. Actually, all of the children in that class must have really appreciated death being an option on schoolwork.

Seriously guys, let’s drop the i-word.

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