What we didn’t hear about was a how an African-American women who in the course of protecting herself from an abusive husband who beat her while she was pregnant, shot a gun that she legally owns into the air. No one was hurt, but she is now looking at 25 years. Yes indeed, you read that right, facing 25 years.. Her name is Marissa Alexander, she lives in Florida, is a mother of 3 and everyone should know her name and her case.The person who prosecuted her case is Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case.
IndiVisible - African-Native American Lives in the Americas
(Description of photo from website as follows) Here is a family from the Comanche Nation located in southwestern Oklahoma. The elder man in Comanche traditional clothing is Ta-Ten-e-quer. His wife, Ta-Tat-ty, also wears Comanche clothing. Their niece (center) is Wife-per, also known as Frances E. Wright. Her father was a Buffalo Soldier (an African American cavalryman) who deserted and married into the Comanches. Henry (center left) and Lorenzano (center right) are the sons of Frances, who married an African American man.
Unfortunately this was a traveling exhibit in 2009, I bet they hit Boston and I would have been able to see it. But now it is currently it is on display only at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. Here is the information for that:
IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas July 4, 2011–February 2, 2012 NMAI on the National Mall, Washington, DC
As you can see it only runs until February, so if you have the chance to go, don’t wait!
It’s easiest to click through by the arrows just below the title and nav bar, but you can navigate around through drop menus of the nav bar where it says “Introduction”, “Policy”, “Community”, etc too.
I wouldn’t have found this if it wasn’t for deluxviven’s post about the Indians of Bermuda, where this exhibit is mentioned, and I went looking for it hoping it was still traveling around the country. (If you missed it, you really need to read that post too! And if you aren’t following her, well, you should be!)
my grammy had a big cherry tree of those in her backyard. when dominicans mention cerezas thats usually what we’re referring too. we stuffed our faces full of em daily.
le sigh. the best. but i have…
Have you ever heard of “Bossa Nova Superfruits”? They make two different acerola juices, plain, and the other is mixed with mango (I think). Anyway it looks like it would be sold at Stop and Shop in Brooklyn. Problem is it seems they are pushing the acai juice and you might not be able to find the acerola juice anymore, so you might want to call ahead to make sure they are stocking it before you waste your time going down there. Check with the store locator.
American Indians suffer from the most serious health problems in the U.S. On reservations, American Indians have a life expectancy of 47 years. The tuberculosis rate for Natives is 533 percent higher than the national average; the accident mortality rate 425 higher; the infant mortality rate 81 percent higher; the sudden infant death syndrome rate 310 percent higher; the alcoholism rate 579 percent higher; the diabetes rate 249 percent higher; and the suicide rate 190 percent higher than the national average.
Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
To add to this: 1 in 3 Native American Women will face sexual violence in their lifetime. This is much higher than national estimates of 1 in 4 or 1 in 6 for other groups of women. And, unlike other racial groups (which have assailants of the same race), the majority of assailants are white men.
My cousin is a Catholic priest, he was visiting me and had to cut his vacation short because there was another death on the reserve. He said, I didn’t become a priest to preside over funerals all the time, but sometimes it seems like it’s all I do.
This week in Chicano history: 1947 - The Mendez vs. Westminster School District case was the first successful challenge to an 1896 U.S Supreme Court doctrine that allowed “separate but equal” public facilities. thus ending the segregation of Latinos attending public schools & entering all white businesses in California, & being the reference case that eventually, 7 years later, allowed Roe vs. Wade to end segregation of all minority’s from any institutions & public areas, in America.
African-Americans weren’t the only ones..
You mean Brown v Board of Education? I don’t think Roe v Wade was about school segregation…