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Reasons why I’m excited for “Dear White People:”

  • Black actors portraying 3-dimensional characters
  • Honest social commentary
  • Targeted to the college age demographic
  • Thorough exploration of the various forms of racism in America
  • Tessa Thompson’s voice and Tyler William’s afro wig

Reasons why I’m not excited for “Dear White People:”

  • White people calling it racist
  • Mainstream media agreeing with the white people calling it racist

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BREAKING: Gaza Will Take Years To Recover From Israeli Attacks, Experts Say

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JERUSALEM — Gaza will need years to recover from the damage inflicted upon the strip by nearly three weeks of Israeli bombardment, United Nations experts say, as a brief cease-fire this weekend revealed the extent to which the region’s infrastructure has been damaged.

“There is damage to every part of civilian infrastructure imaginable. Water, electricity, food, shelter, everything will need aid,” said Muhammed Abu Halima, a U.N. aid worker who works at a Gaza school that has been converted into a shelter. “It will take years for Gaza to recover.”

Humanitarian groups are just starting to take stock of how many homes were destroyed, aided by a 12-hour ceasefire Saturday. Fighting has resumed since then, despite pressure from countries in the region and the West to agree to a more lasting truce.

Humanitarian groups are just starting to take stock of how many homes were destroyed, aided by a 12-hour ceasefire Saturday. Fighting has resumed since then, despite pressure from countries in the region and the West to agree to a more lasting truce.
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The United Nations announced this week that it was launching a $115 million plan for reconstruction in Gaza, where homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed.

“With every hour that goes by, the destruction in Gaza is furthered, and the U.N. will need to revise that $115 million plan upwards,” said Chris Gunness, a U.N. spokesman.

Food and water have been scarce since last week, when thousands streamed into U.N. facilities in central Gaza to escape the bombardment in the northern, southern and eastern part of the coastal strip. U.N. officials estimate that the current number of people taking refuge exceeds 167,000.

“We don’t have the facilities, the funds to care for them long-term. Everything is scarce, and many of these people will sadly soon discover that they have nothing to return home to,” said Abu Halima of the U.N.

Gaza’s northeastern cities have been the hardest hit. It is from there that Hamas dug dozens of attack tunnels into Israel and used open areas as a launchpad for rockets. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially said the goal of Israel’s offensive into Gaza was to clear the tunnels, but military officials say the mission in Gaza has since been expanded, as Israel looks to deal a more punishing blow to Hamas.

Human rights groups, including the Israeli legal aid NGO Gisha, are already warning that the Israeli government will be loathe to allow cement back into the Gaza Strip, after hundreds of tons of cement were used to build the attack tunnels into Israel.

“Without cement, and a great deal of funds, it’s unclear how Gaza can possibly rebuild,” said Abu Halima.

Over the weekend, some residents returned to the northern city of Beit Hanoun, one of the hardest hit, to survey the damage as the 12-hour cease-fire took hold.

Over the weekend, some residents returned to the northern city of Beit Hanoun, one of the hardest hit, to survey the damage as the 12-hour cease-fire took hold.
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Zuhair al-Ataf, a father of four, was one of them. He described gathering his family as they decided to flee the city and seek refuge at a U.N. facility. “I told them to take only what was necessary. We took medication for my daughter, jewelry. My son wanted to bring the TV, but of course that was impossible,” Ataf said. “I knew whatever we left behind would be gone, and now it is.”

This weekend Ataf found his block in Beit Hanoun completely leveled. “Whatever we left behind is gone,” he said.

This weekend Ataf found his block in Beit Hanoun completely leveled. “Whatever we left behind is gone,” he said.
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Over the weekend, many, like the man above, tried to return to their former homes to salvage what they could.

The conflict is also exacerbating Gaza’s already existent crises. The strip’s water shortage has grown to the point where hundreds of thousands of people may have to face drinking unsafe water.

The conflict is also exacerbating Gaza's already existent crises. The strip's water shortage has grown to the point where hundreds of thousands of people may have to face drinking unsafe water.
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Roughly 1.2 million of the 1.7 million people who live in Gaza don’t have regular access to clean water, according to a report published this week by the Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene, an umbrella group of 40 humanitarian groups that work in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. has also said that the aquifers that store Gaza’s water have slowly eroded over the last decade, and are on the brink of collapse. The U.N. has long been concerned about the aquifers, saying they carry a host of water-borne diseases, including polio and hepatitis. Much of Gaza’s tap water is salty — due to seawater contamination — and supplied infrequently, due to electrical outages to the pumps that are used to distribute the water.

“We tell people that only bottled water is really safe to drink, but do you know how difficult it is to provide bottled water to thousands who are displaced?” said Abu Halima. “In the current circumstances it is almost impossible.”

Food distribution is also a growing concern for the U.N. “We don’t have an easy way to gather or distribute food to the displaced,” said Abu Halima. “And almost no one has the money to pay for food.”

Food distribution is also a growing concern for the U.N. "We don't have an easy way to gather or distribute food to the displaced," said Abu Halima. "And almost no one has the money to pay for food."
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Frequent electricity cuts have made refrigerating food nearly impossible, and the scale of the damage to Gaza’s livestock farms on the heavily-shelled eastern edge of Gaza is still unknown.

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In partnership with @WFP, we are distributing an average of 200 tons of food/day to IDPs in UNRWA shelters.

The vast majority of Gaza already suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to doctors who have worked there. The latest round of fighting will only further add to the trauma.

The vast majority of Gaza already suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to doctors who have worked there. The latest round of fighting will only further add to the trauma.
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Mental health experts say PTSD particularly affects Gaza’s children. With over 40 percent of the population under the age of 15, hundreds of thousands of children are currently living with PTSD.

After Israel’s last offensive in 2012, the PTSD rate among children in Gaza doubled, according to the United Nation’s agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

“Doctors are still working with children who were traumatized in 2012, and those who were traumatized in the 2008 war. Now everything is being brought back again, the bombings, the airstrikes, the insecurity,” said Farid Zahalka, a doctor who works with the U.N. “It is trauma upon trauma.”

“Children can’t understand what is happening to them,” said Zahalka. “They just feel afraid, they feel terrified. And we don’t know if the future Gaza will have the feeling of stability and security to help them recover from these fears.”

"Children can't understand what is happening to them," said Zahalka. "They just feel afraid, they feel terrified. And we don't know if the future Gaza will have the feeling of stability and security to help them recover from these fears."
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Source: Sheera Frenkel for Buzzfeed

The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery

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These are seriously badass!!!!!! Our history!! 

Well damn

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It’s almost tragic that the most badass escaped slave story most people know is Django Unchained. Because in real life, not only did slaves frequently escape, but they often did it without help from free whites, and without murdering several hundred people. Instead, what they had was cleverness and the audacity to try ridiculous plans that by all rights should never have worked.

#5. A Couple Cross-Dress Their Way Out of Slavery

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In 1848, a slave in Georgia named William Craft hit upon a brilliant plan to escape from his life of bondage: His wife, Ellen, was very light-skinned, and with some forged papers she could easily pass for white. So, why not just pose as her slave and get on a train heading north? There’s no way that plan can turn into some kind of wacky Three’s Company-style farce!

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Since it was pre-Civil War, it was more like Three-Fifths Company.

Wait, there was one problem — in those days, it was pretty much unheard of for a white woman to travel alone in the company of a male slave, presumably because white men were wary of the enormous sex party that would inevitably break out in just such a situation. For the plan to work, the dainty Ellen would have to be disguised as a white man (she in no way looked like one of those). So, in true wacky ’80s sitcom style, they wrapped most of Ellen’s face in thick bandages and a pair of tinted glasses. Then, just to make sure that this disguise would attract as much attention as possible, they threw on a huge top hat. Since Ellen couldn’t write, they also put a fake cast on her right arm so she wouldn’t be asked to sign her name.

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"You just put an ‘X.’ What’s your first name?"
"Uh … Malcolm."

With Ellen now resembling the invisible man in disguise as a mummy, they boarded a train to Philadelphia, only to find that they would be sitting across from a close friend of Ellen’s master, who had known her for years. Luckily he didn’t recognize them. Unluckily, he kept trying to start a conversation, forcing Ellen to pretend to be deaf to avoid talking to him. She kept this up for the rest of the journey, probably thinking that at any moment somebody was going to spring out and announce that it had all been a practical joke.

Finally, at their last stop in Baltimore, a suspicious railroad employee refused to allow William to board the train to Philadelphia without proof that he did actually belong to Ellen. However, the other passengers were so sympathetic to the thought of the clearly deathly ill “young man” wandering around Philly without his faithful slave to help him, they insisted that both be allowed to board. And with that, they were free.

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"Your master, Willy Wonka, clearly needs you!"

#4. Lewis Williams Is Switched With a Body Double Mid-Trial

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As a young boy, Lewis Williams escaped from slavery in Kentucky and grew up free in the abolitionist stronghold of Cincinnati. Things went wrong in his early 20s, however, when he decided to visit a local psychic to find out if a girl he liked was into him. Somehow he also ended up confiding that he was actually an escaped slave. Astonishingly for a woman who made her living ripping people off, the psychic immediately betrayed him to his former owner in exchange for a reward. Williams was seized by bounty hunters and taken before a judge to be extradited to Kentucky.

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While the bounty hunter took him away, the girl he asked about finally said “I love you.” He said “I know.”

And they would have gotten away with it, too, if the leader of the black community in Cincinnati hadn’t been a stone-cold badass by the name of Reverend William Troy. No sooner had he heard about the arrest than he was dreaming up a plan so insane that no one would see it coming.

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And certainly not that douche psychic from earlier.

As luck would have it, Troy knew another young man who bore a striking resemblance to Williams. And he also knew that some white people have famously questionable skills in the field of advanced telling black people apart. So when Troy heard that Williams had been seized, he made sure that a crowd of his fellow abolitionists rushed over and packed into the courtroom. Then they simply waited until everyone else was distracted by a dramatic legal argument, at which point Williams and his double quickly switched places and Williams crawled out the door on his hands and knees, hidden behind a wall of hilariously large old-timey women’s skirts.

To give him time to escape, Williams’ lawyers allowed the trial to continue for several more hours before a bailiff finally noticed that the defendant was an entirely different person. Williams’ troubles weren’t over there, though, and the house he was hiding out in was surrounded by suspicious policemen. Again, Troy swung into action with another of his patented wacky schemes. And as in the previous entry, it was cross-dressing to the rescue.

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How has Tyler Perry not made this movie yet?

So, Troy disguised Williams as his daughter in petticoats, crinoline, and a large bonnet with a veil. The fugitive walked right out the front door and past the crowd of policemen on the arm of a “gentleman caller.” Another life saved due to the heroic power of shenanigans.

#3. Henry “Box” Brown Mails Himself to Freedom

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In 1849, Henry Brown was determined to escape his miserable life on a Virginia plantation. But how? Safety was hundreds of miles away, and he wasn’t a young man anymore. Brown decided to get creative. And by that we mean, for the third straight entry, the escapee used a scheme that would seem too ridiculous for a cartoon.

First, he had a carpenter friend make up a wooden box 3 feet long by 2 feet wide, which the 5-foot-8-inch, 200-pound Brown somehow squeezed himself into as though he was playing some sort of horrifying human Tetris. Then he had two other friends carry the box down to the offices of the Adams Freight Company and have it “conveyed as dried goods” to Philadelphia. Seriously, you read that right. Henry Brown mailed himself to freedom.

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"Suck it, FedEx."

Of course it wasn’t quite that easy. The biggest problem came when postal workers ignored the large “This Side Up” signs plastered all over the box and stacked Brown with his head facing down. Since Brown couldn’t let anyone know he was in the crate, he was forced to remain standing on his head like that for 20 minutes, until he could be sure he was alone. Brown later claimed that the experience almost killed him and that he was barely able to cling to consciousness long enough to save himself, which does tend to overshadow the equally impressive fact that he somehow managed to right himself without getting out of the box.

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"Imagine what those dicks would have done if we had put a ‘Fragile’ sticker on there."

Not one to miss a chance to rub it in, Brown immediately adopted “Box” as his new middle name and embarked on a hugely lucrative lecture tour while supporters of slavery fumed impotently. This also infuriated prominent abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, who wanted Brown to keep the details of his escape a secret so they could encourage other slaves to escape the same way. So while we’ve got to give Brown props for his badassery, we can’t quite forgive him for potentially depriving us of a past where the Civil War never happened because every slave in the South simply mailed himself to liberty.

#2. Eliza Harris Leaps Across the Ice

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In 1838, a woman subsequently known as Eliza Harris escaped from slavery with her baby grandchild. Racing on foot through the snow, she could hear the barking of dogs behind her as her pursuers gained ground. Reaching the Ohio River, she was forced to pause. Despite the vicious cold, the river was not frozen solid, but was chock-full of thin, fast-moving ice floes.

This was the point where most people would give up and turn back, or, accepting their fate, perhaps would pick up one of the smaller ice chunks and attempt to throw it like a Frisbee. Fortunately, Eliza Harris was not most people. Instead she strapped the baby to her back, climbed out onto the ice, and leaped from floe to floe across the river like it was a goddamned Mario level.

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And when we say ice floe, if you’re picturing big, stable icebergs like a polar bear might frolic on during a breath mint commercial — think again. This was more like trying to jump from a bucking surfboard onto a moving shark if both those things were made of wet ice. Eliza slipped several times during her crossing and would have been swept away if not for a fence post she was carrying to steady herself. She eventually made it to the other side. It was so badass that a slave catcher who had been lying in wait for her on the other side just helped her up and pointed her in the direction of safety.

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"Wow, maybe this whole hunting down mothers and newborns thing was a shitty life choice."

Now when you’ve just done something so awesome that one of the worst human beings in the world decided to help you out, you could probably be forgiven for taking it easy for a while. Eliza, on the other hand, simply headed straight back South and, despite the huge reward that had been put on her head, succeeded in liberating her other five grandchildren. Her incredible story eventually made it back to the writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, who based the climactic scene in her famous anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin on her escape across the ice. The book’s heroine is named Eliza in her honor.

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In the movie adaptation of the book, she scissor-kicks every one of those dogs into a coma before crossing the ice flow.

#1. Robert Smalls Hijacks a Confederate Ship

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In 1862, the Confederate naval vessel Planter cast off from its mooring in Charleston and expertly navigated through the heavily mined harbor. Passing beneath the guns of Fort Sumter, the Planter’s captain, in his trademark white naval jacket and straw hat, cheerfully waved to the guards before giving the secret signals that prevented them from blowing his ship out of the water.

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"Did that ship’s captain seem … uh, darker than usual?”
"Well, his wife’s having an affair, so it was bound to get to him."

The same guards were probably a little surprised when the ship carefully waited until it was out of reach of the guns before immediately turning north and heading for the Union. You see, the man in the captain’s uniform waving to the guards was in fact a slave named Robert Smalls. And he was stealing the shit out of the Planter.

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"Ooh, hey, sorry, you guys didn’t need this boat, did you?"

At the start of the war, Smalls had found himself as one of the many slaves forced to work in the Confederate Navy. Not missing the bitter irony that he was somehow expected to fight against his freedom, he immediately began planning how to escape in the most audacious manner possible. First, he took the opportunity to memorize the signals needed to get past the fort. He also made sure to remember where the mines were in the harbor, which wasn’t hard because he’d laid most of them himself. And of course he also stole every single Confederate naval secret he could lay his hands on.

Amazingly, Smalls managed to keep from cackling hysterically during all this, because his white crew mates were so taken in with the deception that they decided to trust him to stay alone on the boat while they went to get drunk. Smalls immediately gathered 12 other slaves and their families and staged his famous defection to the Union, who were grateful enough to give him permanent command of the Planter, making him the only black captain of the war. He became a hero in the North and played a big part in persuading Abraham Lincoln to allow slaves to join the armed forces.

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"For the sake of humility, I’ll concede that slave owners weren’t that smart to begin with."



Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_20504_the-5-most-badass-ways-people-escaped-from-slavery_p2.html#ixzz38emiilIg

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This week casinos run by Native American tribes canceled three separate Ted Nugent shows set for August.

From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

The latest controversy began on Monday after Hatewatch called the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of American Indians and asked why that tribe – which has devoted itself to fighting hate and racism – would host a performer like Nugent. Nugent, among many other things, has called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and Hillary Clinton a “toxic cunt.” Many of his racist, antigovernment remarks have been made from the stage during rock performances, during which he sometimes wears an Indian headdress.

A tribal spokesperson told Hatewatch that it “was a good question,” and within hours the Coeur d’Alene tribe announced it was cancelling Nugent’s scheduled performance at their casino in Worley, Idaho.

And the Puyallup Tribe in western Washington followed suit:

“The Ted Nugent shows, scheduled for August 2nd and 3rd at the Emerald Queen Casino, have been cancelled,” the tribe announced on the casino’s Facebook page without further elaboration.

Music industry experts foresee an even further decline in Nugent’s career as a result of his inflammatory speech.

Larry Magid, a Philadelphia-based promoter who handled Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, and Bette Midler, said that you can’t “blame anyone for not wanting to play him for all of the baggage that he brings.” He added, "For all of the people enamored with him, there are 20 or 30 or 40 times that who are not enamored with him. To me, it’s not bright. If I’m a promoter I have to think two or three or four times before I take a shot with this performer."

The editor-in-chief of Pollstar USA, which tracks concert touring receipts, pointed out that “it’s a free country and Nugent has always had a big mouth. But if he keeps making incendiary statements his future tours may be limited to NRA conventions and Fox News events.”

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