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18/08/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

White Audiences Expect to be Entertained by Black Academics, Study Finds

White Audiences Expect to be Entertained by Black Academics, Study Finds

In American society, black entertainers are among the most widely accepted in mainstream culture. From Michael Jordan to Oprah Winfrey to Beyonce, if you can entertain the masses, your being black isn’t an impediment to success.

According to a new study, however, even blacks who aren’t in the entertainment field are expected to behave as entertainers.

A Vanderbilt study found that black faculty members are expected to entertain their white peers when presenting academic research:

Interviews with the scholars revealed that an overwhelming majority were advised regularly by white peers to be “more entertaining” when making research presentations, as well as to “lighten up” and “tell more jokes.”

Black females additionally noted being subject to their colleagues’ preoccupation with their clothing choices and hairstyle, and reported being admonished to play down their “passion” and “smile more.” In addition, nearly all reported overt racist remarks in regards to their academic presentations.

Ebony O. McGee–co-director of the study and assistant professor of education, diversity and urban schooling at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College–said she wasn’t surprised by the results.

“These microaggressions harken to a long history of blacks being objectified for entertainment value, all the way back to the blackface minstrels shows, which depicted African Americans as comical, lazy or dim-witted,” she said. “Today the racialized objectification of African Americans may not always be as overt as it was a century ago, but the ‘black as entertainment’ ideology remains alive and well.”

Black faculty members make up less than nine percent of academics.

McGee hopes that the study will provide “useful insights to those who organize presentations and those who give them.”


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17/08/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

From 1992 to 2013, the Median Net Worth of Blacks Who Finished College Dropped Nearly 56%

From 1992 to 2013, the Median Net Worth of Blacks Who Finished College Dropped Nearly 56%

For years blacks have been incessantly told that the U.S. is a meritocracy where hard work is rewarded. As it turns out, hard work is rewarded, but the rewards are better for some than others.

Regarding getting a college degree, there are benefits, but Asians and whites see more benefits from a degree than blacks or Hispanics, according to a new study.

“The long-term trend is shockingly clear,” William R. Emmons, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and one of the authors of the report, told the New York Times. “White and Asian college grads do much better than their counterparts without college, while college-grad Hispanics and blacks do much worse proportionately.”

According to the report, getting a degree does not equal a  “level playing field” for black or Hispanic graduates.

Blacks and Hispanic graduates earn more than their nongraduate black and Hispanic peers, but they also suffer disproportionately:

Economists emphasize that college-educated blacks and Hispanics over all earn significantly more and are in a better position to accumulate wealth than blacks and Hispanics who do not get degrees. Graduates’ median family income in 2013 was at least twice as high, and their median family wealth (which includes resources like a home, car and retirement account) was 3.5 to 4 times greater than that of nongraduates.

But while these college grads had more assets, they suffered disproportionately during periods of financial trouble.

From 1992 to 2013, the median net worth of blacks who finished college dropped nearly 56 percent (adjusted for inflation). By comparison, the median net worth of whites with college degrees rose about 86 percent over the same period, which included three recessions — including the severe downturn of 2007 through 2009, with its devastating effect on home prices in many parts of the country. Asian graduates did even better, gaining nearly 90 percent.

The point, it seems, is that college, while guarantying financial security for whites, doesn’t present the same guarantee for blacks or Hispanics.

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03/08/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Black S.C. Doctor: “I Am the Only Minority Physician in That Entire Hospital — Period”

Black S.C. Doctor: “I Am the Only Minority Physician in That Entire Hospital — Period”

A black South Carolina doctor says his patients come from miles away just to be seen by a black doctor. To make matters worse, the doctor alleges that the hospital for which he works has intentionally discriminated against him, making it difficult for him to maintain his practice.

Dr. Jonathan Jennings, a doctor at Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, says patients cross state lines to be treated by him, according to the Post and Courier.

“I have people that come from as far as Savannah. I have people that come from Moncks Corner, everywhere. They come and they drive past dozens of physicians because they want to be taken care of by a black doctor,” he said.

Jennings is one of a small number of black doctors in the state, and in America. According to the Courier‘s report, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that less than 4 percent of all physicians in the United States are African-American. In South Caroline, 5.8 percent of doctors are black.

Jennings filed a lawsuit against Roper St. Francis last month, alleging, according to the Courier, that the hospital “denied him adequate work space and consistently sabotaged his ability to practice medicine because he is black. Jennings said it’s clear hospital leaders favor white doctors because they hire so few black ones.”

“I am the only minority physician in that entire hospital — period,” he said.

Roper St. Francis has denied the allegations.

Al Jazeera reported on racial disparities in health care in a 2014 article.

“The legacy of years of racial discrimination has led to a disproportionately low number of African-American doctors. A 2009 Health System Change report, for example, found that the physician workforce was about 74 percent white and 4 percent black, while the U.S. population as a whole was 69 percent white and 12 percent black during the same year.”

Many African-Americans and Latinos view the health care system as racist and routinely choose doctors of their own race.

An expert shed some light on one of the reasons for the low numbers of black doctors.

“Let’s go back to the number of African-American doctors who finish medical school — it continues to be low,” said Dr. Thad Bell, former director of diversity at MUSC, who was interviewed by the Courier “It’s better than it was 10 years ago, but it’s nowhere close to being where it needs to be to satisfy the current number of African-Americans we have in our state.”


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30/07/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Online Petition Demands Historic Black Panther Marker Be Removed

Online Petition Demands Historic Black Panther Marker Be Removed

Photo Credit: Winston Salem Journal, Bruce Chapman

After the Charleston slaying of nine black church members by an admitted white supremacist, debate over the Confederate flag led to its removal from South Carolina’s state capitol. Now, however, an online petition is asking the city of Winston-Salem N.C. to remove a historic marker for the city chapter’s of the Black Panther Party.

A petition submitted by Wayne Pearce claims that the Black Panthers are a violent and racist organization, as evidenced by a Black Panther “leader” who called for killing  white people.

Pearce is actually referring to the NEW Black Panther Party, whose members argued with members of the Ku Klux Klan during a recent Klan rally in South Carolina.

“We the people feel that it is not in the best interest of the city of Winston-Salem or the state of North Carolina to honor such a racist and violent organization,” the petition reads.

From the Winston Salem Journal:

The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission and the city council approved placing the marker at its location on East Fifth Street in October 2012. More than 100 people, including city officials, attended the ceremony to unveil the marker.


The sign recognizes the Panthers’ social programs, including a free breakfast program for children, an ambulance service and medical screening. “These programs,” the sign reads, “brought meaningful change to Winston-Salem during a time of social and political upheaval and lent validation to the Chapter’s slogan, ‘Power to the People — Right On!”


McCullough said that Citylink received a phone call on July 15 from Brian Queen of Winston-Salem who said he wanted the city to remove the marker.

The petition had over 900 signatures on Wednesday.


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27/07/15 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

Nobody Protected Black Churches After Charleston, But Armed Citizens Flocking to Guard Military Recruitment Centers

Nobody Protected Black Churches After Charleston, But Armed Citizens Flocking to Guard Military Recruitment Centers

After nine black people were slain at Emanuel AME in Charleston, more black church members began wondering whether they should take up arms to protect themselves. There is a rich tradition of armed resistance in the black community, and atrocities like the one in Charleston S.C. call upon the wisdom of self-defense.

Among mainstream Americans, however, only a few, such as Joe Arpaio and his “posse”, planned to place armed guards outside of black churches.

Although Americans didn’t rally to support black churches in the aftermath of Charleston, many are showing up to defend military recruiting centers after four Marines in Tennessee were shot and killed earlier this month.

From USA Today:

Armed civilians are volunteering to guard military recruiting centers across the USA after last week’s attacks in Tennessee.

Dennis Kelley of Walton, Ky., an Army veteran sitting Wednesday in the parking lot of the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center here with his friend and Navy vet Jerry Peterson of Union, Ky., said he would be back every day until the government allows service members to carry guns at work in this country.

And don’t think that this is an isolated incident, since people have also volunteered to protect recruitment centers in Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan and North Carolina.



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