Apr 5th

2-year-old girl defends choice of black doll to cashier

By Yasmin S

CBS News By Jennifer Earl @ http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/yearinoffbeatgoodnews/2-year-old-girl-defends-choice-of-black-doll-to-cashier/ar-BBzmhbu?li=AAk6ORB&ocid=spartandhp#image=2




Aug 5th

Hillary Clinton Calls Out Trump’s Racism While Commiserating With His Supporters

By Yasmin S

Original Source: Roque Planas National Reporter fro the Huffington Post.

Let’s not forget the pain of the white working class, she urged.

WASHINGTON ― Hillary Clinton may view Donald Trump as a racist misogynist, but she feels some sympathy for his supporters.

Speaking at a conference of black and Hispanic journalists, the Democratic presidential nominee walked a fine line, casting many of Trump’s most controversial comments as racist and xenophobic, while declining to extend that characterization to his ardent supporters.

“We have to recognize that, of course, some of the appeal [of Trump] is xenophobic, racist, misogynistic,” Clinton said, while cautioning the audience not to “lose sight of the pain that many Americans are feeling because the economy has left them behind.”

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists August 5, 2016, in Washington, D.C. 

Clinton recalled Trump’s harsh words against Mexican immigrants and his repeated attacks against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Muslim parents who lost their Army captain son, Humayun, in the Iraq war.

Despite the wide gulf that separates Clinton from Trump’s hardcore supporters, she explained his nationalist appeal as a reaction to the declining fortunes of much of the American middle class with the dwindling of manufacturing and the harsh recession of 2008.

She said she’d met with a coal mining family in West Virginia, a state she expects to lose in November. But in listening to their concerns, Clinton said she became more sensitive to the wider discontent among Trump supporters with the shortage of stable jobs with decent pay.

“We have to reject and stand up against the appeals to the kind of bigotry and the use of bluster and bullying we’ve seen come from the Trump campaign,” Clinton said. “But let’s not forget the pain … all Americans are feeling.”

She added that she would continue to reach out to Americans “of all ethnicities,” a phrase usually invoked to refer to groups other than white males. 

Clinton made the comments at a joint annual conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Trump was invited to attend, but declined.

The GOP presidential nominee has consistently alienated voters of color that the Republican Party sought to reach out to more consistently after Mitt Romney bombed among Hispanics in 2012, winning only 27 percent of the Latino vote.

Instead, Trump’s support base is largely white and male, though a McClatchy-Marist poll released Friday showed that his support among that demographic had dropped from a 14-point lead over Clinton last month to just eight points after the conventions and his public feud with the Khan family.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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Aug 4th

Cush Jumbo: British TV 'doesn't represent country we live in'

By Yasmin S

Cush Jumbo, best known for appearing in US series The Good Wife, has called for more ethnic diversity on British TV.

Original Source: BBC Entertainment & Arts entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

The London-born actress told BBC Radio 5 live UK television "doesn't represent the country we live in".

She added the US has "huge race problems", but said she could find more work there because there were "more options for you to try".

"I would jump at the chance for there to be more parts for me here," she said, referring to the UK.

"It's not that I think [producers and casting directors] are racist or don't like me," she said.


"It's that we have an idea in our heads here of representation on TV, and it doesn't represent the country we live in, and it should."

The 30-year old revealed she had been told her mixed race background made her unsuitable for several roles she had auditioned for on British TV shows.

'Top down' approach

She said: "You get feedback from auditions - and they might say something along the lines of, 'We're only casting fully black or fully white people for this particular project, and because you're mixed [race] that doesn't work.'

"Or I've had, 'You were the absolute best person for the part but you don't fit with the family shade-wise.'"

The actress, whose mother is British and father Nigerian, is well known for her portrayal of lawyer Lucca Quinn in US drama The Good Wife.

She called for change in the UK television industry and referred to the "Oscars So White" movement, which saw several actors boycott the Academy Awards earlier this year in protest over the lack of nominees from ethnic minorities.

"I think we have to start from the top down," Jumbo said.

"If our producers and the people sitting on our boards and trusts and the people writing don't have different experiences, then of course the work that drips down is just of one or two or three experiences... not the experience of anybody else.

"It's a little bit like what happened with the Oscars where they made some huge changes very quickly because they realised they had to."

Nearly 700 entertainment figures have now been invited to become Academy members, with a focus on women and ethnic minorities.


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Sep 24th



with all the hurt in the world, all the pain and suffering, and rasial tension, i would like to thank Yasmin S, for her hard work in creating this community, and bringing people and groups together, and for caring, thank you

Mar 18th

Famous People/Families That are Happily Mixed Up!!

By Yasmin S

We are creating a fun list of famous people/families that are happily mixed up. We need a little help here so if you can think of anyone famous that we may have missed please add them. We are curious to see how long this list grows!!

1- Derek Jeter is HMU
2- Heidi Klum & Seal have children that are HMU
3- The Joilie-Pitt Clan
4- Mia Farrow & Kids are HMU
5- Lenny Kravits is HMU
6- Sandra Bullock & son Louis are HMU
7- Madonna & kids are HMU
8- Corbin Blu is HMU
9- Lucy Liu is HMU
10- Paula Patton, Robin Thick & son Julian are HMU
11- Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey are HMU
12- Jessica Alba & Cash Warren are HMU
13- Selma Hayek & the french guy François-Henri Pinault are HMU
14- Chris Noth (BIG- from sex in the city) has a happily mixed up family
15- Taye Diggs has a happily mixed up family
16- Terrance Howard is HMU
17- Donna Summer has hmu children
18- Diana Ross has hmu children
19- Robert De Niro has hmu children
20- Kardashian Crew is HMU
21- Jordan Sparks is HMU
22- Kim Kardashian, Kanye West & Baby North are HMU
23- Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disck are HMU
24- President Barack Obama is HMU 
25- Kat Von D is HMU
26- Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskett and kids are HMU
27- Miles Austin is HMU
28- Ice T & Co-Co are HMU
29- Leona Lewis is HMU
30- Adraina Lima is HMU
31- Rosario Dawson is HMU
32- Solodad Obrien is HMU
33- Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson is HMU
34- Keanu Reeves is HMU
35- Tiger Woods is Bi-racial and has HMU Children
36- Vin Diesel is HMU
37- Jason Momoa is HMU
38- Vanessa Hudgens is HMU
39- Melanie Brown is HMU
40- Nicole Scherzinger is HMU
41- Tatyana Ali is HMU
42- Della Reese is HMU
43- Jennifer Beals is HMU
44- Alicia Keys is HMU
45- Olivia Munn is HMU
46- Jennifer Tilly is HMU
47- Lou Diamond Phillips is HMU
48- Maggie Q is HMU
49- Hines Ward is HMU
50- Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez & Family are HMU
51- Paula Abdul is HMU
52- Misty Copeland (Ballerina) is HMU***
53- Lala Vasquez-Anthony & Carmelo Anthony are HMU
54- Mariska Hargitay & Amaya are HMU
55- Kristin Davis & Gemma Rose are HMU
56- Kris Humphries is HMU
57- Maya Rudolph is HMU
58- Connie Britton and her son Yoby are HMU
59- Hugh Jackman & family are HMU
60- Jillian Michaels, her partner Heidi Rhoades & children are HMU 
61- Lo Lo Jones is HMU
62- Jessica Ennis is HMU
63- Genki Dean is HMU
64- Lynne Hutchison is HMU
65- Kazuomi Ota (grandparents where HMU)
66- Rep. VP Canidate 2012 Paul Ryans family is HMU
67- Pete Wentz (Fall Out Bay) is HMU
68- Willi Monfret (beautful African/french model) is HMU
69- Drake (handsome jewish Canadian/african american) is HMU
70- Dudley O’Shaughnessy (irish/carribean british model &  boxer) is HMU
71- Travie McCoy (Haitian/Irish) is HMU
72- Mya (African American/Italian American) is HMU
73- Matt Stone (creator of South park) & Angela Howard are HMU
74- Mellody Hobson & George Lucas are HMU
75- Trevor Noah (fast rising bi-racial comic) is HMU
76- Charlize Theron and son Jackson are HMU
77- Bill (NY Mayor), Chirlane, Chiara & Dante DeBlasio are HMU
78- Robin Roberts & Amber Laign are HMU
79- Blake Austin Griffin (LA Clippers) is HMU
80- Evan Ross & Ashlee Simpson are HMU
81- Slash (Guns n Roses) is HMU
82- Michael Sam & Vito Cammisano are HMU
83- Mo Asumang is HMU
84- Johanna Lohman & Lianne Sanderson are HMU
85- Giancarlo Esposito is HMU
86- Tori Kelly is HMU
87- Thandie Newton & Ol Parker areHMU
88- Kimora Lee Simons & Tim Leissner are HMU
89- Tamera Mowry & Adam Housley are HMU
90- Alice Walker &  Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal are HMU
100- Bruno Mars is HMU
101- Iman & David Bowie are HMU 
102- Lisa Bonet & Jason Momoa are HMU
103- Alfre Woodard & Roderick Spencer are HMU
104- Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego are HMU
105- Garcelle Beauvais  children are HMU
106- Eve & Maximillion Cooper are HMU
107- Kimbella Vanderhee & Juelz Santana are HMU
108- Tiki Barber & Traci Lynn Johnson are HMU
109- Kobe Bryant & Vanessa Laine Bryant are HMU
110- Alesha Dixon is HMU
111- Russell Simmons has HMU Children 
112- Quincy Jones has a HMU Family
113- Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto are HMU
114- Sidney Portier & Joanna Shimkus are HMU
115- Marianne Pear is HMU
116- Eddie Van Halen is HMU
117- Ne-Yo is HMU
118- Tyson Beckford is HMU
119- Ann Curry is HMU 
120- Cheryl Burke is HMU
121- Nicki Minaj is HMU
122- Shannon Ashley Mitchell is HMU
123- Vanessa Minnillo Lachey is HMU
124- Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves are HMU
125- Nicholas Cage & Alice Kim are HMU
126- Rupert Murdoch & Wendi Deng are HMU
127- Cameron Diaz is HMU
128- Phoebe Cates is HMU
129- Selena Gomez is HMU
130- Norah Jones is HMU
131- Phylicia Rashad is HMU
132- Vanessa Williams & Kids are HMU
133- Carolina Bermudez & Mark Grossman are HMU
134- Alex Wagner is HMU
135- Apollo Nida & Phaedra Parks are HMU
136- Julian Green is HMU (Team USA World Cup)
137- Tim Howard is HMU (Team USA World Cup)
138- Timmy Chandler is HMU (Team USA World Cup)
139- John Brooks is HMU (Team USA World Cup)
140- Melissa Harris-Perry is HMU
141- Angel Haze and Ireland Baldwin are HMU
142- Josh Ho-Sang is HMU (2014 Draft Pick for NY Islanders NHL)  
143- Mariah Huq Aydin Huq are HMU (Married to Medicine)
144- Laura Dern & Ben Harper have  HMU children
145- Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery are HMU
146- Cuba Gooding Jr. & Sara Kapfer are HMU
147- Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes are HMU
148- Rick Fox & Eliza Dushku are HMU
149- John Legend & Chrissy Teigen are HMU
150- Michael Ealy & Khatira Rafiqzada are HMU
151- Sophia Vergara & Joe Manganiello are HMU
152- Willie & Korie Roberton (Duck Dynasty) are a HMU family
153- Aisha Tyler & Jeff Tietjens are HMU
154- Paul (Rapper) & Crystal Wall are HMU
155- Wolfgang Puck & Gelila Assefa are HMU
156- Dirk Nowitzki & Jessica Olsson are HMU
156- Justin & Kiesha Chambers are HMU
157- Matt Stone & Angela Howard are HMU
158- Phil Collen (Def Lepard) & Helen L. Simmons are HMU
159- Robert Pattinson & FKA Twigs (Tahliah Barnett) are HMU
160- Claudia Jordan (real housewives atlanta) is HMU
161- Mia Love & The Love Family are HMU

162- Madison Keys (U.S. Tennis Player) is HMU

163- Zendaya Coleman is HMU

164- David & Jessica Oyelowo are a HMU Family



Sep 9th

Toronto: 'Black and White' Could Propel Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer Into Oscar Race

By Yasmin S
ORIGINAL SOURCE:  SCOTT FEINBERG @ The Hollywood Reporter hollywoodreporter.com

Mike Binder's drama, which features the Oscar winners on opposite sides of a custody dispute over a mixed-race child, is still seeking a U.S. distributor

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

One of the best movies that has already screened at the Toronto Film Festival but hasn't yet found a U.S. distributor is Mike Binder's Black and White. The drama, which was inspired by a true story, stars Oscar winners Kevin Costner (also a producer) and Octavia Spencer as a grandfather and grandmother on opposite sides of a dispute over the custody of a mixed-race child (the excellent 10-year-old newcomer Jillian Estell) to whom they both lay claim. Following its world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, it received a lengthy standing ovation, and it's hard to imagine that it will remain on the market — or outside of the 2014 Oscar discussion — for much longer.

Black and White comes nine years after the one prior collaboration between Binder and Costner, the excellent drama The Upside of Anger, which also dealt with family strife of a grave nature, while finding room for a few laughs. (Binder, who also wrote both films, is a former stand-up comic and occasional actor.) In-between these two low-budget indies, Binder also wrote and directed two disappointing films, the straight-to-DVD Man About Town (2006) and and the big-studio disappointment Reign Over Me (2007), while Costner more or less faded from quality projects before making an acclaimed "comeback," of sorts, in the TV miniseries Hatfields and McCoys (2012), for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe. It's good to see them back together again and in top form.

This film deals with some uncomfortable subject matter, which may explain why a major distributor hasn't yet swooped it up. But if and when one does, they should, with a competent awards campaign, be able to generate some Oscar buzz for its two biggest stars. Costner has an array of impressive scenes (including and especially a showstopping one from the witness box) — but, even so, that category is jam-packed and will be tough to crack. The castmember who would, in fact, stand the best shot of landing a nom would be Spencer, the best supporting actress Oscar winner from three years ago for The Help, another film about race in America, who has several great dramatic and comedic moments of her own and would immediately become a top contender in that same category, which is lacking in other great options so far (excepting Boyhood's Patricia Arquette). 

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Jul 27th

Undoing Racism workshops tackle ‘implicit biases’

By Yasmin S
ORGINAL SOURCE: Marisa Kwiatkowski @ Indystar.com

Adrienne Reed had never thought about her race.

For Reed, who is white, the color of her skin seemed irrelevant. It was only germane to the shade of makeup she smeared on her face in the morning.

So, she wasn’t prepared for the question from trainers in a recent Undoing Racism workshop: “What do you like about being white?” Reed was flummoxed.

“Well,” she said, “I don’t know.”

Like Reed, many whites in the room admitted they’d never thought about the color of their skin — because they’d never had to.

Those who did have answers tended to compare their own experiences to those of people of other races: simplicity, access to opportunities, the ability to fit in, “less worry” and “seeing people who look like me.”

Black participants had a different reaction when they were asked to share what they like about their race. “Black men!” one woman announced, eliciting cheers and laughter from the group. Diversity. Strength. Spirituality. Music. Food. The list was long. Latinos championed their language, culture, pride, hair and skin.

Reed said she was envious of those who could easily share what they liked about their races. “I didn’t like that I didn’t know or didn’t have an answer,” she said.

With that simple question, the People’s Institute trainers pushed participants to examine themselves and their racial identities — a key step toward correcting a disparity in the way people of different races are treated in Indiana’s child welfare, criminal justice and education systems.

Officials consider the differences in treatment of blacks, whites and Latinos so serious that they’ve invested roughly $250,000 in grants and donations to train about 800 people who work in those systems.

Cindy Booth, executive director of Child Advocates, said the exercise that caught Reed by surprise spurs conversation about the “implicit biases” that may influence people’s decisions.

It certainly had an effect on Reed and others.

Deidre Lacey Blackwell, who is black, said she never noticed how much she thinks about the color of her skin — until she realized there are others who don’t.

“We don’t even really think about how much we have to think about being black every day, every minute,” she said. “It’s sort of sad that you have to live your life like that. I was a little jealous that you can just get up and be you and do you.”

Training sessions

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond has been conducting Undoing Racism workshops in Marion County since 2010, for Department of Child Services employees, judges, police, teachers and others.

The New Orleans-based national collective’s two-day training analyzes the history and effects of the U.S.’s racial divide and reveals how those translate into the disparities that exist today.

Multiple federal studies indicate that while families of color aren’t more likely to abuse or neglect their children, they are more likely to be accused of abuse and neglect and investigated by authorities.

Those investigations also are more likely to result in findings that abuse or neglect occurred. And children of color are more likely to be removed from their homes, are kept in foster care longer and are moved more often than white children.

Black and Native American children are three times more likely to be in foster care than white children in some states, according to a 2009 report by the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning. Hispanic children also are overrepresented.

In Indiana, black youths were 3.23 times more likely than white youths to be referred to juvenile court, according to the 2012 report “Identifying Disproportionate Minority Contact in Indiana.” The report analyzed data from 2009.

Youth of color also were “more likely to be held in secure detention prior to adjudication, more likely to have a delinquency petition filed against them and more likely to be committed to the Indiana Department of Correction than their white peers,” according to the report.

“We have a huge disproportionality problem,” said Geoffrey Gaither, a magistrate in Marion County juvenile court.

Deena Hayes-Greene, a trainer with the People’s Institute, said racial inequity exists in every system in the country, including education, health care, child welfare and criminal justice.

And those disparities persist despite laws that grant equal rights and protection.

The most recent Undoing Racism workshop in Indianapolis revealed, in part, how far apart we still are when it comes to views on race and ethnicity.

It was, at times, challenging, uncomfortable, volatile and emotional. Some participants broke down in tears. Others walked out of the room.

“There were certain times when people just couldn’t see themselves in it because their experiences were so limited,” said Danny Davis, a foster parent recruiter at Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, a nonprofit that provides services for children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Davis, who is black, said a lot of people don’t want to talk about race because they feel it is “a done deal.”

Allison Larsen, a divisional office manager of SAFY of Central Indiana, said that was one of the scariest parts of the workshop.

“So many people in the room would say, ‘I wasn’t raised that way. I was raised to accept everyone,’ ” said Larsen, who is white. “If everyone was raised this way, so then why is that (disparity) happening?”

The answer, trainers from the People’s Institute said, lies more than 300 years in the past.

Laws dictated access

In 1691, a Virginia law defined for the first time who was “white.” Only people who were white could be landowners.

That law — and many others like it — dictated who could have access to land, opportunities and resources.

Suzanne Plihcik, a trainer with the People’s Institute, said race was not created to oppress people of color. It was constructed to give power to whites.

“We made up a story that some people are more human than others, and we’re still telling it,” said Plihcik, who is white. “We desperately need a new story.”

Some white participants said they were jarred by the People’s Institute’s definition of racism, which differs from the traditional definition of hatred or intolerance toward someone of a different race.

The institute defines racism as race prejudice combined with power. Under that definition, people of color cannot be racist because institutional power is geared toward whites, Plihcik said.

She said it also means all white people are racist — even those who are not bigots.

“We’re all racist because we benefit from a system of racism,” Plihcik said. “Not because we’re bad or evil-intentioned, but because we benefit.”

To show how racial inequities persist today, Hayes-Greene told the story of a Monopoly game played in a diversity course at North Carolina A&T State University.

In the professor’s version of the game, the players are split into groups. The first group plays for 30 to 40 minutes, or for seven rounds. Then players from the next group join the game. They keep adding groups until everyone is playing.

The rules are the same for every player. But players who join the game later enter at a disadvantage. Early players have had more time to accumulate wealth and already own most, if not all, of the properties by the time later players begin.

And the outcome is telling.

The group that begins the game first always produces the winner. Winners typically are in the same order as when players enter the game. Later groups rarely build assets equal to those of the first group. Players who start later get discouraged and often lose their motivation to continue.

Hayes-Greene, who is black, said that staggered version of Monopoly reflects what has happened with race and equity in the United States: The rules are fair, but the game isn’t.

“We didn’t talk about the hundreds of years that were already played,” Hayes-Greene said.

Such arguments were accepted by some, but not all at the recent workshop.

‘Racial aspect’

Eleanor Galbraith, a court-appointed special advocate volunteer with Child Advocates, said she doesn’t understand why everything has to be about race.

“I don’t see people of color being racially profiled and that type of thing,” said Galbraith, who is white. “To me, I just don’t see that everything has to be a racial aspect. There are a lot of people who are discriminated against, not just because of their color. What is it in the society that still makes them feel this?”

Galbraith said her son, who also is white, has been stopped and stereotyped by police for having long hair.

Galbraith said she became annoyed several times during the training because she felt whites were being blamed for a lot of things. She said she was taught to treat everyone with respect.

“What happened 200 years ago was inexcusable,” Galbraith said. “It seems like the things we are fighting are things that happened back in the day and that we are still being blamed for it.”

A People’s Institute trainer said individual stories, such as Galbraith’s story about her son, don’t trump the institutional, collective reality. And the goal is not to assign blame for past sins, but to help people open their eyes to perspectives that may be different from their own.

Cassandra Porter, former executive director of SAFY of Indiana, said the Undoing Racism training is meant to help employees navigate difficult conversations and give them a “common language.” It is mandatory for all SAFY employees in Indiana.

Porter, who is black, described a recent situation involving a potential foster family in South Bend. The parents, who said they were open to fostering children of any race, participated in Civil War reenactments and collected war memorabilia, including confederate flags.

The SAFY trainer spoke with the parents about taking down the flags. Porter said the Undoing Racism training enabled the employee to talk with the family about how those items might affect a black foster child, rather than ignoring it or making excuses.

And when SAFY employees are evaluating foster homes to determine whether the home should remain open, Porter said she can ensure they consider the same criteria, regardless of the foster parents’ race.

“You need to be able to have tough conversations and not come from a place of blame,” she said.

‘A long way to go’

Toward the end of the workshop, the trainers asked participants how they were feeling about what they’d heard.

Andrea Manning-Dudley, a guardian ad litem for Child Advocates, said she was frustrated with herself for not knowing the history presented during the workshop.

“I was so enlightened,” said Manning-Dudley, who is black. “I thought, ‘Why didn’t I know this stuff as a black woman?’ ”

Reed said she felt people of color had more to give of their stories. In some cases, she said, participants had to be re-traumatized in order for others to learn. Reed said a Hispanic woman in her session asked, “Why are we doing this?”

Some black participants cried as they recounted past experiences. They said the workshop reinforced a lot of what they already knew.

Another woman, who is white but said she is perceived by others to be Hispanic, sobbed because she felt she didn’t have a racial identity.

White participants said the training was eye-opening. They said they were upset and angry that the information had never been shared in school.

Larsen said she found value in the workshop, but felt uncomfortable toward the end when the trainers spoke extensively about white privilege, such as never being asked to represent or speak for all the people of a racial group, never wondering whether a police stop is race-related and generally feeling welcomed in usual walks of life.

“It just seems like it was being reiterated over and over for a bit there,” Larsen said. “I don’t know if I should be shamed for being white, I felt. I understand there are benefits. It’s not fair, it’s not right. I can do what I can to fix it, but I didn’t set it up.”

Ryan Gardner, staff attorney at Child Advocates, said he hopes those who go through the training will be more open to listening to perspectives different from their own.

“We spend so much time talking at each other without really listening to hear where people are coming from,” said Gardner, who is black. “Everybody’s experience is not mine.”

Marion County juvenile court Judge Marilyn Moores said she doesn’t have statistics broken down by race on what happens in her court, but anecdotally, she’s seen improvement in the attitudes and understanding of officials appearing in her court. She attributes that to the training.

It gives people a historical perspective and information to combat the “my dad pulled himself up by his bootstraps, why didn’t your dad” mentality, said Moores, who is white.

A significant portion of the training is dedicated to why people are poor.

“You need to filter everything you do through that lens ... the knowledge that not everybody did have the same chance,” Moores said. “It’s just a really powerful, concentrated way of learning to unthink what you thought you knew.”

Moores and other officials said they hope the training will attack the “horrendous” disproportionality of people of color in the system.

Past participants of the Undoing Racism workshop created a group, “Dismantle Racism Collaborative, Midwest Region” to raise awareness and break the cycle of racism.

Lacey Blackwell said she hopes people will “help make this racial divide maybe come together eventually.”

“We have a long way to go, but I still am hopeful,” she said.

Call Star reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski at (317) 444-6135. Follow her on Twitter: @IndyMarisaK.

Participate in an upcoming Undoing Racism workshop

The next Undoing Racism workshop will be held July 28-29 at Child Advocates, located at 8200 Haverstick Road, suite 240, Indianapolis. The training runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. There is no cost to attend, but participants must reserve a spot.

For those who already have attended the Undoing Racism training, the next Dismantle Racism Collaborative meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 11 at the Child Advocates office.

For more information or to sign up, contact Nikita Garner at (317) 205-3055, ext. 2227 or nikita@childadvocates.net.

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Jun 27th

On This Day June 27, 1948: Dick Turpin becomes Britain’s first mixed-race boxing champion

By Yasmin S

Mixed-raced boxer Dick Turpin made history and became the first non-white British champion in modern times on this day in 1948.

The middleweight, whose shared name with the 18th century highwayman made him a press favourite, beat Vince Hawkins on points at Villa Park, Birmingham.

The bruising encounter, in which both men fought for the British and Commonwealth title that was made vacant by Ron Richard's retirement, lasted 15 rounds.

The 27-year-old’s success made him an inspiration for many ethnic minorities.

He was born to a black Guyanan father and white English mother in the affluent Warwickshire town of Leamington Spa at a time when there were few mixed-race Britons.

He, together with his two younger brothers, Jack and Randolph, became boxers after being bullied over the colour of their skin.

They became a boxing dynasty – each enjoying a lot of success.

Jack, who was the smallest, became a featherweight and tenaciously fought 125 professional bouts, although never had a title shot.

Dick, who was filmed training in a British Pathé newsreel, retired shortly after losing his belt to Albert Finch only a year after winning it.

But it was Randolph who became the most famous of the three Turpin brothers.

Randolph avenged his brother’s defeat and reclaimed family honour by knocking Finch out in five rounds in 1950 and becoming British and Commonwealth middleweight champion himself.

Dick Turpin

Soon afterwards, he followed this feat by winning the European title by putting Dutchman Luc Van Dam on the canvas in just 48 seconds.

This earned him the attention of promoters in America, who arranged for him to fight Sugar Ray Robinson, who is today frequently cited as the greatest boxer in history.

Randolph Turpin won the world title after beating the great man on a 15-round decision during a bout in London on July 10, 1951.

He became an instant celebrity and, for a brief period, spent each day being besieged by fans at his training base at Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales.

But his national hero status did not last long. In a rematch with Robinson in the U.S. – Turpin’s first overseas fight –the dazzling American won his belt back.

And, from then on, Turpin’s career went into decline.

He finally retired with a record of 66 wins – including 48 by knockout – against eight losses and a single draw 1962.

Out of the ring his life turned sour quickly. A string of business failures, which had temporarily forced him back into the ring after first quitting in 1959, were the start of severe money worries.

He was reduced to fighting as a wrestler and working in a scrapyard before the Inland Revenue landed the final blow by pursuing him for years of unpaid back taxes.

Left seriously depressed, the married father-of-four committed suicide in 1966 after trying to murder his 17-month-old daughter.

The 37-year-old, who had recently been declared bankrupt after failing to pay a huge tax bill, shot little Carmen twice before blasting himself in the mouth.

Miraculously, the toddler survived the attack in the loft of their home above a café in Leamington Spa.

In many ways, Randolph Turpin’s life mirrors that of British heavyweight boxer Freddie “Fearless” Mills, who shot himself amid money problems at age 46 in 1965.

Experts have also blamed heavy blows to the heads and repeated concussion for high depression rates among boxers.

A total of 15 championship-winning fighters are known to have committed suicide since 1928.
Jun 25th

The Happily Mixed-Up Community Celebrates Its Third Birthday

By Yasmin S

The HMU Community Inc., a networking group focusing on families of
mixed race and ethnicity, looks forward to celebrating its third birthday
in July.

Online PR News – 25-June-2014 – Farmingville, NY – The HMU
(Happily Mixed-Up) Community, which aims to offer a safe environment
where families withchildren of mixed race, heritage and culture can find
and connect with others who share their interests, lifestyles and concerns,
will celebrate its third birthday this July 4th. The HMUC’s focus is on
families; its goal is to make it easier for the parent(s), grandparent(s) and
guardian(s) of bi-racial or multicultural children to connect with others in
their own community who may have similar family structures. Through
the HMU Community, families can create and develop new friendships and
gain mutual support.

“I strongly believe that it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to
enable their children to forge friendships with others who can directly relate
to their experiences,”

“I strongly believe that it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to
enable their children to forge friendships with others who can directly relate
to their experiences,” says company founder Yasmin Sammarco.
“Our community welcomes anyone who is open minded regarding race,
ethnicity, spiritual beliefs and sexual orientation.”

The HMU Community provides support, advice, acceptance and a forum
for members to express their feelings and concerns and possibly offer
enlightenment to others – a place where diversity can be celebrated.
The community thrives through its members and members’ privacy is
therefore a number one priority.
The HMU Community welcomes singles, couples, parents and grandparents.

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