Askwith Recommends: Toilet Training: Law and Order

Silvia Rivers Law Project

“Addresses the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender segregated bathrooms. Using the stories of people who have been harassed, arrested or beaten for trying to use bathrooms, this groundbreaking film focuses on bathroom access in public space, in schools, and at work”

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Trending thought this week

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This link  has made it’s way around the LDC (Library Diversity Council). Click on headline to read post.

He Dropped One Letter In His Name

While Applying For Jobs, And The Responses Rolled In



What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege


Some people misunderstand or have a hard time understanding the term “white privilege” and this provides a way of thinking about it that might be easier for some people to get. -Sara

Originally posted on A Little More Sauce:

The phrase “white privilege” is one that rubs a lot of white people the wrong way. It can trigger something in them that shuts down conversation or at least makes them very defensive. (Especially those who grew up relatively less privileged than other folks around them). And I’ve seen more than once where this happens and the next move in the conversation is for the person who brought up white privilege to say, “The reason you’re getting defensive is because you’re feeling the discomfort of having your privilege exposed.”

I’m sure that’s true sometimes. And I’m sure there are a lot of people, white and otherwise, who can attest to a kind of a-ha moment or paradigm shift where they “got” what privilege means and they did realize they had been getting defensive because they were uncomfortable at having their privilege exposed. But I would guess that more often than…

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Speaking of Public Trust

From Mike McLean and not necessarily the LDC.

We know why “the media”* employees idiots to spew their brand of hate and frustration. The media is owned by multinationals who also sell cookies, soap, shampoo, war, drugs, weapons. These same multinationals, finding that they can pay cheaper taxes in another country will move there and still influence American public policy. That last part is our fault. I know, but if we keep buying their products they’ll continue to buy our politicians, police, military and airwaves. This allows them to manipulate the population into any frenzy they choose. We should know better but that’ll have to wait for a discussion on learning in America.

If Bill O’Reilly wasn’t such a dope no one would buy his soap. He has developed his particular type of manipulation into a well-paying position. Such is our world and our times when buffoons can garner any consideration and discussion. There are a lot of people who support his point of view and those who don’t must push back against his sewage. As a human being I think he is a trickster, a hoaxer who has become his media personality. He is a spokesperson for many of the “Proud, White and Terrified” crowd who refuse and won’t allow change. There’s a lot of money to be had if things stay the same and as you know they will do everything, and I mean everything, in their power to keep it so.

*”the media” Yes, quotes, I do lump them all together. Radio, Television, Film, Internet search engines, some website and some blogs, most of them are out right complicit if not they are in collusion.


Media frenzy or manipulation of the public trust?

From Mike McLean and not necessarily the LDC.

I do not wish to downplay the murder of Michael Brown. I think we need to also consider the aggressive use police force and voracious appetite of the “media”.

The recent media frenzy or manipulation of the public trust has caused quit a bit of unrest. But while we discuss issues of race, some of our Police and News Media seem to have their own agenda. I think the racial tensions are being manipulated to take away the issues of abusive police officers and aggressive news editors.


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Manic Pixie Dream Mama

An outstanding post. A must read.


Askwith Recommends: Lines of Tribe

“Lines of Tribe will look through both ends of the telescope, at once taking a broad view of human history and a narrow view of the experiences of people living today, in the first decade of the 21st century. Through additional insight from people involved in mixed race relationships, as well as children of mixed race parents, the ground breaking film will reveal the human story of people who are undergoing what is perhaps the most significant change in the evolution of the human race “–Container.

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Askwith Recommends: A Beautiful Blend and Hapa

A beautiful blend: a documentary that explores the issues facing and attitudes of multiethnic and multiracial people living in the United States.

Hapa: one step at a time: examines how individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are embracing their ethnic experiences as a symbol of change in an ever-evolving multicultural society. Explores what it means to be considered a mixed-race American today. The program is a first-person treatment of the struggles that people of diverse cultural backgrounds face.

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I don’t want to be afraid of the police by chescaleigh

A national discussion is desperately needed. No more violence. No more murder. It’s time to push back against the “media” and the politicians who keep our society divided.

We must face fear itself

From Mike McLean and not necessarily LDC.

Americans have the right of free speech and to freely assemble. Americans have the right to protest. We also have the right to be safe and the expectation that our law enforcement community will do its best to protect us. For most that was never the case.

Now is it so easy to arrest, detain and incarcerate. How is it so easy to pull and fire a weapon at another human being? I believe that the culture of the Police has isolated itself from the general population. Police have assault weapons, tanks, helicopters and planes, a wide range of killing and surveillance  machines to use against citizens. Citizens distrust police and other government agencies. It is a vicious cycle. It won’t get better until we as citizens, specifically me and my White counterparts along with everyone else,  force the change. Sadly the fear of  White Americans keep most from joining the protests. The white population has a tremendous amount of fear; including fear of retaliation. I know I’ve been there. Even more unfortunate we, as White citizens, do not believe that we are welcome in the protests, even though we want to help and we want an end to this entrenched racism. Believe me most of us do, and as always there are those who will never change. Who knows why but the rest of us are in support of the rights of every citizen.

As citizens we have a very big job ahead of us, we must break through the wall of the culture of Police authority. They need to be invited to the table and Whites have to jump into the discussion and protest as necessary. This is a whole new place for America, we have been a segregated society since the beginning and now it’s time for a really, really big change. We must come together before this other type of segregation can thrive, this authority vs. citizens.

I am deeply harmed by the explosion of violence during the protests against the shooting of Michael Brown. I question those who point their weapons at citizens and those who loot and cause more violence, who are these provocateurs? There is no room for this kind of reaction. This enhances fear. We must get beyond that.

I kindly ask all the White Americans and White people everywhere to read the article from “The Root” and join the struggle. I kindly ask that Black, Latino, Asian and many other Americans to help Whites to join in this struggle. We all need to be welcome to make our home a better place. We can help each other.

From The Economist

Police in a Missouri suburb demonstrate how not to quell a riot



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