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"Race doesn’t matter!" , "Isn’t science just science?! why bring race into it!!", "It is not about the colour of skin!" meanwhile in the real world:

Is There a Bias Against Black Scientists? Funding Sparse for Minority Researchers

Black researchers and other minorities face nearly insurmountable barriers against career success, according to new research.

A February 2014 article in the Journal of Career Development details the work experiences of minority researchers in the social sciences.

Rebecca R. Kameny of the 3-C Institute for Social Development in North Carolina, directed the study, which collected data from people of color who attended a workshop on the topic of career barriers.

An astounding 72 percent of participants reported encountering workplace barriers due to their race or ethnicity.

Racism: A Sad History

Bias against minority researchers is not a new subject. In 2011, Donna K. Ginthner and her associates published a study about the NIH and grants to minority researchers. (The NIH, or National Institute of Health, is a government agency that serves as one of the prime supporters of scientific research.)

The Ginther study examined the rates at which grants were given to 83,000 researchers. Unfortunately, they found that the funding agency is biased against African Americans who submitted grant applications. According to the study, blacks are 13% less likely than equally-qualified white candidates to receive funding that is initiated by an NIH investigator.

The study’s writers explained that the researchers’ race is not always written on the application, but the applications’ reviewers could infer race from the applicants’ names and places of study. Without receiving federal funding, a researcher is less likely to receive a teaching position, less likely to be given tenure, and has more difficulty procuring funding to produce research and publish in scholarly journals. Ultimately, the repercussions of grant refusal are reflected in the face of academia.

When the study was published, the director of the NIH noted that the data is troubling and the situation is unacceptable. The NIH launched a $500 million, 10-year program to support young minorities in science. It is also considering changing its review process to review grant proposals anonymously to prevent this issue in the future.

Bias Against Blacks: Misinterpreted Data?

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Informetrics, however, contradicts the premise of bias against black researchers. The study, led by Jiansheng Yang of Virginia Tech, paints a different picture, concluding that the NIH review process contains no inherent racial bias.

Yang and his associates reviewed the work of 40 black faculty members and 80 white faculty members at U.S. medical schools. They assessed the scientists’ productivity, based on the number of publications they wrote, their role on each paper, and the prominence of the journals in which they published. Overall, Wang’s team found that the black faculty members were less productive than their white colleagues.

The researchers then reviewed the work of 11 of those black researchers and 11 of those white researchers who had received NIH funding. When they compared blacks and whites who had the same level of productivity, they found that people of both races received the same level of NIH funding. Wang concluded that funding is determined by level of success, and not by race.

Not Apples to Apples

Ginther, who found ample evidence of the NIH’s racial bias, argued in Science that Wang did not study the same aspects of the process that she did, so he cannot refute her claim. She noted that Wang’s study examined only a small number of researchers, and also looked only at how much funding they received, instead of whether they had a chance of receiving funding in the first place.

Ginther also noted that the black scientists’ lower level of productivity pointed to their difficulty in receiving positive mentoring, which is a further function of bias.

Discrimination is Not Dead

It seems that a majority of African Americans would agree with Ginther’s point about bias. A 2013 Pew Research study about discrimination in America found that a full 88% of blacks reported that there is discrimination against blacks. 46 % believe that there is a lot of discrimination, and the rest report feeling some discrimination.

Interestingly, white Americans agree that blacks are discriminated against, but to a lesser degree. Only 16% of whites feel that there is a lot of discrimination, but 41% sense some discrimination.

Regardless of percentages and perceptions, race-based barriers to success have no place in academia or the workplace.

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Airstrikes in Gaza | July 2014

1. An Israeli activist carries a placard during a protest against the war on the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on July 9, 2014. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Reuters)

3. Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of members of Hamad family in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

4. Palestinians inspect the remains of a car which was hit in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 9, 2014. (Ashraf Amrah/Reuters)

5. Relatives of eight Palestinian members from al-Haj family, who medics said were killed in an early morning air strike that destroyed at least two homes, mourn during their funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

6. A picture taken in Gaza City on July 10, 2014 shows a damaged building after it was hit by an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

7. A Palestinian woman runs carrying a girl following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza city on July 9, 2014. (Majdi Fathi/Reuters)

8. Two boys stand near damage caused by Israeli warplanes in Gaza on July 10, 2014. (Yasser Qudih/NurPhoto/Corbis)

9. Israelis watch as smoke rises after air strikes across the border in northern Gaza on July 8, 2014. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)

10. A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a destroyed house the day after an Israeli strike in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

micdotcom:

You’d never see this side of Mexico in the media

The images pieced together in the news — of corruption, poverty, violence and crime — are grim, but they don’t capture the full, textured reality of life in Mexico. As there are approximately 33.7 million Mexican-Americans living in the United States today, it is worth thinking more about what the country looks like beyond the headlines. 

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blackpussypower:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

*sigh* Do better please. Smh

you were saying?

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^^^^

and the best part is the woman dancing in the gif is Josephine Baker. Not only was she a fly ass performer she was also the first Black superstar and she fiercely pro-black and made appearances at the March on Washington and was offered a leadership position in the Civil Rights Movement.

why are niggas really actin like as shaking is a 21st century phenomena?

why are niggas acting like there are black women doing revolutionary things even now in 2014 while their dusty asses sit on instagram and proslytize with memes?

I know one of these girls. She danced with my daughter in destiny arts dance company (such a dope program) a couple years back. She is currently in college. She made this video shortly after graduating highschool with straight A’s. Not that that validates this video she and a couple friends made as a joke, because it doesn’t need your validation. Be “better” at shutting the fuck up before you judge people on frivolities. Nigga.

debates over black womens sexuality & the idea of a progressive identity & standing in society… everyone can settle down now. 

Ayyyy! That’s the Bart train!!!

theonlywayischic:

In Mid-April nearly 300 girls between the ages of 16 to 18 who were pursuing their right to education were kidnapped from a government school in Northern Nigeria, for the sole purpose to be sold and married off. The terrorist group who did this are called Boko Haram (which means “Western Education is sin”), whose purpose is too deny the right of education for women and to deny people of “non-islamic” traditions. Let us join together to fight this act of terrorism and bring awareness to the world that we must set an example, that people have a right to education. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS FOR THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. ***Please help spread these photos by sharing or reblogging***
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theonlywayischic:

In Mid-April nearly 300 girls between the ages of 16 to 18 who were pursuing their right to education were kidnapped from a government school in Northern Nigeria, for the sole purpose to be sold and married off. The terrorist group who did this are called Boko Haram (which means “Western Education is sin”), whose purpose is too deny the right of education for women and to deny people of “non-islamic” traditions. Let us join together to fight this act of terrorism and bring awareness to the world that we must set an example, that people have a right to education. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS FOR THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. ***Please help spread these photos by sharing or reblogging***
Zoom Info
theonlywayischic:

In Mid-April nearly 300 girls between the ages of 16 to 18 who were pursuing their right to education were kidnapped from a government school in Northern Nigeria, for the sole purpose to be sold and married off. The terrorist group who did this are called Boko Haram (which means “Western Education is sin”), whose purpose is too deny the right of education for women and to deny people of “non-islamic” traditions. Let us join together to fight this act of terrorism and bring awareness to the world that we must set an example, that people have a right to education. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS FOR THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. ***Please help spread these photos by sharing or reblogging***
Zoom Info
theonlywayischic:

In Mid-April nearly 300 girls between the ages of 16 to 18 who were pursuing their right to education were kidnapped from a government school in Northern Nigeria, for the sole purpose to be sold and married off. The terrorist group who did this are called Boko Haram (which means “Western Education is sin”), whose purpose is too deny the right of education for women and to deny people of “non-islamic” traditions. Let us join together to fight this act of terrorism and bring awareness to the world that we must set an example, that people have a right to education. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS FOR THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. ***Please help spread these photos by sharing or reblogging***
Zoom Info
theonlywayischic:

In Mid-April nearly 300 girls between the ages of 16 to 18 who were pursuing their right to education were kidnapped from a government school in Northern Nigeria, for the sole purpose to be sold and married off. The terrorist group who did this are called Boko Haram (which means “Western Education is sin”), whose purpose is too deny the right of education for women and to deny people of “non-islamic” traditions. Let us join together to fight this act of terrorism and bring awareness to the world that we must set an example, that people have a right to education. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS FOR THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. ***Please help spread these photos by sharing or reblogging***
Zoom Info
theonlywayischic:

In Mid-April nearly 300 girls between the ages of 16 to 18 who were pursuing their right to education were kidnapped from a government school in Northern Nigeria, for the sole purpose to be sold and married off. The terrorist group who did this are called Boko Haram (which means “Western Education is sin”), whose purpose is too deny the right of education for women and to deny people of “non-islamic” traditions. Let us join together to fight this act of terrorism and bring awareness to the world that we must set an example, that people have a right to education. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS FOR THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. ***Please help spread these photos by sharing or reblogging***
Zoom Info
theonlywayischic:

In Mid-April nearly 300 girls between the ages of 16 to 18 who were pursuing their right to education were kidnapped from a government school in Northern Nigeria, for the sole purpose to be sold and married off. The terrorist group who did this are called Boko Haram (which means “Western Education is sin”), whose purpose is too deny the right of education for women and to deny people of “non-islamic” traditions. Let us join together to fight this act of terrorism and bring awareness to the world that we must set an example, that people have a right to education. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS FOR THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. ***Please help spread these photos by sharing or reblogging***
Zoom Info

theonlywayischic:

In Mid-April nearly 300 girls between the ages of 16 to 18 who were pursuing their right to education were kidnapped from a government school in Northern Nigeria, for the sole purpose to be sold and married off. The terrorist group who did this are called Boko Haram (which means “Western Education is sin”), whose purpose is too deny the right of education for women and to deny people of “non-islamic” traditions. Let us join together to fight this act of terrorism and bring awareness to the world that we must set an example, that people have a right to education. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS FOR THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. 

***Please help spread these photos by sharing or reblogging***

soulrevision:

[Read the caption on the cover]

So yeah, Ebony Magazine did this back in 1966. I don’t care how long ago it was, as a black woman, this is still painful. Especially coming from a recognized and respected black magazine.

I debated on posting this here as it is old, I do not know what the context of this question was, nor do I know what the contents inside this particular 1966 magazine issue were.

Nevertheless, here it is. Discuss if you wish … or not

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