NEGRO: A documentary about Latino Identity Screening + Panel Discussion on AfroLatinas and beauty image and mental health with the producer Dash Harris, Carolina Contreras of Miss Rizos.comSunday, October 26th2pm-4pmLa Casa Azul Bookstore103rd St. and Lexington$10 suggested donationRSVP to RSVP.email@example.comPlease consider bringing a brown doll for the newly launched AfroLatino Travel’s “Brown Dolls for Brown Children - Panama” Campaign.
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In various schools in Uganda, and some other parts of Africa, children as young as five are punished for speaking African languages, indigenous languages and mother tongues at school. The modes of punishment differ. The most common one in Uganda is wearing a dirty sack until you meet someone else speaking their mother tongue and then you pass the sack on to them. In some schools, there are specific pupils and students tasked with compiling lists of fellow pupils and students speaking mother tongues. This list is then handed over to a teacher responsible for punishing these language rule-breakers. According to Gilbert Kaburu, some schools have aprons that read: “Shame on me, I was speaking vernacular” handed over to an offender of the No Vernacular rule, who then is tasked with finding the next culprit to give the apron. Most of the punishments, in their symbolism emphasise the uselessness of the African languages.
Commenting on a photo of two children in Uganda wearing dirty sacks as punishment for speaking their mother tongues, Zimbabwean writer, Tendai Huchu says:
“That sums up our self loathing and inferiority complex. Junot Diaz once said we do a better job of enforcing white supremacy ourselves than white supremacists ever could. I should add, notice how the punishment consists of wearing sack-cloth. The image is telling. You are rags if you speak your own language.”
Halima Hosh, agreeing with Tendai Huchu opines:
“It’s outrageous. What a slave mentality that a colonial language is considered higher or better/more worth than their own local language. Unbelievable. Do the Europeans learn any African language in school? No. Why not? Because we are not proud of our heritage, not proud of our languages, not proud of Black African history. These teachers need to be fired.
This is a serious problem. Read the entire article here: http://thisisafrica.me/schools-punishing-children-speaking-african-languages/ (via linglife)
Languages don’t generally become endangered because people just don’t really feel like speaking them anymore: it’s often much more brutal. And similar methods for repressing indigenous languages happen all over the world: this reminded me of a memorable quote from a man in Alaska “Whenever I speak Tlingit, I can still taste the soap.”
They make the kids seek out ‘bad kids’ so they can pass on their ‘failure’. This is how white supremacy becomes internalized.
NEGRO: A documentary about Latino Identity Screening + Panel Discussion on AfroLatinas and beauty image and mental health with the producer Dash Harris, Carolina Contreras of Miss Rizos.comSunday, October 26th2pm-4pmLa Casa Azul Bookstore103rd St. and Lexington$10 suggested donationRSVP to email@example.comPlease consider bringing a brown doll for the newly launched AfroLatino Travel’s “Brown Dolls for Brown Children - Panama” Campaign.
BY MIMI READ
WALLACE — At Whitney Plantation, one of the antebellum estates that line the Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the architectural centerpiece is a Creole-style main house where hand-painted ceilings are adorned with flowers and vines. Out front are a matching pair of pigeonniers and an alley of oak trees whose branches theatrically drag the ground.
It’s easy to imagine a typical moonlight-and-magnolias tour unfolding here, with guides in hoop skirts expounding on the antiques — except that Whitney’s owner, John Cummings, will have none of that.
“Who in the hell built this house?” Cummings thundered recently while ferrying a couple of visitors around Whitney’s 250 acres in a golf cart through the rain. “Who built this son of a bitch? We have to own our history.”
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Song been stuck in my head bc they play it every second and simply EVERYWHERE here.
A documentary about the CIA’s cocaine scandal is coming out soon
NEED TO SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Teaching about Columbus Day. My students were baffled and asked “so why do we celebrate Columbus Day?” One student exclaimed “Teacher, why don’t you write that on the internet?” And I said many people on the internet have. The kids all but started a full on protest at lesson’s end.
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Top photo: My coconut oil with: rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus and my rose water with lavender buds.
Bottom: My plethora of oils; red bottle with my 7-oils from el Javillo, water, rose water and coconut oil.
Next my rose water and lavender buds I use as toner.
Blue spray bottle has coconut oil and rose water to spray on hair and skin.
Next, coconut oil with the rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus.
Purple bottle got my ACV + water
and the last bottle is the 7-oils from El Javillo.
I’ll be in NYC at month’s end, anyone who wants coconut oil from Panama give me a shout for your order!
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