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Richard Wright’s Novel About Racist Police Violence Was Rejected in 1941; It Has Just Been Published

Democracy Now!

Published on May 7, 2021

Nearly 80 years ago, Richard Wright became one of the most famous Black writers in the United States with the publication of “Native Son,” a novel whose searing critique of systemic racism made it a best-seller and inspired a generation of Black writers. In 1941, Wright wrote a new novel titled “The Man Who Lived Underground,” but publishers refused to release it, in part because the book was filled with graphic descriptions of police brutality by white officers against a Black man. His manuscript was largely forgotten until his daughter Julia Wright unearthed it at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. “The Man Who Lived Underground” was not published in the 1940s because white publishers did not want to highlight “white supremacist police violence upon a Black man because it was too close to home,” says Julia Wright. “It’s a bit like lifting the stone and not wanting the worms, the racist worms underneath, to be seen.”

Ep. 187: It’s Like Herding Americans! How To Defeat COVID This Year (w/ Laurie Garrett) | Rumble – Y ouTube

Michael Moore

Michael is joined by public health expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Laurie Garrett to discuss the new reports that the United States of America will never reach herd immunity to the coronavirus. President Biden seemed somewhat defeated when he had to announce recently that we will have to settle for 70% getting just one shot by the 4th of July. They discuss how each of us are the most important ambassadors for total vaccination success. If 200,000 Average American citizens who are listening to this podcast each convince 10 people to get their shots — BOOM! Yes, there is a small portion of the American public who will simply refuse to get the vaccine and whom we cannot reach. However, most of the people avoiding vaccination have fears and skepticism — and each of us can help convince them with our support, encouragement, kindness and love. President Biden — don’t give up on us. We’ll get millions of those sleeves rolled up by summer!

Explore the River: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are located on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. They have undertaken a large-scale watershed restoration project in an effort to benefit bull trout in the Jocko River drainage. An important component of this project is education and outreach, of which the centerpiece is a multimedia set of educational materials describing the ecology and importance of bull trout and its relationship with the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people. This integrated set includes the storybook Bull Trout’s Gift, the Field Journal, and this interactive DVD Explore The River: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River.

This interactive DVD combines extensive text, video, multilayered maps indicating changes over time, interviews, animations, audio, and access to a large number of websites of relevance to the project. It integrates scientific information about bull trout, state-of-the-art restoration strategies and techniques, and extensive historical information about the importance of fish to the Tribes, with information from Tribal elders about the Tribes’ long-term relationship with bull trout. In all, the DVD contains more than sixty hours of material and is structured so it can reach multiple audiences, from children to adults.

  • Product Dimensions : 0.11 x 1.73 x 0.54 inches; 1.76 Ounces
  • Media Format : NTSC
  • Release date : April 1, 2011
  • Studio : Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
  • ASIN : 080323788X

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aay u sqélix͏ʷ – a history of bull trout and the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people by Thompson Smith

Cover image: Unidentified Salish-Pend d’Oreille people fishing at Flathead Lake, c. 1915.
Courtesy Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

aay u sqélix͏ʷ – a history of bull trout and the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people by Thompson Smith

written in conjunction with Explore the River:
Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River
an educational DVD project produced by the
Natural Resource Department
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

This essay was written in 2008-2010 as part of the interactive DVD/website, Explore the River: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River (Pablo, Montana: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, forthcoming 2011), an educational project of the Natural Resource Department, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, to be distributed by the University of Nebraska Press.

The author wishes to extend his thanks to the project director, Germaine White, and the author of the scientific segments and constructor/designer of the DVD, David Rockwell. Please
also see acknowledgments at the end of the essay. Any profits that may derive from future publication of this essay will be donated to the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


M̓a ɫu es šʔi ɫu cwičtn y̓e st̓úlix͏ʷ, q͏ʷamq͏ʷmt y̓e st̓úlix͏ʷ. X̣est y̓e st̓úlix͏ʷ.
In the beginning, when I saw this land, it was beautiful. This land was good.

Esyaʔ, esyaʔ u it cniɫc u es x͏ʷisti ɫu puti tas x͏ʷʔit ɫu suyapi.
Everything, all things were used from the land when there were not many white people.

K͏ʷem̓t esyaʔ ye qe sewɫk͏ʷ ye qe nsisy̓etk͏ʷ u x̣est es momoʔop. X̣est es en̓esi.
All our waters, our creeks were flowing along good. It was going good.

L šey̓ ye l sewɫk͏ʷ u ɫu x͏ʷʔit ɫu x͏ʷix͏ʷey̓uɫ — ɫu sw̓ew̓ɫ ɫu tʔe stem̓.
It is there in the water — that is where there were many animals — fish and other things.

K͏ʷem̓t šey̓ še nk̓͏ʷúlex͏ʷ qe sq͏ʷyúlex͏ʷ ɫiʔe l sewɫk͏ʷ….
And by that, we were wealthy from the water….

Mitch Smallsalmon, 1977

For thousands of years, the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people have inhabited a vast territory that includes the area now encompassed by western Montana. And for almost all of that immense span of time, they lived entirely as hunters, gatherers, and fishers. They practiced no agriculture at all — and yet for millennia, through all the historical change and dynamism of that vast period, it seems clear that these tribes generally sustained themselves well, and took good care of their homeland. How did they do this? What enabled their societies to live and thrive, and in the largest sense maintain a sustainable relationship with their homeland, for such a remarkably long period of time?

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Going Medieval On White Supremacists | 1A

The Middle Ages spanned roughly a thousand years – and encompassed all seven continents.

But when most Americans think about Medieval times (not the restaurant), our brains go straight to an all-white version of Medieval Europe that never really existed.

The myth is so pernicious, white supremacists have used it to draw people to their cause for more than a hundred years.

Last month, it was even alluded to in a memo calling on Republicans to form a caucus driven by “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

So, while we still hear a lot about the Vikings, the Celts, and the supposed “Anglo-Saxons,” what were those groups really like? And what does our misunderstanding of the Middle Ages mean for how we view our world today?


Matthew Gabriele

professor of Medieval Studies and chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. His upcoming book is called, “The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe”

Eleanor Janega

guest teacher in women’s history at the London School of Economics and Political Science; host of the series “Going Medieval;” author, “The Middle Ages: A Graphic History”

Cord Whitaker

associate professor of English at Wellesley College; author, “Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged From Medieval Race Thinking”

MIT X TAU Series: Africa’s Agricultural Reinvention – MIT Events

Sara Menker, an Entrepreneur and the CEO of Gro Intelligence.

Gro Intelligence was named by Time magazine as among the 100 most influential companies in 2021

She is a trustee of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and was elected one of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders.

Menker was born and raised in Ethiopia. She studied Economics and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She moved to the London School of Economics for her graduate studies, and eventually earned an Master of Business Administration at Columbia University.

Menker is a former commodities group Vice President at Morgan Stanley. During her time at Morgan Stanley, Menker became interested in farmland investments. She left her job in Wall Street to use her skills in data analytics for social good. She became concerned by threat of a global food crisis, and started to investigate how Africa could mitigate the Earth’s growing demands for food. In 2014 Menker established Gro Intelligence, a data-driven platform which connects food market around the world. Gro Intelligence includes information such as the cost of avocado exports from Mexico and popular coffee beans, and uses artificial intelligence to make predictions about trends in food prices. Gro Intelligence offer software that makes agricultural, weather and climate data easy to understand. The data is combined with satellite imagery and creates over 1,000 models a day. She has used Gro Intelligence to investigate the impact of natural disasters, including droughts, on food supply. The reports inform companies on what and where to sell products, as well as supporting policy makers and insurance companies.

In 2018 Menker was named the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecturer. She has presented at the Rockefeller Foundation, X and The New York Times.

Menker is a trustee of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the Mandela Institute for Development Studies. She was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014. She is also a member of The Aspen Institute African Leadership Initiative. Menker is involved with Cognition X, the artificial intelligence information platform.

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Gro Intelligence – AI company improving decision-making in climate, food, and agriculture

Curated by Human Intelligence, Scaled by Artificial Intelligence

Gro invites the question, statement or problem and inspires the confidence that our platform has the honest answer.

Sara Menker

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MIT X TAU Series

The Center for International Studies (CIS), home to the MIT Africa Program, has partnered with the newly launched TRUE Africa University (TAU) to host a webinar series focusing on various aspects of sustainable development in Africa. Thursdays at NOON ET, starting on March 4, 2021, TAU founder, MIT alumnus, and CIS research affiliate Claude Grunitzky, will interview the thinkers, shapers and doers who he sees as the inventors of the future of Africa. The MIT x TAU webinar series will be an opportunity for the MIT community and the world to engage with luminaries such as Taiye Selasi, the Ghanaian-Nigerian author; Jeffrey Sachs, the American economist; and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the Nigerian serial entrepreneur behind some of Africa’s most valuable startups.

A famous locust organization of the past – OCLALAV


Balliol Historic Collections: Slavery in the Age of Revolution – trailer

Balliol College, Oxford

Apr 13, 2021

An exhibition to be held at Balliol’s HIstoric Collections Centre, September 2021