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We need more black children’s books on Border’s bookshelves NOW [MyBrownBaby] 

My neighborhood Borders was running a children’s book drive for a local hospital and since Denene loves the children and books, I offered to purchase two books for donation. Grateful I was participating, the cashier offered up a stack of books for me to choose from. And what do you know, not one of them—save for a lone “Princess and the Frog” book buried all the way in the back/bottom of the pile—featured children of color.

 Not. One.

SPLC’s New Anti-Bullying Film and Teaching Kit Now Available [Southern Poverty Law Center]

Online ordering is now available for educators interested in obtaining a free copy of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest Teaching Tolerance film – Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History. 

Bullied tells the story of Jamie Nabozny, a student who stood up to his anti-gay tormentors and filed a federal lawsuit against his school district. The suit led to a landmark court decision finding that school officials could be held accountable for not stopping anti-gay abuse.

Gender and the Active/Passive Binary in Lego City [Sociological Images]  

Carol C. sent in another example of the male = active, female = passive dichotomy, this time from Lego. They have a line called Lego City, which contains four figures and various accessories. While you can obviously pose the characters however you want, Lego’s description of the set clearly assumes men are in more active, with specific work-related roles.

America Flunks at Teaching Black Males  [Change.org]

Here’s an alarming statistic for “post-racial” America: Only 47 percent of African-American men graduated from high school in the 2007-2008 school year. In fact, African-American men are far more likely to do time in the criminal justice system than graduate from college.

According to a new report, Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males 2010, American public schools are failing a majority of black males. New York City, the district with the nation’s highest enrollment of Black students, only graduates 28 percent of its Black male students with Regents diplomas on time. This is a national education crisis but it also presents a crisis for the criminal justice system.

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