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Old August 1st, 2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Smithsonian Museum Wants Trayvon Martin Hoodie

Smithsonian Museum Wants Trayvon Martin Hoodie

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Busch, the museum’s director, said Martin’s hooded sweatshirt is a unique “artifact” that would no doubt prompt a deeper discussion about race in America.

“It became the symbolic way to talk the Trayvon Martin case,” Busch said.

“It’s rare that you get one artifact that really becomes the symbol.

Because it’s such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama.”

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is scheduled to open its doors in 2015 and will feature objects related to the Civil Rights Movement.
Yes I never thought of it. This director is on the ball!
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:48 AM   #2
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I'd like to see a clothing manufacturer come out with replica Treyvon hoodies, complete with bullet hole & blood stains. (hehe).
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 07:29 AM   #3
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Busch is an idiot. Race had nothing whatsoever to do with the case. He must have fallen for the race baiters' propaganda.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 12:31 PM   #4
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Busch is an idiot. Race had nothing whatsoever to do with the case. He must have fallen for the race baiters' propaganda.
I think there was a lot of propaganda surrounding this case from both major political parties trying to capitalize on it.
That doesn't take away from the fact a guy saw a black teenager in a hoodie and instantly assumed he was "up to no good".
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Old August 5th, 2013, 03:08 AM   #5
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I think there was a lot of propaganda surrounding this case from both major political parties trying to capitalize on it.
That doesn't take away from the fact a guy saw a black teenager in a hoodie and instantly assumed he was "up to no good".
Agreed. It wasn't the first time Zimmerman had called in black teens for being "up to no good".

Just so we're completely honest here, blacks are involved in more crimes than whites. I see this as more of an economic issue than a racial one. Our current society is seeing an erosion of the Middle Class as more and more money is put into the pockets of fewer and fewer people.

Due to past racial actions, blacks were stuck in the lower income class. It was only after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that many of those wrongs were attempted to be corrected. When the decade of greed hit and stayed, it was like a game of musical chairs where most American citizens were stuck in their economic class with little chance of breaking out. Almost 50 years after the CRA of 1964, we still have a disproportion number of minorities stuck in lower economic classes.

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FOR MANY AMERICANS, the American dream means a vast middle class, a society in which the basic necessities of food, shelter, and education are available to all - with enough left over for a comfortable life. Certainly Martin Luther King's vision of equality and integration was not confined to overturning the segregation laws. Indeed, breaking through the barrier of segregation was seen as a means to the end of providing African Americans with an equal opportunity to join the middle class and beyond.

YET THE MIDDLE-CLASS DREAM continues disproportionately to elude minority families. For example, 1999 Current Population Survey data shows that 27% of white families -- yet only 9% of Hispanic families -- reported earnings of $50,000 or more. Half of African Americans in married-couple families had incomes of $50,000 or more, according to 2000 Current Population Survey data, compared to 61% of white married-couple families.

AND WHILE the 1999 median family income for all white families was $42,500 (up from $36,900 in 1991), that for African American families was only $27,900 (up from $21,400), $30,700 for Hispanic families (up from $23,400), and $30,800 for American Indians and Native Alaskans.

MOREOVER, MINORITIES DO NOT APPEAR to receive the same return from their investment in education compared to their white counterparts. For example, according to 1999 Current Population Survey data, white workers 18 years and older with a high school degree and working full-time earned a median income of $26,800, while those with a college degree earned $48,800. Meanwhile, their black counterparts with a high school degree earned only $22,900, and those with a college degree $38,600. Latino high school graduates working full-time reported a median income of $21,500 and college graduates $39,300. Asian and Pacific Islanders reported a median income of $22,600 for those with a high school diploma, and $40,500 for those with an undergraduate degree.

EVEN IN TIMES OF DECLINING POVERTY AND UNEMPLOYMENT, minorities remain disproportionately likely to be poor and/or unemployed. For example, 1999 Current Population Survey data concluded that 32.3 million Americans were poor, for a national poverty rate of 11.8% -- the lowest level since 1979. Yet the African American poverty rate was 23.6 percent (down from 31.9% in 1990); Native Americans had a 25.9 percent rate (down from 30.9%), Latinos were poor at a rate of 22.8% (down from 28.1%), while Asians and Pacific Islanders had a 10.7% poverty rate (down from 12.2% in 1990). Just under eight percent of whites -- 7.7% -- were below the poverty line, down from a 10.7% rate in 1990. (In 1999, the poverty line was set at $17,029.)
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