The ‘Chinese Flu’ Is Part of a Long History of Racializing Disease

During a plague outbreak in 1899, officials in Honolulu quarantined and burned the city’s Chinatown. Some Covid-19 talk today echoes their rhetoric.

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Too Black for Mexico — Cécile Smetana Photographs the Afro-Mexicans Stigmatized for the Color of Their Skin | FotoRoom

See these beautiful portraits of the Afro-Mexicans, a minority group often stigmatized by indigenous Mexicans for being ‘too black’: Too Black for Mexico — Cécile Smetana Photographs the Afro-Mexicans Stigmatized for the Color of Their Skin | FotoRoom

Don’t Say Nothing | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice

“We may be uncomfortable talking about race, but we can no longer afford to be silent. We have chosen a profession, which—like parenting—requires that our comforts come second to those of children.”

Don’t Say Nothing | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice


Latinx / Hispanic Heritage Month

Here are some happenings around town in honor of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month. Scroll down further to see KQED tv programs scheduled for the month.

Best Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month In San Francisco

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Saturday, 9/24
5:30am Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution
This documentary tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and Juan Antonio Echeverria.

6pm Rebel: Voces Special Presentation “Loreta Janeta Valazquez”
Loreta Velazquez, a woman and a Cuban immigrant, secretly served as a soldier during the U.S. Civil War.

10:45pm American Comandante: American Experience
Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution.

11pm   Latino Americans “The New Latinos”
Review the years when Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominicans seek economic opportunities in the United States.

Sunday, 9/25
12:30pm Great Performances “Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl”
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a concert of Verdi’s towering Requiem Mass.

2:30pm Music Voyager “Miami: The Magic City
Hear the sounds of Miami’s electronic dance music sceneand visit the colorful mural district.

8pm Latino Americans “Pride and Prejudice”
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity and growing Latino activism.

8pm Secrets of the Dead “Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings”

Secrets of the Dead “Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings”
Secrets of the Dead “Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings” (Courtesy of Story House Productions (Anika Dobringer))

A team of scientists explores royal tombs beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan.

9pm Latino Americans “Peril and Promise”
Examine growing Latino influence on American culture and the debate over undocumented immigrants.

9pm Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle — A Voces Special
The life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist, is investigated.

10pm   Voces on PBS “El Poeta”
Mexican poet Javier Sicilia ignited an international movement for peace after the murder of his son.

Monday, 9/26
10pm   Voces on PBS “Tales of Masked Men”
Mexican wrestling and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico are explored.

Tuesday, 9/27

Tuesday, 9/27
10pm Conquistadors With Michael Wood “All the World Is Human”
In 1528, conquistadors, dreaming of gold, land in Florida to begin their exploration and conquest.

11pm    Hemingway in Cuba
Travel to Cuba to capture Hemingway’s old haunts — many of which remain unchanged — and explore his real-life adventures in Cuba.

 Wednesday, 9/28
7am The Salinas Project
The film profiles several children of migrant farm workers living in a predominantly Latino neighborhood of Salinas.

How I Learned That Unapologetic Black Anger Can Change the World for the Better

An excerpt:

Ultimately, white folks’ fear of black anger is an act of psychological projection because White America would not tolerate for a moment the treatment that it routinely dispenses on black Americans and other people of color. Anger and upset at injustice and ill treatment are natural, human responses. Like any other people, black folks have a full range of emotions. Black America is asked to suppress and hide its anger; White America is rarely if ever asked to do the same thing.

For example, black America is asked to forgive and forget racial terrorism. White America never forgives or negotiates with terrorists. Instead, the United States hunts them down and kills with due haste and without apology.

White supremacy has forced black Americans, as a historic matter of survival, to wear a mask that is used to hide the full range of our emotions. In many ways, to publicly deny a full range of our emotion is a profoundly unnatural and unhealthy behavior. The mask also means that all too often, black justice claims are compromised, massaged, and repackaged as to avoid making white folks too uncomfortable. This is an act of surrender to white racial fragility and white privilege—moves that in the long-term accomplish little as power concedes nothing without a demand.

Source: How I Learned That Unapologetic Black Anger Can Change the World for the Better


African Americans have long lived with unanswered questions about their roots, holes in their family trees and stubborn silences from elders reluctant to delve into a painful past rooted in slavery. This month, scores of black readers wrote to us, saying they had finally found clues in a most unlikely place: An article published in The New York Times.
The story I wrote described the sale of 272 enslaved African Americans in 1838. The men, women and children were owned by the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold – for about $3.3 million in today’s dollars – to help the college now known as Georgetown University stay afloat.
We asked readers to contact us if they suspected that their ancestors were among those slaves, who had labored on Jesuit plantations in Maryland before being sold to new owners in Louisiana.
With the help of Judy Riffel, a genealogist hired by the Georgetown Memory Project, a group dedicated to supporting and identifying the descendants of the slaves, we were able to confirm the ancestry of several respondents. For this issue of Race/Related, we decided to simply share their stories.


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