Let’s imagine, for posterity’s sake, that when the history of Atlanta is written 100 years from now, it will be divided into two epochs.
Before OutKast: When the city was progressively known as a Civil War casualty, Margaret Mitchell’s muse, New South gateway, Dr. King’s birthplace, “too busy to hate,” Ted Turner’s playground, and home of the Braves.
And, After OutKast: When a resident species of crunk but sentient beings transmogrified the cultural landscape into rap’s capital city, aka ATL, where the players dwell.
A look at which companies have issued a security patch to fix the Heartbleed bug.
As a record number of apartments are being built in Washington, owners are pulling out all the stops to fill them with tenants.
The notion that black America’s long bloody journey was accomplished through frequent alliance with the United States is an assailant’s-eye view of history. It takes no note of the fact that in 1860, most of this country’s exports were derived from the forced labor of the people it was “allied” with. It takes no note of this country electing senators who, on the Senate floor, openly advocated domestic terrorism. It takes no note of what it means for a country to tolerate the majority of the people living in a state like Mississippi being denied the right to vote. It takes no note of what it means to exclude black people from the housing programs, from the GI Bills, that built the American middle class. Effectively it takes no serious note of African-American history, and thus no serious note of American history.
The Journey From ‘Colored’ To ‘Minorities’ To ‘People Of Color’
A Google Ngram search comparing the frequency of the use of “colored people,” “minorities” and “people of color” delivers interesting results. The use of the phrase “colored people” peaked in books published in 1970. For “minorities,” the top-ranked year was 1997. Since then, the term has steadily declined but continues to significantly outstrip the use of “people of color,” which reached its apex in 2003 (although it is important to note that 2008 is the latest year for which results are available).
Let’s consider the evolution of that ubiquitous phrase, “people of color.” It’s not new.
A little research into early sources turns up “An Act to Prohibit the Importation of Slaves into any Port or Place Within the Jurisdiction of the United States” (signed in 1807), which applied to “any negro, mulatto, or person of colour” — indicating that the term was well-enough established to be used in the text of legislation.
Read more on NPR’s Code Switch.
A video has surfaced that puts the Georgia Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal in living color like never before. The GDOT-produced, seven-minute clip takes viewers on a sweeping ride of the MMPT’s 119-acre masterplan, illustrating how the terminal could tie together bus transit, streetcars, bike lanes and rail. The terminal is striving for a comprehensive facelift of the Gulch, imbuing the southwestern reaches of downtown with greenspaces and “office overbuild” directly linked to the terminal. It’s a big basking shark of a facility, with parks and a concert venue on the roof. While the MMPT is estimated to cost $1.5 billion, it wasn’t dependent on T-SPLOST funding. Officials hope to begin construction as early as 2015, following a review by the Federal Transit Administration, and the build is expected to take about three and ½ years. While this general idea has been batted around for years, let’s hope plans this detailed signal unprecedented commitment to bringing the terminal to fruition.
"Negro sailors of the USS MASON commissioned at Boston Navy Yard 20 March 1944 proudly look over their ship which is first to have predominantly Negro crew."
From the series: General Photographic File of the Department of Navy, 1943 - 1958
The USS Mason was one of only two ships during World War II with predominately African American crews. The experiences of the USS Mason’s crew would later be dramatized in the film Proud (2004).
More images of the USS Mason and her crew at the U.S. Navy’s History and Heritage site.
From what I can tell, the major substantive difference between Ryan and Obama, is that Obama’s actual policy agenda regarding black America is serious, and Ryan’s isn’t. But Ryan’s point—that the a pathological culture has taken root among an alarming sector of black people—is basically accepted by many progressives today. And it’s been accepted for a long time.