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Category: General
Posted by: RBAFounderX

This is amazing! However, I am afraid to hear how "modern" and "civilized" sociologists will interpret their way of life.

From the BBC:
One of South America's few remaining uncontacted indigenous tribes has been spotted and photographed on the border between Brazil and Peru.

The Brazilian government says it took the images to prove the tribe exists and help protect its land.

The pictures, taken from an aeroplane, show red-painted tribe members brandishing bows and arrows.

More than half the world's 100 uncontacted tribes live in Brazil or Peru, Survival International says.

Stephen Corry, the director of the group - which supports tribal people around the world - said such tribes would "soon be made extinct" if their land was not protected.

'Monumental crime'

Survival International says that although this particular group is increasing in number, others in the area are at risk from illegal logging.

The photos were taken during several flights over one of the most remote parts of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil's Acre region.

They show tribe members outside thatched huts, surrounded by the dense jungle, pointing bows and arrows up at the camera.

"We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist," the group quoted Jose Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior, an official in the Brazilian government's Indian affairs department, as saying.

"This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence."

He described the threats to such tribes and their land as "a monumental crime against the natural world" and "further testimony to the complete irrationality with which we, the 'civilised' ones, treat the world".

Disease is also a risk, as members of tribal groups that have been contacted in the past have died of illnesses that they have no defence against, ranging from chicken pox to the common cold.
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Category: General
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Hypermasculinity, Whiteness, and Racial Paranoia
by Walton Muyumba

Recently the late author, Norman Mailer came to mind as I sat considering the machinations of whiteness and masculinity in American life. In 2003 Mailer, one of America's most famous white men and "white Negroes," predicted our current national condition of manifold social, political and economic decline in his acerbic essay "The White Man Unburdened." Though many of his critiques of African Americans and women foundered as dubious (if not plain wrong), Mailer was always a reliable critic of white American masculinity.

In an effort to analyze our wanton and exuberant Iraq war-lust, Mailer points to our craven desire for manipulated and televised displays of dominance as a major factor for the drive to the military invasion of Baghdad. But behind what Mailer calls the "Advertising Science"'s trumpeting the war was a "minor but significant" effort to charge the enthusiasm of white American men, raising them again to the top of the national social order. Understanding that conservative white men had taken "a daily drubbing" from feminists and the women's movement, while also losing their stake in major professional sports to black male genius, Tiger included, Bush, Mailer argues, played to their addiction to victory by using "sports, the corporate ethic (advertising), and the American flag" in order to develop "many psychic connections with the military." According to Mailer, what Bush has always counted on is that "if we could not find our machismo anywhere else, we could certainly count on the interface between combat and technology," because, at least, "we knew we were likely to be good at [war]."
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Category: Theology
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Dr. Jeremiah Wright gives a defense of Black religious experiences, the Black church and a Black theology of liberation. Decide for yourself!

Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
In Bell Case, Black New Yorkers See Nuances That Temper Rage
By Manny Fernandez

There was anger on the streets of Jamaica, Queens, where Sean Bell was killed in a hail of 50 police bullets in 2006 both before and after a judge on Friday acquitted three detectives who had been charged in the shooting. But many black men and women in Jamaica and elsewhere in New York said their anger was tempered by the complicated case that unfolded in a city less racially divided than 10 years ago.

In Harlem, Willie Rainey, 60, a Vietnam veteran and retired airport worker, said that he believed the detectives should have been found guilty, but that he saw the case through a prism not of race, but of police conduct. Its a lack of police training, Mr. Rainey said. Its not about race when you have black killing black. We overplay the black card as an issue.

Even near Liverpool Street and 94th Avenue in Jamaica, the very spot where Mr. Bell was killed, Kenneth Outlaw stood and spoke not only of the humanity of Mr. Bell but of the police as well. A cop is a human being just like anyone else, said Mr. Outlaw, 52. If I had to be out here, facing the same dangers the cops face, Id be scared to death too.

New York controversies have a way of playing out along racial lines in a city that is diverse but often seems stratified. When Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was killed by the police in a blast of 41 shots in the doorway of a Bronx apartment building in 1999, his death became shorthand for excessive police force against minorities.

Yet in the aftermath of the verdict in the Bell case, many black New Yorkers reacted not with outrage but with a muted reserve, saying that the city felt like a less polarized place in 2008, nearly a decade after the Diallo shooting and with a different mayor and police commissioner. Some also said that after a seven-week trial, the picture of what happened the night Mr. Bell, a black man, was killed was still murky, and so they left the public outcry to a relatively small group of black activists who had been closely monitoring the case.

There were those, however, who spoke of losing faith and trust in both law enforcement and the judicial system, and who saw the Bell case as a vivid example of how little has changed. How many shots have to be fired for things to change? asked Torell Marsalis, 35, of South Jamaica.

The verdict set off visible outrage. There were scuffles outside the Queens Criminal Court building, a few marches and rallies in Queens on Friday night, and later, angry denunciations among some black activists, including the Rev. Al Sharpton. But elsewhere, the reaction was more nuanced, even subdued.

Among the dozens of black men and women interviewed in recent days, many said they sympathized with Mr. Bells family, but also with police officers who must make life-and-death decisions in tense, uncertain moments.

Ayana Fobbs, 27, a pharmacy worker who lives in Jamaica, a few blocks from the Community Church of Christ, where Mr. Bells funeral was held, said she could identify with people on both sides of the Bell shooting. One of her cousins was killed by the police in a shooting in the Bronx in the early 1990s, she said, but she also had close friends who were police officers.

Im just concerned about what kind of message its going to send on both sides, Ms. Fobbs said on Saturday. The community here is going to feel like anybody is fair game, if something like this could happen to an unarmed man and nobody was held accountable. And then, with the officers, it sends a message to them that they can do these types of things and get away with it.
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Category: Misc.
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Category: Church
Posted by: RBAFounderX
This is the type of "multi-culturalism/ethic" work or whatever else you want to call it that is not happening enough. Black and Brown folks working together!
Two Dade County Baptist churches, both predominantly African-American, recently started new Spanish-speaking congregations. Both new ministries grew out of the hearts of the churches' pastors who sensed a need to expand their churches' reach to the Hispanic families in their neighborhoods.

The Hispanic congregation of Grace of God Baptist Church in Miami began in June with the ordination of Pastor Jorge Sanchez. Pastor Mark Coats led the ordination service, and Emanuel Roque, director of the Language Church Planting Department of the Florida Baptist Convention, spoke.

"I was humbled to be invited to speak at this special event, but most of all by what it represented," Roque told Florida Baptist Witness. "I shared how Pastor Coats and I grew up in Miami in the same era that was known for division and 'race riots.' Here God was initiating a new day."

Pastor Coats described Miami as "fiercely divided" in the 1980's when the Mariel Boatlift was underway. He echoed Roque's confidence in a new era when "love spreads beyond the color of one's skin and ignites the fire of brotherhood."

"It is a privilege, an honor, to look into the economy of the Kingdom and be witnesses to what God is doing in South Florida," he said.

The genesis of the Hispanic work at Grace of God was Coats' vision for reaching Hispanics in the church's neighborhood. Several new homes, many owned by Hispanic families, are in neighborhoods within a quarter mile of the church. Only two months after he began praying for God's leadership in beginning a ministry, Sanchez walked into a Grace of God Sunday service to "feel us out and see what we are about," said Assistant Pastor Patrick Coats. The younger Coats and Jerome Council were ordained with Sanchez in the June service.

Mark Coats and Patrick Coats said the inclusiveness of the Grace of God congregation stems from the legacy of their father and grandfather, the late Pastor Joseph Coats of Glendale Baptist Church who worked to include all races in his church. Glendale was one of the first African American churches to join the Florida Baptist Convention, and Pastor Coats values his family and church history with the Southern Baptist Convention.

"There is nothing better than the Southern Baptist Convention in Christian education and in lending itself to the spirit of brotherhood," he said.

Mark Coats leads his congregation "to be about the Kingdom's agenda," he said. The veteran pastor said Grace of God, a congregation of African Americans, Anglos, Hispanics and Jamaicans, has adopted the spirit of Proverbs 18:24: "He who desires friends must show himself friendly."
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