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    Why a Prison Like Pelican Bay Should Never Be Designed Again via magazine.good.is

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    naulston9 months ago

    Interesting idea. a general problem with the current trends in urban planning is the lack of revisiting old trends that no longer serve our needs. It could be the design of highways, affordable housing, prisons or the streetscape. Maybe we have to revisit the plans that we've constructed as they shift our behavior and we may have better solutions now than we did in the past.

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    'Django Unchained': Quentin Tarantino's Misappropriation of the N-Word via magazine.good.is

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    naulstonover 1 year ago

    Keep your head up Rebecca Carroll! There are a lot of haters out there that don't have much to add to the conversation. However, I think that your point about the word "nigga/nigger" is a tad bit over stated. When Paul Mooney says, "I say the word nigga ten times every morning to keep my teeth white." He has a point about the word and it's usage. When Louis CK says, "I hate people using the N-word because it makes me think of 'nigga' in my own head." He has a point about how society views this word and how it still creates this uncomfortable space for, in general, white people. In general, Black people don't occupy that same space, rather a space of choice, to use or not to use the word. This move isn't going to change those spaces.

    The underlying point to this movie is that Spike Lee couldn't get this movie made. Will Smith couldn't get this movie made. Nobody in black Hollywood could have gotten this movie made. Isn't that more the point? The fact that even today it takes a white man to make a big production slave revenge story? That stories of minorities are required to be "sanitized" through the lens of white america. Red Tails, needed Rick McCallum and George Lucas. If Tyler Perry isn't making it, a movie with a majority black cast isn't being made for wide release.

    Keep on writing Rebecca!

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    Rich Block, Poor Block: Find the Range of Income in Your Neighborhood

    naulstonover 1 year ago

    Too bad the margin of error is so wide in the black geography that it is hard to draw any conclusions from the income data rom the 2010 census. Wouldn't a better mash-up be something like, property taxes paid and academic achievement (using the imperfect API score or whatever other metric you choose)?

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    Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap' via magazine.good.is

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    naulstonover 1 year ago

    Thank you Camika. I personally agree with what you are saying. I used a similar argument to talk about affirmative action (http://hipsterplatform.blogspot.com/2012/10/affirmative-action-at-university-of.html). I think when you devalue the lens which the idea of "achievement" has been created, as mbrenman has, then it easy to believe that achievement/success has one track and can only be achieved in one way.

    ps. Shot out to my former boss spjika, he knows his stuff!

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