Actor Anna Deavere Smith is fearless. She’s created one-woman performances around our toughest social issues, from health care to racial unrest, and here she talks about her work on how the educational system is failing children of color. Black students are three times as likely to be suspended as white ones, starting as early as preschool. And when you get suspended, your likelihood of graduating plummets. Her work reveals deep roots to the problem.
At 4:50, she talks about love and what people said to her when she asked them, “What would Jesus do?” She talks about the education system at 6:14 and how it’s changed in negative ways even for privileged people.
best part is at 10:36, when she shares a performance of Maxine Greene, who was a writer, teacher, and activist about the power of the arts in education. Deavere Smith quotes Greene as saying that schools “don’t know about darkness, ambiguity, they don’t know what children suffer.” That seems like a really important place to start.
The killers are guilty, but none of us is innocent.
A poignant look at the power of controlling your mind and body, regardless of circumstance.
If you had just one day left on earth, what would your last meal be?
Henry Hargreaves photographed what death row prisoners in America requested as their last meal in his “No Seconds” series, saying that his main goal was “to have the viewer identify with the prisoner though their meal request. I wanted the viewer to think of them as a person for a moment instead of them being anonymous.”
It’s interesting that Henry’s photography project doesn’t make a judgment of the prisoner’s crime, but rather humanizes the individual with a subtle glimpse of the prisoner’s character and personality.
Did you guess the death penalty? They say you can judge a person by his actions. If we condemn these other nations as barbaric and dangerous, what does that say about us?
Riding motorcycles, chasing ambulances, and dodging death threats? No, it’s not the plot of a new crime thriller — it’s the real story of a fearless few in search of a story few others would try to tell.
What struck me in this video are the young boys that stand in silence looking solemnly on — their looks say so much more than anything that can be put into words. It’s as if they’ve heard and seen it all before, even in their own young lives.
There needs to be a huge public outcry to the devastating death of Renisha McBride.
The former president of the NRA needs to take a step back and just accept that she really is not Rosa Parks. At all.
At :25, she makes up some stuff. At 1:29, she tries to scare her listeners some more by suggesting that the government will oppress everyone and take ALL their guns (as though an assault weapon can protect you from the largest military defense system in the world 10 times over. Also, she’s basically insinuating that our nation’s men and women in uniform are all potential traitors, but I digress.) And at 2:47, she compares the struggle to obtain equal rights for African-Americans back in the day to the plight of modern gun owners having their access to AR-15s slightly altered. Man, I wish I was making that up. But I’m not.
America’s juvenile justice system is problematic enough. But when it involves young people and children — and while 14 states have no minimum age for trying children as adults — where do we draw the line? What age is *too young* to be jailed?
Watch the video below to see what you think.