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Melissa Harris-Perry: 'Growing Up Black in America' As the death of 17-year-old student Trayvon Martin launches to the forefront of national attention, Melissa Harris-Perry

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Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Friday March 30, 2012, 8:53 pm
Melissa Harris-Perry and her guest, urban school district
consultant Jawanza Kuniufu, seek to find out what it's
like to grow up like Martin. Joining them on the show
are Diallo McClammy and C.J.Morrison, both 7 years old,
and 16-year-old George Nunez, to share their life
experiences of growing up as young black men.

l L (1)
Friday March 30, 2012, 9:32 pm
also when any kids are in schools should be taught at home from the parent; to go there for the purpose getting what you went there for. You are not there to be disruptive but be on your individual best behaviors. I tell mine... go there get your education, don't cause trouble. Understand what you are there for. That will reduce alot of issues that don't need to arise and offending results that are applied the ways they are.
Parents should prepare themselves and their young for the expectation of school.
Stop putting every responsibility on the teacher to fix what the parents can help with, in making the preparatory understanding of what the expectation of "school" is about. Now let's grow.

Agnes N (703)
Friday March 30, 2012, 11:28 pm
Thanks Bee..all noted

Ellen m (215)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 12:23 am
Who of us could ever have imagined what the schools of today would be like for the students attending them?
The concept of change, other than desegregation,was so not on the radar i doubt many. Thanks Betsy

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 12:30 am
watching them struggle to make their points gave me flashbacks to my own youth. i remember my slightly disjointed, but sincere attempts at public speaking. we may look different, but we are so, so similar. and yet, the statistics are undeniable. disparity exists, and it must be fixed.

paul m (93)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 1:29 am

Thanks Bee...Somethings never change...and I'd say never will....

mary f (202)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 1:42 am
thanks Betsy this is such a tragedy for the whole world and underlines basic racism

Judy C (97)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 1:48 am
There are still so many ignorant people. I have wondered if the murder of Trayvon Martin will make any people think differently from how they do now. Lots of people are mentally lazy, and it takes something huge to make them evaluste their own atitudes.

This situation is so sad. It's a shame that some children can't just be themselves, and must be vigilant in case they are judged as bad or dangerous. This prejudice also feeds on fear. Discussions like the one in this video may help as people can see the individuality and integrity of these kids, and how it defies negative stereotypes.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 2:22 am
A great post beehive Ty

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 2:56 am
Racism is wrong

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 2:58 am
BeeHive , this is so touching and so sad when one has to struggle to just be free and to be themselves in equality. Skin color is like the clothes we have worn since birth, but inside we are all the same and no different than the other person standing next to us. To judge by skin color is a poor excuse. We are all created equal. I hope the video goes Global and opens the hearts of people around the world. No matter what one's race is, their will always be conflect from how one is raised to believe. The cycle, circle, chain needs to be broken and it starts with those who want equality and world peace.

Penelope P (222)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 3:43 am
It is the old class war isn't it really? So much more convenient when you can spot the working class by their color
The South Africans gave an excellent example of what can be doner with Apartheid policy-These blokes are better off

Emily B (16)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 3:48 am
I agree with Jon Hoy

Many Feathers (139)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 4:43 am
sad , thanks (( Betsy ))

Barbara K (60)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 4:58 am
It is sad that prejudiced people have to judge people by what they wear and the color of their skin in this day and age. You'd think we would have grown up by now.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 6:27 am
Thanks Bee. Prejudice is a learned behavior. A kindergarten teacher in the school where I taught told me about a parent day in her class. She had one Black child in the class and one Black mother came. A white child asked the Black child which one was was his color distinction there. Thankfully I grew up in a home where color didn't matter either.Hopefully one day soon "humanity" will realize that we are all one, regardless of color, race, or creed.

Stephen Hill (633)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 9:55 am
Thank you Bee for sharing this important information!

Barbara D (70)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 1:45 pm
Sigh. As if growing up wasn't hard enough already, our society adds this layer of trouble to it. Thanks, Bee, for the info.

Pat B (356)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 2:38 pm
Good video, and good comments above, to which I concur. Thanks, Betsy for this.

Ingrid A (524)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 4:52 pm
Thank you Bee. I agree with David L. Good riddance Frank G.

Deborah L (3)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 5:48 am

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 7:46 am
Noted. Thank you so much for this, Betsy. Kids have enough on their plates growing up today without adding racism in the mix. Racism is one of the ugliest of all the human emotions. This video is very important & needs to be shared. Thank you again.

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 7:50 am
Noted, thanks.

Robert B (60)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 4:03 pm
Ignorance breeds stupidity, stupidity breeds fear, hate and an "Us against them" mentality which distills into that poisonous brew of Racism. This country (and the world) has a long way to go.

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 4:09 pm
Prejiduce is not born into anyone, it is taught. So sad to say, as long as there are bigoted idiots out there, there will be racism. I wish it would just disappear.
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