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The Herero and Nama Genocide

The Herero and Nama genocide (1904-1908) was carried out by Germany in South West Africa, now called Namibia. It killed 60,000 Hereros and 10,000 Nama, 50% to 70% of them. It featured concentration camps, skin-and-bone people, mass graves, medical experiments and good German record-keeping – more than 30 years before the Jewish Holocaust.

Open Thread: Gabby Douglas, You’re My Goddess

While fans of “The Fab Five” were ignoring 16-year-old Gabrielle Douglas, over on the Black Girls Club, we couldn’t shut up about her. Every other week or so, we were posting YouTube vids of her on our Facebook. I personally kept one eye on her progress from bubbly young rookie to no-nonsense Olympian.

Handcuffed Black Youth Shot Dead In Back of Cop Car, Officer Alleges Suicide

Chavis Carter was arrested for alleged drug possession and for missing a court date on previous drug charges.

Sergeant Lyle Waterworth of the Jonesboro police department claims that despite having been searched and handcuffed before being placed inside of the squad car, Carter somehow managed to shoot himself in the head.

Deported Dad Wins Rare ‘Parole’ Hearing to Re-Enter Country for Custody Hearing

In a highly unusual decision, the federal immigration enforcement agency, ICE, has granted a deported father temporary permission to enter the U.S. so that he can attend a court hearing regarding on his parental rights and the custody of his three young children. Yesterday, Felipe Bautista Montes walked out of the airport in Charlotte, N.C., and made his way to Sparta, the town where he lived for nearly a decade with his wife, Marie Montes, where his kids were born, and where the children now live in foster homes.

The End of July Is Only the Beginning Of Mental Health Awareness

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Across the board among minority groups in the US, stigmas surrounding mental health and treatment are much greater than they are for whites. So while July is almost over, I hope this is only the beginning of the Asian American community and other minority communities championing a shame-free discussion about our mental health.