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President Joe Biden’s Remarks at Signing of an Executive Order on Racial Equity

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Good afternoon, folks. I thank the Vice President for being with me today as well. In my campaign for President, I made it very clear that the moment had arrived as a nation where we face deep racial inequities in America and system- — systemic racism that has plagued our nation for far, far too long.

I said it over the course of the past year that the blinders had been taken come off the nation of the American people. What ma- — what many Americans didn’t see, or had simply refused to see, couldn’t be ignored any longer.

United States President Joe Biden.

United States President Joe Biden.

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President Joe Biden’s Memorandum Condemning, Combating Racism, Xenophobia, Intolerance against Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders in United States

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – Advancing inclusion and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of the American people.  During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has put Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families, communities, and businesses at risk.

The Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions of political leaders, including references to the COVID-19 pandemic by the geographic location of its origin.  

United States President Joe Biden.

United States President Joe Biden.

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President Joe Biden’s New Executive Actions Deliver Economic Relief for American Families, Businesses Amid the COVID-19 Crises

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has forced the United States economy into an economic crisis. Across the country, more than 10 million Americans are unemployed, 14 million renters are behind on payments, and 29 million adults – and at least 8 million children – are struggling with food insecurity.

Because of pervasive systemic racism and inequality in our economy, the burdens of this economic crisis are hitting communities of color and other underserved families hardest.

United States President Joe Biden.

United States President Joe Biden.

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President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response, Recovery

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to address the disproportionate and severe impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 Coronavirus) on communities of color and other underserved populations, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated severe and pervasive health and social inequities in America.  For instance, people of color experience systemic and structural racism in many facets of our society and are more likely to become sick and die from COVID-19. 

United States President Joe Biden.

United States President Joe Biden.

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If Austin Peay Could Talk: Marcus’ Story

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – I didn’t realize how difficult it would be for me to share my story. There is a lot of hurt and disappointment in my story as it relates to the racism and anti-blackness.

I almost made the decision to not participate in the project because I don’t want to repeat the hurt that has been inflicted on me.

Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance chair Marcus Hayes. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance chair Marcus Hayes. (APSU)

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Dodging the Roadkill: Nobody Knows Diversity Like A Biker

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – These are crazy times we’re living in, to say the least.  It’s an election year, there’s a deadly virus among us, and unrest in the streets.

The country is in a state of confusion and misinformation, yet still has the time to argue with every Tom, Dick and Harry on the planet.  We’ve taken disagreement to another level.

One thing I think we can all agree on though is that Bikers understand diversity and embrace it with love and respect.  You don’t have to explain to a biker what it means to respect one another.  We come in all colors, sizes and lifestyles.

Elkton Kentucky Bike Night

Elkton Kentucky Bike Night

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APSU College of Arts & Letters announces multifaceted plan to ‘counteract and challenge’ systemic racism

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The College of Arts & Letters at Austin Peay State University (APSU) earlier this week announced an affirmation of the Black Lives Matter movement and a commitment to working against systemic racism. 

As part of that commitment, the college announced an action plan for the following year and beyond in an effort to “counteract and challenge” racism. 

Austin Peay State University College of Arts and Letters. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University College of Arts and Letters. (APSU)

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My Hair Color is not Who I Am

 

Clarksville, TN – How many times a day do we look at another person or hear him speak and judge who we think this person to be? Our prejudices filter people when we first look at them.

If that other person has on baggy pants or has a hair style we consider wild, we may even cross the street to avoid him. If we hear someone speaking English with a foreign accent, we may have preconceived ideas about that person even if we’ve never had any interaction with her.

Our experiences form our prejudices based on the type of interactions we have or those our family has instilled in us. Most racial prejudice is learned at home. Overcoming our fears—and fear is the basis of all prejudice—is not easy. «Read the rest of this article»

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One Man’s Medal: The Story of George Nishimura – Part 3

 
George Nishimura

George Nishimura

Clarksville, TN – George Nishimura was now half a world away from home, his family, and all that he had known, as a member of the United States Army, at Camp Shelby Mississippi. The trip had been long and hard, but they were ready to begin their training.

Thousands of Japanese-American men had joined the Army, and were ready to serve.

George and his fellow soldiers were joined at Camp Shelby by 1200 mainland volunteers from the relocation camps. They were called “Katonks” because of the sound their head made when hit, like the sound of a hollow coconut. «Read the rest of this article»

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I Am Not the Color of My Hair

 

How many times a day do we look at another person or hear him speak and judge who we think this person to be? Our prejudices filter people when we first look at them. If that other person has on baggy pants or has a hair style we consider wild, we may even cross the street to avoid him. If we hear someone speaking English with a foreign accent, we may have preconceived ideas about that person even if we’ve never had any interaction with her.

Our experiences form our prejudices based on the type of interactions we have or those our family has instilled in us. Most racial prejudice is learned at home. Overcoming our fears—and fear is the basis of all prejudice—is not easy. We form these ideas—many of which are totally mistaken—as a means of self-protection. We believe that harm can come to us through interaction with those who look, sound, and behave differently that we have been taught is the proper way to behave. «Read the rest of this article»

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