Flannery Scott 
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Re: “Better cops build stronger, diverse communities

The statement that because there are more PoC convicted of crimes automatically means they are more criminal disregards SOOOOOO many realities. First of all, racist policing results in higher numbers of arrests of PoC. Which results in higher conviction rates. It doesn't mean there are proportionally more PoC out there committing crimes. Second of all, racism in the criminal justice system extending beyond the police force ensures higher conviction rates. Third, racism in the everyday citizen contributes (JURY!!!!). Add on top of that the fact that so many other systems in place have worked to oppress PoC (redlining, predatory lending, criminalizing poverty/homelessness, etc.) resulting in proportionately higher numbers of PoC living in poverty...which can lead to criminal activity (for PoC AND whites, but if proportionately more PoC are living in poverty...you see where I'm headed with this?). And of course the popular black-on-black crime strawman arguement. Why do we never hear the term white-on-white crime? Because guess what? Almost all crime against whites is committed BY WHITES. Does that mean they are inherently more criminal...????

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Posted by Flannery Scott on 04/27/2018 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Racist email at Colorado College is a sign of bigger changes needed

No one is suggesting anyone be accepted or denied to the college based solely on the color of their skin. That is a straw-man argument. What is being pointed out here is that due to the ongoing racism prospective students or faculty of color continue to face in their daily lives in America, PoC are operating at an extreme disadvantage. Of course there is the legacy of slavery and its lasting repercussions. But it doesn't stop there. Racism is sadly alive and well in America in a very active way. And racism is not actually the same as bias or prejudice, so it is literally impossible for a white person in America to experience racism. Why? Because while hate and bigotry can absolutely be components of racism, what really defines racism is a system of oppression--like Jim Crow laws, like redlining, like predatory loan practices aimed at people of color, like police brutality where white terrorists are captured alive and black men holding cell phones in their own back yards are gunned down. It goes way beyond feelings and into systematic oppression of an entire group of people that makes it very hard for everyone, even the most brilliant and motivated, to get and stay ahead. Which is why affirmative action is necessary.

Furthermore, regarding percentages and representation, it is again important to consider historic and ongoing disadvantage when admitting students. Due to all the issues listed above (and so many more), any student of color who looks equivalent to a white peer on paper has likely had to work doubly hard. I also note you don't address percentages of faculty of color.

I'm afraid this problem is so entrenched in the legal, political, and business systems in America that it's going to take a lot more than love to address the issues. We need real policy changes and follow through from people who profess to have this love.

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Posted by Flannery Scott on 04/08/2018 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Racist email at Colorado College is a sign of bigger changes needed

YES. Colorado College, we're looking at you. Take some concrete ACTIONS to ensure white supremacists don't see their vision in action on campus. It takes more that discussion panels, workshops, statements. ADMIT MORE PoC. HIRE more PoC. Examine your processes to see where PoC are being unfairly sifted out. Consult with PoC-led groups (paying them!) who can provide insight into the common pitfalls.

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Posted by Flannery Scott on 04/05/2018 at 12:02 PM

Re: “African American Youth Leadership Conference celebrates 25 years empowering kids

Such an important organization to have in our community!!!

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Posted by Flannery Scott on 03/07/2018 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Preserving our local black history

"She traveled to St. Clair, Missouri, to see the rock that her mothers great-grandmother, a French indentured servant, was sold on in the late 1700s." Wow. Such a straightforward but powerful line. Thank you for sharing this story and allowing us to sit with these feelings that can motivate us all to understand who we are, how we got here, and where we need to go next. And what a great resource the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs is for our community! Thank you for letting us know about the upcoming workshops!!!

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Posted by Flannery Scott on 02/22/2018 at 8:32 AM

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