Week 11: May 17 2021
UNMC 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Welcome to the 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Diversity scholar Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. [eddiemoorejr.com] created the 21-Day Challenge concept to promote a deeper understanding of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. The UNMC Department of Medicine has modified this challenge to create a 21-week program in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion. You can subscribe to receive weekly emails with suggested articles, podcasts, and webinars that will help you raise awareness, compassion, understanding, and engagement towards racial equity. You can get a lapel pin from the Office of Inclusion that will represent your commitment towards working towards racial equity and understanding the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are your colleagues, friends, patients, and community members Track your progress here.
Queen Lili‘uokalani - The First and Last Queen of Hawai‘i | PBS Learn about the last Queen of Hawai’i who ruled when the US illegally annexed the territory in 1891. In 1877, American businessmen forced her brother (who was the King at the time) to sign a new constitution. The constitution both weakened the monarchy and removed the right of Native Hawaiians to vote unless they were land owners. This became known as the Bayonet Constitution. When her brother died in 1891, Queen Lili’uokalani assumed the Thrown and began to make strides towards undoing the Bayonet Constitution. Unfortunately, the opportunistic businessmen that had conned the monarchy into the Bayonet Constitution were already planning their coup. In 1893, the United States provisioned a battalion of US Marines that overthrew the kingdom of Hawaii in 48 hours.
Why Anti-Asian Hate Crime Is Not Being Charged Enough | Bloomberg Law Take a deep dive into the systemic barriers that make it near impossible to charge people for hate crimes. There is federal legislation in existence that criminalizes willfully causing bodily injury (or attempting to do so). Often, however, cases are tried at the local or state level where legislation to protect vulnerable populations varies widely from state to state. Furthermore, the multitude of obstacles to build a compelling case to charge someone with a hate crime often leads courts to charge offenders for other crimes instead.
Japanese American incarceration during WWII from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Quoting the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during world war II was fueled by “racial prejudice, wartime hysteria and a lack of political leadership”. In the aftermath of the attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the media coined the phrase “Yellow Peril” and promoted the idea that those who were of Japanese descent were a “threat." This hysteria has compounded onto pre-existing racist sentiments and laws from before WWII and led to an estimated loss of roughly 350 million dollars (more than 5 billion, today) for Japanese Americans when they were forced to sell businesses, homes, and farms to white Americans at significant losses. Many who had returned to life after their imprisonment often discovered that their homes, lands, and businesses had been confiscated by the US government or by other Americans.