“Mapping the History of Racial Terror” Map of Over a Century of White Supremacy Mob Violence/ Documented Lynchings

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The Civil War may have freed an estimated 4 million slaves, but that wasn’t nearly the end of acts of racial violence committed against African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism against black people include the thousands murdered in public lynchings. Now, an interactive map provides a detailed look at almost every documented lynching between the 1830s and 1960s.

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900)

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“Created by Du Bois and his students at Atlanta, the charts, many of which focus on economic life in Georgia, managed to condense an enormous amount of data into a set of aesthetically daring and easily digestible visualisations. As Alison Meier notes in Hyperallergic, ‘they’re strikingly vibrant and modern, almost anticipating the crossing lines of Piet Mondrian or the intersecting shapes of Wassily Kandinsky.'”

National Parks Against Trump

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“‘AltUSNatParkService’ is billing itself as ‘The Unofficial ‘Resistance’ team of U.S. National Park Service. Not taxpayer subsidised! Come for rugged scenery, fossil beds, 89 million acres of landscape.’ A pinned tweet on its page notes, ‘Can’t wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS. You can take our official twitter, but you’ll never take our free time!’

David Harvey and Robert Brenner discuss Trump, finance and the end of capitalism

Originally posted by multipliciudades – Video of David Harvey and Robert Brenner at the CUNY Graduate Center debating “What now? The Roots of the Economic Crisis and the Way Forward.”

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Here is the video of the debate between David Harvey and Robert Brenner last week at the CUNY Graduate Center, with the title ‘What now? The roots of the economic crisis and the way forward’. Don’t miss the discussion about Trump, especially in the last third of the footage.

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How the Federal Government Made the Maps That Crippled Black Neighborhoods

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“Building off several previous projects, Mapping Inequality is a database of more than 150 federal ‘risk maps,’ the New Deal DNA that would dictate decades of disinvestment in cities. These maps, as Oscar Perry Abello writes for Next City, illustrate ‘how the great government-backed wealth-creation machine of the 1930s only worked for white people.’
 

U.S. “Megaregions”

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“Using a combination of math and maps, Garrett Dash Nelson, a postdoctoral student in geography at Dartmouth College, and Alasdair Rae, an urban data analyst at the University of Sheffield, solidify the concept of the ‘megaregion’ as an interlocking, yet self-contained, economic zone. They use millions of point-to-point daily commutes—perhaps the best proxy for economic geography there is—to outline at least 35 urban cluster-oids around the U.S. What gets revealed, according to the paper, are a ‘set of overlapping, interconnected cogs which, working together, constitute the functional economy of the nation.'”

Spatial Testing and Gender

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“Women underperform on spatial tests when they don’t expect to do as well as men, but framing the tests as social tasks eliminates the gender gap in performance, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science…
‘Our research suggests that we may be underestimating the abilities of women in how we measure spatial thinking,’ says postdoctoral researcher Margaret Tarampi of the University of California, Santa Barbara. ‘Given findings that entry into and retention in STEM disciplines is affected by our measures of spatial ability, we may be disproportionately limiting the accessibility of these fields to women because of the ways that we are measuring spatial abilities.‘”