WBEZ | African American http://www.wbez.org/tags/african-american Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Suspicion lingers over Ebola treatment http://www.wbez.org/news/suspicion-lingers-over-ebola-treatment-110977 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/african food truck.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last Friday, Illinois health officials presented plans to deal with any future Ebola cases in the state. These include establishing a test lab, taking the temperature of some foreign travelers, and forming a task force aimed at better communication.</p><p>But a trip to a nearby West African lunch truck revealed that big communication gaps still remain in some parts of the city.&nbsp;</p><p>As the West African vendor served up plates of fufu and goat, he said that, so far, he hadn&rsquo;t seen any shortages in ingredients imported from Africa.&nbsp;<br /><br />But a customer standing in line thought the vendor was, instead, being asked about the safety of West African food.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Ebola cannot infect our food,&rdquo; said the cab driver who only wanted to be identified as Chris. &ldquo;Because our food is properly cooked. It is cooked to at least 90 degrees.&rdquo;</p><p>Chris continued by sharing his view on the true origin of Ebola.</p><p>&ldquo;That thing (Ebola) is a white man&rsquo;s disease,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They created it in a lab to kill us, and to make the pharmaceutical companies rich.&rdquo;</p><p>Within minutes, fellow cab drivers joined in the conversation, asking &ldquo;Why is it that the black man who came from Africa, he died? But the white man lived. We won&rsquo;t let anyone fool us anymore.&rdquo;</p><p>While some of these views may seem extreme, they echo a larger question in the world health community about why an Ebola vaccine has been so long in coming.&nbsp;</p><p>Laurie Garrett is a Senior Fellow for Gobal Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She said market forces affect the development of these medications.</p><p>&ldquo;Because it&rsquo;s so rare, and it occurs among very poor people, where is the financial market incentive for the pharmaceutical industry to get in there and commercialize it?&rdquo; she asked.</p><p>Indeed, until recently, that incentive has not existed. But it did get a big push last month when the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation committed $50 million to addressing Ebola.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, Garrett says there are other factors that have slowed progress on an Ebola vaccine.</p><p>&ldquo;How do you clinically test a vaccine against a disease that you cannot possibly ethically induce in your test subjects, and that occurs so rarely,&rdquo; she asks. &ldquo;Also, you don&rsquo;t really have a population that is routinely exposed in order to test how well the vaccine really works.&rdquo;</p><p>One Liberian-born, American professor offered up an answer to that question. He believes human trials have already begun...on unsuspecting Africans as part of a plan by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Delaware State plant pathologist detailed these suspicions in a letter that went viral last month in Liberia&rsquo;s largest daily paper, further fueling speculation.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This and other factors have driven continuing suspicion about a racial component to the outbreak.<br /><br />&ldquo;The white woman who went to England: she was healed,&rdquo; Chris, the cab driver, noted. &ldquo;The nurse who went to Spain: She was healed. The white boy who who came to America. He was healed. But the black man who came to Texas, in America&mdash;in America he died.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, Illinois&rsquo; Director of Public Health LeMar Hasbrouck stressed that communication will be key in the Ebola fight. And that the new task force would have to: &ldquo;Coordinate public messaging so we are not giving different messages to different audiences, so we are all on the same page there.&rdquo;</p><p>WBEZ asked Hasbrouck&rsquo;s department how and if it planned to address some of the racially-based perceptions on Ebola. The department did not respond.</p><p><em>Monica Eng is a WBEZ producer and co-host of the Chewing The Fat podcast. Follow her at <a href="http://twitter.com/monicaeng" target="_blank">@monicaeng</a>&nbsp;or write to her at meng@wbez.org</em></p></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/suspicion-lingers-over-ebola-treatment-110977 The Sounds of Stillness: Dwelling in the Visual Archive of Diaspora http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sounds-stillness-dwelling-visual-archive-diaspora-107051 <p><p><strong>Professor Tina Campt</strong>, Professor of Women&#39;s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Africana Studies Program, Barnard College, New York, engages three innovative conceptual frameworks for theorizing diasporic formation that depart from traditional emphasis on mobility, resistance and expressiveness as primary idioms of black culture.</p><p>Her talk elaborates the concepts of quiet, stasis, and fugitivity, and uses them to consider what they tell us about what we overlook, overhear, erase or leave unremarked in diasporic formations. Vernacular photography offers an important and frequently overlooked window into practices of diasporic dwelling and fugitivity, when we attend differently to the quiet practices of stasis through which they image fugitivity. Reading these three keywords together through the photography of a Black German family offers a provisional glimpse into the possibilities of theorizing some of the fugitive practices often rendered unvisible in other diasporic frames.</p><p>This is one of our keynote speakers for DePaul University&#39;s conference, <em>Remapping the Black Atlantic: (Re)Writings of Race and Space</em> which took place April 12-14. More information on the conference can be found <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/diaspora/ConferenceAnnouncements/index.asp">here.</a></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CBDD-webstory_5.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Sunday, April 14, 2013 at DePaul University&#39;s Student Center.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sounds-stillness-dwelling-visual-archive-diaspora-107051 Stigma and Culture: Global Migrations and the Crisis of Identity in Black America http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/stigma-and-culture-global-migrations-and-crisis-identity-black-america <p><p>The black Atlantic is a site of not just roots and cultures but also routes and convergences. We must add that an element of those convergences is oppositional identity-making among populations of African descent from diverse geographical origins.</p><p><em>Stigma and Culture</em> with <strong>J. Lorand Matory</strong>, PhD. Duke University, explores the re-articulation of ethnic boundaries and cultural diacritica by which African and Caribbean immigrants to the United States, as well as Louisiana Creoles of color and Native American populations of partly African descent, endeavor to distinguish themselves from a supposedly more prototypical black American, with the intent to establish their worthiness of the American dream. Such self-construction in contrast to the stigmatized African American is taken as a case study of the role of stigma in the genesis of cultural identities generally in a time of global migrations.</p><p>This is one of our keynote speakers for DePaul University&#39;s conference, <em>Remapping the Black Atlantic: (Re)Writings of Race and Space</em> which took place April 12-14. More information on the conference can be found <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/diaspora/ConferenceAnnouncements/index.asp">here.</a></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CBDD-webstory_3.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Friday, April 12, 2013 at DePaul&nbsp; University&#39;s Lincoln Park Student Center.</p></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/stigma-and-culture-global-migrations-and-crisis-identity-black-america The return of Easy Rawlins http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/return-easy-rawlins-105444 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Walter%20Mosley%20AP%20small.jpg" style="height: 431px; width: 620px;" title="Walter Mosley returns with another edition of his Easy Rawlins detective series. (AP/Bebeto Matthews, file)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78433633&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For a writer who got started late, Walter Mosley has never had trouble staying busy.</p><p>Although the 61-year-old author didn&rsquo;t pick up his pen until he was in his mid-30s, Mosley has already written more than 37 books, including works of science fiction, young adult fiction, politically driven non-fiction, erotica and a graphic novel co-authored with comics legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Mosley has written plays, too, the most recent of which, <em><a href="http://www.congosquaretheatre.org/#!fall-of-heaven/cb51">Fall of Heaven</a></em>, will open at Chicago&rsquo;s Congo Square Theatre later this month.</p><p>But Mosely is best known &ndash; and most beloved among his fans, including former President Bill Clinton &ndash; for his best-selling Easy Rawlins detective series. Rawlins, a hard-boiled black private eye and World War II veteran, solves mysteries while exposing the racial inequalities of America in the 1940s, &lsquo;50s and &lsquo;60s. Mosley, who grew up the son of a white, Jewish mother and a black father in 1950s L.A., was no stranger to such inequalities. In 1965, he witnessed the race riots in Watts firsthand.</p><p>Fans were disappointed when Mosley retired the Easy Rawlins series with 2007&rsquo;s <em>Blonde Faith</em> &ndash; and elated when he revealed he would resurrect the series with a new novel due to come out in May. Mosley came to Chicago last month, and during his talk at Chicago Public Library he gave a sneak peek at his forthcoming novel and revealed its title &ndash; <em>Little Green</em>. This latest edition of the Rawlins&rsquo; saga finds the detective recovering from a car wreck and near-death experience, and according to the publisher&rsquo;s website, &ldquo;cruising the hippified streets of the Sunset Strip circa 1967, in search of a young black man who has gone missing.&rdquo;</p><p>You can hear Mosley read the first chapter of <em>Little Green</em> in the audio above. You&#39;ll have to wait until May to find out what happens next. That&#39;s when the book comes out, and when Mosley says he&#39;ll be back to read &nbsp;chapter two.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a></em>&nbsp;<em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/chicago-amplified/a-conversation-with-u-s">Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s</a></em>&nbsp;<em>vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Walter Mosley spoke at an event presented by Chicago Public Library in January. Click</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/walter-mosley-105306">here</a>&nbsp;to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/return-easy-rawlins-105444 Worldview 12.19.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-121911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-14/wv20100820alarge.png" alt="" /><p><p>Fifty years after the civil rights era, and almost 150 years after slavery, the vast majority of the images we see in film and on television are still of white Americans. Today in our occasional series, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/images-movies-and-race" target="_blank"><em>Images, Movies and Race</em></a>, Milos Stehlik looks at why media and movies are so out of touch with the country's real diversity. Two African-American pioneers in advertising join <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/creating-racial-reality-through-advertising-and-film" target="_self">the discussion</a>.<a href="episode-segments/creating-racial-reality-through-advertising-and-film"> </a></p></p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-121911 Blago Defense: Not enough blacks in jury pool http://www.wbez.org/story/blago-defense-not-enough-blacks-jury-85822 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-28/AP080506020298-blago Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Defense attorneys for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich say they're concerned there won't be many people of color on the jury.&nbsp; The holdout juror in Blagojevich's first trial was African American.<br> <br> Many potential jurors have told the judge they think Blagojevich is guilty, but they stay on the jury for his retrial if they convince him that they can set their opinions to the side.&nbsp; One woman, an African-American, wrote on her questionnaire that she believed Blagojevich is innocent until proven guilty.&nbsp; The defense hoped to keep her on, but the prosecution sought to have her excused because she runs a business driving people to medical appointments and it would suffer if she had to take two months off for the trial.<br> <br> Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky told the judge that it seemed like all the people of color are being excused.&nbsp; But Judge James Zagel pointed to the woman's questionnaire where she said she was trying to build up the business because her sons have felony records and they'll always need a place to work.&nbsp; Zagel excused her.&nbsp; Of the 45 people still in the jury pool, fewer than five are black.</p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/blago-defense-not-enough-blacks-jury-85822 Report: Breastfeeding in Illinois hinges partly on race, income http://www.wbez.org/story/report-breastfeeding-illinois-hinges-partly-race-income-85662 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/breastfeeding.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Almost half of African-American mothers in Illinois never breastfeed their newborns, according to a report by state and university researchers and a nonprofit group called HealthConnect One.</p> <p> Among new black mothers in 2008, about 45 percent did not start breastfeeding their infants, according to the report, “<a href="http://www.ilbreastfeedingblueprint.org/">Illinois Breastfeeding Blueprint: A Plan for Change</a>.” That figure compares to 21 percent for whites, 14 percent for Latinas and 3 percent for Asian-Americans.</p> <p> The report also shows income disparities. The rate of low-income white mothers in the state who never started breastfeeding babies born in 2008 was 36 percent.</p> <p> “Hospitals should be doing more to encourage breastfeeding,” said University of Illinois at Chicago epidemiologist Deborah Rosenberg, who analyzed data for the report.</p> <p> Looking at all new Illinois mothers, the report says the number who did start breastfeeding was almost 78 percent by 2008 — up about 8 percent from 2000. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set a national goal of almost 82 percent by 2020.</p> <p> Starting breastfeeding does not mean keeping at it. Twelve weeks after giving birth, just 47 percent of Illinois mothers were breastfeeding, according to the report. Of those, almost half were not breastfeeding exclusively.</p> <p> “Many women go back to work then,” Rosenberg said. “It means that employers need to be supportive of breastfeeding.”</p> <p> Rosenberg said resources for lactation consultants and peer counselors are also falling short.</p> <p> HealthConnect One, based in Chicago, published the report Monday in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Human Services and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health.</p> <p> Next month the group and its partners plan to begin formulating a five-year action plan for hospitals, government agencies, employers, insurers and community groups.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/breastfeeding/calltoactiontosupportbreastfeeding.pdf"> Federal health officials</a> say breastfeeding helps babies avoid obesity, infections and chronic diseases. The <a href="http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/feb05breastfeeding.htm">American Academy of Pediatrics</a> recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months.</p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/report-breastfeeding-illinois-hinges-partly-race-income-85662 Burroughs is remembered fondly http://www.wbez.org/story/african-american/burroughs-remembered-fondly <p><p>One of the founders of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago is being remembered fondly today.<br /><br />Margaret Burroughs died at her Chicago home yesterday at the age of 93. She was an activist, an artist, a writer and a teacher.<br /><br />Salim Muwakkil is the senior editor of In These Times magazine and a radio host on WVON. He said Burroughs gave aesthetic credibility to African art forms.</p><p>&quot;And she is herself an icon, and the DuSable Museum offers a venue for a kind of a celebration of those cultural icons in the black community, venues that didn't exist in the past, and probably wouldn't exist had not Margaret Burroughs created something like DuSable,&quot; Muwakkil said.</p><p>Muwakkil called Burroughs a dear friend who was dedicated to education.</p></p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/african-american/burroughs-remembered-fondly DuSable Museum founder left lasting legacy http://www.wbez.org/story/activist/dusable-museum-founder-left-lasting-legacy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Margaret Burroughs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Updated: 1:57pm: The founder of Chicago&rsquo;s DuSable Museum of African-American History has died at the age of 93. Margaret Burroughs believed in public accessibility of art.</p> <div>Up until a month ago Burroughs went bowling every Friday night. The artist often carried a roll of her prints under her arm and gave them out freely. Burroughs gave advice to aspiring writers &ndash; young and old.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Her hallmark to me was her accessibility,&quot; said Carol Adams, who currently runs DuSable Museum &ndash; the first black history museum of its kind in the U.S.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>Burroughs founded the museum in 1961 when weekly salon-style gatherings grew too large for her home. Artists like Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker and Paul Robeson attended. She was an institution builder. If I could summarize her, I&rsquo;d say that she was the exemplar of the power of one,&quot; Adams said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Burroughs also founded the South Side Community Arts Center. It&rsquo;s still around after 70 years.</div></p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 11:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/activist/dusable-museum-founder-left-lasting-legacy Pastor: Stroger weak even among blacks http://www.wbez.org/cmitchell/2009/05/pastor-stroger-weak-among-african-americans/3371 <p><img class="size-full wp-image-3379" style="margin: 7px; float: right;" title="stroger2" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2009/05/stroger2.jpg" alt="Todd Stroger" width="200" height="264" /> Cook County Board President Todd Stroger looks feeble after last week's lopsided vote to repeal his 1 percent sales-tax hike. The lone votes against the repeal came from the three African American commissioners in the room. Now that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has voiced support for the repeal and shown a willingness to publicly criticize Stroger, I'm wondering how long the president's black allies can afford to stick with him. Rev. Marshall Hatch of <a href="http://www.newmtpilgrim.org/home.htm">New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church</a>, one of the largest congregations here on the West Side, predicts many African Americans will distance themselves from Stroger if that's what it takes to remain in Daley's good graces. "Todd is just weaker," Hatch says. "Daley has perfected the art of filling his campaign coffers with money from the business community. His tentacles go all the way to Barack Obama's White House, and that neutralizes the black community." <strong>BARNSTORMER</strong> Rep. Luis Gutiƒ©rrez (D-Chicago) has received some unflattering media attention in his hometown lately. The <em>Chicago Tribune</em> investigated his <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-gutierrez_newdec08,0,106044.story">real estate deals</a>, and WBEZ reported on his campaign contributions from the <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=33794">payday lending industry</a>. In other parts of the country, Gutiƒ©rrez is getting better press. A lengthy <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050704170.html"><em>Washington Post</em> profile</a> describes him as a passionate barnstormer who's pushing President Obama to help lay a path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 12 million unauthorized immigrants. The Congressman wrapped up a 21-city tour on the issue with a rally this weekend at Chicago's McCormick Place. <strong>ESL NEEDS</strong> The <a href="http://icirr.org/">Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights</a> today is releasing a report about the need for more English instruction in the state. We got a draft in advance. It says more than 575,000 adults in Illinois struggle with English yet Illinois Community College Board-funded programs offered only 69,689 English as a Second Language slots last year--down 20 percent from 2002. The draft says only 36 percent of ESL students in the system gain at least one proficiency level each year. <strong>TROUBLE FOR WHOM?</strong> A Detroit-based monthly newsletter that's devoted to "putting the movement back into the labor movement" came to town this weekend to lead a workshop series it called the "<a href="http://www.labornotes.org/chicago">Chicago Troublemakers School</a>." What exactly did <em><a href="http://www.labornotes.org/">Labor Notes</a></em> try to teach the roughly 200 "troublemakers" who attended? The workshop titles included "Defending Immigrant Workers," "Bargaining Through Crisis and Concessions" and "Changing Your Union from Within."</p> Mon, 11 May 2009 00:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/cmitchell/2009/05/pastor-stroger-weak-among-african-americans/3371