Canadian student Kayley Dixon performed the earth-shattering three-minute spoken word piece this week, and managed to touch on everything from what it’s like to grow up under leering gazes from men to how women tend to take responsibility for their assault, rather than assigning blame to the offender.
As part of an announcement on funding the province is providing to groups to fight sexual violence, 14-year-old Kayley Dixon read “A Touch of Sexual Assault,” a powerful and troubling poem she wrote about what it’s like being a teen girl today. Dixon is involved in one of the groups that received funding.
Read about the province’s Monday funding announcement here:
“Cherokee” is the English language term for the Native people who originally called themselves Ani Yunwiya, the Principal People. The word “Cherokee” is a variation of the word “Tsalagi”, which is the term the Cherokee people commonly use to identify themselves today.
Cherokee is an Iroquoian language, but the relationship is a distant one and it doesn’t bear a close resemblance to other Iroquois languages. It has several dialects, some of which are sadly extinct. The two main dialects today are the North Carolina dialect used on the Qualla boundary, and the Oklahoma dialect used in Oklahoma. The two are similar enough that if you understand one you can understand the other. These lessons currently are based on the Oklahoma dialect, but we plan to add the North Carolina dialect soon.
Sequoyah, the great Cherokee linguist, developed a system for writing the Cherokee language. This writing system is based on a syllabary. In a syllabary, symbols are used to represent complete syllables in a language. This is different from an alphabet used in English, for example, where the symbols stand for short sounds.
The source for the above and the Cherokee syllabary can be foun here:
Why America Needs a Slavery Museum
Aug 25, 2015 | 35 videos
Video by The Atlantic
The Whitney Plantation near Wallace, Louisiana, is the first and only U.S. museum and memorial to slavery. While other museums may include slavery in their exhibits, the Whitney Plantation is the first of its kind to focus primarily on the institution. John Cummings, a 78-year-old white southerner, has spent 16 years and more than $8 million of his own fortune to build the project, which opened in December of last year.
Cummings, a successful trial attorney, developed the museum with the help of his full-time director of research, Ibrahima Seck. The duo hope to educate people on the realities of slavery in its time and its impact in the United States today. “The history of this country is rooted in slavery,” says Seck. “If you don’t understand the source of the problem, how can you solve it?”
The post of this video that Ioriginally saw in Facebook got mysteriously erased, as I was viewing it! I had to search through Google to re-find your documentary.
Just thought you’d be interested in knowing this.
Thanks for creating the museum/memorial & for sharing❤
Jada Pinkett Smith’s response to her daughter Willow’s question gives fodder for thought to all mothers❤
* You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
* You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
* You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
* You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
* You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
* You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
* You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
* You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
* You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
* You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.