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  1. Perhaps but this was only for the last few centuries. The people of Asia and Africa had advanced civilizations a millenia before the people in Europe, that you call white, emerged from the dark ages. That said it is obvious just by observing our behavior today that white folks do not corner the market on violence. Have you considered Rwanda, Biafra, the Sudan. lets not overlook the 2nd Congo war, more than 5,000,000 dead as a direct result of the war -- far more deadly than WWW I
  2. Is very happily married. Dr. Brown, as sexy as she maybe is a bit long in the tooth for me 😇 Neither Biden or Harris represent particularly compelling candidates. They will only get my vote because they are running against 45. This team's biggest struggle will be getting people motivated enough to vote. If people actually have to go the the polls it will be a challenge.
  3. Funny, getting money to Madmimi (Godaddy) has never been a problem I've encountered. I justy checked CC's priced for larger mailing lists they are still a lot more expensive for 10K names they want $195, ah Madmimi charges $89 for 25K. I noticed mail chimp is 50% cheaper than CC too
  4. OK so this is very helpful to understand your reasoning @Pioneer1 so Black people came from Sirius B. But back to the original reason of this discussion. It looks like Twitter got some help in getting 45 reelected. Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate.
  5. Yes Amazon has demonstrated that they will exploit alliances, like affiliates and 3rd party sellers, until they are no longer needed. Amazon contributes nothing to book culture. They do not write book reviews, they do not cover events, they do not publish articles. Sure they will republish anything that readers, authors, and publishers give them for free, but they do not generate any content of their own. They will not do anything for anyone unless there is profit in it for them. They even exploit their own employees. Amazon represents the worse of capitalism for they are motivated by solely by profit (Star Trek fans will recognize the behavior of that a Ferengi).
  6. Hi AfroN8V is you frequently use AALBC to buy books. I gotta check out your book. What is your name and tell us more about the book? Fell free to post a book cover and share a link to your website.
  7. I agree. We could go to places like parts ATL the DMV where there are already Black communities of well to do people who own property and businesses. What now what?
  8. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. A F.R.E.S.H. Conversation. Join us. Please Share. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84894044905?pwd=aGRkOGZBVTNBeG5jTzdKcFd0OXozZz09
  9. I know no one reads policy statements but I have emphasized the rule against posting links to Amazon's sites: https://aalbc.com/tc/guidelines/
  10. Sure the analogy sound good. I left Amazon's plantation and life improved simply because there were still alternatives left. Where else are we gonna go?
  11. That's right I chose to believe the more likely scenarios.
  12. Most of my early career was spent working for large corporations. To say I've heard this type of rhetoric before would an understatement.... Full disclosure, AALBC has earned more money through Google that any other single source. But Google has also done a lot to hurt indie Black websites -- especially web based booksellers. Google has virtually complete control over the traffic any site receives, because the have an effectively monopoly over search. About 7 years ago Google threw a switch and reduced this site's traffic -- along with many others by >75% -- overnight. This ultimately put many sites out of business. AALBC lost 5 years of progress. Today, there are really just a handful of true Black-owned web-based booksellers. AALBC has been a "true" bookseller for less than two years, most of the time before that I was sharecropping for Amazon. At the end of the day, if Google wants to help businesses like AALBC -- great! If not that is fine too, cause I'm not going anywhere. Most of the Google staff, I believe, wants to make the web a better place; it is their leadership I have to look at with the side eye.
  13. The message, from Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai follows below: Hi everyone, Over the past several weeks, violent and racist attacks against the Black community have forced the world to reckon with the structural and systemic racism that Black people have experienced over generations. My own search for answers started within our own walls. Listening to the personal accounts of members of our Black Leadership Advisory Group and our Black+ Googlers has only reinforced for me the reality our Black communities face: one where systemic racism permeates every aspect of life, from interactions with law enforcement, to access to housing and capital, to health care, education, and the workplace. As a company, and as individuals who came here to build helpful products for everyone, Google commits to translating the energy of this moment into lasting, meaningful change. Today we are announcing a set of concrete commitments to move that work forward: internally, to build sustainable equity for Google’s Black+ community, and externally, to make our products and programs helpful in the moments that matter most to Black users. Building sustainable equity Creating meaningful change starts within our own company. Strengthening our commitment to racial equity and inclusion will help Google build more helpful products for our users and the world. To that end, we’re announcing several commitments to build sustainable equity for our Black+ community. First, we’re working to improve Black+ representation at senior levels and committing to a goal to improve leadership representation of underrepresented groups by 30 percent by 2025. To help achieve this, we’ll post senior leadership roles externally as well as internally, and increase our investments in places such as Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago, and London, where we already have offices. We'll take the same approach across regions, using site and country-specific plans to recruit and hire more underrepresented Googlers in communities where the social infrastructure already supports a sense of belonging and contributes to a better quality of life. Second, we’ll do more to address representation challenges and focus on hiring, retention, and promotion at all levels. To help direct that work, I’m establishing a new talent liaison within each product and functional area to mentor and advocate for the progression and retention of Googlers from underrepresented groups. I’m also convening a task force, including senior members of the Black+ community at Google, to develop concrete recommendations and proposals for accountability across all of the areas that affect the Black+ Googler experience, from recruiting and hiring, to performance management, to career progression and retention. I’ve asked the task force to come back with specific proposals (including measurable goals) within 90 days. Third, we’re working to create a stronger sense of inclusion and belonging for Googlers in general and our Black+ community in particular. Our internal research shows that feelings of belonging are driven by many aspects of our experiences at work, including the psychological safety we feel among our teams, the support of our managers and leaders, equitable people processes, and opportunities to grow and develop our careers. Across all of these dimensions, we’re committed to building more inclusive practices and policies—and revisiting them when we don’t get them right. As one example, we’ve had a security practice of Googlers watching for “tailgaters” in order to reduce instances of unauthorized visitors in offices. We have realized this process is susceptible to bias. So, over the past year, our Global Security and Resilience team partnering with a cross-functional working group, conducted extensive research, listened to Black Googlers’ experiences, and developed and tested new security procedures to ensure we could maintain the safety and security of the Google community without relying on this type of enforcement. Now, as we prepare to return to the office, we will end the practice of Googlers badge-checking each other and rely on our already robust security infrastructure. Fourth, we’ll establish a range of anti-racism educational programs that are global in view and able to scale to all Googlers. We’ll be welcoming external experts into Google to share their expertise on racial history and structural inequities, and start conversations on education, allyship, and self-reflection. And this week we’ve begun piloting a new, multi-series training for Googlers of all levels that explores systemic racism and racial consciousness, to help develop stronger awareness and capacity for creating spaces where everyone feels they belong. We plan to roll out this training globally by early next year. We’ll also integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into our mandatory manager trainings. Fifth, we’re focused on better supporting the mental and physical health and well-being of our Black+ community. For example, over the past year, we’ve worked with our mental health provider in the U.S., to increase their Black network of counselors. Our global EAP providers are also working to further diversify their network of counselors. Over the next 90 days, our Benefits team will work with the Equity Project Management Office and Black Leadership Advisory Group to identify areas where we could expand our benefits or provide additional support to Googlers and their families. As one example of the kinds of programs that work: we've made the medical second opinion service available to Googlers’ extended family—something that our Black+ community told us was important to supporting a family structure that includes siblings, parents, parents-in-law and grandparents. Building products for change Turning to our external announcements, we want to create products and programs that help Black users in the moments that matter most. Two weeks ago, I put out a call for ideas, and Googlers from all over the world have submitted more than 500 suggestions. We’ve assembled a product task force to prioritize and implement these ideas in partnership with our Black Leadership Advisory Group and members of our Black Googler Network. Some activations have already launched, including the Assistant’s responses to questions related to Black Lives Matter and—as of this week—Juneteenth. We're also working quickly to give merchants in the U.S. the option of adding a “Black-owned” business attribute to their Business Profile on Google to help people find and support Black-owned local businesses by using Search and Maps. This opt-in feature is in development and will roll out to Business Profiles in the coming weeks. Creating products for everyone is a core principle at Google, so our product teams will work to ensure that all users, and particularly Black users, see themselves reflected in our products. In addition, building on YouTube's announcement last week, our Trust and Safety team will work to strengthen our product policies against hate and harassment. Helping create economic opportunity Beyond our products, we know that racial equity is inextricably linked to economic opportunity. So today we are announcing a $175 million+ economic opportunity package to support Black business owners, startup founders, job seekers and developers, in addition to YouTube’s $100 million fund to amplify Black creators and artists. This new commitment includes: $50 million in financing and grants for small businesses, focused on the Black community and in partnership with Opportunity Finance Network. This commitment builds on our recent $125 million Grow with Google Small Business Fund that is helping underserved minority and women-owned small businesses across the U.S. $100 million in funding participation in Black-led capital firms, startups and organizations supporting Black entrepreneurs, including increased investments in Plexo Capital and non-dilutive funding to Black founders in the Google for Startups network. $15 million in training, through partners like the National Urban League, to help Black jobseekers grow their skills. $10 million+ to help improve the Black community’s access to education, equipment and economic opportunities in our developer ecosystem, and increase equity, representation and inclusion across our developer platforms, including Android, Chrome, Flutter, Firebase, Google Play and more. Mentorship is also critical to growing networks and successful businesses. Today, we are launching our Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders, a three-month digital accelerator program for high potential Seed to Series A startups and announcing an expansion of our Digital Coaches program to 8 new cities, including Memphis, Birmingham, and Cleveland, to provide 50K Black-owned businesses in the U.S. with the mentorship, networking and training they need to grow. Improving education We’re also committing nearly $3 million to help close the racial equity gaps in computer science education and increase Black+ representation in STEM fields. This starts with making sure Black students have access to opportunities early on in their education. To that end, we’re expanding our CS First curriculum to 7,000 more teachers who reach 100,000+ Black students, scaling our Applied Digital Skills program to reach 400,000 Black middle and high school students, and making a $1 million Google.org grant to the DonorsChoose #ISeeMe campaign, to help teachers access materials to make their classrooms more inclusive. Beyond the classroom, we’re increasing our exploreCSR awards to 16 more universities to address racial gaps in CS research & academia, and we’re also supporting Black in AI with $250,000 to help increase Black representation in the field of AI. These efforts build on our other education initiatives, including CodeNext, focused on cultivating the next generation of Black and Latinx tech leaders, and TechExchange, which partners with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) to bring students to Google’s campus for four months to learn about topics from product management to machine learning. Supporting racial justice organizations We also continue to support organizations working to advance criminal justice reform. Earlier this month, Google.org pledged another $12 million, in addition to the $32 million we’ve already contributed since the Charleston shooting five years ago today. We’re announcing the next round of grants—at $1 million each—to the Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Policing Reform Campaign and the Movement for Black Lives. We’ve also created a public donation page to help raise even more for organizations fighting against racism and inequality. Recognizing that racism is a problem the world over, looking ahead, we will focus on more global solutions, and will be giving grants to local community organizations tackling these issues in Brazil, and across Europe and Africa. Let me close by simply saying thank you to the many Googlers who have come together to drive these efforts. That includes our Chief Diversity Officer Melonie Parker and the Employee Engagement team, our Equity Project Management Office working in partnership with our Black Leadership Advisory Group and members of our Black Googler Network, and everyone who has stepped up with ideas on how we can build a better workplace, and, in turn, better products for the world. -Sundar
  14. Judging by the societal outcomes i would not limit this to just Black people. I did not realize Hutton was that young ... wow.
  15. @Jeffrey i did miss the message, but i replied a few miniues ago.
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