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Prime Minister Gaston Browne

Browne says new UWI campus ‘defining moment’ in Antigua and Barbuda’s history

By News & Current Affairs

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Prime Minister Gaston Browne has described the establishment of the fourth campus of the University of the West Indies (UW) here as a “defining moment in Antigua and Barbuda’s history”. “The establishment of the Fourth Landed Campus of the UWI, is a landmark event and a defining moment in our nation’s history. It opens a further pathway for our country’s growth, development and prosperity, through…

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State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, speaks at a Capitol news conference on House and Senate proposals to abolish the death penalty in Pennsylvani

This Philly lawmaker wants Pennsylvania to offer reparations to its black residents

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Stephen Caruso, The Pennsylvania Capital-Star — One Pennsylvania lawmaker is making his own case for reparations — not just for slavery, but for 400 years of institutional racism. Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, released a memo last week asking for his colleagues’ support for a bill providing tax credits or other benefits to African Americans as well as “targeted geographic communities.” Citing Pennsylvania’s own state Constitution, the memo says that “it is…

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Teaching America’s truth

How is slavery taught in America? Schools struggle to teach it well.

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

Teaching America’s truth For generations, children have been spared the whole, terrible reality about slavery’s place in U.S. history, but some schools are beginning to strip away the deception and evasions. By Joe Heim, The Washington Post  — Pacing his classroom in north-central Iowa, Tom McClimon prepared to deliver an essential truth about American history to his eighth-grade students. He stopped and slowly raised his index finger in front of…

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People explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

A brief history of the enduring phony science that perpetuates white supremacy

By Editors' Choice

By Michael E. Ruane, The Washington Post — The mysterious and chronic sickness had been afflicting slaves for years, working its way into their minds and causing them to flee from their plantations. Unknown in medical literature, its troubling symptoms were familiar to masters and overseers, especially in the South, where hundreds of enslaved people ran from captivity every year. On March 12, 1851, the noted physician Samuel A. Cartwright…

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Simone Biles

The Athletic Brilliance, Biometrics and Unbounded Success of Simone Biles

By Commentaries/Opinions

Fans believe she can fly! By S.E. Williams, Black Voice News — Simone Biles thrilled gymnastic enthusiasts on Friday, August 15 as she secured her sixth national gymnastics title with a near flawless routine and “double-double” dismount on the uneven bars during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. With this sixth championship, Biles became the first woman in nearly seventy years to accomplish such success in this regard….

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Joe McWilliams

When America Rejected its Homegrown ‘Joe McNazi’

By Commentaries/Opinions

Joe McWilliams was the “handsome,” insidious face for anti-Semitism and other bigotry early in the 20th century. By Gil Troy, Daily Beast — In the 1930s and 1940s, Americans’ politics was polarizing, ugly. Then, as now, toxic bullies exploited genuine anxieties and Washington’s disconnectedness to legitimize voices once considered too fanatic, and ultimately anti-American in their bigotry despite their “America First” rhetoric. Back then, decency triumphed. Influential leaders at critical…

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Voting

17 Million Voters Purged Nationwide Between 2016 and 2018

By News & Current Affairs

The Brennan Center’s report authors said as the 2020 election cycle heats up, election administrators must be transparent about how they’re deciding what names to remove from the rolls. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire — A Brennan Center analysis has found that at least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, similar to the numbers discovered between 2014 and 2016. Using data released by the Federal Election…

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UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

UWI Vice Chancellor says reparations agreement scratches the surface

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The University of the West Indies in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, has broken the global reparations glass ceiling. In the signing of a landmark Memorandum of Understanding on August 23, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland the two universities’ Vice-Chancellors opened a new era in the global reparations movement. The University of the West Indies is an old contributor to the reparations movement. In the last five years it blazed…

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The People’s Organization for Progress

The Peoples’ Organization for Progress (POP) Statement on African-American Freedom Fighters and the Palestinian Struggle

By Commentaries/Opinions

By The People’s Organization for Progress (POP) — This is a brief summary and overview that presents many of the voices in the lengthy history of African-American support and solidarity for the Palestinian People’s legitimate claim for justice and selfdetermination. This support has grown and developed from a perspective advocated by some of the most radical and progressive activists such as Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party to a…

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The Bloomington, Indiana Farmers’ Market.

White Supremacy Is Terrorism, Not a Difference of Opinion

By Commentaries/Opinions

An Indiana city learns that a weak response to white supremacists has predictable consequences. By Edward Burmila, The Nation — In big cities like Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles, a farmers’ market might not be a center of economic and social life. But in Bloomington, Indiana—with a population of 80,000 when Indiana University is in session—the farmers’ market has run for 45 consecutive years, and it’s a big deal.…

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