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Shocked by how close the presidential race is? Black Americans have known this bigotry all along

By Editors' Choice

Black people have known forever that White people’s commitment to true democracy can be fickle By Anneliese M. Bruner, The Lily — As a Black woman in America, I’ve been watching the neck-and-neck presidential election race like everyone else. I’ve also been reading online posts, conversations and articles happening in the spaces I inhabit — spaces where Black folks speak their minds openly about the racism that stains and permeates…

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What Kamala Harris’s Historic Win Means to Me as an Indo African Caribbean Woman

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Writer Nadine Drummond reflects on the beauty and hope in Kamala Harris’s win of the 2020 vice presidential election. By Nadine Drummond — African: check. Indian: check. Jamaican: check. Woman: check. Senator Kamala Devi Harris, who will officially be the 46th vice president of the United States, is essentially all that I am. I’m filled with so much joy right now, I almost feel like I won the election myself. Harris’s ascension…

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An American Pogrom: The 1898 massacre of Black voters in Wilmington, North Carolina

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Uncovering the truth about the 1898 massacre of black voters in Wilmington, North Carolina. By David W. Blight — Political violence, especially around elections, has a long history in the United States. In the antebellum era, white nativist Protestants often rioted against Catholic immigrants because of the perceived threat of Irish voters and their “popery.” In the New York City draft riots of 1863, white mobs murdered African-Americans over conscription…

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Berkeley Conversations: The Future of Freedom: Reparations after 400

By Reparations

Live Webcast November 18, 2020 — The year 2019 represented the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of enslaved Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619. In the history of the African-American experience throughout this period there have been many gains in the liberation of the formerly enslaved. However, with the continuation of the conditions of structural impoverishment and systemic and violent racism, the ultimate liberation…

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Reparations is a spiritual issue

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No full reparation for slavery can ever be made. We should try anyway. By Nibs Stroupe, The Christian Century — Like any deeply rooted system, the racial system of the United States is resilient in the face of attempts to mitigate its power. In the late 19th century, the white southern powers in the US began developing a two-pronged ap­proach to retain power and in effect reestablish slavery in another…

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The Road Ahead: A Caribbean Case for Reparations

By Reparations, Video/Audio

Streamed November 5, 2020 — In the second panel discussion on the topic of Reparations, hosts Frederick Morton Jr and Hugh Riley, discuss the Caribbean Case and CARICOM’s 10 point plan. This is the Road Ahead. Featuring Panelist: Hon. Cozier Frederick, Minister for Environment, Rural Modernization & Kalinago Upliftment, Dominica. Prof. Verene Shepherd, VC of the UN Committee, Dir of the Centre of Reparations Research. Dorbrene O’Marde VC of the…

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Vantage Point: Post-Election Assessment – Challenges and Opportunities for Progressives

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point November 9, 2020 — On this special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Earl Ofari Hutchinson (Editor/Producer, The Hutchinson Report) and Bill Fletcher (Author, Political Commentator, Labor and Social Justice Activist). Topic: Post-Election Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities for Progressives.

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Why the Election Wasn’t a Biden Landslide

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Despite a pandemic and an abysmal recession, five economic factors spared the incumbent from a more lopsided loss. By Annie Lowery, The Atlantic — Why didn’t the pandemic recession precipitate a landslide for Joe Biden? That is a central mystery stemming from what, at the moment, looks like a narrow, if decisive, loss for President Donald Trump. Even though the unemployment rate is more than double what it was a…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Exhale. Inhale. Roll Your Sleeves Up

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — It took five days for the 2020 election to be called for former Vice President Joe Biden. Five days with me peeled to the television and the internet. Five days holding my breath. Five days, meditating and praying for strength. I could not imagine four more years of Trump. I actually started going through my belongings, trying to decide which one would make the cut for…

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A Large Portion of the Electorate Chose the Sociopath

By Commentaries/Opinions

America will have to contend with that fact. By Tom Nichols, The Atlantic — The moment every Donald Trump opponent has been waiting for is at hand: Joe Biden seems to be taking the lead. So why am I not happy? I am certainly relieved. A Biden victory would be an infinitely better result than a Trump win. If Trump were to maintain power, our child-king would be unfettered by…

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