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Ben Jealous

The Key to Motivating Young Voters? Young Candidates

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By Ben Jealous — One of the most exciting parts of this year’s Democratic National Convention for me was the keynote speech delivered collectively by a group of young progressive elected officials, many of them Black. They showed us the potential for a promising future once we have gotten past the presidency of Donald Trump. They also showed us how to get there. One way to make sure we remove…

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Harriet Tubman

University of Maryland renames women’s studies department after Harriet Tubman

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Born a slave in Maryland, the famous abolitionist led dozens to freedom through the Underground Railroad. By Danielle Wallace, Fox News — The University of Maryland announced Friday it’s renaming the women’s studies department after Harriet Tubman – the 19-century abolitionist and famous female “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. “It is my honor to announce a major milestone in our university’s history: the first honorific naming of an academic department at UMD, the Harriet Tubman Department…

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Donald Yacovone

How Textbooks Taught White Supremacy

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A historian steps back to the 1700s and shares what’s changed and what needs to change. By Liz Mineo, The Harvard Gazaette — Historian Donald Yacovone, an associate at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and a 2013 winner of the W.E.B. Du Bois medal, was researching a book on the legacy of the antislavery movement when he came across some old history school textbooks that stopped him cold —…

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The U.S. Is Borrowing Its Way to Fascism

The U.S. Is Borrowing Its Way to Fascism

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By Richard D. Wolff — Viewing the GOP convention seemed a little like binge-watching the last several years’ parade of none-too-subtle signs of incipient fascism. We saw extreme nationalism, scapegoating immigrants and foreigners in general, white supremacy, “strong (narcissistic)-man” government, aggressive foreign policies, and hysterical red-baiting. Those signs reflect how capitalism’s deepening crisis undermines both the center-left (Democrat) and center-right (GOP) and shifts politics further right and further left. Trump…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

“Rising in Resistance with Paul Robeson: Athletes Joining the Struggle for Racial Justice”

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — The recent wave of walkouts and walkaways from playing and practice in protest against the savage shooting of Jacob Blake, first by the Milwaukee Bucks and followed by others in solidarity, i.e., the NBA, the WNBA, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, is clearly worthy of rightful notice, prolific praise and a good measure of celebration. But it is also worthy…

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The Great NBA Awakening

The Great NBA Awakening

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NBA players realized the power of protest with last week’s strike. We’ve reached a new point in player activism. Where does it go from here? By Tyler Tynes, The Ringer — In March 2018, the horror had a different face. A different name. A Sacramento man, barely grown from a boy, stolen from his family just as the flowers were blooming in springtime. He was Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old Black…

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Chadwick Boseman

It’s Always Exhausting To Be Black In America, But This Week Was Especially Brutal

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And still, we overcome. By Cimajie Best, Huffpost — It was Aug. 28, 2020, at 9:26 p.m. Central Standard Time when Black Twitter was hit with a wave of shock and immense sadness. First, there was disbelief. Surely this a joke, right? Quick, somebody confirm it! Has TMZ said anything? And then a single tweet from his account with the official confirmation that after a four-year battle with cancer, Chadwick Boseman had…

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Images broadcast during the Black National Convention held last Friday, organized by the Movement for Black Lives.

Groups Fighting for Black Lives Highlight Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare Systems

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By Michael Fitzgerald, Imprint — Dozens of Black-led advocacy groups nationwide are calling for an end to the criminalization of youth younger than age 23, and a disruption of systems that wrench newborn infants from their mothers’ arms shortly after they’ve given birth. In the live-streamed Black National Convention on Friday, activists highlighted a far-reaching grassroots policy agenda that included reparations, basic income, trans rights, environmental justice and an overhaul…

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Jacob Blake

The “Bad Guy” Narrative is Back Again — This Time it’s Jacob Blake

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — You could have mailed this one in.  The “this” is the cynical, calculated, cold hearted, factually challenged assertion that Jacob Blake was really the bad guy. The bad guy that Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey had almost no choice but to use deadly force to protect himself against. The picture painted of Blake as the villain in the deadly encounter follows almost to  the letter…

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President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Valor to Dayton Police Sgt. William Knight on Monday for helping to stop a mass shooter in August.

The Law and Order Scam Worked for Nixon, Trump Banks it Will Work for Him Too

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — It started a week or so before the Republican National Convention opened when several major police unions rousingly backed Trump’s reelection bid. The union’s fervor for Trump dominated the convention with loud, long, and emotional reminders from cop groups and other law and order proponents that the thin Blue Line is under attack as never before. The inflamed warning was that America’s police are the…

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