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Why African Americans Were More Likely to Die During the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Why African Americans Were More Likely to Die During the 1918 Flu Pandemic

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Rodney A. Brooks — When it came to getting healthcare during the 1918 influenza epidemic, America’s Black communities, hobbled by poverty, Jim Crow segregation and rampant discrimination, were mostly forced to fend for themselves. Opportunities for hospital care proved scarce, leaving many relying on family care and, where available, the small but burgeoning ranks of Black nurses. When the 1918 influenza epidemic began, African Americans were already beset by a barrage of social, medical…

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The Dangers of ADOS: How ADOS Movement Promotes anti-Blackness, Online Violence & Voter Suppression

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On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Pan African Congress, North American Delegation held an in-depth overview of how the ADOS (American Descendants of Slavery) movement is harmful to the Black community by promoting divisive anti-Black rhetoric, white supremacy, online violence against the Black community, and voter suppression. The webinar was presented the Pan African Congress, North American Delegation Communications Chair, Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor. Source: J.A.M. Aiwuyor YouTube

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In the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, Joe Biden should have gotten to Kenosha, Wis., much faster.

Trump’s flaws alone won’t bring skeptical Black voters out to vote for Biden

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In the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, Joe Biden should have gotten to Kenosha, Wis., much faster. (Associated Press) By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, LA Times — We’ve all heard the analysis: If only Black voters had turned out in the same numbers to vote for Hillary Clinton that they did for Barack Obama, we wouldn’t have Donald Trump today. The razor-thin margins for Trump in Wisconsin, Michigan and…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Pursuing the Seven-Fold Path of Blackness: Practicing Principles of Life and Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — Part 1. As we continue to mark, celebrate and commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the founding of our organization Us, 6205 | September 7 | 1965, I want to continue to draw from some of our early ideas and practices and discuss and demonstrate their current and enduring relevance. This is especially important for these troubled, troubling and trying times in which we live and die…

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President of Guyana Dr Irfaan Ali (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a joint press conference at State House in Georgetown

Warning Signs: Mike Pompeo Goes to Guyana

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By Ryan Cecil Jobson and Matthew Quest — The latest episode of U.S. imperialist intrigue in the Americas deserves our critical attention. On September 17, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Suriname, beginning a diplomatic tour of South America that will include additional stops in Guyana, Brazil, and Colombia. But what is the motivation for Pompeo to visit Guyana, a country demeaned until recently as the “second poorest in…

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey Governor’s “Baby Bonds” Plan Is A First Step Towards Closing The Racial Wealth Gap.

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Baby bonds are a good start toward changing the discriminatory status quo, but limiting it to New Jersey is shortsighted. By Maurice BP Weeks, The Appeal — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy dropped a bombshell into the budget he released this month: a proposal to fund “baby bonds,” which would give $1,000 to every baby in the state born to families who make under about $131,000. By the children’s 18th…

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Senate Judiciary Committee

Eight Very Specific Things Senate Democrats Can Do to Muck up Trump’s SCOTUS Bum Rush

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — The universal consensus on Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s speed rush to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat is that Senate Democrats can do nothing to stop it. This is dead wrong. The operative word here to muck up Trump and McConnell’s confirmation scheme is time, time, and more time. Time, they don’t have much of. Let’s start with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings…

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Black Lives Matter T-shirts and Masks – Who Profits?

Black Lives Matter T-shirts and Masks – Who Profits?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — I always smile when I see Black Lives Matter T-Shirts until I saw one gracing the grubby back of a white man who had on both a BLM T-Shirt and a MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat.  I started to either take a photo or start a conversation because I knew somebody would accuse me of making the combination up.  Instead, I wondered where the man…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Great Equalizer

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How a scholar, advocate, and judge upended the entirety of American political thought. By Jill Lepore, The New Yorker — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, scholar, lawyer, judge, and Justice, died on Friday at the age of eighty-seven. Born the year Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady, Ginsburg bore witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the most hard-fought and least-appreciated revolution in modern American history: the emancipation of women. Aside from…

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Housing Segregation

Black Households Earned 61 Cents for Every Dollar of White Median Incomes

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Police violence linked to segregated housing. By Charlene Crowell — The August 23 police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, WI, triggered yet another round of community protests and national news coverage of a Black man. A series of multiple gunshots fired by a local police officer, were not fatal for 29-year old Jacob Blake; but may have permanently paralyzed him from the waist down. Days later on…

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