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Cynthia Kain and Gunnar Eggertsson

What the Pandemic Has Stolen from Black America

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By Perter Jamison, The Washington Post — The boy is perhaps 8 or 9 years old. In the black-and-white photo, his face is frozen in an open-mouthed grin, his small arms tucked respectfully behind his back. He stands alone, a Black child in dark slacks and a light, collared shirt. Pine trees rise in the blurry background, dark slashes against an overexposed sky. The second boy, who holds the photograph,…

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Sport as a Place of Violence in the Tulsa Race Massacre

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By J. Paul — On Tuesday May 31, 1921, the Oklahoma City Indians baseball team took to the field against the Tulsa Oilers for an afternoon doubleheader. The first game, beginning at 2:00 pm, resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Oklahoma City (OKC) Indians. Then, after a short rest period between games, the Tulsa Oilers rallied for a 6-5 victory that lasted two hours and stretched into the tenth inning.1…

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UK’s First Black Studies Professor Calls on African Diaspora to Unite

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As Black and African people, our power is in organizing ourselves globally, says Black radical scholar Kehinde Andrews. By Lamont Lilly, Truthout — As Black Lives Matter continues to flourish in the United States and beyond, many activists within the movement are calling for renewed internationalism and collaboration among people across the African Diaspora. In this exclusive interview, author, activist and Black radical scholar Kehinde Andrews issues the call: “We…

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Tulsa massacre: Biden urges Americans to reflect on ‘deep roots of racial terror’

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President’s speech marks 100 years since the mass killing as part of a day of remembrance for the hundreds of Black victims. By Edward Helmore In a speech marking 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre, Joe Biden called on Americans to think upon “the deep roots of racial terror” in the United States and to destroy systemic racism in their society. In hard-hitting words as part of a declaration of…

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Black Wall Street documentaries detail the massacre & still seek justice

“The job is not done yet”: Black Wall Street documentaries detail the massacre & still seek justice

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Descendants of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are seeing their story being told, but have yet to receive reparations. By Melanie McFarland Documentaries and news reports marking the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are scheduled to air across TV this weekend and into June, including on History Channel, PBS, CBS, CNN, OWN and National Geographic. All of them are worthwhile viewing. Regardless of which you watch, it is crucial to know…

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The Republican Party, Racial Hypocrisy, and the 1619 Project

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As the G.O.P. seeks to deny Americans knowledge of their own history, Nikole Hannah-Jones is denied tenure. By Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker Late last month, when Senator Tim Scott, of South Carolina, delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s first major address to a joint session of Congress, the subtext could scarcely have been closer to the surface: the sole Black Republican in the Senate was speaking on behalf of…

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The War on Critical Race Theory

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By David Theo Goldberg — According to the right, a specter is haunting the United States: the specter of critical race theory (CRT). On the eve of losing the presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order in September banning “diversity and race sensitivity training” in government agencies, including all government “spending related to any training on critical race theory.” He was prompted, apparently, by hearing an interview with conservative activist Christopher Rufo on Fox…

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100 years after the Tulsa Race Massacre, lessons from my grandfather

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By Gregory B. Fairchild — When Viola Fletcher, 107, appeared before Congress in May 2021, she called for the nation to officially acknowledge the Tulsa race riot of 1921. I know that place and year well. As is the case with Fletcher – who is one of the last living survivors of the massacre, which took place when she was 7 – the terror of the Tulsa race riot is something that has been…

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One year on, how George Floyd’s murder has changed the world

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By Deborah Douglas, Angelique Chrisafis and Aamna Mohdin — The killing of Floyd by a white officer reflected a common history of violence against Black people that united protesters in a renewed global movement George Floyd’s murder felt like everything was the same and nothing was the same, said Miski Noor, an activist in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed by a white police officer a year ago on 25 May….

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What George Floyd Changed

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By POLITICO MAGAZINE — The protests over one man’s death touched far more aspects of American life than just criminal justice. Seven thinkers reflect on how America is (and isn’t) different now. In the year since George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, the explosive waves of national protest that followed have taken on almost a settled meaning: They were calls for police reform, and for…

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Greenwood, 1921: One of the worst race massacres in American history

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By Scott Pelley— The death of George Floyd, in the hands of Minneapolis police, came on Memorial Day. Ninety-nine years before, that same week, black Americans suffered a massacre. In the days after World War I, a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called Greenwood was among the wealthiest black communities. Oil made Greenwood rich, but jealousy made it suffer. In 1921, a white mob, with incendiary rage, burned Greenwood to ash. Even memories…

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My Child Is Incarcerated. One Second in This Unjust System Is Too Much.

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By Esther Hernández— For several years, I have met weekly with a remarkable group of mothers and one father who, like me, are fighting for the release of their adult children from Chicago-area prisons. We call ourselves the Mothers of the Kidnapped. My new sisters and brother, all in a group no parent wants to join, speak powerfully to the loss of their children and to the agony of being caught up…

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