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A new Urban Institute report shows that capital in Baltimore flows along the city's historic racial redlining patterns

Are Reparations Baltimore’s Fix for Redlining, Investment Deprivation?

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The solutions to Baltimore’s inequitable financing problems must be as radical as the policies that segregated the city in the first place, says Lawrence Brown. By Brentin Mock, City Lab — On December 19, 1910, the city of Baltimore passed an ordinance that a New York Times writer called “the most remarkable … ever entered upon the records of town or city of this country.” The ordinance made it illegal for any…

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Donald Trump

Trump Is the Real National Emergency

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The president is using his executive power not to address a legitimate crisis, but to satisfy a political goal. By Matt Ford, The New Republic — President Donald Trump has announced that he will sign the compromise spending bill struck between Democrats and Republicans this week, which will avert another government shutdown and provide $1.375 billion for new barriers along the southern border. Unhappy with that amount—he had requested $5.7 billion from…

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Henrietta Hilton, front left, daughter of tenant farmer William Hilton, and her fellow students, are seen in their ninth grade classroom in Summerton, S.C., June 4, 1954.

Race, Not Abortion Was the Founding Issue of the Religious Right

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Though opposition to abortion is what many think fueled the powerful conservative white evangelical right, 81 percent of whom voted for Donald Trump, it was really school integration, according to Randall Balmer, chairman of the religion department. By Margery Eagan, The Boston Globe — Here are some facts that might surprise you. In 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, the biggest white evangelical group in America, the…

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Donna Brazile speaks at the inauguration of New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell in New Orleans on May 7, 2018.

Brazile: We Need ‘Some Reconciliation’ for African-Americans in U.S.; Follow South Africa Model

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By Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media — WASHINGTON – CNN political analyst April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, said past U.S. presidents like Bill Clinton and George W. Bush refused to formally “apologize for slavery” because it would lead to some form of reparations for descendants of slaves. “In my first book, I tackled the issue of reparations as a healing, as a possible healing, asking people……

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Dancing and singing to forget the pain of Syria's conflict

The Right to Reparation: Laudable Goal or Empty Promise?

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Human rights activists argue that victims of mass atrocities have a right to reparations, but the international community still struggles around how to fulfill this right.
By Bojan Gavrilovic, Open Global Rights — While criminal justice is clearly an irreplaceable part of any transitional justice arrangement, reparation is at least equally important—but often forgotten. Criminal trials are generally ill-suited for awarding reparation…

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Toussaint Louverture led a slave rebellion that eventually overthrew French colonization in what was then Saint-Domingue and what became the independent nation of Haiti. The revolution had a profound effect on the United States on both sides of the slave debate.

Haiti Revolution’s impact on U.S. slavery to be discussed

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Toussaint Louverture led a slave rebellion that eventually overthrew French colonization in what was then Saint-Domingue and what became the independent nation of Haiti. The revolution had a profound effect on the United States on both sides of the slave debate. Fayetteville State professor says both sides of the emancipation debate were affected. By Myron B. Pitts — In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Toussaint Louverture led a slave…

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Jorian Reeves

Discovering the Excellence Within: Realizing My Greatness in South Africa

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Jorian Reeves, Xavier University of Louisiana, reflects on CIEE’s 2018 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship experience in Cape Town. By Jorian Reeves Xavier University, Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy  I had my first taste of global cultural learning in 2015 when I traveled to Qatar at the age of 14 for a week-long Arabic debate competition. Two years earlier, in seventh grade, I had started taking Arabic classes at Lindbolm Math and…

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Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks Calls On Cardi B to Speak Out Against the Dominican Republic’s ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Haitians

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By Michael Saponara, Billboard — Azealia Banks is at it again. The Harlem native sparked an old flame by taking aim at Cardi B via Instagram on Tuesday night. With Cardi boldly speaking out against the government shutdown, Banks suggested she should now shift her focus toward her roots and the Dominican Republic’s “ethnic cleansing” of Haitians. “I would love to see Cardi say something to the leaders of the…

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The coronation of King Henry

Inside the Kingdom of Hayti, ‘the Wakanda of the Western Hemisphere’

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By Marlene Daut, University of Virginia — Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther,” which recently became the first superhero drama to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, takes place in the secret African Kingdom of Wakanda. The Black Panther, also known as T’Challa, rules over this imaginary empire – a refuge from the colonialists and capitalists who have historically impoverished the real continent of Africa. But fans of the box-office hit might not…

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