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American Racism Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

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

By Editors' Choice

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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A Tax Code Optimized for White Wealth Leaves Black Americans Behind

By Black Women Making History, You Should Know

By Ben Steverman — Dorothy Brown has spent her career as a law professor documenting racism in a tax system that’s supposedly colorblind. Growing up in the Bronx during the 1960s and ’70s, Dorothy Brown couldn’t escape racism. It was all around. Her father, James, a plumber, being barred from joining the local union. Her mother, Dottie, having to battle prejudiced teachers, including one who marked down Dorothy’s sister’s grades…

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