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Fund for Reparations Now

White activist and group of progressives launch FFRN! initiative to support NAARC

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White Activist and Group of Progressives Launch “Fund for Reparations Now” Will Support the National African American Reparations Commission. Los Angeles, CA — As support for reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans in America continues to build momentum across the country, David Gardinier, a Los Angeles-based racial justice activist, has assembled a group of like-minded White progressives to launch the Fund for Reparations Now (FFRN). The objective of this…

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Stop Racism Now

A Racist Attack Shows How Whiteness Evolves

By Commentaries/Opinions

An assault at a New Jersey high school football game had an unexpected cast of characters. By Nell Irvin Painter — Two 17-year-old boys accused of harassing four African-American middle schoolgirls — using racial slurs and urinating on one of the victims — are facing charges including bias intimidation and lewdness. The incident, which took place during an Oct. 18 high school football game in the New Jersey suburb of Lawrence Township and was partly captured…

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Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Anti-Racist, according to Ibram X Kendi

By Editors' Choice

In his new book, Kendi noted that “racial inequity is a problem of bad policy, not bad people.” By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire — Ibram X. Kendi admittedly once trivialized racism. The American University professor placed some of the blame for race relations in America on blacks. In a speech delivered in 2000, while he was still in high school, Kendi suggested African Americans were too busy blaming their…

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Skin tone band-aids

The Fight to Redefine Racism

By Editors' Choice

In “How to Be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi argues that we should think of “racist” not as a pejorative but as a simple, widely encompassing term of description. By Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker — Sixteen years ago, in 2003, the student newspaper at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a historically black institution in Tallahassee, published a lively column about white people. “I don’t hate whites,” the author, a…

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‘Sooner or later progressives are going to have to stop being stunned by these electoral defeats.’

Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you weren’t paying attention

By Commentaries/Opinions

The seeds of Trump, Brexit and Modi’s success were sown by endemic racism and unfairness. Tackling that is the answer By Gary Younge, The Guardian — The morning after both Donald Trump’s victory and the Brexit referendum, when a mood of paralysing shock and grief overcame progressives and liberals on both sides of the Atlantic, the two most common refrains I heard were: “I don’t recognise my country any more,” and…

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‘If your anti-racism work prioritizes the ‘growth’ and ‘enlightenment’ of white America over the dignity and humanity of people of color – it’s not anti-racism work. It’s white supremacy.’

Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people

By Editors' Choice

Too often whites at discussions on race decide for themselves what will be discussed, what they will hear, what they will learn. And it is their space. All spaces are. By Ijeoma Oluo, The Guardian — I was leaving a corporate office building after a full day of leading workshops on how to talk about race thoughtfully and deliberately. The audience for each session had been similar to the dozens…

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The text was approved by 535 MEPs in a vote at the European parliament on Tuesday.

MEPs pass ‘watershed’ resolution calling for action against racism

By News & Current Affairs

Text calls on member states to tackle discrimination against people of African descent. By Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian — The European parliament has called for action to tackle the “structural racism” facing millions of Europeans of African descent in an unprecedented resolution that was overwhelmingly approved by MEPs. The resolution calls on European Union member states to develop national anti-racism strategies to deal with discrimination in education, health, housing, policing, the justice…

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Why Grant Makers Must Talk About Anti-Black Racism

By Commentaries/Opinions

In philanthropy, we talk a lot about diversity but not a lot about racism, especially anti-black racism. By Tamara Copeland, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — There seems to be real discomfort in acknowledging the very thing that has torn our country apart for centuries. We seem unable to recognize and talk about how the contemporary relationship between white people and black people was shaped by slavery. In the Washington, D.C., region, grant…

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John Brown: he fought for slaves' freedom

John Brown: he fought for slaves’ freedom

By Reparations

Image: John Brown in about 1856 By The Socialist Worker —  “John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, But his soul goes marching on.” THE MARCHING song “John Brown’s Body” came from the time of the American Civil War in 1861-5. It is still sung in school playgrounds today. But who was John Brown and what…

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A map of the transatlantic slave trade

Capitalism — A System Born of Slavery

By Reparations

By Antony Hamilton — People across the political spectrum acknowledge that racism exists, but its origins are shrouded in mystery—deliberately so. Racism is presented as if it has always existed, and individuals make a personal choice to be racist. In reality racism was developed as a means of justifying the transatlantic slave trade, which was crucial for the birth of industrial capitalism. According to one account of the “middle passage”—the journey…

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