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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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America’s Policing and Political Practices Inextricably Linked to KKK and White Supremacy

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By Stacy M. Brown — Dr. Richard M. Cooper, the co- coordinator of African American Studies and faculty in the Social Work department at Widener University said there is a hidden assumption in the statement, “comprehensive thoughts on the most recent rise of White supremacy.” The statement assumes a “rise” as an undefined indicator or measure of an increase in White supremacy over an unnoted period, Dr. Cooper submitted. “For…

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Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people and communities across US

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By Denise A. Herd — It’s been one year since George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer set off the largest protests in U.S. history and a national reckoning with racism. Beyond the protests, every police killing – indeed, every violent act by police toward civilians – can have painful and widespread consequences. Each year, U.S. police kill about 1,000 people, which equals approximately 8% of all homicides for adult men. This risk…

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

By Editors' Choice

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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“The Underground Railroad” attempts to upend viewers’ notions of what it meant to be enslaved

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By William Nash — Speaking on NPR’s Fresh Air, Barry Jenkins, the director of “The Underground Railroad,” noted that “before making this show … I would have said I’m the descendant of enslaved Africans.” “I think now that answer has evolved,” he continued. “I am the descendant of blacksmiths and midwives and herbalists and spiritualists.” As a scholar interested in how modern representations of enslavement shape our understanding of the past,…

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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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Black Lives Matter thought they had Washington’s ear.

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By Maya King — Nearly one year after protests that rocked America’s cities and helped propel Joe Biden’s ride to the White House, Black Lives Matter activists aren’t the Washington power players they envisioned themselves to be. The Biden administration has neither granted them a meeting months after they requested one, nor have any names of activists been listed in White House visitor logs. (Those logs, it should be noted, just…

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We Are A Hated People

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By Haki R. Madhubuti— before george floyd, breonna taylor and millions of Black “others” was emmett till. i, a yellow-black boy of 13 was slapped into our Black reality upon reading and selling out of my jet magazines of 9/15/55 that horrified a world with the images of the teenager emmett till who had been crucified by white supremacist christian cowards in money, mississippi. his slaughter was not just a…

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Pittsburgh PA City Council Hearing on Black Displacement

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Black Displacement Hearing – City Council Public Hearing The Pittsburgh Justice Coalition (PJC) is a group of organizations and individuals who are opposed to the misguided and ill-fated War on Drugs. June 17 will mark 50 years since President Nixon declared the War on Drugs which from the start was a War on Us, Black people. We are here today to call attention to and protest a continuing crime against…

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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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