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

By Editors' Choice

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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In His First 100 Days, Biden Called Out The Country’s Deeply Embedded Racism.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ryan Brooks — Joe Biden faces more difficult days ahead, with pressure ramping up for him to do more to fundamentally change the systems that perpetuate racism and inequality. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden declared that advancing “equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity” were the responsibility of the federal government in an executive order. The order, which has become an integral part of the…

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LA County supervisors vote to return Bruce’s Beach to descendants

By News & Current Affairs

“This was an injustice inflicted upon not just Willa and Charles Bruce — but generations of their descendants,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said. By Sytonia Reid — On Tuesday, members of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted to return the land that is home to the historically Black Bruce’s Beach back to the descendants of its owners. The decision follows a long campaign led by Bruce’s descendants…

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Being “Anti-Racist” Isn’t Enough. The Violence of Whiteness Itself Must Be Exposed.

By Editors' Choice

By George Yancy — Even if the movement for reparations someday transforms the profound economic disparities that fall along racial lines in this country — addressing income disparities, the wealth gap, housing and health care inequities, and unemployment disparities — a fundamental problem of anti-Black racism still won’t be solved. What remains is a fundamentally ontological problem: the reality of the being of whiteness, and its denial of Black humanity within white racist America….

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Let’s be real: it’s bigger than temporary solidarity

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Aminat Ibn Yusif — Social media has made it so that a number of people can now see the many injustices committed against our people on camera, including the many assaults, cases of harassment and murder. However, in recent events, as many Black people continue to fight for their lives, a lot of those who like to portray themselves as allies use the Black Lives Matter movement as a…

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The Global Push for Reparations

US: Congress Advances Slavery Reparations Bill

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

(Washington, DC) – The US Congress will take a historic step on April 14, 2021 when a congressional committee is to vote on a slavery reparations bill, Human Rights Watch said today. The House Judiciary Committee announced on April 9 its upcoming vote on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. H.R. 40 would establish a federal commission to study the legacy of slavery in the United States and…

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Our Diversity Is Truly America’s Strength, but Hateful Violence Is America’s Weakness

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Jesse Jackson — The pandemic and the poisonous rhetoric of Donald Trump have exposed once more the hard work that must be done to bring together an inclusive society. Last week’s murder of eight people in North Georgia, six of them Asian American women, has brought national attention to the increasing violence and hatred suffered by Asian Americans in this country, and to the continuing reality of violence against…

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How a Shared Goal to Dismantle White Supremacy Is Fueling Black-Asian Solidarity

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kat Moon — Black and Asian Solidarity Run at Union Square in New York City on March 21. A large crowd of people came together to show their support for the Asian community after the spa killings that occurred recently in Atlanta. Nikki Ogunnaike had participated in Running to Protest’s rallies before, but never with her friend of more than 10 years, Lisa Lu. But on March 21, the…

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An Overdue Debt — Why It’s Finally Time To Pay Reparations To Black Americans

There are ‘definitely merits’ to reparations, says the first Black Fed president

By Reparations

By Zachary Halaschak— The first black Federal Reserve president said that there are “definitely merits” to reparations programs. Raphael Bostic, who in 2017 was chosen to lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, made the remarks during an interview that was released on Monday. The comments come as the issue of reparations, which are payments or some form of compensation provided to the descendants of slaves, has gained traction among some on the…

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Evanston, Ill., leads the country with first reparations program for Black residents

By Reparations

By Mark Guarino — CHICAGO — The nation’s first government reparations program for African Americans was approved Monday night in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, action that advocates say represents a critical step in rectifying wrongs caused by slavery, segregation and housing discrimination and in pushing forward on similar compensation efforts across the country.“Right now the whole world is looking at Evanston, Illinois. This is a moment like none other…

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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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Your Check Bounced, America. Reparations Is Just Us Trying to Cash It

By Reparations

By Michael Eric Dyson — “B***h better have my money,” the songstress snarls in hypnotic cadence. “Pay me what you owe me.” For many people, Rihanna’s 2015 anthem serves as the soundtrack to the movement for Black reparations. Her tune profanely echoes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s urgent cry to the nation in 1963 in “I Have a Dream,” his most famous oration, addressed to the March on Washington. “We’ve come…

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