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Black voters on line in Chicago, October 2020

Our goal is record Black voter turnout to fire Trump and save Black lives: NAACP President

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s not just Donald Trump and Joe Biden on the ballot, it’s a decision about the country we want. Honor John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg by voting. By Derrick Johnson, USA Today — Instead of focusing on the many crises devastating the Black community right now, and although voters are already casting ballots, Republicans are rushing to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Once again, President Donald Trump and his enablers…

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Nancy Pelosi

An open letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding the passing of HR-40 and calls for a day of action

By Vantage Point Articles

Why We Can’t Wait: Pass HR-40 Now! Vantage Point Articles & Essays By Dr. Ron Daniels Madame Speaker, with a Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives and one of the most consequential elections in the history of this nation slated to occur in a few weeks, it’s time to send a powerful sign to Black voters that Black Lives Matter by passing HR-40 now! 2020 marks thirty-one years since the…

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Reparations protest

How white and non-Black people can pay reparations, even if Congress never figures it out

By Reparations

By Tiffany Lashai Curtis, Business Insider — The murders of George Floyd and other Black Americans this summer reignited the Black Lives Matter movement and prompted high levels of giving to Black organizations. They also prompted renewed calls for reparations from the federal government, though we may not see them in our lifetime. In the meantime, mutual aid groups and individual donations constitute a kind of ‘interpersonal reparations’ and represent…

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George Wallace blocking a federal agent from entering the University of Alabama to enroll Black students, 1963.

Is Freedom White?

By Editors' Choice

In a political season of dog whistles, we must be attentive to how talk of American freedom has long been connected to the presumed right of whites to dominate everyone else. By Jefferson Cowie, Boston Review — “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” Alabama governor George Wallace’s most famous sentence fired through the frigid air on the coldest day anyone in the state could remember. His 1963 inaugural address—written by a…

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Black Lives Matter T-shirts and Masks – Who Profits?

Black Lives Matter T-shirts and Masks – Who Profits?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — I always smile when I see Black Lives Matter T-Shirts until I saw one gracing the grubby back of a white man who had on both a BLM T-Shirt and a MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat.  I started to either take a photo or start a conversation because I knew somebody would accuse me of making the combination up.  Instead, I wondered where the man…

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“Wilmington on Fire” panelists discuss white supremacy, reparations, and why your vote matters

“Wilmington on Fire” panelists discuss white supremacy, reparations, and why your vote matters

By Reparations

The conversation spans the width of various touchy topics—the 1898 Coup’s lingering debt, the “trend” of the Black Lives Matter movement, the responsibility of white people—and each panelist offers their thoughtful responses, bolstered by their years of research and experience. By Cierra Noffke, UNCW — On the evening of September 15, a virtual crowd gathered around monitors or cell phones to listen to a group of activists answer questions inspired by…

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Good Reason Trump Won’t Drink Woodward’s Racial Kool Aid

Good Reason Trump Won’t Drink Woodward’s Racial Kool Aid

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Robert Woodward certainly couldn’t have been shocked at Trump’s answer to his very loaded question. The question was whether he could understand any of the racial pain that African Americans feel. Trump stood the question on its head and accused Woodward of “drinking the Kool Aid.” Translated: Why should he or any other white guy like him feel any guilt, let alone empathy, at the…

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Protest outside the Minnesota State Capitol demanding reparations, St Paul MN, June 19 2020.

It’s Time for Reparations and Transitional Justice for African Americans

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

The country needs truth-telling and acceptance of our moral, legal, political, and sociocultural responsibilities. By Joyce Hope Scott, BU Today — This is a transformative moment in history in the United States as well as in the rest of the world. Despite myths of a post-racial society as a result of many positive social transformations, we are today again forced to examine our inheritance of America’s great sin—slavery and its…

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I Can’t Breathe! — The Black Lives Matter movement from a Barbados/Caribbean perspective

By Editors' Choice

A multi-dimension film that explores the Black Lives Matter movement from a Barbados/Caribbean perspective. Featuring: Eddy Grant Anthony “Gabby” Carter David Comissiong Robert “Bobby” Clarke Trevor Marshall Luci Hammans Alex Downes Peter “Adonijah” Alleyne Aida Gerbremariam Riddim Tribe Dance Collective Produced/Choreographed by: Aisha Comissiong

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Images broadcast during the Black National Convention held last Friday, organized by the Movement for Black Lives.

Groups Fighting for Black Lives Highlight Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare Systems

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Michael Fitzgerald, Imprint — Dozens of Black-led advocacy groups nationwide are calling for an end to the criminalization of youth younger than age 23, and a disruption of systems that wrench newborn infants from their mothers’ arms shortly after they’ve given birth. In the live-streamed Black National Convention on Friday, activists highlighted a far-reaching grassroots policy agenda that included reparations, basic income, trans rights, environmental justice and an overhaul…

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