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Civil Rights Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

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A Major component of the problem we face in reform of policing

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kim Bellware— Police officers and at least one police chief from departments across the United States are facing termination, suspension or other discipline for their proximity to or alleged involvement in a chaotic gathering in Washington on Wednesday that ended in a riot at the U.S. Capitol and left five people dead. Departments in California, Washington state, and Texas are among those that have announced investigations into their officers based…

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The New Orleans Massacre

Voter Suppression and Racial Terrorism, the Twin Pillars of White Supremacy

By Editors' Choice

By Ben Railton — Despite such racial terrorism, African Americans continued to exercise their Constitutional right and active patriotic goal of voting, and were consistently met with extensive suppression and violence. On November 3, 1874, African-American voters at the polls in Eufaula and Spring Hill, towns in Alabama’s Barbour County, were attacked by members of the widespread white supremacist organization The White League; seven African Americans were killed and another 70 wounded. The Barbour…

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Black Civil Rights Leaders Fear Amy Coney Barrett “Invites a Return to a Racist Past”

By News & Current Affairs

Leaders of five prominent organizations agreed that Amy Coney Barrett was alarmingly evasive on questions about racism. By Mike Ludwig, TruthOut — After four days of confirmation hearings, Black leaders of five major civil rights organizations are lining up in opposition to the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme court and the “deeply flawed” process Senate Republicans are using to secure her confirmation…

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Black Wealth Gap

The Black Wealth Gap

By Editors' Choice

Decades after the civil rights movement, African Americans still hold a fraction of the wealth of white Americans. Why? Here’s everything you need to know: By The Week — How big is the gap? It’s staggering. The net worth of a typical white family in 2016 — including home, retirement accounts, and all assets — was nearly 10 times greater than that of a Black family, at $171,000 to $17,600….

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In Wilkerson’s view, racism is only the visible manifestation of something deeper, a hidden system of social domination.

Isabel Wilkerson’s World-Historical Theory of Race and Caste

By Editors' Choice

By comparing white supremacy in the U.S. to the caste system in India, her new book at once illuminates and collapses a complex history. By Sunil Khilnani, The New Yorker — As the summer of 1958 was coming to an end, Martin Luther King, Jr., was newly famous and exhausted. All of twenty-nine years old, he had been travelling across the country for weeks promoting his first book, “Stride Toward…

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Will white people’s participation in Black Lives Matter protests yield real change?

After the civil rights era, white Americans failed to support systemic change to end racism. Will they now?

By Commentaries/Opinions

In principle, white Americans support efforts to end racism. But in practice, they have long been unwilling to support the fundamental change needed to do that. Will this year’s events change that? By Candis Watts Smith — The first wave of the Black Lives Matter movement, which crested after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, had the support of less than half of white Americans. Given that Americans tend…

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Rapper YG, center in white, at a June 7 protest over the death of George Floyd.

Hip-hop is the soundtrack to Black Lives Matter protests

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Tyina Steptoe — The sound of Public Enemy’s 1989 song “Fight the Power” blared as face-masked protesters in Washington, D.C. broke into a spontaneous rendition of the electric slide dance near the White House. It was the morning of June 14, and an Instagram user captured the moment, commenting: “If Trump is in the White House this morning he’s being woken up by … a Public Enemy dance party.” View…

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After George Floyd and Juneteenth

By Commentaries/Opinions

What’s ahead for the movement, the election, and the protesters? By David Remnick, The New Yorker — Tennille Newbold is a twenty-six-year-old medical assistant at a community health center in Manhattan. In the midst of a Juneteenth celebration in Central Park—a kind of barbecue-picnic political rally, on the grounds of what was once Seneca Village, where freed black people and Irish immigrants lived—she stepped to a microphone and announced that…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Looters, Lowlifes, and Liars

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — According to the Washington Post, the 45th President told 19,126 lies between his inauguration in 2017 and June 1, 2020.  By now, the number has likely edged toward 20,000, as his Tulsa “rally” yielded dozens more.  This President has no allegiance to the truth, but that’s no surprise.  Leading up to his ill-timed gathering, amid the coronavirus, he projected more than a million attendees.  Instead,…

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UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

U.S. Now Has “Third Opportunity” to Fulfill Promise of Democracy Says Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has said the United States now has a third opportunity to fulfill the promise of democracy. He was speaking in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4 on “The World at One” on Thursday, June 11. When asked how much of a pivotal moment it was now in the United States he replied that it was a very significant moment in…

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