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Discrimination Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Protest for Economic and Racial Justice in Lousiville, Kentucky as part of the 2014 United Methodist Women's General Assembly. Image by Brittney Drakeford.

City planners need to talk about race. The lives of our residents depend on it.

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Brittney Drakeford and Ras Tafari Cannady II, Greater Greater Washington — The effects of historic discriminatory urban design practices, such as redlining and racially-restrictive zoning, are by no means relegated to the past. New research shows how discriminatory land use practices continue to degrade the health of people of color to this day. In order to build more equitable communities, planners must better understand and acknowledge this legacy of discrimination—and actively…

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Michelle Obama

Succeeding While Black

By | Editors' Choice

Michelle Obama’s new book reduces racial inequality to a matter of psychological impairment that can be overcome through grit and grin. This is a dangerous proposition. By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Boston Review — Michelle Obama’s popularity is a remarkable political feat. Her ascent into the public spotlight, after all, began as a receptacle of rightwing misogynoir. From the suggestions that she was ill-tempered to the hideous portrayals of her as male…

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A detail from a display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala.

The Case for Reparations

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By David Brooks, The New York Times — I’ve been traveling around the country for the past few years studying America’s divides — urban/rural, red/blue, rich/poor. There’s been a haunting sensation the whole time that is hard to define. It is that the racial divide doesn’t feel like the other divides. There is a dimension of depth to it that the other divides don’t have. It is more central to…

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A woman shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism.

By | Commentaries/Opinions

A new study found that people who experience discrimination are almost twice as likely as others to struggle with hunger. By Greg Kaufmann, The Nation — With more than 40 million people in the country struggling with hunger, anti-hunger advocates in the United States have their work cut out for them. In 2017, nearly 12 percent of all US households were food insecure—meaning they didn’t have access to enough food for all household members…

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"Undesign the Redline," an exhibit the history of redlining and other discriminatory housing policies in New Orleans and nationwide, is on view at Tulane University's Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design through March 1, 2019.

How did a long past of racist housing policy shape New Orleans? New exhibit explores

By | News & Current Affairs

By Jennifer Larino, The Times Picayune — What can we do to break New Orleans and its neighborhoods free from a long history of racist housing policies? That’s the question posed by “Undesign the Redline,” a traveling exhibit currently stopped at Tulane University’s Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design in Central City. A localized version of the exhibit was created by Designing the WE, a New York design firm…

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Selma marchers in 1965

Voting Rights in America — Two Centuries of Struggle

By | Editors' Choice

By Bruce Hartford, Civil Right Movement Veterans — Note: This brief time-line describes an American history of oppression, persecution, and discrimination in regards to voting rights. But in all of the events described here, those affected were not submissive or passive victims, – rather they fought for their rights with whatever means they had. Similarly, much of this short summary consists of legislative and legal milestones. But those laws and…

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Peter Cvjetanovic along with neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia on \ in Charlottesville, Va. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

“Trumpism:” The Hate that Produces Hate

By | Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels — With the attempted assassination of a series of Democratic leaders and the savage murder of 11 worshipers in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in the past week, the American people are witnessing one of the most horrific seasons of hate and terror in recent memory. And, while there is debate about the link between rhetoric and the actions…

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People of color, women and the LGBTQ community are just some of the groups who often get slighted with tax reforms.

How American tax laws encourage inequality

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Talk of tax reform always seems to be in the air. By Anthony C. Infanti, The Conversation — Last fall, Republicans in Congress hastily pushed through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, hailing it as “historic legislation” and “once-in-a-generation tax reform.” But that legislation has proved unpopular because it is widely and accurately viewed as tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, with any effort at reform being merely coincidental. Despite the unpopularity of last fall’s effort, this…

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Senator Lindsey Graham berating Democratic colleagues in defense of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, September 27, 2018.

White Men Have Good Reason to Be Scared

By | Commentaries/Opinions

We’re coming for their power. By Kai Wright, The Nation — Hell hath no fury like a white man scorned. If you take nothing else from the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, take that much. Know that the angry hysterics of Lindsey Graham and Charles Grassley and Orrin Hatch were a continuation of the long, howling tantrum that began when Donald Trump descended from his tower in 2015. It is…

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The Supreme Court Is Headed Back to the 19th Century

By | Editors' Choice

The justices again appear poised to pursue a purely theoretical liberty at the expense of the lives of people of color. By Adam Serwer, The Atlantic — When the Louisiana State Militia finally arrived at the Colfax courthouse on April 15, 1873, all it could do was bury the bodies. Two days earlier, a large force of white supremacists had taken control of the courthouse from the mostly black faction…

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