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President of the General Assembly Abdulla Shahid speaks at a High-level meeting on the U.N. World Conference Against Racism during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

UN anti-racism event, rejected by some, recommits to goals

By News & Current Affairs

By Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press — The U.N. General Assembly pledged Wednesday to redouble efforts to combat racism around the world, commemorating a landmark but contentious 2001 anti-racism conference by holding an anniversary meeting once again riven with divisions. Looking back on the two decades since the conference in Durban, South Africa, the assembly adopted a resolution that acknowledged some progress but deplored what it called a rise in discrimination,…

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Participants in a “Freedom Friday March” in Washington, D.C.

The Party of Lincoln Is Now the Party of Jim Crow

By Commentaries/Opinions

Not a single House Republican voted for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. By John Nichols, The Nation — “Old battles have become new again,” said US Representative Terri Sewell, of Alabama, as she introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act for Tuesday’s essential vote in the House. And even as the old battles are being fought anew, the old battle lines have changed as well. The Republican Party, which was…

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Police patrol outside the Embassy of Taiwan in Port-au-Prince

Assassinations and invasions – how the US and France shaped Haiti’s long history of political turmoil

By Commentaries/Opinions

Local power struggles and strong US interests have long shaped political leadership – and presidential assassinations – in Haiti, limiting nation-building projects on the Caribbean island. By Jean Eddy Saint Paul, The Conversation — The powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021, followed a long series of natural and human-caused disasters to rock the country. Unfortunately, if history offers any clues, earthquake relief efforts will be complicated by the nation’s…

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Michelle Bachelet

UN rights boss urges ‘wide range’ of reparations over racism

By Reparations

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Monday urged countries to “fully fund comprehensive processes” and take “a wide range of reparations measures” to address the legacies of slavery, colonial rule and racial discrimination. Michelle Bachelet presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council a landmark report launched after the killing of George Floyd in the United States and released last month. A year in the making, it hopes to build…

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Michelle Bachelet, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

The U.N. Rights Chief Says Reparations Are Needed For People Facing Racism

By Editors' Choice

By The Associated Press — The U.N. human rights chief, in a landmark report launched after the killing of George Floyd in the United States, is urging countries worldwide to do more to help end discrimination, violence and systemic racism against people of African descent and “make amends” to them — including through reparations. The report from Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, offers a sweeping look…

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People march towards the Washington Monument at the Black Lives Matter protest in Washington DC 6/6/2020

UN Human Rights Chief urges immediate, transformative action to uproot systemic racism

By News & Current Affairs

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday issued an urgent call for States to adopt a “transformative agenda” to uproot systemic racism, as she published a report casting a spotlight on the litany of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights suffered by people of African descent – on a daily basis and across different States and jurisdictions. The report states that the worldwide mobilization…

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Judge halts billions in debt relief for farmers of color as white farmers, conservative groups sue

By News & Current Affairs

By Andrea Salcedo — In the months since Congress included around $4 billion in the latest stimulus bill to forgive loans for Black and other minority farmers, thousands of them have been pushing to finally see the money. The Department of Agriculture promised to start paying for loans this month. But now, that relief is again on hold thanks to a lawsuit brought by a conservative group on behalf of…

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Repression and abuse in the favelas of Brazil: Death by violence, hunger or pandemic

By Commentaries/Opinions

For Immediate Release May 7th, 2021 – On Thursday, May 6, in Brazil at least 25 people died after more than 200 armed police officers stormed Jacarezinho, one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro, in a justification of searching for drug traffickers in what has been called one of the most violent raids in the history of that city. Local people have called extermination to a premeditated massacre…

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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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Great Equalizer

By Commentaries/Opinions

How a scholar, advocate, and judge upended the entirety of American political thought. By Jill Lepore, The New Yorker — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, scholar, lawyer, judge, and Justice, died on Friday at the age of eighty-seven. Born the year Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady, Ginsburg bore witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the most hard-fought and least-appreciated revolution in modern American history: the emancipation of women. Aside from…

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Stressed Black Man

White Workers Are Getting Hired Back Twice As Fast As Black Workers

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

Nearly all the improvement in the unemployment rate over the past few months has been for white workers. By Emily Peck, HuffPost — At first glance, the unemployment rate seems a lot less terrible than it did a few months ago. In April, at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, the jobless rate was a record-high 14.7%. This month, the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.4%. But…

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Five generations of a slave family.

American slavery: Separating fact from myth

By Reparations

By Daina Ramey Berry — People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t. Slavery has been in the…

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