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Armed National Guard and African American men standing on a sidewalk during the race riots in Chicago, Illinois, 1919.

GHOSTS TOO CLOSE: This week’s 1919 DC Race Rebellion and the tragic history of DC’s Lafayette Park

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By Nkechi Taifa — Normally my morning walks don’t include going down Memory Lane, particularly one that has been invisible for almost a century. But there I was, in Lafayette Park one Saturday morning last month, right near Lafayette School and its adjoining Recreational Center in upper NW D.C., and Black history came to greet me. I saw a crowd and I saw a sign. So I did what anyone would…

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There is no debate over critical race theory

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Pundits and politicians have created their own definition for the term, and then set about attacking it. By Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic — The United States is not in the midst of a “culture war” over race and racism. The animating force of our current conflict is not our differing values, beliefs, moral codes, or practices. The American people aren’t divided. The American people are being divided. Republican operatives have buried the…

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Why a culture war over critical race theory?

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Consider the pro-slavery congressional “Gag Rule” By Frank Palmeri and Ted Wendelin, HNN —  What is Critical Race Theory and why are Republican governors and state legislators saying such terrible things about it? If you are among the 99% of Americans who had never heard of this theory before a month or two ago, you might be forgiven for believing that it poses a grave threat to the United States…

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The critical race theory panic is a new weapon in the right-wing war on public education

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By Jeff Bryant, Independent Media Institute — No one deserves the school I went to,” says Celia Gottlieb. Gottlieb is currently enrolled in Middlebury College and working as an intern with New York University’s Metro Center, but she is talking about the high school she attended in Highland, New York, a small community in the Lower Hudson River Valley region of the Empire State. The Highland Central School District would…

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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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Emma Dabiri

Why coalition, not allyship, is the necessary next step in the racial justice movement

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By Suyin Haynes, TIME — As Irish-Nigerian academic and broadcaster Emma Dabiri prepares for the U.S. release of her latest book, she reflects on the thinkers who have inspired her own work. “I feel deeply indebted to specifically Black American intellectuals and writers,” she says, “I see them as ancestors who, in many periods of my life, showed me a way when I felt like there really wasn’t necessarily one.”…

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Police dog attacking man - Civil Rights Movement 1960s

How the George Floyd Uprising Was Framed for White Eyes

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Front-page photography once again made Black rebellion suitable for white liberal consumption. By Ramenda Cyrus, Mother Jones — In 1963, Walter Gadsden, 15 years old, was attacked by a police dog during a protest on the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. The moment was captured by Bill Hudson of the Associated Press. His photograph was later said to have brought the world to the side of the civil rights movement—a grand claim…

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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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The Man Who Lived Underground – A Conversation with Julia Wright

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In partnership with The Elaine Legacy Center presents A Conversation with Julia Wright Reverend Judge Wendell Griffen will moderate a discussion with the daughter of and literary executor for author Richard Wright on The Man Who Lived Underground an explosive, previously unpublished novel about race and violence in America by the legendary author of Native Son and Black Boy TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 PM (CST) 2 Ways…

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So is critical race theory poisonous or illuminating?

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By The Unitimes Reporter— Twice during last year’s American presidential election campaign, the US president attacked Critical Race Theory (CRT). The first time, on Constitution Day in September, Donald Trump called the critical school that developed from Critical Legal Theory in the late 1980s “ideological poison” because it foregrounded the racial aspects of American history in the school curriculum. The 1619 Project developed by scholars and the New York Times was “radical”,…

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