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Black Detroiters marching for racial justice.

Detroit City Council debates ballot initiative for reparations for Black residents

By Reparations

By Steve Neavling, Metro Times (Detroit) — Detroit City Council is weighing a proposal that would bring Black residents closer to receiving long-awaited reparations for systemic racial discrimination. If approved, the proposal, sponsored by Council President Pro Ten Mary Sheffield, would ask voters in November, “Should the City of Detroit establish a Reparations Committee to make recommendations for housing and economic development programs that address historical discrimination against the Black…

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Black Lives Matter demonstrators continue the long battle against racism in this country.

The fourth R in education: Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic and racism

By Editors' Choice

By Jo Allen-Eure, People’s World — Racism. “A belief that some races are by nature superior to others, in which discrimination can be practiced, based on this belief” (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2019). This cruel practice of acting out hateful feelings toward groups of people who are of a darker hue (especially Black, brown, Indigenous, and Asian), is ripping this country into shreds. This practice has drawn support from many sectors…

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Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho

Racism is setting impossible standards for athletes of color

By Editors' Choice

By Peniel E. Joseph — Two recent examples of the transatlantic dimensions of racial intolerance in sports — an arena that, along with politics, often triggers increasingly vitriolic abuse in the age of social media — are a sobering reminder: Racism is a global crisis that is often resistant to progress and fighting it requires constant vigilance. Five years after Black players, many with immigrant African roots, helped France’s men’s soccer…

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Bukayo Saka

Employees scold Facebook over racist soccer player posts

By News & Current Affairs

Facebook employees are reportedly begging the company to do more about racist comments attacking English soccer players after the team lost the Euro Cup final. By Katie Canales, Business Insider — Employees are frustrated with Facebook as racist comments fill Black soccer players’ accounts. Employees said the company needs to act faster and “can’t be seen as complicit in this.” One employee said they’ve reported so many comments that they…

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Young Black child in class.

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

By Editors' Choice

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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Black Lives Matter protesters march

To end racial capitalism, we will need to take on the institution of policing

By Commentaries/Opinions

Activists who are working to defund the police are also part of a collective struggle to end neoliberal capitalism. By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout — The words “I can’t breathe” were not only uttered by Eric Garner and George Floyd as they were murdered by police. They were also uttered by over 70 others who died in law enforcement custody over the past decade after saying those same three words, according to…

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Tiffany Crutcher and her father during their meeting with President Joe Biden in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tiffany Crutcher: What I Told President Biden in Tulsa

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

As a descendant of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I made the case for reparations. By Tiffany Crutcher, The Progressive — On June 1, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Joe Biden visited Tulsa’s historically Black Greenwood neighborhood. No other U.S. President had visited the site of one of the worst eruptions of racial violence in U.S. history, and Black people in Tulsa and around the nation anticipated…

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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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History teacher Philip Jackson teaches the history of slavery to his eighth-graders

Here’s what I tell teachers about how to teach young students about slavery

By Commentaries/Opinions

Few issues are as difficult to deal with in the classroom as slavery in the US. Here, a professor who trains teachers on how to present the topic offers some insights. By Raphael E. Rogers, The Conversation — Nervous. Concerned. Worried. Wary. Unprepared. This is how middle and high school teachers have told me they have felt over the past few years when it comes to teaching the troublesome topic…

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Emma Dabiri

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

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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Military soldiers.

Racial bias makes white Americans more likely to support wars in nonwhite foreign countries – new study

By News & Current Affairs

Analysis of US survey data finds that white people who hold racist views are more likely than others to favor military action over diplomacy in China and Iran, and to endorse the global war on terror. By Vladimir Enrique Medenica and David Ebner, The Conversation — The effects of American racial bias and anti-Asian sentiment do not end at the nation’s borders. The racial attitudes of white people also influence…

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