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Illustration of the importation of captive Africans at Jamestown in 1619, Howard Pyle, 1910.

The history of systemic racism that critical race theory opponents prefer to hide

By Editors' Choice

By Clyde W. Ford, HNN — Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a lightning rod for conservative ire at any discussion of racism, anti-racism, or the non-white history of America. Across the country, bills in Republican-controlled legislatures have attempted to prevent the teaching of CRT, even though most of those against CRT struggle to define the term. CRT actually began as a legal theory which held simply that systemic racism was consciously created,…

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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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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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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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Germany faced its horrible past. Can we do the same?

What America’s racial reckoning can learn from Germany’s atonement with the Holocaust

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Germany faced its horrible past. Can we do the same? By Michele L. Norris, The Washington Post — Shortly after the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in 2016 on the National Mall, I was speaking to some patrons of a successful nonprofit about the importance of candid racial dialogue in politics and in the places we live, work and worship. One of the participants had recently…

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One year on, how George Floyd’s murder has changed the world

By Editors' Choice

By Deborah Douglas, Angelique Chrisafis and Aamna Mohdin — The killing of Floyd by a white officer reflected a common history of violence against Black people that united protesters in a renewed global movement George Floyd’s murder felt like everything was the same and nothing was the same, said Miski Noor, an activist in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed by a white police officer a year ago on 25 May….

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What George Floyd Changed

By Editors' Choice

By POLITICO MAGAZINE — The protests over one man’s death touched far more aspects of American life than just criminal justice. Seven thinkers reflect on how America is (and isn’t) different now. In the year since George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, the explosive waves of national protest that followed have taken on almost a settled meaning: They were calls for police reform, and for…

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Black American Trauma

By Editors' Choice

By David Love — What Effect Did Martin’s Death Have on the Black Community? The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – who was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, while helping striking sanitation workers – left a deep and lasting impact on America through his activism and his advocacy, his philosophy of nonviolent civil disobedience and his radical vision of a just society free from racism, militarism and poverty….

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Our Diversity Is Truly America’s Strength, but Hateful Violence Is America’s Weakness

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Jesse Jackson — The pandemic and the poisonous rhetoric of Donald Trump have exposed once more the hard work that must be done to bring together an inclusive society. Last week’s murder of eight people in North Georgia, six of them Asian American women, has brought national attention to the increasing violence and hatred suffered by Asian Americans in this country, and to the continuing reality of violence against…

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Campaigners slam UK government report into racial disparities as a ‘whitewash’

By News & Current Affairs

By Tara John, CNN — London (CNN)A highly anticipated report from a commission set up by the UK government to look into racial disparities in the country has been described as a “whitewash” by campaigners after it stated that there is no evidence that the UK is institutionally racist. A short summary of the report, commissioned in the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests last summer, was shared to the…

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Your Check Bounced, America. Reparations Is Just Us Trying to Cash It

By Reparations

By Michael Eric Dyson — “B***h better have my money,” the songstress snarls in hypnotic cadence. “Pay me what you owe me.” For many people, Rihanna’s 2015 anthem serves as the soundtrack to the movement for Black reparations. Her tune profanely echoes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s urgent cry to the nation in 1963 in “I Have a Dream,” his most famous oration, addressed to the March on Washington. “We’ve come…

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