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African nations call for racism debate at UN Human Rights Council

African nations call for racism debate at UN Human Rights Council

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By DW — A letter signed by all 54 African nations requested the UN Human Rights Council to urgently debate racism and police violence as protests over George Floyd’s death grow around the world. African countries on Friday called on the United Nation Human Rights Council to urgently debate racism and police impunity, amid growing protests over George Floyd’s death in the United States and other parts of the world. Burkina Faso’s…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Questioning the Country with Frederick Douglass: Judgment, Not Joy on July 4th

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — If we are to honor and rightfully appreciate our history and struggle to liberate ourselves and expand the realm of freedom and justice in this country, we must stand with Frederick Douglass at Rochester, New York in 1852, at every Fourth of July celebration. To stand with Douglass on this day is not only to read, discuss and study his July 4th speech, but to…

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Frederick Douglass Statue Torn Down on Anniversary of Famous July 4 Speech

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The landmark 1852 speech by the Black abolitionist was titled, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” By Chris Walker, Truthout — A statue of Frederick Douglass, a formerly enslaved Black abolitionist in the mid-1800s who helped to transport other enslaved people seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad, was removed from its pedestal in a park in Rochester, New York, by vandals over the weekend. The statue was…

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88th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors — Resolution In Support of #HR40

By Reparations

88th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors Resolution In Support of the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act (H.R 40/S. 1083) WHEREAS, Congress finds that four million Africans and their descendants were brought to this land and enslaved in the American colonies beginning in 1619, and slavery was an institution that was statutorily upheld by the federal government of the United States…

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A woman takes part in a rally to mark Juneteenth on June 19 in San Francisco.

Reparations need to be part of the conversation about racial justice

By Reparations

Police violence sparked an uprising, but racial equality demands economic reforms as well. By Nichole Nelson, The Washington Post — Over the past month, protests across the country, and even the world, have erupted in response to the death of George Floyd by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. While the protests have focused on police violence, the issues of racism are deeply rooted and multifaceted. In fact, addressing police…

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People walk by a bus with a mural of US abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman on it

Reparations Now: A White Man’s Appeal For America To Pay What Is Due

By Reparations

By Seth Cohen, Forbes — Beginning 400 years ago, and for more than 250 years of our nation’s history, slaves built the United States into one of the wealthiest countries on the planet. As a result, America owes an unconscionable and unforgivable debt to the ancestors of those slaves. Yet now, as the country is challenged to confront both the violent legacy of slavery and the dehumanizing tradition of systemic…

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An Overdue Debt — Why It’s Finally Time To Pay Reparations To Black Americans

An Overdue Debt — Why It’s Finally Time To Pay #Reparations To Black Americans

By Reparations

A nation founded on the premise of liberty and justice for all has failed to deliver that promise to Black Americans. Now it must. By Seth Cohen, Forbes — Over 400 years ago, the first slaves were brought to the land that would eventually become the United States of America. In the intervening years, a country was created, divided, reunited, and reconstructed, and it became one of the most powerful…

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Dr. Ron Daniels on Our Common Ground with host Janice Graham

Dr. Ron Daniels on Our Common Ground with host Janice Graham

By News & Current Affairs

Audio June 27, 2020, 10PM — “The Black Firewall: Will It Hold?” Janice Graham, host of Our Common Ground talks with Dr. Ron Daniels, Ph.D. , Veteran social and political activist; journalist, professor; President and Founder the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) About Guest Dr. Ron Daniels Veteran social and political activist Dr. Ron Daniels was an independent candidate for President of the United States in 1992….

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

Why racism is an essential tool for maintaining the capitalist order

By Editors' Choice

By Richard D. Wolff, Independent Media Institute — U.S. capitalism survived because it found a solution to the basic problem of its instability, its business cycles. Since capitalism never could end cyclical downturns and their awful effects, its survival required making those effects somehow socially tolerable. Systemic racism survived in the post-Civil War United States partly because it helped to achieve that tolerability. Capitalism provided conditions for the reproduction of…

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Protesters chant “Say His Name — George Floyd!” near a memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis on June 2.

Poll: Black Americans outraged by George Floyd’s death, but optimistic about change after nationwide protests

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More than a third of black Americans say there was an occasion when they feared being hurt by a police officer. By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Scott Clement and Emily Guskin, The Washington Post — Jackie Beckley believes the video of the final moments of George Floyd’s life may finally help white friends and colleagues understand what she has labored to tell them about her experience as a black woman:…

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