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Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people and communities across US

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By Denise A. Herd — It’s been one year since George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer set off the largest protests in U.S. history and a national reckoning with racism. Beyond the protests, every police killing – indeed, every violent act by police toward civilians – can have painful and widespread consequences. Each year, U.S. police kill about 1,000 people, which equals approximately 8% of all homicides for adult men. This risk…

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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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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daughter of and literary executor for author Richard Wright on The Man Who Lived Underground an explosive, previously unpublished novel about race and violence in America by the legendary author of Native Son and Black Boy TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 PM (CST) 2 Ways…

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Greenwood, 1921: One of the worst race massacres in American history

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By Scott Pelley— The death of George Floyd, in the hands of Minneapolis police, came on Memorial Day. Ninety-nine years before, that same week, black Americans suffered a massacre. In the days after World War I, a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called Greenwood was among the wealthiest black communities. Oil made Greenwood rich, but jealousy made it suffer. In 1921, a white mob, with incendiary rage, burned Greenwood to ash. Even memories…

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‘We want the world to see’: Colombia protesters’ demands grow in face of police brutality

By News & Current Affairs

By Joshua Collins — BOGOTA, Colombia – Juan Carlos Neiva says he is part of “Primero Linea,” the “First Line,” a group of protesters who actively engage riot police in running street battles. He holds a homemade wooden shield, painted with the phrase “For education, and for the fallen.” His face is covered by a black T-shirt wrapped around his head. “The Colombian people are yelling and we want the world…

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We Are A Hated People

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By Haki R. Madhubuti— before george floyd, breonna taylor and millions of Black “others” was emmett till. i, a yellow-black boy of 13 was slapped into our Black reality upon reading and selling out of my jet magazines of 9/15/55 that horrified a world with the images of the teenager emmett till who had been crucified by white supremacist christian cowards in money, mississippi. his slaughter was not just a…

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

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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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Being “Anti-Racist” Isn’t Enough. The Violence of Whiteness Itself Must Be Exposed.

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By George Yancy — Even if the movement for reparations someday transforms the profound economic disparities that fall along racial lines in this country — addressing income disparities, the wealth gap, housing and health care inequities, and unemployment disparities — a fundamental problem of anti-Black racism still won’t be solved. What remains is a fundamentally ontological problem: the reality of the being of whiteness, and its denial of Black humanity within white racist America….

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Yet Another Armed White Shooter is Alive, Unarmed Blacks Aren’t-Explain That?

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Robert Aaron Long, the alleged mass shooter in Atlanta, is taken into custody without incident. His non-violent capture is not a fluke, aberration, or an anomaly. We have seen this time and again, a white mass killer guns down multitudes in shopping centers, schools, and in public places, and in almost all cases, they meekly surrender and are arrested. Now this is hardly an appeal…

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Jail Won’t Solve White Supremacist Violence. Here’s How to Truly Confront It.

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By Kay Whitlock — White supremacist violence in the U.S. elicits the most outspoken public condemnation when it erupts overtly, amid a flurry of Confederate flags and the swaggering display of racist/white nationalist/neo-Nazi symbols and assault rifles. Demands for intensified policing, prosecution, harsher punishments, and more anti-terrorism measures proliferate. Who doesn’t want to retaliate, hit back hard at power-hungry, violent racists? The desire to “not let them get away with…

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As Haiti dives deeper into chaos, opposition tries forming parallel government

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Haitians awoke Monday to empty streets, a tightened police presence and a deeper political crisis: Now there are two men who claim to be the nation’s president. By Jacqueline Charles— Opposition and civil society groups installed Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, the oldest member of Haiti’s Supreme Court, late Sunday as president for two years. In a video shared on social media, Jean-Louis, sitting next to a Haitian flag, said he…

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‘Vintage white rage’: Why the riots were about the perceived loss of white power

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By Char Adams— A far-right, pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol with Confederate flags and weapons in an attempt to stop members of Congress The response by both law enforcement and political leaders is still being parsed out, but activists and scholars say there is a deeper, underlying issue that must be considered: Violent expressions of white power are the norm when white anger and resentment rooted in racism exists. from counting…

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