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Hana Kiros: A Tale of Two Teens — When White Killers Are Treated Better Than Black Victims

Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager, was killed for walking home at night—Kyle Rittenhouse, a white teenager, is being defended by Republicans after murdering two BLM protesters.

September 1, 2020 · 5 Comments

Woody Lewis: Ethnic Cleansing in America

Consider this scenario.

August 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States (full version)

Jeffery Robinson, the ACLU’s top racial justice expert, discusses the dark history of Confederate symbols across the country and outlines what we can do to learn from our past and combat systemic racism.

August 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: The Atlantic Slave Trade

Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade — which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas — stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy.

August 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: To Be Black in the US Is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day

What drives the current rift between white and Black America, and how as individuals can we effectively contribute to the fight against the worldmaking of whiteness?

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tamika C.B. Zapolski, Ukamaka M. Oruche: Racism in Healthcare System Is Costing Black Lives

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the U.S, African Americans are contracting the illness—and dying from it—at rates twice as high as the general population.

July 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Andrea Mazzarino: The War Zone Is America

A Military Spouse’s Perspective on Racism and Armed Violence in the United States

June 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Kimberly Jones | How Can We Win

Kimberly Jones clarifies the history of institutional racism in America and how it affects African-Americans today. Everyone needs to hear this.

June 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter

The movement’s three founders share their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and “sharpen each other, so that we all can rise.”

June 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

In this interview, Chomsky provides insight on how we can best grapple with the current moment – and prepare for the sobering future.

June 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

Arlene Weiner: A Photo of Jalen, Age 12, in a Batman Costume

Say yes, sir when the officers stop you
for the fourteenth time, looking
for somebody

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: I Just Want To Live

America rages, reels, mourns. Brutal police violence – tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, batons – blazes across the country, in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, New York, possibly inflamed by white nationalists seeking to accelerate the carnage.

June 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Ahmaud Arbery and the Ghosts of Lynchings Past

As a black man living in Georgia, I am all too aware of the state’s history of lynching.

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds

Jared Kushner called America’s response to COVID-19, “a great success story.” And some states are moving to aggressively reopen malls, retail stores, restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, parks, and hair parlors and even ordering people to go back to work.

May 13, 2020 · 8 Comments

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