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Tone-Deaf ‘Three Billboards’ Tries Absolving White People of Racism. And Oscars Season Loves It.

In 2006, Paul Haggis' awful movie about racism that nevertheless made white people feel good about racism won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. You …

Art doesn’t like me: Contending with brilliant, problematic films as a Black person

By Austin S. Harris / RaceBaitR*, AFROPUNK Contributor<p>In <i>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</i>, one of the year’s most acclaimed films, Sam …

Race & Ethnicity

The Alt-Right’s Asian Fetish

The white supremacists on the far right have “yellow fever” — an Asian woman fetish. It’s a confusing mix.<p>Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, once posted a video of himself with a Filipina he called “my jailbait girlfriend,” the young couple flirting as they …

Alleged white supremacist tied to Amtrak incident wanted to “kill all black people”

<b>(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)</b><p>Taylor Michael Wilson, accused of terrorism, attended the far-right Charlottesville rally last year<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>January 5, 2018 6:25pm (UTC)<p>Newly unsealed court papers reveal that a man who menaced passengers on an Amtrak train in October may have also been a white …

Jennifer Hudson deals with racism in her own home

Despite being an “American Idol” alum, a “Voice” coach and a Grammy and Oscar winner, Jennifer Hudson still faces racial prejudice almost every day — …

Motherhood

‘We’re Not a Racist Department’: North Carolina Firefighters Complain After County Cuts Funding Over Confederate Flag

If you’re gonna talk the talk, you’re gonna have to walk the walk. At least that’s what the Montgomery County, N.C., decided after a group of local …

Shocked by the racism of past generations? Look around.

Some viewers may emerge from the gripping new courtroom drama "Marshall" shaking their heads at the racism of their great-grandparents' generation. The movie, set in 1941, features infuriatingly bigoted villains, from a contemptuous judge to a roughneck mob bent on street violence — and in suburban …

Civil rights crusader Fannie Lou Hamer defied men — and presidents — who tried to silence her

Fannie Lou Hamer walked with a limp and still had a blood clot behind her eye from being severely beaten by police in a Mississippi jail. She was the youngest of 20 children born to sharecroppers in Mississippi, where she had spent much of her life picking cotton until she was fired for trying to …

Black History

Fannie Lou Hamer's 100th Birthday Brings Black Women's Marches Across The U.S.

“She died too soon putting her body on the line for our freedom and we want to celebrate her life in a big way."<p>Friday marks the 100th birthday of late civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.<p>To celebrate Hamer’s life and honor her contributions, nonprofit GirlTrek has organized a series of walks …

Patriot games: the rebirth of the activist athlete | Financial Times

The protest that set the American sports world on fire began modestly enough, on a mild autumn night in San Diego last September. As the national …

Jackie Robinson

Tutu, Bishop Desmond Mpilo (1931 - ) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

Image Courtesy of Michael Collopy<p>Archbishop Desmond Tutu, leader of the South African Anglican Church for ten years and campaigner against apartheid …

Mississippi Textbooks Are Keeping Students Ignorant of the Civil Rights Movement

Mississippi's outdated textbooks teach an abbreviated version of civil rights, undermining the state's new "innovative" standards. (Photo: …

Scotland's racist role: How minstrel shows spread stereotypes through country's theatres

Exhibition of Black Minstrelsy at Edinburgh museum explores shameful chapter in Scotland's past as part of Black History Month 2017.<p>It is not so long …

Black History

Slave struggles and the end of slavery in Brazil: How revolts, organized resistance and fugitive slave communities contributed to the end of slavery in Brazil

Portrait of the A Balaiada, a slave revolt in the state of Maranhão between 1838 and 1841<b>Note from BW of Brazil</b>: <i>It is often said that history is</i> …

10 Simple and Subtle and Easy Things I Do Every Day to Fight White Supremacy

White supremacy is like a wave at sea crashing into a beach—an unstoppable and transformative force, shifting sand, ferrying debris and constructing …

Digestion

White nationalists return to Charlottesville less than 2 months after violent clashes

Richard Spencer returned, with torches.<p>Less than two months after their “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, descended into racist violence that left one anti-racist protester dead, white nationalists and alt-right activists once again arrived in the city for a torch-lit, 10-minute …

Rights & Freedoms

Violence, racism and democracy in America: a conversation with Susan K. Smith and Bill Moyers

“All men are created equal” does not mean what we think those words should mean<p><i>Editors Note: Susan K. Smith almost didn’t make it last summer to the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York — that historic community of adult learning to where outstanding speakers have been holding forth since its</i> …

This Is How Donald Trump Thinks the U.S. Government Works

And why his supporters should care about it.<p>Shortly after the White House released the outlines of its tax proposal, President Donald Trump railed on Twitter against Democrats who opposed it, noting that his “Tax Cut and Reform Bill” was winning “great reviews.” Except that there wasn’t an actual …

Donald Trump

When white sports fans turn on black athletes | Samuel Freedman

There is a morally corrupt contract that white fans make with black athletes. We will accept you: but only if you surrender your political voice<p>At the start of the 2014 National Football League season, the Baltimore Ravens unveiled a statue of their star linebacker Ray Lewis outside the team’s …

whitesports

‘It’s Not Murder if They’re Black’: Man Charged With Sending Racist Death Threats Targeting Howard University Students

A 24-year-old man from Alexandria, Va., is<p>finallyfacing charges in connection with racist death threats online on 4chan and Reddit that targeted …

Howard University

The Privilege of White Individuality

Stop lying; you did it, too.<p>I’m sure I’m not alone in being among those who—for a brief moment when they heard about the Las Vegas shooting—quietly …

Paul Ryan

An armed white mob in Texas massacred their black neighbors in 1910, and none of them were prosecuted

A whole town wiped out, and only recently any acknowledgment<p>Charlie Wilson, Cleveland Larkin, and Willustus “Lusk” Holley were walking down a dirt …

Sigourney Weaver Stars in a New Experimental Sci-Fi Film: Watch “Rakka” Free Online

South African–Canadian film director Neill Blomkamp recently launched Oats Studios, a new film project devoted to creating experimental short films. …

Science Fiction

16 of the best historical documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

While every moment that leads up to the present could be considered history, there are certain events throughout time that truly stand out among the …

Henry Viii

The Equal Justice Initiative and Google Have Chronicled Over 4,000 Lynchings In the United States

Between 1877 and 1950, over 4,000 African-Americas were lynched in the United States. In 1912, Thomas Miles Sr., a Black business owner, as lynched n …

Documentaries

Third noose found outside a Washington, D.C. museum

<b>National Art Gallery (Getty/Jewel Samad)</b><p>The trend of racist, threatening incidents outside cultural institutions in the nation’s capital continues<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>June 19, 2017 5:53pm (UTC)<p>According to the National Park Service, a noose was discovered near the National Gallery of Art in Washington, …

A 'Bachelorette' Contestant Dropped A Classic Racial Dog Whistle

This was extremely uncool.<p>Looks like the big racial drama “The Bachelorette” teed up for this season has begun to unfold.<p>Lee Garrett, a contestant on first black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay’s season, made clear in a number of widely reported tweets that he has less-than-flattering views of black, …

Sofia Coppola Faces Backlash for Saying 'The Beguiled' Is About Gender, Not Race

"It's white. You made a film about white Confederate women. Fine. Just say that."<p>Sofia Coppola, director of <i>The Beguiled</i>, is facing some serious backlash online for stating that her focus in the film was strictly gender-related, rather than race.<p>Last month, her remake of the film <i>The Beguiled</i> …

The KKK Is Dropping 'Kool Kids' Klub' Flyers in Upstate New York

The flyers, advertising an upcoming Klan rally, were dropped into bags with kitty litter on Northville lawns last weekend.<p>The KKK has been dropping promotional flyers around Northville, New York, complete with a free scoop of kitty litter, according the Fulton County Sheriff's office.<p>The sheriff's …