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Racism Vs. Whites? You’re Kidding Me

Majorities of whites think anti-white discrimination is as bad as the anti-black kind. Honestly, are they out of their minds?<p>Last week, <i>New York Times</i> …

No One Held Accountable For Native Kids Harassed At South Dakota Hockey Game

A tale of racism and the allegedly halfhearted prosecution of a white man in South Dakota.<p>A South Dakota man accused of shouting racial slurs and dumping beer on a group of Native American children at a hockey game was acquitted Tuesday on a sole disorderly conduct charge ― and activists say the …

Nikki Haley calls for GOP to rethink approach to race relations

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called on the Republican Party to do a better job of reaching out to minorities and combating racial tension, holding up her state and her own record as a model.<p>Haley, an Indian-American who is often discussed as a potential pick for VP, said the GOP has trouble …

Black America’s “gaslight” nightmare: The psychological warfare being waged against Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter has been demonized following the unrelated murder of a police officer. Here’s why<p>Brittney Cooper<p>September 2, 2015 4:56pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this week, just before bed, an old high school debate teammate, a white man that I once loved affectionately as a younger brother, posted on my …

Go ahead, admit you're a racist

<b>(CNN) —</b> A group of women were chatting and laughing together like old friends when the subject turned to race.<p>One of them said she was amazed that Donald Trump, while running for president, could get away with describing Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and "killers."<p>"If you kick every Latino out of …

How Conservatives Used The Virginia Shooting To Flip The Script On Racism

When I was a child my family had a consistent reaction to news of horrific crimes on TV: They would look at the screen, wait for the face to pop up, …

Donald Trump

An Open Letter By A Cop To Those Opposing Death Penalty To Yakub Memon

<i>The letter was originally shared by OpIndia.com and is republished with their consent.</i><p>Dear “Intelligentsia” of India,<p>I am not a TV panelist. I am not …

Obama, the Police, and the Rise of the Racial Mob

John F. Kennedy never sought to become America’s first Catholic president. He sought to be America’s president. His Catholicism was incidental to his oath of office. If anything, he went out of his way in word and deed to reassure those for whom his Catholicism was an issue that their fears were …

Why White Americans Don’t Think The Charleston Massacre Counts As Terrorism

Only 41 percent of American adults believe the shooter at Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston, S.C. should be charged with terrorism, according to a …

Confederate African Americans~Civil War: Topic, pictures and information

The Death of the Lesbian

In 2005 at the University of Florida, I attended a lecture where Queer Theorist Jack Halberstam asserted that butch lesbians, and female masculinity in general, would never be embraced by a media perpetually shaped by male desire. Where trans women may titillate the male gaze, female masculinity …

Black Churches Are Burning Again in America

This week, there were fires in at least six predominantly African American churches. Arson at religious institutions has decreased significantly over the past two decades, but the symbolism remains haunting.<p><i>Updated on July 1, 11:50 a.m. ET</i><p>On Wednesday, July 1, a fire was reported at the Mount Zion …

Afghanistan's Women: Future Clouded by Rampant Violence, Conservatism

KABUL, Afghanistan — Benafsha should be a poster child for post-Taliban Afghanistan.<p>Born just a year before the fundamentalist group was toppled in 2001, she soon joined the millions of girls who flooded back into classrooms around the country. Propelled by her own hard work plus the promises of a …

The Little Known Story Behind Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee and his cinematographer Ernest Dickerson huddled on a plane. It was 1987, and they were headed to Los Angeles to do postproduction work on …

Flags and Flesh: Region, Race, and the Simulacra of Racial Terror

Now-defunct Charleston-based NuSouth clothing line logo, which re-appropriated the stars and bars for black southerners.<p>Last week, a white man went …

Wal-Mart could not care less: Capitalism, the Confederate flag and the steep cost of racism

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Several retailers have pulled their Confederate merch after Charleston. Their motivations are anything but noble<p>Terrell Jermaine Starr<p>June 28, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley ordered the removal of four flags that …

Fund for activist who took down Confederate flag raises $75,000 in eight hours

Campaign to raise money in support of Bree Newsome, who scaled a flagpole to remove the "stars and bars", gathers pace<p>An <b>online fundraiser</b> for Bree Newsome, the activist who is in custody after climbing a flagpole outside the South Carolina state capitol early on Saturday and taking down the …

South Carolina

Obama preaches — and sings — in protest of racism

In eulogy for slain pastor, the president issues a call to action to battle the systemic racism that he said the murders must force America to confront.<p>CHARLESTON, S.C. – President Barack Obama brought a crowd 5,500 mourners to their feet and led them in singing “Amazing Grace” in an act of …

The graffiti in Greece shows just how angry its citizens really are

Just this week, the International Monetary Fund announced that if the country fails to make the $1.8 billion debt payment that's due in less than two weeks, there would be no grace period.<p>Greece's street artists have been voicing their grievances all over the public walls of the cities, publicizing …

How does the ‘toxic stress’ of poverty hurt the developing brain?

<b>MEGAN THOMPSON:</b><p>It’s snack time at the home of Ruth Fajardo in Norwalk, Connecticut – an hour outside New York City.<p><b>RUTH FAJARDO:</b><p>How was …

Woman climbs pole, removes Confederate flag

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dressed in climbing gear and a helmet, Brittany "Bree" Newsome shimmied up a 30-foot flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol early Saturday and removed the Confederate battle flag that has reignited national debate over the emblem's place in modern America.<p>Newsome …

Civil Rights

“Gone with the Wind” must stay: Why banning the racist film solves nothing

In the wake of hate crimes like the Charleston shootings, we must confront our history — not look the other way<p>Nico Lang<p>June 27, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>I’ve never seen <i>Gone with the Wind</i>.<p>Directed by Victor Fleming, the film holds an important place in film …

South Carolina

The CDC’s Latest 'Tuskegee Experiment' Prompts Open Letter from Bobby Kennedy Jr.

The CDC’s Latest ‘Tuskegee Experiment’ Prompts Open Letter from Bobby Kennedy Jr.<p>Fisher JackJune 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm<p>[display-posts wrapper="div" …

HIP-HOP AS A HEALER?: Rich Quick Delivers “Searching for Tupac”, A White Rapper’s Ultimate Black Salute

Emerging metro Philly rapper<b> Rich Quick</b> was barely in elementary school when a young, bodacious <b>Tupac Shakur</b> emerged on the rap scene as a talented …

China has issued a scathing report on human rights abuses in the United States

The human rights situation in the United States is “increasingly grave,” according to a seven-page report released today by China’s State Council, and unlikely to get better in the near term—the US shows “not a bit of regret for or intention to improve” the country’s “terrible” human rights …

Rights & Freedoms

Who Are the Most Powerful Women in LA's Arts Scene

As LA consolidates its position as a global art capital, women are breaking down barriers one cutting-edge canvas and avant installation at a time. …

Jewish Groups to Mark 'Shabbat of Solidarity' With Black Community After Charleston

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Black Culture

Coalition of African-American Pastors Threaten Civil Disobedience If Supreme Court Passes Gay Marriage Law

A coalition of African-American pastors vowed this week that there will be massive civil disobedience if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex …