Jason Want

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Racism is a problem of white elites, and Kris Kobach proves it

White nationalism and elite education make a powerful combination.<p>Kris Kobach, who is currently holding on to a lead of fewer than 200 votes in Kansas’s Republican primary for governor, is one of America’s most effective advocates of racist policy. And that was clear even before he hired open white …

Laissez-Faire

Starbucks will close 8,000 US stores May 29 for racial-bias training

Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias.<p>The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager called …

Anti-Defamation League

Louisiana takes aim at Jim Crow-era jury law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is one of only two states in the country allowing a non-unanimous jury to convict a defendant of a felony, and a …

Baton Rouge

On this Texas island, pirates kept the Atlantic slave trade going—even after it was abolished

The tragic history of the African slave trade in the Gulf of Mexico has been largely forgotten<p>When Americans think of the slave trade, they usually …

Black History

This new lynching memorial rewrites American history

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of my first thoughts when I arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, and encountered the spring heat was this: How did enslaved men, women and children endure day after day?<p>It was an odd thought, given that I'm a Southerner, and heat, certainly not spring heat, wouldn't ordinarily be …

Black History

Dear Developer, The Web Isn't About You

If you’ve ever wanted to see an old lady’s personal anger and rants about the modern web industry turned into a talk, you’ve come to the right …

One of the NFL’s most outspoken activists is facing 10 years in prison on questionable charges

None of this makes any sense.<p>This week, NFL star Michael Bennett released a book, <i>Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.</i> Yet for a top athlete, …

South Africa Is Sending Someone To Prison For Being Racist

The woman, the first to be sentenced under South African laws criminalizing racist language, called two police officers “kaffirs,” a highly offensive term for black South Africans.<p>NAIROBI — For the first time in South African history, a court on Wednesday sentenced a white woman to prison for …

The Scientific African launched to increase research output

Currently, only two percent of all global scientific research comes from Africa.<p><b>Kigali, Rwanda</b> - A new scientific journal has been launched in Africa in an effort to increase research output from the continent, which currently provides just two percent of all global research publications.<p>The …

The story behind the racist responses to “Black Panther” in China

In the run-up to the release of Marvel’s <i>Black Panther</i> in China last weekend, pundits warned that the movie could only hope to, at best, match <i>Ant-Man</i>’s opening in the region ($43 million). “The themes of most films with largely black casts will not be of interest to Chinese audiences,” USC professor …

Black Panther

A waitress asked some black teens to prepay for their meal. A fellow diner wasn't having that

<b>(CNN) —</b> An IHOP restaurant in Maine retrained its employees after a waitress asked a group of black teens to prepay for a meal.<p>The eatery in Auburn, about 40 miles north of Portland, closed on Thursday for employee training and the waitress was disciplined, according to IHOP spokeswoman Stephanie …

IHOP

Food Stall Serves Up A Social Experiment: White Customers Asked To Pay More

Can a $12 lunch change the way people think about racial wealth disparity in America? How about a $30 lunch? That's the premise behind a social experiment playing out in a New Orleans food stall.<p>Chef Tunde Way opened his pop-up stall in the city's Roux Carre venue in early February. The listed …

Race & Ethnicity

Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'

"In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "the nation needs an intervention."<p>This new report, titled <i>Teaching Hard History: American Slavery</i>, is meant to be that intervention: a resource …

Black History

Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions and America’s Secret Slave System

Contrary to popular belief, slavery was never outlawed in the United States. This statement is not a debatable, half-twisted analysis or a cynical …

Hillary Clinton

How the Government Deliberately Segregated Americans by Race

<i>This article first appeared on the History News Network.</i><p>Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at …

The legacy of slavery is not gone with the wind

I was shuffling along a path beside the James River in the hot Southern sun, tied loosely by a rope to 17 other people while an actor dressed as an 18th century slave overseer paced beside us screaming demeaning, racist epithets. The thought crossed my mind that this was the height of white …

Black History

The powerful message the Air Force Academy's superintendent wanted to send loud and clear

<b>(CNN) —</b> When someone left racist slurs on the message boards of five black cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, the academy's superintendent didn't even try to suppress his outrage.<p>In a video making the rounds on social media and posted to the Air Force Academy's Facebook …

Military

Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it

The quarterback wanted kneeling in protest for the anthem to start a national talk about race and justice. Thanks to the president’s blast of rage, we have one<p>All Colin Kaepernick ever wanted was for his country to have a conversation about race.<p>This, he warned, would not be easy. Such talks are …

San Francisco 49ers

State of Missouri lands at center of racial conflict _ again

Missouri is again at the center of a racially charged conflict after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder …

Justice

Rapsody talks hip-hop and racism in America: Trump 'took the sheep off the wolf'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hip-hop had been tackling racism, police brutality and criminal justice reform in America decades before they became cornerstones of modern presidential campaigns, and Rapsody is humanizing these hot-button issues by giving them faces and names.<p>The North Carolina rapper, whose latest album …

‘The American War’: Why you need to understand American racism to understand what happened in Vietnam

By Alyssa Rosenberg<p>Opinion writer<p><i>After each episode of “The Vietnam War” airs, our new podcast — “The American War” — will break down the major themes and questions raised. We’ll talk to Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and others involved with the documentary for a new perspective on how the film was made</i> …

Vietnam