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Slavery records will soon be easily searchable online

Millions of previously hard-to-access records on freed enslaved African Americans collected just after the start of the U.S. Civil War will soon be easily searchable online, likely allowing millions of people to trace their ancestry back farther than ever before.<p>FamilySearch, a large genealogy …

Teachers Of All Races Are More Likely To Punish Black Students

Two students. One is black and the other is white. On Tuesday, they both refuse to complete the math worksheet. On Wednesday, neither will stop talking during lessons.<p>Same behavior. Will they receive the same punishment?<p>A new Stanford University study predicts that the black student will be …

White America’s racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

The author of “What Does It Mean to Be White?” examines the ways white people implode when they talk about race<p>I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person …

“The Bachelor’s” sexism has finally gone too far — and viewers are right to be pissed

The show’s “Bachelorette” announcement reveals the gender inequity that was always there under the surface<p>I’ve watched the past several seasons of the "Bachelor" franchise with friends in San Francisco who have a weekly viewing party. We order Indian food, drink wine and mostly talk over or at the …

“I shouldn’t have to feel bad about being white”: N.J. deli owner serves racism with sandwiches, calls for White History Month

The Flemington deli owner hung a sign encouraging people to join along. They weren’t very enthused<p>Jim Boggess, owner of Jimbo's Deli in Flemington, New Jersey, is tired of feeling bad about being white.<p>That's why, this month -- much to the dismay of Flemington community members -- Boggess resolved …

How a soccer game taught boys about gender equality

"[Violence against women and girls is] one of the most pervasive problems that faces our society, that cuts across all economies and cultures, and is highlighted today pretty much regularly," said Ann DeMarle during a Game Developers Conference talk.<p>In "A Narrative Game's Success Addressing …

The 5 best right-wing freakouts over Obama’s 100 percent-true comments on Christianity

One Fox News guest said she felt raped, while Tucker Carlson credited the Christian faith with ending slavery<p>Every few weeks or less, conservative pundits freak out over some silly, irrelevant nonsense involving President Obama, who can’t scratch his nose without sending the right into a tizzy of …

Five Powerful Women Of The Civil Rights Movement You Should Know, But Probably Don’t

Although I understand the idea behind Black History Month, I’m not a huge proponent of relegating our history to only one month of the year. We need …

American History Is Not Black History; Black History Is Not America's

As taught in mainstream culture, American history propagates this nation that America is the womb of freedom, justice, and liberty. There are American creation myths, as exemplified by those surrounding the "Founding Fathers." There are founding documents as revered as biblical texts for their …

Implicit Bias: The Silent Killer Of Diversity In The Legal Profession

“It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success / Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress.” – J. Cole<p>According to the Sentencing …

I'm Reevaluating My Mixed Feelings About Black History Month

In my collegian past-life, I wrote a story for my campus's alternative-thinking online publication, Onward State, that has been gnawing at my editorial conscience ever since. The piece was called, "What's Black History Month, Anyway?" and I spent a good 1,000 words detailing why we should challenge …

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NYC Schools Suspend Black Girls 10x More Often Than Whites

American schools need to talk about race and gender at the same time.<p>Last August, a 12-year-old Georgia student named Mikia Hutchings faced expulsion …

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University of Vermont officially recognizes neutral third gender

The school is part of a larger movement to make campuses safer and more welcoming of LGBTQ students<p>After nearly a decade of on-campus lobbying and internal review, the University of Vermont has officially adopted a policy of recognizing a third, neutral gender, in order to make the school a more …

Rosa Parks' journey as a civil rights icon

On the occasion of Rosa Park’s birthday, <i>Constitution Daily</i> looks at her journey from a childhood in the segregated south to her enduring status as a …

Police Reform Is Impossible in America

In recent weeks, the White House has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening "community policing" around the country. The U.S. Conference of …

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The right’s big racism lie: How Tucker Carlson & co. distort “white privilege”

We all agree that “racism” is immoral — that’s not the argument. The problem is how too many redefine the word<p>If we hope in 2015 to make any changes that will shift the dismal trajectory of our national record on race, perhaps we should begin by clarifying a definition of racism that is not so …

The Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement

2014 was an epochal year for social justice. 2015 could be even more dramatic.<p>The shattering events of 2014, beginning with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, did more than touch off a national debate about police behavior, criminal justice and widening inequality in America. …

Black-on-Black Racism: The Hazards of Implicit Bias

How the politics of respectability twists society<p>In his year-end press conference, President Obama was asked about the state of black America. He responded by saying blacks are “better off than they were,” but juxtaposed that with the lingering issues evinced in the recent tragic police encounters …

Chicago police stop black motorists more, ACLU finds

The Rev. Ira Acree says he was stopped at a red light on the West Side on a warm night this past summer when a Chicago police officer in a squad car suddenly cursed and shouted at him to pull over.<p>The officer accused him of texting on his cell phone while driving, Acree said, but Acree said he was …

Police Body Cameras Are Already Facing Police Skeptics

Pres­id­ent Obama on Monday answered a call from Mi­chael Brown’s fam­ily to “en­sure that every po­lice of­ficer work­ing the streets in this …

It turns out that Ferguson is pretty typical of America

Today's Lesson: Both You and Morgan Freeman are Wrong About Racism

To the student in my race and ethnicity class who doesn't want to talk about race:<p>I feel we've come to a bad place in the semester. There are four …

Activists in Ferguson dismayed officer in Michael Brown shooting may return to work

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Activists protesting the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman expressed anger on Saturday …

A Quaker Printer’s Early–19th-Century Attempt to Convince New Yorkers of the Horrors of Slavery

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