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My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up.

On Sept. 6, I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to go enjoy the game and deal with the lock afterward.<p>A few hours and a visit from a locksmith later, I was inside my apartment and slipping off my shoes when I …

Eighth Grader Writes Heartbreaking Letter About Racism He Faces At School

A 13-year-old was fed up with the racism he faced at school everyday so he spoke out against it.<p>Za'Khari Waddy is a young scholar and a leader on his football team. But neither of these accolades could shield him from the racism he faces at school.<p>On an October bus ride after one of his team's …

Dozens of protesters arrested after black man shot by Minneapolis cop

Hundreds of people protesting the shooting of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer briefly shut down an interstate highway Monday night, forcing dozens of arrests.<p>Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Schweigart told the Associated Press that 43 adults and 8 juveniles who refused multiple …

Black Americans twice as likely as whites to face use of non-fatal police force, US study says

Justice Department analysis of tens of millions of interactions finds black Americans encounter such force or the threat of it at a far higher rate<p>Black people are more than twice as likely as white people to have non-fatal force or the threat of it used against them during encounters with the …

Law Enforcement

Minneapolis mayor seeks federal investigation into shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis on Monday asked for a federal civil rights investigation into the weekend shooting of a black man by a …

A free-speech conference inflamed racial tension at Yale University and drew protesters

On Friday, tensions on the New Haven, Connecticut, campus continued to escalate when students protested a William F. Buckley Jr. conference on free speech, The Yale Daily News reports.<p>Greg Lukianoff, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, spoke at the event.<p>He spurred …

University of Missouri Faculty Stages Walkout as Racism Protests Widen

The Atlanta Journal-Consitution/AP<p>AP<p>Ted Dully—The Boston Globe/Getty Images<p>Bettmann/Corbis<p>Paul Sakuma—AP<p>Dana Linnane—The Michigan Daily/AP<p>David L. …

Protest

What I Learned Teaching Black Students

When I graduated from college I knew two things, my husband and I were moving to Atlanta, and I was going to work in the inner city. I had taken my mandatory multi-cultural education class, and taken an elective intercultural communication class. I prided myself on how much I thought I knew about …

Are we afraid to watch white people dying?

Are we being selective about the videos that traumatize us?<p>On Wednesday morning, a man identifying himself as former TV reporter Bryce Williams posted a first-person video of himself shooting two Virginia journalists. The shooting was also broadcast live on television. The victims, a cameraman and …

Social Media

Will Smith and the Christmas Movie the N.F.L. Probably Doesn’t Want You to See

The first trailer for Concussion tackles professional football head-on.<p>Debuting a trailer for a <b>Will Smith</b> movie in the middle of a <i>Sports Illustrated</i> column isn’t exactly Hollywood marketing 101, but for <i>Concussion</i>, a drama about head injuries in the N.F.L., it’s oddly fitting. Get your first look at …

New England Patriots

Only sexism and racism can explain why Serena Williams doesn’t earn more in endorsements

The US Open begins today (Aug. 31), and Serena Williams has a chance to make tennis history. A win would put her at 22 career Grand Slam titles, tying Steffi Graf for second most, behind only Margaret Court. Her skill prompts arguments that she is the sport’s greatest female player of all-time, and …

Tennis

Nykhor Paul, ‘Tired of Apologizing’ for Her Blackness, Fights Fashion Racism

When Nykhor Paul rounded on makeup artists for not getting their ‘shit right’ when it came to black skin, she was highlighting yet another aspect of …

Revenge Killing

Race and the death penalty in a Louisiana parish.<p>A week after his son turned one, Rodricus Crawford woke up a few minutes before 7 <i>A.M</i>. on the left side of his bed. His son was sleeping on the right side, facing the door. Crawford, who was twenty-three, reached over to wake him up, but the baby …

History of violence against black communities: Mapping project for lynching riots pogroms and punishments.

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Black Culture

Paula Deen’s last lesson: What her family’s brownface disgrace reveals about racism in America

Yet again, the former Food Network star is in the spotlight for precisely the wrong reason<p>Yesterday, former Food Network star Paula Deen tweeted a picture of her and her son Bobby dressed as Lucy and Desi Arnaz. Bobby is made up in brownface, presumably as a gesture towards Desi Arnaz’s Cuban …

White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States

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Obama scolds heckler: 'You're in my house'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama took on a heckler head-on at a gay pride month reception at the White House Wednesday, scolding the …

US critic: 'undeniably racist' Gone with the Wind should be banned from cinemas

Gone With The Wind,Culture,US news,Race issues,American civil war,Oscars,Awards and prizes,Film,World news,Slavery<p>Lou Lumenick suggests that the 1939 epic romanticises slavery and should be rejected along with the Confederate flag<p>The New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick has called for Gone with …

Three Indicted in Restrained Georgia Prisoner Mathew Ajibade's Death

Two Georgia sheriff's deputies and a health care worker have been indicted for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a mentally ill man who was allegedly Tasered while in restraints and then left alone.<p>The Chatham County grand jury in Savannah declined to charge the officer …

Georgia (U.S. State)

Confederate flag has new meaning for many Southerners since Charleston slayings

Times are changing in the hearts of Dixie.<p>On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Robert J. Bentley, a Republican, became the first Southern governor to use his executive power to remove four Confederate banners from a monument on the Capitol grounds. It was the latest step in the search for a safe spot between …

Life as a black cop: caught between love for the NYPD and the people they serve

When Eric Adams was a lieutenant with the New York police department, he took a white rookie into public housing in their precinct. When they got on the elevator, they saw a puddle of urine in the corner.<p>“You see, lieutenant,” the officer said to him, “these people are all animals; they don’t …

Law Enforcement

'B-Stylers' Are Japanese Teens Who Want to Be Black

Dutch photographer Desiré van den Berg met Hina, a 23-year-old who works in a trendy Tokyo boutique called Baby Shoop. Hina's shop has the tagline "Black for Life."<p>Dutch photographer Desiré van den Berg has spent the past seven months traveling around Asia. She lives in Hong Kong at the moment, but …

Japan

Misunderstanding the Civil Rights Movement and Diversity of Tactics

A police line stands nearby as a fire burns charcoal and propane canisters outside a looted CVS store in Baltimore, April 27, 2015. While some argue …

Baltimore is the new South Africa: Black political power in South Africa — or in Baltimore — hasn’t prevented horrendous racial injustice

<b>Nelson Mandela, Marilyn Mosby (AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>South Africa and Baltimore are learning that changing who runs the system is only half the battle<p>Jennifer Rae Taylor<p>June 15, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>After conflict between protesters and police hurled Ferguson, Missouri, into the national spotlight last year, …

Arkansas Cops Caught on Video Assaulting Blind Man

Crime

Why the story of a civil rights leader pretending to be black is deeply troubling

In her world, and that of her friends and colleagues, she is a black woman.<p>But to her family, she's white. On Thursday, reports BuzzFeed, her parents told local media outlets that their daughter's heritage was Czech, Swedish, and German, with possible traces of Native American.<p>This was prompted …

Rachel Dolezal cancels Monday NAACP meeting where she was to discuss her race

The civil rights activist in Washington state who came under fire for her racial identity said she was stepping down.<p>The civil rights activist in Washington state who came under fire for her racial identity said she was stepping down.<p>A public meeting at which Rachel Dolezal and the Spokane NAACP …

Rachel Dolezal

'Strange' vs. 'simple old American' names

Inflammatory Internet comments don't usually become news stories unto themselves. But a<p>Duke Universityprofessor recently pulled off that trick. In response to a New York Times editorial about racism in Baltimore, Jerry Hough wrote that African Americans "just feel sorry for themselves" and compared …