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Why Baltimore Burned

Do you know why Baltimore burned on Monday?<p>Blame pent-up anger over police brutality and the mysterious death of Freddie Gray.<p>And blame the disgusting looters who robbed stores and beat up reporters — in broad daylight.<p>But the real culprit isn’t a new problem.<p>For decades, Baltimore has struggled to …

Policing

The Baltimore Riots Weren’t Hooliganism. They Were a Protest Against the Ghetto Economy.

Most people can sympathize with the anger on display this week in the streets of Baltimore. It’s relatively easy to feel compassion for people who’ve …

Money

James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.” So opens “A Talk to Teachers,” which James Baldwin delivered to a group of educators in October, 1963. (He published it in the <i>Saturday Review</i> the following December.) That year, Medgar Evers, a leading civil-rights figure and …

James Baldwin

Teachers across America are searching for ways to talk about Charlottesville

Melody Johnson holds her grandson at a vigil in New York in response to white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kevin Rivoli /The …

What Is the "Alt-Right"?

<b>Richard Spencer:</b> Coined the term “alt-right” and founded AlternativeRight.com. The white nationalist is the alt-right’s most visible figure and is …

Racism

I Am Your Uppity Negro 

Michael P. Jeffries: Obamacare repeal is based on racial resentment

House Republicans are taking health services away from disabled children, women who give birth, and survivors of rape and sexual assault. They are …

Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump

The 2016 presidential election will go down as the election that spawned a million takes. Much of this debate centered around whether the rise of …

Elections

Republicans’ views of blacks’ intelligence, work ethic lag behind Democrats at a record clip

Over the last two decades, there has never been a bigger divide between white Republicans and Democrats when it comes to views of the intelligence and work ethic of African Americans, according to the new General Social Survey.<p>The GSS is a wide-ranging study of cultural and political attitudes done …

Discrimination

Speak to Inspire Action: Tips for public speaking

Great ideas alone don't change our world. Great ideas that inspire us to take action do.<p><b>Tips include:</b><p>- Speak to those who will listen<p>- Own the room<p>- …

Public Speaking

Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them.

The challenge for anti-racists looking for solutions in Trump’s America.<p>In 2016, researchers stumbled on a radical tactic for reducing another person’s bigotry: a frank, brief conversation.<p>The study, authored by David Broockman at Stanford University and Joshua Kalla at the University of California …

Racism

KING: Kaepernick’s camp cements his status in the black community

"Dad. Does Colin still have a game on Sunday?"<p>The question was a smart one for any football fan to ask - particularly one who's rooting hard for …

What Actually Makes White People Scared of Talking About Race?

It took being gaslit on Twitter for me to realize that we won't be able to have serious discussions about diversity while white fragility exists.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>Call it a delayed reality check. Over the past couple of years, the UK's publishing world has become …

A C-SPAN caller asked a black guest how to stop being prejudiced. Here’s how she responded.

A white man from North Carolina called into C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Sunday seeking advice from the show’s African American guest.<p>He told her he feared black people and wondered how he might change that.<p>Heather McGhee, the president of Demos, a progressive public policy organization that …

Social Justice

Black Lives Matter Releases Policy Agenda

It has been nearly two years since the killing of Michael Brown Jr. by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, touched off outrage and a national movement to save black lives from state violence. Now, just days ahead of the anniversary of Brown’s death, a coalition of organizations that grew from …

Freddie Gray case: All charges dropped against remaining officers

<b>Baltimore (CNN) —</b> Baltimore prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all charges against the three remaining officers facing trial in connection with Freddie Gray's death.<p>Gray, 25, died after sustaining a neck injury while in police custody in April 2015. Three of the six officers charged in the case had …

Policing

WATCH: Rising right-wing star tries to take down Van Jones — but gets taught an epic lesson instead

CNN commentator Van Jones verbally sparred with a conservative journalist — and even some bystanders — for nearly 30 minutes on the street outside …

Emperor Trump Has No Clothes

Clothing

Energized white supremacists cheer Trump convention message

CLEVELAND (AP) — They don't like to be called white supremacists.<p>The well-dressed men who gathered in Cleveland's Ritz-Carlton bar after Donald Trump's speech accepting the Republican nomination for president prefer the term "Europeanists," ''alt-right," or even "white nationalists." They are also …

Donald Trump

Correction: Police Shootings-White Sympathy story

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — In a story July 23 about white sympathy for black civil rights issues, The Associated Press erroneously reported the involvement of Ohio mother Lisa Vahey. She is seeking changes at her daughter's high school, not her son's.<p>In addition, the story should have made clear that …

Black Lives Matter

The Coming War on ‘Black Nationalists’

After Gavin Long’s attack on officers in Baton Rouge, Police Chief Carl Dabadie observed that police “are up against a force that is not playing by …

Black Lives Matter

North Miami police shoot black man who said his hands were raised while he tried to help autistic group-home resident

<i>UPDATE: Police on Friday identified the officer involved and placed a second officer on leave. Head here for more.</i><p>NORTH MIAMI, Fla. — Authorities said Thursday that they were investigating a shooting Monday in which a police officer shot a man who had said his hands were empty and raised at the …

Policing

How Racial Bias Affects The Quality Of Black Students’ Education

The Department of Education recently released some startling numbers about how much our country spends on prisons versus schools that added fuel to …

Black Lives Matter

Blacks Are Still Significantly Less Likely to Get Approved for a Mortgage than Whites

Black borrowers in cities like St. Louis, Missouri, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are less likely to get a mortgage than their white counterparts in …

Mortgages

How To Survive America

Things got so bad in America last week that the Bahamas felt that its nearly all-black citizenry had to be warned. Nations typically give travel …

The politics of bigotry: Donald Trump and the rise of white racial victimhood

The best antidote to Trump’s claims of white victimhood is the actual history of racial progress in America<p>“Bully,” “Fascist,” sexist,” “man-baby,” all are phrases hurled at Donald Trump by pundits and commentators of late, as Trump continues his unlikely march to the Republican nomination. Trump, …

Racism

Donald Trump is a racist. Not a dog-whistler but a consistent, reliable white supremacist

The GOP nominee has made no secret of his views about minorities. What took Republicans so long to take notice?<p>Dana Milbank’s June 6 article in <i>The Washington Post</i> was aptly headlined, “Republicans finally discover that Trump is an actual racist.” Not a virtual racist, not a borderline or occasional …

Racism