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Majority Of White Americans Say They Believe Whites Face Discrimination

A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.<p>"If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it," said …

Pew Research Center

The Language of White Supremacy

Narrow definitions of the term actually help continue the work of the architects of the post-Jim Crow racial hierarchy.<p>Who or what is a white supremacist, exactly? The raging debate has resembled nothing so much as a classical ontological discourse on categorization. Are white supremacists …

Could you pass this test given to black people registering to vote in America in 1964?

If you were a black American in the 1950s and early 60s, chances are you wouldn’t have been able to vote.<p>It was the height of the Jim Crow era, and …

We're at the end of white Christian America. What will that mean?

After accounting for eight out of 10 Americans in 1976, white Christians are now a minority, a study has found. The political implications could be profound<p>America is a Christian nation: this much has always been a political axiom, especially for conservatives. Even someone as godless and immoral …

Steve Bannon

A Fifth Grade Homework Assignment Asked Students to Justify the Ku Klux Klan's Actions

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave.<p>A South Carolina elementary school teacher who asked students to role play as Ku Klux Klan members for a homework assignment has been placed on administrative leave.<p>The <i>Island Packet</i> reports that Lexington-Richland School District 5 says it's …

I Walked Past A Confederate Monument For 15 Years And Never Noticed

For the past 15 years, I've visited a cemetery in the heart of Hollywood at least once a week. With so little green space in the city, Angelenos like …

The Confederate flag largely disappeared after the Civil War. The fight against civil rights brought it back.

By Logan Strother ,<p>Thomas Ogorzalek and<p>Spencer Piston<p>Last week, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu oversaw the removal of four Confederate monuments. It was just the latest chapter in the contentious battle over the official display of Confederate symbols.<p>By now, the debate is familiar. People who …

Civil Rights

The State of Black America: Leaders Outline the Problem, but the Solution Is Really Simple

At what point does lighting the candle instead of cursing the darkness become an example of just plain—and deliberate—political impotence?<p>A lot has …

University trains white students and faculty on their ‘white privilege’

The University of Iowa is now training white – or “white identified” – students and faculty on how their skin color gives them “white privilege.”<p>“White privilege,” according to the social justice obsessed is the idea that because you have white skin, you have it easier in life than those with …

White man beats Asian victim in New York City while shouting "We are white power"

On Monday, the New York Police Department arrested and charged Steven Zatorski — a 48-year-old white man — for assaulting an unidentified 30-year-old …

2 Fatal Police Shootings Yield 2 Different Results

BATON ROUGE, La. — A day after the Justice Department extracted a guilty plea from a South Carolina police officer who fatally shot a black man in the back, a federal prosecutor here explained on Wednesday why the department had declined to bring charges against two officers involved in the fatal …

How Calling Jordan Edwards the ‘Perfect Victim’ Perpetuates Racism

In this op-ed, writer Zoé Samudzi explores the criminalization of blackness following the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.<p><i>In this op-ed, Zoé Samudzi, a writer and PhD student at the University of California, San Francisco, explores the innocence and criminality of black lives in the</i> …

The age of anxiety: what does Granta’s best young authors list say about America?

The US is in crisis - what about its literature? Michelle Dean reports on the list of American writers to watch this decade, which is as diverse as the country itself<p>It is a strange time to be making declarations about the nature of American writing. The country’s not exactly feeling well. And even …

'Until the Drug Dealer's Teeth Rattle'

A new book examines how black communities inadvertently helped lay the groundwork for mass incarceration.<p>Any real discussion of mass incarceration is impossible without addressing racism. Michelle Alexander’s widely acclaimed book <i>The New Jim Crow</i> cast the criminal-justice system as a successor to …

Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: Free Association

You’re stuck on a scene. You’ve tried to write it 10 different ways, but nothing seems to work. Hell, it’s possible that the more you’ve been at it, …

Meet the Executioner. Your Amateur Night at the Apollo Is Over.

C. P. Lacey glanced at his oversized silver watch and began tap-dancing across the floor of his cramped dressing room in Harlem. There was pep in his fleet-footed steps. At 55, he moved joyfully among the dazzling costumes and wigs in his dimly lit quarters.<p>“Gotta check my taps for sound,” Mr. …

Uber Releases Diversity Report and Repudiates Its ‘Hard-Charging Attitude’

SAN FRANCISCO — After a string of scandals this year, Uber has rushed to repair its corporate culture. The ride-hailing company has started an internal investigation into workplace practices, issued apologies for some of its behavior, and has had several female executives and a board member speak …

“I’ll bust you in the head till the white meat shows”: Stand-up comedy, black families and corporal punishment

<b>Chris Tucker; Richard Pryor; Bernie Mac (AP/Lennox McLendon/Mark J. Terrill)</b><p>Black comedians from Pryor to Bernie Mac have transformed the childhood trauma of corporal punishment into laughs<p>Stacey Patton<p>March 25, 2017 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black …

Stand Up Comedy

Mississippi learning: Moving beyond Betsy DeVos’ “school choice” trap

<b>((AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File))</b><p>Every kid needs public investment, not a “choice” that only occasionally delivers<p>Donald Cohen<p>March 28, 2017 7:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Capital & Main.<p>Like many Southern cities, Clinton, Mississippi, bears the scars of American slavery. A road …

Uncertain review – vivid tales from a Texas backwater

A stunning documentary about a community menaced by environmental forces<p>Few towns are more appropriately named than Uncertain, Texas, a somnolent small community so out of the way that “you’ve got to be lost to find it”. As this stunning observational documentary discovers, the future of the town …

I Thought I Was Prepared to Marry a Black Man, But I Had NO Idea

It was a little over two and a half years ago, right before I was about to be married that I was asked the question, “Are you prepared for what you …

Why do so many white people deny the existence of white privilege?

They’re surrounded by pieces of the puzzle, but can’t put them together<p>Team Westport, a town-sponsored diversity committee in predominantly white …

'Hidden Figures' And The Diversity Conversation We Aren't Having

Director Ted Melfi weighs in on what it means to be a white filmmaker telling a black story.<p>Of the nine films competing for the Best Picture award at this Sunday’s Oscars, three have predominantly black leading casts ― “Fences,” “Moonlight,” and “Hidden Figures.” But only one, “Hidden Figures,” has …

Race & Ethnicity

A Black Lives Matter Co-Founder on Surveillance & Social Media

Opal Tometi on how she used social media to organize a movement, and why there are dangerous realities when it comes to protesting online.<p>It’s been …

Social Media

I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House

When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.<p>In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what …

Masters of the Camera: Renowned African-American Photographers

Photography