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For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



Medicine Is Racist Too

The medical field has “race corrected” measurements that just go to show there are inherent biases that run through many threads in everyday life, despite our trust in seemingly objective science.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



Blues Singers Elvie and Geeshie Made Their Musical Marks but Left No Traces

This is the kind of story that sounds like the makings of a stirring indie movie—and a good mystery, more specifically.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’

Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Does It Matter That the Oscars Are Overwhelmingly White?

The short answer is yes and no.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



I’m Black, Don’t Shoot Me

Sometimes, when I’m in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don’t shoot me.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



Protecting ‘Our’ Children in the Wake of the Michael Dunn Verdict

When Florida shooter Michael Dunn heard his verdict Saturday, he may have been shocked to find that he faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of three young black men.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Cops in Michigan and Florida Target Blacks in Grotesque Abuses of Power

In separate scandals, police in suburban cities outside Detroit and Miami have been targeting blacks in disgusting abuses of their civil rights, including allegedly forcing a mentally ill black man to “dance like a chimp” while a cop recorded him, then shared the video with friends.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



The U.S. Army

Minorities on Receiving End of Vast Majority of L.A. County Canine Unit Bites

Minorities in recent years have been the disproportionate target of police dogs used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but a new special counsel’s report found that for the first six months of this year, all arrest suspects bitten by Sheriff’s Department police dogs were African-American or Latino. And the dogs are deployed at an overwhelmingly higher rate in poor neighborhoods than in wealthy ones.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Study Finds Modern Race Attitudes Parallel Old Slavery Zones

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have discovered links between geographic areas of the South where slavery and the plantation economy dominated, and modern attitudes toward African-Americans and political conservatism. And it’s somewhat hereditary, with new generations reflecting the racial and social attitudes of their parents, according to the new study.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Catlett: An Appreciation

The impact of her sculpture Target extends to the thousands of anonymous people of color, mostly but not exclusively younger males, who are routinely subjected to racist harassment and attacks by police and others throughout the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Damian Dovarganes

‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius Dies

In 1970, Don Cornelius set “Soul Train” rolling into American homes in Chicago, and soon the R&B-heavy weekly broadcast became a showcase for predominantly black musical acts and a fixture on TV sets around the country—and it didn’t stop for 35 years.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Outsider Within

As Herman Cain tells it, liberals of all backgrounds should be cowering because he is something the president is not: a “real black man.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Staggering Rise in HIV Infection Among Young Black Males

The incidence of HIV infection among young, black American males who have slept with men shot up 48 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more)

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



‘Midnight’ and the Meaning of Trust

Fiction is supposed to provide escape. Action/adventure romances are written for youthful readers and the young at heart, but Sister Souljah makes several choices as an author in her new novel, “Midnight and the Meaning of Love,” that make it difficult to trust her.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE


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50 Years of Freedom

Rather than isolating the original Riders’ troubled and painful history to fleeting commemorations or to the realms of amnesia and denial, the 2011 Freedom Ride declares precisely the opposite: that history is alive, ongoing and real.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / UNCF / Lomax family

Remembering Almena Lomax

Almena Lomax was a crusading journalist, one of many reporters and editors who toiled away on African-American newspapers—the Negro Leagues of journalism—exposing the racism ignored by the white papers that refused to hire them.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jason DeCrow

Mixed Race Beauty Gets a Mainstream Makeover

We need to remember that beauty and race are both social constructions—concepts societies create that may not actually exist in nature. As a result, beauty and race are associated with and impacted by class, immigration, gender, sexuality and marketing.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Racism as a National Default Mechanism

In a speech regarding the Pigford lawsuit, Rep. Steve King implied that Obama supported the farmers because he is “very, very urban” and not because the USDA admitted its historical practice of discriminating against African-American farmers.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Glenn Beck MLKs It

Before holding his Hubrisfest 2010 celebration on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, Glenn Beck says he’s no Martin Luther King Jr., but would also like to point out that “African-Americans don’t own Martin Luther King.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Kentucky Senate Adopts Civil Rights Resolution

The Kentucky state Senate has passed a resolution to let it be known that all varieties of discrimination are officially not OK in the Bluegrass State. Whether Rand Paul is paying attention to that gesture was unclear at press time.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


Marcus
AP / David Duprey

Racial Politics, Tea Party Style

We can infer that Lloyd Marcus may be winking at us—saying that African-American may still equal un-American. After all, if African-American actually meant American and if race didn’t matter, then Marcus wouldn’t have to make the gesture. Let’s think about it.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Marcus

Lloyd ‘I Am Not an African-American’ Marcus Performs Tea Party Anthem

Here we have singer Lloyd Marcus, who would like everyone to know, as he announced during this performance at a Boston-area tea party rally on Wednesday, that he is “not an African-American.” Well, you might ask, what does that make him?

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Between a Rock and a Black Face

The Republican National Committee is in quite a pickle following the whole lesbian-bondage-club kerfuffle, which has made some right-wingers question RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s leadership skills and to form a “shadow RNC ... only with a little less shadow,” as Stephen Colbert puts it in this clip.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


MLK and Malcolm X
AP / Henry Griffin

Turning King’s Dream Into a Nightmare

Martin Luther King Day has become a yearly ritual to turn a black radical into a red-white-and-blue icon. It has become a day to celebrate ourselves for “overcoming” racism and “fulfilling” King’s dream. It is a day filled with old sound bites about little black children and little white children that, given the state of America, would enrage King.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Washington’s Black Community Grapples with Gay Marriage Issue

Tuesday’s vote in favor of same-sex marriage at the District council in Washington, D.C., brought up some tensions among members of the local African-American community. Some have less trouble viewing the issue as a civil rights struggle than others, and generational differences appear to have something to do with it.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Freedom’s Fight

Truthdig is pleased to present an excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Carter

Carter Sticks to His Guns, Repeats Racism Charge

Although Barack Obama himself apparently disagrees with Jimmy Carter’s assessment that some of the vitriol recently directed at the president is propelled by racism, Carter reiterated and expanded upon his claim during a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Atlanta’s Emory University.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Post protest

Protesters Call for Boycott of N.Y. Post

The New York Post may yet discover that not all publicity is good publicity, particularly when it comes to the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper’s decision to run a cartoon on Wednesday linking Washington politicians (perhaps one in particular) to a marauding chimpanzee. The cartoon sparked an uproar that on Thursday found hundreds of protesters demanding a boycott of the Post by readers and advertisers.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 READ MORE


Holder
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Holder on Board as New Attorney General

On Monday, the U.S. Senate gave the nod to Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, making Holder the first African-American put in charge of the Justice Department.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE


Steele
bet.com

Black Politician Named as GOP Chairman

Could this be the Republican Party’s attempted answer to Barack Obama? Or is that too cynical a read on the new appointment of the GOP’s first African-American party chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele?

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 READ MORE


Burris
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Burris Hangs in the Balance

The Coleman-Franken battle wasn’t the only drama going down Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Roland Burris, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pick for Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat, was not part of the swearing-in ceremony for new members of Congress, but he just might make it after all.

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 READ MORE


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This Just In: Historic ‘08 Election Didn’t Squelch Racism

The Associated Press delivered the sobering but inescapable news on Monday that the election of the nation’s first black president didn’t completely eradicate racism in America. Thanks, AP!

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


White House
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White House Butler’s Story Heads to Hollywood

Just after Barack Obama was elected president, The Washington Post published the affecting story of former White House butler Eugene Allen—and Hollywood was definitely paying attention.

Posted on Nov 23, 2008 READ MORE


Walker
notherapedocumentary.org

Alice Walker’s Message to Obama

Author and activist Alice Walker took a moment last week to write a note to Barack Obama, relaying a few requests and offering some advice, such as to find time to relax amid the challenges and changes that await him and his family.

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 READ MORE


gun snatchers

Invasion of the Gun Snatchers

This animated comedy short illustrates that what many feared would take place if Barack Obama was elected will soon become a reality: Get ready for the immediate implementation of the Give All the White People’s Guns to the Black People campaign. And that’s just for starters.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


Rice

Condoleezza Rice Emotes

We never thought we’d see it. Incredible! The usually robotronic Condoleezza Rice really is capable of showing emotion. Who knew?

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Alex Brandon

Looking Back and Moving Forward

This is a day to think about how far we’ve come, to think about our experiences in past times and how we are now ready to begin forging a country where all of life is no longer defined by race.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson: ‘We Are a Better America Today’

Jesse Jackson took a moment on Wednesday to elaborate upon his wordless reaction (that spoke volumes) Tuesday night in Chicago as Barack Obama claimed victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


Palin interview

Sarah Palin Reveals Shocking Racial Discrimination Against Husband

When confronted with a tough question by an African-American fellow wondering why he’s the only minority member at a McCain-Palin rally in Jeffersonville, Ind., Sarah Palin reaches out with a personal revelation of her own. Here’s a teaser: “We live it.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE


Bishop Dave Thomas

Does the Palin Administration Have a Race Issue?

Some African-Americans in Alaska have questions, which they pose to journalist Max Blumenthal in this clip from his series of video shorts on Alaska’s governor, about Sarah Palin’s administration with regard to its hiring practices and activities (or lack thereof) involving Alaska’s black community.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Madalyn Ruggiero

Obama Gets a Break on Race Issue

In Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, the fact that he is African-American has seemed to be an obstacle that could be overcome with a good campaign, a few breaks and the issues turning his way. That’s what is happening now.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 READ MORE


AIDS ribbon
thecommonwealth.org

Study: U.S. HIV Infection Rates Drastically Underreported

The United States is in far worse shape when it comes to HIV infection rates than researchers previously thought, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that attributes the whopping 40 percent adjustment to more precise research methods.

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama’s Father’s Day Message

Here’s a lengthy (run time: 23:49) video clip from Barack Obama’s Father’s Day speech at Chicago’s Apostolic Church of God on Sunday, beginning with his riff about too many fathers from the African-American community being “MIA.”

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton concession

Hillary Clinton Concedes, Throws Her Support to Obama

Hillary Clinton formally stepped off the long road to the White House on Saturday, at least in terms of seeking the presidency herself, by standing before a throng of supporters in Washington, D.C., and announcing she was suspending her campaign. She congratulated former rival Barack Obama and asked the gathered well-wishers “to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2008 READ MORE


Eastwood
johnseilerblogs.com

Clint Eastwood to Spike Lee: Shut Your Face

Clint Eastwood doesn’t mince words about his opinion concerning Spike Lee’s criticisms of Eastwood films like “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Bird.” Lee has repeatedly called Eastwood on the carpet for his racial politics in those movies. Well, Eastwood has offered Lee quite the definitive comeback: “A guy like him should shut his face.” Updated

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton Indiana party
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Obama Takes N.C., Clinton Squeaks By in Ind.

Judging by exit polls, two groups made the difference for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Tuesday night. A strong showing from African-American voters and gains elsewhere helped Obama to a big win in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, could thank older voters for what turned out to be a nail-biter of a victory in Indiana.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


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