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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


Russell Brand Challenges Bill O’Reilly’s Skewed Views on White Privilege

Fox News is consistently in denial about the fact that the American experience is heavily weighted against black people, insisting that everyone in the country has a personal responsibility to pick themselves up by their own boot straps. Luckily for us, comedian Russell Brand is still hellbent on proving Bill O’Reilly and Co. wrong.

Posted on Sep 9, 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



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What Makes Michael Brown’s Killing Different From the Rest?

Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributing writer at The Nation, argues that the impetus behind the Ferguson protests isn’t the slaying of one unarmed black man since the incident is not uncommon in present-day America.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



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The Sterling Racism Scandal: What About Associating With Muslim People?

L.A. Clippers owner Donald Tokowitz Sterling has a long history of discriminatory practices.

Posted on Apr 29, 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



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


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The Interrupters

For roughly two hours, acclaimed filmmakers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz give us a deep and intimate glimpse into the persistent epidemics of violence in America’s inner city black communities.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE


Cop Who Killed Retired Black Marine Is Named

The New York Daily News has named Anthony Carelli, a White Plains police officer who stands accused of brutality in an unrelated 2008 case, as the cop who shot and killed 68-year-old black veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. when responding to a false medical alarm at Chamberlain’s home in November 2011.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Intervenes in Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution of a Texas murderer Thursday who was sentenced to death by jurors who were told he was a bigger threat to public safety because he is black.

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Cornel West Recalls the Attica Prison Rebellion

Princeton University professor Dr. Cornel West spoke to a crowd of almost 3,000 people at the Riverside Church in New York City on Friday during an evening of remembrance for another sort of 9/11. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 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


Bill Clinton
Flickr / Photo Mojo

Clinton: Obama ‘Getting His Groove Back’

Bill Clinton says Barack Obama is “getting his grove back” after being “socked by the intensity of Republican opposition” during the first 20 months of his presidency. The president’s failure to win the backing that he expected from the GOP “disoriented him for a while,” Clinton said.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE


Obama on 'The View'
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama on the Color Line

Here’s a question we might consider: Does Obama want us to talk about race while he effectively sidesteps the conversation himself?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



What’s the Fuss With Badu’s Body?

A new music video by Erykah Badu is causing quite the tizzy. The video, which depicts the songstress walking nude down the street where President John Kennedy was shot in Dallas, has led to a charge of disorderly conduct and an interesting perspective on how we see race.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE



Associated Press

Civil Rights Activist Found Dead

Juanita Goggins, a trailblazing civil rights activist and the first black woman elected to South Carolina’s state Legislature, was found dead in her Columbia, S.C., home last week after dying there sometime last month. 

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Racializing Abortion in Georgia

A Georgia anti-choice group has a “choice” strategy to cater to African-Americans in an effort to diversify its majority-white membership: launch a public outreach campaign that argues that abortion is a decades-old conspiracy to kill off black people.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE


The New Black

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Drop Out
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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Pointing to a dramatic structural problem with schooling in Los Angeles, California’s Department of Education reported Tuesday that the dropout rate of students in the L.A. Unified School District has risen to a whopping 34.9% for the 2008-09 school year.

Posted on May 13, 2009 READ MORE


Crimmigration?
pewhispanic.org

The Age of ‘Crimmigration’

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center reports that Latinos now constitute the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. federal prison system. The rising arrest and detention levels are driven largely by changes in immigration law that criminalize undocumented immigration, with nearly half of all Latino offenders jailed on immigration-related “crimes.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE



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N.Y. Post Apologizes for Monkey Business

In the face of angry protests outside its offices, the New York Post has apologized, with qualifications, for publishing a cartoon about the stimulus package showing a dead chimpanzee that many readers saw as representing President Obama. But in its half-hearted mea culpa, the Post made little direct reference to the racist stereotype that sparked the controversy in the first place.

Posted on Feb 20, 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


Obamas' fist bump
Flickr / chad davis

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


Bill Bennett

Racism Is Over (at Least for Some Neocons)

Neoconservative white-guy Bill Bennett uttered a frightening example of what many fear will be a knock-back for minority rights in the U.S. Asked about how an Obama victory would affect perceptions of race, Bennett suggested that because one black man has been elected president, claims about institutionalized racism are no longer viable.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


The Bradley Defect

The latent racism that many had predicted would cut into Barack Obama’s poll numbers on Election Day—the so-called “Bradley effect”—ended up largely an unfounded concern, as exit polls showed him picking up 43% of white voters, an increase of 4 percentage points over what Democratic candidates have averaged since 1968.

Posted on Nov 5, 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


The Princess and the Frog
AP photo / Judi Bottoni

Back to the Drawing Board for Disney’s First Black Princess

Disney’s popular animated films have been criticized for creating 2-D characters from various non-Western (or non-white Western) cultures, so the Mouse House made an attempt to clear its name by creating a “black princess” character who ... works as a chambermaid for a bratty white Southern debutante in 1920s New Orleans. And that’s not the half of it.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gary Kazanjian

McCain’s $300M Sweepstakes

John McCain is showing his commitment to lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil by offering a $300 million prize to anyone who can conjure up a superior automobile battery, energy-wise, than the current standard. But at the same time, he’s supporting Bush’s push to lift the ban on drilling in U.S. coastal waters.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


Lewis Black

‘Back in Black’: Some Votes Are More Glamorous

“The Daily Show’s” Lewis Black probes the soft underbelly of the celebrity endorsement, from the guy who played Kumar to the “political juggernaut that is Dick Van Patten.” And if you think Oprah is excited about Barack Obama, just wait until you see how she reacts to the cast of “Desperate Housewives.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Stewart and Wilmore

Not Enough Firsts to Go Around

The “Daily Show’s” senior black correspondent, Larry Wilmore, wants to make sure blind people don’t get any ideas about laying claim to New York’s new governor, David Paterson: “He’s one of ours. ... He’s only 90 percent blind, but he’s 100 percent black.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Tracy Morgan

Saturday Night Surrogates

Shortly before the Ohio and Texas primaries, Tina Fey offered a raucous endorsement of Hillary Clinton that ended with the slogan, “Bitch is the new black.” Her friend and colleague Tracy Morgan has a few things to say about that.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton at NNPA
AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

Ferraro Resigns, Clinton Apologizes

After a good 48 hours or so of pandemonium triggered by her racially charged comments about Barack Obama’s candidacy, a still-not-sorry Geraldine Ferraro resigned Wednesday from her post as “Honorary New York Leadership Council Chair” for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Meanwhile, Clinton herself said she did regret Ferraro’s comments ... and then some.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


On Being ‘Black Enough’

Barack Obama, once dismissed as not “black enough,” seems to have been embraced by South Carolina, but his personal journey, one Americans are increasingly familiar with, cannot best be described by a single hue.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Southern Black Voters Split Between Obama and Clinton

The subject of race has gotten major—some would say excessive—play in recent Democratic debates, but judging from this New York Times report, we can expect more on this matter from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in coming weeks. That’s because, as the paper put it, “If any election can prove that Southern blacks are not a monolithic voting bloc, it is this one.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


The Rise and Fall of Stan O’Neal

It’s not surprising in the cutthroat world of Wall Street to see a big-time CEO such as Stanley O’Neal float out of the boardroom with a golden parachute. What is significant is that this grandson of a slave managed to become one of the “Masters of the Universe” in the first place.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Saddam statue
AP photo / Jerome Delay

‘You Left Us With 50 Saddams’

As the U.S. government is learning much too late, democracy is not a one-size-fits-all application that can be lifted from one culture and grafted onto another.  Here, UK reporter Ian Black from the Guardian Unlimited takes a look at what’s really going on politically and culturally in Iraq according to a prominent historian and his Iraqi contacts.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Black American Males, or Short-Timers

What does it say about our culture that African-American men living in the nation’s inner cities have a life expectancy roughly equal to that of people of similar age living in West Africa?

Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


Survivor cast
cbs.com

Ghetto Survivor

The next season of “Survivor” will have a new twist that has already drawn criticism.  Four teams are to be divided along racial/ethnic lines?blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos.  The individual who wins gets a million-dollar prize.

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: The N.Y. Times’ Unwitting Racism

The newspaper thought it was striking a blow for racial tolerance by bemoaning the phenomenon of “sassy, overweight’’ black actresses in TV commercials. Instead, it just betrayed its own biases about people of color.

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Closing the Racial Gap in Medical Treatment

Why do African Americans still lag behind even recent African immigrants when it comes to beating heart disease and cancer?

Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


Lewis Black

Lewis Black Tackles Gay Divorce

Lewis Black was back on the ?Daily Show? on Wednesday satirizing the debate over gay marriage.  After playing a clip of Congressman Phil Gingrey, in which the lawmaker said, ?In my opinion, marriage isn?t just any kind of love.  It?s a love that can bear children,? Black quipped, ?Hey Congressman, take my word for it.  A one-night stand with no love, a Quaalude and three beers can also bear children.?

Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Who’s Showing Black Youth the Path to Responsibility?

Even as the notion of responsibility becomes less and less relevant among black American youths, people like Bill Cosby and the actor who plays Gordon on “Sesame Street” are asking the tough questions necessary for any reversal of the trend.

Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: A Troubled Picture for Black Male Students

The gender gap among African-American college students is growing at a dangerous rate. And it’s no wonder: The roots of the problem were obvious at my daughter’s school, where many boys by age 10 had been socialized to be tough, regarding education with contempt and suspicion.

Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


Ralph Reed
From TPM Muckraker

Ralph Reed Allegedly Mulled ‘Mortgaging Black People’

The former Christian Coalition leader and current candidate for Lt. Gov. of Georgia reportedly concocted a scheme with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to collect the life insurance payouts of African-Americans in lieu of charging them fees for the duo’s lobbying and consulting services. (Read the whole story in GQ.)

Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: America’s Blacks Are a Giving People

African-Americans give away a greater percentage of their money to charitable causes than whites.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


David Muhammad
From printroom.com

David Muhammad: The Truthdig Interview

The prominent black activist and mentor for incarcerated youth in Oakland, Calif. argues that it’s time to hold hip-hop artists accountable for the messages behind their music.

Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE


Breast Cancer More Deadly to Blacks Than Whites

Black American women are 19% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, according to a new study. This is just the most recent of many studies illustrating that within our healthcare system, even after controlling for socioeconomic factors, blacks still receive a poorer quality of healthcare than whites.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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