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The Coming War on ‘Black Nationalists’ 

By Yohuru Williams 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 the rules.” I understand and share his anguish for the loss … Continue reading

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A Report from Occupied Territory

By James Baldwin On April 17, 1964, in Harlem, New York City, a young salesman, father of two, left a customer’s apartment and went into the streets. There was a great commotion in the streets, which, especially since it was … Continue reading

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The left’s racial dilemma: President Obama, Michelle Alexander & the nature of change

By Elias Isquith Earlier this month, I attended a speaking event at Union Theological Seminary, the beautiful and nearly 180-year-old divinity school found on New York’s Upper West Side. The event was part of Union’s “Women of Spirit Lecture” series, … Continue reading

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President Obama Delivers Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Marches

In my opinion this speech surpasses President Obama’s remarks on race made in Philadelphia in 2008. I wished I had been able to watch our President’s remarks at the Edmund Pettus bridge yesterday.  If you are like me and missed … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

#104209228 / gettyimages.com By Marc H. Morial “The purpose of the law is simple…those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, … Continue reading

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Not Just A ‘Black Thing’: An Asian-American’s Bond With Malcolm X

By Hansi Lo Wang The brief friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama began close to 50 years ago with a handshake. Diane Fujino, chairwoman of the Asian-American studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, details the moment … Continue reading

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Bayard Rustin: the gay black pacifist at the heart of the March on Washington

By Gary Younge When civil rights leaders met at the Roosevelt Hotel in Harlem in early July 1963 to hammer out the ground rules by which they would work together to organise the March on Washington there was really only … Continue reading

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Willie Louis, witness to Emmett Till lynching, dies in Illinois at 76

***Today would have been Emmett Till’s 72 birthday. RIP. ~SB***

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Last Week in Poverty: The Unfinished March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

By Greag Kaufmann “[African-Americans] must march from the rat-infested, overcrowded ghettos to decent, wholesome, unrestricted residential areas disbursed throughout our cities…. They must march from the play areas in crowded and unsafe streets to the newly opened areas in the … Continue reading

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Being white is awesome, so how could we be racist?

By Dawn Cutaia Being white is pretty awesome. Don’t get me wrong, if I were a white male instead of a white woman, my life would be even more awesome, but being a white female is still powerful. Being white … Continue reading

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