Tag Archives: New York

New York City’s Public-Housing Crisis

By Alana Semuels For a long time, many American cities housed their poorest residents in giant public housing towers that had little going for them except for the fact they were affordable. Crime was rampant and indiscriminate, drugs were everywhere, … Continue reading

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Are We Witnessing the Emergence of A Black Spring?

By Priscilla Ocen & Khaled A. Beydoun View image | gettyimages.com In the spring of 2010, we witnessed massive protests in the Arab World. The people of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya had enough; they had enough of the violence propagated … Continue reading

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Obama Finds a Bolder Voice on Race Issues

By Peter Baker As he reflected on the festering wounds deepened by race and grievance that have been on painful display in America’s cities lately, President Obama on Monday found himself thinking about a young man he had just met … Continue reading

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Three Years on Rikers Without Trial

By Jennifer Gonnerman In the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a party in the Belmont section of the Bronx. They walked along Arthur … Continue reading

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New York City council approves monument to slaves

The New York City Council has approved a monument recognising the contributions of slaves to the city’s founding and economy. The marker will be placed in the Wall Street area, about a block from where the city’s first slave market … Continue reading

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City Council Will Likely Ban Practice Of Running Credit Checks On Job Applicants

New York is poised to become one of a handful of places in which it’s illegal for employers to review job-seekers’ credit history, pending a vote in the City Council today. If passed, the bill would not only end the … Continue reading

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The Fight For The Soul Of The Black Lives Matter Movement

At a march in mid-December organized by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in Washington D.C., organizers rushed the stage and claimed that the old guard was attempting to hijack the nascent Black Lives Matter movement away from its founders. “This … Continue reading

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UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

United Nations officials today welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York Headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern … Continue reading

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For six years running, Bronx is the least-healthy county in NY state

By Jonathan Lamantia A coalition of Bronx politicians and health care organizations is trying to improve the reputation of the borough’s health care. But a new analysis shows the enormity of that task. Bronx County ranked last among 62 New … Continue reading

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This mother who left her baby on the subway is not some Bad Black Mom. She’s part of a mental-health stigma

By Kirsten West Savali When 20-year-old Frankea Dabbs abandoned her 10-month-old baby girl on a New York City subway platform on 7 July, it was a piercing cry for help that has long echoed throughout homes, neighborhoods and cities across … Continue reading

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