Race and Ethnicity

Black men matter (not really): Manhood and emotional intelligence in the hour of chaos | Think Piece

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Navigating these times as a Black man during one of the most difficult years of my life is a challenge. But, it is in my vulnerabilities and brotherhood that I locate my humanity.

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California’s Gov. Gavin Newsome signs ‘groundbreaking’ legislation exploring state’s role in slavery and institutionalized racism

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Black woman in front of protest art in Oakland, a city known for producing historical movements and artists. Photo Malcolm Wright Media

State bill addressing racial disparities stemming from slavery on, is the first passed addressing reparations for California’s African Americans.

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Greenwood digital bank targeting Black and Latinx communities signs up 100,000 in less than a week

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Record numbers of interested bankers for Greenwood digital bank shows there is big business in meeting long-time, neglected banking needs of communities of color.

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Imperfect timing: The interesting media coverage of SEC investigation into Black billionaire, Robert F. Smith

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Months after billionaire businessman and philanthropist speaks out on police killings and reparations, mainstream news reports that the Austin resident faces a potential tax investigation. Releasing the report at this moment questions if this is retribution for his recent work against inequities in the US, or merely a coincidence.

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Newark Business Hub partners with Mielle Organics to get local salons and barbershops back on their feet

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Initiative shines light on shuttering salons and beauty shops.

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20 nonprofits named as PayPal community partners to receive $5 million

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PayPal announced their first round of nonprofits to receive grants to assist in their recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Black men call out Karens

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Continuing the series of tackling the attack of the Karens, Lisa Durden speaks to Black men on the Karen phenomenon. In an interesting conversation, contributors center antagonisms against them in the racialized weaponization of white women.

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Kamala Harris is the most disrespected woman in America | Think Piece

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“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” 

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#FREEGRACE campaign sparks conversation around race, gender and class for Black girls and the justice system

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Youth incarceration is a serious issue for Black girls. As is the case of Grace, a special needs high schooler who served months in a detention center after not completing online work during a pandemic. Lisa Durden gets into this issue on her podcast. 

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Where do we go from here? Notes and discussions on Oprah Winfrey’s town hall | Stop Brutalizing Black Bodies Podcast

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At the height of the George Floyd Protests, Oprah Winfrey dug into her journalistic roots to host a town hall discussing hundreds of demonstrations that racked America. Lisa Durden assembled a group of Black women in the media to critique it.

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Justice for Breonna Taylor | Stop Brutalizing Black Bodies Podcast

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The cops involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor in a no-knock warrant by Louisville, Kentucky officers stir a discussion on Black women and state-sanctioned violence.

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Juneteenth celebrations in the ‘Year of COVID-19’

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Celebrating Black life and American history in the holiday, Juneteenth, is needed more than ever, even in a pandemic. This year you have options, in-person, or go virtual. 

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Three Black men found hanging from trees spark concern of America’s lynching past

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Recent hangings draw concern in the height of anti-Black violence protests.

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Newark mayor denounces hate crimes and police brutality, proposes to outlaw white supremacist groups

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In response to growing Black Lives Matter protests, Baraka puts forth edict against white nationalism and racism. Can it stop those issues within the Newark PD?

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Blue Lives Maim: Police brutality at rallies protesting police brutality 

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Across the country, reports of law enforcement officers attacking peaceful demonstrators have become the norm in protests sparked by the recent police killing of George Floyd.

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Burn Motherfucker, Burn: Minneapolis protests escalate into the night

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A police station building goes up in flames in the third day of police protests in Minneapolis around slain African American, George Floyd.

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Devil in a blue uniform: Police terror during a global pandemic | Think Piece

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While reporting in Italy, I look at the US with great sorrow. There will be no return to normal because normal was a grotesque lie. 

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Disparities in healthcare during Covid-19

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Lisa Durden, award winning producer and social-political commentator details her experiences with the US healthcare system when her father fell ill with Covid-19.

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Black walks in white neighborhoods

In this simple Facebook post, David Summers narrates how an innocent pedestrian attempting to enjoy a morning stroll turns into a reminder of the constant pressure and profiling as a Black man in the US.

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We fought back: Dr. Eileen DeFreece on Native nations and the Lenni Lenape of New Jersey & New York

From the Indian Removal Act to the countless wars on Native people, Dr. Eileen DeFreece, who is a member of the Lenni Lenape talks about how her people remained in the area, in spite of hundreds of years of hostility by the white domestic terror and the US government.

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Facebook’s issues with racism show discrimination in the company

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Earlier in November, an anonymous group of Black Facebook employees put out an open letter describing ongoing racism and discrimination they face in the company. Although, they have brought many of the problems to the fore, much of their concerns and maltreatment goes unanswered. What does this say about the largest social media company in

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House hearing on Juneteenth to hear reparations testimony for H.R. 40

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AYX04A Protesters gather in front of a branch of J P Morgan Chase Bank calling for reparations from the bank because of their alleged participation and profiting from the trans atlantic slave trade

The current call for reparations for Blacks in the United States gets a bump up in legislative discourse with a hearing scheduled on Wednesday, July 19.

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‘Disrupt This’ report says minority entrepreneurs can close the wealth gap

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Wealth inequality, and in particular, the racial wealth gap grows with staggering numbers. A report released by Founders of Color (FOC) says that it will take a Black family 228 years to equal the wealth of whites. For Latinos, it is 211 years.

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Arrest of white nationalist Coast Guard leads to Congressional officials letter of concern to DOD

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Four Congressional officials question how the Feds deal with extremists in the military after the arrest of Christopher Hasson, 49, a Coast Guard lieutenant who is being held for gun violations and illegal drug possession. It is believed that he is a white nationalist who was planning domestic terrorist attacks.

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Woke, but tired: Trappings and love languages of freedom for Black millennials

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“The American dream, the idea that anyone can succeed through hard work, is one of the most enduring myths in this country,” penned newly minted author and journalist, Reniqua Allen in a NY Times article.

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Economic justice was part of MLK’s religion | Think Piece

Only two weeks since JFK's assassination, Martin Luther King, met with President Lyndon Johnson. Dec. 6, 1963. Afterward, King spoke with reporters outside the White House.

Economic justice was the last major crusade that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launched in the United States before his assassination on April 4, 1968. Sixty years later, it is a critical campaign that we must re-launch.

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New Jersey’s Ramapough Lunaape fight for Constitutional protections and state recognition

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While Mahwah Township tries to prevent the local Native tribe from participating in their outdoor prayer ceremonies and the state government attempts to usurp their recognition, the Ramapough Lunaape tribal members refuse the denial of their constitutional rights.

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New developments allege an increased death toll, unused government funds in Flint

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Lansing, Michigan - Protesters call for Michigan governor to resign over Flint water crisis.

Misrepresentation in data findings and contentions about underused state resources still plague a Michigan city four years after its water crisis.

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Woman wrangled to the floor in Waffle House found guilty of disorderly conduct

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“My heart is full of rage and anger!!! Lord, please help me!!!!” The tweet sent by 25-year-old Chikesia Clemmons after a Mobile County Circuit Court judge ruled that she was guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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Panoramic exhibition of a modern day KKK at UT Austin stirs debate on art and censorship

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The Blanton Museum of Art says that it has taken pains to prevent controversy.

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Say something in Spanish: Code switching for an Afro-Cubana in a mixed Millennial era

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In the historically contentious racial atmosphere of the US and Latin America, the dichotomy of being an Afro-Insert-Here while navigating the new generational terrain creates anxiety, confusion, and social erasure.

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Congressional member continues to question FBI about Black Identity Extremism

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A California congressperson wants to know, what exactly is Black Identity Extremism, and who is being targeted?

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‘This Fourth of July is yours, not mine’: Independence Day or America’s racial regression | Think Piece

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Frederick Douglass’ critique of July 4th is as relevant today as it was in 1852.

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Juneteenth: The celebration that defines America’s soul | Think Piece

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Juneteenth parade in Austin, Texas includes bands from local high schools include drum corps and marching band. I

Maya Angelou said, “Hold those things that tell your history and protect them.”

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Remembering Kalief Browder means bringing forth talks of prison abolition

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New York, New York. 28 July, 2017. A man walks by a photo of the deceases Kalief Browder. In protest the policies of the Trump Administration and threats to various communities in America, artists, activists, and community members participated in a solidarity march to bring attention to those marginalized. The platforms were: respect for lives, economic and social equality, diversity, and freedom of expression. The participants marched in silence in white attire, in homage to the 1917 Silent Protest Parade. Kindred Arts was the event organizer. Photo credit: Sachelle Babbar

Three years after Kalief Browder took his life following the traumatic experience of being detained for 1,120 days in Riker’s Island jail, with more than 800 of them in solitary confinement, we need to move towards prison abolition.

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Starbucks’ bias training and the costs to protect a brand | Think Piece

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NEW YORK - CIRCA APRIL 2016: workers at Starbucks Cafe. Starbucks Corporation is an American global coffee company and coffeehouse chain based in Seattle, Washington

A lesson in making human decency company policy.

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Prejudiced, Hateful and Degreed: PhDs, racial dissonance, and the culture of indifference in academia | Think Piece

Professors and academics are just as culpable in perpetuating racism.

Having a Ph.D. doesn’t make you immune from racism, it just means you have the logic and diction to justify it.

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Black Yale grad student records police interrogation for napping in a common dormitory room

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A Black graduate student fell asleep in the common area of her dormitory. She awoke to a racially charged encounter, but invoked a promise she made to herself after seeing what happened to motorist Sandra Bland years before in a Texas traffic stop.

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Years-long campaign victorious in removal of Central Park statue of slave owning scientist

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New York City’s Design Commission approved the removal of the statue of James Marion Sims located in Central Park

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Black men awaiting business meeting at Starbucks arrested for trespassing

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Protests and talks of boycotts ensue as Starbucks offers an apology while investigating incident

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Republican senator comes under fire after “Swahili” reference during Facebook hearings

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John Kennedy: “I have nothing to apologize for.”

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UAlbany alumna creates website to support Black girls who are first-generation college students

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Monica N. Britton is quick to acknowledge the love and encouragement she received from her parents during her years as an undergraduate student at the University at Albany.

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Can we claim Wakanda? Race, writings, and the 2020 Census | Think Piece

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Photo credit: Mike Fox

How recent publications on race can help us think through the U.S. Census changes.

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Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 1929 — April 4, 1968

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