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About four months before William Wheeler arrived as a freshman at the University of Pikeville and relaunched the university’s Black Student Union, a group of about 125 white nationalists marched through the streets just blocks away. They chanted and carried signs on April 29, 2017, hoping their message would resonate in a county that continues to suffer from a sharp decline in the coal industry. The rally — condemned at the time by many Pikeville residents and local officials — contributed...
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by on April 11, 2018
Chandell Stone has started a dream business. Combining social good, exotic travel, and cultural exchange, Destination Teach is Stone’s answer to educational needs in developing countries, where most of the populations consist of people of color. Destination Teach sounds like a nonprofit, but Stone describes it as a social benefit corporation, which though it is for-profit, isn’t focused solely on profit-making but prioritizes its social mission. And although the word teach is right there i...
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In cities like Jacksonville and St. Louis, maps of mortgage approvals and home values in black neighborhoods look the same as they did decades ago, before the passage of the landmark fair housing law. “Sue the bastards.” That was the slogan adopted by the National Neighbors advocacy campaign for fair housing in 1970, two years after Congress passed the Fair Housing Act. At long last, black home buyers and renters were able to seek and find justice in the courts, in part because it was ...
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by on April 4, 2018
Former President Barack Obama joined civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years after his assassination. In a six-and-a-half minute video, shot in black and white, Lewis recalled learning that King had been shot while campaigning for Robert Kennedy in Indianapolis. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-GA) reflects on the impact of Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years after his assassination. "The thing I regret mor...
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by on April 4, 2018
Kids from the city’s poorest neighborhoods in the Bronx and central Brooklyn also had the poorest chances of getting into specialized high schools, a Daily News investigation shows. An analysis of city Education Department data revealed just 17 of roughly 32,550 students from Bronx District 9 landed seats in those elite public schools in 2018. Parents taking their kids to school on 104 Sutter Ave. in Brooklyn on Sept. 8, 2016. Strudents from the poorest neighborhoods of the Brookly...
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by on March 23, 2018
When a law enforcement official described a cellphone recording left by the Austin serial bomber as “the outcry of a very challenged young man,” the remark caused an outcry of its own. Because the bomber was white, some people almost immediately questioned whether the same level of compassion would have been afforded a person of color. “Here you have a case of a young white male who killed and injured people of color, and we’re culturally more concerned about his story, about his life, abo...
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by on March 23, 2018
Talk about adding insult to injury. Not only did former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing walk away with zero repercussions after shooting and killing an unarmed black man, but apparently, he’ll be paid handsomely for his trouble after receiving a settlement from the university. Ray Tensing According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Tensing will receive almost $350,000 from the university following the settlement of a grievance the Ohio police union filed on Tensing’s be...
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by on March 5, 2018
Some representatives of the nation’s most influential social movements took the stage during Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, in what was arguably the largest moment of visibility for their causes. Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, indigenous rights and immigrant rights were among the movements represented, during rapper Common and pop singer Andra Day’s performance of their Oscar-nominated song, “Stand Up for Something.” At a highpoint of the performance, Patrisse Khan-Cullors of BL...
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Mona Marie's Poletic Justice studio in the Bronx is a hub for activism and self-love. BLACK WOMEN MAKING HISTORY: Mona Marie When the organizers of New York City's “Stripper Strike,” Gizelle Marie and Panama Pink, needed a place to meet last year, Poletic Justice was the obvious choice. “Why not a pole studio in the Bronx?” the studio’s owner, Mona Marie, said to me with a laugh. After the meeting, Poletic Justice regulars Marie and Pink took to social media to protest discriminat...
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by on March 4, 2018
Tuskegee was hardly the last time American medical researchers used men in unethical experiments It was while Peter Buxtun was working as a venereal-disease investigator for the Public Health Service in San Francisco in 1966 that he overheard a lunchtime conversation that would not only confound him but ultimately place him among the most important whistleblowers in American history. A graduate of the University of Oregon and psychiatric medic in the army, Buxtun had taken a job ...
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by on March 2, 2018
Barriers to equality pose threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, according to study made public Tuesday that examines the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report. The new report blames U.S. policymakers and elected officials, saying they're not doing enough to heed the warning on deepening poverty and inequality that was highlighted by the Kerner Commission five decades ago and it lists ar...
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by on February 26, 2018
In all the talk about gun rights and gun culture, one thing that is left out is the fact that the right to bear arms has become a subject of the right. But the NRA isn’t about gun rights for all Americans. At least not historically. Let’s look at the Mulford Act. Republican California Assemblyman Don Mulford crafted the bill in response to members of the Black Panther Party, and in 1967, it was signed into law by Republican demi-god Ronald Reagan when he was governor of California.  On...
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