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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by on February 11, 2018
Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender. These disparate ...
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by on November 25, 2017
Thomas Jefferson was a man of many contradictions when it came to race. As the dust-up over the infamous Google memo earlier this year made clear, a new front in the culture wars is forming around disputes between science and identity politics. Pockets of scientists and self-proclaimed “skeptics” are uniting around the notion that politics related to the identities of people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and Muslims represent an adulteration of the fruits...
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by on April 22, 2018
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 January 12, 2018
President Trump during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Thursday. President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation. Mr. Trump’s remarks, the latest example of his penchant for rac...
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by on February 3, 2018
As Black History Month invites us to commemorate the past, a growing movement to recognize February as Black Futures Month calls on the Black diaspora to imagine ourselves into the future. A legacy of activism, resistance and resilience has gained a renewed energy in the city. Black Torontonians are taking the reins as agents of our own change, fighting for spaces so that Blackness, created on our own terms as opposed to the limited narratives thrust on us, can thrive. When activist umbrella ...
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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 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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by on February 12, 2018
In the hours after last summer’s white power rally in Charlottesville, Va., erupted into violence, the planners of the protest mounted a defense: While much of the country may have found their racist chants and Nazi iconography deplorable, they claimed that they had a First Amendment right to self-expression, and that none of the bloodshed was actually their fault. James Alex Fields Jr. drove a car into a crowd of people during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in Aug...
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by on January 2, 2018
Christopher Cantwell, one of the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville as part of the now-infamous “Unite the Right” rally in August, is facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly attacking protesters with mace. But now he is trying to turn the tables on his accusers, claiming they used mace on themselves as part of an antifa plot to “maliciously punish, discredit, vex and harass him.” The complaint was filed Thursday by Cantwell’s lawyer Elmer Woodward. Cantwell’s complain...
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by on May 17, 2018
Thursday marks the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court abolishing segregated schools in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. That means a generation of Americans has been born, attended public schools, matured into adulthood, raised children of their own, and now reached retirement age — all outside the shadow of America’s own system of legal apartheid. This year’s commemoration will be bittersweet for many education activists: Linda Brown — who was in third grade when her fat...
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by on February 3, 2018
Social media giant Facebook has taken action against a group who aimed to sabotage the Rotten Tomatoes audience score for “Black Panther.” Facebook has removed the Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys page, which was led by a professed member of the alt-right. The group created a Facebook event called “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes” with the intention of falsely deflating the movie score on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoe...
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