by on May 15, 2018
City Councilman Rory Lancman said he’s appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. The head of the City Council's justice committee is asking the city's five district attorneys to refuse to prosecute people arrested for low-level pot possession for misdemeanors. Councilman Rory Lancman said he's appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. Lancman (D-Queens) says DAs should automatic...
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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 12, 2018
Doug Jones in Alabama. Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax in Virginia, Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver in New Jersey: All Democratic wins made possible by Black women's historical capacity for building organizational and structural power. This power -- which was originally cultivated to protect and preserve Black bodies, to protect and preserve Black life -- has commanded victories for the Democratic Party in 2017 and is poised to influence the midterms in 2018. A timeline of current events cente...
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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 April 11, 2018
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 May 13, 2018
The police explanation that more black and Hispanic people are arrested on marijuana charges because complaints are high in their neighborhoods doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.   There are many ways to get arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern has remained true through years of piecemeal policy changes in New York City: The primary targets are black and Hispanic people. They sit in courtroom pews, almost all of them young black men, waiting their turn before a New York City jud...
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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 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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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 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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