by on January 28, 2018
THE EMAIL ARRIVED just as Megan Squire was starting to cook Thanksgiving dinner. She was flitting between the kitchen, where some chicken soup was simmering, and her living room office, when she saw the subject line flash on her laptop screen: “LOSer Leak.” Squire recognized the acronym of the League of the South, a neo-­Confederate organization whose leaders have called for a “second secession” and the return of slavery. An anonymous insider had released the names, addresses, emails, pass...
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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 February 8, 2018
On the first day of Black History Month, a Daily News story broke about a Bronx middle school teacher who taught a lesson on slavery in several classes by making Black students lie on the floor, and then stepping on their backs. The incident left students traumatized and the Department of Education allowed the teacher to return to the classroom, until a reporter exposed the story. Education advocates rally in front of city hall “Like many others, I am completely outraged to by the ac...
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by on February 10, 2018
For obstinate officials at Christ the King High School, a mind is a terrible thing to change. The parents of Malcolm Xavier Combs were rebuffed again Thursday by school administrators over their African-American son’s desire to put the name “Malcolm X” on his senior sweater. “I don’t understand it,” said Mychelle Combs, the mother of 17-year-old Malcolm, after a frustrating morning meeting with school president Michael Michel. “They are supposed to teach the students tolerance and t...
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by on February 2, 2018
For the students at Middle School 118 in the Bronx, it was an immersive lesson gone way too far. Teacher Patricia Cummings, is catching heat from students and parents after a social studies lesson she delivered about the middle passage—one that involved her stepping on her students’ backs. The New York Daily News reports that Cummings singled out black students in her class and had them lie on the floor in front of the classroom. A student, who declined to be identified, told the Da...
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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 5, 2018
In the aftermath of the chaos that erupted in Philadelphia as Eagles fans tore through the streets celebrating their Super Bowl victory, many could not help but notice the difference in how the public and officials reacted to riots by fans compared to those prompted by civil unrest.  Rioters toppled structures, tore down light poles, and vandalized vehicles and storefronts as they celebrated the Eagles' Super Bowl victory. "Somehow, it seems there's a line drawn in the sand where destr...
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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 February 10, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. said that of all the forms of inequity, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. Black History Month is the perfect time to reflect on Dr. King’s words – and to talk about what the AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity is doing to help you end health care disparities in your communities and advance diversity and inclusion in your ranks. Diversity is not just a project or campaign. It has to be woven into the cultural fabric of each and eve...
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by on February 5, 2018
This week would've marked her 105th birthday — it's time to move beyond the quiet seamstress narrative. This is how you know her: She was the tired seamstress who refused to give up her seat, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. Maybe you remember Rosa Parks as that quiet, older woman being honored at an awards show. Or maybe you remember seeing pictures of her shaking a President’s hand. But at this year’s Golden Globes, when Oprah Winfrey talked about Recy Taylor, a woman from A...
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by on February 10, 2018
Last month, the White House released a statement portraying Barbara Jordan, the late civil rights icon and the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, as an immigration restrictionist.  The message is an enticing one for anti-immigrant groups and fits alongside their promotion of dated statements made by labor leaders who once opposed immigration: here are traditionally liberal leaders who represent traditionally liberal constituencies arguing for the restri...
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by on February 10, 2018
Police clashed with extreme-right protesters on Thursday evening in the central Italian town of Macerata, where tension is currently high following a shooting attack by a far-right sympathizer who targeted dark-skinned foreigners. The suspect has said he chose to carry out the attack after hearing that a local 18-year-old woman’s dismembered body had been found by police, and that a Nigerian man had been arrested in connection with her death. Around 40 people reportedly participated in the...
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