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Stolen Lives: Remembering the Tragedy of Slaverynew

A half moon disappeared as the sun rose out of the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 1, 1832. The humid coastal winds filled the sails and carried the ship through the waves as J.W. Martin captained the Schooner Wild Cat, a 40-plus ton sailboat, out of the port of Charleston, S.C. Among the tons of cargo, the ship carried six slaves, bound for new owners in New Orleans.
Jackson Free Press  |  Jacob Fuller  |  06-01-2012  |  Race & Class

The Devious, Dishonest Strategy of the National Organization for Marriagenew

One NOM memo outlined a "strategic goal ... to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies."
INDY Week  |  Jonathan Weiler  |  04-13-2012  |  Commentary

The progressive interest in stylistically conservative musicnew

To call it apologetic would be reductive; to say that it's driven in part by the need to experience, understand and connect several once-forbidden dots seems closer to the essence.
INDY Week  |  Grayson Currin  |  04-09-2012  |  Commentary

Former NOM head regrets wording of race memosnew

The former head of the National Organization for Marriage said Wednesday that she disagreed with some specific wording in the group’s controversial anti-gay marriage strategies but that she did not find the strategies themselves inappropriate.
The American Independent News Network  |  Reilly Moore  |  04-06-2012  |  Policy Issues

'Internalized Racism'new

D'Andra Orey, a political science professor who focuses on issues of race and politics, says the incidents surrounding a black college freshman's death represent what he calls internalized racism.
Jackson Free Press  |  R.L. Nave  |  04-06-2012  |  Race & Class

The Truth About Consequencesnew

Louisville-area public schools disproportionately impose harsh punishments on black students.
LEO Weekly  |  Anne Marshall  |  02-23-2012  |  Education

A Photographer Seeks to Emancipate the Modern Slavenew

For most of Middle America, black men are little more than the images projected from popular media outlets—a tattooed, incarcerated (and unintelligible) Lil Wayne, irresponsible fathers on Maury, and faceless men that fill prison beds at an alarmingly high rate. But for one gay white man, the black man is a source of elegance and beauty and a reminder of our larger cultural history.

Philadelphia Weekly  |  Darren White  |  07-13-2011  |  Art

Speed is colorblindnew

Post-racial America thrives at the Eastside Speedway drag strip
C-Ville Weekly  |  Kyle Daly  |  07-12-2011  |  Recreation

Black Men Are Still Overrepresented in Prisonsnew

Whether you’re a serial killer or a poster child for the Scouts, nothing counts as much as your race when it comes to encounters with police and the criminal justice system in the United States. It’s even true for Colorado, a state with a population close to 90 percent non-Hispanic white.
Boulder Weekly  |  Charmaine Ortega Getz  |  03-01-2010  |  Race & Class

What We've Learned From the Fatal Police Shooting of Aaron Campbellnew

The Jan. 29 shooting of an unarmed African-American man was the reason Jackson came to Maranatha Church of God. And it’s why hundreds of angry Portlanders had already rallied downtown to protest years of alleged police abuses and failed leadership.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  02-24-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Some Portlanders See a Double Standardnew

A city leader loses his job when the public learns embarrassing details of an affair he’d cultivated in his past. Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ current predicament? No. It’s the situation faced in 2006 by then-Police Chief Derrick Foxworth.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  02-04-2009  |  Politics

Is Temple Downsizing Its Connections to the Black Community?new

Temple University is moving its storied Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP)--to a place that's a quarter of the size and features an outdated computer lab, practically no parking and no space for vendors, according to the PASCEP officials.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Ibram Rogers  |  07-14-2008  |  Education

A New Bill Introduced Rethinks Drug-free School Zonesnew

With the densest population in the country, New Jersey's cities are almost completely consumed by drug-free school zones. The result is that nearly every offender convicted under the law--an astounding 96 percent--was either black or Hispanic.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Daniel McQuade  |  07-14-2008  |  Drugs

Bring Black Back to San Diegonew

The new San Diego African American Culture Center reintroduces a black presence to downtown.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Kinsee Morlan  |  05-28-2008  |  Recreation

The New Guard of Black Democratsnew

Barack Obama's success is a tremendous boon to young black leaders, North Carolina State Rep. Ty Harrell Harrell says. But many more, and even younger, ones are needed too. "The next generation of leaders is what I'm about, and hopefully I'm a springboard for others."
INDY Week  |  Bob Geary  |  05-01-2008  |  Politics

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