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Conservatives Want to Do Away with Affirmative Action and They’re Using Asian-Americans to Make...

Back in 2014, a federal lawsuit was filed in Massachusetts on behalf of a group of Asian-Americans charging Harvard University’s undergraduate-admissions process with discriminating against Asians. The lawsuit claimed the elite university holds Asians...

Undoing the Dirty Deed: How ‘Whites Only’ Language from Restrictive Housing Covenants Remain on...

Unfortunately, well into the second decade of the 21st century, discrimination in the housing market against African-Americans remains far from rare. Although the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reported that the...
'Total Destruction' of North Korea

America First: U.S. Aid To Needy Countries Contingent On If They Vote With U.S....

Depending on whom you ask, you’ll likely get a diversity of responses when asking for a functional definition of our current Western notion of “economic aid.” While there are different types of aid, including...
Trump Liberia

Trump Ends Special Legal Status for Thousands of Liberians, Leaving Them with Only a...

Two centuries ago, a number of Africans in America wanted to leave, given they wished to escape the dangerous racial environment of the United States and, for some, the possibility of being sold back...
Oil field worker

How a Historically Black Virginia Community is Taking On a Pipeline and Rebuking the...

God wants to build a pipeline. More specifically, he wants the Koch brothers, the controversial right-wing billionaires and petrochemical moguls, to shepherd this divine intervention of natural gas along a 600-mile path from West...
Trail of Tears

Enslaved Black People: The Part of the Trail of Tears Narrative No One Told...

Contrary to the popular historical narrative, the Union’s effort to rein in the Confederacy and end the secessionist military rebellion now known as the Civil War was incomplete upon the iconic April 9, 1865,...

J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.: ‘Superb Mathematician’ Broke Barriers at Dawn of Atomic Age

In 1937, in an unprecedented move, the University of Chicago admitted a 13-year-old prodigy to its mathematics program. The early enrollment was appropriate given the student’s parents were successful alums of the school from...
Nubian Sites

‘Drowning the Land of the Ancestors’: In Sudan, an Ancient People are Fighting to...

Several hours north of Khartoum by car — a mere 100 miles south of the Egyptian border — lies the sand-swept Sudanese town of Amara. Although its western half, Amara West, now appears as...
Africatown toxic

Africatown, A Small Historically Black Town Fighting a Billion Dollar Company That’s Devastating Its...

In the spring of 1860, a year before the Civil War, a wealthy Alabama shipbuilder and plantation owner named Timothy Meaher chose to toy with the escalating tensions between North and South by making...
US Home Prices

Black Homebuyers Are Still Being Denied Home Mortgages and It’s Worse Than a Decade...

A decade ago, in the midst of a historic financial crisis, numerous critics lined up to lay the cause of the housing meltdown at the feet of the African-American, Latinx and poor communities. The...
African resource

‘The Elephant in the Room’: New World Bank Report Only Confirms Its Complicity In...

For more than a decade, the World Bank — the international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs and development — has published an annual report gauging the...
IQ test death row

How Prosecutors are Making Intellectually-Disabled African-Americans on Death Row Smart Enough to Kill

IQ tests have long been plagued by claims of cultural and racial bias. Critics from a wide range of arenas, including academia, psychology, psychiatry and activism have characterized these controversial assessments as ineffective, inappropriate...
African Migrants Libya

The Forgotten Saviors: Organizations Working with Traumatized African Migrants Are In Desperate Need of...

Few would question the need for foreign intervention on behalf of those thousands of African migrants victimized by human trafficking in Libya. Since their horrific plight in Libyan detention camps was broadcast to an...
black unemployment rate

It’s Still Obama’s Economy Whether Trump Likes It or Not But Black Job Seekers...

A week after January 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national unemployment rate had remained largely unchanged at 4.1 percent. It further revealed the unemployment rate for Black Americans had fallen...
MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, African-Americans and the Inescapable Terror Within

“Oh yes, Great White Father, you did surprise us with one thing you did … but it wasn’t you killing us, it wasn’t you raping our women or killing our kids or burning our...

As Sessions Restarts Marijuana War, Blacks Could Become Collateral Damage

America is in an uncivil slugfest over weed. In one corner sits the gigantic-yet-aging federal government peering menacingly across a smoky ring, its once-powerful demeanor sagging from the cumulative jabs of its smaller hard-to-hit...

Rwanda Ban on Imported Secondhand Clothing: Who is Ultimately Being Served?

Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. When it comes to Rwanda’s ban on the importation of secondhand clothing, this futile sentiment appears to best describe the East African nation’s current dilemma. Consistent...

Marijuana Legalization Must Address the Price Paid by Black Bodies

Thirty-six-year-old Ingrid Archie recounted the path to her 2004 conviction on marijuana possession charges. “I grew up in foster care, and that is how I learned to sell drugs and basically fend for myself...
Erica Garner dead

Three Deep Breaths for Erica Garner, A Fearless Fighter

The final breath came not long after hers, when we heard the news. We’d been holding it, for the better part of a week, hoping, despite what we’d been told, her status would improve,...
Zimbabwe land reforms

It’s Always Been About Land: In Post-Mugabe-Administration, What Will Come of the Thousands of...

  Long before controversial leader Robert Mugabe’s forced resignation in mid-November, nearly a century before the landlocked southern African nation was known by its current name, two oft-repeated quotes by a pair of powerful men...
School closings

School Closures Threaten Long-Term Prospects for Blacks In Baltimore, Beyond

When it comes to education, it is well known that class size matters. The student-to-teacher ratio significantly impacts the quality of the academic process, as a wide body of research paints the reduction of...

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