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In Santa Catarina, a southern state considered the “Brazilian Europe”, blacks make up only 15% of the population: Black women of the state continue to prepare for the National Black Women’s March! ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

While attention given to these black women’s movements are often focused on Brazil’s largest, most famous cities such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and states such as Bahia, which boasts one of the largest Afro-Brazilian population in the country, we must also shine the light on states such as Santa Catarina, a […]

Blaxican: The Revolutionary Identity of Black Mexicans | News | teleSUR English

“When we think of race, people tend to conflate ethnicity and race, and tend to think of the two as one,” he told teleSUR. “We have to recognize that Blackness in this country is usually described and understood in the African-American experience. We cannot sit here and exceptionalize that experience, we have to recognize other […]

DEADLY DIPLOMACY: THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES OCCUPATION OF HAITI | Black Star News

The U.S. rationale for occupying Haiti in 1915 was to supposedly restore political order and maintain economic stability in Haiti. Instead, given its chicanery, the U.S. occupation of Haiti has led to unintended and negative consequences for Haiti. These consequences include, but are not limited to the U.S. gaining complete control of Haitian finances; the […]

Newark Police Compares Black Mayor To An Ape In Facebook Message | ThinkProgress

The social media exchange also sheds light on a pattern of racist correspondence among police officers. In Ferguson, police and court officials sent emails depicting President Obama as a chimpanzee, the First Lady as a bare-chested African woman, and mocked black residents for their speech. Officers from the San Francisco Police Department repeatedly sent the […]

I Am a Native American Woman With White Privilege | Yes, I Said; Yes, I Will, Yes.

There are a lot of ways in which it sucks to be a light or white-presenting Native American. I’m often not recognizable, even to people of my own nationality. Sometimes, I even have to perform to be seen by myself, as if by wearing turquoise and beadwork, I won’t get so lost in the Western […]

What Should be Done About Rikers Island’s Dark Fugitive Slave History? – CityLab

[Uploaded on Aug 4, 2011 –> An artificial island, a solid waste landfill, Rikers is the world’s largest penal colony. Incarcerating over 130,000 NY’ers a year, Rikers is a key component to the NYPD’s community policing strategy. Arrest a lot of young people, build long rap sheets, and keep people moving through the system with […]

Inside the Twisted Mind of John Russell Houser – The Daily Beast

Inside the Twisted Mind of John Russell Houser – The Daily Beast. Houser’s posts on the site were made in early 2014. In one about Golden Dawn, he called the group “a legitimate effort to solve problems.” “The leaders of the group are in fact leaders,” he wrote. “Intelligent, well spoken, and exercising good faith.” […]

In One Devastating Quote, Dave Chappelle Says What Other Celebrities Won’t About Activism – Mic

“The biggest enemy of an artist is apathy,” Chappelle said, according to the Associated Press. “A kid gets killed by the police and I buy a T-shirt and before I can wear that one, there’s another kid [killed] and I’m running out of closet space.” The T-shirt metaphor is a sobering way to illustrate the […]

▶ Inside The Ku Klux Klan: KKK Explain Their Plan For Expansion – YouTube

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) – Terrorist Group History – Objectives: The KKK’s is a white supremacist group. It holds that only white, heterosexual Christians deserve civil rights. Its original mandate, to reverse the equality granted African -Americans after the Civil War has expanded as the social demographics of the United States have changed. It also […]

Racial turmoil in Md.’s ‘Friendliest Town’ after black police chief is fired – The Washington Post

In a place that bills itself as the “Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore,” angry residents marched with posters that read “We Support Chief Kelvin Sewell” and jammed inside the quaint red-brick building to voice their outrage to the Pocomoke City Council.Pocomoke City has been on edge since Sewell was fired by the council June […]

Sleuths trace fate of 1st black male slave freed by Lincoln | National & World News | KOMO News

William Henry Costley was just 10 months old in 1841 when Lincoln, who was still a young lawyer, won an Illinois Supreme Court case freeing Costley’s mother from indentured servitude – a status that historians say would have been akin to enslavement for the black woman and child at that time. That was 22 years […]

Ida B. Wells: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

Ida B. Wells-Barnett would have turned 153 on July 16. She was a writer and editor, a suffragist and an early leader in the civil rights movement.“We salute Ida B. Wells with a Doodle that commemorates her journalistic mettle and her unequivocal commitment to the advancement of civil liberties,” Google says.Wells-Barnett is also known for […]

Black Time Travel | Civil Rights historians ignore this group because they actually defended themselves

The Deacons are a segment of the larger tradition of Black Power in the United States. This tradition began with the inception of African slavery in the U.S. and with the use of Africans as chattel slaves in the Western Hemisphere. Stokely Carmichael defines Black Power as: “The goal of black self-determination and black self-identity—Black […]

Twitter Slams New York Times for Serena Williams ‘Body Image’ Story – The Root

The article says that in spite of Williams’s success (a win Saturday would give her 21 Grand Slam singles titles and her fourth in a row) body-image issues among female tennis players persist, forcing many players to avoid bulking up.Williams “has large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame, which packs the power and athleticism that […]

BlackCommentator.com – July 02, 2015 – Issue 613 Cover Story: Has the Neo-Confederacy Fallen? – A Commentary on Twenty-Three Years of Fighting the Neo-Confederate Movement By Ed Sebesta, BC Guest Commentator

People expect a racist to be a marginal individual, rude, belligerent, spouting racial slurs and can comfort themselves that they must not be racist since they are not like that. I was discomforting. Newspapers, major dailies, liberal magazines and other publications were resolutely not interested.So I continued to research year after year, purchasing all the […]

A Perversion of Virtue (the Charleston shooting) | The Angriest Black Man In America

Throughout the decades following slavery the use of Christianity as a buffer to Black rebellion and resistance endured. During the Civil Rights era, Dr. King – a southern preacher – taught a philosophy about non-violence and the power of love to overcome all. A noble perspective; however, this philosophy was perverted by those who sought […]

Local minister urges the flying of Black Liberation flag this weekend | abc11.com

“While some people are talking about Confederate flags and saying take it down, we’re saying let’s take this flag and raise it up,” said Scott while holding the red, black, and green flag first introduced by political activist Marcus Garvey in 1920. It was later adopted as the Black Liberation flag in the 1960s. Scott […]

Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong. – The Washington Post

The Confederates won with the pen (and the noose) what they could not win on the battlefield: the cause of white supremacy and the dominant understanding of what the war was all about. We are still digging ourselves out from under the misinformation that they spread, which has manifested in both our history books and […]

Animated interactive of the history of the Atlantic slave trade.

This interactive, designed and built by Slate’s Andrew Kahn, gives you a sense of the scale of the trans-Atlantic slave trade across time, as well as the flow of transport and eventual destinations. The dots—which represent individual slave ships—also correspond to the size of each voyage. The larger the dot, the more enslaved people on […]

Was Race a Factor in Sterling Case? | Consortiumnews

Five months ago, in court, prosecutors kept claiming that Sterling’s pursuit of the racial-bias lawsuit showed a key “motive” for providing classified information to journalist James Risen. The government’s case at the highly problematic trial was built entirely on circumstantial evidence. Lacking anything more, the prosecution hammered on ostensible motives, telling the jury that Sterling’s […]

Black Then | Chicago Educator & Activist Marva Collins dies at age 78 

CHICAGO (WLS) — Pioneering education, education activist and school founder Marva Collins died Wednesday night in South Carolina at age 78, according to her son. Collins started West Side Preparatory School in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood in 1975. She also founded a style of education that came to be known as the “Collins Method.” The […]

Why Henry Louis Gates Helped Ben Affleck Hide Slavery In Family Past | The New Republic

The email making that request of Sony Pictures co-chairman and chief executive Michael Lynton didn’t come from Affleck or his representatives. It came directly from Gates, the Harvard professor and host. “Here’s my dilemma: confidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors—the […]

Nation of Islam opposes California vaccine mandate bill – LA Times

Nation of Islam Western Regional Minister Tony Muhammad has told members of the California Legislative Black Caucus that they will face a backlash from their community if they support the bill, which may come up for a vote in the Assembly on Thursday.“That is a traitorous act,” he said of black lawmakers voting for the […]

The 1974 Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Mother | Dillsnap Cogitations

During arraignment on murder charges, Chenault referred to himself in an alter personality, a “Hebrew”, and gave the name of the alter to the court as “Servant JACOB”. In court, Chenault was observed to be biting and licking his lips, and clasping his hands, repetitively. When asked about the shooting, Wayne responded, “I’m a Hebrew […]

Lee Jasper Official Blog: If Rachel Dozal is Black, then I’m a monkey’s uncle.

Its an intellectual confusion that would have Franz Fanon, the black psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and author spinning in his grave. Fanon from Martinique wrote, the now seminal text, published in 1953, Black Skins White Mask. Here Fanon psychoanalysed the phenomena of black people seeking to annihilate their own culture and adopt the culture of the […]

Rachel Dolezal and the Complex Politics of White Privilege | Elwood D. Watson

Those of us who are familiar with Black History or have a solid knowledge of the Black experience are well aware of the fact that there have always been people of color who have engaged in the art of “passing” — choosing to live and identify as White. The reason why certain Black people chose […]

Rachel Dolezal Now Claiming to Be Founding Member of Bad Brains

EDITOR”S NOTE: The (only) website that this story was published on is well-known (in the Punk world) for pumping satire called thehardtimes.net and frankly, they ‘punked’ me pretty good with this. (As they did with Iggy Azalia as well) What helped this fib along was Rachel Doezal’s twisted saga and the numerous double-downs which damaged […]

Blaming black protesters for ‘crime wave’ – Black Politics on the Web

“As Violence Spikes in Some Cities, Is ‘Ferguson Effect’ to Blame?” asks NBC News. “How many New Yorkers must die before the mayor brings back stop-and-frisk?” blares the New York Post. In the Wall Street Journal, longtime defender of bad cops Heather MacDonald penned an utterly misleading piece on “The New Nationwide Crime Wave” blaming […]

The Brutal Murder of Arnesha Bowers in Baltimore | My Beautiful Life

Most often the black women who lose their lives amidst these tragedies receive little or no news coverage. D.C. reporter, Charnice Milton, 27 was used as a human shield and gunned down in the streets on her way from work just weeks ago. Sisters Anquonette Hale, 20 and Tahnaizja Smith 15, were killed in a […]

I became a black woman in Spokane. But, Rachel Dolezal, I was a black girl first | Alicia Walters | Comment is free | The Guardian

Dolezal’s specious claims to black ancestry and faux black identity could not have been sustained and she would not have been able to pass if black womanhood were seen and understood as more than skin – or weave – deep. Wearing black womanhood was apparently even enough for Dolezal’s “fellow” black leaders in Spokane, Washington, […]