Survivorz of Black Wall Street race riot still haven’t received any reparationz

by Yvette Carnell, BreakingBrown Some financial observers attribute the Black community’s economic woes to our unwillingness to financially support Black businesses. Well, back in 1921, in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, community named Black Wall Street, a dollar circulated 19 times before leaving the community. That was before a white mob destroyed the town. Given the ferocity […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  Congress legislates equal pay to Black soldiers Charges against Private Ray Date: Tue, 1864-06-14 *On this date in 1864, Congress passed the enrollment Act that authorized equal pay for Black soldiers. During the Civil War, African-Americans formed 166 regiments and fought almost 500 battles. In so doing they earned 23 Congressional Medals of Honor. […]

How the Government Bribez Police to Arrest People For Smoking Pot

AlterNet / By Aaron Cantú Police use the number of low-level drug arrests to sustain critical law enforcement funding from the federal government.   Activists have long claimed that cops have quotas for ticketing and arresting people, but evidence to support those claims varies from state to state. However, newly obtained documents reveal that local […]

Image of the Day: Lynching

  “This photograph is brutal testament to racial terrorism in America. The facts of the case are drawn from a small article that appeared in the “New York Times” on August 2, 1908, the same day the photograph was made by a local journalist. On the previous night, one hundred white men had entered the […]

The Past Isn’t Past: The Economic Case for Reparationz

  BillMoyers.com / By Joshua Holland Hundreds of years of slavery and the American-style apartheid known as Jim Crow continue to hurt the economic prospects of African-American babies born today. June 6, 2014  | “The past is in the past; it’s time to move on.” That’s a common response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ eloquent essay in The […]

Black Children az Young az Kindergartenerz Are Getting Hand-Cuffed and Arrested Across the US: This Iz Human Rightz Abuse

  Black Agenda Report / By Margaret Kimberley Two recent cases involving the New York City police department show the perils black people face even in childhood. Americans should take a long look in the mirror before criticizing other nations for human rights abuses. The law enforcement system in the United States ranks among the […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  The Ku Klux Klan, a brief biography Date: Thu, 1866-05-31 The founding of the Ku Klux Klan in 1866 is recognized on this date. The Ku Klux Klan is an American organization that primarily promotes hatred to all races that are not White and to non-protestant religions. It was organized in Pulaski, TN, in […]

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon: A Hidden History

  This is a 50 slide timeline and audio commentary created by Walidah Imarisha for a program called “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History,” which looks at the history of race, identity and power in Oregon and the larger nation. Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and […]

Recall That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You

  by Theodore R. Johnson, III   This story may well sour any pleasant childhood memories of chasing after ice cream trucks in the summer. iStockphoto.com EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is about a virulently racist song. Read no further if you wish to avoid racist imagery and slurs. “Nigger Love A Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!” […]

It Takez More Than a Civil Trial to Stop Injustice

  by sparcva A pre-trial statement by Frank “Outlaw” Reid concerning the abuse of prisoners by corectional staff in Southwest Virginia Firstly, I do not feel moved to give a graphic and detailed account of the brutal beating I suffered at the hands of four sadistic correctional officers on July 10, 2009 at Wallens Ridge […]