Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson Dandridge had no time for the madness

Gloria Richardson Dandridge is a civil rights icon best known for leading the 1960s Cambridge Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. Dandridge, who was initially reluctant to join actions organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) because she disagreed with their non-violence regulations, became the spokesperson for and helped create the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, the […]

Caricatures: A Societal View On Race

  A history of Nubian-Melaninite caricatures in the United States The nature of caricatures show, to a great extent, what the racial societal views are of that time period. The coon caricature is one of the most dehumanizing of all of the insulting figures invented to describe Nubian-Melaninites in the United States. The coon was […]

The Thiaroye massacre, 1944

by Steven Johns A short history of the mass killing of black soldiers in the Free French Forces who were protesting against non-payment of wages towards the end of World War II. It is an often-neglected fact that the majority of General De Gaulle’s Free French Forces were not white Frenchmen but were predominantly troops from […]

It’s a ‘Genocide Project’: New Study Reveals Shocking Statistics On Black People Murdered In Brazil

by Tanasia KenneyAn overwhelming majority of murder victims in Brazil are of African descent, statistics showed. (Photo by Fabio Teixeira /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)   The killings of African descendants in Brazil has gotten so bad that a researcher has dubbed the South American nation a “genocide project” of Black people. A recent study by the Institute for Applied Economic […]

Why schools still can’t put segregation behind them

A federal district court judge has decided that Gardendale – a predominantly white city in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama – can move forward in its effort to secede from the school district that serves the larger county. The district Gardendale is leaving is 48 percent black and 44 percent white. The new district would […]

Wrenching: On Building Coalitionz

by David I. Backer The original Rainbow Coalition. In the movie Independence Day, terrifying aliens show up to take over the earth, but something amazing happens: all the peoples of the planet join together–despite their differences–and successfully fend off the threat. We don’t get a good look at this coalition, or how it forms, but […]

He’z My Death, Too

  For Blacks in the United States, it was arguably the most influential murder of the first decade of the modern civil rights movement. “The lynching of Emmett Till was caused by the nature and history of America itself and by a social system that has changed over the decades, but not as much as […]

A solitary distinction

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur Since our historical release from solitary confinement, many of us have been bombarded by the same question: How did you (we) survive decades of being in solitary confinement? This is not a question of simplicity, it is only a quali­tative and quantitative prelude into an analysis rooted in a historical mater­ial […]

THE PHYSICZ OF MELANIN SCIENCE AND THE CHAOTIK SOCIAL CONSTRUCT OF RACE

by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Illustrations by Aimee Chang It could have been earwax. It turns out that the texture of a person’s earwax is not determined by environment but rather is written into a person’s genetic code. Some of us have hard, dry earwax, some of us have goopy earwax, and some of us have […]

The Distinction Between Slavery And Race In U.S. History

by   PATRICK RAEL The history of the Electoral College is receiving a lot of attention. Pieces like this one, which explores “the electoral college and its racist roots,” remind us how deeply race is woven into the very fabric of our government. A deeper examination, however, reveals an important distinction between the political interests […]