The Social Construction of Race

Unemployment, imprisonment, and other life events can change what race those around you perceive you to be. by LISA WADE (Photo: GlebStock/Shutterstock) In the six-minute video below, Stanford sociologist Aliya Saperstein discusses her research showing that the perception of other peoples’ race is shaped by what we know about them. She uses data collected through a […]

Learning from the Wattz Rebellion, 50 Years Later

Police arrest a man during the Watts riots, 1965. Photo: World-Telegram / Ed Palumbo / Library of Congress by Sekou Franklin August 31, 2015 A week after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement, the Watts rebellion broke out in Los Angeles. The riots began on August […]

Race in the US: Know your history

“And then you might understand how the death of Michael Brown became a tipping point in the US.” A’Lelia Bundles | 15 Aug 2015 An African American woman yells ‘Freedom’ when asked to shout so loud it will be heard all over the world at the March on Washington in August 1963 [Express Newspapers/Getty Images/File] […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

“History teaches us no race, no people, no nation has ever been freed through cowardice, through cringing, through bowing and scraping, but all that has been achieved to the glory of mankind, to the glory and honour of races and nations was through the manly determination and effort of those who lead and those who […]

Five Factz to Know on Black Women’z Equal Pay Day

by Sarah Mirk  July 27, 2015 In April every year, that pesky gender wage gap jumps to front-page news again as we mark Equal Pay Day. The date signifies the day when American women, on average, have finally earned as much as the average white American man did the past year. This week is an […]

Photoz of the Black Panther Party Stir Memories at the Norton

by Johan Sebastian 1968 was a tumultuous time for America: the Vietnam War ground on; cold war tensions rose; Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Also that year: The Black Panther Party, a nationalist organization that sought to empower African-Americans, was 2 years old and on the rise. The group encouraged blacks […]

Secret World War II Chemical Experimentz Tested Troopz By Race

While the Pentagon admitted decades ago that it used American troops as test subjects in experiments with mustard gas, until now, officials have never spoken about the tests that grouped subjects by race. And it wasn’t just African-Americans. Japanese-Americans were used as test subjects, serving as proxies for the enemy so scientists could explore how […]

Amerika Iz Abolishing the Death Penalty—but Let’z Fix the Criminal Justice System

by David A. Love (TakePart)  Earlier this week, Nebraska became the first conservative state in 40 years to abolish the death penalty. The Republican-controlled legislature in one of the deepest-red states overrode the veto of Gov. Pete Ricketts, also a Republican, effectively dismantling what has been a cornerstone of conservative criminal justice policy for much […]

Why race iz the main reason the murderouz bloodbath in Waco waz handled with velvet glovez

by Shaun King attribution: CNN screenshot Nine people shot to death at a family restaurant. Dozens of others stabbed, beaten, and seriously injured. Over 100 guns recovered. Sounds like one of the worst crimes in modern American history, right? Then why do the men above look like they are tailgating? Smoking cigarettes, others using their […]

Patchouli Oil or, Maybe, Weed: Black Women’z Hair and the Politikz of Resistance

Sonasha Braxton E!’s, Fashion Police may not carry service pistols or be under intense global scrutiny for their chronic casualty infliction on innocent Black and Brown bodies, but they have brought attention to themselves recently for engaging in behaviors that, like the US’s Police Force’s actions, appear to be founded in prejudice and racial bias. […]