Race Inquiry Digest (April 17) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Not enough time, too many news sources. The following are compelling stories on race and ethnicity that have been selected to inform our readers.

Feature – Saturday’s Celebration of Jackie Robinson Should Remind Us of the Importance of Political Protest. Robinson’s achievement was a political victory by a social activism movement spearheaded by the Negro press. Read more

In an interview,  David Grann  looks at his new book, Killers of the Flower Moon, which examines the casual and systematic murder of Osage Indians in Oklahoma by whites who wanted oil leases. Read more


This Horrific Georgia Brutality Footage Shows How Bad Cops Cover for Each Other. Two Georgia cops were fired on Thursday after video emerged of them very clearly appearing to brutally assault a black motorist. Read more

DeVos’ Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White. Candice Jackson’s intellectual journey raises questions about how actively she will investigate allegations of unfair treatment of minorities and women. Read more

Enslaved man who helped build U-Va. has a building named for him. In the early part of the 1800s, an enslaved man named Peyton Skipwith quarried stone for the University of Virginia campus. Read more

Oprah Winfrey on ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.’ The movie adaptation, which debuts on HBO on April 22, focuses on the lives of Lacks’s children, particularly her daughter Deborah, played by Oprah Winfrey. Read more

The United Incident Wasn’t Racism, But The Reaction From Asians Points To A Truth. How David Dao gave Asians license to speak out about discrimination. Read more


Here’s How Jeff Sessions Is Preparing To Pack U.S. Prisons With Bodies. The Attorney General’s allegiance to private prisons and disdain for immigrants make for a frightening mixture. Read more

The Unreasonable Genius of Russell Westbrook. For 81 games,  he compiled averages of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. He broke Oscar Robinson’s record of most triple-doubles, 41, in one season. Read more

Hip-hop is politics. Hip-hop has roots in the party scene, but it also became famous for its politics. That has never been more clear than in 2017. Watch video


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