Race Inquiry Digest (April 30) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Feature – Watching Cosby Fall (Victim or Victimizer). On Thursday, Mr. Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Ms. Constand. To many, Mr. Cosby is a star in the pantheon of powerful sexual abusers, proof of the rampant inescapability of male sexual violence. Another narrative, quietly visible at the trial in Norristown, Pa., is of Mr. Cosby as a victim of conspiracy. Read more

Lynching memorial leaves some quietly seething: ‘Let sleeping dogs lie.’ The brutal new memorial to the south’s dark side has left some in Alabama frustrated and angry at its insistence on confronting the past. Read more  

Ida B. Wells and the Lynching of Black Women. A Woman Lynched” read a headline in The New York Times on Aug. 20, 1886. A mob had taken “Eliza Woods, colored” from a jail in Jackson, Tenn., and hanged her for supposedly poisoning her employer. The journalist Ida B. Wells protested the lynching in an editorial for The Gate City Press, a black newspaper in Kansas City, Mo. Read more 
The Promise and the Dream : The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy by David Margollick.  In Margolick’s formulation, the greatest tragedy of 1968 lies in the political devastation wreaked by the dual assassinations of King on April 4 and Kennedy on June 6. Read more 

The US government should cede territory back to Native Americans. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has altered its mission statement, removing the characterization of America as a “nation of immigrants in order to emphasize the new goal of “securing the homeland”. The American claim to American land is that Native Americans had a homeland but no dominion over it, only immigrants did. Read more 
James H. Cone, Founder Of Black Liberation Theology, Dies At 79. The Rev. James Hal Cone launched a radical spiritual conversation in 1969. With his book, Black Theology & Black Power, he challenged the dominant white theological paradigm. Cone laid out his specific argument for “God’s radical identification with black people in the United States.” Read more 

The poor don’t have a prayer in today’s Washington. Praying for the poor is now apparently a firing offense in the corridors of power. “As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation,” Conroy, the House chaplain, wrote to Ryan on April 16. Ryan admonished the priest after the Nov. 6 prayer, saying, “Padre, you just got to stay out of politics.” Over the five months since Ryan’s warning, Conroy dared to continue to preach the teachings of Jesus on the House floor. Read more 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson to propose raising rent for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proposed far-reaching changes to federal housing subsidies Wednesday, tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements. Read more 
They thought Georgetown University’s missing slaves were ‘lost.’ The truth was closer to home than anyone knew. The “lost Jesuit slaves,” as Cellini had taken to calling them, weren’t lost at all. In fact, they’d never left Maryland. For some reason, they had been left behind. Read more 

Inside the Confidential N.F.L. Meeting to Discuss National Anthem Protests. It was an extraordinary summit; rarely do owners and players meet in this manner. But the president’s remarks about players who were kneeling during the anthem had catalyzed a level of public hostility that the N.F.L. had never experienced. Read more 
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