Race Inquiry Digest (April 6) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

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

Feature – James Cone and Taylor Branch on MLK’s Fight for Economic Equality. They discuss Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of economic justice, and how so little has changed for America’s most oppressed. Read more here

How James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time still lights the way towards equality. There is never a bad time to encounter James Baldwin, as the wide success of I Am Not Your Negro has made clear, the appetite for his prescient brilliance on race and civil rights is fierce and growing. Read more here

The style of Maya Angelou. Consider her fashion choices. The prolific author was a stand-in for fly black women everywhere. Young Maya had everything at her disposal: the attitude of a fighter, the grace of a dancer, the bearing of a star in the making. Read more here 

On the 49th Anniversary of MLK’s Assassination, Activists Are Marching for the Causes He Championed. Fight for $15 and Movement for Black Lives join forces across the country. Read more here

Fifty years later, King’s warning still resonates. Fifty years ago on April 4, Martin Luther  King Jr. delivered his historic address at Riverside Church declaring his opposition to the Vietnam War. He spoke at a time when the war still enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support in Washington. Today, as the Trump administration seems to be doubling down on endless wars, King’s courage should inform us all. Read more here

No sympathy: How Ayn Rand’s “elitism” lives on in the Trump administration. Despite promises to the rural working class, the Republican Party is still under the influence of Rand’s elitism. Read more here

Missing black and Latina children are a crisis for all of us. According to the Black and Missing Foundation, 64,000 black women and girls were missing nationwide in 2014. And it took just one caring black woman to finally ring the alarm. Read more here

Sweeping Federal Review Could Affect Consent Decrees Nationwide.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a sweeping review of federal agreements with dozens of law enforcement agencies, an examination that reflects President Trump’s emphasis on law and order and could lead to a retreat on consent decrees with troubled police departments nationwide. Read more here

Bernie is wrong and Malcolm was right: What white liberals so often get wrong about racism and Donald Trump. White progressives have a tough time confronting racism — as Bernie Sanders, a hero in many ways, has made clear.  Read more here

Rev Dr. William J Barber II – When Silence is Not an Option. On the 49th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr  the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II delivered a powerful sermon at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. The Riverside Church is where Dr. King preached his controversial “Beyond Vietnam” sermon on April 4th, 1967, exactly one year before his death. Watch here

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