Race Inquiry Digest (August 2) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Feature – White Americans support welfare programs — but only for themselves, says new research. Donald Trump’s administration recently decided to give $12 billion to farmers hurt by the president’s trade war against the European Union, China and various other countries. These monies can be considered a form of welfare for white people in red state America who are among his most loyal supporters. Welfare for white Americans is nothing new. In many ways, the United States was built on white welfare. Read more
White and in the Minority. Heaven Engle, 20, and her boyfriend, Venson Heim, 25, sit in the break room at the Bell & Evans Plant 2 facility in Fredericksburg, Pa., before the start of their shift. Heaven often feels alienated and frustrated because of the language and cultural barriers between herself and her co-workers, most of whom are Latino and speak Spanish. Read more 

White America is quietly self-segregating. Data shows that as minorities move into suburbs, white families are making small and personal decisions that add velocity to the momentum of discrimination. They are increasingly choosing to self-segregate into racially isolated communities — “hunkering down,” as Lichter likes to call it — and preserving a specific kind of dream. Read more 
A demographer explains why a changing U.S. electorate will sweep away Trumpism. Like a soothsayer peering into a crystal ball to forecast things yet to occur, demographer William “Bill” Frey scrutinizes national census trends to divine that soon — well within the reach of most Americans alive today — the U.S. population will have no racial majority group. Read more 

In the past decade, nearly 26,000 murders have gone without an arrest in major American cities. Of those, more than 18,600 of the victims — almost three‑quarters — were black. Murder with impunity. Black life is seen as not as important,” said the Rev. William Barber, a national civil rights leader, who called the failure by police to solve black homicides a civil rights crisis on par with questionable police shootings of minorities and wrongful convictions of black men. Read more 
Inside the World of Racist Science Fiction. To understand why white supremacists back the president, we have to understand the books that define their worldview. Most of the books are self-published. Others are distributed by small, activist imprints or the publishing arms of white nationalist organizations. They are sold online, at gun shows or person to person. Read more
Honors, at Last, for Ida B. Wells, ‘a Sword Among Lions.’ The Chicago City Council made a timely and historic decision last week when it renamed a prominent downtown street for the pioneering newspaper editor, anti-lynching campaigner and suffragist Ida B. WellsRead more 

From Duke Ellington to Public Enemy: Images of Hip-Hop and Its Cultural Roots.
When hip-hop culture emerged during the 1970s in the parks and community centers of the South Bronx, music snobs and skeptics dismissed it as a passing fad. What talent, they scoffed, did it take to play records instead of instruments and to rhyme instead of sing? Read more 
LeBron James: Trump Uses Sports To Exploit America’s Racial Divisions. When you’re part of sports, it brings so much comradery and so much fun,” James told Don Lemon. “We are in a position right now, in America where this whole race thing has taken over. I believe our president is trying to divide us. He is dividing us. And what I’ve noticed over the last few months [is[ that he’s used sport to divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to.” Read more 
Does the Arc of the Moral Universe Really Bend Toward Justice? We can tweet and post on Facebook about how history will judge Trump, and we can identify our Angel of History as either Robert Mueller or the Blue wave. The simple fact is that no justice will ever be served on the enemies of democracy unless we march, organize resist, and vote. Read more 

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