Race Inquiry Digest (December 11) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – For black women, #MeToo came centuries too late. America’s original victims of grotesque sexual exploitation: black women, who suffered horribly, in forced silence, back in the day when it was considered quite all right for white folks to own people of a darker hue. Read more 

Atlanta’s Mayoral Race Should Be a Warning to Democrats. As long as the party continues to push candidates who favor big business, conservatives will make inroads in Democratic strongholds like Atlanta. Read more 

Alabama Democrats Encounter the Weirdest Sensation: An Election That Matters. Alabamians on both sides of the Senate race are feeling, perhaps for the firs time what it’s like to live in a battleground state like Ohio or Florida. Read more 

Roland Martin’s popular news show has been cancelled. The talk show, specifically aimed at Black viewers, will air its final episode on December 21. Read more 

The Republican Tax Bill Is a Poison Pill That Kills the New Deal. Today’s Republicans would have fit right into Herbert Hoover’s administration. Read more 

The Cake Is Just the Beginning. Justice Gorsuch’s radical First Amendment theory could sabotage civil rights law. Read more 

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in warning about today’s politics. “You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens.” Watch and listen here  

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why. Wanda Irving holds her granddaughter, Soleil, in front of a portrait of Soleil’s mother, Shalon, at her home in Sandy Springs, Ga. Wanda is raising Soleil since Shalon died of complications due to hypertension a few weeks after giving birth. Read more 

For Trump, Jerusalem is an extension of a global culture war. “Religious conflicts, like racial and ethnic ones, are critical to Trump’s appeal.” He built his platform on a loaded tribalism that explicitly rejects any belief in “universal values.” Read more

A Century Later, a Little-Known Mass Hanging of Black Soldiers Still Haunts Us. Sixty-three black soldiers were represented by one lawyer in the largest court martial in U.S. history, the first of three that followed the Houston riot of 1917. In total, 110 men out of 118 were found guilty, and nineteen were sentenced to death by hanging. Read more 

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