Race Inquiry Digest (December 18) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – Sample The Best Jazz Albums of 2017 plus the best historical releases. Even as the world goes up in smoke, artists still make art, and this very much includes jazz musicians, whose best work this year (at least the best that I managed to hear amid the noise) plumbed old and new, tradition and innovation, structure and freedom. Read more and listen 

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder – review. The Yale historian’s important book argues that we must learn from the horrors of the past if we want to protect our democracy. Read more 

The past year of research has made it very clear: Trump won because of racial resentment. Another study produces the same findings we’ve seen over and over again. Read more 

Can Black Voters Turn the South Blue? What I am arguing is that we actually embrace the new reality of what the South looks like,” said Stacey Abrams, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the Georgia governor’s race. Read more 

Why 2017 was R&B’s return to glory. Disastrous as it was politically, emotionally, spiritually, 2017 was still a triumphant year for that soulful genre: R&B. Read more 

Seahawks So Woke. How the Seattle football team became the social justice warriors of the NFL. Read more 

No One Is Talking About the Drug Crisis Killing Black People. A new study looks at fatal drug overdoses by race. Read more 

It’s still too easy to push blacks, minorities off of juries. Connecticut case shows how ‘race-neutral’ eliminations in jury selection can usher in discrimination. Rules must be changed to close loopholes. Read more 

GOP Tax Bill Could Turn America Into World’s Most Unequal Society, UN Expert Warns. The poverty expert delivered a blistering report on inequality and the social safety net in the U.S. Read more 

This video of jubilant students at a small-town Louisiana school inspired millions. Here’s why. TM Landry College Preparatory school in Breaux Bridge, La., film the moment their seniors get accepted into college. It’s inspiring people around the country. Read more  

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