Race Inquiry Digest (December 28) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – Dr. King’s Interconnected World. Fifty years ago Sunday — Christmas Eve 1967 — the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in his pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and told the congregation that in order to achieve peace on earth, “we must develop a world perspective,” a vision for the entire planet. Read more 

Dave Chappelle has a message for ‘poor white’ Trump supporters. More than half of Americans disapprove of the bill Trump signed into law Friday, according to a CNN poll. But the number of low-income people who disapprove could increase if comedian Dave Chappelle’s message gets out. Watch here 

24 Of The Most Thought-Provoking Pieces Of Writing By People Of Color In 2017. Read these before the year is over. Read here 

The opioid epidemic has now reached black America. Drug overdose deaths are skyrocketing among black Americans. Read more 

The Trump-Less Kennedy Center Honors. From left, Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J and Lionel Richie at the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors gala. Presidents generally attend the gala, but this year President Trump declined. Read more 

Jay Z’s New Music Video Uses America’s Long History of Racist Cartoons to Deliver a Haunting Message. The video for “The Story of O.J.” depicts Jay Z amid imagery inspired by old racist cartoons from Fleischer Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, and others. Read and watch 

Cornel West’s Reckless Criticism of Ta-Nehisi Coates. Why his broadside should feel like a crushing disappointment to any young critic who writes about race in America. Read more 

Pot Legalization Is Transforming California’s Criminal Justice Landscape. Here’s How. “Smoking pot while black” will probably still be a thing, though. Read more 

Confederate statues come down in Memphis. Crowds gathered outside Health Sciences Park as cranes lifted the equestrian statue of Civil War general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from its pedestal. Read and watch 

Trump’s Terrible Choice for Judge. Among President Trump’s worrisome nominees to the judiciary, perhaps none is as alarming as Thomas Alvin Farr, a protégé of Jesse Helms, the former North Carolina senator, and a product of the modern white supremacist machine that Mr. Helms pioneered. Read more 

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