Race Inquiry Digest (January 15) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – We Must Denounce Trump’s Racist Actions, Not Just His Racist Words. The victories of the civil-rights movement include Medicaid and reforms to our immigration system. Trump targeted both of these, in one day. Read more

Tracing the Racist Roots of Donald Trump’s Obscenities. President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric is part of a larger offensive against any form of immigration that would make the United States resemble the ethnic diversity of his native Queens. Read more 

The Heartbeat of Racism Is Denial. When our reality is too ugly, we deny reality. It is too painful to look at. Reality is too hard to accept. Denial is how America defends itself as superior to “shithole countries” in Africa and elsewhere, as President Trump reportedly described them in a White House meeting last week. Read more  

Expressing ‘shock, dismay and outrage,’ all 55 African nations demand an apology from Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s blatant racism and bigotry are having a real effect on how the United States is perceived around the world. There are more than 1.2 billion people living in Africa and it is an important front in the war on terror. Read more 

Here’s who — and what — America wouldn’t have had without Haitians. Actor Sidney Poitier appears with Lilia Skala in a scene from the 1963 classic “Lilies of the Field.” Read more 

Infamous neo-Nazi website praises Trump’s racist remarks. The Daily Stormer, one of the world’s largest neo-Nazi websites, praised Donald Trump for referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries as “shitholes,” saying it showed that the President aligned with them on race and immigration. Read more 

Trump reportedly interrupted intel briefing to ask Korean American, “Where are you from?” He suggested the “pretty Korean lady,” who was talking about Pakistan, be reassigned to North Korea. Read more 

8 Things We Learned From David Letterman’s Interview With Barack Obama. From how the former POTUS feels about social media to why he thinks we may be headed into another global recession. The pair filmed an hour-long conversation for a new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David LettermanRead more 

Behind the scenes of ‘Black Lightning’ reveals the intersection of race, social justice and culture. The CW’s newest comic-book-turned-TV-series Black Lightning is the first African-American DC superhero to have his own stand-alone comic title and premieres Jan. 16 — the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read more 

Thanks to the North Carolina case, partisan gerrymandering’s day of reckoning may soon be upon us. For the first time, a federal panel of judges ruled that a state’s map of its congressional districts was unconstitutional. The North Carolina map didn’t just give an advantage to Republicans – it manifested “invidious partisan intent.” Read more 

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