Race Inquiry Digest (January 29) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Feature – Concerning Monuments – The Shaw Memorial : A salute to the soldiers of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. 1n 1863, after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, President Lincoln agreed to recruit African American men into the army, though in segregated regiments led by white officers. The first of these raised in the north was the Massachusetts 54th Regiment led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw of Boston, the son of staunch abolitionist. Read more 

Of Course the Christian Right Supports Trump. Trump’s religious champions, Michael Gerson writes in The Washington Post, are “associating evangelicalism with bigotry, selfishness and deception. They are playing a grubby political game for the highest of stakes: the reputation of their faith.” Read more 

Wyatt Tee Walker, Civil Rights Oracle. The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, who had been the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s chief of staff during the 1963 demonstrations  died on Tuesday at age 88. Read more 

Warriors Derangement Syndrome. A generation of NBA stars now faces each day with the understanding that the road to the NBA title will go through the Bay Area for the next half-decade (at least). Everyone is losing their minds, and it’s fantastic to behold. Read more 

Even white people can see it now: Donald Trump’s a racist. An increasing proportion of whites now agree Trump is “biased” against black people — but support him anyway. Read more 

Hugh Masekela, South African Jazz Giant, Dead at 78. Renowned trumpeter scored Number One hit with “Grazing In the Grass,” fought apartheid with song for Nelson Mandela, “Bring Him Back Home” Read more 

Trump’s Xenophobic Vision of America Is Inciting Racist Violence. Attacks against Muslim, South Asian, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern communities in the US were up a staggering 45 percent in 2017. Read more 

Floridians should scrap these retrograde, racist voting laws. NO STATE comes close to disenfranchising its citizens at the rate Florida does. Of 6.1 million former felons who remain barred from voting across the United States, more than a quarter of them — nearly 1.7 million — are Floridians. Read more 

2020 Census To Keep Racial, Ethnic Categories Used In 2010. The Trump administration will not support Obama-era proposals to change how the U.S. government collects information about race and ethnicity, census experts say. Read more 

NAACP Sues Trump Administration Over Ending Protected Status For Haitians. At least 46,000 Haitians are living in the U.S. with protection from deportation and the ability to work under the TPS program, which is meant to help immigrants from countries affected by natural disasters or wars. Read more 

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