Race Inquiry Digest (January 7) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – “We’re going to impeach the motherfucker.” Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) Lots Of Us Think Trump Is A Motherf**ker Who Should Be Impeached. Rashida Tlaib Just Said It Out Loud. By Michelangelo Signorile / HuffPost

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who made history this week as one of the first two Muslim American women sworn in as members of Congress, has sent some people into spasms by talking about impeaching President Donald Trump and using a four-letter word in the process. “And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, look, you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherfucker,” she told a crowd of supporters on Thursday night celebrating the new Democratic majority in the House. Read more Also watch, “Bernie Mac” on use of MF 

Trump wants to dismantle decades of discrimination protections. By Zack Ford / Thinkprogress

The Trump administration is looking to either eliminate or severely restrict regulations designed to protect people from discrimination in a number of categories, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The Department of Justice is asking federal agencies to assess ways to scale back regulations that allow for “disparate impact” legal challenges to discrimination. Disparate impact refers to discrimination that occurs against a group even when there is no clear evidence of an intent to discriminate. Read more

With Major Elections Bill, House Dems Get Ball Rolling On Fixing Voting Rights Act. By Tierney Sneed / Talkingpointsmemo

A major legislative package of democracy reforms House Democrats will introduce on Friday is both a notable marker of the emphasis the new majority wants to put on voting rights and the beginning of the process by which Democrats hope to restore the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court gutted in 2013. Read more

A Database Showed Far-Right Terror on the Rise. Then Trump Defunded It. By Emily Atkin / The New Republic

Is the administration trying to thwart efforts to combat white supremacy? Jihadists, commit only a small portion of attacks on American soil, just 12 percent—far fewer, in fact, than right-wing extremists do. Read more

Trump’s Shutdown Will Hit Black Americans The Hardest. By Angela Simms and Shamus Khan / HuffPost

Black communities, many of which are still recovering from the Great Recession, stand to be among the hardest hit―again. African-Americans are more likely than other racial or ethnic groups to work for the federal government: They constitute 18 percent of federal workers and 13 percent of the population. Read more

In Texas, 17 new judges bring ‘Black Girl Magic’ to courthouses. By Deanna Paul / Wash Post

Harris County, which includes Houston, is one of the most diverse counties in the nation, according to Harris County Democratic Party Chair Lillie Schechter. On Tuesday, the newly elected judiciary for Harris County was sworn in, including the 17 African American women who were part of the “Black Girl Magic” campaign. Read more

‘Unexampled Courage’ Is The Civil Rights Book About the 1940s You Need to Read Now. By Christopher Dickey / The Daily Beast

A book to be published later this month, Unexampled Courage by Richard Gergel, tells the story of huge miscarriages of justice in the years following World War II, and one of the central characters, a federal judge born and bred in Charleston, was not just a real-live Atticus Finch moved by conscience, decency, and faith in the law, he was a jurist who changed American history forever. Read more

As Demographics Shift, Kids’ Books Stay Stubbornly White. By Elizabeth Blair / NPR

When it comes to diversity, children’s books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they’re overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect? A report by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that only 3 percent of children’s books are by or about Latinos — even though nearly a quarter of all public school children today are Latino. Read more

Black Directors Had A Big Year In 2018 — But Other Inclusion Numbers Stagnated. By Colin Dwyer / NPR

Black directors had a “banner year” in 2018, according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The organization, which tracks diversity in Hollywood, says there were 16 black directors with films among last year’s 100 top-grossing scripted movies — a big leap from 2017, when there were only six. However, The director’s chair and producers’ offices remain overwhelmingly occupied by white men — and the group offered some stark numbers to illustrate how. Read more

Texas Will Finally Teach That Slavery Was Main Cause of the Civil War. By Jason Daley / Smithsonian Magazine

In November, the Texas Board of Education voted to make a change to the state’s social studies standards that no serious historian would quibble with, but is, nevertheless, controversial in the Lone Star State: to teach that slavery was the central issue of the American Civil War, and not, as previous standards had dictated, a cause eclipsed by states’ rights and sectionalism.  Read more

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