Race Inquiry Digest (January 8) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – As U.S. Becomes More Diverse, What Role Will Nonwhites Play In Furthering White Supremacy? Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and former governor of South Carolina, has faced criticism for identifying as “white” on a voter registration form in 2001. Some nonwhite Americans choose to identify as white, as the U.S. is poised to become a minority white nation by 2044. Read more  

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America  by Richard Rothstein – A Review. Richard Rothstein argues that inequality stems from deliberate housing policies on the part of the federal government, and that these policies thus constitute a violation of Constitutional rights. Read more 

Why Sessions’ Anti-Marijuana Agenda Is Racist.  Racial disparities in marijuana prosecutions have been one of the driving forces behind the incarceration crisis among people of color in this country. Read more 

Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’ Is a Sublime Portrait of Black Life in Chicago. This new Showtime series reworks Chicago mythology from the tall tales spun about it by the man currently sitting in the White House. Read more 

Trump administration to delay Obama rule combating housing segregation. HUD is planning to push back the deadline for cities to analyze and address issues of segregation and improve conditions for people of color by several years, to October 2020. Read more  

Trump’s voting commission failed, but the GOP’s war on voting rights still threatens 2018 elections. Don’t be fooled; the administration isn’t abandoning its deceitful effort. Read more 

Good news from today’s jobs report: The tight labor market is helping to reduce the racial unemployment gap. The African American unemployment rate hit 6.8 percent last month, the lowest on record, with data going back to the early 1970s. Read more 

Republicans Propose Statue to Black Confederate Soldiers. Yes, Really. Two Republican South Carolina state legislators want to put up a statue to honor the black soldiers of the Confederacy. Are they that stupid, or that hateful? Read more 

How Medical Racism Created A Black Anti-Abortion Movement. A new documentary investigates the argument that Planned Parenthood is pushing black genocide. Read more 

For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box. Court battles playing out over indigenous voting rights have the potential to tip tight races in states with large native populations and to influence matters of national importance. Read more 

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