Race Inquiry Digest (May 10) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Feature – William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump. The Reverend Dr. William Barber, a pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, in Goldsboro, North Carolina, has become, in the past few years, an indispensable figure in the civil-rights landscape, and, perhaps, the individual most capable of crafting a broad-based political counterpoint to the divisiveness of Trumpism.  Read more 
Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece, ‘Barracoon,’ finally sees the light of day. Zora Neale Hurston’s recovered masterpiece, “Barracoon,” is a stunning addition to several overlapping canons of American literature. Available now in this handsome edition with a foreword by Alice Walker, it joins a small body of firsthand accounts of the transatlantic slave trade while providing a new glimpse into the life of Hurston as an anthropologist. Read more 

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye. Ta-Nehisi Coates takes on the controversy surrounding Kanye West in a compelling essay in The Atlantic. Read more 

How Indians See Nikki Haley. A politician who can straddle the cultures of South Carolina and the Subcontinent knows a thing or two about winning popular support. She may have even more in India than the U.S. Read more 

How a Wave of Honest History Museums Is Changing Black Tourism. Thankfully, the opening of the Legacy Museum and the associated National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, represents a growing wave of historical attractions aiming to look squarely at American history. Read more 

Mississippi Delta Chinese-Americans Challenge Idea Of Monolithic Asian America. The Mississippi River Delta is home to a small yet tight-knit group of Chinese-Americans who’ve held on to their Asian heritage while also embodying Southern culture. Read more 

Young people of color most affected by police killings: study. In other words, people of color between the ages of 25–34 overall will lose more years of their lives to police killings than bicycle accidents. Read more 

White fear elected Trump: Political scientist Diana Mutz on the “status threat” hypothesis. “Economic anxiety” had nothing to do with the 2016 election, study finds. White people felt they were under threat. Read more 

Fighting Street Gun Violence as if It Were a Contagion. Demeatreas Whatley supervises Cure Violence’s new site in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, one of the city’s most violent places. Read more 

She Hails From Tribal Chiefs. Now She’s Ready To Be Idaho’s Governor. Democrat Paulette Jordan could be the nation’s first Native American governor. But first, she’s taking on her party’s establishment. Read more 

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