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

Feature – Cruel Old Party. The Republican Party won control of government promising help. Help for the unemployed, help for the uninsured; help for the struggling, help for the anxious. But help isn’t on its agenda. The plan, instead, is cruelty. Read more 

Locked Up for Being Poor. Across America, poor people are held in jail for days, weeks or even months solely because they don’t have the cash to bail themselves out. Read more. 

A string of attacks on black women reminds us that racism is impossible to quantify. What degree of animus would lead someone to hang bananas on strings in the shape of nooses at three locations on the campus of American University in Washington this week? Read more 

What happens when the white guys are back in charge. Another day, another team photo of the GOP celebrating together in a white-male photo shoot, as they prepare to strip away rights of women and protections for the most vulnerable. Read more 

Before Michelle, Barack Obama asked another woman to marry him. Then politics got in the way. A massive new biography sheds light on the relationships, sacrifices and calculations that enabled the Obama presidency. Read more 

The Republican Party is sociopathic: If you didn’t know that already, the health care bill should make it clear.  Republicans have long since left normal politics behind and veered into irresponsible, sadistic misbehavior. Read more  

Jackson, Mississippi, Just Nominated Radical Activist Chokwe Antar Lumumba to Be the Next Mayor. A fresh model for economic and social-justice politics is emerging in the South. Read more 

Whites Cheer Black Athletes and Loathe Them At the Same Time – We Ask Why? For multitudes of white sport fans, thinking of Black athletes as mutli-million-dollar slaves has made it no easier to stomach a sports world where Black ballers reign. Read more 

Colgate’s Black Students ‘Angry, Sad, Confused’ In Aftermath of Racial Profiling Incident.  The way white people interact with Black people led Cottrell to wonder what the school’s response would have been if the accused gunman had been white. Read more 

“The Third Reconstruction” by Rev William Barber. The story of Moral Mondays — a multiracial democracy movement that scared the hell out of Southern politicians. Read a book excerpt here.

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