Race Inquiry Digest ( November 13) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – Can My Children Be Friends With White People? When they ask, I will teach my sons that their beautiful hue is a fault line. Spare me platitudes of how we are all the same on the inside. I first have to keep my boys safe, and so I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal. Read more 

How to Fight White Backlash. The problem of white backlash in American politics isn’t new. Every instance of black political advancement—Reconstruction, the civil rights movement, or the rise of Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency—has provoked it. Read more 

How African American WWII Veterans Were Scorned By the G.I. Bill. The G.I. Bill provided financial support in the form of cash stipends for schooling, low-interest mortgages, job skills training, low-interest loans, and unemployment benefits. Read more 

Where Native Kids Were Sent To Be Americanized. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Native American children were bused to off-reservation schools as part of a federal effort to inculcate them with Judeo-Christian values and speed their assimilation. Read more 

Gen. Kelly’s Civil War Story Derives From 19th-Century Pro-Slavery Evangelicalism. That evangelicalism is deeply implicated in white supremacy gets clearer by the day. Read more 

Black Women Voters Save Democratic Candidates Time and Time Again. In 2016, African-American women had the highest voter participation rate of any demographic in the country, and black turnout soared on Tuesday. Black women’s crucial role in getting Northam and Murphy elected wasn’t some kind of fluke, it was par for the political course. Read more 
As NFL protest movement shifts, neutrality is no longer an option. Whether players kneel, stand, lock arms or do nothing, most find themselves having to explain their actions — or inaction — to their respective circle of friends and family. Read more 

We’re Sick of Racism, Literally.
More than 700 studies on the link between discrimination and health have been published since 2000. This body of work establishes a connection between discrimination and physical and mental well-being. Read more 

When Jazz Age Superstar Josephine Baker Spied on the Nazis. The African-American singer and dancer was the toast of Paris when French intelligence asked her to spy on the Axis. It became one of her greatest performances. Read more 

Most Decorated Unit In U.S. History Fought For A Country That Didn’t Accept Them. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was made up of Japanese-Americans, many of whom served when their families were imprisoned behind barbed wire. Read more 

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