Race Inquiry Digest (November 16) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – Opioid Vs. Crack Addiction: A Racial Double Standard? It’s been years in the making, but finally lawmakers and government agencies are jumping in to slow the progress of the opioid epidemic – a crisis that kills more than 28,000 persons in the U.S. each year. But the powers-that-be showed little concern for sufferers when crack cocaine was affecting persons in a similar manner in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Read more 

Watch : Heroin(e) | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix. In the face of the opioid epidemic in a West Virginia town, three women are giving their community a fighting chance. Heroin(e), only on Netflix September 12. Watch here

Ta-Nehisi Coates on living, writing, and being black in Trump’s America. ” You’re Not Wrong. You’re Not Crazy.” Listen to Podcast 

Trump sounds ignorant of history. But racist ideas often masquerade as ignorance. The White House’s fumbling about slavery and the Civil War fits a long pattern in American politics. Read more 

Sessions was confronted about the lack of diversity in his staff. His reply was a mess. “Diversity is a matter that has significance.” Read more 

Colin Kaepernick: Meek Mill Is Victim of ‘Systemic Oppression.’ This criminal (in)justice system, ripe with racial discrimination, stigmatizes, profiles, and targets young Black men,” quarterback writes. Read more

 Ta-Nehisi Coates Breaks Down Why White People Can’t Say The N-Word In Rap Songs. For any white person who still doesn’t get why they shouldn’t ever say the N-word, even if it’s just rapping along to a hip-hop song, Ta-Nehisi Coates has a straight-forward explanation. Watch here 

Almost Half of White Southerners Believe White People Are Under Attack. They’re not targeted by police, nor discriminated against when applying for jobs or housing, but according to a new poll from Winthrop University, nearly half of white Southerners believe they are in danger. Read more 

Lupita Nyong’o is right: erasing her afro hair exposes the extent of prejudice. Grazia UK’s editing of the actor’s image recalls the treatment of Solange Knowles. Why do editors remove a black woman’s afro hair and features? Read more 

The Guardian view on white nationalism: a rising danger. Almost a century after the end of ‘the war to end all wars’, Europe is in danger of forgetting lessons from the 20th century. Read more 

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