Race Inquiry Digest (November 23) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – Trump’s racist rants follow a pattern. Even his supporters are tired of it. Notice something? There’s no mistaking the fact that the subject of Trump’s ire are all prominent African Americans. It’s no coincidence that Trump makes a sport of attacking black celebrities, especially those who have been outspoken against his policies or behavior in office. Read more


Robert Reich: Jim Crow Is Making a Furious Comeback.
The former secretary of labor warns hundreds of thousands are being disenfranchised because they are poor. Read more 

The Thanksgiving an imprisoned Jack Johnson fought two men at Leavenworth. When he fought on that Thanksgiving afternoon in 1920, Johnson was 43 and at least a decade past his athletic prime. But he was always more than a boxer. Read more 

Colin Kaepernick and the Legacy of the Negro National Anthem. Congress declared “The Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem in 1931. Well before then, however, black communities across the Jim Crow South were instead embracing the soaring, aspirational lyrics of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Read more 

Trump’s judicial picks: ‘The goal is to end the progressive state.’ Donald Trump is radically reshaping the same federal courts that have been the biggest bulwark against his agenda – by picking mostly white, conservative men. Read more 

Trump Administration Ends Temporary Protection for Haitians. The Trump administration is ending a humanitarian program that has allowed some 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States since an earthquake ravaged their country in 2010. Read more 

Harvard fight could redirect 40 years of affirmative action. The Justice Department this week signaled it would pursue Asian-American students’ complaints of bias in admissions at Harvard University, a move that could ultimately alter the future of affirmative action nationwide. Read more 

Tell them we are rising :The story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the Civil War and influenced the course of our nation yet remains one of America’s most important untold stories. Until now. Watch the trailer 

The Politics of Comparison. Chris Hayes in A Colony in a Nation intends to elevate the Movement for Black Lives by placing it on a par with the American Revolution, but his analysis carries troubling implications. Read more 

Is This the Most Radical Mayor in America? Chokwe Antar Lumumba has an audacious plan to make Jackson, Mississippi, the “most radical city on the planet.” Read more 

My mother spent her life passing as white. Discovering her secret changed my view of race — and myself. I’d never seen my mother so afraid. “Promise me,” she pleaded, “you won’t tell anyone until after I die. How will I hold my head up with my friends?” Read more

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