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

Featured – ‘Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law.’ Bill Moyers in conversation with author James Whitman about his new book that uncovers how the Nazis used Jim Crow laws as the model for their own race laws. Read more 

The women who erected Confederate statues are stunningly silent. I called the group to ask for its views on the Charlottesville debacle and other protests. I was told it did not have a media spokesperson. Read more 

How to Combat Racial Bias: Start in Childhood. My colleagues and I are starting to take a new look at the problem of racial bias by investigating its origins in early childhood. As we learn more about how biases take hold, will we eventually be able to intervene before any biases become permanent? Read more 

R&B’s Changing Voice: How Hip-Hop Edged Grittier Singers Out of the Mainstream. Lower-register pipes once thrived on the airwaves, but rap caused a paradigm shift. Artists and producers reflect on how we got here, and what’s next. Read more 

Muhammad Ali Was the Greatest but That’s Not the Whole Story. The heavyweight champion was admirable in many ways, but he was no plaster saint, says his latest biographer, and we do our hero no favors by refusing to confront his flaws. Read more  

The book that lies at the heart of white nationalist violence. It’s been connected to over 200 murders. Read more 

Trump and Pence’s war on black athletes has nothing to do with sports. It is obvious that Mike Pence’s recent political stunt is part of a larger Trump administration plan: to inflame supporters by ginning up white racial animus towards “disloyal” and “unpatriotic” black and brown Americans. Read more  

The NFL Protesters Are Getting Their Message Across. The percentage of self-described football fans who say they believe the protests are meant to target police violence has risen to 66 percent, a 13-point increase. Read more  

Black Lawmakers Hold a Particular Grievance With Facebook: Racial Exploitation. As black activists tried last year to focus attention on police brutality, unfair treatment before the law, inequality and white supremacy, social media giants like Facebook were being commandeered by Russian intelligence agents to turn white voters against them. Read more 

The Ancient Origins of Both Light and Dark Skin. A study of diverse people from Africa shows that the genetic story of our skin is more complicated than previously thought. Read more  

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