Race Inquiry Digest (October 19) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – The Values Voters Summit Props Up Our White-Supremacist Corporate Oligarchy. These Christian nationalists serve only the wealthiest Americans and take every opportunity to hurt the poor. Read more 

NFL owners, players meet to talk race, justice and working together. Eric Reid: It was important to explain to owners why these issues are so important to us. Read more 

Black Superheroes Matter: Why a ‘Black Panther’ Movie Is Revolutionary. How Marvel’s investment in a stand-alone movie for Wakanda’s king signals a new era for black superheroes – and superhero movies at large. Read more 

New Documentary Blends Civil Rights Murders With Hunt for Blues Icons. ‘Two Trains Runnin” fuses the story of the Mississippi Burning murders with the search for Son House and Skip James. Read more 

Thelonious Monk’s Quiet, Slow Conquest of the World. For decades a respected but somewhat eccentric figure even within the jazz scene, the pianist and composer is at the peak of his influence as he reaches his centennial this month. Read more 

Mississippi School Named After Jefferson Davis to be Renamed After Obama. The PTA president said Obama “fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.” Read more  

Trump’s Big Mouth May Have Given Colin Kaepernick a Case Against the NFL. The president may be key to the quarterback winning his collusion grievance. Read more 

How genetics undermines “scientific” arguments for racism. Our categories of “race” are scientifically absurd – DNA and skin color are not that simply related. Read more 

Cold case no more: Police arrest 5 in ‘torturous’ 1983 slaying. Heather Coggins was 6 years old when her Uncle Tim was killed in what police say was a vicious, racially motivated murder in the tiny hamlet of Sunny Side, Georgia. Read more 

Bill Rhoden Talks to Jelani Cobb About Protest and Professional Sports. The New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb reflects with Bill Rhoden, a writer at large for ESPN’s “Undefeated,” on the fifty-year history of black athletes embracing politics on the field. Read more 

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