Race Inquiry Digest (October 26) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

Featured – Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, a new civil rights leader takes center stage. The Rev Dr William Barber stands at the pulpit where Martin Luther King Jr preached 50 years ago, issuing an impassioned call to arms, his deep baritone filling the church. Read more  

‘Insulting African American Gold Star widows has a history.’ Over a hundred black women signed up to make the government-funded pilgrimage to Europe in the early 1930s, only to be told by the War Department that they couldn’t travel or share hotels with their white counterparts. Read more 

Majority Of White Americans Say They Believe Whites Face Discrimination. A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Read more 
When Black Lives Mattered: Why Teach Reconstruction. Reconstruction, the era immediately following the Civil War and emancipation, is full of stories that help us see the possibility of a future defined by racial equity. Read more

When Race Tips the Scales in Plea Bargaining. New research finds that prosecutors give white defendants better deals than black defendants. Read more 

Watch Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump. And possibly handed him the whole election. Read more 

Concerned about ‘identity extremists?’ There’s one in the White House. The FBI claims to be worried about ‘premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence’ from protest groups. What about the danger posed by the president? Read more 

He Beat the KKK. Can He Convince Alabama to Reject Bigotry Again? Doug Jones is hoping that a civil rights message can defeat Roy Moore and send a Democrat to the Senate. Read more 

The U.S. military has a white nationalism problem. U.S. soldiers believe white nationalism is a greater security threat than Syria or Afghanistan. Read more 

University History Departments Have a Race Problem. The alt right is appropriating medieval studies and classical scholarship. What can academics do to stop them? Read more 

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