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  • Misunderstanding blackfolks

    Misunderstanding blackfolks

    It is too easy to view the verbal tirade of Ta-Nehisi Coates against the radical bona fides of Bernie Sanders from the perspective of Democratic presidential battle lines and, if you "feel the Bern," to immediately decry Coates as a threat to Sanders successfully wooing black voters. Mind you,...

  • Reparations and the Racial Residual

    Reparations and the Racial Residual

    Over the past several years the issue of reparations has received more traction than at any other time in the 21st century. While activists have been working on the issue for decades, Ta-Nehisi Coates' work in The Atlantic has been largely responsible for bringing reparations back into the public...

  • Rationale for the Omnibus American Reparation and Restitution Bill

    Rationale for the Omnibus American Reparation and Restitution Bill

    In this proposal, I outline seven separate but interrelated claims for reparations and restitutions that African-Americans are due in order for this country to help repair the trauma and damage of white supremacy inflicted on the population in a very targeted fashion. University of Connecticut...

  • Four Voices On Reparations

    Four Voices On Reparations

    In June 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a lengthy piece about reparations in The Atlantic, arguing that the country needed to take a serious look at compensating African-Americans for “Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years...

  • Bernie Sanders' approach to reparations should sober Black America

    Bernie Sanders' approach to reparations should sober Black America

    It's hard to miss rapper Killer Mike. His tenacity, stature, presence, and the fact that he will go down in the history of hip-hop legends—a living, breathing political hip-hop genius in our lifetime. And the rapper's brilliance goes far beyond moving the crowd as he performs songs like 'God In...

  • Sandra Bland's sister Sharon Cooper talks about her sister's activism and her own journey into activism

    Sandra Bland's sister Sharon Cooper talks about her sister's activism and her own journey into activism

    Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, was driving through Prairie View, Texas, on July 10, 2015, when a state trooper pulled her over for failing to signal a lane change. Bland refused to put out her cigarette, according to the cop's dash-cam video which later went viral, and some...

  • Murder Ink: 2 murders this week, 311 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 2 murders this week, 311 murders this year

    Baltimore went nearly a week without a homicide, something it hasn't done since March. Saturday, Nov. 28 4:05 a.m. Julio Trujillo, a 29-year-old Hispanic man, was on the 600 block of South Monroe Street when someone shot him. Medics got him to a hospital where he died shortly thereafter. Sunday,...

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