TRENDING - 2021

Catholic Order Pledges $100 Million to Atone for Slave Labor and Sales

4/01/21 - The New York Times - Rachel L. Swarns

In one of the largest efforts by an institution to atone for slavery, a prominent order of Catholic priests has vowed to raise $100 million to benefit the descendants of the enslaved people it once owned and to promote racial reconciliation initiatives across the United States.

The move by the leaders of the Jesuit conference of priests represents the largest effort by the Roman Catholic Church to make amends for the buying, selling and enslavement of Black people, church officials and historians said.


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NFL Class Counsel Poised To Remove Race-norming From Concussion Settlement Program

3/23/21 - ABC News - Pete Madden

As the NFL and the class counsel representing former players in the league’s landmark concussion settlement program prepare for a court-ordered mediation to address concerns about race-norming, both sides appear to agree that race should no longer be a factor in determining eligibility for compensation for head injuries. The controversial practice has sparked a firestorm of criticism against the league for what critics says is a two-tiered system – one for Black players and one for white players – to calculate payouts to some former players who claim to be suffering from the lingering effects of head trauma sustained during their careers


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Citizens with complaints against Miami police can meet officers face-to-face to resolve dispute - Opinion

3/22/21 - Miami Herald - Rodney W. Jacobs and Russell Motley

A few weeks ago, members of the community came together on the third-floor terrace of the Pérez Art Museum Miami — outdoors and socially distanced — to embark on training that would be pivotal in establishing the city of Miami Community Police Mediation program.

Miami will be the first city in the state to augment its traditional police department’s internal affairs (IA) process with a mediation program to address lower-level community complaints, from discourtesy to improper procedure.


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For Black Virginians, Fight Against White Supremacy Continues

3/02/21 - NPR - Brandon Shillingford

In 1869, the Buckingham County courthouse - and the records within it - burned to the ground. One historian says it was another blow to African Americans in the commonwealth, part of over 200 years of theft and exploitation committed by the white aristocracy, which continue today.

The cause of the fire has been debated for decades, but Dr. Lakshmi Fjord, a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia and former Buckingham County resident, believes it's quite clear what happened that night.


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As A Young Black Girl, I Loved My Grandfather. Then I Found Out He'd Been A KKK Member.

2/19/21 - HuffPost - Lisa Marie Simmons·Guest Writer

“Say it again!” I yelled, staring Billy T. down. Though there was a hot, prickly itching behind my eyes, they stayed dry. He chanted in a taunting schoolyard singsong.

“N**ger, N**ger, N****ggger.”

I was 11 years old in Boulder, Colorado, the only Black kid in the schoolyard. All the kids gathered around to watch me cry. Again.


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How textbooks taught white supremacy

2/19/21 - The Havard Gazette - Liz Mineo

A historian steps back to the 1700s and shares what's changed and what needs to change


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Mississippi Governor Signs Law For Flag Without Rebel Emblem

1/12/21 - AP - EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

Mississippi hoisted a new state flag without the Confederate battle emblem on Monday, just over six months after legislators retired the last state banner in the U.S. that included the divisive rebel symbol.

The new flag has a magnolia and the phrase, “In God We Trust.” Voters approved the design in November, and Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday signed a law to make it an official state symbol.


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Amazon Is Booting Parler Off Of Its Web Hosting Service

1/11/21 - Buzz Feed - John Paczkowski / Ryan Mac

Amazon's suspension of Parler's account means that unless it can find another host, once the ban takes effect on Sunday Parler will go offline.


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White Rioters At The Capitol Got Police Respect, Black Protestors Got Rubber Bullets

1/08/21 - MSNBC - Trymaine Lee

For all the ugliness and violence of the Capitol riot this week, the most telling aspect is what we didn't see happen to those white extremists who threw up the middle finger to our democracy.

They battered through doors and stormed the Capitol. They attacked police officers and desecrated the halls of Congress. They ransacked offices and planted homemade explosive devices near the Capitol grounds. A few insurrectionists even waved the traitor's flag — the battle flag of the Confederacy, an emblem of white supremacy — in triumph. And they did it all without being shot or beaten on sight.


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3 Grammy Contenders Share Outrage At All-White Category, Decline Nominations

1/04/21 - NPR

The Grammy Awards will be handed out this month virtually, and there's a twist in the kids category. Three of the five acts nominated for best children's album are saying thanks, but no thanks. They're protesting the fact that the category only includes white nominees.


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