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New COLORLINES Issue is Here!

by Malena Amusa on May 23 2007, 1:05PM

The May/June issue of COLORLINES Magazine is on newsstands and online NOW. This month and next, COLORLINES and its blog RaceWire are moving you into summer with more breaking news, commentary, reviews and investigations than ever before. Up first,…

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Is Obama Sending Mixed Messages?

by Malena Amusa on May 14 2007, 9:53AM

I was shocked this morning when I read a small article in the New York Times about an interview Sen. Barack Obama had on ABC’s “This Week.” On affirmative action, the story quoted Obama as saying: affirmative action programs…

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Another Rally Planned in L.A. after Police Attack

by The News on May 11 2007, 1:51PM

Thank God. AP reports: A week after a pro-immigration rally was broken up by police using batons and rubber bullets, activists announced plans to march again next month to refocus attention on their pleas for a path to citizenship. Rally…

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Racist Cinco de Mayo Spoof Surfaces

by Malena Amusa on May 11 2007, 1:14PM

From Racialicious: Here we go again. Our supposedly racism-free youth at their finest. Thanks to Tereza and Kyla for the tips. I’ll have some links coming out tomorrow, but in the meantime you can read about it here. Later,…

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The Racism in Germany They Didn’t Cover

by The News on May 11 2007, 9:01AM

A grizzly murder of an African man by German police barely makes tnews, but some are calling it a ghost of Nazism, the Black Star News reports. This story is worth reading. Germany made some recent international headlines when it…

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Jamestown Anniversary, a Dose of Truth

by The News on May 3 2007, 12:09PM

The 400th anniversary weekend celebration of Jamestown, America’s first English colony, is nearing. As numerous events recount the stories of this settlement, some are working hard to uncover the lives of people that came before and that fought to survive…

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Supreme Court? Supreme Problem

by Tammy Johnson on April 26 2007, 12:18PM

When I was a community organizer in Milwaukee, crafting the campaign plan was straightforward. Do the groundwork of going door-to-door, to churches and community events to educate people on the issue. Then mobilize them to move our target —testifying at…

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Imus, Not Even Half the Story

by The News on April 24 2007, 2:36PM

As Angry Asian Man reported, the culture of Don Imus is alive on radio and for the most part, going unchecked by mainstream activists: For instance, Power 105.1’s “Are You Smarter Than An Asian?” segment from the other week……

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Segregated Prom finds Racial Harmony

by Malena Amusa on April 24 2007, 11:20AM

The Associated Press reported yesterday: Ashburn, Georgia - For the first time, the faces of students at the Turner County High School prom were both white and black. Each year, in spite of integration, the school’s white students had raised…

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Bring Race into the Green

by Malena Amusa on April 23 2007, 7:11AM

Big-name politicians like Senators Clinton and Obama and gov. Schwarzenegger made speeches about greening our future and changing our energy policy in honor of Earth Day yesterday, Sunday April 22, 2007. As expected, they had good things to say. For…

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“What If It Happened Every Day?” Keith Boykin Writes

by The News on April 17 2007, 9:38AM

Writer Keith Boykin offers some tough analysis in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting. Made us here at RaceWire give two snaps: tnews was gruesome and alarming. Reuters reported that at least 30 people were shot yesterday in a…

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Who Was the VA Tech Murderer?

by Malena Amusa on April 17 2007, 7:27AM

(Students held a vigil at Virginia Tech campus Monday night, April 16, 2007, in Blacksburg, Va. after gunman massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history Monday/AP Photo/The Roanoke Times) tnews of…

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American Racism has Global Impact

by Malena Amusa on April 16 2007, 7:34AM

Case and point: A German army instructor ordered a soldier to envision himself in New York City facing hostile blacks while firing his machine gun, a video that aired yesterday on national television showed. The president of the Bronx, the…

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Women’s Voices: Lost in Translation

by The News on April 11 2007, 1:34PM

The deluge of commentary on the Imus debacle is dizzying in its volume. Thankfully, Jill Nelson sobers up this frenzy in her follow-up piece on Imus for Women in Media & News: “Black Women: First Dissed, Now Disappeared”. Here’s a…

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“Nigger-brown” Couch Packaged and Sold

by The News on April 11 2007, 1:13PM

(Toronto Star) True story. Racial slur on sofa label stuns family, reports the Toronto Star, April 6. When the new chocolate-coloured sofa set was delivered to her Brampton home, Doris Moore was stunned to see packing labels describing the…

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Imus: Nothing New, Jill Nelson says

by The News on April 9 2007, 7:07AM

(Nelson: “Norbit,” Eddie Murphy’s current movie, may be the most recent example of a black man putting on a dress and playing the fat, ignorant, loud, brown-skinned black woman as an object of ridicule and revulsion, you can bet…

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550 Inmates to be Released from Texas Juvenile Prisons

by Terry Keleher on April 5 2007, 9:49AM This week’s welcome release of Shaquanda Cotton, a 15-year-old Black girl sentenced to seven years in Texas juvenile prison for shoving a hall monitor at her high school, marks an important victory for grassroots and “net-roots” activism, the…

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Of News and Racial Cleansings

by Malena Amusa on April 4 2007, 7:15AM

Marco Williams in film “Banished” about America’s campaign of racial expulsions I’ve been meaning to post something about journalist Elliot Jaspin whose investigation uncovered a long, dreary season in American history between 1860 and 1920 when the country’s spree…

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Must See: Uncle Ben Gets Makeover

by The News on March 30 2007, 12:57PM

Rice commercial icon Uncle Ben just got a makeover—from old porter boy to chairman of the company. Food producer Mars, who sells Uncle Ben’s line of rices and side dishes, is trying to revive the racially charged Uncle Ben,…

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AsianWeek Writer Says there’s More Love than Hate

by Malena Amusa on March 19 2007, 7:45AM

A couple weeks after AsianWeek printed the derogatory column “Why I Hate Black People” by Kenneth Eng, the weekly newspaper’s Emil Guillermo, wrote a piece reflecting on acts of Black on Asian violence and Black on Asian love. He argues…

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