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DOJ Official Acknowledges Mistakes in Japanese American Internment Cases

DOJ Official Acknowledges Mistakes in Japanese American Internment Cases

by Asraa Mustufa on May 26 2011, 1:30PM

It’s a long overdue and highly unusual move for the Supreme Court’s top lawyer.

Topics: History

Re-Branding Revolution: 7 Icons Pimped for Profit and Empire

Re-Branding Revolution: 7 Icons Pimped for Profit and Empire

by Stokely Baksh, Jamilah King on May 25 2011, 12:40PM

Chavez as a Navy ship? Ghandi as a corporate salesman? Here’s a handful of the most laughable appropriations of radical political history.

Topics: History

Study: Whites Think 'Reverse Racism' is on the Rise

Study: Whites Think ‘Reverse Racism’ is on the Rise

by Asraa Mustufa on May 24 2011, 2:45PM

Researchers at Tufts University and Harvard Business School prove that we’re still missing the point on institutional privilege.

Topics: History

If Black Power's Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

If Black Power’s Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 16 2011, 9:30AM

Victor Goode and Tim Jones-Yelvington add context and questions to the ongoing conversation about racial and political identities.

Topics: History, Politics

50 Years After Freedom Rides, a Stunning Film Revives the Heroism

50 Years After Freedom Rides, a Stunning Film Revives the Heroism

by Jamilah King on May 16 2011, 9:02AM

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson talks about the incredible journey of some of the civil rights movement’s youngest and most fearless leaders.

Topics: History

What Ever Happened to Black Power? (And Do We Care?)

What Ever Happened to Black Power? (And Do We Care?)

by Reniqua Allen on May 12 2011, 10:19AM

A new Malcolm X biography has put black nationalism in the news again. Reniqua Allen looks back, and forward, at the political ideology he helped popularize.

Topics: History

19 Years After L.A.'s Uprising, What's Changed? Photo

19 Years After L.A.’s Uprising, What’s Changed?

by Thoai Lu, Hatty Lee on May 4 2011, 8:51AM

Black, brown and Asian communities are still searching for answers two decades after one of the nation’s deadliest urban uprisings.

Topics: History

The Love Story That Made Marriage a Fundamental Right

The Love Story That Made Marriage a Fundamental Right

by Asraa Mustufa on April 27 2011, 10:16AM

A new documentary brings to life Richard and Mildred Loving’s quiet activism against race-mixing laws at this week’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Alabama Senate Apologizes to Recy Taylor for 1944 Rape Case

Alabama Senate Apologizes to Recy Taylor for 1944 Rape Case

by Benjamin Greenberg on April 22 2011, 9:01AM

Taylor’s case has been a symbol of the sexual violence black women suffered for decades.

Topics: History

The Long Racial History of the Tea Party's Deficit Trojan Horse

The Long Racial History of the Tea Party’s Deficit Trojan Horse

by Dorian Warren on April 13 2011, 10:30AM

The American right has been railing against the size of federal government for centuries. We’d do well to remember why.

Topics: History, Politics, Shutdown

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 11 2011, 10:31AM

How should we deal with the kinds of comments littering Mister Cee and Malcolm X threads?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, History, Mister Cee

We're Nowhere Near the Mountaintop King Described Before His Death

We’re Nowhere Near the Mountaintop King Described Before His Death

by Kai Wright on April 4 2011, 11:29AM

King lent his celebrity to the black men who labored in Memphis’ refuge because they symbolized a global economy built upon exploiting black and brown people.

Topics: Economy, History, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

Alabama House Approves Apology for Recy Taylor

Alabama House Approves Apology for Recy Taylor

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 30 2011, 12:57PM

Taylor’s 1944 rape stands as an iconic example of the impunity with which white men attacked black women during the Jim Crow era.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

Daughter of Slaves Not Recognized as World's Oldest Woman

Daughter of Slaves Not Recognized as World’s Oldest Woman

by Thoai Lu on March 29 2011, 11:45AM

Rebecca Lanier is 119 years old but, like most black Americans of her time, was never issued a birth certificate.

Topics: History

Recy Taylor Gets a Personal Sorry, But No Apology From Alabama

Recy Taylor Gets a Personal Sorry, But No Apology From Alabama

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 22 2011, 11:10AM

The 91-year-old’s family still wants a formal apology for the failure to investigate and prosecute her rapists for nearly 70 years.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

An (Immortal) Women's History Month Reading List

An (Immortal) Women’s History Month Reading List

by Rinku Sen on March 18 2011, 10:36AM

I love books, and here are three of my favorites for March reading.

Topics: History, Movement

Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape

Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 16 2011, 3:00AM

She was one of literally uncounted black women who were assaulted without justice in Jim Crow’s South.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

W.E.B. DuBois's Color Line From 1900, in Visuals

W.E.B. DuBois’s Color Line From 1900, in Visuals

by Hatty Lee on March 11 2011, 10:00AM

Sociology students from Atlanta University created the graphs for Exposition Universelle in Paris.

Topics: History

King's Fight for Unions Is Still Essential

King’s Fight for Unions Is Still Essential

by Michael Honey on February 23 2011, 9:22AM

MLK died fighting for the very rights that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and a growing number of his GOP counterparts want to take away.

Topics: Economy, History, Jobs Crisis, Wisconsin

Recy Taylor, Sexual Violence, and the Horrors of Jim Crow

Recy Taylor, Sexual Violence, and the Horrors of Jim Crow

by Jamilah King on February 11 2011, 9:55AM

The stories of countless black women who were raped by white men during the civil rights era have gone overlooked entirely.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor