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Oh, how easily we forget…

by The News on April 17 2007, 9:59AM

News outlets all over the country are calling the Virginia Tech massacre the deadliest shooting in modern American history. But as one writer points out, this is another example of how mainstream media works to forget our painful history of…


“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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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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Sanjaya Malakar, a Product of the Times?

by The News on April 9 2007, 8:34AM

Indian stars are on the rise, USAToday reported Sunday: It’s not just Apu anymore. After years of relative anonymity, performers of Indian heritage are establishing a small but growing presence in TV and film, breaking stereotypes along the way….

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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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Geraldo and O’Reilly Tussle over Immigration

by The News on April 6 2007, 10:57AM

Geraldo throws some surprisingly sound punches in this rowdy and rambunctious fight about immigration that proved once again that FOX’s O’Reilly is the most ill-spoken and bigoted mainstream TV broadcaster out there today. It’s just a shame that a good…

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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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Must See: FOX News’ Attack on Black America

by The News on March 14 2007, 2:57PM

*NOTE: Update to “Fox News’ Attack on Black America” AlterNet reports: CNN has announced that they (and ostensibly NOT Fox News) will partner with the Congressional Black Caucus for the Jan. ‘08 presidential debate in South Carolina. Expect the rhetoric…

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The Affirmative Action Clarence Thomas Wants to Forget

by The News on March 14 2007, 7:09AM

Supreme Court Justice Thomas has been in tnews lately for saying his all-white band of court clerks are absent of minorities because he doesn’t have a quota system. While a few quotas might have forced an integration of his staff,…


Trouble in Black Greekland

by The News on March 13 2007, 7:49AM

Some organizations of gay Black men posing as college Greeks have formed over the years. One of them, MIAKA, a male sorority which means Men Interested in Alpha Kappa Alpha, a historically Black female Greek organization, has caught significant news…

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Must Read: Univited Guest Working

by The News on March 12 2007, 1:04PM

Many immigrant workers in America quickly meet the ugly truth behind guest worker programs touted by the Bush administration that promise descent paying jobs. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent report shows that instead, these workers are: • routinely cheated…


FBI Owns Up to Patriot Act Abuses

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

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III admitted the agency’s abuse of the Patriot Act, legislation passed after 9/11 to identify terrorists, the L.A. Times reported March 9. Meuller confirmed that the FBI has unlawfully subpoenaed thousands of telephone, email…

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Racial Makeover for Health Care in Jersey

by The News on March 12 2007, 7:37AM

The New Jersey Department of Health is trying to put the squash on racial disparity according to its new report on the state’s disproportionate number of Blacks and Latinos hit by HIV/AIDS, obesity and diabetes. From the Kaiser Foundation: Language…

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Leaked Memo on NAACP Resignation

by The News on March 12 2007, 7:34AM

BREAKING NEWS over at afro-netizen: Bruce Gordon’s outgoing memo to the NAACP board The following memorandum was forwarded to Afro-Netizen by an anonymous source on Saturday, March 10, 2007. Afro-Netizen has independently confirmed that it was written by recently resigned…

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Can Apologies Wash Away Racism?

by The News on March 9 2007, 8:42AM

…Some politicians would have you think so as leaders on the left and right propose state-sponsored apologies for slavery and the near extermination of Native Americans. Sen. Sam Brownback and Rep. Stephen I. Cohen are proposing two of the most…

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Outsourcing Affirmative Action?

by The News on March 9 2007, 7:15AM

(African Students at Penn State) When compared with Native-born Black students, African and Caribbean students are overrepresented at America’s top-tier universities, raising concerns about the implementation of Affirmative Action, reported today: “13 percent of of the nation’s college-age…

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American Idol Skips Race Beat

by The News on March 8 2007, 8:36AM

One contestant was black. The other white. Both were found to have racy photos posted online. But a few seasons ago, American Idol kicked off the Black contestant Frenchie Davis for posing her naked on an adult website ….

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Imus spews racist, sexist views on Clinton

by The News on March 8 2007, 8:14AM

Why do some racists think it’s okay to say backward mess as long as its couched in so-called humor? Better, why hasn’t MSNBC’s Imus of Imus in the Morning been fired? Media Matters reported this week: On the March 6…

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Clinton Overcomes; Obama Overwhelmes

by The News on March 5 2007, 8:02AM

(New York Times photo) Presidential hopefuls and Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stole the show this Sunday, when the two met in Selma, Alabama, along with a team of Black leaders and supporters, to commemorate Blacks’ bloody march…

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