Momentum
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Terrence Johnson, 16, is escorted outside the courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Maryland May 4, 1979 after being sentenced to 25 years in jail in the shooting of a Prince George’s County police officer. — (Photo by Gerald Martineau. The image is an auction find.)

In the summer of 1978, 15-year-old Terrence Johnson was taken into custody by Prince George’s County Police (Prince George’s County is located right outside Washington D.C.). According to Johnson’s account, he was being beaten and mistreated in an interrogation room by an officer. …

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When conservatives bemoan the state of education and its supposed hijacking by woke mobs intent on destroying critical thought in the name of political correctness, they insist they are only interested in the search for truth.

The left, they say, seeks to shut down that quest — the animating spirit…

RACE + HISTORY

Brad Jones of Black Panthers Organization serves breakfast to youngsters | Photo Credit | Associated Press

We never learned about the Black Panther Party in Louisiana’s public schools. But, ironically, the free toast, grits, and orange juice many of my classmates enjoyed wouldn’t be available if it weren’t for the Black Panther’s Free Breakfast for School Children Program.

RACE

This illustration of the 1898 Wilmington massacre typifies how publications of the time promoted misleading characterizations of the incident as a “race riot” or a Black insurrection. Source: History.com/Alamy Photo

When I researched an article on the Wilmington Coup of 1898 earlier this year, several things struck me about this little-known historical event. …

Race + Entertainment

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The entertainment industry is known for its cadre of liberal actors.

Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Sarah Silverman, and other mega stars are well known for their activism and support for liberal causes and candidates. I, for one, welcome it.

Even years ago, the likes of Paul…

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Several years ago, when research about implicit bias — also known as unconscious bias — started to enter discussions about racism and how to undo it, I remember thinking three things.

First, the research demonstrated an obvious truth: people internalize biases picked up from society.

Second, the instrument chosen to…

Momentum

A blog from Medium about the fight against anti-Black racism.

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