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HISTORY + CIVIL RIGHTS

Photo Credit | Louisiana Civil Rights Trail

In Louisiana, public high schools dedicate a small window of time to discuss the Civil Rights Era, typically during Black history month — the year's shortest month. Students are not provided a Black History textbook but instead read excerpts from key speeches. At some point, the teacher usually shows a…

RACE + EDUCATION

Ben Campbell Steamship | [between 1852 and 1860] | Photo Credit | Libary of Congress

The story of White people interfering with Black people’s ability to live and learn freely seems deeply embedded in America’s cultural landscape. We have White conservatives lambasting critical race theory and The 1619 Project as invalid and harmful in the modern era. …

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.

Image: Koldunov Alexey, Shutterstock, standard license, purchased by author

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/Racism

Marcus Rashford reacts after a missed penalty shot in a match against Italy. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt/AMA/Getty Images

Several of this week’s selections got me thinking about the price Black people are sometimes forced to pay when they excel. There are always folks who seek to minimize or explain away our successes and maximize our failures or missteps. Black players on England’s national soccer team are facing harassment…

Race/Racism

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

This news roundup usually points out and discusses stories about anti-Black racism, and though I try to include at least one feel-good item every week, it’s generally a necessarily sobering read. But this week, I can start off with some good news, for a change? …

Momentum

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