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This week’s roundup of race and racism news

You may have noticed that last week, the Race/Racism column took a hiatus. …

Race/Racism

This week, English soccer’s best players face racist threats while Black female athletes’ mental health issues are met with little sympathy

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

From stopping an oil pipeline to getting reparations, protesting anti-Black injustice is getting results

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? …

Black people need equal access to America’s pools and waterways

My first summer job as a lifeguard made me a lover of all things summer. The sun seemed to kiss me, turning my skin dark brown. Each afternoon, I sat near the pool, watching kids splash about in the water. However, my favorite part of the day was in the…

Let’s Unpack This

Fox News has been appallingly transparent in its opposition to the fight for Black lives

In 1964 at the Audubon Ballroom, Malcolm X had more than a few choice words about the press. He acknowledged its power but also levied a distinct criticism. “Newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing,” said the…

When you drive around Chicago, or any city like it, recognition for its leaders should not just be visible in Black neighborhoods

I was surprisingly emotional when I covered the ceremony changing the name of a downtown Chicago street from Congress Drive to Ida B. Wells Drive.

Wells, a Black woman and journalist, was one of many people the city had not adequately honored — with only a torn-down housing authority project…

Attempts to dismiss critical race theory are part of a larger movement to ensure the lie of American history remains intact

There’s a saying that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. It’s an apropos statement for where we are in America as the country wages a war on its education system for how its history will be taught. Or not taught. Right now, Republican Party members…

Texas freedmen walked away from plantation owners at the end of slavery. The Emancipation Trail ride covers the original June 19, 1865 route.

This essay is a special contribution to Momentum @ Medium by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, also an avid cyclist. Scroll down for additional images of the ride, which started in Galveston and ended in Houston’s Emancipation Park.

Living in Texas, I have always felt connected to a special part…

Momentum traveled to Detroit, Durham and Birmingham to document the holiday commemorating the slow end of slavery.

For many Black Americans, Juneteenth is the real Independence Day. It marks the date in 1865 — two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — when enslaved Texans were finally notified that they were free. Since then, on every Juneteenth in Texas and later, in other states, Black families come together…

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‘Juneteenth was a reminder that we are free from slavery but not from legalized discrimination’

This past weekend, I emptied out my camera bag and made space for diapers, wipes, and a few face masks. After a year-plus of quarantining, I strapped my three-year-old daughter into the car seat, and we headed out to our first post-Covid public gathering, a Juneteenth celebration. We decided to…

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