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This week’s roundup of race and racism news

Emmett Till. Image: Getty


Race/Racism

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

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


Race/Racism

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

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash


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

Photo: Peter Idowu/Unsplash


Let’s Unpack This

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

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has called Black Lives Matter “a national humiliation.”


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

See that highway hugging Lake Michigan? That’s Chicago’s historic Lake Shore Drive. Just last week it was renamed for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the Black man who is credited with creating a trading post and being the first non-Native permanent resident of the area that is now known as Chicago.


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

Students raise their hands in a classroom. Photo: Getty Images


The Emancipation Trail riders cycled for about 55 miles of highways and trails between Galveston and Houston, Texas. Bikers took the route paved by freedmen who left Galveston after learning — two years after the fact — about the end of slavery. The route is now a National Historic Trail. Photos: Michael Starghill for Momentum/Medium

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


Little children play with hula hoops during a Juneteenth celebration in Durham, N.C. It’s a scene repeated city after city and state after state as even more people begin to celebrate the nation’s newest, federally-recognized holiday. Photo: Cornell Watson for Momentum

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


Willa was clapping along to the beat on her mommy’s shoulders while the drumline played a cadence. All images taken by Cornell Watson for Momentum at Medium.

File This Under: Black Joy

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

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