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The Case for Voting Rights Legislation

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There are two types of centrists in U.S. politics. Some would convincingly argue poor White people are being left behind along with Black people and people of color and they require uplifting along with other groups — as in West Virginia with a whopping 16% poverty rate. …

Image, from 1963 March on Washington, by Rowland Scherman, Flickr, Archives Foundation. Creative Commons License…

Imagine you were to seek out a therapist, perhaps to help you work through some childhood and adolescent traumas that continued to impact your life as an adult.

You wish to get to the bottom of your current damage by exploring your past, hopeful that with proper guidance, you can…

RACISM + SOCIAL MEDIA

Photo by Silvana Alejandra Tejera on Unsplash

Right now, #IHadAWhiteFriend is trending on Twitter, and some of the responses might be pretty shocking for White people. So, as with any trend, you're probably wondering who rolled the snowball down the hill. Michael Harriot, a critically acclaimed poet and journalist who lovingly says he's from the Southside of…

RACISM + POLITICS

Birmingham police take Martin Luther King Jr., Rev Ralph Abernathy in for questioning (1962) | via Smithsonian

Ever since the federal government declared January 17th a national holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., many White people have misquoted his words, twisting them into a colorblind fantasy that goes against the very spirit of his life's work. …

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. …

BLACK ORGANIZATIONS MATTER

A black Union soldier and his family during the Civil War | Photo Credit |…

First, let me say that I am an American descendant of slavery, and I believe that we deserve reparations for the demonstrable practices of slavery and Jim Crow that characterizes so much of the Black American experience. “Black people were enslaved here longer than we have been free.”

Even though…

RACISM + HISTORY

New Orleans Mural | Homère Plessy (right) and P.B.S. Pinchback, first Black governor (left) |…

Are you Black, White, or Creole? Those are the questions you might still hear if you come to New Orleans, the city Homère Plessy called home in the mid-1800s. Throughout history, mixed-race people in Louisiana were kept to the same sociopolitical level as Black people, even if they could pass…

RACE + HISTORY

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

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. Because of the free breakfast program organized in…

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