News, Readings, etc. Week of July 6, 2020

1.Slave Ship in 3D Video

View a reconstruction of the slave vessel L’Aurore (Voyage ID: 32359).

2.Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, & Speaker Coughlin Announce Support of Legislation to Change Outdated Term of ‘Freeholder’ to ‘Commissioner’

3.Lionsgate, Oprah Winfrey Team With Pulitzer Prize Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones To Develop ‘The 1619 Project’ For Multiple Platforms

4.”How cities failed the black middle class,” Washington Post, July 8, 2020

“. . . since 1980, pay for urban white people with college degrees increased between 6 percentage points for men and 13 percentage points for women more quickly than it did for their small-community counterparts. . . . For whites without a college education, this urban premium has remained steady. But for black people without a college degree, the urban premium has plummeted. Black men in big cities saw their wages grow 17 points more slowly than their small-community counterparts; for black women, the gap was 13 points. . . .What happened? Automation replaced many of the jobs that had lifted less-skilled workers to the middle class.”

5.“What the ‘black-on-black crime’ fallacy misses about race and gun deaths,” Washington Post, July 8, 2020

Misses 1) Black efforts to stem violence in their neighborhoods, staunchest supporters of gun laws; 2) majority of gun deaths in U.S. are suicides of white men, 3) Congress’s refusal to pass gun control laws.

6.A racial reckoning arrived at West Point, where being black is a ‘beautifully painful experience’, Washington Post, July 10, 2020

7.“How Black Lives Matter Reached Every Corner of America,” New York Times,

Photo montage from places that held protests in the two weeks from May 26 to June 9 plus a list of all the locations by state.

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