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Kaepernick’s Knee and Olympic Fists Are Linked by History

In the same week that Nike released a new ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick and some offended fans burned their Nike gear, Jeré Longman’s essay draws a parallel between the raised fists of athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during…

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Aretha Franklin—Musical Genius, Truth Teller, Freedom Fighter

Accolades have been pouring forth since the announcement of Aretha Franklin’s death on August 16, 2018.   Farah Jasmine Griffin wrote in The Nation about Franklin’s support for Angela Davis, when she was arrested in 1970.  She also wrote the following: “This…

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Grewal is not alone. I’m a Muslim woman who has fought hate groups. Here’s what you can do

Afsheen Shamsi’s guest column in the Star Ledger (July 30, 2018) addresses the racist commentary by radio hosts about New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.  A former Not in Our Town Princeton board member and current member of the…

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How the Suffrage Movement Betrayed Black Women

Referencing the work of historians Elsa Barkley Brown, Lori Ginzberg and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Brent Staples cites numerous examples of the leaders of the suffragette movement, women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, not only ignoring the interests of…

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The Heartbreak of Raising a Black Daughter in a Red State

Shanita Hubbard describes the racist remarks her 8-year-old daughter has heard since their move to a small town in Pennsylvania.  “[R]aising a brown girl in a red state means I’m not living in an ideal world. It means being vigilant…

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