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Erica Garner and How America Destroys Black Families

Kashana Cauley New York Times
One way to describe Erica Garner’s last few years is to say she spent them fighting against police brutality. Another way is to say she fought against the forced separation and destruction of black families by the state.

Ta-Nehisi Coates & Cornel West: Black Academics and Activists Give Their Verdict

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel Wes Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel West. ‘We cannot simply abandon debate when it has become intense.’ Composite: Andre Chung/WashintMelvin Rogers, Patrisse Cullors, Carol Anderson, Shailja Patel The Guardian
Commentators Melvin Rogers, Patrisse Cullors, Carol Anderson and Shailja Patel discuss the impact of the debate and struggle for racial equality.

The F.B.I.'s Dangerous Crackdown on 'Black Identity Extremists'

Khaled A. Beydoun and Justin Hansford New York Times
The 12-page report, prepared by the F.B.I. Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit in August, and later made public by, both announces the existence of the “Black Identity Extremist” movement and deems it a violent threat, asserting that black activists’ grievances about racialized police violence and inequities in the criminal justice system have spurred retaliatory violence against law enforcement officers.


We Get It. It’s Harvey Weinstein’s News Cycle. But What About Our Black Girls?

Ida Harris The Root
Apparently, the victimization of young black girls is not newsworthy enough for the mass media or the court of public opinion to be engrossed or enraged at Weinstein levels. Both treat the sexual assault of black girls as if it were hardly news at all. The predatory sexualization of young black girls is so ubiquitous, it is damn near an accepted social and cultural norm.
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