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A College and Klan Traditions

Scott Jaschik Inside Higher Education
Numerous colleges and universities in the last decade have studied and acknowledged the role of slavery in building and running their campuses, or financing the institutions. Other colleges have changed the names of buildings that honored people with ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

Why the South Still Has Such high HIV Rates

Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Joseph B. Richardson The Conversation
As AIDS and public health researchers, we are among those who are alarmed by areas in the southern United States where the numbers of cases have not declined and even more by the areas in which increases have occurred.

Still on White Privilege

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò Portside
I often wonder whether even those who acknowledge the phenomenon of white privilege and work assiduously to obviate its impact on, specifically, black lives, know how widespread is its impact and how enmeshed it is in the very framework of life in this country.

Young Black Men Again Faced Highest Rate of US Police Killings in 2016

Jon Swaine and Ciara McCarthy The Guardian (US)
Young black men were again killed by police at a sharply higher rate than other Americans in 2016, intensifying concerns over the expected abandonment of criminal justice reform by Donald Trump’s incoming administration.

Trump's Erasure of Slavery, Jim Crow

Marjorie Cohn Consortiumnews.com
Donald Trump’s remarkable comments about American blacks never being worse off demonstrated a stunning ignorance of or callousness toward the grotesque evils of slavery and Jim Crow, writes Marjorie Cohn.

Intersecting Criminalization: What Killed Ugandan Refugee Alfred Olango

Michelle Chen Truthout
To flee from a war zone, only to be met with a fatal police bullet on the other side of the world: It's an uncomfortable, truncated narrative of an abbreviated life. This was how Alfred Olango's life concluded late last month, at the intersection of many forces of violence that converged at a San Diego suburb, in a scene that braided strands of war, policing, race and migration.
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