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Los Angeles: City of Segregation

Adam Tomes Counterfire
The book under review documents a century of struggle against the partitioning of groups on the basis of race through property markets, constructions of community, and the scourge of neoliberalism, revealing racialist ideology and means to end it.

About that April 2019 Jobs Report

Dean Baker, Sarah Karp Center for Economic and Policy Research, WBEZ
Aspects of the report are disturbing. Over the last year, the black unemployment rate has risen 0.2 percentage points to 6.7 percent and the white unemployment rate has dropped 0.4 percentage point to 3.1 percent. The rise is all among black men.

Why Won’t Twitter Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS?

Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler Motherboard Vice
Because It Would Mean Banning Some Republican Politicians Too. A Twitter employee who works on machine learning believes that a proactive, algorithmic solution to white supremacy would also catch Republican politicians.

The Dangerous Bullying of Ilhan Omar

Masha Gessen The New Yorker
The third Omar controversy in as many months concerns remarks that the congresswoman made during an event of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Then President Trump tweeted a video “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!”

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the ‘Stony Road’ for Black Americans

David Luhrssen Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)
The highly regarded scholar's latest work tackles the deep roots of white nationalism as it emerged from conflicts surrounding Reconstruction and the failure of post-Civil War governments to stamp down racism and secure genuine emancipation.
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