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Promoting Action on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Ronald E. Stubblefield Maryland Matters
Racial and economic justice is necessary due to Maryland’s legacy of facilitating and advancing racism for the benefit of a few at the expense of the whole. With greater commitment, the state can correct for what occurred under the color of law.

What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

Rebecca Gordon Tom Dispatch
The Trump Republican Party has inherited, and continues to make use of, the legacies of this nation’s twin evils: slavery and imperial expansion. Today's Republicans are very different from those of the Nixon era.

Friday Nite Videos | November 22, 2019

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Sondland Screws Trump. 'Crime After Crime' | Song Parody. WeWork - The $47 Billion Disaster. Motherless Brooklyn | Movie. Unearthing the Lives of Enslaved Africans.

Unearthing the Lives of Enslaved Africans

An all-black team of archaeologists explains their approach to unearthing the day-to-day lives of enslaved Africans at Estate Little Princess, a former sugar cane and rum plantation on the Caribbean island of St. Croix

The Electoral College’s Racist Origins

Wilfred Codrington III The Atlantic
More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.

film

The Stunning Achievement of Kasi Lemmons’s “Harriet”

Richard Brody The New Yorker
"It’s a freedom movie; it’s not a slavery movie. It exists in a very perilous and conflicted time in our country, but it’s really about freedom and what you’re willing to do for it—not just for you, but for others." - Kasi Lemmons

books

‘The Water Dancer’: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ American Odyssey

David Fear Rolling Stone
This first novel by famed essayist Coates explores the world of slavery and abolition. The author "re-creates the world of the pre-Civil War South," says reviewer Fear, "with a journalist’s eye and ear for detail."
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