Archive for the ‘Race Not Won (Racism in America)’ Category

Update: The Cambridge police just dropped the charges! Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., best known for his work in African-American ancestral research, was arrested last week by Cambridge, Mass., police on his own front porch. Gates had just returned from China and found his front door jammed. He went to the backdoor of the […]


You may recall the six young Black men in Jena, La., who were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight with white schoolmate Justin Barker. After a major civil rights demonstration protesting the inappropriate severity of the charges, international media attention, and fund-raising to pay for legal representation, the charges were later reduced to second-degree […]


The U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution on June 18 apologizing for American slavery (1619 – 1865) and “Jim Crow” laws following slavery through the 1960s that continued to deprive Black people of basic human rights. The resolution concludes:  Whereas it is important for the people of the United States, who legally recognized slavery through the Constitution and the […]


Sherri Goforth, an aide to Sen. Diane Black (R-TN), was given a “strong letter of reprimand” after embarrassing the GOP by sending a mass e-mail with a racist picture attached mocking President Barack Obama. Following racist humor related debacles originating in Tennessee such as ‘Barack the Magic Negro,’ Goforth forwarded a ‘historical keepsake photo’ of […]


Buying Black

01Jun09

John & Maggie Anderson with daughters Cori and Cora on the cover of N’Digo John and Maggie Anderson, an accomplished Black couple in Chicago, are conducting an experiment — an experiment to determine how the Black community will be impacted if the Andersons only purchase goods and services from Black-owned businesses. You can learn more […]


Xerox chief Anne Mulcahy, who is credited with saving the company from bankruptcy, announced Thursday she’s stepping down as CEO, but will stay on as chairwoman. Her handpicked successor is Ursula Burns, 50, an African-American woman who is a 30-year Xerox veteran. She’s worked right alongside Mulcahy to reinvent Xerox,  managing corporate strategy, IT, human resources, and global accounts […]


  Suzanne de Passe, the chairman and CEO of de Passe Entertainment who began her career at Motown Records, along with Steven Spielberg and Madison Jones, will produce the first motion picture authorized by The King estate that examines the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DreamWorks Studios acquired the rights to the life of the […]


The preliminary hearing in the case of the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III began yesterday and continues today in Oakland, California. Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle, who has resigned his position, has pleaded not guilty to murder. His defense claims he meant to pull his stun gun, not his service pistol, to restrain […]


Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth was a passionate activist, fighting against slavery and for women’s rights in the 19th century. She died 126 years ago in Battle Creek, Mich. Yesterday, Sojourner Truth became the first African-American woman to be memorialized with a bust in the U.S. Capitol. The ceremony at Emancipation Hall was led by […]


The U.S. Supreme Court once again held hearings today on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. At issue: a provision that prevents discriminatory voting practices in several states, where these practices were once common, and requires these states to get approval from the Justice Department before changing any voting procedures, especially those that could suppress voting among people of […]


April 4, 1968

03Apr09

Civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King was killed 41 years ago tomorrow. Life magazine took pictures at the scene of the crime at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN,  that were never published, but now the magazine shares the photos on http://www.life.com. Interestingly, James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing Dr. King, claimed […]


Although certain historically Black colleges and universities, like Howard and Spelman, boast graduation rates that are higher than the national average for all colleges/universities and female enrollment is up, HBCUs graduate far fewer men than women and overall graduation rates at these institutions are below the national average for Black students at mainstream schools and for all […]


Pioneering African-American historian John Hope Franklin died yesterday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 94 in Durham, NC, at Duke Hospital. Franklin’s 1947 book, From Slavery to Freedom, is considered a masterpiece in chronicling the Black experience in America. Born in 1915 in all-black Rentiesville, Okla., Franklin’s father was a lawyer and his mother, […]


The illustration on the cover (left) of the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2009: Message to the President report shows a Black president hanging his head over his desk in the Oval Office, flanked by the American and presidential flags. Clearly, the image is meant to convey the heavy burden our current president is […]


The Insight Center for Community Economic Development hosted the Color of Wealth Summit 2009 Monday and Tuesday in Washington, DC. “Over 75 asset-building experts of color from around the country” sought to “educate policymakers about the racial wealth gap and the need to take immediate action to help close it.” According to Melvin Oliver, dean of social sciences […]


    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed separate lawsuits today in the U.S. district court in Los Angeles against mortgage lenders Wells Fargo and HSBC, alleging “systematic, institutionalized racism” in sub-prime mortage lending to African-American borrowers. The suit further asserts African-American borrowers were 30% more likely to be granted mortgage […]


Nearly 150 people, most of them Black, have accused police in the tiny Texas town of Tenaha of illegally seizing their property without charging them with any crime. From June 2006 to June 2008, Black motorists were forced to surrender their cash, cell phones, even cars or face felony charges of money laundering or other more […]


  The U.S. Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965 this week with its new ruling, which now allows race to be considered in drawing electoral boundaries only when minority voters represent 50% of a single district. Black people were hurt by this ruling, which reverses a measure that was meant to help minorities elect their […]


In an interview with the New York Times Friday, President Obama had this to say about America’s first African-American Attorney General Eric Holder who called the country a “nation of cowards” last month, relative to discussions of race and race relations: I think it’s fair to say that if I had been advising my attorney general, […]


According to USA Today and the National Conference of State Legislatures, a record five African Americans lead state legislative bodies, including California Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass, the first Black woman to hold the post; Terrance Carroll and Peter Groff, who preside over Colorado’s House and Senate, a first in U.S. history; and Senate majority leaders […]