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  1. -Cheerios Takes a Stand for Tolerance (DailyDot.com)
      "This video will restore your faith in the new generation. Here, kids watch the needlessly controversial Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial family and comment on it. None of them can tell the interviewer what’s wrong with the spot."

      "When it’s pointed out that people were upset about the races of the parents, the children are all confused."

  2. Governor Haley Calls for Confederate Flag to Be Removed (MSNBC News)
      Discusses South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's speech asking for the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the State Capitol building. 06-15

News
  1. -07-23-09 Police Sergeant Refuses to Apologize (CNN News)
      "The commissioner of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police department said Thursday he 'deeply regrets' the arrest of prominent black Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., but stands by the procedures followed by his department."

      "Obama defended Gates Wednesday night, while acknowledging that he may be 'a little biased,' because Gates is a friend."

      " 'But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 ... that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.' "

      "The incident, Obama said, shows 'how race remains a factor in this society.' " 07-09

  2. -09-21-07 Questions of Bias in Jena 6 Case (Christian Science Monitor)
      "Despite a narrowing of the racial gap in the past decade, the average black juvenile remains far more likely to be arrested and convicted than his white counterpart. But researchers are divided on whether race or other factors, such as poverty, are the driving factor." 09-07

  3. Antiracism and Social Justice News (Antiracismnet.org)
      Provides news related to social justice. 2-04

  4. Race in America (MSNBC News)
      Provides news and history related to issues of race and ethnicity.

Papers
  1. -Attorney General: Ferguson Police and Courts Guilty (Time.com)
      "Holder cited several damning statistics about how the police routinely discriminated against black residents: Almost 90% of unnecessary force was directed at African-Americans; the use of police dogs was exclusively reserved for African-Americans; and 90% of stops and arrests for “manner of walking in roadway” involved African-Americans."

      "Holder recommended several concrete changes and said the Justice Department reserves the right to 'force compliance and implement basic change.' ” 03-15

  2. -Editorial: A Time for Everything (Time.com)
      "In a Dec. 21, 2014 article about the shooting, the Los Angeles Times referred to the New York City protests as 'anti-police marches,' which is grossly inaccurate and illustrates the problem of perception the protestors are battling. The marches are meant to raise awareness of double standards, lack of adequate police candidate screening, and insufficient training that have resulted in unnecessary killings. Police are not under attack, institutionalized racism is. Trying to remove sexually abusive priests is not an attack on Catholicism, nor is removing ineffective teachers an attack on education. Bad apples, bad training, and bad officials who blindly protect them, are the enemy. And any institution worth saving should want to eliminate them, too." 12-14

  3. -Editorial: Lessons of the Zimmerman Trial (Ideas.Time.com)
      "Zimmerman’s family greeted the jury’s verdict as a full-on vindication. His brother insisted in a CNN interview that it meant that Zimmerman was 'innocent,' not merely 'not guilty.' The NAACP, for its part, said that the acquittal meant that 'justice failed.' That is not a debate that is likely to resolve itself anytime soon. In the end, however, the Zimmerman verdict offers up two important lessons: that criminal trials are not very good at deciding whether a defendant is actually innocent; and that they are equally bad at helping us to resolve the larger issues raised by a case."

      "Are young black men being racially profiled? Are there too many guns in the hands of private citizens? Does the law give people too much leeway in using deadly force in self-defense? The Zimmerman trial was never going to answer any of those questions. But now that it is over, we should be able to find the time – and the right forum – to tackle them head-on." 07-13

  4. -Editorial: Making Whiteness Visible (Ideas.Time.com)
      "If there is one hopeful note amidst all the anguish and recrimination from the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it’s that growing numbers of white people have come to appreciate whiteness for what it is: an unearned set of privileges. And as a result of that dawning awareness, it’s become possible to imagine a day when that structure of privilege is dismantled – by white people." 07-13

  5. -Editorial: Resurgence of Racism in Confederate Symbols (CNN News)
      "Today, Confederate history is as much about 1965 and the Voting Rights Act as it is about 1865 and Lee's surrender. The long history of the ways Confederate symbols have been used and Confederate history has been evoked to support racist violence and African- American oppression haunts Gov. McDonnell's declaration of Confederate History Month."

      "Confederate history cannot be separated from the issue at the center of the Civil War, slavery. But it also cannot be separated from the history of segregation, massive resistance, and the fight against the civil rights movement."

      "Historically, Confederate versions of the past and Confederate symbols have meant opposition to equal rights for all Americans. In officially recognizing Confederate History Month, Gov. McDonnell is asking Virginians to join together in celebration of this history of white supremacy." 04-10

  6. -Editorial: The Confederate Flag Must Come Down (Time.com)
      "In his 1861 'Cornerstone' speech, Alexander H. Stephens, vice president of the Confederate States of America, left no doubt about what the Confederacy represented when he rejected the idea that slavery was a moral wrong: 'Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.' "

      "Let me be clear: I don’t think that everyone who reveres the flag is racist. Surely all of the people who apply for state-issued license plates bearing the flag do not believe in the hatred with which some people display it. For many South Carolinians, the flag at this point may well represent heritage without the taint of past racism."

      "But they ask should themselves, Whose heritage are they celebrating?" 06-15

  7. -Editorial: Where Are the Protests Against the Killing of Shaima Al Awadi? (Time.com)
      "A muslim mother of four gets beaten to death in her California home and left with the message 'Go back to your country, you terrorist.' But there won't be a million hijab march for her."

      "The police in El Cajon are still looking for Al Awadi’s killer, whose family reported that they had found a similarly menacing note tacked to their door a week before the attack, which they had dismissed as a joke. The hijab is not the hoodie—yet. Police do not profile muslim women as they most certainly do black men. But only when we see people for their humanity and not their clothes or religious beliefs are we living up to the principles on which this country was founded and should now be evoking." 04-12

  8. -Editorial: Why Governor Haley Wants the Confederate Flag to Come Down (New York Times)
      Provides the text of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's speech on why the Confederate Flag at the State Capitol should come down. 06-15

  9. -Editorial: Why Obama Will Never Call Out Racism (Time.com)
      "Barack Obama is not a black leader. He’s a leader who’s black. This is not an insignificant distinction." 03-12

  10. -Editorial: Why Vincent Chin Matters (New York Times)
      "The killing catalyzed political activity among Asian-Americans — whose numbers had steadily increased since the 1965 overhaul of immigration laws but who then represented only about 1.5 percent of the population — as never before. “Remember Vincent Chin” turned into a rallying cry; for the first time, Asian-Americans of every background angrily protested in cities across the country. For all that Asians had been through — racial exclusion, starting with a ban on Chinese migrant labor in 1882; the unconstitutional detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II; the legacy of America’s wars in the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam — no single episode involving an individual Asian-American had ever had such an effect before. And none has since."

      "The circumstances of the Chin case were no accident." 06-12

  11. -Eric Holder's Legacy as Attorney General (PBS.org)
      "After six years as head of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, will be stepping down. Holder has focused on major civil liberties issues, but has also been a lightning rod for partisan criticism. Gwen Ifill assesses Holder’s tenure with Tony West, the former associate attorney general, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation." 09-14

  12. -Michelle Obama's Speech at Tuskegee (CBS News)
      "First Lady Michelle Obama's commencement address at Tuskegee University offers a revealing look at her role in the White House. Her speech on Saturday provided some of her most candid remarks on how she's grown into her role as the first black first lady." 05-15

  13. -Report of the Attorney General: Ferguson Police and Courts Guilty (New York Times)
      "Holder cited several damning statistics about how the police routinely discriminated against black residents: Almost 90% of unnecessary force was directed at African-Americans; the use of police dogs was exclusively reserved for African-Americans; and 90% of stops and arrests for “manner of walking in roadway” involved African-Americans."

      "Holder recommended several concrete changes and said the Justice Department reserves the right to 'force compliance and implement basic change.' ” 03-15

  14. -State Governments and Businesses Drop Confederate Symbols and Flags (ABC News)
      "U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Kentucky's Republican nominee for governor, Matt Bevin, in calling for the removal of a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from their state Capitol's rotunda."

      "Big businesses also took action: Wal-Mart, e-Bay and Sears Holding Corp. announced they would no longer sell merchandise featuring the Confederate flag, which e-Bay called a 'contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.' " 06-15

  15. -Study: Racial Inequalities Sobering News (CNN News)
      "Social and economic gaps between whites and blacks persist in the United States despite an atmosphere that led to the election of President Obama, an Urban League report said."

      "Blacks remain twice as likely to be unemployed, three times more likely to live in poverty and more than six times as likely to be imprisoned compared with whites, according to the group's annual State of Black America report issued Wednesday." 03-09

  16. -Study: Racial Resentment Behind Tea Party and Trump Campaigns (Bradblog.com)
      "McElwee explains how his study controlled 'for race, ethnicity, partisanship, ideology, income, education, gender, religiosity' and that 'once you compare the various strengths of these variables, the one that ends up becoming really the overwhelming predictor of Tea Party identification is racial resentment.' "

      " 'From the beginning,' of the movement, he tells me, 'what you're seeing is this sort of racially-coded rhetoric. So, right from the beginning, you have a very great explanation of conservative politics of the last 30 years --- which is plutocratic policies being wrapped up in racist rhetoric in order to benefit a plutocratic agenda. And you have a lot of white middle class and working class people who have bought into that agenda.' "

      "And if someone tells you your life is bad because 'immigrants are taking your jobs', or 'the government is helping black people with your tax dollars', people are susceptible to that message."

      "McElwee goes on to explain how his research finds that many who previously identified with the Tea Party have now folded into the Trump campaign, even though the Republican 2016 front-runner has called for massive government programs and increased spending --- things that Tea Partiers previously decried." 02-16

  17. -Thousands in New York March Against Deaths by Police (New York Times)
      "They came to the nation’s capital on buses and planes and minivans and trains, from Florida, Detroit and Staten Island, led as much by the families, friends and supporters of African-American men and boys killed at the hands of the police as by civil rights leaders." 12-14

  18. Black Philadelphia Police Sue Over Message Board (CNN News)
      "A group of black Philadelphia police officers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against their department, alleging an online forum geared toward city police is 'infested with racist, white supremacist and anti-African-American content.' "

      "The suit alleges white officers post on and moderate the privately operated site, Domelights.com, both on and off the job." 07-09

  19. Eric Holder's Legacy as Attorney General (PBS.org)
      "After six years as head of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, will be stepping down. Holder has focused on major civil liberties issues, but has also been a lightning rod for partisan criticism. Gwen Ifill assesses Holder’s tenure with Tony West, the former associate attorney general, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation." 09-14

  20. Implicit Bias Test (Harvard University)
      Provides a test of racial bias. 09-06

  21. Implicit Bias and the Presidency (Berkeley.edu)
      "There are things we can do to lessen bias, and knowledge and training both help. In the case of police, recognizing the role of implicit bias and providing sustained training to override those biases could save lives. Who could object to saving lives through such training?"

      "Neuroscience is clear: bias is part of being human. Racialized consequences of harmful implicit biases are not. And the content and strength of particular biases are socially constructed. Understanding the role of implicit bias in our national psyche is something that does affect all Americans and having public conversations about implicit bias, including from the platform of our presidential debate, is both powerful and promising." 09-16

  22. Issue - Civil Rights (CNN News)
      Provides a chart comparing the views of candidates for president. 1-04

  23. Justice Department Plans to Sue Sheriff Arpaio (Time.com)
      "Federal authorities said Wednesday that they plan to sue Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office over allegations of civil rights violations, including the racial profiling of Latinos." 05-12

  24. Major League Baseball Gets an "A" for Racial Diversity (CBS News)
      "On the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier, the Major Leagues scored an "A" for its racial hiring practices, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport." 04-09

  25. Senate Approves 25-Year Extension of Voting Rights Act (New York Times)
      "The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend the landmark Voting Rights Act for another 25 years, as lawmakers of both parties said federal supervision was still required to protect the ability of minorities and the disadvantaged to cast ballots in some regions of the country." 07-06

  26. Strongly Held Stereotypes (ABC News)
      "Most adults claim they don't have these biases, but psychologists who study stereotypes say they do." 09-06

  27. Texas ID Law Rejected by Court (CNN News)
      "A federal appeals court in Washington Thursday struck down the Texas voter ID law requiring photos for voters at the polls, calling it racially discriminatory."

      "Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed the voter ID measure into law last year, but it had yet not gone into effect because the federal Voting Rights Act requires changes in Texas voting laws to be pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department."

      "Attorney General Eric Holder denied the pre-clearance of the measure in March, concluding that Texas failed to show the law will not have 'the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race.' " 08-12

  28. The Impact of Your Name (ABC News)
      "Since the content of the resumes was identical, it would make sense that they'd get the same attention. However, the resumes with the white-sounding names were actually downloaded 17 percent more often by job recruiters than the resumes with black-sounding names."

  29. UN Criticizes USA for Racial Discrimination (United Nations Committee to End Racial Discrimination)
      Provides a summary of UN findings against the United States.

  30. What Dolls Can Tell Us About Race (ABC News)
      "A new short film by a New York City high school student asks how far our society has come in its attitude toward race since the 1940s." 10-06

   
   


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