Race & Racism (News)

Letters to Haiti

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 2:26pm
Editor's Note: As Haiti begins the long road toward recovery, incarcerated youth from The Beat Within in Washington D.C wrote letters of encouragement and condolences to young people in Haiti.

Letters for Haiti,
H … is for Hell because that’s what you going through
A … is for Angel because God got his hands on you
I … is for Intelligence because you learn from what you’ve been through
T … is for Time because that’s what’s going to heal you
I … is for Infinite because you will live on forever.
- Dennis

Obama Administration Threatens to Yank Stimulus Funds Over Civil Rights

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 11:39am

For the first time since President Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act a year ago, his administration has threatened to withhold stimulus money from a transit agency because it failed to comply with federal civil rights laws.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) threatened to pull $70 million in stimulus funds from Northern California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system because it failed to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits agencies that receive federal funds from discriminatory practices.


Justice Department to Recharge Civil Rights Enforcement

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:26pm

WASHINGTON — Seven months after taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is reshaping the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division by pushing it back into some of the most important areas of American political life, including voting rights, housing, employment, bank lending practices and redistricting after the 2010 census.

“I think the wounds that were inflicted on this division were deep, and it will take some time for them to fully heal,” said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

When Racism Comes A Knockin...

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 11:18am
Can white liberals keep their eye on the prize?

I've been disappointed by white liberals and progressives' unwillingness and incompetence combating racism for 20 years. The inaction of large green groups on Van Jones resignation is yet another example.

The NAACP, Equal Justice Society and Color of Change explicitely supported Van Jones before his resignation. On the white side, Treehugger, Grist and a few other small white organizations did. But the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, and NRDC, who together must represent more than $100 million of mostly liberal and progressive foundations, big donors, and individual contributors money, were MIA. These groups either took a dive because the attacks on Van were racist, or they incompetently let the right set the terms of debate before entering. Either way America deserves better greens.

Racism Blindness in Van Jones Political Lynching

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 11:02am

White liberal leaders generally racismblind response to Van Jones’ political lynching bodes badly for next right wing wedge attack

My previous piece "Can white liberals keep their eye on the prize when racism comes a knockin?" (Firedoglake, TheRoot, Alternet) pointed out that while significant people of color groups including the NAACP and the Equal Justice Society released statements supporting former WH Green Jobs advisor Van Jones before his resignation, no major white green groups--Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, or Greenpeace--did (environmental online magazines Grist and Treehugger, and Campaign for America's Future's blogger notwithstanding). This, despite their heavy beltway-focused staffing, alleged connections to the administration and congress, and political expertise.

Fight Heats up over Discriminatory Housing Laws in New Orleans Area

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 2:00pm
Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey, and President Obama are pulled into local battle

Rebuilding efforts in St. Bernard Parish, a small community just outside New Orleans, have recently gotten a major boost. One nonprofit focused on rebuilding in the area has received the endorsement of CNN, Alice Walker, the touring production of the play The Color Purple, and even President Obama. But an alliance of Gulf Coast and national organizations are now raising questions about the cause these high profile names are supporting.


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