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The U.S. Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else

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Poverty in America is an enormous problem. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 15 percent of Americans, or 46.5 million people, lived below the poverty line in 2012. And the poor are increasingly isolated across America. As Sean Reardon and Kendra Bischoff have documented, between 1970 and 2009 the proportion of poor families living in poor neighborhoods more than doubled, from 8 to 18 percent. And the trend shows no signs of abating.

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Reparations: A Moral Obligation

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During his 2004 Senate run and again during the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama stood firm in his opposition to reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans here in the United States. "I have said in the past - and I'll repeat again - that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed," he said in 2008 right before his historic election.

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White America Must Make a Choice: What Side of History Do You Stand On?

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Which side of history do you stand on? Do you stand with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that made every neighborhood watched by the slave patrols. Do you stand with the courts, police and juries that time and time again acquitted anyone accused of lynching a Black person? Do you stand with the White Citizenship Councils who were the most “respected” men of their community, who defended Jim Crow apartheid? Do you stand with the Klu Klux Klan who were the first to make the argument that the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action gave “special rights” to Blacks, an argument that quickly became a rally crying for white Americans around the country.

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Reflections for People Struggling with the Zimmerman Verdict or How the Rodney King Verdict Changed My Life for the Better

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“Let me tell you what this verdict means to me,” he said. He was the only Black person in our circle of mostly white friends, and we had gathered together, enraged confused and in pain. “I know we all believe in social justice, but for me to be here with you, I need to tell you what this night means to me as Black person.”

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Greece: Black Panthers to Golden Dawn: 'Don't mess with black people'

Nicknamed the Black Panthers, a new self-defence brigade wants to protect themselves from racists who are targeting people who are not ethnic Greeks Michael Chege (Screengrab from Channel 4) Michael Chege (Screengrab from Channel 4) Fed up of being the target of Golden Dawn gangs, a group of Athens residents has decided to take on the extremists by setting up night-time patrols in their neighbourhoods.

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A Response to 'Being White In Philly'

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Robert Huber's front page Philadelphia Magazine article entitled 'Being White In Philly' says a lot about the values and sensibilities of the bourgeois press in this city. We wonder how such a spiteful and ugly article made its way not only through the editing process but onto the front page of a "prestigious" Philadelphia magazine.

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The Black Panther Party’s Living Legacy: Touring Oakland & Berkeley with Billy X Jennings

This month, over twenty students enrolled in the “Dismantling Racism” class offered by St. Catherine University in Minnesota traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area. The class focused primarily on California’s prisons and what anti-prison activists are doing to challenge the human rights violations and racism endemic to California’s infamous prison system.  

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Who Gets Bond, Who Doesn't And What It Really Means

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Black defendants are assigned greater bail levels than whites accused of similar offenses. To investigate whether this difference can be explained without taste-baseddiscrimination, we construct a simple model of optimal bail setting. We develop a two-step econometric method that allows us to estimate the model while holding constant defendant heterogeneity that judges can observe, even when we do not. In return for making the behavioral model’s relatively weak parametric assumptions, we are able to allow an arbitrary conditional distribution of such heterogeneity.

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Seize The Time: The Eighth Defendant And The Black Panther Party

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The Black Panther Party.  They built free clinics.  The fed children.  They educated themselves and a myriad of others.  The kept an eye on the police.  They picked up the gun to defend themselves and their people.  They influenced an untold number of peopple.  They scared the beejeezus  out of the oppresors and the explooiters, the racists, and, yes, the pigs.  They stood tall.  They were targeted by COINTELPRO,  attacked, shot, jailed, murdered.  They withstood it and they led.  The Black Panther Party.

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A Letter To White Southern Women From Anne Braden

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Hopefully you have heard of Anne Braden.   As described by the Anne Braden Institute, she, "...  was a racial justice organizer and journalist, whose outlook was global but whose activism was concentrated at the grassroots level."   In the 1950's, she was indicted on charges of sedition in a famous case after she helped buy a house for a black family in an all-white suburb of Louisville, Ky.  Anne was one of the first white southerners singled out for praise by Martin Luther King and aptly so.

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