Month: September 2019

African Americans’ Skin Tone Impacts Justice System Contact

SENTENCING PROJECT–Darker skinned African Americans have a higher chance of having been arrested or incarcerated than those with lighter skin, Ellis P. Monk finds in “The Color of Punishment: African Americans, Skin Tone, and the Criminal Justice System,” published in Ethnic and Racial Studies. Race has long shaped the likelihood of contact with the criminal justice system—African Americans are incarcerated[Read More…]

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Robert Mugabe is buried

Robert Mugabe, founding leader of Zimbabwe, was buried Saturday in his home village of Kutama. Mr. Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years beginning in 1980, died September 6 from an undisclosed ailment in a Singapore hospital. He was 95. A Roman Catholic priest said Mass and members of Mr. Mugabe’s family gave speeches. He was buried in his rural[Read More…]

Ohio cancels more than 182,000 voter registrations

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Friday that 182,858 voter registrations have be cancelled in the key voting state of Ohio because they are not in compliance with state and federal laws. That number may be the tip of the iceberg because certain municipalities in Cuyahoga, Lucas and Summit counties held elections September 10, and registrations in those precincts[Read More…]

Treat climate crisis with ‘greatest urgency’, Bahamas leader tells UN Assembly

UN News—Hurricane Dorian, one of the most destructive Atlantic storms ever recorded, “is a generational tragedy” for The Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said on Friday. Addressing the UN General Assembly nearly one month after Hurricane Dorian devastated two major population centers in the archipelagic nation, Mr. Minnis urged his fellow world leaders to treat the climate crisis as the[Read More…]

UCLA opens institute to study kindness

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   I was walking down Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue when a woman who was ahead of me unknowingly dropped her wallet when it fell out of her shallow jacket pocket. I yelled “lady in blue coat, you dropped your wallet.” I picked it up off the sidewalk. A woman tapped her on the shoulder, telling[Read More…]

Tommie Smith and John Carlos will be inducted into the U.S. Olympics Hall of Fame

The two protested U.S. racism at the 1968 Summer Olympics Their induction follows an apology to black members of the University of Wyoming football team   When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their arms with black gloves on their fists during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics, the crowd booed loudly to show its disapproval. Smith and[Read More…]

Blacks changed country music

Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Country Music,” which first aired this week and continues next week, spotlights DeFord Bailey, a black man, who was the first star of the Grand Ole Opry.  The documentary also explores the role African Americans played in the development of the county music, which is usually associated with whites, many of them racist as hell. Much[Read More…]

United Auto Workers strike General Motors

The United Auto Workers Monday morning went on strike at General Motors, the first labor walkout at the Detroit automaker since 2007. However, both sides said they resumed negotiations Monday afternoon to end the strike. It is not known how much progress has been made. Some 46,000 hourly workers hit the picket lines at 55 plants nationwide. The workers want[Read More…]