Racial Justice News & Analysis

Texas Street Where Sandra Bland Was Arrested to Carry Her Name

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on August 27, 2015, 1:02PM

Soon, a whole lot more people will be forced to #SayHerName.

Topics: /NOW, Police Violence

STUDY: Black Students Disproportionately Suspended, Expelled in Southern Schools

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on August 27, 2015, 4:26PM

A new study from two researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Education has confirmed what many black parents already know all too well: The people in charge at American schools are much more likely to suspend and even expel African-American children than their white peers. They also discovered that the problem is especially pronounced in the South.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

#TBT: Listen To Jimi Hendrix's Final Studio Recording, 'Slow Blues'

by Sameer Rao on August 27, 2015, 3:51PM

The slow burner, recorded on this date in 1970 (if you believe that version of history), was the guitar legend's last documented studio recording. 

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, History, Media

Migrant Deaths, Tropical Storm Erica Turns Deadly, Consumer Spending Rises

by Aura Bogado on August 28, 2015, 9:51AM

Some of Friday's big stories

Topics: /NOW

Ex-Das Racist Member Heems Inks Deal For Life Story-Informed Sitcom

by Sameer Rao on August 27, 2015, 11:48AM

Heems announced the deal with 20th Century Fox yesterday via his Twitter.  

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, Immigration, Media

9 #MyAsianAmericanStory Tweets That Hit Real Close To Home

by Sameer Rao on August 27, 2015, 11:18AM

The hashtag, started by an Asian-American teen in response to Jeb Bush’s racist “anchor babies” comments, is full of poignance and levity in equal measure. 

Topics: /NOW, Society, Schools & Youth, Immigration, History, Media

Judge Rules Federal Government Must Release Children From Detention Centers

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on August 26, 2015, 4:30PM

Judge says government can only hold minor children in family detention centers for 72 hours.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration

WATCH: A Katrina Survival Story Told Over 10 Years

by Tara Conley on August 25, 2015, 9:44AM

Mediamaker Tara Conley has been interviewing Kellen Smith,  a 33-year-old New Orleanian displaced by Hurricane Katrina, since she met him in Houston in September 2006. The resulting short film, "Kellen and Katrina," takes you through Smith's decade-long journey full of anger, anxiety, rebuilding—and healing. 

Topics: Labor, History, Health, Environment, Economic Justice

'Bloody Sunday' Survivor Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at Age 104

by Sameer Rao on August 26, 2015, 4:34PM

Boynton Robinson lived long enough to demonstrate on Selma's infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge twice—once in 1965 and once in 2015 with President Obama

Topics: /NOW, Society, History, Politics

Maryland is First State to Ban Broad Class of Discriminatory Profiling in Law Enforcement

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on August 26, 2015, 3:01PM

Maryland’s new policy aims to “help repair the frayed relationships between police and many in the community by making mutual respect the norm in everyday police encounters.”

Topics: /NOW, Police Violence, Society, Politics, Criminal Justice