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[PHOTO ESSAY] These 8 Images Sum Up the Absolute Terror of 'Unite the Right' Actions in Charlottesville

White supremacists got into terrifying formation at the “Unite the Right” actions in Charlottesville, Virginia. These images, taken by photo journalist Abdul Aziz, offer an intimate view of the inevitable violence.

A White man in sunglasses and a White shirt makes a slashing motion across his neck during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Some Background on Those Violent, White Supremacist 'Unite the Right' Actions in Charlottesville

White nationalism is the big story after today’s violent ”Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here’s what we know and some resources to deepen your knowledge about what’s going on. 

A little Black girl wearing colorful barrettes holds a rag in front of her mouth to block police tear gas during a protest against the killing of Michael Brown

Police Killed Michael Brown 3 Years Ago. Reflections on the Energy and Trauma of the Uprising It Sparked

On August 9, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an unarmed Black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. Ashley Yates was on the ground organizing during the uprising that followed. In this Q&A, writer, activist and artist Ashley Yates talks about facing militarized police daily, healing from burnout, and where the movement should go from here.

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International African American Museum Launches New Center to Trace Black Family Geneology

Center for Family History leader Toni Carrier: ”It’s one thing to walk into a museum and see an exhibit about family history, but it’s quite another thing to possibly walk out of a research center at a museum with your great-grandfather’s marriage record.”

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Dr. Yaba Blay for The Root: Black Hair Conversations That Don't Consider White Supremacy Pathologize Black Women

In the first of a new video series from The Root, ethnographer, producer and professor Yaba Blay makes sense of the race politics and meaning of hair as it grows out of Black women’s scalps.  

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Radio Series Explores Legacy of 1967 Newark Uprising

WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll revisits the history and legacy of the 1967 unrest 50 years later via conversations with a Black family that lived through it—and stayed to uplift the community.

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53 Years Ago: Malcolm X Pledged Worldwide Black Liberation 'By Any Means Necessary'

He said those famous words while launching Organization of Afro-American Unity, which sought to empower the African diaspora to fight White supremacy and colonialism.

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READ: Why Health Care is a Civil Right

Vann R. Newkirk II breaks down the ways the fight for racial equity intersects with the fight for access to health care.

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PHOTO ESSAY: As You Digest the SCOTUS 'Muslim Ban' Ruling, Don't Forget About This Major Win

That the Supreme Court upheld a chunk of the ”Muslim Ban” doesn’t negate the powerful organizing that helped push the issue up to the highest court in the land.

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Students Honor Emmett Till by Posting Tributes on Vandalized Mississippi Sign

Students with the St. Louis-based Cultural Leadership organization offered their own fix for the vandalized sign.

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Young Thurgood Marshall Tackles Northern Racism in New 'Marshall' Trailer

The Reginald Hudlin-directed movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Marshall during his time at the NAACP.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Remembrance and Resistance

How will you commemorate—and further—Black liberation?

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This Interactive Website Maps Lynchings in Jim Crow America

The Equal Justice Initiative’s Lynching in America website lets users view lynchings by state and see video testimonals from the descendants of racial terror victims.

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New Report Shines Light on Early Campaigns Against Chinese Entrepreneurs

White-led city governments and labor unions across the country pushed laws through the late 1800s and early 1900s to restrict Chinese-American restaurateurs.

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The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans

In anticipation of Saturday’s March Against Sharia events nationwide, researcher and journalist Spencer Sunshine chronicles the major moments of a violent new movement he’s dubbed “Independent Trumpism.”

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Celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks' Legacy With This Cleverly Animated Short

The Poetry Foundation recognizes the first Black Pulitzer-winning poet on what would be her 100th birthday with an animated version of her 1959 poem, “We Real Cool.”

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Black Leaders Fight to Remove Arizona's Confederate Monuments

Part of the state was a Confederate territory with legalized slavery. Black community activists want to remove monuments commemorating that history.

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It's Been 96 Years Since White Mobs Destroyed Tulsa's Black Wall Street

The Oklahoma city’s Greenwood neighborhood was one of the country’s most affluent Black neighborhoods until racists decimated it and killed hundreds of residents.

Memphis Planned Parenthood Clinic Focusing on Latinx Outreach Opens Next Door to an ICE Office

The organization was aware of ICE’s location when they purchased the building, but were under the impression that ICE would be moving.

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Nearly 85 Years Later, Tuskegee Study's Descendants Still Seek Justice

Relatives of the Black men deceived into the deadly syphilis experiment gather each year to honor their ancestors. The Associated Press documented this year’s meeting—and the group’s ongoing class-action lawsuit.