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Boy’s Near-Hanging Compels Town to Open Discussion on Racism

By Michael Casey, The Grio/Associated Press CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — In this struggling mill town in western New Hampshire, racism was never something people talked all that much about. There were people who drove around Claremont with Confederate flag bumper stickers in the mostly white town of 14,000 and some instances of high schoolers using racial epithets during football games and on Facebook. But for the most part, residents had other concerns. That changed Aug. 28 after allegations surfaced that several teenagers had taunted a 9-year-old biracial boy with racial slurs and several days later pushed him off a picnic table with a rope tied around his neck. The family of the boy, who was treated for neck injuries and has been released, called it a hate crime while the parents of one of the teenagers told Newsweek it was a terrible accident. The images of the boy’s rope-singed neck were shared widely on social media, prompting an outpouring of support for the family and outrage against the teens. With prosecutors continuing to investigate the case as a potential hate crime, the city known for historic textile and paper mill buildings found itself associated with words like lynching and intolerance. “Certainly people were shocked by the young age of everyone involved, especially the victim,” said Allen Damren, the town’s assistant mayor who also grew up in Claremont. “That certainly has an impact on people. When you use the word ‘lynching,’ that has all sorts of bad connotations to it.” “It […]

 

Philando Castile’s Legacy Of Helping His Students Pay For Lunch Lives On

Monique Judge, The Root Philando Castile was known as a caring man at the St. Paul, Minn., school where he worked as a cafeteria supervisor. He cared so much for the children he served that he often paid for their lunches out of his own pocket when they were unable to, and now, thanks to a local college professor, that generosity will continue through a fund that has been created in Castile’s name. “No child goes hungry so we ensure that every student has breakfast and also lunch whether they can pay or not,” Stacy Koppen, Nutritional Services Director for St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS), told WCCO. “Lunches just for one elementary student are about $400 a year.” Before Castile was killed last summer by former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop, he was always ready to help the students who were in need, Koppen told WCCO. “When a student couldn’t pay for their lunch, a lot of times (Castile) actually paid for their lunch out of his own pocket,” Koppen said. Inver Hills Community College professor Pam Fergus wants Castile’s generosity and caring for the students to continue. She told WCCO, “His death changed who I am.” Fergus normally assigns a service project to the students in her Diversity and Ethics class, but this time she came up with one of her own: Philando Feeds The Children. The money raised through the YouCaring.com fundraiser will be used to help clear lunch debts at J.J. Hill. As […]

 

America Has Finally Found Its ‘Perfect Victim’ Of A Police Shooting

Police brutality somehow looks different on a white victim. Justine Dramond, a Caucasian Australian who was engaged to be married was innocently shot and killed by an officer and people of all backgrounds are mourning her loss, but it wasn’t the same reaction when Philando Castile, who was also engaged to be married, was innocently shot and killed by an officer. See what the media has to say about it.

 

Is Black Male Privilege A Real Issue in Our Community?

Some argue that black male privilege is real, as the recent news of black males has been overshadowing the mass incarceration rate of women along with their disparities. It is also argued that women can be found championing the cause of black males, but the same is not always true when roles are reversed. Read the article to form your own opinion on the subject.

 

The High Graduation Rate of Black Students in Prince George County Maryland Has Brought Charges of Grade Inflation by Public Officials

A surprisingly large number of black students graduated this year within Prince George’s County in Maryland. Instead of congratulating the teachers and the students on their accomplishments they are accusing the county of fraud; grade inflation.

 

What Being Black In America Feels Like For Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Mahershala Ali And Others

4:44, Jay-Z’s most recent album explored the idea of race and success and he got some other hip-hop artists to speak their mind on the topic as well. Read the article to see what their thoughts were.

 

John McEnroe, Serena Williams and the Erasure of Black Female Excellence

Serena Williams, one of the greatest female tennis players of all time, receives backlash from male tennis player, John McEnroe, not because of her talents or lack thereof, but because she is black and a female, but somehow she still comes out on top.

 

Google Launches ‘Lynching In America’ Project Exploring Country’s Violent Racial History

Google does the unthinkable and creates a project dedicated to the history of lynchings in America. Read all about it here.

 

#SaveUnderground: Aisha Hinds on Freedom Dreams and Revolutionary Art

“Underground” was more than just another television show to many and that is why so many are enraged that it has been taken off the air. Find out why in this article.

 

Yes, You Can Measure White Privilege

How the advantages conferred by white privilege show up in economic differences between white and black people in four areas: education, employment, income, and spending.