Category Archives: Race

Do African Americans Have a Right to Bear Arms?

Philando Castile’s shooting death, at the hands of a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, one year ago, was numbingly similar to a string of other killings of black men by police. But Castile’s shooting was notably different in one crucial respect: Castile was licensed to carry a gun. He carefully informed Officer Jeronimo Yanez—exceeding… Read More »

Congressional Black Caucus calls on Trump administration to invest in prosecuting hate crimes

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to direct more resources toward investigating hate crimes against minorities. In a letter to the heads of the Department of Justice, FBI and Department of Homeland Security, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) cited recent reports in Washington, D.C., of nooses hung at… Read More »

How Gentrification Is Undermining the Notion of Black Community and Destroying Black Businesses

Lori Shepherd is an African-American small-business owner in Oakland, Calif. Shepherd’s story is becoming an increasingly familiar one for urban Blacks. “Due to Uber’s decision to move within two blocks of my shared office space, and the construction and limited parking, I’ve had to change up significantly how I work,” Shepherd said. “Instead of always… Read More »

Has Anyone Seen America’s Black Governors?

An alarming event took place in Louisiana 145 years ago. Though the former Confederate state was on the losing side of the Civil War a few years prior, little could have prepared the state’s plantation owners, white terror groups and elected officials for the infamous day of Dec. 9, 1872, when a Black man was… Read More »

What’s behind fewer African-American voters at the polls

John Mohammad likes to say, “I’ve been around since Jim Crow was a little-itty boy.” Like the majority of African-Americans in their 70s, Mr. Mohammad, a retired math professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, saw the Democrats as liberators for striking a deal on civil rights in the mid-1960s. He’s been a staunch Democratic voter… Read More »

Another Noose Found Near D.C. Museums, Police Say

A noose was discovered hanging from a lamp post outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., marking the third such incident on the National Mall in recent weeks. The noose was found Saturday around 3 p.m., U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose told HuffPost. Authorities are continuing to investigate how the object got… Read More »