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Newsom Signs Bill to Allow Giving Family Its Land Back

California city seized Black resort property in the 1920s

(Newser) - Update: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Thursday to permit the return of a piece of California beachfront to the family it was taken from almost 100 years ago. Several descendants of the Black couple who built a resort on the land attended the ceremony, and the governor apologized to...

Nobel Peace Prize for Black Lives Matter? Nomination Is In

Norwegian MP praises movement for inspiring fight for racial justice worldwide

(Newser) - On Saturday, in an online ceremony in Stockholm, the $100,000 Olof Palme human rights award will be bestowed upon the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, recognizing the BLM movement for its promotion of "peaceful civil disobedience against police brutality and racial violence," organizers say, per the...

Time's Person of the Year Comes Down to These 4

Recipient to be named Thursday on NBC

(Newser) - For the fifth straight year, Donald Trump is on the short list for Time 's Person of the Year. The president is one of four finalists revealed Wednesday on the Today show . The person "who affected the news or our lives the most, for better or worse" in...

Lawsuit Filed Over Century-Old 'Massacre in Slow Motion'

105-year-old leads plaintiffs in demanding reparations for destroying 'Black Wall Street'

(Newser) - Lessie Benningfield "Mother" Randle was just a child when the Greenwood area of Tulsa, Okla., (aka "Black Wall Street") was attacked by a white mob and burned down in the spring of 1921, killing an estimated 300 Black Americans. Now a lawsuit led by Randle, 105—who...

Coming to NFL Games: the Black National Anthem

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' will be performed before 'Star-Spangled Banner' during Week 1

(Newser) - The NFL isn't dropping the national anthem, but it is, at least for a week, adding the song known as the Black national anthem. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" will be performed before every kickoff during the opening week of the NFL season, a source tells outlets including...

America's 'Painful' Times Inspire One CEO to Take Action

Reed Hastings and wife Patty Quillin donate $120M

(Newser) - The top guy at Netflix and his wife just made a major donation to black colleges and say they hope others will do the same, NBC News reports. Company CEO Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin said Wednesday they're giving $120 million to two historically black colleges and the United...

Workers Slam Starbucks' 'Hypocritical' Ban

Company won't let employees wear 'Black Lives Matter' clothing, accessories

(Newser) - Last week, Starbucks made its pinned tweet one with a timely message: "Black lives matter. We are committed to being a part of change." This week, per the Hill , some are calling the company's stance a disingenuous one in light of its recent enforcement of a dress...

Mayor Says He's 'Pro-Black,' but With a Caveat

NJ's Sal Bonaccorso takes heat for 'all the good black people that I know in my life' remark

(Newser) - A New Jersey mayor perhaps thought his words would smooth things over at an anti-discrimination rally over the weekend, but his speech just ended up earning him backlash. Mayor Sal Bonaccorso showed up at a gathering of between 50 to 100 people in Clark Township on Saturday, where he wasn'...

Teammate to Drew Brees: 'I Can't Let This Slide'

Saints quarterback had spoken out against 'disrespecting the flag'

(Newser) - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday that he would not support protesting players kneeling during the national anthem this season. "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America,” Brees said in response to a question about...

Democrats Want Racial Data Collected in Pandemic

Lack of information impairs efforts to address disparities in care, lawmakers say

(Newser) - Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both...

Trump Tells Black College He Knows Unfairness

South Carolina event involved criminal justice reform

(Newser) - Addressing the treatment of black Americans in the criminal justice system, President Trump told an audience at a historically black college on Friday that he's had his "own experience" with unfair treatment. Days after calling the impeachment inquiry " a lynching ," Trump said in a speech at...

David Brooks Changes His Mind on Reparations
David Brooks Changes
His Mind on Reparations
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David Brooks Changes His Mind on Reparations

'Times' columnist thinks they might be the only way to heal the race divide

(Newser) - Five years ago, one of the most prominent black pundits, Ta-Nehisi Coates, made the case that the US should pay reparations to African-Americans over slavery. At the time, New York Times columnist David Brooks, who is white, was skeptical. "What about the recent African immigrants?" he recalls thinking. "...

Race Debate Rages After Halsey Tweet About Hotel Shampoo

The singer said hotels only have 'white people shampoo'

(Newser) - A singer has sparked a race debate with a complaint about the type of shampoo provided by most hotels. Taking to Twitter , Halsey asserted that the haircare products that hotel chains give to guests are useless for people of color, per the Washington Post . “I’ve been traveling for...

These States Have Made Most Racial Progress

Wyoming, Texas, and Georgia are the top 3

(Newser) - Black History Month is fast approaching, and while much progress has been made since Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, discrimination, segregation, and systemic racism still remain. WalletHub wanted to acknowledge the US states that have made strides in both current integration and racial...

White Parents Fight Dress Code They Say Targets Black Girls

'When our daughters walk with us, they have our white privilege'

(Newser) - When twins Mya and Deanna Cook got permission to get braided hair extensions last spring, their white parents Aaron and Colleen Cook say it was in part to let their adopted daughters celebrate their black heritage. But it didn't take long for the 16-year-old students at Mystic Valley Regional...

Obama on Kaepernick: 'Tough Thing' for Service Members

But president says he supports NFL player's 'active citizenry'

(Newser) - Everyone is weighing in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy , from the cops who say they may stop providing security at 49ers games to the female soccer player who took a knee in support of Kaepernick at her own game Sunday. Now a more high-profile defender is speaking up: President Obama,...

South's History of 'Racial Terror': 700 Newly Found Lynchings

Equal Justice Initiative documents 3,959 'racial terror lynchings' over 73 years

(Newser) - Lest we forget: The Equal Justice Initiative today released a report that documents 3,959 "racial terror lynchings" throughout 12 Southern states over the 1877 to 1950 period. That's "at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported," reports the EJI...

Community Colleges Are a Segregated Mess
Community Colleges Are
a Segregated Mess
OPINION

Community Colleges Are a Segregated Mess

Hamilton Nolan: Racial inequality is rampant, and we need to fix it

(Newser) - America's community colleges have big problems with segregation and racial inequality, according to two new studies noted by Inside Higher Ed . Consider that mostly white colleges average 85 students per staff, but mostly black ones average nearly 300. Think of it this way, suggests Hamilton Nolan at Gawker : These...

Rick Perry Asked to Halt Tomorrow's Execution

Jury told black men pose greater danger

(Newser) - Lawyers for Duane Edward Buck are urging Texas Gov. Rick Perry to step in and stay their client's execution, scheduled for tomorrow, citing racially biased testimony presented at his sentencing hearing. Texas law requires juries to decide if a defendant poses a “future danger” when deciding whether to...

Blacks Smoke Less Pot, But Get Arrested More
Blacks Smoke Less Pot,
But Get Arrested More
OPINION

Blacks Smoke Less Pot, But Get Arrested More

LA Times: This 'unequal enforcement' must end

(Newser) - White people smoke pot at a higher rate than black people, says the government, but you'd never guess that from police reports. In California, blacks are arrested far more frequently for marijuana possession than whites—at 13 times the rate in some areas, notes the Los Angeles Times editorial board....

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