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How Taxes Have Kept Wealth White

From the days of slavery to the 21st century rebirth of the poll tax, our tax system has been concentrating wealth at African-American expense, as legal scholar Andre Smith details in a timely new book.

Sam Pizzigati, Too Much At a time when corporations are buying up elections - not to mention the 24-hour news cycle - help ensure that a source for truly independent journalism lives on. Support all reader supported Evergreene Digest today by using the donation button in the above right-hand corner. The recent state surge of “voter suppression” laws, notes the Delaware Law School’s Andre Smith, amounts to a reincarnation of the poll tax.

October 31, 2015 | The concept of institutional racism, thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, is moving right onto America’s political center stage. The institution under the brightest spotlight? That has to be America’s criminal justice system. But considerable attention has also focused on other institutions as well, most notably education and the financial industry.

But one institution hardly ever comes to mind when talk turns to institutional racism: our tax system. Most of us simply do not think about racism when we think about taxes. Andre Smith does.

Sam Pizzigati, Editor, Too Much

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5 Black Churches in the Ferguson Area Have Burned Since Last Week, Media Shrugs

  • “It is arson,” St. Louis Fire Department captain Garon Mosby told Fox 2 Saint Louis. “These are being intentionally set.”
  • Why The Media Refuse To Connect Those Church Fires With Race

Ben Forstenzer, U.S. Uncut Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. October 19, 2015 | The major media networks have been eerily silent about the latest wave of racist violence.

In the last 10 days, five black churches have been set on fire in the St. Louis area. And unlike the last wave of black church fires this summer in which weather played a role in some of the fires, these all appear to be the work of arsonists. The lack of media coverage about these fires is highly-noticeable, given the media’s hyper-intensive coverage of rioters in Baltimore setting fire to a CVS earlier this year.

Ben Forstenzer is a labor organizer, writer, musician and practitioner of practices. 

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Why The Media Refuse To Connect Those Church Fires With Race, Carolyn J. Davis, Talking Points Memo

“When it comes to church burnings, many African Americans see the difference between an official hate crime and an act of ‘vandalism’ as an issue of semantics, especially given the long, painful history of racists intentionally—and largely independently—setting fire to black churches all over the country,” – Jack Jenkins, ThinkProgress

Muslim charities 'Respond with Love' to raise funds to rebuild burned-down black churches.


The Worst Cities for Black Americans

  • Four of the cities with the worst racial inequality are in Illinois, two are in Iowa, and all are in the Midwest.
  • Third worst is Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • The Not-So-Great White North

Thomas C. Frohlich and Sam Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest.

October 6, 2015 | Last year, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident drew attention to racially charged police brutality, and sparked outrage nationwide. Fatal police shootings involving black citizens, however, are only one of the consequences of racial inequality.

For decades, black Americans have faced higher poverty rates, lower incomes and higher incarceration rates than white Americans. While African Americans in every U.S. city face such problems, racial inequality is much worse in some parts of the country. By examining the disparities 

between white and black Americans in several economic and social measures, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 worst cities for black Americans.

Thomas C. Frohlich: Contributor at MarketWatch , Inc. and 

Sam Stebbins: Owner at The Buck House Inn, Burnsville, NC

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The Not-So-Great White North, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Black people in Minneapolis are 8.7 times more likely to be arrested for a low-level offense than white people; Native Americans are 8.6 times more likely than whites to be subject to such an arrest. Here’s a new report chronicling one city’s so-far failed efforts to ease racialized policing.
  • Part 1: Picking up the Pieces
  • Part 2: Being Black in America