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Racism and Gun Control

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  • Guns in the United States have always been about race: controlling black males and protecting white privilege and power.
  • My gun violence story could become your gun violence story.

Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator

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February, 2016 | From the antebellum slave patrols, to post-war black lynchings and chain gang detention; from terrorist Klan raids, to "stop and frisk;" and from the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and the Black Lives Matter movement, guns have been used to terrorize and control black males and protect the white population from the perceived threat that black people pose if they were to do to us what we have been doing to black people since the inception of this country.

Jeff Dietrich, Editor, Catholic Agitator

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My gun violence story could become your gun violence story, Think Progress

  • We spoke with gun violence survivors about gun violence prevention, Obama, and the NRA. This is what they had to say. And take a good look at Yanceyville, North Carolina: It's an extremely poor town that almost got a big break -- until corrupt officials completely screwed it over. ThinkProgress dives deep into its history, its residents, and its future.
  • A powerful message on gun violence

'People Don't Really Have Time to Dream'

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Darnell Moore: “The goal was to really…think about creative ways to utilize the imagination, to move us from problem to solution, to move us from sort of looking at a past that also gets very stagnant to possibilities of what a present and future might look like.”

Janine Jackson, CounterSpin / Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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February 19, 2016 | Social movements have always been fueled and uplifted by culture — art, music, stories. And not just movements, but the human beings who comprise them. In this vein, February marks the second annual Black Futures Month, a project of Black Lives Matter that brings together different cultural forms to shed light and spark discussion about issues that affect black communities, including questions not only of police violence, but also of labor, reproductive and gender justice.

Black History Month can be a valuable reminder of African-American struggles and unheralded contributions to US society. Black Futures Month extends the conversation from where African-Americans have been to where we might still go.

Janine Jackson is the program director of FAIR, and the co-host and co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin—a weekly program of media criticism airing on more than 150 stations around the country.

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America has locked up so many black people it has warped our sense of reality.

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  • Mass incarceration's ill effects are concentrated in places already in distress. Researchers once estimated that, in some inner-city neighborhoods, up to one-fifth of the young black men are behind bars at any given moment.
  • Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial.

Jeff Guo, Washington (DC) Post

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February 26,2016 | For as long as the government has kept track, the economic statistics have shown a troubling racial gap. Black people are twice as likely as white people to be out of work and looking for a job. This fact was as true in 1954 as it is today.

The most recent report puts the white unemployment rate at around 4.5 percent. The black unemployment rate? About 8.8 percent.

Jeff Guo is a reporter covering economics, domestic policy, and everything empirical. He's from Maryland, but outside the Beltway.

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Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial, Claire Bernish, Free Thought Project

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  • Justice, as an untold — though no doubt, appalling — number can attest, has been utterly abandoned for the interests of the careless expedience, apathetic convenience, and unabashed profiteering of the U.S. prison-industrial machine.
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How bad is Hollywood diversity? We cropped celebrity photos to demonstrate.

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  • If we're not being shown a world as diverse as the one we live in in the media, we're not seeing the whole picture.
  • #OscarsSoWhite? It's really about #HollywoodSoWhite.
  • "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise": First Film on Writer and Activist Chronicles an Extraordinary Life

Parker Molloy, UpWorthy

February 23, 2016 | The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism just released the Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment.

The report comes with a bunch of really helpful charts and other graphics that show how Hollywood's makeup is out of step with the general population.

Why does that matter?

Parker Molloy: I wear many hats. I'm a writer, blogger, intersectional feminist, and Chicagoan, who doesn't think people should legislate what others do with their bodies. My hobbies include chipping away at the patriarchy, fighting transphobia, and taking naps.

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To Make the Oscars More Diverse, Let’s Adopt Football’s Rooney Rule, Carrie Rickey, TruthDig 

  • Voluntary steps to include more people of color and women should be a priority throughout the entire Hollywood system of moviemaking, from studios’ executive ranks to casting.
  • Yet another #OscarsSoWhite

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"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise": First Film on Writer and Activist Chronicles an Extraordinary Life, Amy Goodman, Rita Coburn Whack, Bob Hercules, Colin Johnson, Democracy Now!

In a Black History Month special, we remember the life and legacy of the legendary poet, playwright, civil rights activist, Maya Angelou. Now, for the first time, a documentary chronicles her remarkable life.

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