Tag: Blacks

A Transgender Woman Who Was Attacked in Dallas Last Month Has Been Found Dead

When a transgender woman was attacked in a Dallas parking lot in April, cellphone camera footage of the episode made national headlines, and the police investigated it as a possible hate crime. A month later, on Sunday, the Dallas Police Department announced that the woman, Muhlaysia Booker, 23, had been shot and killed. The police […]

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About New York: Why a Witness to Eric Garner’s Death Is Giving Up on ‘Justice’

Over the last two weeks, a Staten Island man named James received an unexpected FedEx delivery. Then a certified letter. His phone rang constantly with calls from people on the 13th floor of Police Headquarters in Lower Manhattan. A taxi was parked outside his home, waiting for him. James did not open the FedEx, the […]

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In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing

BALTIMORE — Heroin has ravaged this city since the early 1960s, fueling desperation and crime that remain endemic in many neighborhoods. But lately, despite heroin’s long, deep history here, users say it has become nearly impossible to find. Heroin’s presence is fading up and down the Eastern Seaboard, from New England mill towns to rural […]

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Impeachment Is a Form of Hope

When we talk about whether to impeach President Trump, we cite the near impeachment of Richard Nixon or the actual prosecution of Bill Clinton. Oddly, though, we don’t talk much about the first-ever presidential impeachment, which very nearly succeeded in removing Andrew Johnson from office. In the spring of 1868, his impeachment trial was the […]

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Family of Los Angeles Teenager Killed by Deputy to Receive $3.75 Million in Settlement

The family of Anthony Weber, a Los Angeles teenager who was shot and killed last year after being chased by two sheriff’s deputies, will receive $3.75 million under a settlement that county officials approved this week. The death of Anthony, 16, did not lead to criminal charges against the deputies involved. But in a lawsuit […]

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Stacey Abrams: My Dad Was Arrested for Registering Black Voters in the 1960s

ATLANTA — In the mid-1960s, when my father was a teenager, he was arrested. His crime? Registering black voters in Mississippi. He and my mother had joined the civil rights movement well before they were even old enough to vote themselves. They braved this dangerous work, which all too often created martyrs of marchers. In […]

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Proposed Fur Ban in New York Pits Animal Rights Advocates Against Black Ministers

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York City is no stranger to instituting bans, from plastic bags and single-use foam products to indoor smoking and alcohol ads. But none of those prohibitions has aroused such an emotional and fevered divide as the city’s move […]

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Editorial Observer: A Whitewashed Monument to Women’s Suffrage

The New York City commission that oversees public artworks embraced a lily-white version of history in March when it approved a monument to the women’s rights movement that is scheduled to be unveiled in Central Park next year. The two white women depicted in sculpture — Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony — played […]

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Weeksville, a Haven for Free African-Americans Before the Civil War, Is Fighting for Survival

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Weeksville could have vanished altogether once before. The remains of the village of free African-Americans who had carved out a settlement after New York abolished slavery were crumbling in the 1960s. Preservationists crusaded, and the refuge nestled in the […]

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Rahm Emanuel: Why Chicago Leads on Police Reform

Two cities, following different road maps, have shown the possibilities and potential pitfalls of police reform. The challenges facing Baltimore and Chicago were seen as synonymous three years ago. Both cities embarked on reforms around the same time, which are still in the early stages. In both cities, a police-involved citizen death brought long-simmering frustrations […]

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Fixes: Baby Steps Toward Guaranteed Incomes and Racial Justice

Last of three articles. This Sunday, all over America, little hands will prepare trays with bowls of cereal and small glasses of orange juice. They will leave trails of well-intentioned milk behind them as they approach tired, smiling moms in rumpled beds. It’s all pretty cute. And very much a departure from the daily reality […]

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Ordeal of Woman Who Gave Birth in Florida Jail Cell Prompts Internal Investigation

The ordeal of a woman who gave birth in an isolation cell in a Florida jail has prompted an internal investigation, and has set off a wave of outrage after her lawyers said her repeated cries for help were ignored. The woman, Tammy Jackson, 35, woke up with painful contractions around 3 a.m. on April […]

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Biden, Stressing Obama Ties, Has Support From Older Black Voters. Is It Enough?

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — In most respects it was a typical first Sunday at Brookland Baptist Church. The minister delivered a raucous sermon, communion was distributed and the choir closed the service with the gospel classic “Order My Steps,” which admonishes Christians that “Satan is busy, God is real.” But when the benediction was completed, […]

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Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy

African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women die of pregnancy-related causes at a rate about three times higher than those of white women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. The racial disparity has persisted, even grown, for years despite frequent calls to improve access to medical care for women of color. […]

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In South Africa Elections, A.N.C. Can’t Count on Black Middle-Class Voters

CHANTELLE, South Africa — Ahead of the general elections on Wednesday in South Africa, Josiah Tsheko found himself in a category now familiar to members of the nation’s growing black middle class: the undecided voter. He liked the president, Cyril Ramaphosa, a former business tycoon and the leader of the long-governing African National Congress party. […]

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