Tag: Blacks

Failing to Decipher Black Voters

There was quite a bit of talk about the black vote and the black community at Wednesday night’s presidential debate. Maybe that’s because they were in Atlanta, the majority-black capital of the South. But it is also, I am sure, because black voters have played and continue to play a crucial role in who gets […]

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Why Pete Buttigieg’s Lack of Black Support May Limit His 2020 Potential

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has 154 endorsements from current or former black or Hispanic elected officials. Senator Kamala Harris has 93. Senator Bernie Sanders has 91. Senator Cory Booker has 50. Senator Elizabeth Warren has 43. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has six. The South Bend, Ind., mayor has surged to first place in […]

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To Take on the Religious Right, We Need a Religious Left

I remember the first time I encountered God. It was 2002 and my mother, with three small children in tow, had just arrived at the doors of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Atlanta, Ga. She was not seeking salvation from sin, but homelessness. For months we had been living in a domestic violence […]

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Georgia Teenager Plotted a Knife Attack on a Black Church, Police Say

ATLANTA — A 16-year-old white girl was orchestrating an elaborate, racially motivated plot to attack a small black congregation outside Atlanta, but the scheme was foiled after her classmates reported it to a high school counselor, the authorities said Tuesday. The authorities said the girl, who had assembled a collection of butcher knives and other […]

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Philanthropists Bench Women of Color, the M.V.P.s of Social Change

OAKLAND, Calif. — November begins the peak season for charitable giving in the United States. Over the next several months, donors and foundations will allocate billions of dollars to progressive causes. And this year, the stakes are higher than ever: The future of the climate, of abortion rights and of our democracy are on the […]

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What Happens When Black People Search for Suburban Homes

One Long Island real estate agent told a black man that houses in a predominantly white neighborhood were too expensive for his budget. But the same agent showed houses in the same neighborhood to a white man with the same amount of money to spend. Another real estate agent warned a white home buyer about […]

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Bloomberg Apologizes for Stop and Frisk at Just the Right Time

At a black church in New York on Sunday, Michael Bloomberg stood before the congregation and repented. He said the police stops of millions of black and Latino men when he was mayor, a policy known as stop and frisk, were a mistake. “Over time, I’ve come to understand something that I long struggled to […]

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Bloomberg to Speak at Prominent Black Church Sunday

Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will deliver remarks on Sunday at a predominantly black megachurch in East New York, choosing a crucial Democratic constituency — African-American voters — as the audience for his first speech since he re-emerged as a potential 2020 presidential candidate. Mr. Bloomberg is set to speak at the Christian Cultural Center […]

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At Howard University, Homecoming Is a Pilgrimage

Surfacing ‘Coming to Howard for the first time was seeing the beauty of blackness,’ one alumnus said. Written by Bianca Ladipo Photographs by Andre Wagner ImageThere’s no limit to how many people can join the celebration — the campus gates never close during the weekend.Credit…Andre D. Wagner for The New York Times “Have you ever […]

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She Hung Nooses on Halloween. What Happened Next Was Surprising.

The display appeared in the windows of Daniela Rose’s townhouse in Clinton Hill before Halloween. Four cartoon figures, made of brown craft paper, were taped to the glass. Three wore nooses. For residents of the historically black neighborhood, there was no mistaking the symbol, and as photos of the display spread on Instagram, people came […]

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‘Black Radical’ Remembers a Bold Life and Reclaims It for Our Current Moment

William Monroe Trotter, who edited the Boston-based black weekly newspaper The Guardian in the first three decades of the 20th century, shows up in the biographies of his contemporaries as a gadfly: radical, outspoken and indefatigable. In books about Booker T. Washington, Trotter makes inevitable appearances as one of the so-called Great Accommodationist’s most relentless […]

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Salon Accused of Bias Will Be Taught to Style Black Hair

A luxury Upper East Side hair salon accused of telling black workers that Afros and box braids did not fit the area’s upscale image will train employees to work with black hair and help advance the careers of stylists who are not white, city officials said Tuesday. The salon, Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger, […]

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Darryl Pinckney on Race, Class and Being ‘Busted in New York’

BUSTED IN NEW YORKAnd Other EssaysBy Darryl Pinckney According to a rumor in New Orleans, an old family restaurant used to give a free ham to any police officer who killed a black person in the line of duty. The restaurant stopped doing this only in the 1980s, the story goes, when a black police […]

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Brown Is the New Black

I’ve had many lively over-the-fence conversations with my Salvadoran-born neighbor, who moved into my primarily black Los Angeles neighborhood with his wife and children three years ago. Rene and I banter easily about a whole host of things that we have in common, from our shared love of animals to our growing dismay about the […]

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You Must Never Vote for Bloomberg

With his filing of paperwork on Friday to put his name on the ballot for the Democratic primary in Alabama, the billionaire businessman and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg inched closer to declaring a run for the Democratic nomination for president. According to The New York Times, his advisers say he hasn’t made […]

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The ‘Lost Cause’ That Built Jim Crow

Joe Biden launched his presidential bid back in April with a bold defense of the principle that “all men are created equal,” a principle he rightly argued that, from Thomas Jefferson on, “we haven’t always lived up to.” But, Mr. Biden added, this is a principle “we have never before walked away from,” and that’s […]

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Democrats in Battleground States Prefer Moderate Nominee, Poll Shows

A New York Times/Siena College survey in six key states also showed voters want a candidate who can work with Republicans. If the Democratic presidential primary were being held today, whom would you vote for? Ariz. 209 surveyed Biden Warren Sanders Buttigieg Klobuchar Harris Gabbard Yang Booker O’Rourke Don’t know Source: New York Times Upshot/Siena […]

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‘We’re Self-Interested’: The Growing Identity Debate in Black America

In Hollywood, Harriet Tubman is played in a new movie by a black British woman, much to the annoyance of some black Americans. On the United States census, an ultrawealthy Nigerian immigrant and a struggling African-American woman from the South are expected to check the same box. When many American universities tout their diversity numbers, […]

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Stop Blaming Black Homophobia for Buttigieg’s Problems!

Reducing Pete Buttigieg’s struggle to attract black support solely to black homophobia is not only erroneous, it is a disgusting, racist trope, secretly nursed and insidiously whispered by white liberals with contempt for the very black people they court and need. I have never been blind to this — the people who see black religiosity […]

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An Artist’s March to Freedom

Surfacing Dread Scott’s re-enactment of a slave rebellion in Louisiana will draw on hundreds of participants — and bold ideas of freedom. ImageSammi Ross, rehearsing in costume for the 1811 Slave Rebellion Re-enactment, a 26-mile march along former antebellum plantations in Louisiana. Her great-great-grandmother was part of the original slave rebellion. “My family has been […]

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Surviving Droughts, Tornadoes and Racism

“There are easier ways to make a living than farming,” Greg Bridgeforth said as he drove a combine through fields he farms in northern Alabama. “But this is what I truly love to do — till the soil and grow things, just like my father, grandfather and great-grandfather did. You know, when problems get you […]

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The Pork Chops You’ll Make Again and Again

There are precious few feelings as nice as the one that comes from falling in love with a cookbook — with its aesthetics and point of view, with its larder and stories, above all with the flavors the recipes produce. There you were, making the sort of food you’ve been making forever, cooking the beans […]

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