Tag: Social Movements

Civil Rights Icon and Political Adviser Vernon Jordan Dies at 85

Photo: Andy Kropa (Getty Images) Vernon Jordan, an iconic civil rights leader, presidential adviser and lawyer who held leadership roles at the United Negro College Fund and the National Urban League, and who worked as a Georgia field secretary for the NAACP and director of the Voter Education Project for the Southern Regional Council at […]

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#WhiteHistoryMonth337: The Top 10 Whitest Laws of All Time

Image: Monika Hunackova (Shutterstock) After a grueling 28 days of watching corporations, institutions and random white people pretend to care about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and that other Black guy with the big part in his afro (I think it’s Booker T. Douglass), we now return to our regularly scheduled […]

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Black Lives Matter Says $3 Million Fund for People Struggling From Pandemic Depleted After One Day, Seeks More Donations

Photo: Eugenio Marongiu (Shutterstock) A day after announcing a $3 million fund to support grants to Black people struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) says the fund has been exhausted. On Thursday, in a press release sent to The Root, BLMGNF said it had launched a BLM […]

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Black Lives Matter Global Network Reveals Its Finances Amid Criticism for Lack of Transparency

Photo: trevorwk (Shutterstock) Black Lives Matter is multiple things; it’s a statement, a movement, a network of local organizations and a global network. Like anything that is a lot of things all at once, BLM has seen its share of messaging issues and clashes between activists and organizers with different visions of what the movement […]

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Emmett Till’s Childhood Home Approved as Chicago City Landmark

Photo: Nathan Howard (Getty Images) Emmett Till. To many Americans, Emmett Till is a scary ghost story—one of evil and violent white men, evil and devious white women and a lynching that shook the nation to its core—told to remind America of its dark past. For many Black people, his story is far more typical […]

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The Year We Learned to Live Like Life Doesn’t Matter

These responses aren’t surprising, considering the trajectory of the Republican Party. The idea that the GOP is a death cult has recently become axiomatic, not only among the left but among liberals. But when it comes to policy, the Democratic Party often caves to the same ghoulish priorities. During the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, Democrats […]

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Will Big Philanthropy Defang Our Radical Moment?

Philanthropy also serves as yet another tax advantage for the already wealthy. “We’re at a moment in American society in which the winners in the marketplace attempt to diminish their tax burdens, both corporately and individually, as low as they can legally go,” Reich told The Atlantic in 2018. “Then having diminished their tax burden […]

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