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100 Questions and Answers About African Americans

Remembering Tulsa race massacre

The 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre of May 31-June 1, 1921 is being revisited after a century of having been largely buried. The very few remaining survivors help make that happen because, for a little while longer, are direct … Continue reading

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Did Justin Bieber commit cultural appropriation again?

Justin Bieber has been accused, again, of appropriating Black culture for having his hair styled in dreadlocks, an ethnic hairstyle. Is it wrong to adopt an identifying characteristic of a culture one does not share? The answer is debated. It … Continue reading

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Images that bred racism now used to fight it

By Dina Kaur “It’s not going to do any good for us to pretend that hatred does not exist,” said Ruth Ann Jones during a Michigan State University Libraries special collections Zoom session: Unpacking Racist Stereotypes. The April 1 session … Continue reading

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Anti-Asian violence fueled by model minority myth

The model minority myth plays a role in today’s violence against Asians. Its damages have several dimensions. The myth is that Asians are universally successful. You can learn about where the myth came from and why it is not true … Continue reading

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What is the meaning of Kwanzaa? It has 7

When the Bias Busters class that published “100 Questions and Answers About African Americans,” it encountered questions about Kwanzaa. Here is how that went in our guide: What is Kwanzaa? Kwanzaa is a celebration of African heritage and principles. It … Continue reading

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Faith, race and politics clash

Associated Press reporter Elana Schor reported on weekend violence at four Washington, D.C., churches: the attacks “raised questions among some clergy and churchgoers about why more fellow Christians were not speaking out against the incidents.” The damage accompanied rallies by … Continue reading

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First Black U.S. cardinal speaks on social issues

The first African American Roman cardinal in the United States is not expected to be a quiet one. It’s not his style. Wilton Gregory was one of 13 Roman Catholic cardinals elevated 28 by Pope Francis, who according to National … Continue reading

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What is the African American national anthem?

National Football League sidelines became the center of controversy again on Thanksgiving when players for Detroit and Houston took a knee during the national anthem to protest continuing racial injustices and inequities. Additionally, fans heard a song known colloquially as … Continue reading

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NFL to field first all-Black officiating team

When the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams play the Buccaneers at Tampa Bay on Nov. 23, the game will be officiated by an all-Black crew. It has been a long time coming. Burt Toler broke this color line 55 … Continue reading

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Definition of racism expanded after 22-year-old’s email

Two months ago today, Merriam-Webster posted an updated and expanded definition of “racism,” a change prompted by a new college graduate. The addition was proposed by Kennedy Mitchum, 22, a 2020 Drake University major in public relations and law; politics … Continue reading

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