In 2018, we shouldn’t be surprised that structural racism pervades the North as well as the South, or that racially disparate police shootings are a product of systemic inequality rather than a few bad apples, but a new study from Boston University reinforces these truths.
The Kerner Commission challenged the nation to see itself as it was and to act to cure itself before the disease—racism and economic inequality—went beyond help. Fifty years later, we still suffer from the same disease.
The FBI and Southern Poverty Law Center both released reports in August on the rise of Black Nationalism in response to the rise of white supremacy and police shootings of black people. The FBI report, however, seems seriously misdirected.
In the face of mounting evidence that discrimination and racial isolation are themselves sources of racial health disparities, it seems naive to believe that simply repairing substandard housing or facilitating moves to more prosperous neighborhoods will cure the damage done by the “shocks” of living through racial discrimination and economic insufficiency.
The sudden interest of politicians in pushing through criminal justice reforms poses a host of opportunities and, yes, problems for activists. Based on findings from key interviews with grassroots organizers and national leaders in the criminal justice reform movement, this article describes the state of the movement to end mass incarceration and some of the complexities they now face.
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