History

Historical events and milestones towards racial justice.

The Jim Crow Roots of Loitering Laws
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The Jim Crow Roots of Loitering Laws

Loitering laws date back to the Jim Crow era when laws were designed to trap Black people in the convict leasing system. 

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The Black Origins of Memorial Day
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The Black Origins of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one example of how the whitewashing of U.S. history enables the minimizing of the contributions and injustice of Black people in favor of whiteness.

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The Violent History of Racial Hoaxing
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The Violent History of Racial Hoaxing

Racial hoaxing incidents often resulted in violence and injustices against Black people, like the Rosewood Massacre, Groveland Four, and the lynching of Emmett Till.

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Amid Rising Antisemitic Attacks, Holocaust Denial Spreads
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Amid Rising Antisemitic Attacks, Holocaust Denial Spreads

Antisemitic incidences continue to rise due to the spread of racist misinformation and lack of education on the Holocaust.

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The Lessons of ‘Strange Fruit’ Still Ring True
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The Lessons of ‘Strange Fruit’ Still Ring True

Unlike the unjust trials of the Scottsboro Boys, white vigilantism often ended in lynchings, one of which inspired the song “Strange Fruit.”

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One Law Won’t Erase the Brutal History of Lynchings
Protesters march around the Hennepin County Government Center. The courthouse is currently holding the Derek Chauvin murder trial. Chauvin is charged in the May 25th murder of George Floyd in South Minneapolis.

One Law Won’t Erase the Brutal History of Lynchings

After 200 years, the government will finally implement anti-lynching legislation which will make lynchings in America a hate crime.

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The Continuing Relevance of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Work
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The Continuing Relevance of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Work

More than 50 years since his death, W.E.B. Du Bois’ biography and work prove to be treasure troves for those confronting racial capitalism and white supremacist violence today.

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The Untold Legacy of Slavery at the White House
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The Untold Legacy of Slavery at the White House

The White House symbolizes this country’s unique commitment to liberty and justice for all. Yet, the forced labor of enslaved people literally laid the foundation for American democracy.

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Malcolm X: The “Campaign of Terror” Against a Human Rights Champion
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Malcolm X: The “Campaign of Terror” Against a Human Rights Champion

Malcolm X was a major figure of the Civil Rights Movement who promoted Black nationalism, self-defense, and liberation before his assassination in 1965. His life, legacy, and death are still remembered more than 50 years later.

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The Problem with Erasing Race from the Holocaust
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The Problem with Erasing Race from the Holocaust

Whoopi Goldberg’s Holocaust comments on The View inaccurately claimed that the genocide of millions of Jews was not about race. During the Holocaust, Jewish people were labeled as an “inferior race” by the Nazis, echoing similar eugenicist beliefs held in the U.S. during that time.

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