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MLK Jr Criticized Social Conditions Not the Rioters

We know how King would respond to our current mean season of political unrest, racial division and state-sanctioned violence. He understood much more than the fact that “riots were the language of the unheard.” He eloquently argued that the racial upheaval gripping the country during the 1960s was the direct result of white supremacy’s uncanny hold on every aspect of American life, from public schools, housing and health care to criminal justice, employment and domestic and foreign policy.

Senator Tom Cotton and Cancel Culture

Tom Cotton, the Arkansas senator, introduced a bill last week to prohibit federal funds from being used to teach the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which looks at the legacy of slavery in the US, in elementary and secondary schools.

John Lewis Crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge One Last Time

As many guests on "AM Joy" hosted by Tiffany Cross noted this morning, the best thing Congressional Republicans can do to honor John Lewis is to enact a new Voting Rights Bill. Their words of praise mean nothing.

Joy Reid Takes Nightly Anchor Slot at MSNBC

She becomes one of the few Black women to anchor a major American evening news program. The move was made by new leadership at NBC News, which runs the liberal-leaning cable network.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/business/media/joy-reid-msnbc-anchor.html

1619 Project Will Be Adapted To Film

Pulitzer Prize®-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) have chosen global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) to be the home for a wide-ranging partnership to develop Ms. Hannah-Jones’ landmark issue of The New York Times Magazine, The 1619 Project, and hit New York Times podcast1619, into an expansive portfolio of feature films, television series and other content for a global audience.

Capitalizing Black As A Cultural Identifier

The last time The New York Times made a sweeping call to capitalize how it referred to people of African ancestry was nearly a century ago.

W.E.B. Du Bois had started a letter-writing campaign asking publications, including The Times, to capitalize the N in Negro, a term long since eradicated from The Times’s pages. “The use of a small letter for the name of twelve million Americans and two hundred million human beings,” he once wrote, was “a personal insult.”

You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument

A black woman points out an obvious but overlooked view of Confederate monuments 

The black people I come from were owned and raped by the white people I come from. Who dares to tell me to celebrate them?

and

NASHVILLE — I have rape-colored skin. My light-brown-blackness is a living testament to the rules, the practices, the causes of the Old South.

If there are those who want to remember the legacy of the Confederacy, if they want monuments, well, then, my body is a monument. My skin is a monument.

A Riot Is the Language of the Unheard

A famous Martin Luther King Jr. quote 

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