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Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing May 21, 2019. 12 comments

Four New York City Department of Education Executives Claim They're Victims of 'Reverse Racism'

Four New York City Department of Education Executives Claim They're Victims of 'Reverse Racism'

Four executives in the New York City Department of Education plan to sue the city, claiming they were demoted because they’re white.

According to the New York Post, the plaintiffs claim that Chancellor Richard Carranza has created “an environment which is hostile toward whites.” They also allege they were demoted in favor of people of color they consider to be less qualified.

“These decisions...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir May 12, 2019. 14 comments

Picture of Smiling Teachers Holding Noose Lands All Four on Paid Leave Alongside Principal

Picture of Smiling Teachers Holding Noose Lands All Four on Paid Leave Alongside Principal

Four teachers in California decided to get cute and pose with a noose. Now, their bosses will decide if they, along with their principal, will receive their direct deposits from the school district or state unemployment.

In the photo, originally shared online free of caption or context, was taken and initially distributed by the Summerwing Elementary School Principal Linda Brandits, according...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai May 11, 2019. 4 comments

LeBron James’ I Promise School Receives a $1 Million Boost from Dick’s Sporting Goods

LeBron James’ I Promise School Receives a $1 Million Boost from Dick’s Sporting Goods

The good news keeps coming for LeBron James’ groundbreaking I Promise School in his native Akron, Ohio. Following April reports that the school was already yielding incredible results in its first year, the NBA star surprised I Promise students by announcing that they’d be receiving a brand new gym, thanks to a $1 million grant from Dick Sporting Goods, as part of the Sports Matter program....

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif May 03, 2019. 16 comments

Black Mississippi High School Grad Charges Her Salutatorian Honor Was Given to Less Qualified White Student to Appease Racist Townspeople

Black Mississippi High School Grad Charges Her Salutatorian Honor Was Given to Less Qualified White Student to Appease Racist Townspeople

Apparently, in at least one Mississippi town, black folks can’t even come in second place without raising racist ire.

According to a federal lawsuit, recent high school graduate Olecia James charges she was denied her rightful place as salutatorian of her Mississippi high school’s graduating class in a move the district made so as not to offend white folk.

Really.

In the lawsuit, uploaded for...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Mar 11, 2019. 20 comments

NY School Holds Mock Slave Auction Selling Black Students to White Kids

NY School Holds Mock Slave Auction Selling Black Students to White Kids

After an apparent celebration kicking off the return to 11 White History Months in a row, administrators at an exclusive private school in New York are scrambling to explain reports that a teacher held a series of mock slave auctions in which white students bid on their black classmates.

According to WPIX, Rebecca Antinozzi, a white fifth-grade social studies teacher at Chapel School in...

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Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried Dec 18, 2018. 5 comments

2 Former Louisiana Cops Indicted for Slamming 14-Year-Old on Ground, Into Desk

2 Former Louisiana Cops Indicted for Slamming 14-Year-Old on
Ground, Into Desk

And people wonder why we don’t want more police officers in schools.

Surveillance footage from October reveals two then-officers slamming a 14-year-old boy onto the ground and into a desk after he tried to walk away from administrators and out of a school office.

In the video, former Officer Anthony Dupre handles the student like a ragdoll and struggles with the minor, seemingly dropping his...

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May 02, 2018. 3 comments

Philadelphia’s Housing Authority Bought a High School: What Does That Mean for One of the City’s Poorest Neighborhoods?

Philadelphia’s Housing Authority Bought a High School: What Does That Mean for One of the City’s Poorest Neighborhoods?

Ryan Moten’s grandmother remembers her time at Philadelphia’s Roberts Vaux Junior High School fondly: the sewing classes, cheering at basketball games and swaying during dances in the gym. Ryan’s mother remembers her stint at Vaux a generation later differently. The Sharswood Blumberg neighborhood surrounding Vaux, by then a high school, had begun to buckle from poverty, drugs and gun...

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Andre Perry Andre Perry Feb 07, 2018. 13 comments

Dear, Teacher: How Does It Feel to Be an Oppressor?

Dear, Teacher: How Does It Feel to Be an Oppressor?

The New York Daily News reported Feb. 1—the start of Black History Month—that a teacher in a majority-minority school in the Bronx, N.Y., instructed three black children in her seventh-grade class to lie on the floor during a lesson on slavery. Then she stepped on the students’ backs, allegedly to show them “how it feels to be a slave.” This was not the first time that Patricia Cummings, who...

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Dec 04, 2017.

'Crazy Baldheads' Seek to Eliminate Dreads

'Crazy Baldheads' Seek to Eliminate Dreads

Is there a causal connection between hairstyles worn by black boys and their future success, and should we strongly encourage these boys to avoid wearing dreadlocks and braids? That’s what Steve Perry, Steve Harvey and the U.S. Army seem to be arguing. Recently, they teamed up to disseminate pearls for success to an audience of 200 young men of color.

According to a tweet by Perry, the team...

Andre Perry Andre Perry Oct 12, 2017. 14 comments

Somebody Lied: Education Alone Can’t Dismantle White Supremacy

Somebody Lied: Education Alone Can’t Dismantle White Supremacy

Editor’s note: Once a month, the National Interest column will tackle broader questions about what the country should do to increase educational opportunities for black youths. 

Americans like to think that if individuals are educated in great schools, they can pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps and bring their families with them. From childhood, we’re told that we can achieve...

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Aug 20, 2017. 8 comments

The National Interest: All Money Ain’t Good Money: The Role of White Foundations in Social Justice Movements

The National Interest: All Money Ain’t Good Money: The Role of White Foundations in Social Justice Movements

Editor’s note: Once a month, the National Interest column will tackle broader questions about what the country should do to increase educational opportunities for black youths.

There are wealthy white philanthropists in every city saying that they want to change urban education, but few are able to save their own organizations from whiteness. That’s because few funders are serious about social...

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Aug 18, 2017. 17 comments

Black People Support Vouchers, Black Leaders Don’t. Who’s Right?

Black People Support Vouchers, Black Leaders Don’t. Who’s Right?

At times, black people, like any group battered and oppressed by the state, may celebrate any perception of forward motion. Folks scour social media pages to see who has what appointment, what political power is being amassed and what black person has been newly elected.

Although I strongly believe in the need for more representation and more political action, unfortunately, too often, having...

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