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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 12, 2019 at 04:30. 4 comments

Principal Who Allegedly Banned Black History Month Accuses Black Teachers of Reverse Racism. Teachers Accuse Her of Original Recipe Racism

Principal Who Allegedly Banned Black History Month Accuses Black Teachers of Reverse Racism. Teachers Accuse Her of Original Recipe Racism

A principal who was demoted amid accusations that she prohibited students from celebrating Black History Month has filed a lawsuit against a group of teachers at a Bronx school for discriminating against her because she is white. Meanwhile, the teachers filed their own legal claim against the school district, claiming the principal implied black instructors were lazy and unqualified.

For...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 11, 2019 at 06:00. 1 comments

'Set Your Price for a Slave': St. Louis Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave for 'Culturally Insensitive' Homework Assignment

'Set Your Price for a Slave': St. Louis Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave for 'Culturally Insensitive' Homework Assignment

On the laundry list of things I wanted to be when I grew up, being a teacher was probably dead last. In part because I knew I’d never have the patience, but primarily because I knew I’d never get away with involving slave auctions in my assignments.

That was sarcasm.

Sadly, KMOV 4 reports that an unnamed teacher at Blades Elementary School in St. Louis learned a similar lesson after handing out...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 26, 2019. 24 comments

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF

Seven thousand three hundred twenty-two dollars.

I hid it in a white Piggly Wiggly bag in the back of the dishwasher. Every single time I returned to that tiny apartment, I opened up that Navajo-white Kenmore dishwasher and made sure it was there. It was not a gift. It was not a reward. It wasn’t even mine.

And it still wasn’t enough.

I am from what most people would call “the hood.” The bad...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 12, 2019. 6 comments

Youngest in Charge: 21-Year-Old Tay Anderson Talks Education, Representation After Winning Denver School Board Seat [Corrected]

Youngest in Charge: 21-Year-Old Tay Anderson Talks Education, Representation After Winning Denver School Board Seat [Corrected]

On Nov. 5, after a hard-fought campaign, a reinvigorated Tay Anderson rose to his feet in triumph. The first election results from his bid for a seat on the Denver school board had just come in and as raw emotion coursed through his veins, all he could think about was calling the woman who inspired him as a child to disrupt the status quo.

“I told her, ‘Mom we did it. We won,’” he told The...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Oct 30, 2019. 4 comments

Spelman College Creates First-Ever Queer Studies Chair at An HBCU With $2 Million Donation From Billionaire Jon Stryker

Spelman College Creates First-Ever Queer Studies Chair at An HBCU With $2 Million Donation From Billionaire Jon Stryker

As the global leader of the liberal arts education of black women, Spelman College is keen on its tremendous responsibility to educate and empower the next generation of leaders and innovators.

To that end, in a press release provided to The Root, the historically black college announced a matching gift of up to $2 million from philanthropist Jon Stryker to create a chair in queer studies....

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Oct 22, 2019. 15 comments

'God Is Good': Security Guard Reinstated After Being Fired for Telling Student Not to Call Him the N-Word

'God Is Good': Security Guard Reinstated After Being Fired for Telling Student Not to Call Him the N-Word

Imagine your job firing you for telling someone not to call you a racial slur, then the conflicting range of emotions you’d experience once your job decided to reinstate your employment.

According to NBC 15, that’s exactly what’s happened to Marlon Anderson, a security guard at Madison West High School in Madison, Wy.:

The Madison Metropolitan School District rescinded the termination of a...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Oct 18, 2019. 12 comments

How Chicago Public School Teachers Are Fighting for Black Children’s Futures

How Chicago Public School Teachers Are Fighting for Black Children’s Futures

Class was canceled for 300,000 Chicago public school students Thursday, as tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters headed to the picket line to strike for better conditions in their schools.

If you haven’t been paying attention, you might assume the Chicago Teachers Union’s escalation is a matter of money—and to be sure, there are plenty of underpaid teachers in Chicago public...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Oct 02, 2019. 11 comments

Report: Two Out of Every 5 White Harvard Students Got In Because of the White Privilege-Affirmative Action Loophole

Report: Two Out of Every 5 White Harvard Students Got In Because of the White Privilege-Affirmative Action Loophole

Merit.

According to conservatives, affirmative action haters and the official position of the Trump administration, race-conscious college admission policies unfairly discriminate against more-qualified students (pronounced “hoo-wyatt pee-pole”). Even though college entrance exams have been shown to favor students from richer, better-educated families; in spite of the fact that the SAT was...

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Sep 26, 2019. 20 comments

White Girls, 11 and 10, Arrested in Alleged Hate Crime in School Bus Beating of 10-Year-Old Black Girl

White Girls, 11 and 10, Arrested in Alleged Hate Crime in School Bus Beating of 10-Year-Old Black Girl

Two white girls, ages 10 and 11, are facing assault charges, including one who’s also facing a hate crime charge, after a vicious beating of a 10-year-old black girl on the school bus.

Police in Gouverneur, N.Y., a small town not far from the Canadian border, arrested the two white girls Monday following a two-week probe after the alleged victim’s parents filed a police report Sept. 10 saying...

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Sep 14, 2019. 20 comments

Felicity Huffman Gets 2 Weeks in Jail for Gaming Educational System — Not So Long Ago, a Black Mom Wasn’t So Lucky

Felicity Huffman Gets 2 Weeks in Jail for Gaming Educational System — Not So Long Ago, a Black Mom Wasn’t So Lucky

With tears of misspent white privilege streaming down her face, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for paying a fixer to change her daughter’s SAT scores in order to secure her a spot in the college of her choice.

It was the first major outcome of a national college admissions scandal that snared Huffman and a number of wealthy, predominantly white, families,...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Sep 11, 2019. 18 comments

Trump’s Cringe-Worthy Pitch to HBCU Leadership: I’m the Best You’ve Ever Had

Trump’s Cringe-Worthy Pitch to HBCU Leadership: I’m the Best You’ve Ever Had

Donald Trump, addressing leaders of the nation’s HBCUs on Tuesday, pledged to be a force for “strengthening” historically black colleges and universities, as HBCU leadership often find themselves working to separate the messaging on money for their schools from the often divisive rhetoric of the man himself.

“I think it’s important to stay focused on the money and not on the message,” Austin...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 30, 2019. 20 comments

#DodgeBallWhileBlack: 10-Year-Old Black Boy Charged With a Crime for Playing Dodge Ball

#DodgeBallWhileBlack: 10-Year-Old Black Boy Charged With a Crime for Playing Dodge Ball

In the latest case of what one apparently cannot do and be black in this country, a 10-year-old black child is facing an assault charge because he (allegedly) hit another child (and, yes, a white child) in the face while playing a game of dodge ball.

The black child’s mom, Cameishi Lindley, tells WXYZ 7 Action News Detroit that she almost couldn’t believe it when she got a call last week from...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 26, 2019. 18 comments

White Professor Accuses Historically Black Tuskegee University of Age, Racial Discrimination: 'It's Just Wrong'

White Professor Accuses Historically Black Tuskegee University of Age, Racial Discrimination: 'It's Just Wrong'

Here’s something I never thought I’d live to see: a historically black college has been slapped with a lawsuit alleging age and racial discrimination—by a white guy.

According to the Daily Beast, the school in question is Alabama’s Tuskegee University, which is being sued by its own 73-year-old physics professor and one-time Teacher of the Year, Marshall Burns. In a filing to the U.S. District...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 23, 2019. 22 comments

'I Cannot Tell a Lie': Decision to Paint Over George Washington Mural Raises Dem Fears of a Campaign Gift to Trump

'I Cannot Tell a Lie': Decision to Paint Over George Washington Mural Raises Dem Fears of a Campaign Gift to Trump

Controversy is roiling Democratic circles in San Francisco over a controversial decision by the city’s school board to paint over an early-20th-century mural that depicts George Washington as a slave owner as well as a military commander who oversaw the decimation of Native Americans.

Supporters of the move say the 1936 mural by Victor Arnautoff, an artist, Stanford professor and avowed...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 22, 2019. 1 comments

Angela Davis to be Inducted Into the National Women's Hall of Fame

Angela Davis to be Inducted Into the National Women's Hall of Fame

The National Women’s Hall of Fame prides itself on celebrating the achievements of transcendent women throughout the course of American history. And this fall, educator and activist Angela Davis will be recognized for both her courage and accomplishments.

The Associated Press reports that Davis is among the class of 2019 inductees, which includes lawyer Sarah Deer, New York...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 16, 2019. 2 comments

‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered
“Some might think that breaking barriers means you start out on one side of the barrier and then you just turn up on the other side of the barrier...No, there’s breaking involved. And when you break things, it’s painful. You get hurt, you may get cut and you may bleed. It will be worth it, but it is not without pain.” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Of the many Democratic candidates campaigning for the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 10, 2019. 23 comments

White Woman Discovers Racism

White Woman Discovers Racism

In the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith, alongside her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, hosted former Sex and the City star Kristin Davis for a probing, earnest talk about the complications of transracial adoption.

Titled “Should White People Adopt Black Kids,” the discussion featured Davis talking at length about her experiences as the mother of two black children: a...

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Jul 03, 2019. 4 comments

Access Is Not Inclusion: Meet the Harvard Professor Who Studies Low-Income and Disadvantaged College Students

Access Is Not Inclusion: Meet the Harvard Professor Who Studies Low-Income and Disadvantaged College Students
“Education alone does not erase generations of exclusion, racism that we see in the housing market, that we see in the job market, that we see in the very DNA of this country.” — Professor Anthony Jack, Ph.D.

When I was in high school, I was an idealist—especially when it came to my education.

“If I study hard, get wonderful grades, and join the right extracurriculars, I’ll definitely earn some...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 01, 2019. 6 comments

Clap Your Hands: Pharrell Williams Makes 114 Grads of Harlem High School ‘Happy’ With Guaranteed Internships

Clap Your Hands: Pharrell Williams Makes 114 Grads of Harlem High School ‘Happy’ With Guaranteed Internships

Having the prolific hit-maker Pharrell Williams as their commencement speaker probably seemed like a big enough “get” for the graduating class of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy. But the ridiculously ageless producer and singer had one welcome surprise for the young graduates: guaranteed internships.

“Let me be clear...every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 29, 2019. 5 comments

Meet Sydney Wilson, the 14-Year-Old Who Just Became the Youngest Student to Attend Spelman College

Meet Sydney Wilson, the 14-Year-Old Who Just Became the Youngest Student to Attend Spelman College

After conquering high school and leaving straight A’s in her wake, Atlanta native Sydney Wilson will be taking the next step in her academic journey by attending Spelman College in the fall.

Did I mention she’s only 14 years old?

WREG Memphis reports that the rumors are true: she’ll be graduating from The Wilson Academy—where she’s taken high school-level classes since she was 10—to finally...

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