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Newly Released Documents Show Black Lives Matter Infiltrated by NYPD*

Newly Released Documents Show Black Lives Matter Infiltrated by NYPD*

By Alek Hidell

Documents uncovered as part of a Freedom of Information Act request have revealed that the NYPD’s surveillance of the Black Lives Matter movement went much farther than anyone could have anticipated. The records uncovered by a New York law firm have painted a picture of overreach and mass surveillance directed toward the BLM movement

Most of the documents uncovered were emails. The emails showed that not only had the NYPD been on a mission to infiltrate the BLM movement, but it had in fact succeeded. The emails also revealed that undercover officers had gained enough trust in the organization to be actively included in planning meetings, and even took part in demonstrations.

Many of the communications documented the activities of members to include times and places of planned demonstrations. According to Elsa Waithe, a Black Lives Matter organizer, she confirmed that the NYPD was in fact in possession of information that was only distributed among management.

“The text loop was definitely just for organizers, I don’t know how that got out. Someone had to have told someone how to get on it, probably trusting someone they had seen a few times in good faith. We clearly compromised ourselves,” Waithe said.

The suggestion is that NYPD undercover operatives were able to infiltrate the organization in its early stages and those undercover officers were able to rise in the organization. Keegan Stephan, who has been involved with the BLM movement and was familiar with the organizational structure, agrees.

“I feel like the undercover was somebody who was or is very much a part of the group, and has access to information we only give to people we trust.”

According to Joseph Giacalone, a former NYPD detective and consultant to the Guardian, it would have been difficult for undercover agents to infiltrate and get so close to leadership in such a short period of time. When asked about why the NYPD would go to such lengths to spy on the organization, Giacalone stated,

“If you take out the biggest mouth, everybody just withers away, so you concentrate on the ones you believe are your organizers. Once you identify that person, you can run computer checks on them to see if they have a warrant out or any summons failures, then you can drag them in before they go out to speak or rile up the crowd, as long as you have reasonable cause to do so.”

Lawyers are now examining the emails to see if the NYPD broke any laws while undergoing their surveillance. Typically, surveillance this intrusive has to be authorized by a special committee within the NYPD, however, in this instance there is no criminal justification for spying on a civil rights group. Spying on civil rights groups was done by the federal government in the 1950’s and 60s to quash uprisings. In this case, the NYPD may have overstepped its boundary.

The emails only tell a part of the story, which left BLM and their attorneys wondering if the NYPD has withheld additional documents which would clarify their actions. Requests have already been submitted for any relevant documents that were not produced. The outcome, whether intended or not, was to undermine the trust that members had in the BLM organization. The knowledge that an undercover cop may have held a leadership position in the group has left many within wondering who at the top they can trust.

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Hacked messages of #BlackLivesMatter leader reveal Obama admin’s plan for ‘summer of chaos’ and martial law

Black NYPD Officers Sue the Department, Were Pressured to Meet Quotas of Black Arrests*

New Settlement Aims to Protect Muslims from Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance*

NYPD Officials, Prominent Jewish Business Men in Bribery Corruption Scandal*

NYPD a Law unto Themselves Forces Photographer Shaun Thomas into a Psych Ward Again*

#Arabs4BlackPower Releases Movement for Black Lives Solidarity Statement*

Jewish Anti-Occupation Activists Stand With Black Lives Matter*

Why were the Black Lives Matter protesters at London City Airport all White?*

A Black Lives Protest Just Turned Into a Barbecue Event with Police*

 

Black Community Unites to Protect D.C. After Girls Go Missing*

Black Community Unites to Protect D.C. After Girls Go Missing*

A few days ago, info about 14 girls going missing in 24 hours in Washington, D.C. went viral. Though the number may not actually be 14, it struck a nerve because people are going missing.

It gave inspiration to people seeking to protect the community and exercise their right to self- defense. Black Men United organized an effort to patrol D.C., and activists are doing everything they can to pay attention.

This is the official number of girls who are missing. According to the Associated Press:

“The District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.”

The true number may be more, but this strikes a nerve with people in D.C. and all over the U.S. for a reason: people are going missing.

It’s inspiring to see people become active, trying to actually do something about this.

Although getting active in the community and taking initiative toward self-defense is one of the most positive things people can do about this problem, the mainstream media is being dismissive. The media seems dismissive about anything involving human trafficking.

Snopes weighed in and did their usual condescending thing. A mainstream article from Teen Vogue bears the headline “False Tweet About Missing Girls in D.C. Goes Viral.”

If you’d rather correct the error “14 girls in 24 hours” than be happy that the truth is going viral, you’re not understanding the gravity of the situation. People are being kidnapped, and human trafficking, pedophile rings, these things are real.

A viral article from USA Today adds:

“Black lawmakers are calling on the FBI to investigate whether there is an increase in cases of missing black children and teens in the nation’s capital. 

In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”

On social media, people are using the hashtag #MissingDcGirls to voice frustration over lack of media coverage in what  many believe is an uptick in cases of missing black and Latina girls.” 

But these lawmakers are not on the people’s side. They want the FBI to investigate this?

The FBI that threatened to assassinate MLK with the “suicide note” they sent him, that was only disclosed because brave activists stole the documents? The FBI that refuses to investigate high level paedophilia and human trafficking? They want to beg Jeff Sessions and James Comey?

Only the people can protect themselves, and unite to protect the vulnerable in their community.

An article from the BBC speaks in a dismissive tone, crediting the D.C. police’s Twitter activity with the rise of awareness about missing children.

It’s titled “Are Washington girls really going missing?.” Reading from it:

“Metro Police Department (MPD) has always shared some missing persons on social media, but early this year the new police commander decided to use Twitter for every critical case. Since then, the faces behind the nearly 200 people – many of them children, many of them female – who go missing each month have loomed large on social media.”

Isn’t it inconsequential if there has been an “increase” of missing children? Either way it’s happening.

It’s unrealistic to think that police tweets are the reason why people are becoming aware of this. They may have contributed, but people are aware because they are paying attention to the tragedies around them. It seems in 2017, human trafficking in general is exploding in the public consciousness. It’s about time.

The police may have tweeted about missing people, but they are also being dismissive about their significance. They claim most of the girls probably ran away from home.

A headline from CNN reads “Missing black girls in DC prompt calls for federal help.” But the media does this thing where they take reality, and warp it to obfuscate what actually triggered it, or how people are responding.

As the BBC article spun the story to claim police tweets were the fuel behind people uniting against kidnappers, the CNN article also tries to steer focus away from the community’s empowerment. They cut straight to begging the government for assistance.

They say calls for “federal help” are being prompted, but I highly doubt you’ll find people in that community who want the government to get involved. Politicians are calling for “federal help.”

I could only find a few articles that weren’t dismissive. A Daily Mail headline reads “Two Washington, DC police officers were previously arrested for child sex offenses – one for pimping out a missing girl – in city shaken by disappearances of young black girls.” Reading from it:

“As celebrities and lawmakers demand investigations into why young black women are disappearing from Washington, DC’s streets, historic cases of city cops involved in child sexual abuses have re-emerged. 

On Thursday a tweet claiming that 14 black DC girls had vanished in 24 hours went viral. The figures were inflated, but celebs such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and LL Cool J tweeted their concerns.”

The mainstream steers the narrative away from community strength and protection, and toward the idea of government protecting a community because the powers that influence media are scared of united people.

Police enforce the government’s system of slavery, and only people can protect themselves. The system cannot function when we are independent and united in our communities, when we can defend ourselves, and when we live outside of their control. Our independence is hegemony’s worst nightmare, and it’s the greatest path people can take toward freedom.

Please share this with as many people as possible. Applauding the efforts of people in the community is a civic duty, the only thing that will save us: exiting the system completely.

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Doctors Tell How Sex Traffickers are Implanting Microchips in Children*

Feds Make Record Gains On Human Trafficking As Global Networks are Broken Up*

42 Arrested in Tennessee Sex Trafficking Operation*

Flight Attendant Saves Girl from Human Trafficking*

The Annual March Demand Justice for Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada*

Abuse and Missing Pupils Cover Up Revealed at Illegal Jewish Schools in the U.K.*

10,000 Kids Missing in E.U. as Criminals ‘exploit’ Migrant Flow*

Copy of Missing Dossier on Paedophile Ring Handed to MP*

Flint to get New Pipes after $87mn Settlement*

Flint to get New Pipes after $87mn Settlement*

A deal between the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, several Flint-based pastors, and the American Civil Liberties Union, has resulted in the state paying $87 million to replace lead-tainted pipelines with galvanized steel pipes.

The state of Michigan will provide Flint up to $87 million to upgrade water pipes and set up water bottle distribution centres so that residents can have clean drinking water under the terms of the settlement proposed on Monday.

The deal requires that $47 million of the $87 million not come from the same sources approved last year by Congress and President Barack Obama for $40 million, Booth Michigan reported.

The settlement will not become legally binding until Tuesday when it will be reviewed by U.S. District Judge David Lawson. It includes much of what a coalition of civil rights activists, religious leaders, and the National Resources Defense Council initially sought and would force Flint and Michigan to commit to long-term plans for rectifying the lead crisis.

It also includes, however, a few concessions from the coalition. Instead of having water delivered door-to-door to homes not be verified to have water filters while roughly 18,000 pipelines were replaced, the state will be required to operate nine water distribution centres where Flint residents may pick up bottled water.

Michigan will be allowed to close up to three of them after May 1, if 20 or fewer people pick up from them, the Detroit News reported.

The state will also be required to reserve another $10 million of federal funds in case repairs are more expensive than expected. In addition, the state will be responsible for appointing a third party to monitor the lead levels of 100 homes for at least three years. Michigan will also expand Community Outreach and Resident Education programs in order to provide education, installation, and expansion of water filters.

Those involved in the litigation cannot comment on the matter until after the deal is formally accepted.

Comment: Why what’s the catch….

 

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A Water Crisis Like Flint’s Is Unfolding In East Chicago*

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In Flint, Level of lead in Children’s Blood Leads to a State of Emergency*

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Veterans Who Supported DAPL Protestors Are on their Way to Flint*

Students Give Bottled Water to Senior Citizens in Flint, Michigan*

Six More Charged in Flint Water Crisis*

A Water Crisis Like Flint’s Is Unfolding In East Chicago*

A Water Crisis Like Flint’s Is Unfolding In East Chicago*

The soil and water of this predominantly Black and Latinx city contain dangerous levels of lead.

A sign displayed in a front yard request that residents keep from playing in the dirt or mulch at the West Calumet Housing Complex on September 4, 2016, in East Chicago, Indiana.

 

By Yessenia Funes

Carmen Garza, 74, moved to the city of East Chicago, Indiana, 41 years ago. She bought her house with her husband and quickly made it home, turning their backyard into a tomato and chili garden every summer. “They were so good,” Garza tells Colorlines in Spanish. “Riquísimos.”

Three years ago, that ended after a neighbour asked the couple why they were growing vegetables in contaminated dirt.

The Garzas quickly abandoned their garden. But they were left with more questions than answers:

“She told me it was contaminated, but she didn’t say of what,” Garza recalls.

The contaminant turned out to be lead, the couple ultimately found out thanks to community efforts to discover this information. And it’s not just in the dirt—it’s in the Garza’s drinking water, too. This is because East Chicago, a predominantly Black and Latinx city of nearly 30,000, is located on the USS Lead Superfund Site.

The former USS Lead facility ran here until 1985. The site was placed on the National Priorities List of the worst contaminated sites in the country in 2009, but the EPA was aware since the facility’s closure that it was contaminating nearby areas, according to this 1985 inspection report. And as a Chicago Tribune investigation in December 2016 unearthed, government officials were warned that this contamination posed a public health risk for decades. Still, they failed to test the soil or begin cleanup efforts until 2014. That soil data didn’t make it into city officials’ hands until May 2016. With it, they saw how severe the problem really was: Some homeowners’ backyards had lead levels higher than 45,000 parts per million, far beyond the federal limit of 400 parts per million.

No one told prospective buyers like Garza—not when she first bought her home or even when government officials came to inspect her yard about 10 years ago to “examine the dirt in people’s yards to clean for the animals,” as she says officials told her. She didn’t find out what was going on until last year when community members from the West Calumet Housing Complex started organizing around the issue.

“Imagine you stop going outside,” Garza says.

“You don’t grill steak outside anymore. What can I do? I don’t have money to move.”

And then came the news of the water contamination in January. The EPA conducted a drinking water pilot study on 43 homes in fall 2016 to see if the excavation work to clean up the Superfund site would affect drinking water lead levels. They tested drinking water before and after excavation. The city, like many other older municipalities around the country, is full of service lines made out of lead. As the EPA states in an FAQ, construction work can sometimes disturb these lines and result in the leaching of lead.

That study found that the tap water in 18 homes before excavation and 12 homes after excavation had lead levels beyond 15 parts per million, which requires government intervention under the Lead and Copper Rule.

Garza’s home was included in the study. The state gave her a water filter after revealing its findings in January, but she still buys water by the gallons and bottles to cook and drink. She estimates she spends $20 a month on them, an expense that she says she is feasible within her budget.

But Garza says her daily routine is unacceptable. She can’t deal with the mental stress of knowing her water is contaminated, that her yard is contaminated and that even the dust in her home is contaminated. In 2002, she was diagnosed with—and beat—colon cancer, only to now face the concern of what will come from her daily showers in lead-tainted water, which authorities say pose no health risk.

“That’s the torment,” she says.

“It’s a constant threat.”

Now, community members are putting this issue onto the national radar so it can get the attention it deserves. East Chicago is forcing all 1,100 residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex to uproot their lives and move so that the city can demolish the building and deal with the lead on which it sits. And while it’s too early to tell how the lead might impact children’s developmental growth, 20% of children younger than seven saw their blood lead levels test greater than 5 micrograms per decileter, The Northwest Indiana Times reports. Parents are already worried that the lead poisoning has made them sick. They’re comparing it to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where the predominantly Black city of 100,000 saw elevated blood lead levels in 2015 after unknowingly drinking contaminated water for over a year.

Groups including the East Chicago Calumet Coalition Community Advisory Group and National Nurses United sent a petition to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on March 2 asking the agency to “use its emergency powers under the Safe Drinking Water Act … to take action to abate the imminent and substantial endangerment to human health caused by lead contamination in East Chicago’s drinking water.”

Erik Olsen, director of the National Resources Defense Council’s Health and Environment Program, stood before the Senate Committee on Energy and Commerce today (March 16) to testify at a hearing titled “Reinvestment and Rehabilitation of Our Nation’s Safe Drinking Water Deliver Systems” in Washington, D.C., another American city that’s has similar drinking water issues. In the early 2000s, the city had a dramatic increase of lead in drinking water—and also in its infants and toddlers.

 

“I think we all take for granted where this water that’s in here comes from,” Olsen began his testimony, lifting his cup of water. He sat before the committee and explicitly mentioned the situation in East Chicago. “What’s going to happen to that community?” he asked.

“How are we going to restore confidence in the water supply in East Chicago and a lot of communities across the country?”

Watch the full hearing below with Olsen’s testimony beginning around the 36 minute mark.

These steps—from the petition to the testimony—are putting into motion necessary intervention to protect the health of the city’s residents. While then-Indiana governor and current Vice President Mike Pence rejected the city’s request for emergency declaration in late 2016, current Governor Eric Holcomb approved the request in February. In January, the city also secured a $3.1 million state grant to begin replacing its lead pipes with more standard and safe infrastructure—which the city of Flint is currently doing as well.

Until the pipes have been replaced, city residents must struggle to find answers about how their water got contaminated—and for how long that’s been the case. A group of residents wrote a letter to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in January. “[A]lthough the full picture is only beginning to emerge, this is clearly the City’s mess,” they wrote.

As for Garza, the lingering question remains: “Why?”

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Nestlé Loses more Than $500 Million for Poisoning Maggi Noodles with Lead*

 

 

No Surprise: US Black People Falsely Convicted More Than Whites*

No Surprise: US Black People Falsely Convicted More Than Whites*

When it comes to drug crimes, innocent Black people in the U.S. are about 12 times more likely to be wrongfully convicted than white people, the study said.

African-Americans in the United States are far more likely to be wrongfully convicted of crimes such as murder, sexual assault and illegal drug activity than white people due to factors including racial bias and official misconduct, according to a study released Tuesday.

Of the 1,900 defendants convicted of crimes and later exonerated, 47 percent were African-Americans, a figure three times their representation in the population, according to the study from the National Registry of Exonerations examining cases from 1989 to October 2016.

The study also found that Black defendants were about seven times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder than their white counterparts.

When it comes to drug crimes, innocent Black people in the U.S. are about 12 times more likely to be wrongfully convicted than white people, the study said.

“In the murder cases we examined, the rate of official misconduct is considerably higher in cases where the defendant is African-American compared to cases where the defendant is white,” said Samuel Gross, a University of Michigan Law School professor who is senior editor of the group that tracks U.S. exonerations.

He attributed the troubling results to several factors such as unconscious bias, institutional discrimination and explicit racism.

A study last June found that African-Americans are imprisoned at least five times more than white people across the country, the ratio being 10 Black people to one white person in at least five different states.

A separate study from the same group released Tuesday showed that 2016 set a record for known exonerations in the United States since 1989 at 166, up from 160 cases in 2015.

Nearly 60 of the exonerations came from Texas — the most of any state — where district attorneys in the counties that include Houston and Dallas have set up integrity units to examine prosecutions for possible problems.

Most of the Texas exonerations were drug convictions in Harris County, which includes Houston. In many of the cases, suspects pleaded guilty to drug possession and months or years later, reports from crime labs showed that seized material contained no controlled substances.

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Related Topics:

The Lynching of Hamza Yusuf*

Black Female Activist Falsely Accused of Lynching*

James Baldwin Issues a Wake-Up Call to Black America*

UC Berkeley Cancels Appearance of White Nationalist, Trump Responds with Threat to Cut School’s Funding*

White Privilege Gets No Prison Time for Raping 2-Year-Old Girl and Posting It Online*

I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White

Dear White People – an Open Letter*

White Woman Uses Her Privilege in Dramatic Showdown*

White Supremacists Behind Mass Shootings at Black Churches and Synagogues*

Giving Up on Yourself to be White

Black Wall Street*

City Threatens to Turn Off Flint Residents’ Water*

City Threatens to Turn Off Flint Residents’ Water*

Residents who don’t start paying for their lead-contaminated water will face shut-off notices this spring.

The Last Drop!By Yessenia Funes

Residents in Flint, Michigan, have been dealing with lead-contaminated water for years now—since 2014, to be exact. Many people have responded by refusing to pay their water bills.

Soon, however, those who ignore their bills will have their water turned off. Flint’s chief financial officer, David Sabuda, told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday (February 15) that the city will begin issuing water shut-off notices in the spring. The move follows Governor Rick Snyder’s February 7 announcement that the state will stop subsidizing the cost of the city’s water by the end of the month.

While the city says water shut-offs aren’t directly linked to the governor’s announcement, the decision shapes how the city will handle future water payments. Per the Free Press:

Sabuda said there isn’t a direct link between the end of the state credits and the resumption of water shutoffs, except that the end of the credits makes it even more important for Flint to collect the water payments businesses and residents owe, while at the same time making it harder for many customers to make those payments.

The city used to threaten shut offs for lack of payment, but that practice ended last year when local and national media, including Slate and CNN, reported that the city was issuing notices to residents and businesses for lead-contaminated water. The Associated Press reports that Snyder originally committed to providing customer credits through March, but the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) January 24 announcement that water lead levels now meet federal limits changed that timeline.

Though the state cites the decrease in lead levels as the reason to end its funding, the water is still not safe right out of the tap. Per the MDEQ: “The state continues its recommendation that residents use filtered water for drinking and cooking for everyone in their household due to the chance for disruption to pipes as the city replaces lead service lines.”

Members of the state’s water advisory committee worry that the declaration is premature, reports MLive.

“We are making a huge mistake by claiming things are getting better and will continue to get better,” said Laura Sullivan, a Kettering University professor and Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee member. Sullivan worries that the state would be “10 steps further back in establishing trust with residents,” if lead levels spike again.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver told The AP that city officials will push the state to continue the assistance until the water is safe to drink. Ending the subsidies would save Michigan more than $2 million a month.

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James Baldwin Issues a Wake-Up Call to Black America*

James Baldwin Issues a Wake-Up Call to Black America*

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

Death has this way of making truth-tellers seem harmless.

Alive, Martin Luther King provoked a president and divided a nation with his truth. Dead, he is an image on a commemorative place mat, his words safe enough for recitation by children.

This also holds, albeit to a lesser degree, for Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Dead, they were no longer dangerous.

“We took out all the radicality of their legacy,” says Raoul Peck.

Peck is the director of “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary built on 30 pages of notes James Baldwin wrote for a book he never finished, a meditation on race, America and his three murdered friends: Medgar, Malcolm, and Martin.

The film, which opened in wide release Friday, is a melange of arresting images, film clips and music framing Baldwin’s lacerating words as heard in archival footage and in readings by Samuel L. Jackson. It is nothing less than a masterpiece, fully deserving of its rave reviews and Oscar nomination and it demands to be seen more than once. Trying to absorb everything it has to say in one sitting is like trying to catch Niagara in a teacup.

But what is most stunning about “Negro” is its prescience and, more to the point, what its prescience says about what America still is. Here are the words of a man who died in 1987 and yet, those words somehow contain Trayvon Martin, the Ferguson uprising, the election of Donald Trump and all the other broken promises.

“People finally say to you,” says Baldwin through Jackson,

“in an attempt to dismiss the social reality: ‘But you’re so bitter.’ Well, I may or may not be bitter. But if I were, I would have good reasons for it, chief among them that American blindness or cowardice which allows us to pretend that life presents no reasons for being bitter.”

As he speaks, you are watching a kneeling Rodney King get kicked in the back of the head by an L.A. cop.

And you might, if you are African American, want to shout hallelujah at hearing those who blithely chastise your “anger” thus elegantly rebuked.

“There are days,” says Baldwin, “…when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. How, precisely, are you going to reconcile yourself to your situation here and how you are going to communicate to the vast, heedless, unthinking, cruel white majority that you are here?”

And you might, if you are African-American, want to bow your head and lift a hand to the ceiling, because you have wondered, too, but did not have the words to say.

“When the Israelis pick up guns,” says Baldwin, “ or the Poles or the Irish or any white man in the world says ‘Give me liberty or give me death,’ the entire white world applauds. When a Black man says exactly the same thing, word for word, he is judged a criminal and treated like one and everything possible is done to make an example of this bad n*gger so there won’t be any more like him.”

And you might, if you are African-American, just want to pat your feet and say Amen. Even now. Even still.

“The scariest thing,” says Peck,

“is that it is so precise and dead on the point of what is happening right now. …We have been somehow in a sort of lethargy. We’ve been sleeping and we’ve been lazy. We’ve got Black History Month and we have Martin Luther King Day and we have new laws, etcetera, and we pretend as if everything is OK now. Which it’s not.

“We’ve just buried the corpse even deeper.”

If so, then “Negro” is a disinterment. More than a work of unparalleled brilliance, it is an urgent reminder that when it comes to race and America, the truth is not “safe.”

And it never was.

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Malcolm X: The Truth Seeker*

Ruby Dee: Farewell to Another Meaningful Life

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Assata (Angela Davis) on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism*

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings*

Maya Angelou on Facing Evil*

The Strange Death of Dr. Sebi the Man Who Cures AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes

Court Order: The Re-Education of Lauryn Hill for Speaking the Truth!

‘We Charge Genocide’: Systematic Murder & Oppression of Blacks Continues in U.S.*

Knowledge of Life*

Yoga, Race and ‘Colour Blindness’*