Tag: African American

The Stirring Case of Mary Elizabeth Taylor

The Stirring Case of Mary Elizabeth Taylor

Although the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, was not a high-profile member of the Trump administration, her resignation last week gathered the attention of the media due to the reasons she cited. It was all about what one of the rare black remaining...

The Deadly Disorder Behind COVID-19 and Police Violence

The Deadly Disorder Behind COVID-19 and Police Violence

It was 1963 when the governor of Alabama, George Wallace, proclaimed, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever … the name of the greatest people that ever trod this earth,” referring to people with Western European ethnic ancestry. This and the ensuing pro-segregation...

Should We Say Black or African American?

Should We Say Black or African American?

“We’d rather die on our feet than live on our knees. Say it loud! I'm black and I'm proud!” James Brown thundered out this line in one of his songs. At the time, Brown would have been called a “negro” — or bogusly dignified with an uppercase N — by most other people. In fact, he...

Being Black in America

Being Black in America

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Akil Houston, an associate professor of African-American studies at Ohio University. Anti-black racism in the United States continues to be a problem over half a century since the abolition of Jim Crow laws. These laws enforced segregation...

What Africa Has to Offer

What Africa Has to Offer

With urbanization projects throughout Africa, the development of infrastructure is often incompatible with the needs of the people. The marginalization that Black Panther — the film adaptation of the Marvel comic — decries of black inner cities in the US is about to be recreated in Africa....

White America Needs to Talk About Race

White America Needs to Talk About Race

In “dishonest America,” inequality and informal segregation remain in a divided nation. Since the time of honest racial segregation in America—when whites wrote down race-based rules of exclusion—we have been formulating modes of dishonest segregation: denials of equality and inclusion...

The World This Week: Dallas Shines Light on America’s Dark Soul

The World This Week: Dallas Shines Light on America’s Dark Soul

Violent policing and mass incarceration are unjust, expensive and counterproductive, making reform of the criminal justice system an urgent priority for the US. Last week, the focus was terrorism. This week, it is wanton violence in the US. On July 7, a young woman live-streamed a video of her...

Adjusting to the World After 44 Years in Prison

Adjusting to the World After 44 Years in Prison

After four decades spent behind bars, a man tries to reenter the life he left behind. What do you think New York’s Times Square would look like to you after almost half a century? If you have never seen an iPhone, would you think people walked around just talking to themselves? Would you...

America is Dying in a Hail of Gunfire

America is Dying in a Hail of Gunfire

Young black men and police officers have something really important in common: They are both dying in the hail of bullets that is America today. It is hard to watch reports of what has become the daily litany of gun violence in America. It is even harder to watch it play out in real time. But...

Questioning Sandra Bland’s Unexplained Death

Questioning Sandra Bland’s Unexplained Death

A detailed look at the Sandra Bland case raises tens of questions about her arrest and death. On July 10, the vibrant #BlackLivesMatter activist Sandra Bland was pulled over after changing lanes without using her turn signal. She was threatened and arrested by a police officer. Three days later...

Racist Cops Are People Too

Racist Cops Are People Too

Police violence cries out for accountability; police indifference cries out for a touch of humanity. During the chaos in Baltimore, US national news led with a story that sounded so familiar: Another young black male looking a little suspicious ends up dead as a result of police action, protests...

The World This Week: Baltimore Burns and Japan Says Sorry

The World This Week: Baltimore Burns and Japan Says Sorry

Dominant narratives ignore African Americans, Germans, the weak and the meek. Far too often, history is mythology and news is fiction. Dominant elites construct narratives in which they fight with honor and valor for truth and justice against devious and deadly foes to create a safe and just...

Death of African American Burns Baltimore

Death of African American Burns Baltimore

Baltimore has become the latest focus of African American anger over policing and deeper race relations. It was only a matter of time before Baltimore erupted into racial violence. The city epitomizes urban deprivation and underdevelopment. In decline since World War II, when its population...

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