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Racist emails lead to 1 firing in Ferguson; report cites more hostility

3 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The Justice Department's 102-page report on the Ferguson Police Department summarizes its conclusions in scathing language: Police persistently violated the rights of African Americans, subjected them to excessive force, showed racial bias and stoked long-held feelings of mistrust.

Eric Holder Slams Ferguson PD: Racism, Brutality Turned Community Into ‘Powder Keg’

Eric Holder said that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Officer Darren Wilson for the Michael Brown shooting, but Ferguson Police, in general, have committed many, many crimes against African Americans. The attorney general says...Show More Summary

In Ferguson, walking while black was a crime

A new Justice Department report finds that Michael Brown's death was part of a pattern of racial discrimination and harassment of African Americans.

President Obama Meets With African American Civil Rights, Political and Religious Leaders

The White House group's agenda was deep--with racial concerns about criminal justice, agriculture, education, health care and economic development when African American leaders met with President Barack Obama last week. The President...Show More Summary

Why the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Isn't Living Up To Its Promise in 2015

A new report takes an in-depth look at racial patterns in voting. African American voting rights come a long way since the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act, but America still hasn’t rid itself of some of the ugly, systematic ways in which it oppresses black people through the ballot box—especially at the local level. Show More Summary

'It’s the Blackness That Scares Everybody': Why White People Favor 'African Americans'

White people have a far more negative view of the term 'black' than they do of the term 'African American.' A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more...Show More Summary

A Roundup of Our Meeting With President Obama on Race Issues

The White House group's agenda was deep--with racial concerns about criminal justice, agriculture, education, health care and economic development when African American leaders met with President Barack Obama last week. The President...Show More Summary

African-American Pastors Group To Honor Judge Roy Moore With MLK Award

15 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via press release: Today, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) announced that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore would receive their first ever “Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award” in recognition of Justice Moore’s principled stand in defense of traditional marriage. Show More Summary

This Badass Is The First African American Female U-2 Dragon Lady Pilot

15 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

It is one of the hardest aircraft to fly, soaring at altitudes where a change of just a few knots could mean an over-speed or a stall, and landing it is an art form all in itself. The 60 year old U-2 Dragon Lady program has been a male...Show More Summary

Va. lawmakers get more time to redraw districts

RICHMOND — A federal court on Monday gave the Virginia General Assembly more time to redraw the state’s congressional map, which the panel ruled unconstitutional for diluting the influence of African American voters.Read full article >>

Before Venus and Serena, There Were the Peters Sisters

Editor’s note: For Women’s History Month, The Root is spotlighting less famous figures from the African American National Biography, whose stories exemplify the extraordinary, and often unsung, accomplishments of African-American women from our past.

NYT Misses the Story on the Fed and African American Unemployment

The NYT examined the impact the Fed has on unemployment among African Americans and came up with the bizarre conclusion that the Fed can't do much: "The Fed has a hammer, and, as the saying goes, not all problems are nails." This conclusion...Show More Summary

In Solidarity: When Caribbean Immigrants Become Black

listened with fascination as my Jamaican immigrant student enumerated the ways West Indians were superior to African Americans. Children from the Caribbean went to better primary schools, didn't skip classes, had parents who taught them manners, and had more respect for authority and their elders. Show More Summary

Depression in African American Men

Depression is a complex disorder, influenced by genes, experience, culture and gender. African Americans suffer a high incidence of the disorder, and are under treated for it, as well. Talk with the author of "Standing In The Shadows" tonight at 7 PM EST, SiriusXM radio channel 126, with Renee-on-Tuesday

Why a Black King Appears in Christ’s Family Tree

This image is part of a weekly series that The Root is presenting in conjunction with the Image of the Black Archive & Library at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

Sec. Moniz’ Energy Department Joins With Johnetta Cole’s National Museum to Focus on Minorities in STEM

President Barack Obama’s Administration is continuing a focused push to get more African Americans into the technology and energy sector.

Reports Say the Man Killed by LAPD on Sunday Is African

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Yes, serve and protect people who own property. American Spirit/Shutterstock LA Times is reporting that the man killed by the LAPD yesterday was an immigrant from Cameroon, a West African country. He lived in a tent. Some say he was killed because of his tent, which was up at a time of the day when tents are supposed to be down (between 6 a.m. Show More Summary

Black Futures Must Involve Environmental Justice

Black Lives Matter leaders brilliantly reframed Black History Month, Black Future Month, to focus on a separate cultural or political issue facing African Americans every day in February. It was so appropriate, so smart, to set aside...Show More Summary

Cleveland blames fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, on boy

The lawyer representing the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old African American with a toy gun shot to death by a white Cleveland police officer, reacted angrily on Monday to city arguments that the boy was responsible for the shooting.  

The Next Oprah Winfrey & Algebra: How to Empower Young African American Women With Additional Math Skills

As an African American man who was raised in low-income housing primarily by strong black women, I was taught to love, admire, and respect women of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. When I was a boy, many of the women in our housing project were young, unemployed single mothers who struggled to raise their multiple children. Show More Summary

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