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Get out the black vote
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Black History
Get out the black vote
New restrictions on voting such as the closing down of polling places, purges of voter data rolls, restrictions on voting days and language access all amount to a valid attempt to take away the right to vote for minorities and people of color.
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When it’s dangerous to be yourself
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Black History
When it’s dangerous to be yourself
Afrocentric hairstyles such as natural crowns, elaborate braids, twists and locs are beautiful, but natural hair wearers are often met with discrimination in the workplace and at school.
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Why Black History Month is still important
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Black History
Why Black History Month is still important
Black History Month began as a “Negro History Week” in 1926. Scholar and historian Carter G. Woodson chose the second week in February, as it contained the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, to bring awareness to African Americans’ role in shaping U.S. history. President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance in 1976.
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There goes the neighborhood
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Local News
There goes the neighborhood
The boundaries of Boston’s neighborhoods have long shifted in response to changes in the racial, ethnic and religious makeup of the city’s residents.
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Opinion
Wealth gap could cost economy $1.5 trillion
New research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared with or denied to consumers of color.
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Local wisdom on the issue of race
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Editorial
Local wisdom on the issue of race
Those familiar with the tenor of race relations in Boston would agree that the attitudes of blacks as reported in the Banner are fairly accurate. Despite the history of racial discrimination here, there is little open hostility by blacks.
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Editorial
The New York Times 1619 project
The New York Times Magazine published an historically significant account of the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves to be brought to the North American continent.
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In the news: Kris Manjapra
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Local News
In the news: Kris Manjapra
Kris Manjapra, an associate professor of history, has been appointed the director of the newly established Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora at Tufts — an interdisciplinary department organized around the historic and contemporary study of colonialism and race in shaping societies and cultures in the United States and the world.
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National
Are TSA scanners discriminating against black women?
Dorian Wanzer travels frequently for work. And almost every time she steps out of an airport body scanner, security screeners pull her aside and run their fingers through her hair. It’s called a hair pat-down.
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Somerville residents discuss race relations
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Local News
Somerville residents discuss race relations
Diane Wong, co-host of the podcast show “Let’s Talk About Race,” led a frank discussion on race relations in the U.S. at a Jan. 19 event broadcast on live television from Somerville Media Center.
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National
New write-in option for ethnicity question tested for 2020 Census
The U.S. Census Bureau has changed how they plan to ask respondents about race and ethnicity in the 2020 census. Besides ticking the “Black or African American” check box, when respondents receive the decennial census in April next year there’ll be an additional space for them to write in the non-Hispanic racial origin they identify with. The survey currently being tested by the bureau suggests examples such as Jamaican, Haitian and Nigerian.
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Opinion
A heterogeneous community
Social acceptance of racial diversity has been retarded by the mistaken belief that so-called African Americans belong to one coherent racial group. In fact, black opinions are heterogeneous.
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