The F.D.A.’s Ban of Menthol Cigarettes Will Help Black Communities

The proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, long aimed at Black consumers, is crucial to reducing smoking, especially among young people.

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Biden Signs Bill to Make Lynching a Federal Crime

President Biden’s signature ended more than 100 years of failed efforts by the federal government to specifically outlaw lynching.

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Where State Farm Sees ‘a Lot of Fraud,’ Black Customers See Discrimination

The giant insurer is facing lawsuits from customers, agents and former employees accusing it of racial discrimination.

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Before Jussie Smollett Sentencing, His Supporters Ask for ‘Mercy’

A judge must decide whether to send the actor to prison after a jury convicted him last year of falsely reporting that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime in 2019.

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What’s on TV This Week: ‘Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches’ and Awards Shows

A new documentary about Frederick Douglass debuts on HBO. And both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards air this weekend.

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The Supreme Court Fails Black Voters in Alabama

The voting rights decision is further evidence of an impatient conservative majority.

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Antagonist, Activist, Operator, Survivor

A.J. Baime’s “White Lies” explores the life and times of the civil rights figure Walter F. White.

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End Affirmative Action for Rich White Students, Too

Obviously.

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Police Officer Drags Man by Hair From Car. ‘I’m Paraplegic,’ He Protests.

Body camera footage released by the police in Dayton, Ohio, showed the encounter with Clifford Owensby, who has filed a complaint with the N.A.A.C.P.

#clifford-owensby, #dayton-ohio, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #police

UMass Amherst Hires Cybersecurity Firm to Investigate Racist Emails

The university’s vice chancellor told students the emails, which targeted Black students, were part of a rise in “anti-Black racist incidents” on campus this academic year.

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Excuse Her Dust: 54 Years Late, Dorothy Parker Finally Gets a Tombstone

The beloved author wrote many witty epitaphs but never suggested where her remains should end up. Her fans helped complete her ashes’ odyssey.

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Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s Truth Teller

In her opinions, Justice Sotomayor explains how Supreme Court cases are part of a larger unfolding story of where the country finds itself. 

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From The Sunday Read Archives: ‘My Mustache, My Self’

How one writer’s facial hair experiment in quarantine led to a deep consideration of his Blackness.

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Two Black Students Won School Honors. Then Came the Calls for a Recount.

After two white families claimed a grade calculation error, a Mississippi school added their children as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian, reviving questions about race and equity.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #education-k-12, #grading-of-students, #mississippi, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity

U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

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John M. Patterson, Segregationist Alabama Governor, Dies at 99

He welcomed the Klan and refused to integrate schools, forging a path that would be followed by Gov. George C. Wallace.

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Seventh Noose Found at Amazon Construction Site in Connecticut, Police Say

The Windsor Police Department said it was investigating what it called “potential hate crime incidents” after a seventh noose was found at a future fulfillment center.

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Sheriff Calls For Release of Video in Death of Andrew Brown Jr.

A Black man was fatally wounded while the authorities were executing warrants. Law enforcement officials are under mounting public pressure.

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N.A.A.C.P. Leader Says ‘a Few Checks’ Can’t Fix Structural Racism

“There is a responsibility of corporations to ensure that we maintain a stable democracy,” Derrick Johnson said.

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As Some States Limit Voting Rights, New Jersey Will Expand Them

New Jersey, a state controlled by Democrats, will offer more than a week of early in-person voting for the first time before November’s election.

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A Novel Way to Finance School May Penalize Students from HBCU’s, Study Finds

Income-share agreements are gaining popularity, but a new analysis highlights how calculations of what borrowers owe can disadvantage minorities.

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Menthol Cigarettes Kill Many Black People. A Ban May Finally Be Near.

Advocates are hoping that President Biden will soon come out in favor of banning mint-flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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Using an Anti-Klan Law Against Trump’s Clan

The recent federal lawsuit against Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is forcing us into a much-needed history lesson.

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N.A.A.C.P. Sues Trump and Giuliani Over Election Fight and Jan. 6 Riot

The civil rights group brought the suit on behalf of Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, with other Democrats in Congress expected to join as plaintiffs.

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Dixie State University in Utah Says It’s in Need of a Name Change

The public university in St. George said about one in five recent graduates surveyed had received negative feedback from prospective out-of-state employers about the name.

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In Trying for a Diverse Administration, Biden Finds One Group’s Gain is Another’s Loss

The pressure on the Democratic president-elect is intense, even as his efforts to ensure ethnic and gender diversity already go far beyond those of President Trump. And it’s coming from all sides.

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‘Survivor’ and Other Reality Shows Will Feature More Diverse Casts, CBS Says

The network announced this week that its reality shows, including “Big Brother” and “Love Island,” would include more diverse casts starting next season.

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Dorothy Parker’s Ashes Could Be Moved. Again.

The writer’s ashes may be disinterred when the N.A.A.C.P. moves its headquarters to Washington from Baltimore. But where should they go?

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Fact-Checking Biden on the Coronavirus and His Own Record

The presumptive Democratic nominee has assailed President Trump’s pandemic response and sought to shore up his left flank.

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Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott

Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s top executives, engaged in “spin” during a meeting over hate speech, civil rights groups said.

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Ad Boycott of Facebook Keeps Growing

Eddie Bauer, Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry’s and others have suspended campaigns over the platform’s content moderation practices.

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Police Chiefs Are Finding Job Security Is Hard to Come By

Chiefs who promise reform must find a way to satisfy local officials, the police and their union, and a public that is increasingly critical of police tactics and behavior.

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Protests in Minnesota Renew Scrutiny of Klobuchar’s Record as Prosecutor

Amy Klobuchar, now being considered as a potential vice-presidential candidate, oversaw several cases involving police shootings in Minneapolis during her years as a prosecutor.

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Biden Can Beat Trump … if He Doesn’t Blow It

Joe being stuck at home during an election year may turn out to be a good thing.

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Nashville N.A.A.C.P. Leader Finds Bull’s-Eye in His Yard

A suspect has been charged in the case, and the police have set up a mediation between the Rev. Keith Caldwell and a police officer who he said was dismissive of the matter.

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