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UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF RACISM IN AMERICA

In a short essay published earlier this week, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch wrote that the recent killing in Minnesota of George Floyd has forced the country to “confront the reality that, despite gains made in the past 50 years, we are still a nation riven by inequality and racial division.” Continue reading UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF RACISM IN AMERICA

University of Pennsylvania Opens Investigation After Black Students Targeted by ‘Lynching’ Group

The outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election has inspired a new wave of hate speech across the United States, both online and in real life. Friday morning, black University of Pennsylvania students were reportedly targeted by unknown perpetrators using the GroupMe app. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the messages in question included “scheduled” lynchings for specific students under the group name “N***** Lynching.”

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Explosions at Istanbul Airport Leave 31 Dead, Multiple Wounded

Explosions were reported and gunfire heard at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reports. A Turkish official confirmed to AP that two explosions went off at the airport, and that 10 people were killed. At least 20 others have reportedly been injured, though the extent of their injuries is unknown.

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Police Fatally Shoot Nearly 1,000 Civilians In 2015

Nearly a thousand times this year, an American police officer has shot and killed a civilian.

When the people hired to protect their communities end up killing someone, they can be called heroes or criminals — a judgment that has never come more quickly or searingly than in this era of viral video, body cameras and dash cams. A single bullet fired at the adrenaline-charged apex of a chase can end a life, wreck a career, spark a riot, spike racial tensions and alter the politics of the nation.

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