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Two-Minute Video Proves Reverse Racism to Be a “Giant Lie”

“Racism works on an individual and societal level.”

The #BlackLivesMatter movement has angered segments of the white population in America who claim its a prime example of reverse racism. Some have even gone so far as to promote #AllLivesMatter on social media and rip the word “black” off #BlackLivesMatter protest signs. According to Petula Dvorak of The Washington Post, they’re missing the point...by far. “‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Lives Matter’ is the opposite of colorblind. It is not about racial harmony. It is not a clever call-out on reverse discrimination. It is not a way to give other groups equal importance. It tries to erase one of this country’s most pernicious and persistent shortcomings: its ugly racism.”

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A New Book Teaches Students That #BlackLivesMatter

And it’s stirring up controversy in some conservative circles.

A Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in December 2014. Via Flickr user Fibonacci Blue

Duchess Harris teaches American Studies at Macalester College, a small and selective school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Still, she’s noticed that many of her first year students simply don’t show up prepared for class.

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Here’s How Ferguson’s New Municipal Judge Is Helping Heal His Community

Just months into his appointment, Judge Donald McCullin is withdrawing warrants, reissuing driver’s licenses, and rebuilding trust by overhauling a trouble justice system.

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It’s a series of moves likely to raise eyebrows, but for residents of Ferguson, Missouri, it could be an important step down a path of healing for the embattled community. This week Donald McCullin, the city's recently-appointed municipal judge, announced he would be withdrawing all warrants issued before December 31, 2014. He would also go about rescheduling existing court dates, and restructuring potential penalties, such as fines and community service.

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Activists Remind High-End NYC Diners That “Black Lives Matter”

Members of the “Never 21” protest group surprised patrons at one of Manhattan’s poshest restaurants.

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Protesters with a group called Never 21 invaded the 21 Club—a high-end Manhattan restaurant once frequented by the likes of John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway—with dessert menus that listed the names of young black boys who were killed by police violence last Friday. Dressed up as waiters, the Never 21 activists visited each table with a menu that bore the names of Kimani Grey (16 years old), Cameron Tillman (14 years old), and Tamir Rice (12 years old), among others. They also hung up signs outside the club spelling out the words “Black Lives Matter”. In a previous action, Never 21 highjacked the display-window of a Forever 21 store by dressing all the mannequins in Black Lives Matter t-shirts.

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Want to Fight Racism? Science Says It Could Be as Easy as Smiling

A new study on “micro-positive” behavior shows that by modeling everyday acts of equality, we help others do the same.

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It’s been a long, difficult year for race relations and the fight for equality in the United States. Whether it’s tragic acts of violence in cities like Ferguson, Missouri and Charleston, South Carolina, or the ongoing debate over the Confederate flag, we find ourselves not only confronting how best to address racism currently in our midst, but how to prevent it from perpetuating in the future, as well. These are complicated problems, and ones for which there aren’t, and may never be, easy solutions. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t simple gestures which can, in their own small ways, help move us toward becoming a more accepting society as a whole.

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Sunday Brunchers Served Quinoa Pancakes with a Side of #BlackLivesMatter

#BlackBrunch activists across the country targeted hip brunch spots for their latest action.

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Sunday brunch was disrupted for diners nationwide when protesters occupied upscale restaurants and read off the names of black victims of police violence. The #BlackBrunch demonstrators targeted eateries that serve predominantly affluent, white clientele and staged sit-ins in New York City, San Francisco, Oakland, Baltimore, and other cities across the country. As discomforted brunchers lifted mugs of pour-over coffee to their lips, protesters recited the names of black people killed by the police like Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Although some protesters encountered hostility from restaurant managers, most of them witnessed supportive gestures from the diners.

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