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Feature: After Ferguson, race deserves more attention, not less

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The following post is from the New York Times.  It was written by Nicholas Kristof.

By: Nicholas Kristof

MANY white Americans say they are fed up with the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A plurality of whites in a recent Pew survey said that the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News reflected that weariness, saying: “All you hear is grievance, grievance, grievance, money, money, money.”

Indeed, a 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism.

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Video: activist Ty Turner arrested for distributing voting rights leaflets

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Activist and former North Carolina State Senate candidate Ty Turner was arrested during a Moral Mondays rally in Charlotte, NC.

Turner was arrested and later released for distributing voting rights leaflets. Those who had assembled for Moral Mondays proceeded to go to jail to demand Turner’s release. As the crowd waited, Turner eventually arrived at the jail and was released. He was given a citation.

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Teacher medically evaluated, placed on leave for writing science fiction novels about school killings

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A Massachusetts school teacher was placed on administrative leave after authorities discovered he’d authored two books that described school killings.

Earlier this month, the Dorchester County Board of Education was alerted that eighth grade language arts teacher Patrick McLaw had several aliases, which he published the books under.

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Michael Sam cut from St. Louis Rams

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Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted to the NFL, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

The move came as teams in the league reduced their roster to 53 players.

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Study: despite being political powerhouses, black women remain absent from politics

Despite being one of the most active political constituencies in the nation, black women are severely underrepresented in federal, state and local government.

That’s the conclusion of a study released by The Higher Heights Leadership Fund and the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, in collaboration with the Center for American Progress. 

The report, “Status of Black Women in American Politics,” highlights the extent to which the voices of black women are not be adequately heard, or their concerns addressed.

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The future of youth activism

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BYP100′s National Coordinator Charlene Carruthers recently joined MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry.

The two discuss the goals of the Black Youth Project 100, and the importance of youth activism. 

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What I Learned on the Ground in Ferguson, and Where Do We Go From Here

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One of the most inspiring things that came out of my trip to Ferguson was seeing the emerging young leaders on the ground doing incredible organizing, despite facing a military force every night for almost 3 straight weeks. They’ve come together under the name Hands Up United and you can see their demands and support them at HandsUpUnited.org.

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Study: whites have 1 black friend compared to blacks having 8 white friends

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According to a study released by the Public Religion Research Institute, whites in America have an average of one black friend compared to blacks having 8 white friends.

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Black Men: ‘I’m tired of feeling like someone’s enemy’

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The following post is from The Root. It was written by The Root Staff.

By: The Root Staff

(Editor’s note: We began this summer with a commemoration of Freedom Summer, 50 years after blood was shed on Southern soil to insure our inalienable right to vote as citizens of these United States. We end this summer with renewed cries for freedom; the freedom to walk our neighborhood streets without dying, the freedom to pick up a toy without getting shot and the freedom to wait for our children after school, as Chris Lollie was attempting to do, without getting tased by police.)

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‘Exodus’ director addresses casting controversy

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In response to criticism that he white-washed his film Exodus, director Ridley Scott talked about why he chose all white actors for his film.

Christian Bale was tapped to play the lead role of Moses, and the rest of the cast is as white as they come despite the movie being based in Africa. 

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