The LBJ School of Public Affairs and The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin explored the history and honored the legacy of Juneteenth with the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Summit on June 19, 2021.
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As arguments in the Derek Chauvin murder trial concluded, the picture prosecutors painted over 11 days was a damning one that the defense spent a mere two days trying to rebut. The story of George Floyd's death may be moving toward the ending that many of us have hoped for: a guilty verdict. Why, then, doesn't it feel like justice?
10 features from the week Patrick Bixler spoke to the Associated Press about philanthropic gifts and scientific discovery after former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, gave $150 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for research in biology and AI.
The trial of Derek Chauvin on second-degree murder charges in the killing of George Floyd has cast a bright spotlight, one that forces Americans to re-confront the police violence that helped trigger a transformative social movement. It also demands we pay attention to the deeper connections between this act of violence -- that so many of us are now reliving as we watch testimony unfold live -- and America's long and troubling history of racial injustice.
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The recent shootings in Boulder and Atlanta have put the issue of gun violence at the center of America's national discussion, and both tragedies demand greater attention be paid to how racism and gun violence, especially mass shootings, intersect. Specifically, America's legal, educational, and policy structures must untangle the relationship between gun violence, race, democracy, and public safety.
The mass shooting that left eight people dead last week in the Atlanta area, including six female Asian spa workers, represents an inflection point in America's long, troubled and continuous history of anti-Asian racism. Anti-Asian racism is white supremacy, hands down.
While Americans should rightfully applaud (and many are) the voter rights advocacy and organizing done by Stacey Abrams, the voter education campaign waged by the WNBA and LeBron James' continued investment in protecting the franchise for African Americans, the fact that they have to do such work almost 60 years after the Voting Rights Act is a national tragedy.
This year Black History Month comes in the aftermath of many intense events in the United States. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The killing of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests. The tumultuous 2020 presidential election that led to the defeat of Donald Trump. And an armed, deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
A new film, "Judas and the Black Messiah," written and directed by Shaka King and produced by "Black Panther" auteur Ryan Coogler, tells a crucial chapter in the life of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton: His meteoric rise and brutal killing in the late 1960s.
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