African American social history in general

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Blacks seek probe of CIA drug links Follow-up: Cocaine flowed to Los Angeles in the ‖80s
By Gary Webb and Pamela Kramer, San Jose Mercury News, 24 August 1995. Reaction in L.A. and Nashville to MN account of ‘crack’ cocaine explosion. U.S. drug war fought on the bodies of inner city youth. This newspaper article was a major expose.
‘The State of Black America 1996:’ Bad and getting worse
By Fred Gaboury, in People’s Weekly World, 30 November 1996. The 21st edition of the Urban League’s The State of Black America.
(Structural) Integration vs. (Cultural) Assimilation: A Distinction with a Difference [Draft]
By Perry A. Hall <>, paper read at the 16th Annual Pan-African Studies Conference, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, 10 April 1999. Offers an alternative to existing approaches: conventional/integrationist and afrocentric/nationalist.
The Shameful Silence of Many Black Ministers
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, 21 June 1999. Black ministers’ ‘distorted’ and ‘complacent’ emphasis on chariot over Jordan sermons while turning a blind eye toward the civil rights and black power battles. The church has generally abandoned progressive leadership in the Black community.
Direction of the Black LGBT Left
A dialog on the Black Radical Congress list, December 1999. Debate over the co-option of the Black gay movement by a middle class white National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference.
The Truth About Black Crime
By R. Jeneen Jones, 16 January 2000. A statistical evaluation of the view that Black men are generally violent and aggressive law breakers.
Africans and Indians: Only in America
By William Loren Katz, BRC News, 6 February 2001. Alex Haley was hardly alone when he discovered Native American roots to his family tree. Today virtually every African American family tree boasts an Indian branch.
Record job losses for Black workers
By Monica Moorehead, Workers World, 24 July 2003. The overall unemployment rate around 6.4 doesn't include workers who have become so discouraged that they have stopped looking for a job altogether. Over the past 28 months nearly 2.6 million jobs have been eliminated. For African American workers the impact is even more devastating because of the the last hired is the first fired.
Thirty Percent Of Black Men In U.S. Will Go To Jail
By Gary Younge, The Guardian, 19 August 2003. Black men born in the United States in 2001 will have a one in three chance of going to prison during their lifetime if current trends continue, according to a report by the US Justice Department.
After years in the suburbs, many blacks return to city life
By Kris Axtman, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 April 2004. A growing number of affluent and middle-class African-Americans are moving back into traditionally black inner-city areas; a dramatic reversal from the days when when many African-Americans believed a home in the suburbs was a measure of “making it.”
A Forgotten Black-Jewish Alliance
By Dr. Rafael Medoff, Emperors' Clothes, reprinted from Arutz Sheva (Israel National News), 17 January 2005. Back in the 1950s, Zionist Jews played a socially progressive role.
Is Bill Cosby Right or Is the Black Middle Class Out of Touch?
Interview with Michael Eric Dyson, on National Public Radio, “Talk of the Nation”, 3 May 2005. A year ago, Bill Cosby set off a national debate in a speech to the NAACP where he criticized poor blacks in sometimes harsh language. Cosby emphasized personal responsibility, or the lack of it. In a new book, Michael Eric Dyson describes Cosby's remarks as a vicious attack on the most vulnerable among us.
Exiles from a city and from a nation
By Cornel West, The Observer, Sunday 11 September 2005. It takes something as big as Hurricane Katrina and the misery we saw among the poor black people of New Orleans to get America to focus on race and poverty. It happens about once every 30 or 40 years.