Zenobia Jeffries

On reparations: The question isn’t if -- but when and how

We will never achieve racial justice in America if this country does not examine the impact and legacy of slavery—and make strides toward achieving reparatory justice.

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8 must-reads by women who take on white supremacy and patriarchal power

The first time I read the phrase “year of the woman” was in relation to the 1992 election. That year the most women ever—four—had been elected to serve in the U.S. Senate. Today, there are 25.

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The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership

Siwatu-Salama Ra, 26, will likely spend the next two years in a Michigan prison. In early February, a Wayne County jury found the six-months pregnant black mother of a toddler guilty of felonious assault and felony firearm possession. She was sentenced last week.

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Traveling Museum Is Bringing Black History to a Town Near You

As a social studies teacher in Detroit in 1994, Khalid el-Hakim used African-American artifacts he collected to supplement information about Black history he found lacking in middle school textbooks.

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'Me Too' Creator Tarana Burke Reminds Us This Is About Black and Brown Survivors

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts with #MeToo have been used tens of millions of times since the hashtag was initially used in October, when actor Alyssa Milano set off the social media storm by posting, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”

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How I Changed My Holiday Traditions to Match My Values

Throughout my childhood, my paternal grandmother always made sure the family had a “good” Christmas. For her, that meant everyone received a gift—especially the children. We would meet at a relative’s house each year on Christmas Eve and at midnight exchange gifts. Money was often tight, and sometimes the holidays brought more of a burden when having to choose between buying decorations and gifts and paying bills.

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A Progressive 'Redneck Revolt' Says Tackle Racism First

"Moved by the need for control, for an unchallenged top tier, the power elite in American history has thrived by placating the vulnerable and creating for them a false sense of identification—denying real class differences where possible."
—Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

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Why Police Violence Against Women of Color Stays Hidden

When you hear the words “police brutality,” here are some images that come to mind:

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Reality Check: More Police Officers Don’t Equal Safer Neighborhoods

This summer will mark the third anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who was killed by police officers outside of a neighborhood convenience store in Staten Island (he was suspected of illegally selling loose cigarettes). Garner’s death is one of many that has raised Americans’ concerns about the increasing number of Black men, women, and children killed by U.S. law enforcement officers.

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In Detroit, Freedom Schools Offer Hope within City’s Struggling Education System

Just a few years ago, Aliya Moore’s days during the school year might have resembled that of many American moms actively engaged in their children’s education—transporting them to and from school or to after-school programs and activities, helping with homework, going to parent-teacher conferences, and volunteering in the classroom.

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