A Florida officer getting 12 years in prison for planting drugs on suspects triggered me and probably you too.

A police officer makes a traffic stop. Photo: Getty Images

Being pulled over by the police scares me to death. Long before Philando Castille, Sandra Bland, and Walter Scott — all Black people who wound up dying after a traffic stop-— became national news, a cop switching lanes to drive behind me used to make my heart skip a beat. But being stopped is just the tip of the iceberg. Black folks often get framed during these stops. And as I was reading the recent story of a cop that, this past July, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for planting drugs on motorists, I was triggered. …

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It’s strange to witness politicians support Cuban protests while railing against Black Lives Matter.

U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) speaks at a Cuban freedom rally near the White House on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. Cuban activists and demonstrators held a rally to urge the American government to intervene in Cuba to support human rights and end Communism in Cuba. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

As an anti-racism writer, it’s striking to purview how often people push back against the cold, hard facts of how Black people are treated in this country. It’s becoming even harder to ignore as Cubans, both foreign and domestic, fight against mistreatment from Cuba’s government. Politicians like Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis openly supported those protestors in a way they don’t and generally aren’t expected to do for Black people.

For those who don’t know, Cuba has been dealing with civil unrest for more than a week. Jorge Felipe Gonzalez, writing for The Atlantic, said the country’s…

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Racial discrimination is a major reason why Black knowledge workers prefer staying remote.

A Black guy in the office looks to the side while his co-workers whisper about him in the background. Getty Images.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything we knew about work. While some jobs mandate a physically present workforce, many realized working from home is just as viable. Some people buckled under the weight of remote positions due to various factors, and others flourished under the newfound freedom. Freedom from office politics and small talk. Freedom from fake relationships and networking. Freedom from racist coworkers and customers.

Future Forum, a site that enables leaders to reimagine work through data and dialogue, published a study titled “A new era of workplace inclusion: moving from retrofit to redesign.” Author Sheela Subramanian discovered more than…

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Sending my kids to a White school may offer a chance for better resources but at what cost?

Children of various ethnicities raise their hand in school. Photo: Getty Images

I spend a lot of time thinking about my unborn children. I wonder about things like what kind of lives they might live and what kind of people they could become. I also wonder whether I’m ready for the responsibility of being a parent. If my dreams are any indication, I’m more than up to the task of finding out. But, there’s one equation I haven’t quite been able to solve for: my kids’ education.

On June 13, Sarunas Jackson, also known…

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Fox News has been appallingly transparent in its opposition to the fight for Black lives

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has called Black Lives Matter “a national humiliation.”

In 1964 at the Audubon Ballroom, Malcolm X had more than a few choice words about the press. He acknowledged its power but also levied a distinct criticism. “Newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing,” said the Harlem activist. Fifty-seven years later, his words encapsulate Fox News’ discussions of Black Lives Matter to its audience.

Despite how the organization or movement is being characterized now, Black Lives Matter’s 2013 beginnings were a response to the police killing Black people without accountability. …

Attempts to dismiss critical race theory are part of a larger movement to ensure the lie of American history remains intact

Students raise their hands in a classroom. Photo: Getty Images

There’s a saying that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. It’s an apropos statement for where we are in America as the country wages a war on its education system for how its history will be taught. Or not taught. Right now, Republican Party members across the country are attempting to cover up the ills of America’s past by ensuring nobody discusses it in the present. And it’s not something anyone should be supporting.

Texas and Florida have been joined by eight other states in their quest to remove critical race theory from the classroom…

Juneteenth is officially a federal holiday. President Joe Biden signed the surprisingly bipartisan bill which passed unanimously in the Senate with only 14 House Republicans opposing it. Biden said Juneteenth National Independence Day, as it has been named, is an example of how “great nations don’t walk away. We come to terms with the mistakes we made […] and grow stronger.”

For the uninitiated, Juneteenth is shorthand for June 19, 1865. …

Same house, different images: Displaying photos of a White family increased an appraisal by $500,000

A White family stands with a sold sign. Source: Getty Images

Homeownership is often considered one of the pillars of American society when it comes to building wealth. Homes perform better than stocks and bonds and hedge against inflation. A 2014 Forbes article said owning is cheaper than renting, and both political parties consider it a cornerstone of middle-class living. But in understanding all of the benefits, I’m still not sure if I’ll ever own a home.

As I continue my journey to better financial health, buying a home isn’t a high priority. First of all, my student loans are hefty. Secondly, my family likely can’t help with a down payment…

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In small corners of America, Black people are still in chains

Modern-day slavery is, sadly, not dead. Photo: Hands try to break free of chains, Getty Images

In 2020, Janelle Monae starred in the horror film Antebellum playing a Black woman who was kidnapped by White people, smuggled into a Confederate camp, and forced to live as a slave. At different parts of the movie, viewers see Monae’s life as a modern woman juxtaposed with her time in captivity.

Her life as a modern woman is set in the present day, and the captivity scenes are set in what appears to be the Civil War era. But Antebellum’s plot twist is that both time periods are the same. What’s revealed is that her kidnappers attacked her and…


Denying tenure, jobs, and salary to Black people is just how America rolls

Nikole Hannah-Jones speaks at the 2021 Morehouse College commencement ceremony. Image: Getty

Nikole Hannah-Jones is my journalistic hero. I was introduced to her work for the first time in 2014 with the ProPublica article “Segregation Now,” a story about systemic problems in education told through three generations of a Black family in Alabama. Since then, I’ve watched her career transform and net her critical acclaim, a Pulitzer Prize for the “1619 Project,” and a MacArthur Genius Award.

She was a beacon for an aspiring journalist who primarily wrote about race. Her pieces were well-written, intelligent, honest, and seemed to be done with great care. …

Garfield Hylton

Award-winning TV news journalist. Freelance writer. Mad question asker.

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