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Scrap Papers: Black Excellence

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By Karima E. Rustin

Malcolm Mitchell, a 24-year-old rookie wide receiver for the New England Patriots, assisted New England in coming back from a 28-3 deficit to win the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, and take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While his teammates are reveling in their shared victory, Malcolm achieved another victory most people don’t know about. A victory he is more proud of than a Super Bowl ring.


The Pickaninnies March on Washington

By Lydia Holt



Perhaps it was a subconscious act of self preservation, but in the months and weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I had convinced myself that America would elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president--that we had no other viable option. If her opponent were elected it would be disastrous and to maintain my sanity, I firmly believed that we would come through the election with a capable and sane president. When I woke up to the reality of our now 45th, I damn near had a panic attack. Continue reading...

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All People for Racial Equity… Adventures in Organizing

By Phillip Rowland-Seymour


Last summer my wife, two kids, and two eighteen-year-old cats relocated from Baltimore, MD to a suburb of Cleveland, OH. In the last three months, we lost our cats. I'd like to think that our Persian and Siamese cats, brown and white, were waiting until we were settled, to transition from the earth - they waited until we reached this racially harmonious suburb. In the last fifty years, the suburb has received notoriety for its history of racial tolerance (not objecting to the presence of anyone based on their race, at a minimum) and a need for racial equality (an equal regard to people of all races, at its best). Recently, a group of neighborhood residents have been meeting to help move beyond racial tolerance and racial equality, to promote racial equity (acknowledging the unconscious bias and historical inequalities) and support opportunity for all. I am a proud member of this group. We are social justice warriors. read more...

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