US elections 2020: Joe Biden — the political veteran | AFP

Who will take on Trump in the 2020 election? A force in American politics for nearly five decades, Joe Biden is seeking the Democratic nomination for president once again. His working-class roots and experience as a six-term senator from Delaware and two-term United States vice president under Barack Obama, have made the centrist politician popular with blue-collar workers and African Americans.

Sanders holds rally ahead of Super Tuesday

As Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg courted African Americans in Alabama, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spent his Sunday rallying thousands of supporters in California, the crown jewel of Super Tuesday. (March 2)

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In US capital, teen honors victims of ‘every day’ gun violence | AFP

On the brick wall of an arts center in a Washington alley, a mural depicts the faces of five African-American teens shot dead in 2017 and 2018 in the United States capital. In a country where spectacular mass shootings have become more frequent, the mural is a reminder of a far more common gun crime, in which African Americans are too often the victims.

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100 years ago, Mexican Americans saw racial terror

Historians and Latino activists say it’s time to acknowledge the terror experienced by Mexican Americans years before white mobs attacked and murdered African Americans in dozens of cities across the country in 1919. (July 26)

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Get Outta Here! – In Search of the real Green Book

Segregated resorts and legally enforced “sunset towns” were a real feature of the American landscape for black travelers. The Green Book, which gave its title to the Oscar-winning movie, was a real compilation — published between 1936 and 1967 — of restaurants, hotels, even gas stations and hair salons, where African-Americans could be assured of welcome. With the passage of public accommodations laws, many of those sites fell into disuse or faded away. Now a new generation of visitors is seeking them out, placing plaques and inspiring renovations. The AP’s Russell Contreras and Jay Reeves report.

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Trump honors African Americans at White House

President Donald Trump paid tribute to African American history month at the White House on Thursday. (Feb. 21)

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African Americans: Nothing funny about blackface

Past uses of blackface as attempts to humor have clouded the political futures of two of Virginia’s top leaders, while angering many African Americans. Thomas Carter, a black Detroit barber, says there’s nothing funny about blackface. (Feb. 8)

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Gillibrand MLK message: racism must ‘be my fight’

(21 Jan 2019) New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addressed hundreds of African-Americans at a MLK celebration hosted by civil rights activist Al Sharpton in New York City. Gillibrand said “white women like me” must be a part of the fight against racism. (Jan. 21)

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Diversity marks the makeup of new Congress

(4 Jan 2019) Democrats have taken the majority in the House and the new Congress is like none other. There are more women than ever before, with a new generation of Muslims, Latinos, Native Americans and African-Americans joining in. (Jan. 4)

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‘Offensive’ & ‘insensitive’: Public react to Hillary Clinton’s unfortunate ‘lookalike’ joke

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Trump touts administration’s economic record

(21 Sep 2018) President Donald Trump touted his administration’s economic achievements during a rally in Las Vegas on Thursday. The President pointed out the nation’s GDP and low unemployment rates among various groups including women and African-Americans. (Sept. 21)

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Most Black Kids Can’t Swim. It’s Not Just A Stereotype, It’s History. (HBO)

In 2014, the CDC found that an 11-year-old black child is 10 times more likely to drown than a white child the same age. The idea that “Black people can’t swim” may sound like a stereotype, but this disparity is rooted in a history of discriminatory access to swimming pools.

This summer has produced three high-profile incidents of white Americans calling – or threatening to call – the police on Black pool goers.

A South Carolina woman was charged with multiple accounts of assault for accosting a 15-year-old boy and a police officer. A North Carolina man lost his job after a video of him calling the police on a woman who refused to show him her identification. A property manager at a Memphis apartment complex also lost her job for calling the police on a man for wearing socks in the pool.

These episodes are just the most recent in a long history of discriminatory access at American swimming pools, going back almost 100 years. VICE News spoke with Jeff Wiltse, a professor of History at the University of Montana, and the author of “Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America.”

“It was socially normal for blacks and whites to swim together at these public pools during the late 19th and early 20th century but that all changed during the 1920s and 1930s when cities opened up large resort like pools,” says Wiltse. “That permitted males and females to use them together.”

Wiltse said that it was at that point that white swimmers and public officials imposed racial segregation because most whites did not want to allow black men to interact with white women at such intimate public spaces.

Pools were desegregated after World War II — frequently by court order — but like America’s public schools, integration in the water was more of a legal concept than a cultural one.

Racial desegregation of public pools rarely lead to meaningful sort of interracial use, said Wiltse. “In general, whites abandoned public pools that black swimmers started to use.”

“Swimming became broadly popular within white communities and was passed down from generation to generation. Because of African-Americans more restricted access, swimming did not become a broadly popular activity among Black families.”

In 2017, USA Swimming, the governing body for the sport of swimming in the US, has found that African-American children and their parents are three times more fearful of drowning than Caucasian children and parents. Additionally, 64% of African American children have low or no swimming ability.

Dezria Holmes knows how to swim, but wouldn’t call herself a strong swimmer. She’s trying to change that for her children, 12-year old Madison and 7-year old Mason. Both are enrolled in a Chicago swimming program launched by USA Swimming, Chicago Park District, and Illinois Swimming to get a more diverse group of young people in the water.

“My grandparents couldn’t swim because of segregation,” said Holmes. “So when I saw the opportunity for my daughter to swim, and then my parents were able to see their granddaughter swim. They were actually crying, because no one in our family swims like Madison. So to be afforded this opportunity has just been amazing.”

USA Swimming has found that Black children and their parents are three times more fearful of drowning than white children and their parents. Safety was the main reason Holmes wanted her kids to learn how to swim.

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Finding Investments Opportunities Where Others Aren’t Looking

“The Conscious Investor” is presented by Nuveen.

Ross Baird is the president of Village Capital and the author of the “The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas―and What to Do About It.”

Baird points out that only one percent of start-up investment goes to African Americans, only two percent of capital goes to women, and 80% of all funding goes to only three states. This leaves many entrepreneurs overlooked. 

Baird says if you are an entrepreneur that wants to change the world then think small.  He says pick a very specific problem that you see in your job, in your industry, in your neighborhood, and try and be excellent at solving that very specific problem. 

Baird’s interest in social entrepreneurship started when he was working in microfinance in India. He helps us understand when microfinance is beneficial to the community and when it becomes extractive.

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‘People lack understanding of injustice’: Outcry over alleged racism at US public facilities

A number of incidents involving African-Americans being arrested or asked to leave public facilities in the U.S., has led to protests by anti-racism campaigners.
Three such incidents have occurred in only the last two weeks.

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The Truth About The US Jury System

Guilty or not guilty. This is how Americans have helped keep crime in check for two and half centuries. But the US jury system isn’t perfect.

For instance, it wasn’t until 1968 that women were allowed to serve on juries in all 50 states. And while it’s been illegal to exclude African Americans from jury duty for more than 135 years …… they remain dramatically underrepresented, even today.

Each year, over 30 million people are sent a summons in the mail. From that, an estimated 1.5 million are selected to serve on a jury. And it’s during that selection process when most of the problems emerge. Attorneys have a certain number of “strikes”, or peremptory challenges, where they can remove jury candidates without any explanation. For decades, it was perfectly legal to use these strikes on a discriminatory basis — and that’s exactly what prosecutors did.

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Roy Moore’s Wife: One of Our Attorneys is a Jew

The wife of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is defending her husband against accusations of bigotry by pointing out his record on supporting African Americans and adding that one of their attorneys “is a Jew.” (Dec. 12)

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Activists Worry Doug Jones Isn’t Doing Enough To Turn Out The Black Vote (HBO)

Next Tuesday, Alabama Democrats will have their first shot at a statewide win in more than a decade, when former US attorney Doug Jones faces off against accused pedophile Roy Moore in a special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat.

But Jones is hardly a shoe-in. He’ll need African Americans — who make up more than 1 in four of the state’s registered voters — to turn out en masse.

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Speaking with Prominent Activist Brittany Packnett – VICE on HBO

Almost three years after Ferguson, tensions between the police and black communities remain high. While African Americans are being targeted at unprecedented rates, 2016 saw a dramatic spike in the number of officers killed in ambush-style attacks.

Recent attempts at reform have done little to save lives. Now, as the country grows further divided, some officers are speaking out to spark change in some of the 18,000 local police departments. VICE correspondent Cord Jefferson reports from St. Louis, one of America’s most dangerous cities, to hear from activists and police officers alike about race and policing.

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FBI: ‘Black-identity extremists’ target officers in retaliation for police shootings

Controversial police shootings of African-Americans and an apparent lack of justice are causing “black-identity extremists” to target police officers, a declassified FBI report says. Critics argue the term is racially biased.

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Left Wing Violence & Trading Races: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the June 19, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News reports on the alleged torture and murder of gay men in the predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya. Plus, we explain why experts on right wing extremism are starting to take a second look at new political movements forming on the left.

We explain the current status of Brexit after the U.K.’s surprising election results. And, we play “Trading Races” – a new card game that asks players to rank the “blackness” of famous African Americans.

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Minority Gun Club Membership Is Booming In The Wake Of Election 2016 (HBO)

The resurgence of white supremacy movements in the wake of the 2016 election, has incited fears among some minority groups that the violence seen on viral videos out of Trump rallies, could potentially become a mainstay.

Now, gun clubs and self-defense groups geared toward minorities are reporting hikes in membership. Antonia Hylton went to Atlanta to see how some African Americans are planning to protect themselves.

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Taking the Pledge: VICE News Tonight on HBO (Full Segment)

On Friday, the Department of Justice released a report highlighting the urgent need for reform in the Chicago Police Department—citing, among other things, the disproportionate targeting of African Americans.

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