Ahmaud Arbery and the Legacy of White Fear

If the casual brutality heaped on enslaved people is so much ancient history that it numbs the mind, reflect for a minute on what Ahmaud Arbery suffered in his last moments: horrific chest, armpit wounds, and a detached wrist. Three white men pleaded self-defense as they tried to make a so-called “citizen’s arrest,” for what they perceived to be the crime of roaming around a partially built house. A jury of their peers, who were all white, save one, disagreed.

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Editorial: Please Supreme Court, do not take abortion rights away from any women, anywhere

Consider the array of civil and human rights protected by Supreme Court landmark rulings in the last century: Public schools cannot be racially segregated. A person of one race has the right to marry someone of another race. A person has the right to marry someone of the same sex. And a woman has a right to a legal abortion.
Today, all but one of those landmark rulings are accepted and undisputed precedents. Only the right to an abortion, established by a Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade in 1973, has fueled intense resistance.

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The Great Escape

The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets. “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly. “The only thing I don’t have is birds.”
So when she needed a job, PetSmart seemed like the perfect solution. “My sister worked at PetSmart and I was in there so much,” she said.
She started as a bather, and showed enough promise to be invited to the company’s dog grooming academy, where they teach how to cut hair. “I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life,” Caroline said.

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At COP 26, A Bigger, Stronger Climate Movement Made Its Mark

Mia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados, speaks at COP 26 in Glasgow. (Daniel Leal-Olivas – Pool / Getty Images)

This column is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration cofounded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

The science tells us this is the decade to take action to avert the irreversible impacts of climate change.

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‘If everybody’s white, there can’t be any racial bias’: The disappearance of Hispanic drivers from traffic records

by Richard A. Webster
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A Louisiana Law Department That Polices Itself

When sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, pulled over Octavio Lopez for an expired inspection tag in 2018, they wrote on his traffic ticket that he is white. Lopez, who is from Nicaragua, is Hispanic and speaks only Spanish, said his wife.

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Project Censored, Part 2: The New Normal Is More Normalized Censorship

Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2022, edited by Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff, is available for preorder now. Published in collaboration with Random Lengths News, this is the second of two parts. Read the first five stories on the list here. 
6. Canary Mission Blacklists Pro-Palestinian Activists, Chilling Free-Speech Rights
Before the “critical race theory” moral panic fueled a nationwide uprising to censor discussions of race in education, there was an opposite moral panic decrying “cancel culture” stifling certain people—especially in education.

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What Does the Recent Set of Exonerations Tell Us About the Criminal Justice System?

A number of high-profile exonerations have made national headlines this month.
Among November’s exonerations was that of David Morris, a Maryland man whose murder conviction was secured when the prosecutor illegally withheld crucial exculpatory evidence from his defense.
Two weeks after the judge in the Morris case threw out his conviction, on Nov. 17, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced that two men convicted of killing Malcolm X in 1996  would be cleared of all charges, due to misconduct by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the prosecutors in their cases.

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Fifteen States Respond to ‘Woke Capitalism,’ Threaten to Cut Off Banks That Refuse to Service Coal, Oil Industries

The coal-fired Robert W. Scherer Power Plant in Juliette, Ga., in 2017. (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters)
A coalition of financial officers from 15 states sent a letter to the U.S. banking industry on Monday warning they plan to take “collective action” against banks that adopt corporate policies to cut off financing for the coal, oil, and natural gas industries.
The group threatens to scrutinize or potentially curtail future business with banks that adopt an “economic boycott” of those industries in a letter obtained exclusively by National Review.

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‘We are going to find your houses’: Woman leaves profane threat for school board over mask mandate (audio)

Police in Moore County, North Carolina are looking for a woman who left an expletive-filled voicemail for members of the school board, threatening she would “find you,” “find your houses,” and would be “coming after you.” The woman who left the voicemail indicated she was angry about mask mandates in public schools.
“Hi,” the voicemail begins. “I want to know why the [expletive] you think you can [expletive] intimidate parents over a mask mandate?” the voicemail says, according to WRAL (audio below).

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Black People Need a Safe State in America—Let’s Make It Georgia

The trial of the three men accused of slaying Ahmaud Arbery has Black Americans walking on pins and needles once again. Whatever the jury decides, I’m afraid, will fail to address a damming question that the tragic incident symbolizes: How can Black people ever be secure in America?
Executed by three strangers while jogging in a white neighborhood, Arbery’s killing reflects the mindset of domination in the culture of white supremacy: the belief that any random white person has the right to accost and detain a Black person with impunity.

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