Reading Time: 9 minutes In our second excerpt from Milton Allimadi’s The Hearts of Darkness, we see how white people over the centuries “explained” black people, with a wide variety of pseudoscientific imbecilities.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Donald Trump’s run for president has included rhetoric about immigration and Muslims that riles up latent fears of minorities. But for many supporters, those fears aren’t latent — they’re out in the open.
Reading Time: 12 minutes A new documentary about the Simpson case offers frightening parallels to America today. Carl Douglas, a member of the so-called Simpson “Dream Team,” shares his front row seat.
Reading Time: 5 minutes A WhoWhatWhy analysis of Trump rallies shows a pronounced lack of diversity and provides further evidence that the presumptive GOP nominee has a steep hill to climb to attract minority voters.
Reading Time: 7 minutes After making anti-immigrant remarks, Donald Trump rose to the top of the polls among Republican presidential candidates. The billionaire claims his supporters are part of a new “silent majority.” How silent are they? An examination of their online comments shows they are anything but silent. They’re also rather shocking in their expressed views.
Reading Time: < 1 minute WhoWhatWhy podcaster Jeff Schechtman gets the lowdown on the federal investigation into the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. What was that really about? Was there more to it than an isolated event? In short, yes. Find out in this interview with an NAACP official what systemic issues played a role in generating the deep anger in Ferguson—and throughout the country.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The South Carolina church shootings are no anomaly. Americans are senselessly gunned down—at a rate of 30 per day (excluding suicides and accidents). Gun advocates who want no meaningful restrictions, ostensibly to protect themselves, put all of us at risk. Yet those advocating universal disarmament are not practical. But here’s a third way.
Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s been 23 years since the 1992 race riots in LA sparked by the failure to convict police officers who brutally beat Rodney King. With Baltimore smoldering, what’s really changed?
Reading Time: 9 minutes In honor of Martin Luther King Day, WhoWhatWhy looks back through the history of American racism, at the kind of hatred and atrocities that spurred King into action. Rather than the stuff of dreams, much of it was from a living nightmare.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In the real world, it was apparent that race was the key to George Zimmerman’s snap judgment that Trayvon Martin was up to no good, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist E.R. Shipp writes exclusively for WhoWhatWhy. Yet racism was the elephant in the courtroom as the prosecutor “tiptoed –past those thorns.” With a case hampered by slow-footed policing and an overaggressive charge, the state’s failure seemed inevitable. And with no moral resolution to the troubling case, Americans are left with fresh hollow echoes of “No justice, no peace!”
Reading Time: 5 minutes We warned about the risks of overplaying the Trayvon Martin case. Now, the other shoe drops. Trayvon Martin….Tyrone Woodfork.