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We Need to Talk About an Injustice – Bryan Stevenson

Source: TED.COM In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which …


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America’s ‘Peculiar Institution’: Slavery And The Making Of A Nation

By Imam Khalid Griggs Slavery, in all its hideous iterations throughout history, was, paradoxically, the outgrowth of “civilization.” In more primitive groupings of human beings such as hunters/gatherers or subsistence farmers, slaves would have been viewed as burdensome additions to an already tenuous existence. There was no hidden or apparent advantage in being responsible for the food and shelter of …


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Recalling the Legacy: El Hajj Malik El Shabazz/Malcolm X

By Imam Khalid Griggs One of the most transcendent leaders of the 20th century was El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X. In the relatively short lifespan of 39 years, Brother Malcolm captivated the imagination of struggling people of African descent and the Muslim world while inspiring organized resistance to institutional racism, both at home and abroad. Despite the fact that …