Monthly Archives: July 2016


She was a Black woman who stood and fought for the respect, dignity, bodily autonomy and agency for all Black women of her time and for all those Black women who came after her. She was an ardent champion of racial and gender equality and one of the 20TH Century’s most important Black women activists.

She led the fight against Jane Crow segregation when she was the first Black woman to integrate a white-owned restaurant in Washington, D.C. as well as the first Black woman principal at an academic high school.

Her name was Mary Eliza Church Terrell.

Here is her story.


MARY ELIZA CHURCH TERRELL (b. September 23, 1863 – d. July 24, 1954), activist.

“A White Woman has only one handicap to overcome—a great one, true, her sex; a colored woman faces two—her sex and her race. A colored man has only one—that of race.” This provocative statement was made in 180 at the National Woman Suffrage Association convention in Washington, DC, by Mary Eliza Church Terrell, one of the twentieth century’s most important Black women activists. For more than sixty-six years, she was the ardent champion of racial and gender equality.

Born into the Black elite of Memphis, Tennessee, at the end of the Civil War, Ms. Church was the oldest child of Robert Reed Church and Louisa Ayers. In the early years of the marriage, Louisa supported the family running a hairdressing salon. Later, Robert’s investments in real estate made him a millionaire, purported to be the wealthiest Black American man in the American South. Ms. Church’s early years were spent in Memphis, a city convulsed by violent and bitter racism. Although she was sheltered as much as possible by her parents, who attempted to obliterate any trace of their slave beginnings, she could not avoid encountering racism when, after her parent’s divorce, her mother sent her to school in Ohio.

In response to her growing awareness of discrimination, Ms. Church resolved to excel academically to prove the abilities of Black Americans and especially Black women. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1884 and living with her father for a year, she took a teaching position at Wilberforce University in Ohio and, a year later, at M Street High School in Washington, DC. It was at the high school that she met her future husband, Robert H. Terrell.


Between 1888 and 186, Ms. Church was faced with two major decisions. First, as an intellectual, she had to decide whether to remain in the United States, where she would not be judged by her abilities but by her race and gender, or to seek a world free of prejudice. Second, as a woman, she had to decide whether to accept the Victorian ideal that a woman’s place was in the home. She decided to go to Europe. After two years, she decided to return to the United States as an advocate of racial elevation. She also married Robert Terrell.

In 1896, Ms. Terrell became the founder and first president of the National Association of Colored Women NACW), a self-help organization that offered sisterly support for its members and created programs that addressed racial problems through the elevation of Black women. Ms. Terrell believed that the amelioration of discrimination was contingent upon “the elevation of Black womanhood, thus both struggles are the same.”

Aware of the preponderance of Black married women in the work force, Ms. Terrell led the NACW in establishing socially progressive institutions such as kindergartens, day nurseries, and Mother Clubs, which functioned as depositories and disseminators of information on rearing children and conducting the home. Ms. Terrell’s objective was to improve the moral standards of the “less favored and more ignorant sisters,” because the world “will always judge the womanhood of the race through the masses of our women.”

Because of the contact between Mother Clubs and the masses of women, and the frequent loss of jobs held by Black women, Ms. Terrell broadened the functions of Mother Clubs to include social as well as economic concerns. She advised directors of Mother Clubs to study the effects of the lack of employment for Black men as well as women. In addition, she launched a fund-raising campaign to establish schools of domestic science. The NACW also established homes for girls, the aged, and the infirm. It emerged as a leading women’s organization, enhancing the lives of the masses and providing a vehicle for the emergence of middle-class women.

From 1896 to 101 Ms. Terrell defined and developed her role as a “New Woman,” which resulted in the development of purpose, independence, and vitality in her life. By 1901, Ms. Terrell was prepared to function as a leader outside the confines of women’s organizations. She began to move from an approach of black self-help to one of interracial understanding, advocating education as the way to this understanding. She hoped that unbiased research and intelligent dissemination of information to both White and Black peoples would spark better cooperation.

Ms. Terrell’s advocacy of advancing the race through improving the lives of Black women led to opportunities to comment on broader issues facing her race. She gave numerous speeches to highlight the improved living conditions of Black people and their progress in spite of discrimination. In a stirring address delivered in 1904 at the International Congress of Women in Berlin, she vividly described the numerous contributions of the Black race. She delivered the speech in German—she spoke three languages fluently, German, French, English—and received accolades for her depictions of black life and her intellectual abilities. Through these speeches, in which she exhorted her people to improve themselves, she became a booster of black morale.

Ms. Terrell also wrote articles and short stories on lynching, chain gangs, the peonage system, defection of mulattoes, and the disenfranchisement of Black Americans. In her writings, she sought to further interracial understanding by educating White people about the realities of black life.

Ms. Terrell’s actions were undertaken with the same conviction of racial equality that she demonstrated in her writings and speeches. Uncompromising and unequivocal, she never hesitated to criticize southern White liberals, northerners, or even members of her own race if she felt that their positions were not in the best interest of humanity. When the republican president Theodore Roosevelt disbanded several companies of black soldiers, Ms. Terrell vehemently attacked his decision, despite the fact that her husband owed his federal judgeship to the Republican party. In an article, “Disbanding of the Colored Soldiers,” she asked Black Americans to “regard the terrible catastrophe which has filled the whole race with grief as an evil out of which good will eventually come.”

The last decades of Ms. Terrell’s life marked a transition in her position on race relations and politics. Frustrated by the economic hardships of Black Americans during the Great Depression and the New Deal era, dismayed by the irony that Black Americans were fighting for democracy abroad during World war II but denied it at home, and grieved by the death of her husband, Ms. Terrell became a militant activist, working assiduously to bring a definitive end to discrimination in the United States, particularly in the nation’s capital.

In later life, Ms. Terrell was most noted for leading a three-year struggle to reinstate 1872 and 1873 laws in Washington, DC, that “required all eating-place proprietors to serve any respectable well-behaved person regardless of color, or face a $1,000 fine and forfeiture of their license,” which had disappeared in the 1890s when the District code was written. On February 28, 1950, Ms. Terrell, accompanied by one White and two Black collaborators, Rev. William H. Jernagin, pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, and Geneva Brown, the secretary-treasurer of the United Cafeteria and Restaurant Workers Union, entered Thompson Restaurant, one of several segregated public eating establishments. Thompson refused to serve the Black members of the interracial party. Immediately Ms. Terrell and her cohort filed affidavits. The case of District of Columbia v. John Thompson became a national symbol against segregation in the United States.

Throughout the three-year court struggle, Ms. Terrell targeted other segregated facilities. Confronted with the intransigence of proprietors of restaurants, she realized that the earlier weapons of moral persuasion and interracial dialogue were incapable of abolishing segregated facilities. She armed herself with such direct-action tactics as picketing, boycotting, and sit-ins. Finally, on June 8, 1953, the court ruled that segregated eating facilities in Washington, DC, were unconstitutional.

This ardent fighter who had fought the good fight for civil rights lived to see the U.S. Supreme Court mandate the desegregation of public schools in Brown v. Board of Education.

Two months later, she died.



A Colored Woman in a White World (1940), Mary Church Terrell. New York: G.K. Hall, 1996.

Quest for Equality: The Life and Writings of Mary Church Terrell, 1863-1954, Beverly W. Jones. Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, 1990.

The papers of Mary Church Terrell are located at the Library of Congress and in the Moorland-Springarn Collection at Howard University, Washington, DC.

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The self-described psychic known as Miss Cleo in an undated photo. Credit Q100, via Associated Press

Youree Dell Harris, whose Jamaican-accented character Miss Cleo was the face (and voice) of ubiquitous psychic hotline commercials in the late 1990s before the company was fined by the federal government, died on Tuesday in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 53.

The cause was cancer, William J. Cone Jr., a lawyer for Ms. Harris, said in a statement.

TMZ, which originally reported her death, said she had died in a hospice center.

Ms. Harris first entered the pop culture zeitgeist in the late ’90s, arriving with a humble set of tools built for late-night TV audiences: a deck of tarot cards, a skeptical facial expression and an oft-uttered catchphrase — “Call me now!”

As a vividly colored background swirled or candles burned, Miss Cleo sat and provided counsel to often-sheepish callers. Many of the commercials followed a cheating-lover theme:

“Who asked you to go out of town, the stupid young one or the married one?” she asked a caller in one commercial.

“The married one,” the caller answered.

“That’s what me thought,” Miss Cleo said with a knowing nod.

The commercials made her a star of the Psychic Readers Network. The Miss Cleo character also inspired spoofs on late-night TV and gave Ms. Harris other business opportunities, including a book, “Keepin’ It Real: A Practical Guide for Spiritual Living.” She voiced a character in a 2002 video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

But her fame also led to questions about her past. In 2002, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an investigation that revealed she had a list of aliases and a longer list of former colleagues on the local theater scene who said they had been cheated out of money and questioned her Jamaican background.

“She had no Jamaican accent — she was born and raised in L.A.,” a former cast mate told the paper. (A copy of a birth certificate posted by BuzzFeed in 2013 showed that Ms. Harris was indeed born in Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 1962.) Information on her survivors was not immediately available.

In 2002, the Psychic Readers Network and Access Resource Services were the subject of a federal lawsuit that ordered the companies to forgive $500 million in customer fees. The networks agreed to stop selling their services over the phone, and, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the companies agreed to pay a $5 million fine.




American author James Alan McPherson, photographed in 1984.

American author James Alan McPherson, photographed in 1984. Anthony Barboza/Getty Images

July 27, 2016, 8:04 PM ET

By Glen Weldon

As a teenager, James Alan McPherson worked as a passenger-car waiter on the Great Northern Railroad. The experience shaped him as a man and as a writer; he would spend his life producing short fiction and essays exploring race and class in America — the gulf separating white privilege from the black experience. One of his first published stories, “On Trains,” included in his fiction collection Hue and Cry, chronicles a white woman’s unthinking treatment of black waiters and porters on a train, and subtly reveals its lingering effects on all involved.

He put himself through Harvard Law School working as a janitor; the month he graduated he sold his first manuscript to the Atlantic Monthly magazine. In 1972, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1978, he became the first African-American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for his collection Elbow Room.

That same year, he talked to The Atlantic about his approach to writing, to race, and to life: “I believe that if one can experience diversity, touch a variety of its people, laugh at its craziness, distill wisdom from its tragedies, and attempt to synthesize all this inside oneself without going crazy, one will have earned the right to call oneself ‘citizen of the United States.'”

In 1981 he was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 1995 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Later in life, he spent many years as a professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in Iowa City.

I studied under him there in 1994 and 1995. He was a kind and very gentle man, soft-spoken to the point of shyness, but as a teacher he could be quite firm, unafraid to point out a young writer’s blind spots.

He believed that to write fiction in America meant writing about class in America, and that young writers must remain mindful of that fact, lest their work come off as callow and shamefully ignorant.

Many times I watched him press a student in his workshop (on more than one occasion, me) about the racial and cultural underpinnings of his or her story: what did it mean that I set this scene at a swanky restaurant? How could my characters afford it? What were they prioritizing in their lives to make that choice over others? And if they truly didn’t have to worry about money, how would that affect the way they moved through the world? Did they believe themselves entitled to the life they lived? Did they even notice the waiters and busboys swirling around them?

American history was a passion of his, and though his work often evinced a wry humor, in person he struck me as a serious man who cared deeply about the shadow that history casts on the present. I remember him walking into workshop the weekend after the film Forrest Gump came out, and spending fifteen minutes quietly but passionately fuming over its glib, whistle-stop debasement of the American experience.

He wasn’t a the kind of teacher who offered his students close line-edits; instead, he was someone who read your work and reflected it back to you, patiently explained just what you had really written — and what you had not. And if you were a writer like I was then, you couldn’t help but come away from a workshop with Jim believing that what you hadn’t written was the stuff that was really worth writing about.

James Alan McPherson died today in an Iowa City hospital of respiratory failure and other complications. He was 72.

Petra Mayer contributed to this report.




July 27, 2016

NEW YORK — Sandy Pearlman, a pioneering rock critic who later produced and managed Blue Oyster Cult and worked with The Clash, Patti Smith and other punk artists, has died.

Longtime friend Robert Duncan said Pearlman died Tuesday in Novato Community Hospital in Novato, California. He was 72 and had been in poor health since suffering a cerebral hemorrhage last year. Duncan said Pearlman had no immediate survivors.

A New York City native and a graduate of State University of New York at Stony Brook, Pearlman wrote for one of the first rock magazines, Crawdaddy, in the 1960s and through Stony Brook met the musicians who became Blue Oyster Cult. (Originally called Soft White Underbelly). He booked early shows for the five-man group, arranged a meeting with then-Columbia Records executive Clive Davis that led to a record deal and produced several of their albums. Blue Oyster Cult sold millions of records and Pearlman was among the producers of the band’s classic hit “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper.”

He also worked with a variety of punk and heavy metal acts, from Smith and Black Sabbath to the Dictators and Romeo Void, and in 1978 produced one of punk’s most influential albums, the Clash’s “Give ‘Em Enough Rope.”

More recently, he was a tour promoter, head of the alternative label 415 Records and a member of the Library of Congress’ preservation board. He was also an executive with one of the first companies to sell music online,, and taught music at McGill University in Montreal.


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Just two months after the holocaust of the May 1866 Memphis Massacre, another act of depravity occurred in neighboring Louisiana.

The fights and antagonism in debates over how the period known as Reconstruction was to be handled boiled over into vicious and murderous white atrocities in the summer of August 1866 in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Frustrated  with congressional impotence to protect Black people’s voting rights, angered by Louisiana’s infamous Black Codes and doubly insulted by the recent re-election of New Orleans’s Confederate mayor, local radical Republicans decided to reopen the 1864 Louisiana State Constitutional Convention. They intended to meet and grant black suffrage, though whether or not  such a move would carry any weight was unclear. Nevertheless, when 26 White delegates showed up in New Orleans, met by hundreds of anti-racism/anti-white supremacy Black supporters who were mostly ex-Union soldiers, a White mob attacked. Reports charge that police, largely ex-Confederate soldiers, not only failed to quell the violence but joined in it. The casualties were as follows:  150 total, with 44 Blacks murdered, and 4 Whites killed, and over a hundred people were injured. President Andrew Johnson allowed federal troops to come in to restore peace, and Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan filed the following report.


. . . .A very large number of colored people marched in procession on Friday night, July 27, and were addressed from the steps of the City Hall by Dr. Dostie, ex- Gov. Hahn, and others.

The speech of Dostie was intemperate in language and sentiment. The speeches of the others, as far as I can learn, were characterized by moderation. I have not given you the words of Dostie’s speech, as the version published was denied; but from what I have learned of the man, I believe they were intemperate. The Convention assembled at 12 p.m. on the 30th, the timid members absenting themselves, because of the tone of the general public was ominous of trouble.

I think there were but about 26 members present. In front of the Mechanics Institute, when the meeting was held, there was assembled some colored men, women, and children, perhaps 18 or 20, and in the Institute a number of colored men, probably 150. Among those outside and inside there might have been a pistol in the possession of every tenth man. About 1 p.m., a procession of say 60 to 130 colored men marched up Burgundy street and across canal Street, toward the Convention, carrying an American flag.

The Mechanic’s Institute. 1974.25.3.272.
Credit The Historic New Orleans Collection

These men had but one pistol to every ten men, and canes and clubs in addition. While crossing canal Street a row occurred. There were many spectators on the streets, and their manner and tone toward the procession unfriendly. A shot was fired, by whom I am not able to state, but believe it to have been by a policeman or some colored man in the procession; this led to other shots, and a rush after the procession.

On arrival at the front of the Institute there was some throwing of brick-brats by both sides. The police, who had been held well in hand, were vigorously marched to the scene of disorder. The procession entered the Institute with the flag, about six or eight remaining outside. A row occurred between a policeman and one of the colored men, and a shot was fired by one of the parties, which led to an indiscriminate fire on the building through the windows by the policeman.

This had been going on for a short time, when a white flag was displayed from a window of the Institute; whereupon the firing ceased, and the police rushed into the building. From the testimony of wounded men and others who were outside the building, the policeman opened an indiscriminate fire upon the audience until they had emptied their revolvers, when they retired, and those inside barricaded the doors.

Newspaper clippings from the riot in New Orleans.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

The door was broken in and the firing again commenced, when many of the colored and white people either escaped through the door or were passed out by policemen inside, but as they came out, the policemen, who formed the circle nearest the building, fired upon them, and they were again fired upon by the citizens that formed the outer circle.

The Riot in New Orleans... the Struggle for the Flag. 900 block Canal Street.

The Riot in New Orleans… the Struggle for the Flag. 900 block Canal Street.
The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carre Digital Survey at The Historic New Orleans Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection

Many of those wounded and taken prisoners, and others who were prisoners and not wounded, were fired upon by their captors and by citizens. The wounded men were stabbed while lying on the ground and their heads were beaten with brick-brats. In the yard of the building, whither some of the colored men had escaped and partially secreted themselves, they were fired upon and killed or wounded by policemen; some men were killed and wounded several squares from the scene. Members of the Convention were wounded by the policeman while in their hands as prisoners, some of them mortally.

Four scenes from the riot in New Orleans.
Credit Historic New Orleans Collection

The immediate cause of this terrible affair was the assembling of this Convention. The remote cause was the bitter and antagonistic feeling which has been growing in this community since the advent of the present Mayor, who, in the organization of his police force, selected many desperate men, and some of them know murderers.

People of clear views were over-awed by want of confidence in the Mayor and fear of the Thugs, many of whom he had selected for his police force. I have frequently been applied to by prominent citizens on this subject, and have heard them express fear and want of confidence in Mayor Monroe ever since the intimation of the last Convention. I must condemn the course of several of the city papers for supporting, by their articles, the bitter feeling of a bad man. As to the merciless manner in which the Convention was broken up, I feel obliged to confess a strong repugnance.


If the matter is permitted to pass over without a thorough and determined prosecution of those engaged in it, we may look for frequent scenes of the same kind, not only here but in other places.

No steps have, as yet, have been taken by the civil authorities to arrest citizens who were engaged in this massacre, or policemen who perpetrated such cruelties. The members of the Convention have been indicted by the Grand Jury, and many of them arrested and held to bail. As to whether the civil authorities can mete out ample justice to the guilty parties on both sides, I must say it is my opinion, unequivocally, that they cannot. . . . .,”[1]

New Orleans was put under martial law until August 3, 1866.

The Republicans in the 1866 House of Representatives and Senate elections, won in a landslide victories obtaining 77% of the seats in Congress. They pushed through the Reconstruction Bill in 1867 over the vetoes of President Andrew Johnson, which provided for more federal control in the South. The creation of military districts were put in place to govern until violence could be suppressed and a more democratic political system established. Under the Bill, the state of Louisiana was put under the jurisdiction of the Fifth Military District. All ex-Confederates, many of whom were White Democrats, were temporarily disfranchised, and the right of suffrage was to be enforced for free people of color. Racist politicians who commandeered the riot were dismissed from office.

But, as Gen. Sheridan himself stated, these atrocities were to occur again, and again, and again, with the miniscule rights that ex-enslaved Black women, men and children had so hard-won, being torn to shreds by the oncoming juggernaut of racist white supremacy.

  1. The African American Archive: The History of the Black Experience in Documents, Edited by Kai Wright, Black Dog & Levanthal Publishers, Inc., pgs. 387-389, 2001.

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World Day Against Trafficking Persons

On July 30 every year, the United Nations (UN) promotes World Day Against Trafficking Persons. Human trafficking affects every country in the world. At least 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery, according to the UN.

Heart shaped by hands, a symbol of World Day Against Trafficking Persons.

One in Four are Children

All around the world, men, women and children are kidnapped, tricked, blackmailed, or manipulated into slavery, like prostitution, forced labor, or organ removal. One in four victims are children. More than half of these children are from Africa and the Middle East, and more than one third are from Asia and the Pacific.

The UN launched the Day Against Trafficking Persons for the first time on July 30, 2014, to end human trafficking and raise awareness worldwide.

Support the End to Trafficking

The UN works with goverments and communities to promote the day through different events and activities. The UN has created a social media campaign, called #igivehope, inviting people to post a photo of a heart formed with your hands to express your support to end human trafficking.

What’s Open or Closed?

World Day Against Trafficking Persons is a global observance and not a public holiday so it’s business as usual.

World Day against Trafficking Persons Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Fri Sep 26 2014 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Sat Sep 26 2015 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Mon Sep 26 2016 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Tue Sep 26 2017 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Wed Sep 26 2018 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Thu Sep 26 2019 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Sat Sep 26 2020 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance


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Students Discover a Galactic Eye of Horus

Sky & Telescope

Undergraduate students in Japan stumbled on a rare lensing of two distinct background galaxies.

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NASA’s K2 Mission Confirms 100+ Exoplanets

Sky & Telescope

Kepler’s K2 mission has confirmed 104 new exoplanets – including a system with four rocky planets.

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Missing Craters on Ceres

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The dwarf planet has a paucity of big pockmarks because it has somehow erased them.

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No Dark Matter from LUX Experiment

Sky & Telescope

An underground detector reports zero detections of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the top candidate for mysterious dark matter.

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MeerKAT in South Africa Sees First Light

Sky & Telescope

The MeerKAT radio telescope has produced its first light image – even at quarter-strength, it’s already the best of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Dark Streaks on Mars Revisited

Sky & Telescope

New research on seasonal streaks in Martian canyons provides evidence against underground pools of water.

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, July 29 – August 6

Sky & Telescope

Sagittarius is moving toward a high stance in the south these evenings, so we’re entering prime time for the profusion of Messier objects in and above this constellation. How many can you locate with binoculars?

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Delta Aquariids Kick Off Summer Meteor Showers

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The meteors are coming! Three annual meteor showers are active and may spark up your nights this weekend.

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Tour August’s Sky: Perseids & Planets Aplenty

Sky & Telescope

Download or play Sky & Telescope’s astronomy podcast, and you’ll get a guided tour of the night sky. In early evening look for Mars and Saturn embedded in Scorpius toward south, and key an eye out for Perseid meteors.

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Hatewatch Staff

July 29, 2016

Duke may face GOP limitations; Russian trolls posed as Trump fans; Kansas mom loses custody of kids who sang at Malheur; and more.


The Times-Picayune (New Orleans): Louisiana GOP considers restrictions aimed at limiting David Duke’s reach.

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA): State police arrest Baton Rouge man for posting videos threatening Duke, officers.

Business Insider: It looks like Russia hired Internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans online.

Right Wing Watch: Bryan Fischer proclaims that ‘it is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional or moral or ethical or legal right.’

KPAX-TV (Missoula, MT): Hamilton man gets death threats after social-media rumors suggest his building might house refugees.

Raw Story: Militia goon threatens to shoot Pennsylvania cops who arrested his teen son on heroin charges.

Jackson Free Press (MS): Mississippi’s relentless pursuit of the LGBT community reflected in draconian ‘religious freedom’ law.

NBC Washington: Homeland Security employee pleads not guilty to charges he brought a gun to workplace.

WDRB-TV (Louisville, KY): Indiana woman awakens to find racist threats scrawled on building, car on property.

Media Matters: Watch an immigration expert tear apart Fox Business’s Bartiromo’s right-wing talking points.

Kansas City Star: Kansas mom whose children sang at Malheur standoff loses custody after abuse charges surface.

Seattle Times: Congressional candidate says cops racially profiled him after paper’s editorial claimed he criticized opponent for being white.


Hatewatch Staff
July 27, 2016

Trump’s denunciations of Duke don’t hold water; Railroad workers push for white hires; Thiel backs out of nationalist event; and more.


Huffington Post: Donald Trump’s denunciations of former KKK leader David Duke don’t hold water anymore.

BuzzFeed: Duke says Trump left the door open to supporting his candidacy later down the road.

Raw Story: Racists light up social media with hate-filled posts after #MothersoftheMovement appear at DNC.

Media Matters: Fox’s Bill O’Reilly rebukes Michelle Obama for speech, saying White House slaves were ‘well fed.’

Omaha World-Herald: Union Pacific workers’ group shares flier urging advancement of white men, chairman rebukes them.

AlterNet: Five insane theories promoted by Donald Trump’s favorite conspiracist, Alex Jones.

Houston Chronicle: Tampering charges dismissed against Planned Parenthood videographers.

LGBTQ Nation: American pastor expelled from Russia because he’s not anti-gay enough.

Huffington Post: Trump’s top tech backer, Peter Thiel, opts out of attending ‘white nationalist friendly’ event.

Talking Points Memo: The black woman who led the fight against Jim Crow, and why no one has heard of her.

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WATCH: Alicia Garza, Ben Jealous Talk Freddie Gray and Police Militarization

The Truth to Power panel—held during the DNC in Philadelphia—discussed the dismissal of charges in Freddie Gray’s death and the structural conditions that lead to police militarization.

In the Wake of Her Mom’s Assassination, Laura Cáceres Hits the DNC With Fervor

The daughter of Berta Cáceres, the Honduran Indigenous environmental activst who was killed in March, tells Colorlines that she came to the ever-meddlesome United States to seek justice for her mom, her pueblo and her country.

Mothers of the Movement Say Hillary Clinton is Unafraid to #SayTheirNames

Nine women—the mothers of Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin and more—took to the stage at the DNC to endorse the candidate they feel cares the most about Black lives.


QUOTABLE: 3 Must-Read Excerpts From Marc Lamont Hill’s New Book

Charges Dropped Against 3 Remaining Officers Involved in Freddie Gray’s Death

After Decades of Silence on Race, Michael Jordan Calls for an End to ‘Divisive Rhetoric and Racial Tensions’

Activists Protest Police Violence, State Oppression During #DemsInPhilly Action

ICYMI: Purvi Patel’s Feticide Conviction Overturned

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International Day of Friendship

The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year.

The UN has a special day to promote the concept of friendships across diverse backgrounds and cultures.

What Do People Do?

To mark the International Day of Friendship, the UN encourages governments, organizations, and community groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that promote solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Public Life

The International Day of Friendship is a UN observance and not a public holiday.


In 2011, the UN proclaimed the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The UN wanted for the day to involve young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

International Day of Friendship Observances


Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Sat Jul 30 2011 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Mon Jul 30 2012 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Tue Jul 30 2013 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Wed Jul 30 2014 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Thu Jul 30 2015 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Sat Jul 30 2016 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Sun Jul 30 2017 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Mon Jul 30 2018 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Tue Jul 30 2019 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Thu Jul 30 2020 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance

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Ham’s Redemption or ‘A Redenção de Cam by Spanish artist Modesto Brocos,  circa 1895. Redenção de Cam [The Redemption of Ham], 1895. Oil on canvas, 199 × 166 cm. Rio de Janeiro: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. Photo: © Coleção Museu Nacional de Belas Artes.

The painting is of a Brazilian family consisting of a Black grandmother,  mixed mother and White child, and a Portuguese father, with each generation becoming “whiter”. The painting represents the Brazilian ideology of ’embranquecimento’ or whitening of the black genetic line, and it depicts the Black grandmother thanking God for making her grandchild white.


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