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We Need To Remember the Victims of the Bronx Fire by Taking Action

On Sunday, January 9, 2022, families in the 19-story Twin Parks North West Building in the Bronx, New York City, woke up to flames. An electric space heater had caught fire in a duplex; the doors of the apartment and the stairwell were open, even though the doors were supposed to close automatically.  The smoke spread quickly to other floors. The building turned into an inferno…

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HOW AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIMS PAVED THE WAY TO JUNETEENTH

President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act this June 17th. This makes Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in Texas on June 19, 1865, a federal holiday.  While Juneteenth marks “footsteps away from where President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,” and while it is a…

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What Is Juneteenth? Here’s What You Need to Know.

You may have today off because it’s Juneteenth, but do you know what Juneteenth is? Juneteenth marks the day when many of the remaining enslaved peoples learned about the Emancipation Proclaimation, thus learning they were free. Juneteenth has already been celebrated by the Black community for years. Watch this video from The Guardian’s Kenya Evelyn,…

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The U.S. Is Built on Racial Privilege

George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. His last words, “I can’t breathe” has now entered all of our breaths as we try to take in air that he was neglected. His death ignited a slew of protests across the U.S., from major west coast cities, to the east coast, peoples’ cries…

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Watch: How Racism Makes Us Sick

Do you think race has an impact on health? David R. Williams developed a scale that measures the impact of discrimination and racism on well-being. Traditional measures such as the impacts of systemic racism on income and education are known; the scale Williams developed exlores how factors like negative stereotypes, implicit bias, and resedential segregation…

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Watch: The Trauma of Systematic Racism Is Killing Black Women

According to TED Talk’s homepage, “T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women — and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes…

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The Islamic Attitude Towards Race and Racism

Islam established racial equality, declaring all people to be equal in the sight of God. At the end of Prophet (saw) farewell sermon he stated, “​All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority…

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Justice for George Floyd Starts With Us

#JusticeforFloyd “You must struggle to remember this past in all its nuance, error, and humanity. You must resist the common urge toward the comforting narrative of divine law, toward fairy tales that imply some irrepressible justice. The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They…