Ta-Nehisi Coates: No ‘5-day plan’ for justice

The vulnerability of African-Americans to violence and poverty isn’t an accident but an intended result of policy, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates told an Indiana University audience today. And behind policy stands the nation’s “long, long history” of slavery and inequality, much of it driven by economic self-interest. One lesson: Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a […]

IU panel opens dialogue on racism in America

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Three years after the death of Trayvon Martin, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement — and just three weeks after the U.S. Justice Department reported that police in Ferguson, Mo., regularly used unconstitutional practices disproportionately affecting African-American residents — an IU panel emphasized the remaining […]

Anti-racism author to speak Wednesday at IU Bloomington

Anti-racism writer and speaker Tim Wise will present two public lectures Wednesday, March 11, at IU Bloomington, focusing the limits of campus diversity initiatives and America’s retreat from racial equality in an era of so-called colorblindness. Wise is the author of “White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son” and other books. His appearance […]

‘New Jim Crow’ author to speak at IU Northwest, with streaming to other campuses

Few recent books have had an impact like “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” Michelle Alexander’s 2010 account of how imprisonment has replaced slavery and segregation as a system to control and marginalize people of color in the United States. Next Tuesday, audiences at eight Indiana University campuses will have […]

Attorneys: Deter police misconduct by ‘making them pay’

John Crawford III walked into a Beavercreek, Ohio, Wal-Mart one day last August to buy supplies for a family cookout. A few minutes later he was dead, killed by a police officer who responded to a 911 caller reporting that someone was walking around the store waving a gun at shoppers. “They just came in […]

Islamic Awareness Week features author-historian and pop-culture critic

Two rising stars from the worlds of publishing and media will be at IU Bloomington Thursday and Friday as part of the Muslim Student Association’s Islamic Awareness Week, a student-organized initiative to inform the campus and the public about the diversity of Islam. Religious scholar and well-known author Reza Aslan will speak on “Unity in […]