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Never Forget: The Case for a National Monument for Victims of Racial Violence
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Never Forget: The Case for a National Monument for Victims of Racial Violence

By Jean McGianni Celestin

America knows how to honor its dead. It memorializes national tragedies so we, the living, will Never Forget.

For millions of African-Americans, 2014 has been an unforgettably tragic year. Last night’s grand jury decision to excuse Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown represents the nadir of it all. Since George Zimmerman’s acquittal for Trayvon Martin’s murder in June 2013, the violent deaths of unarmed black men and women at the hands of white civilians and law enforcement have found permanence in media headlines.

Nat Turner: Reclaiming the Legacy of an American Hero
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Nat Turner: Reclaiming the Legacy of an American Hero

By Jean McGianni Celestin

There is a horrible crime taking place inside America’s classrooms and in many arenas where information is disseminated. The nation’s rugged journey through an indecent past has been transcribed into a magical story that buries the horrors African-Americans have been forced to endure for more than 400 years.

Barack Obama and the Myth of Black Leadership
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Barack Obama and the Myth of Black Leadership

By Jean McGianni Celestin

For many Americans, Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was a monumental accomplishment. It alleviated the qualms of those dealing with unemployment and unaffordable healthcare, and insured personal liberties like women’s right-to-choose and same-sex marriages would receive more thoughtful deliberation at the federal level.

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