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I was 'knocked back' by people's perceptions of me: When Michelle Obama came to grips with racism

The racism First Lady Michelle Obama has experienced over the years in the White House weighed on her at times, she told Tuskegee University’s graduating class in 2015.

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Why aren't more black voters feeling the Bern?

Senator Bernie Sanders continues to pack arenas and often draws standing-room-only crowds as he vies for the Democratic nomination. Though Sanders trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in most national polls, he is closing the gap. One poll shows Sanders leading Clinton in Iowa.

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Black vet thinks his Florida home was defaced with racist graffiti because of his interracial marriage

Wayne Scott was away in Virginia visiting family Tuesday morning when woke up to a text from his Florida neighbor, Jamal Clark. It was a photo of his home in Pinellas Park, Fla., with racist graffiti-sprayed message: “Dumb Nigger Black Lives Matter For Target Practice.”

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These 8 stats reveal just how badly the police state hurts black women

The outrageous shooting death of Sam Dubose by a Cincinnati cop is grabbing the headlines, but nearly two weeks after Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail after being stopped and brutally arrested for a minor traffic violation, her questionable detainment makes it clear that the criminal justice system is often as brutal to black women as it is to black men. As AlterNet recently reported, Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia overstepped his authority when he asked Bland to put out her cigarette, prolonging and escalating the stop.

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America leads the world in treating working moms like crap

Laura Browder is the latest example of how harsh America can be on working mothers. When an employer called the Houston mother of two to meet up for a job interview, she didn’t have time to line up childcare. Browder ended up taking her 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter with her to the interview location, a local mall, where she kept an eye on her kids from 30 feet away.

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23 cents an hour? Here's the perfectly legal modern-day slavery happening in 21st Century America

If you thought slavery was outlawed in America, you would be wrong. The 13th amendment to the Constitution states that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

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Cursing out the cops is perfectly legal -- but police routinely arrest people for it

Being rude is not illegal, even if some of us sometimes wish it were. Being rude to cops, including cursing them out may be ill-advised, but it is protected speech.Yet that doesn’t mean you won’t end up in bracelets anyway.

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Black people are 20 times more likely to report serious psychological distress than white people -- here's why

Officially, Kalief Browder died as a result of suicide at his family’s home in the Bronx this weekend. Yet it’s not a stretch to say the racist criminal justice system that locked him up for more than three years without a trial was likely the main culprit for the young man’s death. In 2010, the cops arrested 16-year-old Browder after another teen accused the boy of robbing him of his backpack. Browder has always denied the accusations. His family couldn’t afford the $10,000 bail, so Browder was forced to stay in Rikers for three years. While there, he was held in solitary confinement for 400 days, beaten by jail guards, abused by other inmates and attempted suicide several times.

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Ex-NYPD cops trash 14-year-old shooting victim in shocking Facebook exchange

Three former NYPD police officers discussed the murder of a 14-year-old gang member on Facebook and the exchange was awful as one could expect, according to an exclusive report by Mic News.

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More white people see systemic problems in policing after Freddie Gray -- But racial gulf remains

A recent study suggests that larger numbers of white people may have evolved their thinking about deaths of unarmed black men in police custody. In January of this year, in reference to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, 56 percent of white people thought the police shooting of the teenager was an “isolated incident,” as opposed to the 31 percent who believed it was “part of a broader problem,” according to a YouGov survey. Contrast this with a poll in taken in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore recently, where just 36 percent clung to the idea that it was an “isolated incident,” while 38 percent saw it as “part of a broader problem.”

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WATCH: Councilman schools Fox News reporter on how to cover Baltimore uprisings

Over the past 24 hours, Maryland politicians have been referring to angry citizens as "thugs" after the mostly peaceful protests over 25-year-old Frieddie Gray's death became violent yesterday.

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Here are 5 ways it's become a crime to be poor in America -- punishable by further impoverishment

The criminalization of America’s poor has been quietly gaining steam for years, but a recent study, “The Poor Get Prison,” co-authored by Karen Dolan and Jodi L. Carr, reveals the startling extent to which American municipalities are fining and jailing the country’s most vulnerable people, not just punishing them for being poor, but driving them deeper into poverty.

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Far more whites believe it's okay for cops to hit people than blacks and latinos

Seventy percent of white people approve of police officers striking people, far out numbering the percentage of black and Hispanic people who feel the same, according to 2014 General Social Survey.

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There's a very good reason why black people despise mainstream media

There is a reason why black people hate the media: they hyper-criminalize us.

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Here are 10 things black people fear that white people don't -- or don't nearly as much

When black people wake up and begin the day, we have a wide range of issues we have to think about before leaving our homes. Will a police officer kill us today? Or, will some George Zimmerman vigilante see us as a threat in our own neighborhoods and kill us? We brace ourselves for those white colleagues who are pissed Barack Obama won both elections and take out their racist rage on us. When we drive our cars, we have to wonder if we’ll be pulled over because our cars look too expensive for a black person to be driving. If we’re poor and sick, we wonder if we'll be able to be treated for our illness. We have a lot on our minds, and sometimes it’s overwhelming.

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