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Articles by Dolores Cox

African-American jockeys battle racism

February 9, 2015

Isaac Burns Murphy The Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013.  It  opened in 1863, and became a summer getaway resort for tourists and wealthy socialites like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. In Long Island, N.Y., horse racing dates back to [...]

African Burial Ground exposes slavery

February 5, 2015

Yes, slavery existed in the North, too. New York was one of the largest centers of slaveholding in the U.S. In 1991, a gravesite was discovered during a dig for the construction of a new federal building in New York City’s Lower Manhattan area. It was 300 years old then. An 18th century map of [...]

Lynne Stewart reflects on a year free from prison

January 14, 2015

Lynne Stewart New Year’s Eve marked the one-year anniversary of the release from prison of people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart, who was imprisoned for “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.” Her client in the case was Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, whom the U.S. government labeled a [...]

The KKK and Ferguson

November 25, 2014

Domestic terrorism is not new in the United States. Following the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 freeing the enslaved Africans, and then the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction in 1865, the notorious hate group, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed that [...]

A look back to 1983: U.S. invaded, occupied Grenada

November 6, 2014

October 25 was the 31st anniversary of the U.S. invasion, occupation and bombing of the island nation of Grenada. The country had become nominally independent from Britain in 1974, but then was ruled by a repressive, eccentric Grenadian, Prime Minister Eric Gairy, who was supported by the United [...]

Central Park Five settlement finalized

September 19, 2014

Photo from a leaflet for an Oct. 29, 2012, protest for the Five. “This is now the icing on the cake,” said Raymond Santana, one of the Central Park Five. “My whole life has been about fighting this case. … Back in 1989, our voices were taken from us and we were silenced, and now, to [...]

Walking while Black — U.S. society divided by racism

September 8, 2014

The “crime” of walking while Black — and driving, shopping, sitting, standing and merely existing while Black — in the United States is often punishable by death.  This means death by police bullets from cops trained to shoot and kill. Control of and infringement on the right to freedom of [...]

Central Park 5 talk about settlement

June 30, 2014

Three of Central Park 5 hold press conference after court ruling.WW photo: Dolores Cox On June 19, 2014, twelve years after the filing of a lawsuit by the Central Park 5 — five innocent Black and Latino teenage boys who in April 1989 were arrested, interrogated for hours without an attorney, [...]

A tribute to ‘Ancestors of the Middle Passage’

June 27, 2014

Brooklyn, N.Y. — On June 14 from noon to sunset, the 25th annual “Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage” took place at the “Ancestors’ Circle” on Brooklyn’s Coney Island boardwalk. The takeaway message from the organizers was: “We will never forget you and we will never [...]

How Voting Rights Act was set back

June 24, 2014

At his Escambia County polling site on June 3, 93-year-old African-American Willie Mims was disenfranchised by Alabama’s strict new voter ID law. Mims was turned away because he did not have a photo ID. He explained that he no longer drives, so his license had expired. He was not offered a [...]
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