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New York is studying the impact of environmental racism and injustice in creating conditions that lead to high deaths from COVID-19. The impact should not surprise you: Communities of color that have long lived in the shadow of power plants, highways and waste transfer stations were among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Black and […]
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ACAB: The Antebellum Years

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On October 17, 2020
The police have basically always existed as a racist institution. And here’s an example of this from mid-19th century New York City. No one individual embodied the brawling roughness of New York policing like Captain Isiah Rynders of the U.S. Marshals. Born in 1804 in the Hudson River town of Waterford, New York, Rynders was […]
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The NYPD–that paragon of goodness and morality–is at it again. Tensions are increasingly flaring in black and Hispanic neighborhoods over officers’ enforcement of social-distancing rules, leading some prominent elected officials to charge that the New York Police Department is engaging in a racist double standard as it struggles to shift to a public health role […]
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On April 6, 1712, a group of slaves gathered in Manhattan, setting fire to a building on Maiden Lane, near Broadway. When whites gathered to put out the fire, the slaves attacked with hatchets, guns, and swords. This brief incident of violence as the New York Slave Revolt of 1712, one of the earliest slave […]
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