Posted inMoney, Partner Content, The Workplace

In Communities of Color, Most Oil and Gas Jobs Still Go to White Workers

This story was produced by Floodlight, a nonprofit investigative newsroom focused on climate accountability. There’s an unspoken promise when an industry moves into any community: We will disrupt your lives, but in exchange we will provide good-paying jobs. Except, according to new research shared exclusively with Floodlight, in Louisiana’s majority-Black communities in the area known as […]

Posted inEducation, HBCUs, Partner Content

HBCU Underfunding Stretches More Than a Century, Morgan State Professor argues

America’s historically Black colleges and universities have been vastly underfunded compared to institutions that serve predominantly white students. The government has estimated the disparity between HBCUs and predominantly white institutions to be about $12.6 billion. There are numerous factors at play, but racism is at the center, says Steven Mobley, an associate professor at Morgan […]

Posted inAir Pollution, Environmental Justice

A Detroit Community Fights to Survive as Its Industrial Neighbor Grows

DETROIT— For decades, Detroit has been a poster child for the economic drain of decreased manufacturing across the Midwest. The city has lost hundreds of thousands of mostly Black residents and experienced bankruptcy.  Its East Canfield neighborhood hasn’t been spared — but in a rarity, its demise has been caused by industrial growth, not decline.  […]

Posted inClimate Change, Environmental Justice

How the Country’s Largest Climate Bill Threatens to Leave Black Communities Behind

One year after the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act — the largest bill in U.S. history aimed at mitigating climate change — examples of the bill’s key policies harming Black communities continue to surface. Capital B has reported on several, including:  Experts like Rhiana Gunn-Wright, climate policy director at the Roosevelt Institute, contend that […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice

In Chicago, Environmental Justice Was Birthed by a Black Woman. A New Podcast Tells Her Story.

Like many Black women throughout the history of social movements, Hazel Johnson’s contributions to bettering her community on the South Side of Chicago — and the rest of the country — are often forgotten. But in the 1970s and 1980s, when industrial polluters largely evaded consequences, the Altgeld Gardens public housing resident was one of […]

Posted inCulture, History

Racist Policies, Racist Attack: Jacksonville Deplores Lack of Black History Education

JACKSONVILLE — Just after 6 p.m. Monday, chants rang out from James Weldon Johnson Park. Black fists waved in the air as cheers and claps mobilized the crowd that had gathered downtown for a rally against white supremacy.  “Black lives matter!” they yelled from underneath trees that provided little shade from Florida’s summer heat. It had […]

Posted inCriminal Justice, Gun Violence

The Racist Attack That Roiled Black Jacksonville Decades Before the Dollar General Shooting

The city of Jacksonville, Florida, is reeling from the racist killing of three Black people at a Dollar General on Saturday, after a white gunman targeted a historically Black neighborhood with weapons emblazoned with swastikas, authorities said. This weekend was already a notorious one for Black Jacksonville, falling on the 63rd anniversary of one of […]

Posted inCulture, History, Partner Content

109-Year-Old Tulsa Massacre Survivor Becomes Oldest Woman in the World to Release a Memoir

Originally published by The 19th We’re telling the untold stories of women, women of color and LGBTQ+ people. Sign up for our daily newsletter. More than 100 years later, Viola Fletcher can still vividly remember the smell of her thriving neighborhood — dubbed America’s “Black Wall Street” — burning.  Fletcher, now 109 years old, was just 7 […]