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The Black Drag Queens Who Fought Before Stonewall


Roland Emmerich’s new film has rightly been criticized for revising and whitewashing the history of the Christopher Street riots. What many of us fail to realize is that the Greenwich Village uprising was not the first chapter in the story of LGBT rights: Courageous rebels of color were fighting for their liberation long before June 28, 1969.

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On Becoming Black, Becoming White and Being Human: Rachel Dolezal and the Fluidity of Race


When I think of the former NAACP official’s attempt to pass for black, I am reminded of my cousin Ernest, who successfully passed for white for four decades, and the fact that race in the United States—though a mutable social construct—remains more important than ever to the way we see ourselves.

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The Call for Reparations Rises Again


In 1865, former slaves first heard the broken promise that they would receive “40 acres and a mule” to start their new lives. Now, 150 years later, the movement seeking compensation and healing for the slaves’ descendants is coming back to life.

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A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Faces Hard Time Under a Law Meant for Racist Killers


As Americans forget more and more of our nation’s troubling past, a misguided California prosecutor’s case against a young protester is turning the meaning of “lynching” inside out.

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Channing Joseph
Channing Joseph

Channing Joseph is a journalist based in San Francisco. He is currently one of Truthdig’s editors as well as an MTV News correspondent covering social justice issues. His stories have also been published by The New York Times, The Atlantic, U.S. News & World Report, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, People, CNN and BET as well as around the world in outlets like The Globe and Mail of Toronto and The New Zealand Herald. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia Journalism School.

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