Race & Diaspora

Hello, friends: I grew up about an hour north of Philadelphia in Hilltown, Pa., a rural, blue-collar community in Bucks County in the 1970s. Today we would describe it as a Trump stronghold. Then I was just a little Black girl in an all-white elementary school that reinforced the gospel of white supremacy quietly and [...]
Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer There are times when criticism of American policing is not only warranted but necessary. Jan. 6, 2021, was not such an occasion. On that day, when a traitorous commander in chief turned an armed mob against them, the U.S. Capitol Police stood and fought. Yes, one could argue, as [...]
Driven by the fight against racial inequality, attorney Bryan Stevenson, author of the bestseller “Just Mercy,” talked with Wake Up With WURD host Solomon Jones to discuss how his upbringing in a segregated Delaware led to his career fighting for the wrongfully accused. Stevenson also discussed little-known facts about northern states’ participation in the slave [...]
This article is part of The Toll: The Roots and Costs of Gun Violence in Philadelphia, a solutions-focused series from the collaborative reporting project Broke in Philly. You can find other stories in the series here and follow us on Twitter at @BrokeInPhilly. By Charles Ellison | The Philadelphia Citizen Multiple studies find that environmental fixes to low-income neighborhoods [...]
On August 14th, the country of Haiti was hit by a crippling earthquake which has left thousands dead. In an effort to provide reputable organizations so that our audience can send donations, WURD Radio, in conjunction with URL Media partners, has compiled a list of helpful resources. Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia Earthquake Relief - yellow [...]
Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer  I’ve long known that some of the Philadelphia police officers who were fired after their racist or bigoted Facebook comments were exposed by the 2019 Plainview Project were trying to get their jobs back through arbitration. That’s why reading about it in The Inquirer was no surprise. I was, [...]
By Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com As the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is accused of killing George Floyd by mercilessly pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, begins this week, I am convinced that Black people need healing as much as we need justice. There is a persistent heartache that [...]
By Katherine Rapin | The Philadelphia Citizen At Penn Medicine, white workers were three times more likely to sign up for a vaccine than Black workers. Dr. Florencia Greer Polite and fellow Black physicians set out to change that with a program getting noticed across the country According to a new vaccination data tool put [...]
By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy | The Philadelphia Citizen Wednesday’s mass shooting in Georgia put Asian Americans on even higher alert after a year of increased racial incidents. Here’s how you can help On Wednesday evening, the day after a mass shooting in Georgia that killed eight people, including six Asian Americans, around 100 people gathered [...]

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