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Benjamin Greenberg
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I was on AJAM news on Friday, regarding the UN review of US failures to investigate and punish unsolved civil rights era racial murders. They gave the subject six minutes, which is pretty good treatment for TV news. (I'm on starting at about 2:30.) More about the UN hearing at the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/19/un-us-racial-murders-civil-rights-era

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My letter was published in today's NYT.

To the Editor:

The report on lynching is a deeply needed review of the legacy of racial terror in American life. But the truth and reconciliation called for in the Equal Justice Initiative report is also needed for the scores of racially motivated extrajudicial killings and other acts of racial terror during the civil rights period of the 1950s and 1960s. People directly affected by these more recent acts are still living today — largely without recognition and without closure.

A groundbreaking bill sponsored by Representative John Lewis, a civil rights hero, and signed into law in 2008 reopened 113 race-related murder investigations of civil rights workers and ordinary people.

To date, more than 100 of the cases have been closed by the Justice Department without prosecutions — closed quietly, without public notice. Journalists and legal advocates have questioned the Justice Department’s seriousness about identifying cases, resolving them and providing adequate information to victims’ families about what happened to their loved ones.

The United States must grapple not only with the findings reported in The Times but also with a longer legacy of violence.

BEN GREENBERG

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Towards the end of his recovery from dysentery in a military hospital in Sasebo, Japan in September 1951, my father writes to my mother of his fears as he prepares to return to combat in Korea.

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In December of 1950, my father, Paul Greenberg, was a Private in basic training at the US Army’s Engineer Replacement Training Center, Fort Belvoir, Va. My mother, Esther Novogrodsky, was a student at Sarah Lawrence College and living with her parents at 160 East 3rd Street in New York City. This blog post is from one of his letters to her at that time, urging her to resist pessimism and to continue struggling for peace.

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Here is the video edited by +Clarence Smith, Jr. (aka Bold Edition) for my article that came out earlier today on +Narratively.

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This is my latest about the premature closing of the Clifton Walker #civilrights cold case. The article distills work from the last seven years. Also honored to have a video for the piece produced by my good friend  +Clarence Smith, Jr. (aka Bold Edition). 

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My latest—about the little known 1964 racial shooting of Richard Joe Butler, who survived to tell the tale. Up on the NPR Code Switch blog. #freedomsummer   #civilrights  

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By my cousin +Avidan Novogrodsky-Godt; this would be impressive if he wasn't still in high school (but he is!). 

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The wild ducks of Medford. 
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Three Things About The Donald Sterling Tape

Do racist words matter more than racist actions?
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