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In his new book, “The Slave Side of Sunday,” former NFL player Anthony Prior writes about the legacy of racism in professional sports. “We are not looked at as leaders, rather, just a labor force where the money is generated. Plantation capitalism is still alive today,” he tells Truthdig contributor James Harris.

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Musician, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte issues a strident criticism of U.S. foreign policy at the Jan. 20 session of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration.

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