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Dr. Ben Carson, Crackpot

The craziest thing about the Republican presidential contest isn’t that Donald Trump is in the lead. It’s that Dr. Ben Carson—who truly seems to have lost his mind—is in second place and gaining fast. Trump may be a blowhard, but Carson has proved himself to be a crackpot of the first order. Of all the GOP contenders, he’s the scariest.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later: Recovery Efforts Gauged Differently According to Race

Just as the immediate aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans residents in different ways—depending on race, class and other factors—the story of the city’s recovery a decade later varies, depending on who tells it.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

Can Bernie Sanders Win Minority Hearts, and Votes?

The presidential candidate is little known among minorities. He will have to convince those communities that his focus on economic inequality is tightly tied to their interests, too.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

Dylann Roof Indicted on Three New Charges in Charleston Church Shootings

As of Tuesday, legal repercussions have multiplied for Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old man accused of killing nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

African-Americans Make Up Less Than 2 Percent of Facebook and Twitter Staff

Despite the rainbow nature of their users, recent statistics reveal a staggering lack of workforce diversity.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

Yes, There Is Anti-Black Racism Among Asians

We cannot deny that there has been a long-standing problem of racism against African-Americans in Asian communities. Facing our biases and joining the struggle for racial justice is our only hope for redemption.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Why Rachel Dolezal Infuriates Us

The more I read about Dolezal and her life in “blackface,” the angrier I got. Here are 10 reasons her critics are on solid ground in denouncing her.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

Rise of the New Black Radicals

A new generation of young black radicals is opting for revolution—a generation that sees through the facade of the corporate state and has rejected as sellouts Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, Dyson and others among the African-American political elite.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

Driving While Black: Chris Rock Takes a Selfie Each Time Cops Pull Him Over

For the last seven weeks, the comedian has been publicly documenting his police stops to highlight racial profiling.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE


You’re Probably Better Off Being Called ‘African-American’ Than ‘Black’

A new study finds that people have higher expectations of individuals described as “African-American” as opposed to “black.”

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE

How Democrats Failed Black and Brown Communities … Again

Republicans are celebrating. In less than two months they will hold a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

J. Edgar Hoover’s ‘Suicide Letter’ to Martin Luther King Jr. Is Even Worse Than We Knew

Half a century ago, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover had what he clearly considered to be a big problem in the form of civil rights galvanizer Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE

In Defense of Daniele Watts

When people of color, especially black Americans, are constantly treated with suspicion by both society and law enforcement, they are expected to just take it silently and “file that complaint later.”

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

He’s spent almost six years guiding the Justice Department through some tricky terrain—think Benghazi, Ferguson and DOMA—and Thursday, Eric Holder made it known he is preparing to exit his position as U.S. attorney general. 

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Black Men in America Are Traumatized by Racism—Are We Listening?

The topic of racism often generates discussions of justice, equality, freedom and human rights. But what about trauma?

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE

Medicine Is Racist Too

The medical field has “race corrected” measurements that just go to show there are inherent biases that run through many threads in everyday life, despite our trust in seemingly objective science.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

Blues Singers Elvie and Geeshie Made Their Musical Marks but Left No Traces

This is the kind of story that sounds like the makings of a stirring indie movie—and a good mystery, more specifically.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’

Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

Does It Matter That the Oscars Are Overwhelmingly White?

The short answer is yes and no.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

I’m Black, Don’t Shoot Me

Sometimes, when I’m in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don’t shoot me.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE

Protecting ‘Our’ Children in the Wake of the Michael Dunn Verdict

When Florida shooter Michael Dunn heard his verdict Saturday, he may have been shocked to find that he faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of three young black men.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE

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Cops in Michigan and Florida Target Blacks in Grotesque Abuses of Power

In separate scandals, police in suburban cities outside Detroit and Miami have been targeting blacks in disgusting abuses of their civil rights, including allegedly forcing a mentally ill black man to “dance like a chimp” while a cop recorded him, then shared the video with friends.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE

The U.S. Army

Minorities on Receiving End of Vast Majority of L.A. County Canine Unit Bites

Minorities in recent years have been the disproportionate target of police dogs used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but a new special counsel’s report found that for the first six months of this year, all arrest suspects bitten by Sheriff’s Department police dogs were African-American or Latino. And the dogs are deployed at an overwhelmingly higher rate in poor neighborhoods than in wealthy ones.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE

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Study Finds Modern Race Attitudes Parallel Old Slavery Zones

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have discovered links between geographic areas of the South where slavery and the plantation economy dominated, and modern attitudes toward African-Americans and political conservatism. And it’s somewhat hereditary, with new generations reflecting the racial and social attitudes of their parents, according to the new study.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE

Sold Out

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 READ MORE    

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Elizabeth Catlett: An Appreciation

The impact of her sculpture Target extends to the thousands of anonymous people of color, mostly but not exclusively younger males, who are routinely subjected to racist harassment and attacks by police and others throughout the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Damian Dovarganes

‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius Dies

In 1970, Don Cornelius set “Soul Train” rolling into American homes in Chicago, and soon the R&B-heavy weekly broadcast became a showcase for predominantly black musical acts and a fixture on TV sets around the country—and it didn’t stop for 35 years.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE

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The GOP’s Outsider Within

As Herman Cain tells it, liberals of all backgrounds should be cowering because he is something the president is not: a “real black man.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE

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Staggering Rise in HIV Infection Among Young Black Males

The incidence of HIV infection among young, black American males who have slept with men shot up 48 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more)

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE

‘Midnight’ and the Meaning of Trust

Fiction is supposed to provide escape. Action/adventure romances are written for youthful readers and the young at heart, but Sister Souljah makes several choices as an author in her new novel, “Midnight and the Meaning of Love,” that make it difficult to trust her.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE

Clarence Thomas

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE

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50 Years of Freedom

Rather than isolating the original Riders’ troubled and painful history to fleeting commemorations or to the realms of amnesia and denial, the 2011 Freedom Ride declares precisely the opposite: that history is alive, ongoing and real.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE

AP / UNCF / Lomax family

Remembering Almena Lomax

Almena Lomax was a crusading journalist, one of many reporters and editors who toiled away on African-American newspapers—the Negro Leagues of journalism—exposing the racism ignored by the white papers that refused to hire them.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jason DeCrow

Mixed Race Beauty Gets a Mainstream Makeover

We need to remember that beauty and race are both social constructions—concepts societies create that may not actually exist in nature. As a result, beauty and race are associated with and impacted by class, immigration, gender, sexuality and marketing.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Charlie Neibergall

Racism as a National Default Mechanism

In a speech regarding the Pigford lawsuit, Rep. Steve King implied that Obama supported the farmers because he is “very, very urban” and not because the USDA admitted its historical practice of discriminating against African-American farmers.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE

‘Daily Show’: Glenn Beck MLKs It

Before holding his Hubrisfest 2010 celebration on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, Glenn Beck says he’s no Martin Luther King Jr., but would also like to point out that “African-Americans don’t own Martin Luther King.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE

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Kentucky Senate Adopts Civil Rights Resolution

The Kentucky state Senate has passed a resolution to let it be known that all varieties of discrimination are officially not OK in the Bluegrass State. Whether Rand Paul is paying attention to that gesture was unclear at press time.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE

AP / David Duprey

Racial Politics, Tea Party Style

We can infer that Lloyd Marcus may be winking at us—saying that African-American may still equal un-American. After all, if African-American actually meant American and if race didn’t matter, then Marcus wouldn’t have to make the gesture. Let’s think about it.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Lloyd ‘I Am Not an African-American’ Marcus Performs Tea Party Anthem

Here we have singer Lloyd Marcus, who would like everyone to know, as he announced during this performance at a Boston-area tea party rally on Wednesday, that he is “not an African-American.” Well, you might ask, what does that make him?

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Between a Rock and a Black Face

The Republican National Committee is in quite a pickle following the whole lesbian-bondage-club kerfuffle, which has made some right-wingers question RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s leadership skills and to form a “shadow RNC ... only with a little less shadow,” as Stephen Colbert puts it in this clip.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE

MLK and Malcolm X
AP / Henry Griffin

Turning King’s Dream Into a Nightmare

Martin Luther King Day has become a yearly ritual to turn a black radical into a red-white-and-blue icon. It has become a day to celebrate ourselves for “overcoming” racism and “fulfilling” King’s dream. It is a day filled with old sound bites about little black children and little white children that, given the state of America, would enrage King.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE

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Washington’s Black Community Grapples with Gay Marriage Issue

Tuesday’s vote in favor of same-sex marriage at the District council in Washington, D.C., brought up some tensions among members of the local African-American community. Some have less trouble viewing the issue as a civil rights struggle than others, and generational differences appear to have something to do with it.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE

Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Freedom’s Fight

Truthdig is pleased to present an excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Carter Sticks to His Guns, Repeats Racism Charge

Although Barack Obama himself apparently disagrees with Jimmy Carter’s assessment that some of the vitriol recently directed at the president is propelled by racism, Carter reiterated and expanded upon his claim during a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Atlanta’s Emory University.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE

Blue Red Black White

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE    

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Protesters Call for Boycott of N.Y. Post

The New York Post may yet discover that not all publicity is good publicity, particularly when it comes to the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper’s decision to run a cartoon on Wednesday linking Washington politicians (perhaps one in particular) to a marauding chimpanzee. The cartoon sparked an uproar that on Thursday found hundreds of protesters demanding a boycott of the Post by readers and advertisers.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 READ MORE


Holder on Board as New Attorney General

On Monday, the U.S. Senate gave the nod to Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, making Holder the first African-American put in charge of the Justice Department.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE


Black Politician Named as GOP Chairman

Could this be the Republican Party’s attempted answer to Barack Obama? Or is that too cynical a read on the new appointment of the GOP’s first African-American party chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele?

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 READ MORE

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