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Here’s Why Black History Must Be Remembered All Year Long

As the rest of the nation celebrates Black History Month, this February I’m taking a graduate-level course I call “Dead White Men.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Robert Scheer Leads Discussion of Myth of Higher Education as the Great American Equalizer

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer moderates a discussion at the University of Southern California on an explosive Federal Reserve Bank study showing that racial inequality pervades American society at all levels of education, despite hopes to the contrary.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdiggers of the Week: 2 Economists Who Challenged an American Myth

Their shocking report shows that higher education does nothing to dissolve income inequality for blacks and Hispanics.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



All Votes Matter: When Will Discrimination End at the Ballot Box?

It would have been lovely if Ari Berman’s new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” could simply have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Instead, it is even more useful as a guide to what still needs to be done.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE


Backwards on Race









Posted on Dec 28, 2014 ENLARGE



The Income Gap Between Races Is Wider Than It’s Been for Decades

Wealth inequality between whites and their black and Hispanic counterparts has reached its highest point since the late ’80s and early 2000s in the U.S.

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Stop and Frisk









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Ferguson Protesters Named Runners-Up for Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Issue

While Time magazine chose Ebola fighters as the 2014 “Person of the Year,” the runners-up include the Ferguson protesters whose “refusal to let a life be forgotten turned a local shooting into a national movement.”

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Police Get Out of Jail Free









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New ‘Daily Show’ Contributor Puts America to Shame With a Comparison to Africa

In a segment hilariously titled “Spot the Africa,” the latest addition to the “Daily Show” team, Trevor Noah, compares conditions in his home continent of Africa to those in the U.S. Let’s just say, the truth is more than a little unpleasant.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Body Cams Needed









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Here Are Some of the Ways U.S. Treatment of African-Americans Resembles Apartheid South Africa

The social statistics produced by the Afrikaner Apartheid regime in South Africa are not so different from those produced by ordinary everyday legal and social practices in today’s United States.

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American Democracy









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To Serve and Protect









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Who Killed Michael Brown?









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Conversation on Race









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Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore and Stephen Colbert Weigh In on the St. Louis Rams’ Ferguson Protest

“These [Ferguson] protests have spread to what Americans hold most sacred: football,” the “Colbert Report” host said Monday.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Body Cams Are Not Enough; We Need to Stop Militarizing Police Forces

In response to recent events in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama has decided that rather than stop arming cops with billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment, we just need to train them to use the supplies better.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: If You Think Ferguson Protests Are About Systemic Injustice, You Can’t Be More Wrong

The unrest inspired by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and a grand jury’s decision not to indict former Officer Darren Wilson in his death have nothing to do with race. Or so Fox News would have you believe.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Why That Moving Photo of a Cop Hugging a Boy at a Ferguson Protest Is Bullshit

A photo of a white cop hugging a black boy holding up a “Free Hugs” sign in Portland, Ore., has gone viral. But its popularity may say more about what we don’t want to see than what we do.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE


Designated Caucasian









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Ferguson Shooting Practice









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Black Friday Riots









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Race Inequality Between U.S. Whites and African-Americans by the Numbers

With regard to employment, African-Americans got hit harder by the Bush Depression than did whites, and jobs have not come back for them at nearly the same rate.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Time to Update the ‘List of Innocent Things Black People Do That Look Suspicious’

It appears that pointing is now a serious offense in the state of Minnesota.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Voter ID









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Voter ID Laws









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GOP Intransigence Leaves Millions of Poor Uncovered by Obamacare

We know about the tea party Obamacare obstructionists in Congress. But even more damage is being done to the program’s implementation at the state level, where Republican refusal to expand Medicaid freezes out some 30 million people from coverage.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Tactics Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Monday that controversial “stop-and-frisk” searches—carried out by New York City police officers on predominantly black and Latino residents—are unconstitutional, and ordered that an independent, federal monitor be brought in to oversee reform.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



Jailbreak Your Smartphone, Go to Jail

As though we don’t have enough absurd laws in the U.S., a new one has passed criminalizing the unlocking of mobile devices; the U.S. is spending $400,000 a day to keep innocent people incarcerated in Guantanamo; and this Sunday is the Super Bowl, when we watch men cause one another brain trauma. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



Blacks More Likely Than Other Groups to Identify as Gay

A recent study shows blacks in the U.S. are more likely to identify as gay than other ethnic groups; saggy pants have become illegal in a Florida city; meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s work for big tobacco is at odds with his professed Mormon beliefs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Racist Taunt Gets Attendees Evicted at Convention

Two attendees at the Republican National Convention were removed from the grounds after tossing nuts at a black camera operator for CNN and saying, “This is how we feed animals,” the network said.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE


Tape of MLK Interview Turns Up in an Attic

“ ... If one is truly nonviolent, that person has a loving spirit; he refuses to inflict injury upon the opponent because he, he loves the opponent,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. says in a newly discovered tape of an interview made nearly three years before his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Frisking History for Some Insights on Racism

In an urgent and informed discussion on race relations spanning America’s early history to the stop-and-frisk policies of the present, author, historian and New York Public Library research director Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad tells Bill Moyers how the nation’s laws were written to control black Americans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Shades of Mercy: Presidential Forgiveness Heavily Favors Whites

To avoid repeating a scandal like his predecessor’s, George W. Bush gave career lawyers in the Justice Department far-reaching authority to choose who got presidential pardons. The result: Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a pardon, even when the type of crime and severity of sentence are taken into account.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



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FBI Engaged in Large-Scale Group Profiling

Researchers at the ACLU recently uncovered an FBI program that uses census data to draw maps that link racial and ethnic communities to certain types of crimes. The investigations, known under the names of “assessments” and “domain management,” appear to have been going on for several years. (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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American Minorities Have Been Here Before

Blacks and Latinos suffered disproportionate losses of wealth and social standing, compared to whites, during the George W. Bush economy. But of course, that’s merely a prelude to what unfolded next, and what’s to come. (more)

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Supremacist’s Slaying Stirs Racial Divide

A South African white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche, was allegedly murdered by two farmhands in the northwest region of the country, eliciting cries of protest from his far-right followers and a plea for calm from the country’s black president, Jacob Zuma.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE


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