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Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter

Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The civil-rights pioneer died this week at the age of 75.

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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.

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Remembering Julian Bond: Civil Rights Luminary and Southern Poverty Law Center Co-Founder

He rose to national prominence as a vocal force in the civil rights movement, and over the long arc of his career, Julian Bond blended the personal and political in ways that created and transformed societal structures. Bond, 75, died Saturday in the Gulf Coast city of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

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Obama Calls for Overhaul of Criminal Justice System

On Tuesday, fresh off the news of a successful nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama turned his attention to another fraught issue, this one on the domestic front.

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‘The Perpetrator Has Been Arrested, but the Killer Is Still at Large’

This brutal mass killing was blatantly racist, an overt act of terrorism.

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On Becoming Black, Becoming White and Being Human: Rachel Dolezal and the Fluidity of Race

When I think of the former NAACP official’s attempt to pass for black, I am reminded of my cousin Ernest, who successfully passed for white for four decades, and the fact that race in the United States—though a mutable social construct—remains more important than ever to the way we see ourselves.

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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.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart Is Just as Confused as You Are About the Rachel Dolezal Scandal

In two segments, “The Daily Show” summed up the controversy that’s been keeping the 24-hour news cycle spiraling out of control these past few days.

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Disgraced Oklahoma Student Apologizes for Racist Song

At a press conference, former University of Oklahoma student Levi Pettit asked civil rights leaders and the public for forgiveness for leading a racist chant at a fraternity outing.

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Multiple Investigations Into Hanging Death of Mississippi Man

The FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are investigating the death of an African-American man who was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. Investigators don’t know whether the death was a suicide or a homicide, but local civil-rights leaders are calling for authorities to determine whether it was a racially motivated hate crime.

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Debate: One of the Finest Attorneys General in the Nation’s History?

Assessments of Attorney General Eric Holder’s legacy have been mixed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund hailed him for his role in transforming the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and his leadership on voting rights. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union criticized Holder’s record on national security issues.

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Inside the Liberal Conspiracy to Save the Republic

Mother Jones profiles a growing coalition of environmental, labor and civil rights groups, including Greenpeace and the NAACP, that began meeting off the record in December to try to figure out “what to do to beat back the deep-pocketed conservative movement.”

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What Would MLK Say About Obama’s Drones?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Civil rights leader Julian Bond says, “Things are better than they used to be; they’re worse than they should be.” Also: Tom Cruise, Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone; good news about jobs, and the edge of sports.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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What Would MLK Say About Obama’s Drones?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Civil rights leader Julian Bond says, “Things are better than they used to be; they’re worse than they should be.” Also: Tom Cruise, Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone; good news about jobs, and the edge of sports.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Bain Discrepancy, Limbaugh’s Thwarted Theory, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital controversy and Maine’s governor making another Nazi comparison.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Booed at NAACP Speech, Lower Taxes and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republicans’ 33rd(!) attempt to repeal Obamacare and gay marriage getting put to a vote in Maryland.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Black Community Poised to Follow Obama’s Leadership on Gay Rights

Since the president’s affirmation of marriage equality, a series of African-American organizations, politicians, sports and entertainment figures have also announced their support.

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The NAACP’s Relevance Step

With its support for gay marriage, the NAACP has done more than strike a blow for fairness and equality.

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Walking While Black: The Killing of Trayvon Martin

On the rainy night of Sunday, Feb. 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walked to a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. On his way home, with his Skittles and iced tea, the African-American teenager was shot and killed.

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George Clooney Cuffed at Sudanese Embassy Protest

Can’t say the guy doesn’t have range. On Friday, George Clooney put his actor/director/good-time-guy persona aside to get serious about what he warned could become a catastrophe of global proportions, the crisis in Sudan, and he went so far as to get arrested in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to make his point.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE


Are the Koch Brothers Messing With Your Voting Rights?

As promised, Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is zooming in on those 1 percenters who are using their powers for evil. So it’s no surprise that Greenwald’s outfit would follow up with a video exposé about the Koch brothers, voter suppression and you.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



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NAACP May Ask Obama to Stop Davis Execution

With just hours to go until Troy Davis’ scheduled Wednesday night execution by the state of Georgia, the NAACP’s Edward DuBose said his group may ask President Obama to stop the killing by order of executive clemency. (more)

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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Sentence Declared Unconstitutional

The death penalty case of Mumia Abu-Jamal took a surprising turn this week, as a federal appeals court declared, for the second time, that Abu-Jamal’s death sentence was unconstitutional.

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Picking the Wrong Education Fight

It’s galling that civil rights groups would oppose Obama administration initiatives to improve failing schools—initiatives that hold the greatest promise for minority students.

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Racism Reconsidered

In Obama’s America, negative connotations of race are but a relic of the past. But does this mean that it’s now fair game to play the race card in ways that might have been considered politically incorrect before Obama’s election? 

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The NAACP and the Tea Party’s Flag-Burners

Good for the NAACP. We need an honest conversation about the role of race and racism in the tea party. Thanks to a resolution passed this week at the venerable organization’s national convention, we’ll get it.

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Singing Lena Horne’s Praises

More than just a brilliant singer and actress, Horne was a pioneering civil rights activist, breaking racial barriers for generations of African-Americans who have followed her.

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The 21st Century Color Line

As it moves into its second century, the NAACP is, unfortunately, as relevant as ever.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Fighting for the White Man

As a “recent black man,” Stephen Colbert reacts to President Obama’s speech to the NAACP and talks reverse discrimination with Geoffrey Canada, executive director of the Harlem Children’s Zone. He also holds forth on the plight of white men, the least victimized folks ever. Check out these two clips from last night’s “Colbert Report.”

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE


Black America’s New Reality

A century ago, when the NAACP was founded, black America was under siege. Some critics have wondered whether there is still a role for an organization like the NAACP. President Obama says there is.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE



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Murdoch Apologizes for Chimp Cartoon

Well, it’s officially impossible to go any further up the News Corp. chain of command than this: Mega-media mogul Rupert Murdoch has now apologized for last week’s Chimpgate cartoon caper carried out by one of his media properties, the New York Post.

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A Farewell to ‘Black America’

The cliché does not mean much anymore.  It’s time to start seeing African-Americans as Americans, period.

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Two Races, Two Systems of Justice in Louisiana

Last week in Detroit, the NAACP held a mock funeral for the N-word. But a chilling case in Louisiana shows us how far we have to go to bury racism.

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Bush Breaks Bread With NAACP

Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency.  His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


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