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Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?

The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.

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New Leader of Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White

The inexperience of Candice Jackson (pictured), the woman chosen by Betsy Devos to head the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, raises questions about how she will investigate allegations of unfair treatment.

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Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy

In one now-historic decade, civil rights organizers brilliantly identified the levers of government power they could seize, but most of those levers are out of reach today. How will modern activists achieve change?

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE



The GOP Crusade Against Health Care Is Class Warfare

The failed Republican bill would have handed the wealthiest Americans a massive tax cut, paid for by tossing 24 million people off health care insurance.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Angela Davis, an Activist for the Ages

Davis’ inspiring talk at the recent Women of the World festival shows that this civil rights icon is as relevant in today’s fraught world as in the turbulent era from which she sprang decades ago.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE



A Gradient of Perspective: Exploring Injustice Through Art

Artists explore unconscious bias and its consequences in a group exhibit in Cupertino, Calif.

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Dave Chappelle Addresses Rural Ohio City Council About Policing Concerns (Video)

Following an incident of police brutality in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where Chappelle lives, the comedian highlights the need for local political participation.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Exposing the Myth of the American Dream (Video)

A new two-part video documentary reveals the divided nature of the United States—and the dissatisfaction with corporate power.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Return of American Race Laws

The campaign to deport millions is a first step toward the clash of civilizations that the white supremacists in the White House believe is inevitable at home and abroad.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE



Small Survey Finds Negative Feelings Among Police Toward Black Lives Matter

A law firm canvasses 200 police officers about race relations on the job.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE



How Jeff Sessions Helped Kill Equitable School Funding in Alabama

As Alabama’s attorney general, Sessions passionately fought the effort to fund poor black school districts as fairly as wealthy white schools.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 READ MORE



Life in the Poorest Parts of America Is Not All ‘Urban Carnage’

A new book about the conflict between police and residents in South Los Angeles paints a much more humane, complex picture of poverty than President Trump does.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE



Don’t Blame ‘Big College’ Coaches for Creating Institutionalized Corruption

Clemson’s win over Alabama in college football’s national championship game didn’t impress sports writer Dave Zirin. But his scathing critique in The Nation missed the point.

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security

If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



Teens Report Surge in Bullying in Wake of Divisive Election Campaign

In a survey of 50,000 teens, 70 percent reported abusive behavior largely targeting race, sexual orientation and immigration status.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



Is MLK’s Legacy to the 99 Percent Being Reversed in the Age of Trumpian Reaction?

We need the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. now more than ever.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE



The ‘Hidden Figures’ Jeff Sessions Wants to Keep in the Shadows

A new movie reminds us of past racial injustice as a new administration tries to turn back the clock.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



U.K. Violence After the Brexit Vote Might Hold Lessons for America

A divisive vote, with jobs and immigrants the most combustible issues, leaving many anxious about intolerance and the violence that can stem from it. Sound familiar?

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



Alabama NAACP Not Backing Down After Jeff Sessions’ Office Lashes Out

Protesters say they want to prevent the senator from becoming attorney general because of his racist track record.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Ava DuVernay, Activist Filmmaker

Even when off the set, the director of “13th” and “Selma” regularly addresses issues of political injustice.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE



NBC Hires Megyn Kelly, Racist Attitudes and All

The right-wing TV personality might have done some battle with Donald Trump and Roger Ailes, but her views on race are thoroughly Fox News-y.

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 READ MORE


Discussing Race and Religion in the Age of Trump With the Rev. Madison Shockley

The Truthdig team sat down Thursday with the pastor and writer to discuss how race relations and religious values in the United States will be affected by the election outcome.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Breitbart Leads Smear Campaign Against Professor Who Mocked White Supremacy

Instead of coming to the aid of George Ciccariello-Maher, who has received death threats, Drexel University issued a statement on Christmas condemning the associate professor’s tweet.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 READ MORE



Was Your Vote Counted?

Voter-suppression tactics targeted communities of color and may have led to inaccurate voting results in the 2016 election. Greg Palast, along with other voting-suppression experts, goes to Washington, D.C., to discuss the new “Jim Crow” elections.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE


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Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte Talk About Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, the KKK and More (Video)

The two activists shared a platform on Dec. 4 in New York, where they joined Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now!

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Dec 6, 2016 ENLARGE



I’m Done Trying to Empathize With Poor White Trump Voters

Amid all the calls for compassion for this pro-Trump demographic, an important point gets lost: Study after study shows that no matter how wealthy or educated nonwhites might be, whites fare better in life—even the poor ones.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE


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SNL: ‘Hillary’ Pays Tribute to Leonard Cohen; Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle on Racist Voters (Video)

Two powerful skits aired on “Saturday Night Live” after the election, one which simultaneously bid goodbye to Hillary Clinton and Leonard Cohen; another which pointed out just how blind white liberals were during this election.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Samantha Bee Explores the Dangerous Rise of the Alt Right in American Politics (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host, in a two-part segment Monday, discusses the “white nationalist ghouls” of the “racist fringe” that have taken over the Republican Party.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Moonlight’: Baptism by Hope

With minimal plot and dialogue, director Barry Jenkins turns familiar elements of a hardscrabble coming-of-age story into an extraordinary, even transcendent, cinematic feat.

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Did Donald Trump Actually Win the First Presidential Debate?

Writer Ted Rall argues that, if debates are “graded on a curve,” the Republican candidate did better than the Democrat on Monday night; vegetarianism might be beneficial to the planet, but it could negatively impact the lives of millions if practiced worldwide; meanwhile, more affordable solar panels have changed investors’ minds about fossil fuels. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE


Compassion Leads to Action When It Comes to Racial Injustice

The Truthdig team sat down with Pastor Cue Jean Marie, a Los Angeles-based activist and prominent figure in the local chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement, to discuss social and racial injustice.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Cast Your Vote: Which Corporation Most Deserves a Boycott?

Truthdig readers zeroed in on the negative effects of capitalism this week, as demonstrations against racial inequality flared up across the United States. We want to hear from you: Which corporation do you want to target for contributing to neoliberal disasters?

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE


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From the Civil War to Today: Centuries of Institutional Racism, Explained in Less Than 20 Minutes

In a new video, actor Romany Malco describes the covert black history of the U.S. and the economic factors behind the prison-industrial complex.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Protesters, Police Clash After Fatal Police Shooting of a Black Man in Charlotte, N.C.

Keith Lamont Scott’s family disputes police claim that the victim was armed and posed a threat.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE



Wage Gap Between Black and White Americans Is at a 40-Year High

On average, whites make 26.7 percent more than blacks, earning $25.22 an hour, compared with $18.49 for blacks.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE


Jill Stein Doesn’t Want to ‘Whitewash Our Dialogue’ When It Comes to Race (Video)

Her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, recently caused controversy when he labeled President Obama an “Uncle Tom” president. In a conversation with Truthdig, the Green Party presidential nominee addresses the often-uncomfortable conversation about race relations in America.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Jill Stein: ‘The Experience of Democracy’ Is More Important Than Being a Career Politician

The Green Party presidential nominee met with Truthdig staff to talk about how the mainstream media has (and hasn’t) covered her campaign, her qualifications for the nation’s highest office and the controversy over her running mate’s “Uncle Tom” comment aimed at President Obama. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Jill Stein Won’t Apologize for Her Running Mate’s ‘Uncle Tom’ Comment on Obama

The Green Party presidential nominee is also coming under fire for her own rhetoric on race after trying to explain vice presidential pick Ajamu Baraka’s inflammatory statement.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Football Player Colin Kaepernick Refuses to Stand for the National Anthem Until This Country Changes

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback is fed up with racism in the U.S., saying recently, “I mean, you have Hillary [Clinton], who’s called black teens or black kids superpredators. You have Donald Trump who’s openly racist ... what is this country really standing for?”

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE


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The Average U.S. Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Match Average White Family’s Wealth

And without significant interventions in the policy that governs the economy, the gap will persist.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE



Police Incitement Against Black Lives Matter Is Endangering Protesters’ Lives

From the floor of the Republican National Convention to the online pages of the Blue Lives Matter Facebook community, it is now commonplace for public officials, police and first responders to openly declare war on Black Lives Matter—the civil rights movement of our times.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE



Rep. Steve King, White People and ‘Civilization’

During a recent MSNBC news discussion, the Iowa congressman objected to a comment that this will be the last election dominated by old, white people.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE



Cornel West: Obama ‘Has No Backbone to Fight for Justice’

In an opinion piece published by The Guardian, the scholar and activist explains how the president has failed to confront systemic racism and how this legacy will haunt the country.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE



Barack Obama Helped Us Peer Into the Racial Divide

It may take years to fully appreciate how dramatically this presidency has bent the arc of history toward justice.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE



Claudia Rankine: Because White Men Can’t Police Their Imaginations, Black Men Are Dying (Video)

In an NPR interview, the poet discusses race in America and reads a poem she wrote in the aftermath of the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who were shot and killed by police officers.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE


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