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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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Posted on Nov 18, 2016 ENLARGE


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.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



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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Posted on Sep 25, 2016 ENLARGE


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



Justice Department Opens Investigation Into Police Killing of Alton Sterling

Sterling, a 37-year-old African-American, was shot fatally when police were trying to arrest him in Baton Rouge, La. Cellphone video footage shows him pinned to the ground by officers as at least one of them shot him.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



John Leguizamo Makes ‘Latino History’

The kinetic performer thought he’d sworn off solo stage shows, but a glaring failure of the American educational system has spurred him to create a hilarious new show to teach audiences the history we have been missing.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE


Jasmine Richards’ ‘Felony Lynching’ Sentencing Turns Into Social Justice Celebration

Supporters danced, laughed, sang and cried at the Pasadena, Calif., courthouse Tuesday to express solidarity with the first political prisoner of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Racial Divide Between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

“In the year 2016, the American people will not accept a bigoted president,” the Democratic presidential candidate said of his Republican rival.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE


From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bill Moyers in Conversation: Eddie Glaude Jr. on America’s Racial ‘Value Gap’

A talk with the scholar and Princeton professor about the tremendous racial inequalities that remain as the final term of America’s first black president draws to a close.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE


Behind the Scenes at ‘Rising Up With Sonali’

Get a glimpse of the two-woman operation behind “Rising Up With Sonali,” the daily radio and television show hosted by Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar and broadcast online and on KPFK.

Posted on May 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Why the Racial Wealth Gap Is Widening—and Some Steps to Reverse It (Video)

By Robert Reich

Unless you earn enough to be able to begin to accumulate wealth, you can’t get ahead. That’s why kids from low-income families start out in life at a huge disadvantage—especially children of color.

Posted on May 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Racism Creeps Into the Most Basic Aspects of Life

The lives of people of color are shaped by race in more ways than a white person might guess.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



Poll Shows Almost 20 Percent of Trump Supporters Disapprove of Lincoln Freeing the Slaves

Just when it seemed as if things couldn’t get any worse.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



‘Wake Up, South Carolina!’ Endorsing Sanders, Spike Lee Slams Rigged System

“When Bernie gets to the White House, he will do the right thing.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



Damning Study Finds a ‘Whitewashed’ Hollywood

A new study finds that films and TV shows from major media companies are “whitewashed” in what researchers call an “epidemic of invisibility” that runs through the industry for women, minorities and LGBT people.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Film Review: A Resolute ‘Race’ Through Jesse Owens’ Monumental Story

The movie paints in overly broad strokes, but it captures many of the facts about the history-making track athlete. It also offers a fine perspective on the racial politics of the 1930s and the burgeoning civil rights movement of that day.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Sanders Surge Targets Nevada and South Carolina as Clinton Firewalls Show Cracks

The Clinton campaign “took [black voters] for granted and underestimated Bernie’s support. ... They’ve now discovered there are black folks ‘feeling the Bern.’ ”

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Baltimore Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson

The Black Lives Matter activist (at right in photo)—whose political campaign is off to an attention-grabbing start—seeks to tackle the issues of police brutality and criminal justice through education and employment.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



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



We Still Need Black History Month

America’s racial disparity won’t disappear if we simply ignore it.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



Highlighting Bernie Sanders’ Broad Appeal, Former NAACP Head Readies Key Endorsement

A growing list of black supporters could be key to running a campaign that will take Sanders to July’s Democratic National Convention.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Experts Catalog a Seemingly Endless List of Racial Discrimination in the U.S.

Past injustices and crimes against African-Americans in the United States need to be addressed with reparatory justice.

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: It’s Finally, Almost, Caucus Time!

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the missing-in-debate-action candidate, Donald Trump, and his chances of clinching a Republican win in the Hawkeye State.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



To Make the Oscars More Diverse, Let’s Adopt Football’s Rooney Rule

Voluntary steps to include more people of color and women should be a priority throughout the entire Hollywood system of moviemaking, from studios’ executive ranks to casting.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



Michael Bloomberg’s Possible Entry Into the Race for President Is No Surprise

Just what this presidential campaign needs: another know-it-all billionaire. Whip out your checkbook, Michael Bloomberg, and come on in.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo Decries U.S.’ ‘White Privilege Racism’

Backing calls for more diversity in Academy Awards nominations, Ruffalo last week joined other Hollywood figures in criticizing the overseers of the Oscars after no black actors were nominated for the second year straight.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jan 23, 2016 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Is Donald Trump the New George Wallace?

As political commentators point out similarities in rhetoric between the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1968, Wallace’s daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, who has compared the two campaigns, says her father actually may have been less extreme.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Real Reason the White Working Class Abandoned the Democrats

Who lost the white working class for the Democrats? Maybe the party should look in the mirror.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE


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