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Is This Really the End of Stephen Colbert and His Beloved ‘Colbert Report’?

“Who would’ve thought that a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstanding?” the comedian jokes about Twitter, the social media network that recently spelled out his demise.

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The American Story of Slavery

Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

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A Helping Hand for Young Men of Color

“My Brother’s Keeper” has a much nicer ring than “Stop and Frisk.” It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color.

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To Defeat GOP’s Restrictive Voting Laws, Debunk ‘Voter Fraud’

Growing up in Jim Crow Arkansas, Bill Clinton saw how the state’s dominant political and racial elite maintained power by suppressing the rights of minority voters who threatened its authority—and as a young activist, worked to bring down that illegitimate power structure.

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Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss.

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The GOP, Race and Ted Nugent: If You Won’t Denounce Nazi Insults, What Does That Say About You?

Musician Ted Nugent called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”

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We Don’t Say ‘Slav’ Democracy Troubled in Ukraine, Why Talk of ‘Arab’ Failures

The troubles that Ukraine is having in its post-Soviet politics are very similar to the difficulties that have beset many countries of the Arab world in the past few years.

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No Ground For ‘Stand Your Ground’

The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them.

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Race Inequality in America by Graph, From Crime Sentencing to Income

Most death sentences are handed out for killing white people, even though African-Americans make up 50 percent of murder victims (they are only 12 percent of the population).

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America’s ‘We’ Problem

America has a serious “We” problem—as in “Why should we pay for them?”

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People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

Because of the racial disparities in our penal system, African-American and Latino men are vastly disproportionately denied the right to vote.

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Sarah Palin Asks Barack Obama to Stop Playing ‘the Race Card’ in Honor of Martin Luther King

The former governor of Alaska took the holiday to remind everyone that she is more racially sensitive than the first black president.

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Re-Establishing King

“There is probably no figure in recent American history whose memory is more distorted, whose message more bowdlerized, whose powerful words are more drained of content than King,” University of Pennsylvania history professor Thomas J. Sugrue writes at Jacobin.

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Obesity Mainly Affects Poor People in Rich Countries, Especially Minority Women

It’s not about not having money, it’s about being penniless while others get richer.

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‘Duck Dynasty’: Putting the Racist Back in Redneck

The monarch of the “Duck Dynasty” reality show on A&E, Phil Robertson, has gone off the plantation.

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Chris Hedges: We Have to Atone for Turning Our Backs on People of Color

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “How should people of color respond to the dying of a civilization that has not been civil to them?”

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American Schools Are More Segregated Than Ever

It’s been almost 60 years since Brown v. Board of Education, so why are American schools increasingly segregated? According to sociologist Jeremy Fiel, there are a number of factors due to a drastic shift in demographics since the legendary Supreme Court decision.

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Republican Pollster Says His Party Needs to Stop Pandering to Racists

In 2012, Mitt Romney won the confederate states by a healthy margin, but Barack Obama won the election. That’s because eight out of 10 nonwhite voters voted for the Democrat.

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Louis CK on White Privilege and Slavery

The comedian explains why his daughter is not allowed to think bubble gum-flavored medicine is gross.

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The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

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The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

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Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

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Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda

The actions of Republican governors to deny the working poor access to health care is simply a continuation of the divide-and-conquer politics that have informed Republican strategy since Richard Nixon.

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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Miss America: Why Racism Thrives Online

The danger of online racism is that people seem to get away with it and public disapproval in the form of reports like this one do not appear to have the same effect in lessening racist speech as disapproval does in face-to-face encounters.

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The Origins of Our Police State

The unleashing of police on poor people of color in the “war on drugs” is the first step in the rise of totalitarianism.

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Racists on Twitter Flip Out Because Miss America Is of Indian Descent

Nina Davuluri isn’t just American, she’s from New York, the country’s front door, but her brown skin has inspired some reprehensible tweets, including one from a Fox Newser.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

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Fifty Years After MLK’s ‘Dream,’ a Nation Still Divided

A new Pew Research Center study finds a significant gap between white and black Americans in perceptions of racial equality.

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America’s Disappeared

The poor routinely vanish from city streets after encounters with police. They are swallowed up by jails and prisons for weeks, months or years for offenses often trivial or invented. These disruptions of lives have destroyed cohesion in urban communities, which live in heightened states of fear and troubling unrest.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Fighting Back on Voting Rights

Attorney General Eric Holder has opened what will be an epic battle over whether our country will remain committed to equal rights at the ballot box. In a display of egregious judicial activism in late June, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Holder made clear last week he intends to fight back.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE


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The Words Obama Had to Say

Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Painful Paradoxes of Race

Why, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker wonders, do we only have our famous conversations about race and fear “when things go terribly wrong”? Why, he wants to know, was it impossible for George Zimmerman to look upon Trayvon Martin “as someone he could have a conversation with”?

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Demanding ‘Justice for Trayvon’ (Videos)

Demonstrators in more than 100 U.S. cities from Los Angeles to New York gathered outside federal courthouses Saturday to press the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman one week after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. 

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For Obama, Mum Should Be the Word

We should talk honestly about unresolved racial issues, such as those exposed by the Trayvon Martin case, but President Obama is not the best person to lead the discussion. Through no fault of his own, he might be the worst.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



Video and Transcript: Obama’s Full Remarks on Trayvon Martin

President Obama made an unexpected appearance in the White House briefing room Friday to share his thoughts on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

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What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole says Americans should be very concerned about revolution in the Mideast; George Zimmerman goes free; The Advocate’s “Black, Gay, American” issue; and alt-labor.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

Truthdig Radio airs Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pacific time on 90.7 KPFK in Los Angeles. Check your town’s listings or ask your public radio station to carry Truthdig Radio.

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A Big Tragedy and a Big Story: Race, Guns and Television

What happened in the killing of Trayvon Martin was a crime and the acquitted shooter, George Zimmerman, is no role model for anyone. I have no basis for judging him racist, but there is no doubt he was aggressively stupid. But for me, the moronic vigilante killer is not the issue. I think this story is about guns and television.

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Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial

How did George Zimmerman and his lawyers secure a not-guilty verdict on both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin? Although it’s tempting to answer that racism alone explains the trial’s outcome, digging a little deeper reveals an even more disturbing three-dimensional picture.

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