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Standing Ground in Florida

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE

Trayvon Martin Shooting

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE

Martin family photo

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.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE

Martin Family Photo

Justice Dept. to Investigate Neighborhood Watch Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen

Neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman said he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, although a 911 operator told Zimmerman not to follow the teenager through a suburban Orlando, Fla., gated community.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE

Time Out: Let’s Talk About Race

A mistake on Time magazine’s latest cover has opened a nationwide conversation about race and ethnicity; Rick Santorum belittles American public education, calling it an “anachronism”; is the U.S. finally done with Afghanistan? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

On the President as Alien

They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn’t, he’s a secularist who is waging war on religion.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE

Adam Fagan Rights reserved

High Court Scrutinizing Affirmative Action at Colleges

A hot-button issue from the ’80s and ’90s has come up once again at the U.S. Supreme Court: affirmative action on the college level.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE

Class vs. Race

These may be the first elections in which class will carry more weight than race; the “right to be forgotten” threatens freedom of speech on the Internet; meanwhile, some smartphone voice recognition software is racist and sexist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

A ‘Queer History’ of Rick Santorum and Proposition 8

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the mortgage settlement, MLK in his own words, and “A Queer History of the United States” author Michael Bronski on Rick Santorum, Proposition 8, Ellen DeGeneres and gay marriage in Washington state. (This is a pledge show.)

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE

A ‘Queer History’ of Rick Santorum and Proposition 8

Last week on Truthdig Radio: Robert Scheer on the mortgage settlement, MLK in his own words, and “A Queer History of the United States” author Michael Bronski on Rick Santorum, Proposition 8, Ellen DeGeneres and gay marriage in Washington state. (This is a pledge show.)

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE

Ron Paul and Our Selective Definition of Bigotry

The Texan’s candidacy is showing that the conventional definition of intolerable bigotry is disturbingly narrow—and embarrassingly selective.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Jacquelyn Martin

The Dream That Came True

In these sour, pessimistic times, it is important to remember the great lesson of King’s remarkable life: Impossible dreams can come true.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

James Cone’s Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised

The true power of the Christian gospel is its unambiguous call for liberation from forces of oppression and for a fierce and uncompromising condemnation of all who oppress.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Bigots and Billionaires in Ron Paul’s Orbit

What is it about the kindly old doctor that attracts some of the most violent and reactionary elements in society to his banner?

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE

God of the Oppressed

In this excerpt from “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” James H. Cone writes that the gospel is found wherever the wronged struggle for justice.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE

Student Debt by Skin Color

You may know that American student debt—which is swelling at a rate of almost $3,000 a second—is expected to hit $1 trillion by the end of the year. But do you know how the tab breaks down by ethnicity? Who owes the most? Who owes the least? Is anyone escaping its debilitating grip? (more)

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Eric Gay

Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent

The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Flavor of the Week

Just be patient and you, too, can lead the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Witness the ascent of Herman Cain.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Rodrigo Abd

Five Women Who Matter Most

The Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women is an obscenely wealthy international sisterhood of politicians, celebrities and billionaires. This is an alternative.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE

Matt McGee (CC-BY-ND)

How Baseball Explains Modern Racism

New analysis of statistics gleaned from baseball provides a larger lesson about conditioned behavior in our institutionally racist society.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Charles Dharapak

Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice

In my own experience as a journalist covering this issue, the vast majority of politicians who defend capital punishment do so out of rank opportunism.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Racial Divide Is There and Waiting

As was the case in 2008, the racial divide in American society is a huge obstacle to President Barack Obama’s chances of electoral victory in 2012.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE

Youtube / PestVic for slicker0492

Reno Air Show Ends in a Deadly Crash (Video)

At least three people were killed and more than 50 injured Friday when a veteran stunt pilot lost control of his aircraft and crashed into the edge of the crowd-filled grandstands. (more)

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 READ MORE

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Intervenes in Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution of a Texas murderer Thursday who was sentenced to death by jurors who were told he was a bigger threat to public safety because he is black.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE

Cornel West Recalls the Attica Prison Rebellion

Princeton University professor Dr. Cornel West spoke to a crowd of almost 3,000 people at the Riverside Church in New York City on Friday during an evening of remembrance for another sort of 9/11. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE

Library of Congress / Dick DeMarsico

The Real Dr. King: An Extremist for Justice

We tend to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. we want to honor, not the Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE

Race and the Church of Denialism

Today, many reject the fact that black people typically face bigger obstacles to economic and political success than whites. Instead, they insist that whites are oppressed.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE

Reconciling ‘The Help’ With the History

There has to be a lingering suspicion (and hatred) that “The Help” cannot bear to contemplate. It wants us to believe that all involved learned their costly lessons in the Mississippi of 50 years ago.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Nick Ut

America Is a Spark Away From Riots of Its Own

The unrest tearing apart Britain greatly resembles that of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and conditions across the U.S. could set off a new explosion of violence.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE

Photo graphic by PZS from President Eisenhower's official portrait

Who Wants to Go Back to the ’50s?

Obama’s Eisenhower nostalgia is troubling. That was half a century ago—before the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and federal aid to education.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / the real Kam75 (CC-BY-SA)

A New Space Race

More than 40 years after man first stepped foot on the moon, a new race to that pie in the sky has begun, this time by groups of entrepreneurs looking to cash in on private ventures and $30 million in prizes offered by Google.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE

What Would a Republican Conference Be Without Racial Controversy?

Republicans are still working their way through the five stages of having a black president: denial (birthers), anger (town halls), bargaining (debt ceiling), depression (John Boehner’s tears) and, finally, racially charged jokes, like those told at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE

AP/ Chris Pizzello

Exclusive: Ry Cooder’s ‘No Banker Left Behind’

The legendary musician tells Robert Scheer that his new album, including a song inspired by one of Scheer’s Truthdig columns, was written out of feeling frustrated, helpless and angry with current events.

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic

The celebrated intellectual did 65 campaign events for Barack Obama and now nurses the anguish of the deceived, manipulated and betrayed. During their last personal encounter, West says, “I wanted to slap him on the side of his head.”

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

A cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jeff Chiu

Second-Class Students

In a recent interview, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith shared with me one of the most mind-numbing statistics I have ever heard.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE

Truthdig Radio: Meltdown in Our Casino Economy

In this week’s episode, Marcia Dawkins talks multiracial politics; Avi Chomsky covers the immigration debate; Timothy Canova discusses the economic meltdown in our casino economy; Howie Stier investigates the Green Jello House in Hollywood; and Matthew Specktor introduces the newly launched Los Angeles Review of Books. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE

Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court: Tinkering With the Machinery of Death

On March 28, the Supreme Court refused to hear the death penalty case of Troy Anthony Davis. It was his last appeal.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE

Whistling Dixie—Again

Does Haley Barbour really have a warped and offensive view of America’s racial history? Or is he just playing a dangerous game? Perhaps both.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Shirley Sherrod Strikes Back

The former U.S. Department of Agriculture official is suing conservative webmaster Andrew Breitbart for defamation. Sherrod was forced to resign after Breitbart posted a heavily edited video of a speech she gave, setting off a right-wing hullabaloo.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE

The Coming MiscegeNation?

Does today’s focus on multiracialism mean that we’re finally seeing the end of racism? Or does it mean that racism has simply gone underground?

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE

David Cameron

Cameron Criticizes Multiculturalism

In a strike against multiculturalism, David Cameron, in his first address on terrorism as prime minister, has derided the “passive tolerance” toward certain Muslim groups and demanded a return to a more “muscular liberalism” and a stronger national identity.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste—Except in Ohio

Kelly Williams-Bolar, an aspiring teacher and mother of two, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for sending her children to school outside her district. But in this time of economic crisis, it is hard to believe that a single mother such as Williams-Bolar is a criminal.

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE

Obama Changes the Narrative

Complaints about President Obama’s State of the Union address on both sides of the political divide (which was obscured but not obliterated by the evening’s novel seating arrangements) seemed to miss its point and purpose.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE

Sundance and the Art of Democracy

While much of the attention is focused on the celebrities, Sundance has actually become a key intersection of art, film, politics and dissent.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE

Official White House portrait of John F. Kennedy

What It Was Like to Be John F. Kennedy

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States. He gave a stirring inaugural address and then took over a job for which he was unprepared. No one is ever prepared.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE

Defusing a Sociological Bomb

Race still matters in America and justice is not completely blind. Anyone who believes otherwise should examine the case of Cornelius Dupree Jr., who was ruled innocent Tuesday after spending 30 years in prison.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE

‘Huckleberry Finn,’ Minus the N-Word

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about to get a major makeover in the form of a significant edit to be made in NewSouth Books’ edition of Mark Twain’s iconic novel. Specifically, the notorious n-word will be swapped out for “slave,” along with one other race-related alteration.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE

White Christmas

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE

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