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Most White People Vote for Romney, CNN Exit Polls Find

According to CNN’s interviews, 59 percent of white voters chose Mitt Romney to be their next president. Obama won 93 percent of the African-American vote, along with large majorities of Latino and Asian voters, according to CNN.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Time to Play the Race Card—Again

Republicans are ending this campaign where they began four years ago, questioning the legitimacy of an elected black president with an odd (to us) name.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



Obama for America/Christopher Dilts

Bill Clinton to the Rescue

While Obama flew home to take command of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, the campaign marched on Monday, with 66-year-old Bill Clinton trying to catalyze the youth vote in Florida.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



Ann Coulter’s Lame Defense, Lena Dunham’s Controversial Obama Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Romney surrogate playing the race card and an interesting Electoral College proposal that could reshape the way presidential candidates campaign. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Susan Walsh

How to Save Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court might force defenders of affirmative action to adopt less conventional but equally effective means of promoting diversity on college campuses.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Race and Class, Past and Present

Avery Arlington, the main character of the novel “Elsewhere, California,” is someone you know: the awkward, only black girl in class, the girl hanging out at the 7-Eleven magazine rack wishing she was anybody but herself, and the artist whose work makes you uncomfortable.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: Captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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The New Politics of Nostalgia

A specter is haunting the affluent societies of the West. Across the rich countries, and across the political spectrum, there is an unstated but palpable longing for a return to the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



Is John Roberts Coming for Your Vote?

Racial nostalgists working to restore white political power through voter suppression may have an ally in the Supreme Court.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Whites Only’ High School Reunion Party Stirs Outrage

A Louisiana high school class’ plan for its 40th reunion is being met with outrage after a letter leaked on the Internet revealed that a party was for only white graduates.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Attacks Biden









Posted on Aug 18, 2012 ENLARGE



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Chick-fil-A May Be Cooked

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The editor in chief of The Advocate talks chicken and bigotry, the tea party wins big in Texas, cybersecurity from the inbox to the nuclear power plant, race and politics, and we remember Gore Vidal.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 READ MORE


Chick-fil-A May Be Cooked

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The editor in chief of The Advocate talks chicken and bigotry, the tea party wins big in Texas, cybersecurity from the inbox to the nuclear power plant, race and politics, and we remember Gore Vidal.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


A Brave and Intrepid Pioneer

William James Raspberry, who died Tuesday at 76, was in the first wave of an invasion of outsiders—minorities and women—who transformed American journalism.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Raspberry, ‘Role Model’

William Raspberry was a provocateur who was so gentle and gentlemanly that you didn’t always grasp how much he was shaking up the conventional conversation until you actually thought about what he had just said.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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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Posted on Jul 10, 2012 ENLARGE



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Outrage Over Whites-Only Christian Conference in Alabama

The Rev. William C. Collier cordially invites you to his three-day Christian conference in Alabama—but only if you’re white. Fliers advertising the event titled “Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited,” were reportedly put up during the middle of the night in the western Alabama town of Winfield on Monday.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE


Tampa Airport









Posted on Jun 11, 2012 ENLARGE



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Portraits of His People: A Tribute to Willie Middlebrook

Willie Middlebrook’s untimely death at the age of 54 on May 4 brought an end to the work of one of the finest and most socially conscious artists of our times.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE


Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nick Ut

20 Years After the L.A. Riots and Nothing Has Changed

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a reminder of the racial divide poisoning American life, which has resisted all attempts to bridge it, even after the country elected its first African-American president.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



Slouching Toward Washington

Mark Edward Taylor’s “Branding Obamessiah: The Rise of an American Idol” lays out the six sacred branding strategies—taken from the world of advertising—used to turn a mere mortal from Chicago into the image of an American savior.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE


Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

“My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


Florida Shooting









Posted on Mar 23, 2012 ENLARGE    


Stand Your Ground









Posted on Mar 23, 2012 ENLARGE


To Be Black in America ...

For every black man in America, from the millionaire in the corner office to the mechanic in the local garage, the Trayvon Martin tragedy is personal. It could have been me or one of my sons. It could have been any of us.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


Standing Ground in Florida









Posted on Mar 22, 2012 ENLARGE


Trayvon Martin Shooting









Posted on Mar 22, 2012 ENLARGE



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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.

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



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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



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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 WATCH & LISTEN


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



colorlines.com

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


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