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Old Rape Case Clouds Director Nate Parker’s New ‘Birth of a Nation’

As the publicity machine gears up for the release of the bold reimagining of the 1915 classic, a case involving Parker, who also stars, and co-writer Jean Celestin from their college days has been getting attention.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Addressing White Privilege Is Only a Small Step in Combating Systemic Racism

Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, have repeatedly addressed covert racism and racial injustice, but the United States needs more than rhetoric to solve the problem.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



Five Ways Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Is a Better American Than Donald Trump (Videos)

The first female American athlete to compete in the Olympics wearing the hijab, or Muslim head covering, is a fatal complication to Trump’s Islamophobia.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



Why Some Latinos Support Donald Trump

As difficult as it may be to accept, a Latino Trump supporter is a textbook example of internalized oppression.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE


Rights vs. Rites









Posted on Aug 13, 2016 ENLARGE



Obama to Reinforce the Militarized Police Occupation of Black America

After militarizing police departments by 2,400 percent, President Obama is now preparing to send more battlefield weaponry to law enforcers. And Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would surely build on that legacy.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



Jeremy Corbyn Launches Bold, Progressive Plan to Transform U.K.

“Our country wasn’t run by Brussels, it’s run by boardrooms across the world,” the Labour Party leader said as he called for pro-worker public investments, peace abroad and a clean-energy transition.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



A Racist Mecca, a Black Architect and Odious Politics That Refuse to Die

“Blueprint for Paradise,” in its world premiere in Los Angeles, is powered by an odd, real-life California tale of a pre-war Nazi center and its acclaimed designer, Paul Williams. Sadly, the political rot explored by the play survives: Check out the 2016 presidential campaign.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE


Trump’s America









Posted on Aug 7, 2016 ENLARGE



Black Lives Matter Groups Stage Protests Across the U.K. (Multimedia)

Demonstrations in five cities led to blocked roads, stalled traffic and more than a dozen arrests.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE



The Voting Rights Act, 2.0

This new generation of Jim Crow-style laws is facing federal court challenges, and they are being thrown out or significantly weakened, one by one.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



How One Connecticut City’s Reform Plan Reduced Race-Based Police Stops

Hamden’s experience could be viewed as a test case for how to resolve some conflicts between police officers and minorities.

Posted on Jul 31, 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


Black on Board









Posted on Jul 16, 2016 ENLARGE


Fatherly Advice









Posted on Jul 15, 2016 ENLARGE



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


Only in America









Posted on Jul 10, 2016 ENLARGE    


Trevor Noah Breaks Down Why It’s Possible to Be Pro-Cop and Pro-Black (Video)

“It always feels like in America, if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else,” the comedian notes, but “it shouldn’t have to work that way.”

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



It’s Time for Whites to Condemn White Violence, Georgetown Sociologist Says

The same white Americans who demand that all Muslims account for the “evil acts of a few” fail to criticize the violence perpetrated by their white counterparts in uniform, Michael Eric Dyson wrote in The New York Times.

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Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza Reflects on the Movement’s First Three Years

The activist talks about what has changed—and what hasn’t—on this third anniversary of the birth of the nation’s most important contemporary struggle for social and political justice.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



Minnesota Police Kill Black Man Pulled Over for Broken Taillight (Video)

One day after cops killed Alton Sterling, a black man in Baton Rouge, La., video was posted online appearing to show the aftermath of a fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, 32 and black, at a traffic stop in Minnesota.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



On the Fourth of July, None of Us Has Inalienable Rights if American Muslims Don’t

On the day when the United States was first conceived in rebellion against deprivation of God-given rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, it is worth remarking on our political season.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Right-Wing Populism That Drove Brexit Can Only Be Fought With a Genuinely Radical Alternative

The Reagan-Thatcher consensus will be replaced either by new visions of social progress or by new forms of racism and authoritarianism.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fourth of July

The long-imprisoned revolutionary and author, who disdains the current political theater, says the broken, racist American system “has to be torn up, root and branch,” to halt the war waged on the poor by the corporate state.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



This Fourth of July Let’s Choose Patriotism That Stands for Inclusion Over Exclusion, Hope Over Fear

We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



A Progressive American in London: My Thoughts on Brexit and the Revolt Against Jeremy Corbyn

After voting to leave the European Union, the U.K. needs serious discussions on a progressive way forward. For that, it needs Corbyn at the helm of the Labour Party.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE


Black Lives Matter at Politicon 2016: Personal Tragedies Fuel Fierce Activism

By Emma Niles

The intensely emotional panel at the Pasadena, Calif., convention demonstrated the strength of the movement and reminded the audience of the continuing fight against police brutality and systemic racism.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Another Benefit of Brexit









Posted on Jun 28, 2016 ENLARGE


Brexit Racism









Posted on Jun 28, 2016 ENLARGE


Samantha Bee Cautions Americans About the Parallels Between Trump and Brexit (Video)

“While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation and saying, ‘Oh God! What have we done?’ ” the “Full Frontal” host quips, “a lot of Americans were looking over and saying, ‘Oh God! What are we about to do?’ ”

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Great American Story of Asian Immigrants and Politics

The rise of Asian-Americans in politics refutes Donald Trump’s portrayal of immigrants as an alien body invading the United States.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE


Gun Sale









Posted on Jun 24, 2016 ENLARGE



U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action at the University of Texas

The top court ruled 4-3 Thursday morning that particular considerations of race in the University of Texas admissions process are constitutional.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



Hate Groups That Promote Anti-Muslim Sentiment Have Received $208 Million in the Past Eight Years

The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender and the Council on American Islamic Relations have jointly produced a new study on hatred of Muslims in the United States.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Meet El Peso Hero, a Latino Superhero Fighting Injustice on the U.S.-Mexico Border

“El Peso Hero” is not your typical comic book series. The eponymous main character defends immigrants, stands up for the disenfranchised and speaks only Spanish.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



Making Sense of Orlando

Although mainstream media outlets and presidential candidates rushed to make sure their interpretation of the Pulse Orlando massacre prevailed, the story and significance of the tragedy are more complex and deserve careful consideration.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE



Watch: Democratic Senators Stage Filibuster to Protest Lack of Action on Gun Control

Concern over gun violence reached critical mass on Capitol Hill this week.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE


Ryan’s Endorsement









Posted on Jun 10, 2016 ENLARGE



Los Angeles Film Festival Reframes African-American Struggle With Two Empowering Films

In this era of submissive-slave characters, black tokenism and underrepresentation of people of color in Hollywood, “The House on Coco Road” and the 2016 version of “The Birth of a Nation” flip the script.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards

The case that the 28-year-old community organizer represents is another reason why the movement it has galvanized is more crucial than ever.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



A Tale of Two Injustices: ‘Lynching’ and Sexual Assault in California

Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 90 days and three years’ probation. Brock Turner, despite his multiple felony convictions for sexual assault, will likely get credit for good behavior and serve about the same amount of time as Jasmine. As for Brock Turner’s victim, her sentence is ongoing.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE


Paul Ryan’s Endorsement









Posted on Jun 8, 2016 ENLARGE


Swearing In









Posted on Jun 8, 2016 ENLARGE



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



White French National Not Investigated for Terrorism Even When He Vows Attacks (Video)

Gregoire Moutaux, 25, was arrested last month by Ukraine with a large cache of deadly weapons. But here’s the kicker.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



White Youths Shouting Racial Slurs Chase Black Teenager to His Death (Video)

After the presence of police frightened the gang away, 16-year-old Dayshen McKenzie collapsed in the Staten Island heat in what may have been an asthma attack.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 READ MORE



Racism Fueled Outrage Over Cincinnati Gorilla Killing

In comparison with a hundred other news stories from around the world of social, political and human significance, the gorilla story was utterly insignificant. A kid’s life was at stake, and the gorilla was killed. That is as it should be.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE


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