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Is MLK’s Legacy to the 99 Percent Being Reversed in the Age of Trumpian Reaction?

We need the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. now more than ever.

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The ‘Hidden Figures’ Jeff Sessions Wants to Keep in the Shadows

A new movie reminds us of past racial injustice as a new administration tries to turn back the clock.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



U.K. Violence After the Brexit Vote Might Hold Lessons for America

A divisive vote, with jobs and immigrants the most combustible issues, leaving many anxious about intolerance and the violence that can stem from it. Sound familiar?

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



Hollywood Gets a Clue About Inclusion, Meryl Streep Gets Political at 2017 Golden Globes (Video)

This year’s Golden Globes outperforms recent Academy Awards in terms of minority representation, and Globes honoree Meryl Streep denounces Donald Trump’s campaign-trail “performance.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



Alabama NAACP Not Backing Down After Jeff Sessions’ Office Lashes Out

Protesters say they want to prevent the senator from becoming attorney general because of his racist track record.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE



NAACP Stages Sit-In at Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Office

A group of protesters sought to bring attention to Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general and his record on race, civil rights and criminal justice reform issues. Six were arrested at the Alabama senator’s office Tuesday.

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 READ MORE



NBC Hires Megyn Kelly, Racist Attitudes and All

The right-wing TV personality might have done some battle with Donald Trump and Roger Ailes, but her views on race are thoroughly Fox News-y.

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE



White Supremacist Groups Will ‘Revolt’ if Trump Disappoints Them, Leaders Say

Vocal members of the loosely organized racist coalition calling itself the “alt-right” fear that Trump will not deliver the formally institutionalized white supremacy they desire.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 READ MORE



War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

With Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the scourge of authoritarianism has returned not only in the toxic language of hate, humiliation and bigotry, but also in the emergence of a culture of war and violence that looms over society like a plague.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE



In ‘Accidental Courtesy,’ a Black Musician Strikes Up Conversations to Confront White Supremacy

A new documentary follows pianist Daryl Davis as the simple act of engaging in conversation with an adversary takes on transformative potential. Though he claims more than two dozen converts, Davis’ methods have stirred up their share of controversy.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte Talk About Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, the KKK and More (Video)

The two activists shared a platform on Dec. 4 in New York, where they joined Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now!

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



These 15 Election Takeaways Reveal the Electorate That Gave the U.S. President-Elect Trump

To start, a small percentage of Americans in both parties nominated the presidential candidates—who were disliked by a majority of the country.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



Meet the Inspiring Activists at the Head of the Women’s March on Washington

“Three of the four co-chairs represent the most targeted groups by the [coming] administration,” Linda Sarsour told The Huffington Post. Carmen Perez is Mexican-American, Sansour is Muslim American and Tamika Mallory is African-American.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad Against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail

The American right wing has substituted hysteria about socialism with hysteria about Islam.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE


Is Stephen Bannon a White Supremacist, or Is He Just ‘Using the Alt-Right’?

In the wake of Donald Trump’s decision to appoint the Breitbart News executive chair as chief strategist, political and media forces have clashed over whether Bannon embodies the racist ideals espoused by many of his supporters.

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


It’s Safe Now









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Waiting for the Barbarians

The collapse of our democratic institutions, the pillaging of the economy by the elites and the surrender of our most basic constitutional rights will be enshrined permanently into law by a crisis.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Authoritarian Politics of Resentment in Trump’s America (Video)

Too often during this election season, a discourse of “bad manners” has paraded as insight while working to conceal the effects of power, politics, racial injustice and other forms of oppression.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE



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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Christian Assyrian Woman Is Harassed as ‘Terrorist’ for Speaking the Language of Jesus

So this is Trump’s foreigner-hating country: Using Aramaic in public is now equated with terrorism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE



Who Is Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s Pick for Attorney General?

The senator from Alabama has given his career to the pursuit of racist policies. As enforcer of the federal government’s civil rights laws, he would be in charge of investigating Black Lives Matter.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE


Pro-Trump PAC Spokesman Cites Japanese-American Internment as Precedent for a Muslim Registry

“We’ve done it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion ... We did it during World War II with [the] Japanese,” Carl Higbie tells Fox News.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Kali Nicole Gross Dissect a Startling Crime

The historian and author of “Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Dismembered Torso” tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about tensions between black Americans and the criminal justice system today and in the past. Transcript added.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Investigative Reporter Greg Palast: GOP Stole 2016 Election Using Voter Suppression, Purging Ploys

“It was stolen in Florida, it was stolen in Arizona, it was stolen in North Carolina, Pennsylvania. Possibly Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan,” Palast told Truthdig.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE



Through a Looking Glass, Darkly

In the interest of forcing our collective faces back to the instructive commentary offered by the deep, dark, truthful mirror, I present this cartoon as a battle cry, calling to action the hearts and minds of better men and women poised and ready to fight peaceably for a kinder and more tolerant future.

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Hate Crimes Are Up, but the Government Isn’t Doing a Good Job of Tracking Them

After a bitter national election, there is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence. The data kept on crimes charged by racial and religious antipathies won’t reassure anyone.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



What Immigrant Communities Can Do to Prepare for President Trump

The election of the Republican candidate, who made fear and xenophobia a central part of his campaign, has spurred advocates to pledge to fight for the dignity of all families.

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‘Love Still Trumps Hate’: Protesters Make a Show of Humanity in New York City (Photos)

By Michael Nigro

When Kim Ball heard the chants of “White silence is white violence,” she began to weep. As protesters passed her on 14th Street, one random protester, a female student, approached and gave her a hug.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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


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It’s Worse Than You Think

The election of Donald Trump, whose appeal to voters is based on magical thinking, paves the way for the rise of a police state unlike anything seen in American history. Its fangs will appear the moment Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE



Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump

Millions of people around the world are committed to opposing the Republican’s dangerous and divisive agenda. Their work, like the work of the incoming administration, has just begun.  

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE



We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast

The first thing that occurred to me when the reality of a Trump presidency became apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year-old?”

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Hatred That Donald Trump’s Lies Will Leave Behind

Whether Trump wins or loses, he will leave behind a toxic legacy of increased racial and religious hatred, which he has deliberately stirred up in order to take the focus off his policies—policies that would hurt workers and would throw even more money at the super-wealthy.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE


‘Informed Rant’: The Violence of Borders, Racist Mascots and The Real News

In this week’s episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast, Scheer speaks with Reece Jones, associate professor of geography at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, about Jones’ book, “Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



DOJ Agrees: North Carolina Counties Are Purging Black Voters From the Rolls

A DOJ statement of interest filed Monday in response to an emergency lawsuit finds that GOP-led roll purging violates the National Voter Registration Act.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE


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



American Irrationalism

We are captive to images and forms of propaganda that make us the most self-deluded population on the planet. We are driven by manipulated emotions, not fact or reason. And this is why, even now, Donald Trump could become president. 

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE



Report: Justice Department Is Pushing to Charge Police Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

After more than two years, there may soon be significant movement on the case.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



How Power Works

Historian Heather Ann Thompson’s book on the 1971 Attica prison uprising details the government’s brutality, lies and propaganda, demonization of the poor, obstruction of justice and silencing of those who tried to tell the truth. She exposes the American blueprint for social control.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE



‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Weaves a Rich Fabric From the Author’s Lived History

New documentary featuring Angelou’s own narration delves deeply into the life of the iconic civil rights activist, poet, dancer and singer.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 READ MORE



Are Elections Less Important Than Ever in the Age of Trump?

What we do after Nov. 8 may be even more important than the ballots we cast.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE



White Blindness and Denial Characterize U.S. Racial Attitudes at the End of the Obama Era

America remains separate and divided. Despite having a black president for two terms, deep racism thrives in our country.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE


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