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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


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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

Denouncing ‘Colossal Waste’ of Drug War, Report Makes Case for Decriminalization

“Locking people up for using drugs causes tremendous harm,” according to a joint assessment by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE

Malcolm X Identified ‘Psychological Warfare’ Tactics Used Against African-Americans and Muslims

Muslims were a polarizing subject in the United States long before the 2016 presidential race. In this 1963 interview, the civil rights leader discussed the nature of Islam and power of propaganda.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘The Birth of a Nation’ and ‘13th’ School Their Viewers on America’s Racial Legacy

Directors Ava DuVernay and Nate Parker make searingly urgent cases that America’s legacy of slavery and systemic racism is not at all just a relic of the past.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

Richard Pryor 40 Years Ago: ‘Promoting Racism Is Part of Capitalism’

In a television interview with journalist Bill Boggs, the late, great comedian explains why America wants to keep people separated and perpetuate racial prejudice.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Who’s to Blame for the Rise of Donald Trump?

From the beginning, Trump’s presidential campaign platform has been based on racism, religious bigotry and other disgusting planks. Here are some turning points that led us down this path to the new American fascism.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE

The Shootings You Didn’t Hear Trump Denounce Because They Weren’t Committed by Muslims

If we’re going to be hysterical about shooters and terrorism, maybe we should save some of our hysteria for the possibility of having a guy in the White House who is so admired by and exciting to the racist far right.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE

We Can’t Have War Without Racism. We Can Have a World Without Both.

The U.S. military encourages terms such as “camel jockey” or “raghead” to demean freedom fighters in the deserts of the Middle East. And all the while it proclaims itself a beacon of freedom and democracy, a fairy tale not believed much outside its own borders.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Did Donald Trump Actually Win the First Presidential Debate?

Writer Ted Rall argues that, if debates are “graded on a curve,” the Republican candidate did better than the Democrat on Monday night; vegetarianism might be beneficial to the planet, but it could negatively impact the lives of millions if practiced worldwide; meanwhile, more affordable solar panels have changed investors’ minds about fossil fuels. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

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America the Great ... Police State

Let us accept that we are no longer a republic governed by laws—only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street, and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE

Writings on the Wall

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s new book fights the dangerous complacency of American discourse on race and social justice, and is clearly inspired by all that the Trump phenomenon has unleashed.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

Standing Firm in the Face of Violence

With police killings of unarmed black men almost a weekly occurrence in the U.S., we must not let our trauma weaken our resolve to insist on—and organize for—racial justice.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE

County Chair of Trump Campaign in Ohio Resigns After Saying There Was No Racism Before Obama (Video)

“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” said Kathy Miller.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Wage Gap Between Black and White Americans Is at a 40-Year High

On average, whites make 26.7 percent more than blacks, earning $25.22 an hour, compared with $18.49 for blacks.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE

Wall Street Is Prepared to Destroy Sacred Burial Grounds of the Sioux

The lineup of Dakota Access pipeline investors reads like a who’s who of the world’s big banksters. Their contributions continue a ruthless American tradition of racism, fascism and corporatism toward indigenous people and their land.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE

Deplorables (Video)

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 ENLARGE

The Lost Innocence of 9/11

The renewed patriotism and commitment we felt 15 years ago has decayed, sullied by jingoism, xenophobia and paranoid fantasies about race and religion.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

Follow Colin Kaepernick, Change the World

The NFL quarterback took a big personal risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

Prisoners Gear Up for Mass Strike to Protest State-Sponsored ‘Slavery,’ Racism

The national and international action is scheduled to begin Friday—the 45th anniversary of the infamous Attica prison uprising.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: Do You Find Ajamu Baraka’s ‘Uncle Tom’ Comment Inappropriate?

This week, race relations were at the forefront of the political discussion, and the Green Party vice presidential nominee continued to face criticism for his racially charged remark. Truthdig invites you to weigh in on the issue.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, for Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem

In his act of protest against racial injustice in the U.S., the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of hits. But he’s not backing down and has succeeded in igniting an important debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Confirms Immigration Vision, Doubles Down on Inflammatory Rhetoric in Arizona Speech

The Republican presidential candidate’s message, says one critic, “couldn’t have been clearer: If you live without papers in America, you should live in fear.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein Won’t Apologize for Her Running Mate’s ‘Uncle Tom’ Comment on Obama

The Green Party presidential nominee is also coming under fire for her own rhetoric on race after trying to explain vice presidential pick Ajamu Baraka’s inflammatory statement.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

I Have Never Stood Up for the National Anthem—and Never Will

No country is worth pledging blind allegiance to. Patriotism, nationalism, anthems, flags and syrupy words about “love of country” are constructs aimed at fostering unquestioning obedience from people lucky enough to be deemed citizens.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Democratic Candidates Were Told Not to Pledge Support for Black Lives Matter Policies, Hack Reveals

Leaked memos show that candidates were also told to limit the number of Black Lives Matter activists allowed at campaign appearances.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

The Anti-Muslim Origins of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’

The darkest heart of the United States is highlighted in the racist origins of our national anthem.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

The Women of Maine

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 ENLARGE

It Makes No Sense for Colin Kaepernick to Sing Anthem That ‘Celebrates Murder of African-Americans’

The 49ers quarterback making headlines for his protest against racism and police violence is making a crucial point about the U.S.; Fox News may be on its last legs; meanwhile, the disclaimer at the end of most films claiming they’re fiction oddly enough has to do with Rasputin. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE


Posted on Aug 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Football Player Colin Kaepernick Refuses to Stand for the National Anthem Until This Country Changes

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback is fed up with racism in the U.S., saying recently, “I mean, you have Hillary [Clinton], who’s called black teens or black kids superpredators. You have Donald Trump who’s openly racist ... what is this country really standing for?”

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE

Maine Governor Leaves Vulgarity-Laced Voicemail for Lawmaker Who Accused Him of Insensitivity

Paul LePage spouts obscenities, denies he’s a racist and says he wishes he could challenge Rep. Drew Gattine to a duel.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE


Posted on Aug 27, 2016 ENLARGE

Poll: Do You Support Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution?

Truthdig presents a roundup of the week’s top political news and invites you to tell us how you feel about the Vermont senator’s new progressive organization.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE

Banned Burqinis

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 ENLARGE

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

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