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From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



DOJ: No Charges for Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting

Just a day after the news broke that the Justice Department had found evidence of racist practices within the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, the DOJ released a report claiming that, by its own estimation, Officer Darren Wilson was motivated by personal safety concerns when he shot and killed the unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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In ‘Ghettoside,’ an Indictment of the Criminal Justice System

In her new book, reporter Jill Leovy tackles a subject usually ignored by progressives, black-on-black murders, and she explains how the U.S. criminal justice system too often treats them as not worth solving.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE



Department of Justice Finds Signs of Racial Bias in Ferguson Police Force

The national discussion about race relations and police brutality that intensified last summer with the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others is continuing with the news that a Department of Justice investigation has found evidence of racial bias within the Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History

The political and cultural marginalization of immigrants, particularly those from Latin America, has a long and lurid background in the United States.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE


Larry Wilmore Discusses Islamophobia and the Chapel Hill Shootings on ‘The Nightly Show’

Larry Wilmore and a diverse panel including a professor, a comedian and a lawyer, among others, delve into the importance of calling the recent shootings in Chapel Hill, N.C., a hate crime in order to acknowledge the deep thread of Islamophobia that runs through American society.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE


Judge Shopping

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Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Once White in America

The second and third times I fell in love with black bodies I became a black body, in a way I’d say without shame and some humor, for mine is dark tan called white. But I am the carrier, I am the body who carried them, released on a river of blood.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE



Middle East Reacts to Murder of 3 Muslim-American Students in North Carolina

If American mass media seemed reluctant to cover the murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a hate crime, the same was not true in the Middle East, where strong opinions were aroused.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: South African Writer André Brink

With Brink’s passing, South Africa has lost one of its most powerful literary and political voices. The first Afrikaans writer to have produced a book banned by the apartheid government, Brink wrote courageous stories that explored the harshest aspects of South African society.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Did a Self-Radicalized Lone Wolf White Terrorist Kill 3 Young Muslim Students in Chapel Hill?

It is a kind of a stupid question, but its stupidity is just more apparent when asked of someone with an English last name.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



Why Obama Is Right to Avoid a Double Standard on Modern Christian Atrocities (Video)

President Obama, speaking on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, condemned religious extremism in the Muslim world. He then added, “lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that…slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Anti-Semitism on the Rise in the U.K.

Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.K. are at an all-time high, with reports of violence, property damage, abuse and threats against members of Britain’s Jewish population in 2014 more than double the number from the year before.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE



Malcolm X Was Right About America

The civil rights leader, assassinated 50 years ago this month, knew that empire cannot be reformed—it must be destroyed.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE



Supreme Court Moves to Undo Civil Rights Law ... Again

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again taken it upon itself to reconsider a landmark civil rights law.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE



This Week SCOTUS Will Take Up One of the Most Important Civil Rights Cases of the Last Decade

Many fear Texas case could gut the landmark Fair Housing Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE


Dream vs. Reality

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Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



#ReclaimMLK: Bringing the Long View Into Contemporary Racial Politics

Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy isn’t like a stone statue with fixed significance and predictable contours—it takes on different meanings depending on the American cultural climate at a given moment.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE


MLK Day

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Junot Díaz: ‘We Live in a Society Where Default Whiteness Goes Unremarked’

In a recent interview published in the academic journal Paradoxa, Pulitzer prize-winning writer Junot Díaz puts his finger on the reason why racism is still so rampant in American society.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



In Call for Tolerance, Merkel Says Islam ‘Belongs to Germany’

“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And it’s humanly reprehensible. Xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a recent rally in Berlin.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



After Paris Attacks, Could Racist Parties Sweep to Power in Europe?

Anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia were already raging through Europe before the Kouashi al-Qaida cell targeted the staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli in Paris.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE


Selma

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Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE


Rose-Colored Glasses

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The GOP’s Bad Habit

Here’s some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE


Macklemore on Rap, Cultural Appropriation and White Privilege

In an interview Monday with New York City hip hop radio station Hot 97 that begins with a discussion of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, rap artist Macklemore discusses changes in rap music and culture and the privileges he enjoys as a white musician.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE



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A Reason to Watch the Sexist, Racist, Militarist, Corporate Rose Parade

Beneath the facade of festive glamour is an institution rife with the nation’s ugliest faults.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE



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GOP, Stop Making Excuses for Scalise

The leaders of the Republican Party need to ask why their message attracts some of the most despicable elements in American society—and why they can’t effectively reject those extremists.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE


Policing

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Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE


Respect

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The Prison State of America

The incarcerated poor have become the nation’s most exploited workers. They are the prototype drones for the corporate totalitarian state.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE


Backwards on Race

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Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



Is Universal Health Care Too Radical for Americans?

Although the country’s views have progressed in terms of gay rights and race, universal health care isn’t something Americans can get used to; a company in Japan offers people weddings to themselves; meanwhile, a confession by former officer Darren Wilson’s prosecutor may be cause to reopen the Ferguson case. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



The Sony Hack Revealed How Hollywood Fails Us All

Whether or not North Korea was really behind the devastating Sony hack, and whether or not the U.S. government orchestrated North Korea’s Internet outage in retaliation, one thing is clear: The incident has exposed Hollywood’s serious race problem yet again.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE


NYPD and Protesters

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NYPD

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Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

A new biography reclaims the playwright of “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” as a self-conscious, committed artist who strove to break through the limits of production and consistently voice his lifelong contempt for American materialism, imperialism, racism and puritanism.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE


Stop and Frisk

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Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE


Racial Profiling

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Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Declares Itself to Be the World’s Leading Terror State and Is Proud of It

The acclaimed linguist and philosopher sits down with GRITtv’s Laura Flanders to discuss the crimes America was founded on, how social movements like the Ferguson protests can help the U.S. progress, and other topics such as capitalism, China and his friendship with none other than Amy Goodman’s father.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Black Bodies, Broken Worlds and a Post-Tax Society

Somewhere in America tonight, another poor person who the police deem a threat will be killed. Tomorrow another, and then another. These deaths are not an outrage against this system. They are normal for this system.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Protesters Named Runners-Up for Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Issue

While Time magazine chose Ebola fighters as the 2014 “Person of the Year,” the runners-up include the Ferguson protesters whose “refusal to let a life be forgotten turned a local shooting into a national movement.”

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE


Chokehold

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Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE



Justice Department-Sponsored Autopsy Calls Michael Brown’s Death a ‘Homicide’ (Video)

On Tuesday, four months after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., news broke that the Justice Department had released the results of its own autopsy.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama Tells Other Black Americans What They Already Know

President Obama’s observation that racism is “deeply rooted” in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn’t make it go away.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE


Woman Pleads With NYPD Officers: ‘Where Is Your Outrage?’

“If you speak up. We will have your back front and sideways,” a woman told NYPD officers in Union Square during Saturday’s protests against the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE


Police Get Out of Jail Free

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New ‘Daily Show’ Contributor Puts America to Shame With a Comparison to Africa

In a segment hilariously titled “Spot the Africa,” the latest addition to the “Daily Show” team, Trevor Noah, compares conditions in his home continent of Africa to those in the U.S. Let’s just say, the truth is more than a little unpleasant.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



A Society of Captives

The murder of unarmed citizens by police is not only about racism. It is an example of the omnipotence of the corporate state and the evisceration of the rule of law.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Mychal Denzel Smith

When a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, The Nation Institute fellow drove past the reservations, equivocations and micro-concerns that typify polite journalism and seized the message of the day.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE


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