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James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness

At this frightening moment in American history—with a racist in the White House and amid rising levels of racial hatred—there is no more important writer than Baldwin.

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Trump’s Most Shameful Act So Far

The president’s false assertion of massive voting fraud is intended for one purpose.

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Just to Be Clear









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Small Survey Finds Negative Feelings Among Police Toward Black Lives Matter

A law firm canvasses 200 police officers about race relations on the job.

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‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ Creator on Using Art as a Wake-Up Call

Playwright Bryonn Bain, who turned his own harrowing experiences into a one-man dramatic production, joins director Gina Belafonte for a Truthdig interview.

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Melissa McCarthy Skewers Sean Spicer Again on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The comedian, whose first impersonation of the White House press secretary went viral, zeroes in on President Trump’s travel ban and the Ivanka Trump-Nordstrom debacle.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



When the U.S. Feared a Real ‘Bowling Green Massacre’—Planned by a White Supremacist

The feds found assault rifles, body armor and a possible kill list when they arrested an Ohio man said to be bent on “race war” in 2012. But the case drew little attention.

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The Coretta Scott King Letter the GOP Wouldn’t Let Sen. Warren Read

Before the confirmation vote for attorney general, Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Republicans when she sought to highlight Jeff Sessions’ racism.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



‘This Land’: The Pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Woody Guthrie at the Super Bowl

By beginning with “God Bless America” and then switching to “This Land Is Your Land,” Lady Gaga offered a subtle but radical critique of the president’s policies.

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Russell Brand: Donald Trump Represents the End of the Illusion That Politics Is Inoffensive (Video)

Speaking of the president’s travel ban, “The Trews” host says Trump’s “grotesqueness” reveals long-concealed truths.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


ACLU Lawyer Lee Gelernt Joins Samantha Bee to Discuss the ‘Muslim Ban’ (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host talks with the attorney who argued against Trump’s executive order to ban people from seven countries from entering the U.S.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Life in the Poorest Parts of America Is Not All ‘Urban Carnage’

A new book about the conflict between police and residents in South Los Angeles paints a much more humane, complex picture of poverty than President Trump does.

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American Psychosis

The barrage of lies from demagogues such as Donald Trump creates profound cognitive dissonance among the population that ends in a nationwide collective mental illness.

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Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security

If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

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Teens Report Surge in Bullying in Wake of Divisive Election Campaign

In a survey of 50,000 teens, 70 percent reported abusive behavior largely targeting race, sexual orientation and immigration status.

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Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America

An unwavering noncooperation with the systems of corporate control is essential. We must not be seduced into trusting the power elites, including the Democratic Party.

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The Inauguration of White Supremacy

The surprise awaiting the working-class Reagan Democrats is that Trump doesn’t think they are really white, either.

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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.

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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?

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


And I Did Not Speak Out









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I’m Not a Racist









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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.

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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.

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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.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE


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