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The ‘Woman Card’ Brings a Wealth of Disadvantages

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, the notion that women are more privileged than men has serious traction: Thirty-eight percent of all men, and 34 percent of all white Americans believe that a candidate’s femaleness is a trump card (no pun intended).

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on May 26, 2016 ENLARGE



Former NBA Player Calls Out Racist Train Rider

Etan Thomas, who once played for the Wizards, took to Facebook after a woman allegedly refused to let him take the seat next to her.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Must Act on Marijuana Reform

Expanding legal access to cannabis would help veterans with PTSD and many other vulnerable populations. Because the next president may not do it, it’s a change that should be made now.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



George Zimmerman Sells Murder Weapon to Fight Black Lives Matter

To add insult to lethal injury, Zimmerman responded to questions on how Trayvon Martin’s family might feel about the gun auction by criticizing their parenting.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump and His Angry Voters Are Furthering an Extremist Christian Agenda

Unwittingly or not, by tapping into a long list of “isms”—including nationalism, sexism, racism, heterosexism and militarism—the Republican presidential candidate is following in the footsteps of the late, archconservative, televangelist Jerry Falwell.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Politics of Whiteness and the CIA Tip That Jailed Nelson Mandela

The revelation that the Central Intelligence Agency provided the tip to the Apartheid South African government that led to Nelson Mandela’s arrest should come as no great shock. Nor is it unconnected to the popularity of Donald Trump.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE


President Obama Hails America’s, and African-Americans’, Progress at Howard University Graduation

“Be confident in your blackness” was his advice as he painted a highly optimistic picture of social and economic progress in the U.S. in recent decades, even when it comes to the national scourge of racism.

Posted on May 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on May 7, 2016 ENLARGE



Economic Recovery Leaves African-American Homeowners Behind

Even for blacks with six-figure incomes, housing values in predominantly black neighborhoods have not bounced back as in comparable white areas, a Washington Post analysis finds.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Socialist Alternative

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, has called on Bernie Sanders to break with the Democratic Party and run as an independent. If he refuses, she says, his supporters must build a third party without him.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee on Racist, Sexist, Historically Ignorant Responses to Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Placing one of the most important black women in American history on the 20 dollar bill hasn’t been so popular among some conservatives, the “Full Frontal” host explains. 

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Once-Undocumented Wall Street Executive Now Is Helping Others Live the American Dream

Julissa Arce worked for seven years at Goldman Sachs as an undocumented immigrant. Now she is an American citizen fighting for immigration reform, and her incredible story may soon become a TV series. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE


How Bill O’Reilly Almost Made Donald Trump Look Good (Video)

In an interview with the presidential candidate about his plans to woo black voters, Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor” host sank to new lows.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Racism Creeps Into the Most Basic Aspects of Life

The lives of people of color are shaped by race in more ways than a white person might guess.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE


American Perceptions of Social Programs Are Result of Longtime Racist Political Strategy (Video)

The ruling class of America has been effective at labeling anti-poverty programs as a black phenomenon, even though the majority of people who benefit from government assistance are white.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Americans Hate: 8-fold Increase in Islamophobic Crime Since 2000

Ever since Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act in 1990, the FBI has been issuing annual reports on crimes of bias or hate crimes. We can see in these statistics some of the reasons why the GOP candidates are running on anti-Muslim hatred. 

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE



This Quiz Shows the Depressing, Racist Truth About Juror Bias in the United States

The Marshall Project wants everyone to know just how hard it is to prove that unconstitutional prejudice exists within a jury.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Wages of Sin

Huge segments of working-class whites—victims paying for the sins of American empire—are desperately seeking to halt change and re-create a mythical past. This is always the last, desperate gasp of a dying culture.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE



Stand Your Ground, Unless You’re a Battered Woman

When victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk of becoming doubly victimized—first by their abusers, then by the criminal justice system.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE


We Must Stop Voter Suppression (Video)

By Robert Reich

We need to move to the next stage of voting rights—a new Voting Rights Act—that renews the law that was effectively repealed by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer Talks With Madison Shockley About the Meanings of Christianity (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Shockley to discuss the Christian leader’s family history with racism and what it means to be Christian today. Transcript included.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump: Jobs Will Solve the Problems Black Americans Face

Asked by Washington Post staff whether he saw disparities in the way U.S. law enforcement treats blacks and whites, the Republican presidential candidate avoided answering directly and proposed that inner-city blacks need employment.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver Tears Apart Donald Trump’s Arguments for a Border Wall Using Facts and Logic (Video)

Despite having vowed earlier in the campaign season that he wouldn’t bother discussing Donald Trump’s candidacy and ideas in depth, the “Last Week Tonight” host dedicates yet another fabulous segment to taking the Republican front-runner down a few notches.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Dark Justice’: A Looney Tunes Take on Racism

Funny or Die’s show about the only black officer in a small-town police department dives into treacherous waters and brings humor to the surface.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Tim Wise Explains How Racism Has Been Used to Divide and Conquer Working People in America

The anti-racism activist and writer breaks down the history of the United States and white racism in under five minutes at a teachers conference in San Francisco.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Fighting Black Lives Matter Instead of Police Violence

Prosecutors in Los Angeles and environs are coming down harder on protesters than on the officers who abuse and even kill African-Americans. The plea deals being offered to activists are much harsher than those in some other areas of the U.S.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



Thomas Frank: All Those Donald Trump Supporters? They’re Not Just Racist

When Republican front-runner Trump isn’t spewing insults, he’s hammering a message about free trade that is intensely appealing to its victims, the Guardian writer says.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trump’s High Steaks









It makes perfect sense that a few days after touting his penis size during a presidential debate, Donald J. Trump would display raw meat, wine and champagne at a press conference.
Posted on Mar 10, 2016 ENLARGE



The People v. Simpson: What One of America’s Most Famous Trials Taught Us About Our Racial Divide

The case against football hero O.J. Simpson was, yes, about murder. But, more important, it was about the long abuse of African-Americans in the system of justice and the black community’s deep distrust of police and courts.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Black Lives Matter Is a Re-Humanizing Project’

A cross-generational conversation with a Black Lives Matter founder and a trauma doctor, who is trying to redefine public health in terms of human wholeness, deals with the culture and society the movement is trying to create.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Race and the Crime of Felony Disenfranchisement

Now that Super Tuesday is behind us and the field of presidential candidates is narrowing with the suspension of Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign, a potentially paradigm-shattering general election looms ever closer.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



Study Confirms Racial Bias in South Carolina Criminal Sentences

Academics find that judicial penalties applied to African-Americans in South Carolina were consistently harsher than those meted out to their white counterparts.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE



Live-Blog: Oscars 2016: In the Midst of Controversy, the Show Goes On (Updated)

Update: In the show’s home stretch, the political moments seemed to happen with about the same frequency that African-Americans were called onto the Oscar stage ... as presenters. Also: Joe’s standing O, DiCaprio’s climate-change plea and the 88th Oscars’ final wins.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



The Academy Voters Have Long Lacked Logic

Is the “best picture” always the best picture? Not if history is any guide. And some observers will argue that a similar lack of logic is apparent in the shortage of minority representation in the major Oscar nominations.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



Poll Shows Almost 20 Percent of Trump Supporters Disapprove of Lincoln Freeing the Slaves

Just when it seemed as if things couldn’t get any worse.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Movie Roles for Non-White Actors Sometimes Still Get Played by White People

“Last Week Tonight” gets to the bottom of Hollywood whitewashing and asks viewers, “How is this still a thing?”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s South Carolina Victory and Muslim Hatred

One unexpected indicator of why Donald Trump won South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary is his strident hatred of people of the Islamic faith.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE



Lessons From the O.J. Simpson Case for the Presidential Race and the Nation’s Racial Divide

The country’s polarization between “black lives matter” and “all lives matter”—along with our divergent opinions on Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance—parallels the racial divide we saw 20 years ago in the aftermath of the former football player’s trial.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 17, 2016 ENLARGE



AUDIO: ‘Asterisk: A Glyph’: A Forceful Poem About Why ‘Forsaken People … Turn Athletes Into Gods’

Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque’s first poet laureate, writes a series of questions about reactions to the tennis star Serena Williams that will echo in your mind for days on end.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘You Will Never Believe’ Who the Actual Fraudulent Voters Are

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” is finally back from a several-month hiatus, with a scathing message to legislators trying to curtail Americans’ right to vote.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Baltimore Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson

The Black Lives Matter activist (at right in photo)—whose political campaign is off to an attention-grabbing start—seeks to tackle the issues of police brutality and criminal justice through education and employment.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s Why Black History Must Be Remembered All Year Long

As the rest of the nation celebrates Black History Month, this February I’m taking a graduate-level course I call “Dead White Men.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Condemns Hatred of Muslims and Affirms Their Importance to the Nation (Video)

President Obama spoke last week at a Baltimore mosque in an explicit pushback against the hatred for Muslims being promoted by Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



We Still Need Black History Month

America’s racial disparity won’t disappear if we simply ignore it.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



Dog Whistle Politics

Ian Haney Lopez, the book’s author, writes that many white Americans no longer see themselves as racist. He maintains, however, these people are manipulated by dog whistle politics—coded racial language that “operates on two levels: inaudible and easily denied in one range, yet stimulating strong reactions in another.”

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



You Say You Want a Revolution? Young Americans to Bernie Sanders: Count Me In!

Bernie Sanders’ youth-powered bid for the presidency is more than just a campaign: It’s a reflection of a rising passion among Americans for a new political life.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water

Aggrieved Flint residents and their allies are demanding immediate action to ensure safe, clean water to the people of Flint. Many are calling for Michigan Gov. Snyder to resign or even to be arrested.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



‘Threat-Score Software’: Will It Get You Shot by a Cop?

This law enforcement technology can use facts such as ZIP codes and frequency of address changes to assign a danger level to people an officer might engage. A high threat score could increase the officer’s anxiety ... and you know where that could lead.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE


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