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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We Still Need Black History Month

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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U.N. Experts Catalog a Seemingly Endless List of Racial Discrimination in the U.S.

Past injustices and crimes against African-Americans in the United States need to be addressed with reparatory justice.

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To Make the Oscars More Diverse, Let’s Adopt Football’s Rooney Rule

Voluntary steps to include more people of color and women should be a priority throughout the entire Hollywood system of moviemaking, from studios’ executive ranks to casting.

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The Seventh GOP Debate: Let’s See Some Identity, Please

With just four days to go before the Iowa caucuses, the stakes haven’t been higher for Republican presidential hopefuls. Can any candidate, present or absent, rescue the Republican Party? Seven of them were on hand in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday night to claim they were up for that job. Updated

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People of Flint Call for Pro-Democracy Revolt to Save Their Poisoned City

Residents and advocacy organizations are seeking outside intervention and a complete overhaul of the state government.

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VIDEO: Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo Decries U.S.’ ‘White Privilege Racism’

Backing calls for more diversity in Academy Awards nominations, Ruffalo last week joined other Hollywood figures in criticizing the overseers of the Oscars after no black actors were nominated for the second year straight.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Stop Hate, Dump Trump’: Celebrities and Activists Join Campaign Against Donald Trump

Michael Moore, Kerry Washington, Noam Chomsky, Connie Britton, Rosanna Arquette, Reza Aslan, Ani DiFranco, Danny Glover and the playwright Eve Ensler are among the prominent public figures who have pledged to “speak out in every way possible” to prevent Trump from becoming the next president of the United States.

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Palin: Candidates Wear ‘Political Correctness’ Like a Suicide Vest (Video)

The term “political correctness” has a long and varying history, but what do Donald Trump and Sarah Palin mean when they attack it?

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VIDEO: Is Donald Trump the New George Wallace?

As political commentators point out similarities in rhetoric between the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1968, Wallace’s daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, who has compared the two campaigns, says her father actually may have been less extreme.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

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Oscar Nominations Put On Yet Another Show of Whiteness

It’s not as though there weren’t plenty of options to mix up this year’s lineup of Oscar nominees.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Stateless and the State of the Union

That symbol, the empty chair, creates a moment to reflect on who else wasn’t seated in that august gallery in the Capitol, like the undocumented immigrants rounded up in the New Year’s raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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VIDEO: Obama Offers a First Draft of His Legacy in Last State of the Union Speech

The president claimed he had the long view in sight when he addressed both houses of Congress, as well as the American people, in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. But much of the work of his final appeal had to do with securing his legacy and boosting his party in the near future. 

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VIDEO: So You Aren’t Racist. Good, but It’s Not Enough.

Nonracism is a “moral stance, an entire code for living your life and dealing with all the injustice in the world by not doing a damn thing,” says author Marlon James.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Remember How Bernie Sanders Treated a Muslim Woman Who Stood Up at One of His Rallies?

A few days after Donald Trump looked on and made faces as a Muslim woman was heckled out of one of his campaign rallies, it’s worth recalling how Bernie Sanders responded to a Muslim student who questioned him about racism and Islamophobia in October.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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VIDEO: Muslim Woman Heckled by Crowd, Removed From Donald Trump Rally

Rose Hamid, a Muslim woman wearing a shirt imprinted with “Salam, I come in peace,” was escorted from a Donald Trump rally Friday night as some supporters of the 2016 Republican presidential candidate shouted Islamophobic epithets at her.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Is Right-Wing Populism the New Normal?

While it might be tempting to view the political success of Donald Trump as something uniquely American, Guardian journalist Gary Younge explains that “most Western nations have their own Trump: a racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic demagogue appealing to a mix of nationalist nostalgia, patriotic myth, class grievance and economic insecurity.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump’s Supporters Are Poorly Paid, Distrustful and Convinced They’re Anything but Racist

The candidate is leading in voter support in the Republican presidential primary race because he appeals to a statistically significant bloc of frustrated whites who “reject the stories offered to them” by established sources “and admire leaders who do the same.”

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Why Black Lives Matter Is the Movement of the Year

The movement’s innovative and committed activism has renewed the struggle for racial justice. In 2015, no other progressive cause in the United States came close to its perseverance and creativity.

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When a Dream Becomes Someone Else’s Nightmare: Clarence Moses-EL’s 28 Years Behind Bars

It was all because of the dream of a neighbor woman who had been raped.

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Sandra Bland’s Family Slams ‘Secrecy of It All’ After Non-Indictment

“She should have never been incarcerated. Period,” said the mother of the 28-year-old black woman who died in a Texas county jail last July.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



In Dark Times, Poetry Can Enlighten Us

Artists are coming together to commemorate victims of violence and create bridges between America and the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



Make America Great, as It Was ... When?

Donald Trump and his followers clearly don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



No, Donald Trump, Real Muslims Haven’t Applauded Your Fascist Plan to Ban Them

Some in the Arabic press reported with a straight face Trump’s assertions that he has lots of Muslim friends and that they are calling to say how pleased they are that the GOP presidential contender wants to bar them from entering the U.S. In the real world, how have Muslims responded?

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VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



We Won’t Fix Inequality by Tweaking Capitalism

The disparities in wealth that we term “income inequality” happened by design, writes social critic Stephen Thrasher. And “they can’t be fixed by fiddling at the edges of our current economic system.”

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VIDEO: ‘Daily Show’s’ Trevor Noah and Hassan Minaj Turn the Tables on Donald Trump, the ‘White ISIS’

“The Daily Show” comedians draw an enlightening comparison between Islamic State and Donald Trump that will have you nodding all day.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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