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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.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE


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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



6 Times U.S. Government Excluded Millions Based on Race or Religion (Video)

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and other bigots on the far right are nothing new in American history.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Why Counting Mass Shootings Is a Bad Way to Understand Gun Violence in America

It glosses over the broader reality of who is most at risk of being murdered with guns.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



With Anti-Muslim Bombast, Trump Doubles Down on ‘Fascist Demagoguery’

“The truth is his language is dangerous,” Bernie Sanders and other critics say.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump Calls for Banning All Muslims From Entering U.S.

In his most despicable declaration yet, the Republican presidential front-runner is urging the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” according to a statement his campaign released to the media Monday.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Members Regroup, Respond After Police Break Up Encampment

The reasons Minneapolis police and city officials cited for breaking up the Black Lives Matter encampment that had formed outside the 4th Precinct station may have been predictable, but protesters were not: Their responses showed they were prepared to be flexible. 

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Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

Global warming is a form of terror, perhaps the worst form. The finality of death is the same, whether we are gunned down in the streets or drown in the floods.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Trump’s Embrace of Fascism Is America’s Dirty Little Secret

Rather than dismissing it as a wild card in American politics, it is crucial to recognize that Trump’s popularity represents what one writer calls a dangerous “political space … in both the wider culture and in recent history.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Dead, White and Blue: The Great Die-Off of America’s Blue-Collar Whites

The “diseases” leading to excessive white working-class deaths are those of despair, and some of the obvious causes are economic.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fires Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Emanuel has made an example of his city’s top cop one week after the release of video footage showing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Age of the Demagogues

The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: The Cameras Are New—Not the Violence

On the occasion of the publication of his new book, “Between the World and Me,” the intellectual figure of the Black Lives Matter movement delivered a stirring talk on the unique violence, fear and difficulty in living that black Americans suffer.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

In the Republican presidential candidate’s world, African-Americans and Muslim Americans are perpetrators of violence and terrorism. In the reality-based world, they are the victims.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

Independent media took the official scenario of the Chicago police killing of a 17-year-old black male and turned it on its head.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Chicago Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder in Death of Black Teenager (Updated)

A judge in Cook County, Ill., charged Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year. Updated

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



The New Nativist Hysteria Is Illegitimate, Divisive and Dangerous

The xenophobic outburst on Capitol Hill and across the heartland won’t make us safer. In fact, it plays directly into the hands of terrorist organizations like Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



Attention, Donald Trump: 9/11 Candlelight Vigils by Muslims Sympathizing With the U.S. (Videos)

The meme that Muslims celebrated the attacks of 9/11 has always been mostly a piece of false propaganda. Donald Trump, who never met a piece of false racist propaganda he did not like, has now picked up this despicable libel.

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The Paris Attacks Are Being Used to Justify Agendas They Have Nothing to Do With

The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks has “devolved into a dark and dishonest debate” in which governments consider banning encryption and barring Syrian refugees from entering their countries. But the attackers were neither Syrian nor refugees and there’s no evidence they used encryption to communicate.

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Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

The West’s knee-jerk reactions to the Paris attacks are based on ignorance of what the jihadi organization is and what its motives are.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah Denounces American Politicians’ Racist Responses to the Paris Attacks

The “Daily Show” host lambastes certain politicians for the “bat shit crazy” comments they delivered in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Missouri U. Football Team and Those Who Saved ‘Chain Reaction’

These two groups have taken a step against racism in one case and for an important sculpture in the other. Their disparate actions help to revive national faith in the power of the people.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



What Are College Students Across the U.S. Protesting? (Video)

Student protests erupting across the nation have exposed a deep undercurrent of dissatisfaction driven by race and class. A University of California professor explains the race end of the equation.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah: The Missouri Football Team Is Teaching Americans How to Protest

After analyzing the series of events that recently occurred at the University of Missouri, the “Daily Show” host figured out the secret behind how to effect change in the United States.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: University of Missouri President Resigns Amid Protests Over Racial Intolerance

Tim Wolfe’s statement of resignation included a remarkable testament to the power of smart, direct-action protest.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



‘Our Generation, Our Choice,’ Say Young People as They Ready for Mass Civil Disobedience

Youths from across the country are expected to sweep Washington, D.C., on Monday “to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Civil Rights Petition Urges ‘SNL’ to Scrap Donald Trump’s Guest Host Appearance

The online civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org is petitioning NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest host appearance on “Saturday Night Live” planned for this weekend. In only three days, the group has collected 30,000 signatures.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Activists Shout Down Hillary Clinton During Criminal Justice Rally

Friday’s protest stemmed from widespread feeling that Clinton is not doing enough to address police brutality and the systematic incarceration of African-Americans.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Police Are the Greatest Threat Facing Black Kids in School

Schools have welcomed police on campuses as “resource officers.” But rather than protect students, they are brutalizing them.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Exploiting Prison Labor

Watch Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ rousing speech on the effects of police violence and mass incarceration on families. Hedges spoke at Saturday’s Rise Up October rally in New York.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Ben Fields, Cop in Video Seen Flipping a Black Teen at Her Desk, Has a History of Abuse Allegations

The South Carolina police officer who attacked a black student in a school has faced previous allegations of abuse, according to lawsuit records. A video of the classroom incident went viral Monday.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 26, 2015 ENLARGE



VIDEO: #RiseUpOctober: 3-Day New York Event Focuses on Police Brutality

Thousands marched through the streets of Manhattan on Saturday to protest police brutality. A diverse, grass-roots coalition of activists and concerned citizens staged the three-day action, dubbed #RiseUpOctober.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Mississippi Yearning: Students Hope to Remove an Old and Odious Symbol

Students at the University of Mississippi have been organizing to force the removal of the state flag from campus.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Sparks Race-Based Twitter Battle

Last time we checked, it was the year 2015, but apparently the Internet-enabled white supremacists who formulated the Twitter hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII, along with the associated cyber-campaign, have yet to catch up with the fact that entertainment products don’t exist solely for their enjoyment.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: This Canadian Has Some News for Americans Who Think They Might Prefer Her Country’s Politics

While our northern neighbor may seem like a socialist utopia to Americans facing the possibility of Donald Trump as president, Canadian Sana Saeed explains how conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has actually steered the country far away from being the welcoming progressive country that many imagine. 

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Condition of Black Cemeteries Mirrors Our Regard for Black Lives

While Confederate memorials continue to draw public funding, across the United States time and divestment have transformed historic black cemeteries into trash dumps and overgrown forests.

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Gaza and Ferguson Are Closer Than You Think

A powerful new video featuring dozens of artists and activists, including Lauryn Hill and Alice Walker, draws comparisons between blacks’ and Palestinians’ struggles for justice.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’

Millions of brilliant Americans—often people of color—have been set up from birth to be put behind bars. Boris Franklin was one of them, and his words dramatically trace a powerful system that destroys lives.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Politicon 2015: Ann Coulter Claims She Fed Donald Trump ‘That Spicy Stuff on Mexican Rapists’

By Kasia Anderson

Is Ann Coulter the mastermind behind Donald Trump’s inflammatory immigration rhetoric? The conservative pundit herself apparently thinks so.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Solution We Didn’t Know We Needed: Now You Can Bequeath Your Tattoos

If you have a tattoo, you no longer have to worry about it dying out with your body, thanks to a new service; a piece explains why we’re unable to keep pharmaceutical companies from charging absurd amounts for drugs; meanwhile, a year after the Ayotzinapa disappearances in Mexico, relatives of the missing students are still seeking justice. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Trump, Carson, Rand Paul and Other GOP Candidates Defy the Constitution with Anti-Muslim Bigotry

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world’s great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today’s Republican Party disagrees.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 20, 2015 ENLARGE



What Trump’s Reaction to Claims of Muslim-American Terror Camps Says About Him and the GOP (Videos)

The presidential candidate is just a rich white racialist bigot who enjoys bullying people he considers inferior. And that seems to be what many Republicans want.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE


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Standing With Ahmed and All Children of Color

The treatment the 14-year-old science buff received from police and school authorities is emblematic of the obstacles children of color face—even when they have educational privilege.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Just Fire Officer James Frascatore—Arrest Him

New York City Police Officer James Frascatore has given new meaning to the Grand Slam of tennis.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Still Think ‘Reverse Racism’ Exists? Here’s Why You’re Wrong.

New York media company NowThis News teamed up with The Huffington Post to release a handy video that explains why anyone crying out “reverse racism” should stop.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



If You Made Your Bed, Don’t Lie in It

There’s a scientific reason you should ignore what your mom taught you and leave your bed unmade every day; a writer ponders whether newly minted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn can undo what Tony Blair did to the party; meanwhile, a black woman says she was detained in a mental hospital for over a week because cops didn’t believe her BMW belonged to her. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE



Hurricane Katrina, the Politics of Disposability and the Racial Insensitivity of Malcolm Gladwell

The neoliberal shill Malcolm Gladwell reached a new low in arguing that Hurricane Katrina provided new opportunities for many of the poor blacks involuntarily displaced by the storm.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE


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