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The Charleston Church Shooting Is Another Example of How ‘Anti-Intellectualism Is Killing America’

At a time when in-depth discussions are more necessary than ever, ignorance will prevail over intellectualism; a third of Americans can’t tell you what the term “transgender” means; meanwhile, propaganda is a powerful factor behind the growing prison problem we face in the U.S. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE


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On the Charleston Shooting and the Daily Tragedy of ‘Living While Black’

Poet Claudia Rankine’s painfully powerful piece delves into how the “killing of black people is an unending spectacle” that leaves black Americans in a constant state of mourning and raises the question, “What kind of country do we live in?”

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



What South Carolina Needs to Do for Racial Equality (Taking Down the Flag Is Just Symbolic)

The step to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse is a welcome one, but it is only a symbolic measure. South Carolina’s 4.8 million residents can only achieve greater racial harmony and civil rights through practical steps.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



Silicon Valley CEO Slams WSJ Over Editorial About Charleston: ‘F**k You’

Choosing a fitting communication platform to underscore his Silicon Valley background, Flickr-cofounder-turned-Slack-CEO Stewart Butterfield excoriated The Wall Street Journal editorial staff in a series of tweets Sunday evening.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: And Now for the Inevitable Rachel Dolezal Late-Night TV Spoofery

Former Spokane NAACP executive Rachel Dolezal spent much of her adult life doing a kind of impression of herself in order to pass as black. On Monday night’s “Late Night With Seth Myers,” comic actor Maya Rudolph, who actually comes from a mixed-race background, debuted her impression of Dolezal.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Heritage









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Confederate Flag Comes Down









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Bigotry









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Charleston Mourns









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Gun Violence









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Hate









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America’s Slave Empire

The only way brutality and economic exploitation in prisons can be halted is by attacking the system of neoslavery that defines our prison system. Alabama prisoners are leading a call for work stoppages in an effort to break the U.S. system of mass incarceration.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE



Hope and Hate in Charleston

Even if Dylann Roof, the man arrested in the church massacre in South Carolina, acted alone, he is not alone in his hateful views. And it is up to white Americans to defeat the poison of racism in this country.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE


Rebel Flag









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Flags









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Confederate Response









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Charleston, S. Carolina









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Church Shooting









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On Becoming Black, Becoming White and Being Human: Rachel Dolezal and the Fluidity of Race

When I think of the former NAACP official’s attempt to pass for black, I am reminded of my cousin Ernest, who successfully passed for white for four decades, and the fact that race in the United States—though a mutable social construct—remains more important than ever to the way we see ourselves.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Coroner Releases Names of Nine People Killed at Church in South Carolina (Updated)

UPDATE: The coroner has identified all nine people killed Wednesday night by a white gunman who opened fire during a prayer meeting at a black church in South Carolina. Meanwhile, Dylann Roof, 21, has been arrested on suspicion of killing state Sen. Clementa Pinckney and eight others.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Why Rachel Dolezal Infuriates Us

The more I read about Dolezal and her life in “blackface,” the angrier I got. Here are 10 reasons her critics are on solid ground in denouncing her.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘Critical Race Theory: The Year in Review 2014’: a Candid Poem About Modern-Day Racism

Lisa Alvarez’s straightforward poem gets to the core of a year in which violence against black people became impossible to look away from any longer. 

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



Finally, a Teen Comedy About Asian Kids With an Asian Cast

Director Benson Lee, a Korean-American, was inspired by the ’80s teen angst movies of the late John Hughes. But you won’t find any of the stereotypical Asian characters that tended to turn up in Hughes’ movies—that is, when Asians appeared at all.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jon Stewart Is Just as Confused as You Are About the Rachel Dolezal Scandal

In two segments, “The Daily Show” summed up the controversy that’s been keeping the 24-hour news cycle spiraling out of control these past few days.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Witness Statements Contradict Account of Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice

A prosecutor’s comprehensive account of the investigation into the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November included witness reports that contradict a Cleveland officer’s claim that he shouted a warning before shooting the boy.

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Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruling in the notorious case does nothing to satisfy the demands for justice being voiced by angry protesters at a commission hearing and in front of the mayor’s home.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘The Daily Show’ Slams Texas Cops’ Racist Attack on McKinney Pool Party Teens

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart teams up with correspondent Jessica Williams to discuss recent events at a pool party in McKinney, Texas.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Cop Pulls Gun On, Wrestles and Detains Socializing Teenagers

A Texas police officer has been suspended after pulling his gun on teenagers and manhandling a 14-year-old girl after breaking up a pool party.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Black and Latino People Killed by Cops Are Far More Likely to Be Unarmed Than Whites

While one glance at the news about recent police killings would probably lead you to assume that more unarmed minorities are killed than are weaponless whites, the actual numbers might astound you.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE



The Fire This Time: Black Youth and the Spectacle of Post-Racial Violence

The killing of young Black men such as 16-year-old Kimani Gray, 12-year-old Tamir Rice and 18-year-old Michael Brown are part of a historical pattern of racial terror in which Black populations have been contained and controlled by so-called legitimate mechanisms of state violence.

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AUDIO: Henry Giroux: Liberalism Fails Against Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism

By Eric Poulin, Truthout

In two far-reaching interviews on the “Soap Box” with Eric Poulin, the social philosopher Henry Giroux defines establishment liberals by their persistent failure to address the obvious—that capitalism and democracy are not the same thing.

Posted on May 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Pathology of the Rich White Family

The rich white family is a menace, and the sickness within it is the most dangerous threat to America.

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Is Blue the New White?

When death occurs at police hands, the easiest story line is “white cops versus black kids,” but it’s much more complicated. “Manifest Justice,” a Los Angeles event that included Trayvon Martin’s mother, looked at the issue.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Michelle Obama’s Viral Speech on Race Condescending?

The first lady delivered a powerful, evocative commencement speech at Tuskegee University on Saturday about the daily “sting” of racism, but it’s possible that in her attempt to be inspiring, Obama ended up patronizing her audience.

Posted on May 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Mumia’s Life Matters

Supporters of the ailing journalist charge that Pennsylvania, having failed to formally execute him, is now intent on letting him die through medical neglect in prison.

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Town Hall: Black Baltimoreans Discuss How the Media and State Treat Them

While Fox and CNN were telling you what to think about black Americans in Baltimore and their response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, The Real News Network convened a discussion in which community members were free to speak for themselves.

Posted on May 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: ‘Key & Peele’ Welcome You to ‘Negrotown’

What if there were a magical place where blacks could escape the indignities, dangers and inconveniences of racism?

Posted on May 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The American Dream: Living to 18

“You want to get older. You want to experience life. You don’t want to die in a matter of seconds because of cops.” It’s that sentiment that has fueled the Black Lives Matter movement across the country.

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Fixing America’s Broken Approach to Young Black Men

The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses. Subsequent steps are harder.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore

Most coverage of the protests this week failed to provide context or give voice to those protesting, instead offering a simplistic narrative of “school-age youths” assaulting police at Mondawmin Mall.

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No Fingerprints









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President Obama on Baltimore Uprising: ‘No Excuse for ... Violence’

President Obama addressed the ongoing unrest in Baltimore on Tuesday, admonishing demonstrators for changing the tone of the protests Monday, as he saw it, and characterizing the shift as one toward “senseless violence.”

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Where Black Lives Don’t Matter: Serial Murder and Silence in South L.A.

Police don’t always to have to shoot to kill black people. “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” which debuts Monday on HBO, shows how the devaluing of black women’s lives allowed a serial killer to roam free for 25 years.

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Shocking News









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A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies

Private corporations have crafted a business model based on the imprisonment of families seeking asylum. Is that the real reason the U.S. has reverted to an inhumane policy?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE


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