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AP / Jim Cole

Trumped-Up Racism

The certificate and its release prove two things most people should already know: Obama is an American. And, as Tavis Smiley put it, the 2012 presidential race is shaping up to be “the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this Republic.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Sentence Declared Unconstitutional

The death penalty case of Mumia Abu-Jamal took a surprising turn this week, as a federal appeals court declared, for the second time, that Abu-Jamal’s death sentence was unconstitutional.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



The Reinvention of Malcolm X

Malcolm X’s life has inspired filmmakers, writers, painters, rappers and dramatists, yet much about his murder has remained a mystery. Now we have Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X,” a groundbreaking piece of work.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Georgia Immigration Bill Looks to Arizona

All aboard the hate train. Georgia’s Legislature has passed a bill that copies some of the most maligned parts of Arizona’s infamously anti-immigrant SB 1070. The Georgia bill is now on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



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China on U.S. Human Rights Scolding: Look Who’s Talking

The U.S. and China are bickering again over human rights after the U.S. condemned the arrest of Chinese dissidents. Beijing dismissed Washington’s latest criticism and said the U.S. is beset by violence, racism and torture and thus has no authority to condemn the actions of other governments. Above, Ai Weiwei, a jailed activist.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / UNCF / Lomax family

Remembering Almena Lomax

Almena Lomax was a crusading journalist, one of many reporters and editors who toiled away on African-American newspapers—the Negro Leagues of journalism—exposing the racism ignored by the white papers that refused to hire them.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE


Patriotic Teen Fails Spanish

This video details the makings of a conservative hero: a high school sophomore who purposefully fails Spanish to save his country, pledging to “speak American” instead. The Onion News Network’s “Beyond the Facts” has more on this heartwarming (faux) story.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



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NPR’s CEO Ousted After Right-Wing Sting Stunt

Is NPR the next Acorn? The public radio powerhouse is apparently the latest target of conservative rabble-rousers such as James O’Keefe, the undercover right-winger whose Acorn sting spelled major trouble for that institution, and Wednesday, NPR’s CEO Vivian Schiller took the fall.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Amis

Tough Going for Anti-Immigration Bills

Momentum has shifted against anti-immigrant bills like Arizona’s SB 1070 in the more than 20 states that have tried to institute copycat laws. Most efforts have failed to gain legislative traction, with bills dying in committee or simply being voted down.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE


Whistling Dixie—Again

Does Haley Barbour really have a warped and offensive view of America’s racial history? Or is he just playing a dangerous game? Perhaps both.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



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The Coming MiscegeNation?

Does today’s focus on multiracialism mean that we’re finally seeing the end of racism? Or does it mean that racism has simply gone underground?

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Greek Border Fence Plan Sparks Violence

Pro-migrant marchers were attacked by far-right stone throwers in Athens as they protested plans to build an eight-mile-long fence on Greece’s border with Turkey aimed at keeping out illegal immigrants.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Jim Gets a Promotion in the New ‘Huck Finn’

Once we start taking offensive yet instructive language such as nigger out of literature,
as is the case with Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” what’s next? Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore peers unflinchingly into ...

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE



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10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in ‘Huck Finn’

If you find this book offensive, don’t buy it or read it. There are plenty of books that none of us have an interest in reading for one reason or another. We don’t rewrite them. We simply choose not to read them.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Huckleberry Finn,’ Minus the N-Word

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about to get a major makeover in the form of a significant edit to be made in NewSouth Books’ edition of Mark Twain’s iconic novel. Specifically, the notorious n-word will be swapped out for “slave,” along with one other race-related alteration.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE


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Haley Barbour’s Civil Rights Airbrush

It’s too bad for Haley Barbour, a smooth pol who seems to stumble whenever he encounters the subject of the South and race, that he’s not in my book group.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason Redmond

Dream Act Is Dead for This Year

The U.S. Senate has failed us again. On a 55-41 vote, the proposed Dream Act, an immigration reform measure aimed at paving the way to citizenship for undocumented students who attend college, has effectively been killed for this year.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Racism as a National Default Mechanism

In a speech regarding the Pigford lawsuit, Rep. Steve King implied that Obama supported the farmers because he is “very, very urban” and not because the USDA admitted its historical practice of discriminating against African-American farmers.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Racism Worries Surround 2018 Cup

News that the 2018 World Cup will be played in Russia is stirring some alarm, as a rise in neo-Nazi activity and racist killings in the country have led many soccer fans of color to wonder aloud if Russia is an appropriate place to host the international tournament.

Posted on Dec 4, 2010 READ MORE


Blaming Obama’s America First

We are about to enter a two-year period in which the Beltway Republicans will always blame Obama’s America first—you know, the America that happens to disagree with much of the conservative agenda, the America from which they want to “take back” the country, as if the rest of us represent an alien force.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ted S. Warren

Pat-Downs Hit Middle America Where It Counts

What has emerged from the TSA pat-down kerfuffle is recognition that it is psychologically demeaning to be subjected to physical touching of private areas of the body by someone not invited to do so. Now, the psychological treatment of men of color is being brought home to middle American men.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


Bush to Kanye: All Is Forgiven

During his comfortable sit-down with Matt Lauer on Wednesday’s “Today” show, former President George W. Bush was visited by the pre-taped image of a contrite Kanye West, who was all ready to make nice after his Bush-is-a-racist claim of yesteryear.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Race and the Tea Party’s Ire

The first African-American president takes office, and almost immediately we see the birth of an overwhelmingly white national movement that tries its best to delegitimize that president. Coincidence? [Above, an anti-Obama poster.]

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



altoarizona.com

SB 1070’s Day in Court

The anti-immigration SB 1070 will soon have its day in court. Arizona’s toxic new law is on the docket of a federal appeals court in San Francisco for Monday. The justices are expected to consider what exactly is the role of state and local authorities in immigration issues.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sue Ogrocki

Oklahoma Not OK With Shariah Law

Some people in Oklahoma are either able to predict the future or they’re just anti-Muslim bigots. A measure on the ballot next week in the state will ask voters whether they want to pass, no joke, a constitutional amendment outlawing Shariah, or Islamic law.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Lawmaker Fights Boycott Backlash

Raul Grijalva is a four-term congressman from southern Arizona. Yet in the wake of the state’s SB1070 anti-immigrant legislation, the historically shoo-in Democrat is locked in a tight race with his Republican challenger after Grijalva had the gall to back a national boycott campaign against the Grand Canyon State.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 READ MORE



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From ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans’ to Children’s Ears

A Virginia fourth-grade textbook falsely claims that “Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks” during the Civil War. The author of the book relied heavily on a pro-Confederacy group she found on the Internet.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Clemens Bilan

Merkel: Multiculturalism Has Failed

Maybe she sipped a bit too much during Oktoberfest, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stumbled to the right after she claimed that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” stirring the proverbial cultural melting pot to suggest that immigrants have not effectively integrated into German society.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Fibonacci Blue (CC-BY)

The Tea Party: It’s Worse Than You Think

A debate has raged over the last 18 months as to whether the tea party movement is racist. I propose to put this debate to rest. The tea party is racist. Its followers have deployed a brilliant strategy to deflect charges of racism by using a form of the legislative provision known as severability.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Sanchez Fired From CNN

CNN has canned Rick Sanchez after the “Rick’s List” host unleashed a verbal barrage against Jon Stewart’s “bigotry,” Jews in the media, and the institutional racism he says he experienced in the newsroom. Guess what part of the rant the media is going to leave out?

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Libertea

Tuesday’s primaries brought a couple of surprising results, such as the voting victories of problematic e-mail forwarding enthusiast Carl Paladino in New York and anti-masturbation crusader Christine O’Donnell in Delaware. What are we to make of these people?

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


Newt and the Closet Kenyan

Is Newt Gingrich just pretending to have lost his mind, or has he actually gone around the bend? His lunacy certainly seems genuine enough.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / LiberalsWA

Aussies Elect First Indigenous MP

In a historic moment for Australia, an Aboriginal man has won a seat in the country’s House of Representatives, the first indigenous person to be elected as an MP in Australia’s century-long history as a democracy.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE



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The State of Our Interracial Unions

Though Dr. Laura’s comments are definitely offensive, what’s more offensive is that she really isn’t saying anything new. Throughout our nation’s long history of racial mixing, mainstream culture has regarded interracial relationships as abnormal.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Glenn Beck MLKs It

Before holding his Hubrisfest 2010 celebration on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, Glenn Beck says he’s no Martin Luther King Jr., but would also like to point out that “African-Americans don’t own Martin Luther King.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Dropping the G-Word

Seven years after a decade-long spate of violence in the Congo, a leaked U.N. draft report on the slaughter of tens of thousands of ethnic Hutus by Rwandan soldiers tepidly says that the horrific mass killings may possibly constitute genocide.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


Howard Dean Explains His ‘Mosque’ Views to Disappointed Glenn Greenwald

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald called Howard Dean’s suggestion that the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero be moved the “worst thing I’ve seen him do.” Here, Dean attempts to explain himself.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



The Glenn Beck-Sarah Palin Rally to Un-Pervert MLK

There’s almost too much crazy going on here to cope, but Media Matters does a bang-up job of explaining how Sarah Palin (who told Dr. Laura N-Word “don’t retreat ... reload!”) and Glenn Beck are planning to “reclaim the civil rights movement” with a rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “dream” speech.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Courage and Lower Manhattan

Nothing tests a president like standing up against a wave of fear and prejudice, even at potentially great cost to his own party and prospects.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


Dr. Laura

So Long, Dr. Laura: Schlessinger to Leave Radio

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is still sorry about that whole “n-word” incident from earlier this month. So sorry, in fact, that she went on “Larry King Live” Tuesday night to talk about it—and to announce, “I’ve made the decision not to do radio anymore.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Mosque-Issippi Burning

Salman Hamdani died on Sept. 11, 2001. The 23-year-old police cadet raced to Ground Zero to save others. His selfless act cost him his life.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bernat Armangue

Israel to Deport 400 Children

Q: What do Arizona and Israel have in common? A: An uncanny disregard for immigrant rights. Two weeks ago the Israeli Cabinet voted to deport 400 children of migrant workers, and even after the wife of the Israeli prime minister wrote a letter pleading for amnesty for them, the Cabinet has refused to reconsider.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE


Dr. Laura

Dr. Laura Sorry for Airing N-Word Barrage

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is many things, but an astute commentator on racial politics isn’t one of them. The long-running schlock jock removed her foot from her mouth this week to issue an apology for ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Racists Return

Expressions of racial hatred on the right are troubling, but not nearly as troubling as the behavior of conservatives who excuse, embolden or simply pretend to ignore the bigots surrounding them.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE



Nasser Shiyoukhi

The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

Muslim, Christian or Jew, we ignore this suffering at the peril of our own humanity. As Rachel Corrie wrote in her last letter to her parents, “I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


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A Countercultural Conversation With Noam Chomsky

The following is an interview with professor Noam Chomsky examining the question of why the counterculture, which had been so endemic to the politics of dissent in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, no longer seems to exist in any viable way.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE    


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‘Colbert Report’: Laura Ingraham Gets Owned

So, conservative talk radio starlet Laura Ingraham showed up on “The Colbert Report” Tuesday night, despite the fact that the show’s host had once dubbed her “Ichabod Crane’s banshee widow,” to plug her new book, “The Obama Diaries.” How’d she do?

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Teachable Moments With Shirley Sherrod, Fox News

The recent Shirley Sherrod kerfuffle served to show how quick the Obama administration is to bend to the will of Fox News pundits, according to Stephen Colbert, who can think of a few other people to fire as well for doing nothing wrong.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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