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Romney Closes Gap, ‘SNL’ Mocks Debate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney makes a major foreign policy speech and a Republican lawmaker defends slavery.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Ryan on ‘The Stench,’ a ‘Dumber’ Romney, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Mitt Romney says his heart aches, the GOP is back to supporting Todd Akin and his ridiculous “legitimate rape” comments, and the latest Fox News failure.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Voter Drive Dust-Up, GOP Lawmaker’s Possible Prostitution Link, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the real percentage of Americans who receive financial help from the federal government and the Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren gets nasty.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



Is John Roberts Coming for Your Vote?

Racial nostalgists working to restore white political power through voter suppression may have an ally in the Supreme Court.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Whites Only’ High School Reunion Party Stirs Outrage

A Louisiana high school class’ plan for its 40th reunion is being met with outrage after a letter leaked on the Internet revealed that a party was for only white graduates.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ali Abunimah

Many journalists become grudgingly used to the fact that their work has little to no visible effect on the course of world events. When conservative writer Joshua Trevino was let go from The Guardian last month, Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the pro-Palestinian news and opinion site The Electronic Intifada, wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Author of Voter ID Law Admits to Racist Email

South Carolina state. Rep. Alan Clemmons, the lawmaker who wrote a voter ID law that the Justice Department considers discriminatory, isn’t helping his side’s case by his positive response to a racist email.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Racist Taunt Gets Attendees Evicted at Convention

Two attendees at the Republican National Convention were removed from the grounds after tossing nuts at a black camera operator for CNN and saying, “This is how we feed animals,” the network said.

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Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE


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America the Great ... Police State

Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal’s essays over the last six years. In a tribute to his legacy, we’ll be rerunning his great works. In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the U.S. is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws—only by armed men and force.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Oprah’s ‘Ignorance’ Irks India

“[M]yopic, unaware, ignorant and gauche” is how one critic described Oprah Winfrey’s India travelogue. Viewers on the subcontinent this weekend got their first look at the program, which was taped in January and aired in the U.S. in April.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



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20 Years After the L.A. Riots and Nothing Has Changed

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a reminder of the racial divide poisoning American life, which has resisted all attempts to bridge it, even after the country elected its first African-American president.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Catlett: An Appreciation

The impact of her sculpture Target extends to the thousands of anonymous people of color, mostly but not exclusively younger males, who are routinely subjected to racist harassment and attacks by police and others throughout the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Zimmerman’s Lawyers Quit His Case

George Zimmerman’s legal team decamped Tuesday, saying in a news conference that day that they had had trouble getting through to their client, first because he hadn’t been taking their direction and then because he dropped out of contact with them as of last weekend.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Zimmerman Makes Bid for Online Support

George Zimmerman has taken to the Web to drum up support—and to support himself. The 28-year-old former neighborhood watch patrolman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, has launched a website seeking donations to cover his legal and living expenses.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE


Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

“My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


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Hoodie Politics: Trayvon Martin and Racist Violence in Post-Racial America

The killing of a young African-American boy, Trayvon Martin, by an overzealous white Hispanic security guard who appears to have capitulated to the dominant post-racial presumption that equates the culture of criminality with the culture of blackness, has devolved into a spectacle.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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FBI Launches ‘Parallel Investigation’ Into Trayvon Martin Case

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is officially involved in the Trayvon Martin case, conducting its own inquiry into the Feb. 26 killing of the teenager in Sanford, Fla., to determine, for one, whether shooter George Zimmerman zeroed in on Martin for any racially motivated reasons.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Black Power and Sports Today

When John Carlos raised his fist in a salute at the 1968 Olympic Games, he encouraged untold numbers of people to continue fighting for racial and economic justice. Today, he says, the control corporations exert over professional athletes makes such an act impossible to imagine.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Video Challenges George Zimmerman’s Story

The man who killed Trayvon Martin last month, George Zimmerman, has claimed his life was threatened in a fight with the unarmed 17-year-old and thus he was forced to shoot the Florida youth. But the injuries that Zimmerman, 28, said he sustained weren’t apparent in video footage taken later that day.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


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President Speaks Up for Trayvon Martin

It happened nearly a month ago, and his alleged killer has yet to be arrested, but Trayvon Martin’s cause made it to the White House on Friday, as President Obama took the time during a news conference in the Rose Garden to pay tribute to the slain Florida teen and reaffirm the call for justice.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


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To Be Black in America ...

For every black man in America, from the millionaire in the corner office to the mechanic in the local garage, the Trayvon Martin tragedy is personal. It could have been me or one of my sons. It could have been any of us.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



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The Million Hoodie March: It’s About a ‘Right-or-Wrong Thing’

In all, the Million Hoodie March was an on-the-ground call for an end and an online call for a new beginning.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Montana Judge Caught Up in Racist Email Controversy

It’s an election year, and that means it’s time for the ugliest sides of humanity to come trotting out, and not just in candidates’ debates and ads or on Fox News. Thanks to the Interwebs, we now can also look forward to hearing about some less-than-noble sentiments shared in forwarded emails.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



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High Court Scrutinizing Affirmative Action at Colleges

A hot-button issue from the ’80s and ’90s has come up once again at the U.S. Supreme Court: affirmative action on the college level.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Interracial Love Is No Societal Cure-All

Charting the demise of racism by the rising number of interracial marriages is probably not the most reliable indicator that it’s ending. Wouldn’t the elimination of disparities in income, employment, health care, education, crime, punishment and family structure be more accurate indicators?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE


Ron Paul and Our Selective Definition of Bigotry

The Texan’s candidacy is showing that the conventional definition of intolerable bigotry is disturbingly narrow—and embarrassingly selective.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Joyce N. Boghosian

The FLOTUS and the Twitterverse

Michelle Obama joined Twitter on Thursday. For some this doesn’t qualify as news in a world full of political and economic turmoil.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Rick Santorum on Gays and Bla People

Rick Santorum likes it “hot and heavy and strictly missionary.” His truth, that is—get your mind out of the godless liberal gutter.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



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James Cone’s Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised

The true power of the Christian gospel is its unambiguous call for liberation from forces of oppression and for a fierce and uncompromising condemnation of all who oppress.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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The Bigots and Billionaires in Ron Paul’s Orbit

What is it about the kindly old doctor that attracts some of the most violent and reactionary elements in society to his banner?

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Eight U.S. Soldiers Charged in Comrade’s Death

On Oct. 3, 19-year-old U.S. Army Pvt. Danny Chen died of a gunshot wound to the head in southern Afghanistan. The Army initially called his death a suicide. The back story now involves eight of his fellow soldiers who allegedly subjected Chen to race-based hazing.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



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DOJ: Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Discriminated Against Latinos

Accounts of race-based biases and prejudiced policies have made Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio notorious in his home state of Arizona, but as of Thursday, Arpaio’s antics have earned him the wrong kind of attention from the Justice Department.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jennifer E. Beach

Prosecutors Stop Seeking Death Penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal

He may not walk free, especially if Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has his say, but after decades of struggles and appeals, Mumia Abu-Jamal will not face the death penalty for his fiercely contested murder conviction in the killing of a police officer 30 years ago.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Shades of Mercy: Presidential Forgiveness Heavily Favors Whites

To avoid repeating a scandal like his predecessor’s, George W. Bush gave career lawyers in the Justice Department far-reaching authority to choose who got presidential pardons. The result: Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a pardon, even when the type of crime and severity of sentence are taken into account.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Al Behrman

Reassessing the Cainwreck

Surprisingly, Herman Cain has one thing right. If nothing else, his campaign has shown that race is as much a way of thinking as it is anything else. Because that’s the case, he is taking advantage of the fact that some audiences think about race differently from others.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Damian Dovarganes

‘Pacific Standard Time’: L.A. Comes Into Its Own

Perhaps above all, these exhibitions reveal Southern California to be an authentic rival to New York as a world arts center. “Pacific Standard Time” should cause critics and scholars to revise their sectarian outlooks and broaden their geographic horizons.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE


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The Language of Flowers: Herman Cain Campaign Edition

Is there anything worse than Republican attempts at ironic humor? Well, yes, but they’re still pretty bad. Take this Western-themed ad from Herman Cain’s overreaching campaign team, “He Carried Yellow Flowers,” featuring the Ironic Celebrity Endorsement of actor Nick Searcy, some card-carrying liberals and ... (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Outsider Within

As Herman Cain tells it, liberals of all backgrounds should be cowering because he is something the president is not: a “real black man.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



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How Baseball Explains Modern Racism

New analysis of statistics gleaned from baseball provides a larger lesson about conditioned behavior in our institutionally racist society.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE


Cornel West Recalls the Attica Prison Rebellion

Princeton University professor Dr. Cornel West spoke to a crowd of almost 3,000 people at the Riverside Church in New York City on Friday during an evening of remembrance for another sort of 9/11. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Candidate Cain Gets Away With Bigotry

Open religious prejudice is usually enough to disqualify a candidate for national office—but not, apparently, when the religion in question is Islam.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


What Would a Republican Conference Be Without Racial Controversy?

Republicans are still working their way through the five stages of having a black president: denial (birthers), anger (town halls), bargaining (debt ceiling), depression (John Boehner’s tears) and, finally, racially charged jokes, like those told at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


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