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Archives by Tag 'Racism'
Human Rights Need Not Apply
BEN NORTON
What do xenophobia, bigotry, racial profiling, apartheid, torture, mass incarceration, private prisons, and 21st-century slavery have in common? They are all intimately linked, featured prominently, in a web of lies, greed, and capital. Welcome to the Land of the Free, th...
What Would the Rev Martin Luther King Think of Obama’s Presidency?
CLANCY SIGAL
Any of us who participated in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom will celebrate its 50th anniversary...
Hollywood and Black America
LOUIS PROYECT
Recently ‘ The Butler and Fruitvale Station, both Harvey Weinstein productions, arrived at my local “better” movie theater and settled down next to Woody Allen’s latest navel-gazing exercise. At the same time HBO was running The Help, a 20...
Oprah Got a Brand New Bag
CECIL BROWN
Oprah told a story on Entertainment Tonight that she was shopping for handbag in Switzerland. The clerk didn’t want to show a 38,000 handbag to her because she said “It’s too expensive for you.” “This shows,” said Oprah “that racism s...
On Organizing Against Police Violence
AJAMU NANGWAYA
“Organization is the weapon of the oppressed.” – Kwame Ture (aka Stokely Carmichael) Racialized working-class communities and individuals and Indigenous peoples in North America know the daily reality of ...
The New Freedom Vote
ROBIN D.G. KELLEY
Exactly fifty years ago, Civil Rights activists in Mississippi launched one of the most significant acts of direct democracy in U.S. history.  After two bloody, grueling years of trying to register black voters in the face of massive retaliatory violence, Bob Moses and A...
A Very Short History of Driving While Black
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The issue of racial profiling by police briefly grabbed the attention of the press in June of 1999 when New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman fired the head of the state police after he accused blacks and Hispanics of being more likely to be drug dealers and therefor...
Leaving the Land of the Free (for Whites)
ANA G. CALDERON
The murder of an unarmed black teenager has ignited an intense social and political debate throughout the United States of America. George Zimmerman’s acquittal of manslaughter and second degree murder has brought the topic of race back into front page news every single...
Why the Progressive Response to the Zimmerman Verdict Falls Short
ANDREW TILLETT-SAKS
The death of Trayvon Martin and acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, unleashed widespread discussion and protest of racism in America. The response has been rightful outrage; protestors filling streets and indignant polemics filling the media. Yet a lion’s share o...
My Weekend With Bernie (Goetz)
MISSY BEATTIE
“That sounds like something Bernie would do. This is Bernie,” I’d said to Charles, years ago. He shook his head no. Before we met, Charles lived in NYC, where he got his PhD. That’s how he knew Bernie, both at NYU in the department of nuclear enginee...
In Order to Address Racism, We Must Confront the Drug War
SHARDA SEKARAN
This past week has brought an intense time of reflection and critical self-examination for many Americans. In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, there have been emotionally-charged conversations about the way young black men are viewed in the U.S. and how valued th...
Black Humanity on Trial in America, Again
HORACE CAMPBELL
“Let us banish from our minds the thought that this is an unfortunate victim of injustice. The very concept of injustice rests upon the premise of equal claims.” – Richard Wright The above quote from the author Richard Wrig...
The Real Purpose of the Drug War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
A heart in love will decipher every squiggle in a letter as a kiss. In the final days of the 2008 campaign and in the opening ones of his administration, Obama and his top legal aides seemed to the eager ears of marijuana legalizers on the West Coast to be opening the doo...
The Lone Greenhorn and the Magic Injun
MICHAEL DONNELLY
The Lone Ranger. I had to see it. I’ve been reading a lot of critiques over the lame Native stereotyping and yes, there is validity to the complaint. But, I’ve also been talking with friends who went to see it and liked it — Native friends, as well as non-Native...
Black Skin, White Justice
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
“A feeling of inferiority? No, a feeling of not existing. Sin is black as virtue is white. All those white men, fingering their guns, can’t be wrong. I am guilty. I don’t know what of: but I know I’m a wretch....
Who’s Afraid of Black Men’s Eyes?
JOHN ESKOW
On Memorial Day, in Miami, a 14-year-old black kid named Tremaine McMillan was walking down the beach with his mother–and bottle-feeding his puppy–when cops blocked his path in ATVs.  A few minutes before, the kid had been rough-housing in the surf with a fri...
The Swedish Riots
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Dalarna, Sweden. The Swedish riots appear to have ended, but while most of the media fumbles about to understand what happened, the answers arguably seem to have been provided 12 March, over two months before the unrest began.  At that time I interviewed...
The Silent Death of the American Left
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there a Left in America today? There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement? Does the Left exist as an oppositional political, cultural or economic force? Is anyone intimidated or re...
The Invention of the White Race
JEFFREY B. PERRY
Theodore W. Allen’s two-volume The Invention of the White Race, republished by Verso Book...
Why “African-American” is a Patronizing, Even Racist Term
M. G. PIETY
I do not like the expression “African-American.” It’s patronizing, condescending, and racist. It was coined, rumor has it, to help counteract the corrosive effect of racism on the self-esteem of black Americans. But how is that supposed to work? In practice, I w...
Racism and Sexual Violence in Indonesia
ANDRE VLTCHEK
My good friend, a Chinese Indonesian lady, recently got grabbed and assaulted, in the middle of Jakarta, in broad daylight. When it happened, I was in Japan and we exchanged several messages, and emails.  This was not the first time such a thing had happened to he...
Freedom is a Constant Struggle
MIKE MILLER
Books considered in this essay:  Thunder of Freedom:  Black Leadership and the Transfo...
The Rhetoric of Entitlement
M. G. PIETY
There’s been a lot about affirmative action in the media recently because the Supreme Court is considering a case that challenges the constitutionality of any consideration of race in university admissions decisions. The poster girl for the case is 23-year old Abigail N...
Combatting Sexism in the Technology Community
ALFREDO LOPEZ
Sometimes a story breaks that touches so many issues that one is left with mouth agape. The recent news involving technology “evangelist” Adria Richards is one such story and it’s burning across all kinds of media and cutting an intense divide within the...
Firebombing Eritrean Centers in Sweden
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
On Sunday night February 24 three Eritrean community centers in Stockholm, Sweden were firebombed and burnt to the ground following a vicious attack on the Swedish Eritrean population by a program broadcast by Stockholm television station SVT. The pogrom style “d...