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Archives by Tag 'Racism'
Back to the Jim Crow Future
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
The Voting Rights Act (VRA) signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 struck down laws supporting Jim Crow segregation and other measures designed to disenfranchise or disempower black voters.  When Congress enacted the law in 1965, it determined that racial di...
On the Wings of Intolerance
VIJAY PRASHAD
Narendra Modi is a big man. He does not seem his 62 years – energetic and brash, larger than life. There is something in him of Bhima-parakrama, of terrible prowess. It is this edge that makes many uneasy with him. It also earns him the enthusiasm of those who fa...
Joking About Slavery at the Oscars
LEE BALLINGER
During the last night’s tedious Oscar telecast, host Seth McFarland was talking about portrayals of Abraham Lincoln in film. He first noted Daniel Day Lewis in Steven Speilburg’s Lincolnand then Raymond Massey in the 1940 film Abe Lincoln ...
HIV-Positive Inmates Too Expensive for Private Prison Operators?
CHRISTOPHER PETRELLA
Defenders of the for-profit prison industry reflexively insist that privatization—or the process of subjecting “correctional services” to market pressures—will naturally generate efficiencies as companies respond to competitive forces. They claim that the “marke...
Meditations on Christopher Dorner
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
The death by fire of Christopher Dorner evoked a rush of memories dating back to September 1971, when, in the wake of the Attica Prison Massacre, I began making plans to migrate from New York State to California. At age 21, I had no master plan, other than to get f...
The Execution of Christopher Dorner
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER and MIKE KING
If the murder of Oscar Grant on an Oakland transit platform marked the dawn of the Obama era, the cold-blooded murder of former Naval reservist and Los Angeles Police officer Christopher Dorner might just mark the end of whatever optimistic hope people can muster in his a...
Throwing Light on the Dark Side of Dorner’s Rampage
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
On September 10, 2012 the Los Angeles Times published an article with the headline: “LAPD to hold meetings on use of force policies.” Top Los Angeles police officials announced those community meetings to counter growing criticism about videoed brutali...
Ted Nugent’s State of Disunion
DAVE MARSH
Ted Nugent is slated to make a live appearance tonight at the State of the Union speech, arriving as a guest of his Congressman, Steve Stockman, who recently announced he was pursuing impeachment of the President. Presuming Ted shows, and presuming the Secret Service lets...
Object Lessons on Chronic Poverty in America
JOHN GRANT
In The New York Times February 6th on pages 20 and 21, across from each other, there were two tragic stories centered around the themes of sex, race and power. You might call them love stories, though they were definitely not Hallmark card or Harlequin romances....
Dr. King Had Other Dreams
TOM and JUDY TURNIPSEED
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery bus.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was 26 years old; Coretta had just given birth to their first child. E D. Dixon, another Montgomery pastor, asked to host a meeting in Ki...
The Presleying of Abstract Art
CARLA BLANK
Elvis Presley borrowed so much from James Brown that when James Brown saw him perform he said, “That’s me up there.”  Like music critics who give credit to Elvis Presley for the creation of rock ‘n roll, ignoring Ike Turner or Chuck Berry, the same kind of chauvi...
The Wilmington 10 Pardon
LAMONT LILLY
On Dec. 31, outgoing North Carolina governor, Beverly Perdue, pardoned The Wilmington 10 – Rev. Benjamin Chavis, Connie Tindall, Marvin Patrick, Wayne Moore, Reginald Epps, Jerry Jacobs, James McKoy, Willie Earl Vereen, William Wright, Jr. and Ann Shepard – who had se...
The Irrational, Racist Fear of China
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Libya are in shambles, crushed by the heavy boots of Western imperialism. But we are told to fear China. The entire nations of Indochina were bombed back to the stone age, because Western demi-gods would not tolerate, and fe...
Of Black Men and White Middle-Class Feminists
ISHMAEL REED
During an interview with Chris Hedges carried at the site Truthdig, I cited Eve Ensler as the type of middle class white feminist who singles out black men as the leading culprits in the practice of cruelty to women, a theme that has earned hundreds of millions of dollars...
A Reign of Terror on People of Color
KIM NICOLINI
I saw my first film of the new year last night – The Central Park Five, a documentary about the five ...
Hollywood’s Nigger Joke
CECIL BROWN
I had little dog, his name  was Dash I’d ruther be a nigger than be white trash –African American saying In order for a joke to work, Mary Douglas, the eminent British anthropologist, wrote that one had to have a soci...
Yes We Cannabis
HELEN REDMOND
The cracks in the American cannabis control system just got wider with the states of Washington and Colorado passing referendums legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults. It is nothing short of historic in a country that arrests over 850,000 people every ye...
The Cancer of Police Violence
MIKE KING
Police brutality and murder are arguably the most visible, direct and clear expressions of racialized state power in the United States.  To say this is an epidemic, however, as many have, is somewhat of a simplification.  An epidemic is an indiscriminate force of natu...
Mitt Romney and the Gift of White Supremacy
COREY D. B. WALKER
“White supremacy was all but world-wide . . . [t]he using of men for the benefit of masters is no new invention . . . [t]he imperial width of the thing, – the heaven defying audacity – makes its modern newness.” W.E.B Du Bois, Darkwater:  V...
The Ideology of Hatred
NEVE GORDON
After 9/11, hate began colonizing new spheres, operating as a social and political force that manipulates and mobilizes entire publics in very specific ways. In order to understand the recent events in Gaza you should read Niza Yanay’s new book ...
“Kick-a-Nigger” Politics
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to car...
Muslim Protest and the Language of the Unheard
SOHAIL DAULATZAI
“Why did one straw break the camel’s back? Here’s the secret, there’s a million other straws underneath it.” – Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), “Mathematics” The controversies around “free speech” and Muslims th...
Anti-Latino Laws Ignite The South
LAMONT LILLY
In its original format, Alabama’s Beason-Hammon Act granted school resource officers the right to badger 5th graders on the basis of their immigration status. The state of Alabama, which passed the Beason-Hammon Act (or HB 56) in June of 2011, was the only state in the ...
Why Georgia Isn’t on Obama’s Mind
BENOIT BRÉVILLE
Every morning at six, Russell Stanton, in his forties, gets in his pick-up and drives round the local agricultural businesses in the hope of a day’s work picking peaches, peanuts or corn. On a humid August night, Stanton kept leaving his air-conditioned motel room for a...
The Schism in France
BARRY LANDO
Paris. France is in deep trouble. This country has spent several billions of Euros over the past 11 years sending its troops, planes and ships, to join the War against Terrorism in Central Asia. Now, however, the French are finally discovering the threat o...