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Jim Crow and the Palestinians
ANGELA DAVIS
The controversy generated by Newt Gingrich’s outrageous statement last year that Palestinians are “an invented people” should have led to greater caution in the formulation of politicians’ public statements on Is...
Still Searching for Answers to a Police Killing
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Oakland. The mother and father of Alan Blueford gathered again yesterday with about one hundred supporters, as they have done probably a dozen times over the Summer and into the Fall. This time they rallied before the entrance to the Alameda County Courtho...
A Short History of Black Voter Suppression
NICHOLAS PARKER
The Right’s organized movement to suppress the votes of African Americans, Latino/Latina Americans, and the urban and rural poor by means of the passing of voter ID (Poll Tax) laws in states with Republican majority legislatures in particular has received some atten...
Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind?
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Writing books and writing blogs are similar. They should be truth. If they were not the author loses credibility and his/her ability to convince suffers. This is how it should be.  But Arizona is testing this rule of thumb. The assault on the truth in Arizona mak...
The Slash Marks of White Supremacy
HANK SANDERS
Selma. He lectured me. “It would be so much better if y’all quit raising these kinds of issues and helped the City instead of hurting the City.” And on and on. He was talking about the protests of the new Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument being constru...
White Lies and Arizona’s Culture of Fear
RODOLFO ACUÑA
When I was a kid there was what we used to call white lies.  You distinguished them from lies that were untrue. You told white lies because you did not want to reveal a secret or hurt someone’s feelings. Children would easily get caught telling lies – we were not too...
A Prayer for Mark
RAOUF J. HALABY
In response to my August 1, 2012 CounterPunch  essay (The Pandering Game) on Romney’s assertion that, because of an inferior culture, Palestinians are...
Blacking Out GOP Racism
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
The news media have failed once again to report a significant story about an example of the racism always so obvious at Republican National Conventions. That story this time is not about the usual paucity of black delegates participating in the GOP’s quadrennial ...
The Gas Bath Riot and Other Tales of Mexican-American Resistance
RODOLFO ACUÑA
If you haven’t read David Dorado Romo’s “Ringside Seat To a Revolution: An Underground Cultural H...
The Neo-Gothic Politics of the Deep South
DAVID MACARAY
Saying this gives me no pleasure, but it needs to be said.  The 13 former confederate states now account for 144 seats in the Congress and 26 seats in the Senate.  That’s a lot of government power for a group of constituents who, 150 years ago, hated the federal gover...
My Journey Through Nirvana
RODOLFO ACUÑA
 I am constantly asked the question as to why I write with so much emotion. As a historian I should be more restrained, objective and search for the truth.  When the first edition of Occupied America was published in 1972, I tri...
Islamophobia in America
FAWZIA AFZAL-KHAN
Yesterday, as I was about to board a Metro-north train to Grand Central terminal from the sleepy Hudson-river hamlet of Croton-on-Hudson in upstate New York, approximately an hour north of Manhattan where I have lived with my husband for 30 years and raised two wonderful ...
Phasing Out the Brothers
ISHMAEL REED
“Any Republican vice-presidential candidate is going to be broadly anti-abortion, but Ryan goes much further. He believes ending a pregnancy should be illegal even when it results from rape or incest, or endangers a woman’s health. He was a cosponsor of th...
Pennsylvania’s Racist Voter ID Law
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
One week before a Pennsylvania court judge upheld that state’s controversial Voter ID law by concluding the measure’s impact was “neutral and nondiscriminatory,” critics of that law released a disturbing study documenting the law’s discriminatory impact on voter...
Old Jim Crow Thrives Inside Oregon Prisons
KEVIN RASHID JOHNSON
In her book, The New Jim Crow[1], legal scholar Michelle A...
Why Voting for Democrats Doesn’t Help Working People
SHAMUS COOKE
Just when the Obama campaign couldn’t appear any less inspiring, Paul Ryan was put forth as the Republican vice presidential candidate. Suddenly team Obama was supplied with enough political munitions to scare every last American over the possible destruction of Me...
Reason vs. Bad History
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Borrowing the words of the legendary baseball player Lou Gehrig I am the luckiest man in the world. At eighty I will begin another semester at the end of the month. Again I will have the opportunity to teach working class students. A basic lesson that I teach my st...
Beyond Wisconsin
FARZANA VERSEY
“Nobody’s angry here. We’re just confused. Was this a random act? Was this directed at us because of the way we look?” Mumbai.  The questions were raised by an onlooker at the site of the Sikh gurudwara at O...
The Selling of Post-Racial America
MICHAEL ORTIZ HILL
A  flare up of multiple sclerosis has made me quite disabled the past few months. Housebound, my mother and I have been taking the temperature of America as we approach Obama’s second term. Obama. Remermber him? The messiah of hope and change....
The Sense of White Supremacy
VIJAY PRASHAD
Yesterday morning the orgies of the lone gunman took hold in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a town in the dragnet of Milwaukee. He targeted a Gurdwara, the religious home of the local Sikh community. The gunman entered the Gurdwara, and as if in mimicry of the sc...
Americans and Historical Amnesia
RODOLFO ACUÑA
What Americans just don’t get is that most people see history differently than they do. In order to break this down, every semester I show Robert Wuhl’s HBO special “Assume the Position 101.” Wuhl proposes that U.S. history is Pop Culture and he discusses differen...
Why North Carolina is a Swing State
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
Some thoughts on the political legacy of Andy Griffith.  Griffith, who was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, on June 1, 1926, died on July 3 at the age of 86 in the town of Manteo. “Funerals are for the living,” my mother is quick to say, but Griffith barely...
The Missing Racial Profiling Argument in the Arizona Case
JUSTIN FELDMAN
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Before you get into… what the case is about, I’d like to clear up at the outset what it’s not about. No part of your argument has to do with racial or ethnic profiling, does it? Saw none of that in your bri...
End the Prison-Industrial Complex, Now!
ROB URIE
Most readers probably know the outline of this story: beginning in the 1970s the incarceration rate in America, the proportion of the population sent to prison, started to rise exponentially. The rate of incarceration in America is now the highest in the world. And in abs...
The Death of a Team
RODOLFO ACUÑA
The Death of a Team Society pays more attention to its sports teams than to its children. Today in L.A. the world shattering concern is whether to keep the Lakers’ roster intact or break it up and get new players. A great deal o...
The Santa-ization of MLK, Jr.’s Politics
MATT STOLLER and CHARLES DAVIS
“The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around.”  – Martin Luther King’s final speech, ...
Criminalizing Thinking
RODOLFO ACUÑA
I am having trouble getting into this essay on the war on critical thinking. I cannot figure out whether it is dumb or ignorant.  My mother would say that the people conducting the war are malditos, mean. The reality is that the criminalization of rational thought goes...
Birth, Language and Citizenship
GYANENDRA PANDEY
The ‘birthing’ controversy is news again. Is the President really American? He doesn’t really look it! Or always act like he is: remember the Barrack-Michelle closed-fist salute? I moved to the US from India fourteen years ago, and am still struck by...
Anti-African Hysteria Sweeps Israel
URI AVNERY
“We shall not be a normal people, until we have Jewish whores and Jewish thieves in the Land of Israel,” our national poet, Haim Nahman Bialik, said some 80 years ago. This dream has come true. We have Jewish murderers, Jewish robbers and Jewish whores (though ...
Mexican American Studies: a Pedagogy Not Sociology
RODOLFO ACUÑA
We have allowed the uninformed and ignorant to define what Mexican American Studies is. Every time I discuss the subject I feel as frustrated as a scientist trying to explain science to a creationist. No matter how well you know the field those who do not want to believe ...
Demonizing Mexican-American Studies
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
I pick up the phone at my office at the University of Arizona and learn that I have three recorded messages waiting for me. The first one begins with the caller claiming to be half White and half Native American, addressing me as an “(expletive) Mexican” and a...
The Myth of Equal Rights
JACK RANDOM
The civil rights movement illuminated the hypocrisy of the liberal promise.  It made overt, and recorded on television for the world to see, an old daily fact of American life:  that a black person who protested his condition, or moved one step out of line, ...
White Living
LINH DINH
Outside the Gallery, Philadelphia’s low-class shopping mall, Jimbo si...
Racism in Lebanon
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut As many visitors to Lebanon can attest, some Lebanese have the rather charming habit of asking them, “Do you love Lebanon?”  One assumes they actually mean to inquire if the visitor likes Lebanon and is enjoying their visit. ...
Brave New World, Brave New Majority
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The news is in. White births are no longer a majority in the United States. The Bureau of the Census confirms that non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 of all births  in the year ending July,  2011, while minorities including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mix...
Mitt and the Seed of Cain
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
A great devotee of the Gospel of Getting On. — G.B. Shaw,  Mrs. Warren’s Profession I hope he remembers them.  The explanations that is.  They could be handy if anyone ever asks him about his days as a missionary....
Repression Through Marginalization
RAVI KATARI
It’s not easy to get the President of the United States to provide meaningful answers to questions regarding issues of serious concern to the population.  During a Q&A session with Obama put together by YouTube in January, a woman pressed him about her husband’s ...
Multigenerational Justice
VICTORIA LAW
It is Sunday afternoon. My daughter and I are at home. I am on my (borrowed) laptop in the kitchen, revising chapter forwards for Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind, an anthology on how to support parents and children in social justice movements that I am co-edit...
Grasp the Future
VIJAY PRASHAD
In August 1964, Malcolm X spent several weeks in Egypt. While in Cairo, he wrote an essay in the Egypt Gazette entitled “Racism: the Cancer that is Destroying America.” Here, Malcolm X noted, “The common goal of 22 million Afro-Americans is respect and HUMA...
Rodney King, Official Negligence and the LA Riots
BINOY KAMPMARK
Even after twenty years, the Los Angeles riots that were precipitated as a reaction to the Rodney King trial verdict of acquittal for the cops  divide rather than affirm positions.  So much in the pursuit of life’s answers lies in exposing errors rather than unearthin...
Don’t Let Bigots Occupy Your Mind
LISA MARTINOVIC
Despite a generation of sensitivity trainings and multicultural studies, an astonishing number of people still feel emboldened to express their misbegotten bigotry in very public arenas.  Cops and vigilantes alike are caught on tape throwing down racial slurs before they...
Could Martin Luther King Jr. Get a Job in Today’s America?
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Would a young Martin Luther King Jr. be able to get a job in America today? Would one of the thousands who went to jail in support of Nelson Mandela? Or the brilliant kids at the center of Occupy Wall Street? Unless we begin to enforce the Civil Rights Act, m...
Connecting the Dots of Prejudice Through Prose and Plays
JOSEPH P. BLAKE
I believe that absolutely nothing happens in a vacuum. There is always a connection between why things happen and the something (or someone) that made it happen. All too frequently that connection is not easily apparent, and that creates problems. I’m conv...
Racism in the Postracial Nation
RON JACOBS
The Trayvon Martin case brought the ugly question of racism back into the conversation in the US.   After a period of false postracialism in the wake of Barack Obama’s election to the White House, this murder tore away the façade of harmony that US elites have been t...
The Role of the Middle Class, Revisited
RODOLFO ACUÑA
For the last couple of weeks, I have been revisiting pieces that I’d written in the past. They express concerns that formed my own consciousness and they are the bulk of the over 200 articles that will compose my new book: “My Journey Out of Purgatory.” I h...
The New Math
ROGER BONAIR-AGARD
A few days ago, Ozzie Guillen, manager of the Florida Marlins baseball team, and a Venezuelan National, said in a Time magazine interview, “I respect Fidel Castro. I love Fidel Castro. I respect Fidel Castro. Many people have tried to kill Fidel Castro in the las...
The Arrest of George Zimmerman
MARK VORPAHL
Weeks after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has announced that his killer, George Zimmerman, will be charged with second degree murder. Though originally allowed to walk scot free without any charges, Zimmerman is now behind bars. It ...
Barrio For Sale
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Aside from the injustices in Arizona, i.e., the scraping of a highly successful education program, the evident war against Mexicans, and the nullification of the U.S Constitution, I was seduced to the struggle by David A. Morales...
Know Thy Enemy
LINH DINH
For the Phillies opening in 2010, four Navy Seals were parachuted into Citizens Bank Park. The stunt was such a success, it was rescheduled for this year, but high wind prevented it from happening. What a shame. Unconfirmed team sources whispered to me that these asskicki...
The Trayvon Blues
JOHN GRANT
Founded and preserved by acts of aggression, characterized by a continuing tradition of self-righteous violence against suspected subversion and by a vigorous sense of personal freedom, us...