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Archives by Tag 'Racism'
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...