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Stand Whose Ground?
BENJAMIN WOODS
“Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!” – “If We Must Die” -Claude Mckay The Southern Poverty Law Center released its Spring 2012 ...
Racially-Biased Suspensions in Public Schools
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Fla. He was there visiting his father while suspended from school. He was suspended last month after school officials claimed to have found marijuana “residue” in his book bag. No actual contraband was found; n...
You Really Think the Killers of Trayvon Martin and Those 16 Afghan Villagers Will Ever Do Time?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I’d say the chances of George Zimmerman spending time behind bars for killing Trayvon Martin are about the same as Sergeant Robert Bales doing time for killing those 16 Afghan villagers the night of March 11. Zero. Like most things that happen in America these da...
Intellectual Incest
RODOLFO ACUÑA
It has always been difficult to convince Anglo-Americans that they should know more about Latinos.  It did not seem to matter to Anglos that their ignorance spawned stereotypes that damaged Mexican American children. Even after World War II and the Korean Wars wh...
It’s Time to Revive the Civil Rights Movement
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
We mourn Trayvon Martin, the young African American who, armed only with candy and a soft drink, was shot dead for the offense of “walking while black.” George Zimmerman, the vigilante who shot him, has not been arrested, apparently pr...
Papa Had a Brand New Bag
RON JACOBS
When I was in junior high back in 1967-68, many of my Saturday afternoons were spent at the outdoor basketball courts across the highway from my house.  These courts were where I learned about many things besides basketball, which I was never very good at.  Sex, beer an...
Three Killings
JOHN FEFFER
The note left next to the bloodied body of Shaima Alawadi read “go back to your country, you terrorist.” Alawadi, who died on Saturday after being taken off life support, was an Iraqi-born mother of five living outside of San Diego. Someone had delivered a similar not...
The Second Killing of Trayvon Martin
JOHN ESKOW
The cowardly police in Sanford, Florida, who sanctioned the murder of an unarmed black teenager by a racist vigilante named George Zimmerman, have now assassinated Trayvon Martin a second time, by leaking  scurrilous and irrelevant “news” about him.  This age-old di...
Why Florida’s Atrocious Stand-Your-Ground Law Had Little to do With the Murder of Trayvon Martin
JACK McCARTHY
Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law is a legal abomination and needs to be chucked. However, Florida’s ridiculous invitation to murder, aka the “Stand your ground” law, had very little to do with the blatant injustice sur...
Racist Violence is Used to Maintain an Unjust Social Order
ROB URIE
Speakers at a recent rally and march to protest the murder of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a white, self-appointed, guardian of the racist social order in Florida rightly pointed to the broader institutional racism that permeates race relations in America....
Partners in the Freedom Struggle
MATT MEYER
“The lack of historical consensus regarding John Brown,” asserted longtime labor, racial justice, and international activist Bill Fletcher, “speaks to the ideological confusions we continue to face.” Fletcher — a columnist for Black Commentator, Senior Sch...
A Tale of Two Murders
RAVI KATARI
The headline of a recent USA Today article reads, “In wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, America is soul-searching” (1).  And so it should be.  He was a 17-year-old African-American walking back from a convenience store when he was gunned down by an overzealous and s...
White Sheets Surrounding Florida Teen’s Slaying
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
In March 1799 authorities in North Carolina found no fault in a teen fatally shooting a black man after confronting that man about his being on a public road. In February 2012 authorities in Florida found no fault in a man fatally shooting a black teen after confro...
Race, Gender and Occupy
SWETA VOHRA and JORDAN FLAHERTY
At a recent panel discussion on the Occupy movement, a left-leaning professor from New York University ...
Feeding Off Latino Misery
RODOLFO F. ACUÑA
Chicana/o Studies at Cal State Northridge will be taking close to sixty Latinos and Asians students to Tucson later this month. It will be our third trip as a group within a year. Friends keep saying, “That is a big responsibility; you have paid your dues; why don’t y...
Hollywood and Race
Rev. JESSE JACKSON, Jr.
This Sunday, nearly 40 million people are likely to tune in to see who captures an Oscar at the annual Academy Awards ceremonies. Winning the award can add millions to a film’s box office and supercharge the career of an actor, director, screenwriter or editor. Accordin...
The Global Color Line
JOSEPH NEVINS
The tragic running aground of the Costa Concordia and dramatic images of the massive luxury cruise ship keeled over off the coast of Tuscany, Italy in mid-January made for intense media coverage. With 17 confirmed fatalities and another 15 individuals still unaccounted fo...
Tintin and Racism
CHARLES R. LARSON
Friday, February 10, a court in Belgium rejected “an application to ban a colonial-era” children’s book, ...
Debunking Charles Murray … Again
ROB URIE
I know the areas of Philadelphia that Charles Murray refers to in his new book Coming Apart and I...
Blaming the Poor for Their Own Poverty
CAMERON RIOPELLE
Nicholas Kristof and Daniel Patrick Moynihan have much in common. Namely, they have constructed variations on the “culture of poverty” argument. In “The White Underclass,” his recent op-ed piece for the New York Times, Kristof brings our nation’s favorite blame ...
Censorship in Tucson
RODOLFO F. ACUÑA
For the past six years or so I have heard constant threats from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (Canada) and Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal (Indiana) that they were going to ban, destroy and wipe out Mexican American Studies, as well as Occupied America...
Racial Segregation Continues, Even Intensifies
RICHARD ROTHSTEIN
In a study released this week, two Manhattan Institute researchers heralded the “end of the segrega...
When Do You Start Counting?
RODOLFO F. ACUÑA
When the great Muhammad Ali was asked how many sit ups he did, he responded,  “I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, that is when I start counting, because then it really counts, that’s what makes you a champion.” These wo...
Gingrich Plays the Race Card, as Press Cheers “Debating Skills”
LAURA FLANDERS
South Carolina. It’s going to be the state that keeps on giving to President Barack Obama. I’m not talking votes; I’m talking hate. Newt Gingrich’s primary win has the pundits praising his “debating skills,” but the less prudish among us can be clear: Gingrich...
Neo-Racism in the Southwest
JORGE MARISCAL
The surge of neo-racism in Arizona, especially racism directed at people of Mexican descent, has received sporadic media coverage over the past year.  But for the most part news about the economy and presidential politics has pushed off the front page Arizona’s attack ...
The Racism Dance
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
As the racist rhetoric oozes from Republican presidential candidates, why are comments contained in Ron Paul newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s being widely considered more offensive than current bigoted banter uttered by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum? One answ...
Herman Cain, the Latest Black Boogeyman
ISHMAEL REED
Ever since the O.J trial, cable have been conducting search after search for a “black boogeyman,” a name given to a product that the brilliant critic, C. Leigh McInnis, says “sells better than sex.” Without the O.J trial, CNN, which is now doing punk servi...
Growing Up In Jim Crow Atlanta
HEATHER GRAY
Ultimately, this article is about how Karl Marx positively impacted me as a youth in my quest to understand racism and white supremacy in the South, but first I had to experience Jim Crow. I know much has been written about this period – primarily the 1950’s and early...
Racist Hunting Clubs
MARTHA ROSENBERG
The flap over the racist name of the hunting lodge that Texas Governor Rick Perry’s family leased is not the first time hunting and racism have conspired to tar a politician. In 2007, a New York Daily News photographer spotted a Confederate flag hanging insid...
The Racist Roots of Campus Policing
BENJAMIN WOODS
“Overseer, Overseer, Overseer, Overseer Officer, Officer, Officer, Officer! Yeah, officer from overseer You need a little clarity? Check the similarity!” -KRS One, “Sound of Da Police” ...
Letter to Birmingham
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
Dear Birmingham, I write this to you from Tucson, Arizona, from a state synonymous with dehumanization and racial profiling, from a land of fear and hate. Birmingham, I think you know what I speak of. But don’t think I am alluding to your past; also today. ...
The Mascots Who Shall Not be Named
TOM SEMIOLI
As a teen growing up in a white working class suburban neighborhood during the 1970s, I distinctly recall that most of my high-school friends with older siblings who had departed town for college left behind worn copies of Sly and the Family Stone’s most popular album...
Affirmative Action Meets 21st Century White Supremacy at Berkeley
MIKE KING
The University of California – Berkeley College Republicans staged an anti-affirmative action bake sale this week on UCB’s Sproul Plaza to protest Senate Bill 185, that would re-introduce affirmative action in the state of California.  The bill recently passed in the...
At Sea with the N-Word
MIKITA BROTTMAN
A couple of years ago, when I was teaching at a graduate institute in California, I had a dream that I was teaching Joseph Conrad’s novel, ...
The Midnight Train to Georgia
RON JACOBS
Clyde Edgerton’s latest novel explores US racism and class in a subtle but incisive manner.  The novel’s title, ...
Is Fascism Coming to America? And If So, Dressed as What?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
But first, a simple rule for killers: If you are going to murder someone in the United States, don’t try to get the job done in Texas. Keep your captive alive in the car till New Mexico, which recently banned the death penalty, or press on to California, which retai...
The New Libya
PATRICK COCKBURN
Tripoli. Yassin Bahr, a tall thin Senegalese in torn blue jeans, volubly denies that he was ever a mercenary or fought for Muammar Gaddafi. Speaking in quick nervous sentences, Mr Bahr tries to convince a suspicious local militia leader in charge of...
Obama and “The Help”
JOSHUA SPERBER
I haven’t seen The Help and, unless someone pays me $13.00 or I develop acute masochism, I don’t intend to. But watching the preview and reading the Association of Black Women Historians’ ...
President Perry?
TOLU OLORUNDA
It was a hero America needed, a hero central to his time, a man whose personality might suggest contradiction and mysteries which could reach into the alienated circuits of the underground, because only a hero can capture the secret imagination of a people, an...
A Fly on the Wall
ISHMAEL REED
(Bar near the Capitol Building. Two southern Tea Party members. Sitting at the bar. A quarter bottle of Jim Beam in front of them. They have the style of the traveling salesmen made famous in the 1968 Maysles brothers’ film, “Salesman.” Like other Tea Party cong...
Roots of the Riots
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Brixton and Peckham, two of the communities in London rocked by the recent riots, are not mere dots on a map to Paul Bower. He’s lived in both communities, including living through a riot in Brixton thirty years ago. Bower says people need to carefully distin...
If Racism is Over, Why are Whites Still Kicking Me in the Ass?
CECIL BROWN
“…keep this nigger boy running…” —Ralph Ellison, ...
The Jemima Code
ROBERT JENSEN
Austin. In the cafeteria-turned-classroom at UT Elementary School, Toni Tipton-Martin struggles to keep six restless boys focused on hot cocoa, the day’s nutrition lesson. She starts with a store-bought cocoa mix, guiding the stu...