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Archives by Tag 'Racism'
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...