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Posted by Arnold Isaacs at 8:03am, April 16, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Typical of last week’s news when it came to immigration and the U.S. border was a Soviet-style “purge” of the Department of Homeland Security, or to cite another grimly appropriate word, as an unnamed official of the Department of Homeland Security did […]

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Racism is like sewage. Whether we’re currently engaging in a national dialogue about it or not, it’s still there. It runs under our streets, our buildings, our society. Millions of tons of shit. A few months ago, a national dialogue about race bubbled up to the surfice in all its stinking, rancid glory. That dialogue […]

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California Police Report Almost No Racial Profiling

March 10, 2019           |                                       

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California’s first-in-the-nation attempt to track racial profiling complaints against police produced numbers so small that the board overseeing the tally wants departments to make changes to encourage more people to come forward. The panel’s most recent report found 17 percent of California’s law enforcement agencies reported not a single complaint in 2017. And of […]

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Addressing a crowd of more than 12,500 people gathered inside Chicago’s Navy Pier Festival Hall Sunday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) outlined how his personal involvement in the civil rights movement during the 1960s shaped his plan to pursue racial, economic, and environmental justice as a 2020 presidential contender. “Real change never takes place from […]

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In the CNN Town Hall, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he could have been stronger in his approach to racial inequities; he was asked if he supported reparations for descendents of African slaves – a discussion with Jacqueline Lukman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Soloman, hosted by Paul Jay The post Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the […]

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Sen. Cory Booker, left, and Sen. Kamala Harris listen during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP When hip-hop radio host Charlamagne tha God asked Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris if they had a “specific agenda” for black Americans on his show, “The Breakfast Club,” earlier […]

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January 15th marked what would’ve been Dr. Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday. Most known for his famous “I Have Dream Speech,” King envisioned a future in which deep racial inequalities — including deep economic inequality — were eradicated. He worked tirelessly towards that mission. Over 50 years after his assassination, sensational media stories have focused […]

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The GOP has become viciously racist, while Democrats follow Obama’s lead in skirting the issue. The relative success of progressive candidates who did not avoid race—such as Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum and Beto O’Rouke, all running in the South—seem to contradict Obama’s reticent approach. In our September 2009 cover story, “The ‘Post-Racial’ President,” Salim Muwakkil […]

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Incoming Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Friday reminded a right-wing pastor and others who would lament the new cultural diversity of the U.S. Congress that the 2018 midterm elections simply gave Americans—particularly Democratic voters and progressives—the representation they asked for in Washington: the kind that looked like America. After conservative minister and radio host E.W. […]

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Trump Calls Omarosa ‘That Dog’ as Campaign Takes Legal Step Against Her

August 14, 2018           |                                       

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as “that dog!” The pressure on Manigault Newman increased, as the Trump presidential campaign filed arbitration action against her, alleging a breach of a confidentiality […]

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Georgia Lawmaker to Resign After Shouting Slur in TV Prank

July 25, 2018           |                                       

ATLANTA—A Georgia lawmaker says “I will be resigning” after he exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen’s cable TV show, according to a letter the Republican legislator sent to the speaker of the state House. Rep. Jason Spencer had vowed to serve out his term despite the fallout. Now he’ll step […]

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Police violence against black folks of all ages and classes occurs daily in the US. In turn, this feature of American society spurs resistance. We turn to a path of resisting police violence. Kristee Haggins, Ph.D., is a Sacramento-based psychologist involved with healing a community under such attack in ways big and small. According to […]

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Behind the Headline: Noemi Martinez

June 18, 2018           |                                       

Impact has been at the core of ProPublica’s mission since we launched 10 years ago, and it remains the principal yardstick for our success today. For our 10th anniversary, we’re presenting stories of people whose lives have been affected by our work. Noemi Martinez of Jacksonville, Fla., was in a desperate hurry last July, as […]

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