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Nearly four decades after smearing his face with shoe polish and doing a blackface impersonation of Michael Jackson, Virginia governor Ralph Northam says he wants to be a beacon of racial reconciliation. To that end, advisers tell BuzzFeed News, Northam has embarked on a survey course in wokeness: boning up on the horrors of U.S. […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair What Happens If You Have a Teachable Moment but Nobody Shows Up? History abounds with teachable moments, but they have meaning only if its students show up. The ceaseless onslaught of reports of blackface has proven, well, instructive. It seems that almost daily we are inundated with a flood of […]

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Blackface, Other Insensitivities Ran Rampant in ’80s Culture

February 10, 2019           |                                       

At the time Virginia’s future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy “Trading Places.” Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as “smart” while describing his black NBA opponents as athletically gifted. Related Articles […]

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All Schools Should Teach Students That Black Lives Matter

February 10, 2019           |                                       

Cities Across US Are Stripping Homeless People of Their Autonomy All Schools Should Teach Students That Black Lives Matter The Left Cannot Afford to Ignore the Global Workers’ Struggle Elizabeth Warren Is Not a Socialist, But She Still Makes Wall Street Squirm A Green New Deal Is the First Step Toward an Eco-Revolution The Problem […]

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Residential Racism

February 8, 2019           |                                       

“Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism”Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar “Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism,” 2018 Edition A book by James W. Loewen Racism has despoiled our nation from its very inception. Slavery and Jim Crow have killed, maimed and degraded millions of human beings of African descent for centuries—a […]

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Rep. Matt Gaetz takes a selfie with President Donald Trump after Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington D.C., on Jan. 30, 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images Joaquin Oliver, nicknamed ‘Guac,’ was only 17 years old when he was gunned down at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, on […]

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Recent developments in the cryptocurrency world highlight the dangers of trading in this type of “coin.” But how important is cryptocurrency to the financial world and why should we care? We discuss the issue with white collar criminologist Bill Black The post Cryptocurrency Firm Loses Codes and Gets Hacked, Millions Lost appeared first on The […]

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Community ownership of power is the most promising path toward equity, democracy and renewable energy. In designing the Green New Deal, we must call for change that not only helps us meet our climate goals, but shifts the very structure of the institutions that created the problem to begin with. Highland Park, Mich., is a […]

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A woman speaks during the Indigenous Peoples March on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18, 2019. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images By now, millions around the world have seen the viral video of dozens of Catholic schoolboys sporting “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA, hats tomahawk-chopping and mocking a Native elder, who was […]

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I felt it, too. Millions of people experienced a thrill of outrage watching the viral video of protesters outside the Lincoln Memorial last week. The smug, smiling white boy in a “Make America Great Again” cap, who came on a school trip to attend an anti-abortion march, was blocking a Native American elder who had […]

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Dorothy Counts in classroom at Harry Harding High Schoo, 1957. Photo: Don Sturkey (Public Domain.) There it is again. Recognize it? That smile. A grin, really. You can spin it anyway you want to, but it is unmistakable except, of course, to the toxically innocent or ahistorical and willfully obtuse. It is one born of […]

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President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on March 15, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Andrea Morales/Getty Images Questions about whether Donald Trump is an agent of a foreign power have intensified since the Washington Post reported that the president of the United States has refused to share with even his most senior aides the […]

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WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms. King, in his ninth term representing Iowa, will not be given committee assignments in the Congress that began this month, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy […]

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Stop Defending Abusers. Listen to Black Women.

January 12, 2019           |                                       

AG Nominee William Barr Endorsed “More Incarceration” Trump Is Building a Great Case for His Own Impeachment Can Cooperatives Save Us From the Next Economic Crisis? Federal Workers Hold Massive DC Rally Against Trump Tainted Drugs: When Medicine Makes Patients Sicker Angela Davis Speaks Out on BDS and Palestine After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked […]

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Marijuana legalization must bring both equity and justice for those most impacted by the War on Drugs. Racial equity in cannabis legislation cannot simply come as lip service from politicians, it has to be a robust policy that’s centered on the indemnity and inclusion of the communities who have suffered while marijuana was illegal. In […]

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