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  • The Limits of White Compassion: It's NOT Okay To Kill a Gorilla But a Black Child is Dispensable  By : Chelsey Shannon
    Imagine if Black Lives Mattered as Much as One Gorilla's. Harambe's death is a tragedy—as are the deaths of Black people killed by (white) police. They deserve your outrage too. At the moment, the general public is demonstrating more compassion toward a gorilla than toward Black people who were (are!) gunned down by police at an alarming rate in this country. Harambe is mourned more (com)passionately than the Black humans with whom gorillas have historically and degradingly been compared. Harambe's death by shooting—an isolated, logical decision—is, apparently, less acceptable than the systemized, institutionally-protected and -reinforced deaths of Samuel DuBose and Paul Gaston by bullets, just the same. When Black people are killed by cops, whether in Cincinnati or anywhere else in the U.S., it is "what's supposed to happen," and so: no outrage. When a gorilla, due to a random, unforeseen event, is killed by zookeepers, hearts bleed. How can we be so misguidedly selective about the bodies we invest compassion in?
  • Blacks Having 'Forehead Tattoos': Bill 'Osama-Bin' O'Reilly's Relentless Racism af Fox News:  By : Amanda Marcotte
    Revolting comment to Trump about African-Americans having "forehead tattoos" is the newest chapter in his long history of bigotry. Many "are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads," O'Reilly said about African-Americans seeking jobs. O'Reilly's preferred theory for economic disparities between black and white people is about some abstract notion of "culture", i.e. that white people have a superior culture that breeds hard work, but black culture supposedly breeds laziness and sexual degeneracy. (This, from a man who got sued for foisting his unwanted and lurid loofah fantasies on an underling.) His bizarre reference to forehead tattoos is an example of this. It's easier for him to believe that a huge percentage of black people have forehead tattoos than accept the much better-evidenced theory that racial discrimination plays a role in economic outcomes in our society. To bolster his argument, O'Reilly has a long habit of hammering on and on about hip-hop and R&B artists, who he treats not as performers making artistic statements but as representatives of how everyday people actually live.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center: GOP Is a Megaphone for Right-Wing Hate  By : Katie Zavadski
    Radical groups grew 14 percent last year and their messages are being heard by the mainstream thanks to candidates like Trump and Cruz. Many conspiracy theories that originated on the far right have also found their way into conventional public discourse thanks to the Republicans. Take for instance Rand Paul's claim that Common Core education standards are a socialist conspiracy, which came from the radical John Birch Society. A voluntary sustainable development plan called Agenda 21 has been transformed by Ted Cruz into a plan that "will result in the elimination of all paved roads, and, God forbid, golf courses."
  • The U.S.A Remains Segregated: Why Don't Black & White Americans Live Together?  By : Rajini Vaidyanathan
    Racial and socioeconomic segregation are closely linked - if you're a black person in America, you're more likely than a white person to live in an area of concentrated poverty. This isn't simply a matter of choice, or chance. Some of it is by design - and down to decades-old housing policies which actively prevented African Americans from living in certain areas. Until 1948, it was perfectly legal for a black person to be prevented from buying or living in a house. Decades on from the civil rights movement, many black and white Americans simply don't mix. And as the US contends with race ....
  • Donald Trump's Racism is as American as Apple Pie  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Republicans keep saying Trump's ban on Muslims goes against our values. Do they know anything of our history? Racism, bigotry and xenophobia are a core part of America's national character. We cannot defeat Donald Trump until we acknowledge that fact and own its legacy. Until 1965, the United States used racist immigration and naturalization laws to maintain its status as a majority "white" country. As legal scholar Ian Haney-Lopez incisively argued in his book of the same title, the United States has historically been "white by law."
  • 'Illegal Pete's': When a Racist Restaurant Opens on the Edge of Campus, What Is a University's Responsibility?  By : Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
    The decision by a white owner to open a Mexican restaurant called "Illegal Pete's" at the doorstep of the University of Arizona seems to be the epitome of either sheer callousness or complete obliviousness. Illegal Pete's owner, Pete Turner, is actually counting on community outrage to generate free nationwide publicity for his Colorado-based chain of restaurants.
  • Worst States For Black Americans in The U.S.A  By : Thomas C. Frohlich, Michael B. Sauter and Sam Stebbins
    The Civil Rights Movement offered hope that racial inequality would soon end. The movement led to a series of reforms, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and other legislation, known together as the Great Society. Over the following 50 years, however, further advances have been modest at best.
  • How 'Diversity-Talk' Lets White Racism off The Hook  By : Prof. Ellen Berrey
    The term diversity has become so watered down that it can be anything from code for black people to a profit imperative. Diversity talk lets white people off the hook from doing something about our own culpability in the problem — like our inclination to live near people like us (i.e. white) or to put in a good word with the boss about our friends (i.e. probably white). It has become a stand-in when open discussion of race is too controversial or — let's be frank — when white people find the topic of race uncomfortable.
  • How America Condemns Millions of Its Own Citizens to Suffering, Misery and Early Death  By : Chris Hedges
    The defeat of the Harvard University debate team by a team from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in the Catskills elucidates a truth known intimately by those of us who teach in prisons: that the failure of the American educational system to offer opportunities to the poor and the government's abandonment of families and children living in blighted communities condemn millions of boys and girls, often of color, to a life of suffering, misery and early death. The income inequality, the trillions of dollars we divert to the war industry, the flight of manufacturing jobs overseas and ..
  • Rachel Dolezal and the Complex Politics of White Privilege  By : Elwood Watson
    Virtually all segments of the media -- liberal, conservative, alternative, mainstream -- have been deeply immersed in the saga of Rachel Dolezal. Predictably, social media is knee deep in its commentary on the topic.
  • 11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for its Racism  By : Dr. Robin Diangelo
    I am white. I write and teach about what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet remains deeply divided by race. A fundamental but very challenging part of my work is moving white people from an individual understanding of racism—i.e. only some people are racist and those people are bad—to a structural understanding. A structural understanding recognizes racism as a default system that institutionalizes an unequal distribution of resources and power between white .
  • This is Your Brain on Whiteness: The Invisible Psychology of White American Ignorance Explained  By : Chauncey DeVega
    When white folks, whether among the pundit classes, or in day-to-day interactions, are confronted with the gross contradictions of their language — why black people in Baltimore are called "thugs," while white outlaw bikers who kill people somehow did not engage in a "riot" — they may appear confused, frustrated, or perhaps even willfully stupid as they try to evade and explain the distinction between the two examples.
  • Fear of the Black(Immigrant) Patient: The Real Problem with the West's Ebola Response  By : Hannah Giorgis
    We (the west) are comfortable with viruses that ravage entire communities, so long as those communities do not look like the ones we believe are deserving of health. Black bodies exist only on the receiving end of apocalyptic fanfare like airport screenings designed to weed out Ebola carriers (with dubious success) or excessive, deadly force from police that claim to protect and serve all people. Africa exists only in stark contrast to the civilized west, where disease and disorder must be ...
  • EBOLA and African Immigrants: The West's Long and Ugly Tradition of Treating Africa as a Dirty, Diseased Place  By : Laura Seay & Kim Yi Dionne
    This week's Newsweek magazine cover features an image of a chimpanzee behind the words, "A Back Door for Ebola: Smuggled Bushmeat Could Spark a U.S. Epidemic." This cover story is problematic for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that there is virtually no chance that "bushmeat" smuggling could bring Ebola to America. (The term is a catchall for non-domesticated animals consumed as a protein source; anyone who hunts deer and then consumes their catch as venison in the United States ...
  • Muslim Terrorists & EBOLA Immigrants: How Fox, GOP Wing-NUTS Scare Old-White-Bigots & Racists  By : Joan Walsh
    This May Be the Most Absurd Way Fox Has Tried to Scare Older White People: Fox 'News' Channel baits its aging white audience's fear of dirty, drug-running, gang-banging, Ebola-carrying future Democratic voters from Mexico and Latin America into a fear of ISIS, and whips them into a war frenzy. It's no stretch to believe that the president they hate is working to help his two favorite constituencies – Muslim terrorists and illegal immigrants – by leaving the border open.
  • The Facts are None Too Kind to Darren Wilson: How Will the Right-Wing Hate Media Distort the New Evidence in the Michael Brown Murder Case?  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Darren Wilson is the white gunslinger who brought the black "thug" to "justice". This is cathartic violence for the White Right and its Fox News driven propaganda machine. The supporters of Darren Wilson are enjoying the fun of a thrill kill; they are sharing ownership over the deed by donating money to their idol Darren Wilson. While some psychologists and mental health professionals have suggested that racism is a type of mental illness, I have long-subscribed to the idea that white .....
  • Ferguson isn't About Black Rage Against Cops. It's WHITE RAGE Against Progress  By : Carol Anderson.
    White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama's ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there's a reaction, a backlash.
  • Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and Michael Brown Prove There is No Greater Crime Than Being Black  By : Kevin Dedner
    Every young black man comes to the understanding very early in life that he will be misunderstood at the least by a countless number of white people. He realizes that the narrative has been written for him without his voice or his words, without anyone having enough respect for him to stand back and let him to write his own story. So life after birth becomes a constant struggle to defeat the negative narrative and create a positive story.
  • The Poisonous Racism Driving Violence in Ferguson and the Rest of America  By : Joe Conason
    The past week's unfolding tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, with its militarized and overwhelmingly white police force confronting angry and hopeless African-Americans, is not a story unique to that place or this moment. Many cities and towns in this country confront the same problems of poverty, alienation and inequality as metropolitan St. Louis -- or even worse.
  • The Profits of Racism: The Coward Darren Wilson Who Killed Michael Brown Has Now Raised 170,000 Dollars  By : Chauncey DeVega
    During the American slaveocracy, whites worried that they would be conquered by blacks if the latter won their freedom. In 2008, the election of Obama was met by all manner of virulent racism from the White Right as circulated by the Fox News hate media. This obsession with white victimhood continues into Obama's second term, where Mo Brooks, the white racially reactionary and Republican Congressman from Alabama, publicly complained that there was a "war on white people" in the United States.
  • The Black Body is Always a Threat: White Racial Paranoia Killed Eric Garner  By : Chauncey DeVega
    I have not written about the videotaped killing of Eric Garner by the New York Police Department--and their subsequent efforts to cover up the crime--because I did not want to contribute to the online necropolis of black and brown people unjustly killed by white American racism.
  • Inside The Right-Wing's Creepy Demonization of Helpless Migrant Children  By : Heather Digby Parton
    Needless to say, this behavior is an expression of xenophobia, not a fear of disease. It's been used since time immemorial to characterize "the other" as a threat. It has been a fact of life along the United States' southern border for nearly a century. But there's a particular ugliness to this latest outbreak of nativism because the alleged carriers of disease are children who are escaping a violent and repressive environment, alone, without any support or guidance beyond their parents' .....
  • White Supremacy Prevails as 'Black Identity' & 'Racism' Collide in 'Neymar's' Brazil  By : Dion Rabouin
    The country's complex history with race gains the spotlight as the World Cup attempts to address the recent wave of racist attacks against black players. Note: Neymar, whose son looks very similar to the grandson in The Redemption of Ham, seems to have had quite a different experience in the four years since saying that he wasn't black. The star forward has been subjected to monkey noises made by his own teammates, had multiple bananas thrown at him during international matches and even ...
  • Yes, Elliot Rodger is 'White': What the Santa Barbara Shooter Can Teach Us About Race and Masculinity  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Elliot Rodger was/is a white man. For some people, this fact is very controversial and upsetting. Whiteness is an identity based upon maintaining a superior power relationship over people of color. Whiteness is not just a reflection of "biological race" or assumed racial group membership by virtue of parental or family lineage. Whiteness is a political project with its own set of values and normative assumptions about how society should be organized. Elliot Rodger demanded and expected power ...
  • Hispanics Increasingly Identifying As White: White Supremacy Endures  By : Chauncey DeVega
    An estimated net 1.2 million Americans of the 35 million Americans identified in 2000 as of "Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin," as the census form puts it, changed their race from "some other race" to "white" between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, according to research presented at an annual meeting of the Population Association of America and reported by Pew Research. The ways in which Hispanics are crossing over into Whiteness demonstrates how race is a learned concept. Here, Hispanics .......
  • When Will Black Men Finally Start to Defend Themselves Against White Street Vigilantism?  By : Chauncey DeVega
    The Prisoner's Dilemma and Stand Your Ground Laws: An Escalating Spiral of Violence: The Prisoner's Dilemma is one of the most written about and studied "games" in the social sciences. It explores how "players" will choose to cooperate (or not) with one another. Economists have used it to model how buyers and sellers behave in the market. Experts in international relations use the Prisoner's Dilemma to explore how state actors could potentially respond to one another in a conflict or during ..
  • The Right's Black Crime Obsession  By : Brian Beutler
    There are a few black people up to no good in this country and Fox News is on it! So is Drudge Report. Vigilantly on the lookout, 24 hours a day, for stories about black youths behaving badly
  • We Are Untermenschen To Them: The Tea Party Cheers a 'Hispanic Child' Whose Father is Being Deported  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Josie Molina is an alien outsider to the White Right and the Tea Party GOP. Because she is racialized as being "different", her father is a type of perpetual stranger. For the Authoritarian, especially those in the Tea Party who have now internalized the idea of "white politics" and "white group interests" as being synonymous with "real America", those who are not white--or overly identified with Whiteness through a type of "honorary" status (see George Zimmerman or Clarence Thomas)--are
  • Zimmerman Acquittal: African Americans Need To 'Wake The Hell Up' -- Vote, Teach, Organize!  By : Leonard Pitts Jr.
    Four words of advice for African Americans in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal: Wake the hell up. While we were celebrating, others were calculating. While we were writing nasty rap lyrics, they were writing senators. While we were organizing Obama victory parties, they were organizing tea parties. While we were buying DVDs, they were buying candidates. While we were sending texts, they were building propaganda machinery. While we were resting on the past, they were seizing the future.
  • Zimmerman Acquittal: Why are Black Boys Expendable?  By : Eugene Robinson
    Black boys denied the right to be young: Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night, with a verdict setting his killer free. Trayvon Martin was fighting more than George Zimmerman that night. He was up against prejudices as old as American history, and he never had a chance.
  • Are Chechens Really White? Racial Formation Theory and the Boston Marathon Bombing  By : Chauncey DeVega
    Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are reminders of the contingent status experienced by some white ethnics in America. Ultimately, if terrorism by white Chechens becomes a trend in the United States, they may find themselves traded away in a racial draft like the one featured on Chappelle's Show.
  • 'Whiteness' Traps Us All: How Can 'White Americans' Be Free?  By : Kartina Richardson
    The default belief that the white experience is a neutral and objective one hurts both white and American culture. White America is desperately searching for its soul because it has for so long benefited from a belief that it is apart from the rest of us, blank of experience. I have gone the length of this article without saying it, but now it is the end and I'm no hero: One is the loneliest number.
  • America's White Male Problem  By : Frank Schaeffer
    Whining, dangerous gang of psychologically damaged white men, especially in the south -- are literally ill with fear -- as their world is turning lopsided, due to demographic changes in America. There is a black man in the White House and he's winning, and worst of all he's self-evidently smarter than they are. He's not even angry! That makes racist white men want to explode and stock up in lethal guns and ammunition.
  • Accused & Frisked: Forest Whitaker & 'The Good, Racist People'  By : Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Last month the actor Forest Whitaker was stopped in a Manhattan delicatessen by an employee. Whitaker is one of the pre-eminent actors of his generation, with a diverse and celebrated catalog ranging from "The Great Debaters" to "The Crying Game" to "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai." By now it is likely that he has adjusted to random strangers who can't get his turn as Idi Amin out of their heads. But the man who approached the Oscar winner at the deli last month was in no mood for autographs.
  • The Confederacy Making a Comeback in the South? KKK Grand Wizard Glorified, Civil Rights Heroes Ignored  By : Chris Hedges
    On a windy afternoon a few days ago I went to a depressed section of North Memphis to visit an old clapboard house that was once owned by a German immigrant named Jacob Burkle. Oral history—and oral history is all anyone has in this case since no written documents survive—holds that Burkle used his house as a stop on the underground railroad for escaped slaves in the decade before the Civil War. The house is now a small museum called Slave Haven.
  • Once America's Leading Hate Group, The Neo-Nazi National Alliance Now Considered 'a Joke'  By : Mark Potok
    Ten years after the death of founder William Pierce — a former university physics professor and radical intellectual with a major following both here and in Europe — the Alliance has been transformed from the nation's radical-right powerhouse into a tiny band of small-time propagandists, criminal thugs and attention-seeking losers. Recruitment and income are dismal, and the group rarely makes the news. Its leader, fresh from a withering divorce from his stripper wife, is widely disrespected ...
  • Interview: Tim Wise on White Resentment in a Multiracial Society  By : Mark Karlin
    ....While white supremacy has its roots in the class, religious and ethno-national systems of Europe, it took America - this place where the old divisions would need to be put aside so as to subjugate indigenous persons and maintain chattel enslavement of Africans in the name of "the white race" - to really bring racism, as we know it to fruition. Whiteness was really something of a trick, developed for the purpose of uniting otherwise disparate Europeans, first, ......
  • Tolerance and Diversity - What are we Supposed to Tolerate?  By : Michael Bresciani
    After the brutal shooting death of Pakistan’s Christian Minister Shabbaz Bhatti for his opposition to ‘blasphemy laws’ the persecution and murders of Christians continues unabated in Pakistan and other Muslim countries. Is this what the west is supposed to tolerate?
  • Bill Maher: GOP Scared of Blacks Except Cosby and Urkel  By : Boyce Watkins, Ph.D
    Comedian and TV show host Bill Maher made some interesting remarks the other day on his show about GOP fear and racial tension. During a segment in which he posted a picture of members of the New Black Panther Party, Maher noted that Republicans generally "soil their adult diapers" when confronted by people of color.
  • Dangerous 'Yazoo' Game: Is Mississippi Governor, Republican Haley Barbour a Dixie Racist?  By : Michelle Goldberg
    Haley Barbour's gaffe is an exquisite example of the conservative racial two-step: a blatant expression of racism, followed by aggrieved wailing at the mere thought of being called a racist. It proves that Barbour is either dishonest or so blindly ignorant that one can scarcely imagine how he's managed a successful political career.
  • Sirius Radio: The Refuge for Frothing Racist, Homophobic Right-Wingers Like Dr. Laura  By : Tana Ganeva
    When Dr. Laura's new show premieres Jan. 3, Schlessinger will be joining a spate of racist, homophobic right-wingers who make Glenn Beck look good (including Glenn Beck, whose show Sirius runs in syndicate).
  • Cuauhtemoc, Dolores Huerta and the Raza Studies Timeline  By : Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
    Mexican oral tradition hands us the following narrative, a narrative that is arguably related to the ongoing battle over Raza Studies in the state of Arizona.
  • Republican-Sanctioned Stereotypes: Mexican Criminals and The Return of The 'Frito Bandito'  By : Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
    Many Republicans and conservatives do not seem to know, or appear to not have the faintest clue, as to what is a racially insulting and dehumanizing image. At least they feign ignorance. It is the same ignorance that was used to claim that there was nothing wrong with usage of the "Black Sambo" or "Chinaman" images of a generation ago. It is the same ignorance that was used to claim there was nothing wrong with using a Mexican bandit – the "Frito Bandito" – to sell Frito Lay's corn chips. ....
  • The 'White American Brain' Finally Goes Haywire in Spectacular Fashion  By : Steven Thrasher
    About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel. It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white folks had been humming along cogently for near on 400 years on this continent, with little sign that any serious trouble was brewing. White people, after all, had managed to invent a spiffy new form of self-government so that all white men (and, eventually, women) could have a say in how white people were taxed and governed. ......
  • The Great 'Tea-Party' Fear: Pollution of The White 'Stock'  By : David Rosen
    The Strange Sexual Obsessions Driving the Tea Party Movement: The great white fear of interracial "pollution" has found is most acute expression with Obama's president. He is the offspring of not simply an interracial relationship, but an international coupling as well. He is the child of 21st century globalization, the symbolic representation of a hope for a world without borders, without race prejudice, without white privilege.
  • The Newton Leroy 'Newt' Gingrich File: A History of Bigoted, Offensive and 'Tribal' Rhetoric  By : Media Matters
    Republican, and former speaker of the house, during the Clinton presidency, Newt Gingrich -- has a history of making bigoted and offensive statements. Below is a sample:
  • Right-Wing Americans Have Become a Bunch of 'Fraidy-Cats' and Professional Victims  By : Eugene Robinson
    The right-wing, blinded by its own hysteria: When did the loudmouths of the American right become such a bunch of fraidy-cats and professional victims? Or is it all just an act?
  • White Fright: Glenn Beck's Rally Was Large, Vague, Moist, And Undirected -- The Waterworld of White Self-Pity  By : Christopher Hitchens
    In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned? It's not unfair to say that such ......
  • The GOP's Long, Hot, Racist, Summer Season of Hate and Grievance 'Jihads'  By : Kristen Powers
    Welcome to the summer of hate: First came a harsh new immigration law and calls of white racism; then we turned up the heat with an "n-word" flap and the ground zero mosque hysteria. It is worth noting that you hardly ever hear Gingrich or any high-profile Republican complaining about racism in America unless they are accusing a black or brown person of doing something racist to a white person.
  • GOP Politician Confirms What Was Long Suspected: Republicans Intentionally Feed the Racism, Anger, and Paranoia of the Far Right  By : David Corn
    Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) is a casualty of the tea party-ization of the Republican Party. Given the decisive vote against him in June, it's clear he was wiped out by a political wave that he could do little to thwart. "Emotionally, I should be all right with this," he says. And when he thinks about what lies ahead for his party and GOP House leaders, he can't help but chuckle. With Boehner and others chasing after the tea party, he says, "that's going to be the dog that catches the car."
  • Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the US Criminal Justice System  By : Bill Quigley
    The biggest crime in the US criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people. Saying the US criminal system is racist may be politically controversial in some circles. But the facts are overwhelming. No real debate about that. Below, I set out numerous examples of these facts.
  • The Tea Party is Perverted and Irrelevant  By : Matt Taibbi
    "I've decided it isn't even necessary to have the debate over whether or not the Tea Partiers are racists. It's enough to point out that the Tea Party and its sympathizers contain too many people like Andrew Breitbart (the idiot blogger from the Big Government website who originally posted the Sherrod video), Bill O'Reilly, and Glenn Beck, all of whom popped huge public woodies the moment the Sherrod video surfaced."
  • Anniversary of MLK Speech: How Glenn Beck and 'Tea-Baggers' Plan To Hijack Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream  By : Devona Walker
    Only a few weeks after whitewashing the entire slave trade by falsely claiming our Founding Fathers were both black and white, Glenn Beck is on another mission: the Fox news host is planning a massive "take our country back" Tea Party rally at the Lincoln Memorial -- on the anniversary of the day Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.
  • Why Fearmongering About a White Minority in America Is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!  By : Joshua Holland
    That America's white majority will endure will no doubt disappoint anyone hoping that a demographic shift might mark the end of racist "dog-whistle" politics in the United States, yet it is the reality. But perhaps we shouldn't tell people like Pat Buchanan that they'll remain comfortably in the majority. Watching them freak out for the next 40 years over nothing but a bit of short-lived demographic trivia might be entertaining.
  • Driving While Black, Flying While Arab, Walking While Latino  By : Marcia Alesan Dawkins
    Not everyone has to worry about raising "reasonable suspicion" in all these settings. As someone who does, I've come to appreciate the complex natures of race, identity and a sense of belonging in the U.S. From "random" security checks, to unnecessary delays, to getting escorted off planes, to general harassment, I've seen it all. No matter how American I might feel inside, these experiences coupled with the questions "Where are you from?" or "What are you?" remind me that I'm not ......
  • Younger People Are Fundamentally Less Concerned with Race, Putting the Republicans on the Defensive  By : Melissa Harris-Lacewell
    Social conservatives shudder with apocalyptic anxiety about these generational trends. They understand that the best defense against this frightening, changing world is to wrest control of the historical narrative. To retake the country, they must first reshape young people's reality by revising the meaning of their daily lives. They must make traitors into heroes, erase the contributions of marginal groups, decry self-knowledge as sedition and reinforce fear of those who are different.
  • Social Extremism: White Supremacists (American Al-Qaeda) Using FaceBook To Organize and To Promote Violence  By : Justine Sharrock
    Facebook has a policy against any posts that are "hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incite violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence...violates someone else's rights or the law...or is used to "bully, intimidate, or harass any user." If you violate those rules, your post can be deleted or you can get kicked off Facebook. But a simple search through various groups' and individual's sites makes it clear that Facebook can't keep up.
  • What U.S. History Would Look Like If It Were Written By Texas and Arizona  By : Christopher Deis
    History is one part truth. History is also one part fable. It is a site of political contestation and struggle. As the state of Arizona (with its rules banning "Ethnic Studies") and the state of Texas (reimaging its U.S. history curriculum to conform with the Tea Party and Christian Nationalist perspective) have both embraced a more "conservative" view of history, it only seems fair and reasonable to take their efforts at face value. Theirs is not an assault on academic freedom.
  • Crumbling 'Anglo' Power Structure Drives Fear and Loathing of Latinos in Arizona  By : Eugene Robinson
    About 30 percent of the Arizona's population is Latino, and that number continues to rise. This demographic shift has induced culture shock among some Arizonans who see the old Anglo power structure losing control.
  • Immigrant-bashers occupy land stolen from Mexico  By : B.J. Sanders
    The United States portrays itself as a welcoming refuge for immigrants. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled mas ses yearning to breathe free," proclaims the poem engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the ultimate symbol of U.S. beneficence. But the capitalist government in reality has welcomed immigrants only when businesses needed their labor.
  • Arizona: This is what Apartheid Looks Like  By : Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
    Those who think that there's an immigration crisis in Arizona are correct, however, this is but part of the story. The truth is, a civilizational clash is being played out in the same state in which the state legislature questions the birthplace and legitimacy of President Barack Obama and where Sen. John McCain competes with Senate hopeful, J.D. Hayworth, to see who is the most anti-immigrant.
  • Census Nonsense -- Why Barack Obama Isn't Black  By : John B. Judis
    It's hard to disagree. By denying the existence of race, one denies the existence of racial inequality. Yet by using the constructed language of race, one perpetuates invidious racial distinctions. Obama faced this dilemma when he chose how to designate himself on the census. And he may have done the right thing—but only in the short run. If racism is finally to disappear, so must the peculiar logic of blackness.
  • 7 Tricks Teabaggers Will Use to Conceal Their Extreme Right-Wing Beliefs  By : Christopher Deis
    While they can be disparaged as being narrow minded ideologues possessed of an authoritarian personality, conservatives in the U.S.--and the extreme right wing that has now become the center of the GOP--have long been masters of using emotional and moral appeals to motivate their public. While the Democrats are hamstrung by an issues-based approach to politics, conservatives have mastered the art of creating an alternate world of political facts and reason ........
  • Facing the Threat from the Far Right, Noam Chomsky Says He 'Has Never Seen Anything Like This'  By : Chris Hedges
    Noam Chomsky on Tea-Party Protests: "It is very similar to late Weimar Germany." "The parallels are striking. There was also tremendous disillusionment with the parliamentary system. The most striking fact about Weimar was not that the Nazis managed to destroy the Social Democrats and the Communists but that the traditional parties, the Conservative and Liberal parties, were hated and disappeared. It left a vacuum which the Nazis very cleverly and intelligently managed to take over."
  • The Negative Survival Value of Taboos  By : Sam Vaknin
    As circumstances change and our knowledge of Nature expands, all taboos should be subjected to revision and rigorous scientific perusal: does urine-drinking have medical benefits? Are suicide and murder permissible in certain situations and among well-defined populations? Is organ harvesting to be allowed if it alleviates other forms of misery (such as extreme poverty or child labor)?
  • Redefining 'Racist' in the Rather Complicated Age of Obama  By : Keli Goff
    If I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me "Is X a racist?" in the last year or so, I would be a rich woman (and therefore off sunning myself in Tahiti at the moment instead of chained to my laptop here on the East Coast, but I digress.)
  • Drinking While Brown (or Gay) in Texas Will Get You Arrested  By : Adam Weinstein
    They say everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes absurdity in law enforcement. Most states and towns have public intoxication (PI)
    laws that allow peace officers to pick up the drunk and disorderly. But in the Lone Star State, the nation's broadest PI law lets cops go
    virtually anywhere and arrest anyone for drunkenness—even if they're quietly nursing a beer in a bar.
  • HRW World Report 2010 Introduction Proves African Union as the Worst Enemy of All African Nations  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    Conspiring to survive and plotting to preserve their illegal acquisitions and properties, the unrepresentative tyrants of Africa form a gang that steadily opposes Justice, Freedom and Equity throughout Africa.
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) World Report 2010 – News Release  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    This 20th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects extensive investigative work undertaken in 2009 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question.
  • Pockets of White America Are in the Throes of an Existential Crisis  By : Rich Benjamin
    Tea party protests. Combusting town-hall forums. A nativist Birther movement. Rising hate crimes against Latino Americans and immigrants. "You lie!" Right-wing calls to boycott the 2010 Census. Pockets of white America are suffering an existential crisis. As the Census "time bomb" ticks, fear mounts over a perceived loss of whites' raw power - demographic, social, economic, and political.
  • Rush, Rams and Reverse Racism: The Right's Search for a Black Racist  By : Paul Scott
    If there is white racism, surely there must be black racism. If whites have, historically, enslaved and oppressed blacks, there has to be some remote island out in the Atlantic where Bobby Whitman is being forced to pick cotton and sing Barry Manilow songs while Tyrone Jackson stands over him with a whip and a tall glass of Country Time Lemonade. However, this Bizarro World of black supremacy only exists in the minds of Ultra Right talking heads and those who set their watches by the Glenn .....
  • Christian Cowards: Why Don't Evangelical Leaders Condemn the Hate Spouted by Right-Wingers?  By : Frank Schaeffer
    On Sunday, November 29, NBC's "Meet the Press" flunked their interview with Pastor Rick Warren, world famous author of "The Purpose Driven Life." They didn't ask the one burning question with historic implications of national importance they should have asked: Pastor Rick, why haven't you and other prominent evangelical leaders taken the lead in strongly condemning the hate directed at President Obama by the Religious Right and so many evangelical Christians who form the base of the GOP
  • Relentless Pressure from Progressive Groups Pushes Hatemonger Lou Dobbs Out of CNN  By : Tana Ganeva
    Dobbs' abrupt departure from the network is a major victory for the Latino advocacy groups demanding his resignation. For years, the talk show host has stirred up xenophobic, anti-immigrant hysteria and promoted an array of right-wing talking points, giving lie to CNN's reputation for impartiality as well as comically belying his own claims of "independence."
  • The Misanthrope's Manifesto  By : Sam Vaknin
    Prioritize medical treatment so as to effectively deny it to the terminally-sick, the extremely feeble-minded; the incurably insane; those with fatal hereditary illnesses; and the very old;
  • Why Conservatives Are Really Afraid of a Black President  By : Jonathan L. Walton
    The president reminds Beck, along with those who identify with Beck's form of white neo-nationalism, of the lie of their own professed superiority -- a place of comfort and privilege in America that was neither deserved nor ever attained, yet still claimed based on the pinkness of their skin and straightness of hair. Obama's apparent success only further dismantles this lie and pours salt in socially insecure wounds.
  • Republicans and the Art of Racism  By : Caroline Myss
    For Republicans, an educated public represents a public who can see right through their real motives, their spin, and even survive their highly organized propaganda tactics. In the absence of any real power, the Republican Party has no option but to maintain a covert policy of aggressive stand-offs and nonpartisan politics upfront while behind the scenes reverting to tactics mastered by the fascists: use street mobs, hysterics and lies to distract and confuse the public.
  • Racial Profiling Cases on Center Stage After High-Profile Arrest  By : John B. Landers
    Regardless of what side you come down on regarding the recent incident involving the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, it is one of those racial profiling cases that has propelled the issue back into the minds of average Americans Gates, a prominent Harvard professor, was arrested in his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts and charged with disorderly conduct after a neighbor called the police and reported that two men were trying to break into Gates' home.
  • Small Beer, Big Hangover: America has not transcended race. America is not postracial  By : Frank Rich
    The one lesson that everyone took away from the latest "national conversation about race" is the same one we've taken away from every other
    "national conversation" in the past couple of years. America has not transcended race. America is not postracial. So we can all say that again. But it must also be said that we're just at the start of what may be a 30-year struggle. Beer won't cool the fury of those who can't accept the reality that America's racial profile will no longer reflect their own
  • Innocence Is No Defense - People of Color Facing Rampant Police Misconduct At Harvard  By : Bob Herbert
    The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. was the latest in a series of incidents that have left members of the Harvard community feeling unfairly targeted and humiliated because of their race. Young, old, innocent as the day is long — it doesn’t matter. Your skin color can leave you perpetually vulnerable to a sudden and devastating criminal injustice.
  • The Ugly Racism of the Right Will Be Their Undoing  By : Leslie Savan
    Watching the GOP morph into the National Association for the Advancement of White People should give us all hope, not despair. With every passing day it gets harder to think of this sudden dialing-up of whiny hate speech as sheer coincidence. Instead, it's beginning to look inevitable -- so much so that maybe the real question is, What is it about health care that brings out the latent racism in the GOP?
  • Anger Has Its Place  By : Bob Herbert
    You can yell at a cop in America. This is not Iran. And if some people don't like what you're saying, too bad. You can even be wrong in what you are saying. There is no law against that. It is not an offense for which you are supposed to be arrested. It was the police officer, Sergeant Crowley, who did something wrong in this instance. He arrested a man who had already demonstrated to the officer's satisfaction that he was in his own home and had been minding his own business, bothering no one.
  • Racism Is the Prime Cause for Debunked Obama Birth Certificate Conspiracy Theory  By : Liliana Segura
    Racism Is the Prime Cause for Debunked Obama Birth Certificate Conspiracy Theory. The attacks on Sotomayor, the hysteria over Obama's criticism of the Cambridge police, and the persistent rumors about Obama's origins seem symptomatic of something larger, something that is "the culmination of centuries of ingrained privilege and hegemonic control."
  • Running for Our Lives: Victory for Ethnic Studies in Arizona  By : Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
    A grueling spiritual run from Tucson to Phoenix in defense of ethnic studies-in 110-plus-degree heat-culminated in a resounding victory in front of Arizona's state Capitol.
  • Tom Horne to Ethnic Studies: Drop Dead!  By : Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
    Arizona is the New South and the new South Africa. It is the home of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, where racial profiling is official policy. Now, in another form of profiling, State Superintendent of Schools Tom Horne wants to eliminate ethnic studies.
  • White Power! Going Under - An Infiltrator of Hate Groups Remembers  By : Sonia Scherr
    The following account is based on extensive interviews with McEntire and other local and federal law enforcement officials; state and federal court documents; Associated Press articles; and McEntire's unpublished memoir, Not for Self But Others.
  • Hate's New Look in The Age of Obama  By : Eve Conant
    With an African-American president and the economy in bad shape, extremist groups are trying to enter the mainstream--and they're having some success. Experts are calling it the perfect storm for white supremacist recruitment: the sinking economy, the election of Barack Obama, and the increased attention to the spillover of immigrants and violence from Mexico. The Southern Poverty Law Center counts 926 active hate groups operating in the U.S., a 54 percent increase since 2000.
  • Worldwide Indignation Against the Inhuman Abyssinian Tyranny (Fake ‘Ethiopia’)  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    Ingrid Srinath, CIVICUS Secretary General, on the Ethiopian Charities and Societies Proclamation
  • UN – US to Terminate the Shameful Moroccan Tyranny over Western Sahara  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    Human Rights in Western Sahara and in the Tindouf Refugee Camps - An HRW Report
  • Najran Yemenites: Victims of English Colonialism and its Pawns, the Ignorant and Inane Wahhabis  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    Recently, the leading NGO Human Rights Watch focused on the issue and published a devastating report that provides with a detailed record of Human Rights violations practiced by the Sunni Wahhabite authorities of Saudi Arabia – the undeservedly and shamelessly venerated ‘allies’ in the War against Terrorism –, which definitely underscores the political need for immediate secession of Najran from Saudi Arabia and reunification with Yemen.
  • Why I accuse the Amhara & Tigray Monophysitic Abyssinians of Racism – Part II  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    As act, racism means racial discrimination; this means preferential treatment. What is the essence of this preferential treatment? Preferential treatment means denial (expressed to a race, people or nation) of fundamental (also called natural) rights that have been considered as inalienable to all. The natural rights involve life, liberty, and property.
  • Why I accuse the Amhara & Tigray Monophysitic Abyssinians of Racism – Answer to Berhan Tsehai  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    It is therefore assumed that Mr. Berhan Tsehai does not understand the racist nature of 'Ethiopianism'. This is nothing new; Nazi Germans, Stalinist Communists and many other followers and members of the world's most repugnant tyrannies and totalitarian ideologies customarily denied the autocratic and dictatorial nature of the systems they fervently believed in and devotedly served. Self-knowledge is not any easy task.
  • Death to Fake Ethiopia: Irreversible Verdict to Be Forced on Ignorant, Barbaric Amharas  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    What matters is that History has already issued its Verdict against this tragic-comical state with the false, usurped name ‘Ethiopia’, which belongs to the ancestors of the modern Kushites who developed a millennia-long civilization in today’s Northern Sudan.
  • Terrorist, Barbaric State 'Ethiopia' Proven Worse than Afghanistan's Taliban Extremists  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    A mere comparison of the criminal Amhara and Tigray thugs who impersonate the racist Abyssinian state's 'army' with the Afghanistan Taliban lunatics makes the latter look pale vis-a-vis the former.
  • UN Peacekeeping Forces to Supplant Tigray Gansgter Zenawi’s ‘Ethiopian’ Death Squads in Ogaden  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    Ogaden Human Rights Committee Appeal - The Role of the United Nations
  • HRW Recommendations Expected to Place Racist State ‘Ethiopia’ in International Quarantine  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    HRW Report on Ogaden - Recommendations and Acknowledgements
  • Break Down Colonial Relic ‘Ethiopia’ – Liberate Ogaden – Arrest Criminal Gangster Meles Zenawi  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    HRW Report on Ogaden - Part 5: Responses to Allegations of Human Rights Violations
  • ‘Ethiopian’ Iniquity Unveiled by the HRW Report on Ogaden: Grave Threat Against the Mankind  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    HRW Report on Ogaden - Part 4: Applicable Legal Standards
  • ONLF and the Abominable Face of 'Ethiopia' unveiled by the HRW Report on Ogaden  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    One of the most abominable means of oppression is the selection of few high traitors among the tyrannized nation, who as collaborators help the tyrannical regime of the foreign nation to perpetuate their local rule; these high traitors either in post-Nazi Europe or anywhere else in the world faced relevant charges and severe, usually capital, punishment.
  • Amhara and Tigray Abyssinian (‘Ethiopian’) Racism Exposed Worldwide - HRW Report on Ogaden  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    Further sections from the HRW Report on Ogaden (Part 2): The Failure of Judicial Protection and the Institutionalization of Collective Punishment
  • HRW Report on Ogaden - Revelation of the ‘Ethiopian’ Anti-African Hysteria, Racism and Odium  By : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
    Further sections from the HRW Report on Ogaden (Part 2) - "Economic war": Confiscation of Livestock, the Trade Embargo, and Other Restrictions

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