Category: Racism

Matthew Friedman: As Many Americans Have Criminal Records As College Diplomas

The number of Americans with a criminal history has risen sharply over the past three decades. Today, nearly one-third of the adult working age population has a criminal record. In fact, so many Americans have a criminal record that counting them all is nearly impossible. According to a 2012 Department of Justice survey, state criminal Read more…

Vijay Prashad: The Doctrine of 9/11 Anti-Immigration

Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas sponsored a bill (HR4038) to block Iraqi and Syrian refugees from entering into the United States. The bill is known as the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, which passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives. “We are a nation at war,” said Congressman McCaul. Given the name of the Read more…

Laurie Penny: If the West closes its borders, the terrorists will have won

The two most dangerous words in politics are “us” and “them”. At times of great national tragedy, we should open our hearts – and we not close our borders

Badri Raina: Just Some Questions on Obamaspeak

Why, just why, do the overwhelming majority of the world’s Muslims—those that live in peace in the democratic cultures of India, or Indonesia, or Malaysia, or those in Europe and America—have to say “mea culpa”

Cirila Toplak: Dreaming of democracy: refugees on Europe’s periphery

Tensions are rising in Slovenia, where passing refugees continue to dream of Europe while the local population is losing all hope of a better future

Marjorie Cohn: Governors Have No Right to Exclude Syrian Refugees

As the world reels from the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last week, more than half of US governors began lining up to scapegoat Syrian refugees

Hawzhin Azeez: Eyewitness Testimony of De-mining in Kobane

As Hawzhin Azeez works with a team in and around Kobane to report on mine placements, she also reflects on Paris and how white deaths are taken to mean more than those of brown people

Michele Hall: This Morning at Harvard Law School We Woke Up to a Hate Crime

I am constantly reminded of the legacy of white supremacy that founded this school and still breathes through every classroom and lecture hall

Joris Leverink: Desperate EU Begs Turkey’s Help in Dealing with Refugee Crisis

After the Paris attacks, European countries are desperate to stem the flow of refugees. Turkey’s aid is requested, but will this do any good?

Ramzy Baroud: Rohingya and the Burmese Generals: How to Forge a Democracy and Get Away with It

The most recent elections have been, by far, the most successful of the generals’ democracy schemes in recent years

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