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Annie Zirin: GE Workers Ready To Strike

LYNN, Mass.–General Electric (GE) retiree Peter Dow once dreamed that when he retired he would take trips to Florida or go camping with his grandchildren in New Hampshire. But, as he told the Boston Globe, his pension of $850 a month leaves him struggling to stay afloat. With his co-pay for his GE health plan Read more…

Sharon Smith: The Resegregation Of US Schools

  THE U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deliver another–perhaps fatal–blow to affirmative action, in its pending decision on the University of Michigan’s admissions policies. But the Bush administration is already pursuing the next target in its mission to destroy the gains of the civil rights movement. At least 10 universities–including Princeton and the Massachusetts Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Making Sense Of Clarence Thomas

When Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cast the lone vote against the Supreme Court’s ruling that Dallas prosecutors systematically excluded black jurors in the trial of Texas death row inmate Thomas Miller-El, the legion of Thomas foes again lambasted him. They called Thomas cruel, spiteful, and even implied he was unbalanced. African-Americans make up more Read more…

Dennis Fox: From Affirmative Action To Reparations

George W. Bush’s attack on the University of Michigan’s affirmative action admissions policy came just weeks after he helped dump Majority Leader Trent Lott, whose offhand nostalgia for Strom Thurmond’s segregationist past tarnished the modern Republican image. The Bushies figure that fulminating against old-fashioned blatant racism provides cover for their more polite institutional variant. They’re Read more…

Derrick z. Jackson: The men who would replace Lott

THE MEN most talked about as potential successors to Trent Lott as Senate majority leader are Don Nickles of Oklahoma, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Bill Frist of Tennessee, and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. The four cannot decide whether to throw the drowning man a life preserver or a cinder block.   Nickles holds the cinder Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Another Wolf Guarding The Henhouse

If nothing else George Bush Jr.’s recess appointment of Gerald Reynolds as assistant secretary of education for civil rights proved that he is a good student of history. A decade ago George Bush, Sr. ignited one of the most bruising, and ugly confirmation hearings in living memory when he nominated hyper-black conservative, Clarence Thomas to Read more…

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