Category: Racism

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Ron Daniels: A Year of Destiny for Africans in America

Africans in America should be aware that 2013 is a year of great significance. It will mark the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Medgar Evers and the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The question is whether 2013 will be a Read more…

The Chicago Teachers Union: Chicago Teachers File Federal Lawsuit Charging CPS with Racial Discrimination

CHICAGO — The oft-maligned Chicago Public Schools (CPS) policy of subjecting neighborhood schools to “turnaround” discriminates against African-American teachers and staff according to a federal lawsuit filed this week by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and three public school educators. More than half of the 347 tenured teachers who were terminated by CPS as a Read more…

Anil Eklavya: On A Jew Who Ripped Off the Nazis

Noam Chomsky has compared the treatment by the mainstream intelligentsia and the media of two of the greatest minds of the 20th century. One of them was Albert Einstein and the other was Bertrand Russell. The crux of the comparison is that while Einstein has become one of the best known figures in the world, Read more…

: Who Carries the Brief for Black America?

An Open Letter to African American Thinkers and Leaders As an African American currently residing in one of the poorest counties in South Carolina, I have become increasingly troubled by the absence of our voice in an increasing number of conversations involving public policies which directly impact the health and future development of African American Read more…

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Sue Katz: The Facing Race Conference

The Applied Research Center (ARC) celebrated its 30th anniversary of, in their words, “fighting for racial justice through media research and action” at its bi-annual Facing Race conference of 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (ARC is also the publisher of Colorlines.com, a distinguished daily news source on issues of interest to the social justice community). Appropriate Read more…

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Sue Sturgis: The Reality Of The U.S. Violence Epidemic Beyond Sandy Hook

Friday's massacre of 20 first-grade students and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. by a disturbed young man who also killed his mother has sparked a conversation about what needs to happen to prevent these shockingly common mass shootings in the United States. Speaking Sunday night at an interfaith prayer Read more…

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David Swanson: How to Criticize the Israeli Government

The other day I tweeted an article that reported on a rather horrible story. It seems that the Israeli government gives African women drugs that keep them from reproducing.  I think if this story had been about Canada, Korea, France, or Brazil people would have read it. The conversation would not have immediately shifted to my alleged Read more…

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Chris Kromm: The Racist Roots Of ‘Right To Work’ Laws

This week, Republican lawmakers in Michigan — birthplace of the United Auto Workers and, more broadly, the U.S. labor movement — shocked the nation by becoming the 24th state to pass "right-to-work" legislation, which allows non-union employees to benefit from union contracts. While Michigan's momentous decision has received widespread media attention, little has been said about the Read more…

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Manissa McCleave Maharawal: Why Race Matters After Sandy

During the fall of 1962, residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn saw the trash accumulating on their sidewalks and realized that the city didn’t care about them the way it did about others. Their children had to play in stinky garbage while other neighborhoods had trees and parks. They complained to elected officials and Read more…

Jamala Rogers: Blaming the Workers Until the Bitter End

Hostess Bakeries was recently allowed to close its doors when mediation between the union and the company failed. In St. Louis, the company never really changed its image or racist practices in 40 years. The ITT conglomerate was hit by a boycott back in 1971 from ACTION, an interracial, direct-action protest organization. Because all the Read more…

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