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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Racism
Sessions, Department Of Justice

Will Your Life Matter To The Trump Department Of Justice?

The law is the law, but Trump and his far-right cohorts want to change the law to render protections for vulnerable communities worthless. Trump and Sessions are part of a right-wing wave dedicated to rolling back civil rights protections. The idea of what can happen without the protections of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act does not keep them up at night.

January 18, 2017
Reign of Trump

Together We Can Beat Back The Reign Of Trump

It’s time for us to double down on what can be seen as the progressive community’s shared campaign for populist justice. We can beat back the brutishness the Reign of Trump promises — if we seriously unite. So, yes, buckle up. But more importantly, buck up!

January 18, 2017
Trump, Racism, Racial Backlash

Donald Trump Serves Up The Latest Chapter Of Racial Backlash

If there is any consolation on the King holiday of 2017, it is the assurance that the American backlash is sure to generate new forms of multiracial resistance in the spirit of America itself. The union of free Americans who ejected slavery, embraced voting rights, shook off Jim Crow, and elected a mixed-race president is nothing if not resilient.

January 17, 2017
MLK

9 Radical MLK Quotes The Mainstream Media Won’t Mention

In real life, MLK was far more radical than the cherry-picked lines from his speeches would suggest, a man who moved further left over the course of his long and weary fight for civil rights. The next time you see MLK corrupted and misused as a tool of capitalism, racism, and unchecked white supremacy, recall that MLK said “a riot is the language of the unheard.”

January 16, 2017
Loretta Lynch, Chicago

Loretta Lynch Slams Chicago Police Department After Releasing Damning DOJ Report

After a 13-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice released a 164-page report Friday detailing the abuse of force by the Chicago Police Department (CPD). According to their findings, officers’ brutality often goes unpunished — especially when its perpetrated in communities of color.

January 14, 2017
Identity Politics

The Identity Politics Red Herring

The fight to make the Democratic Party a more representative institution was not a fight around advertising but was directly connected to the demands of historically excluded groups to be included, not as window dressing but as central players. This entire history is being denied in the name of upholding some sort of supposedly pure fight for economic justice.

January 12, 2017
Obama, Farewell Speech, GOP

Obama Lays Out His Vision For Stopping Trump And The GOP

On the surface, President Barack Obama’s farewell address recounted his achievements, values, and still-hopeful vision for America—much like the best speeches. But not far below was a clear template telling his supporters how and where to defend against threats by Trump and the GOP to the America they believe in.

January 11, 2017
Concerns over Sessions as Attorney General

8 Reasons The Senate Must Reject Jeff Sessions

Senator Sessions’ record suggests a remarkable consistency in support of policies that contradict and subvert the Reconstruction amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantee citizenship, equal protection under the law, and the ballot to all Americans.

January 11, 2017
Sessions, Immigration, Racism

Sessions Takes On Racism Charges, Favors Special Prosecutor For Any Clinton Probe

Sessions was responding to questions at a sometimes rowdy Senate confirmation hearing, the first in a series of hearings this week for Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. “End racism Stop Sessions” and “End hate Stop Sessions” read some of the signs carried by protesters.

January 10, 2017
Sessions can shape immigration policy as AG

Democrats Wrestle With Sessions Nomination

Democrats face a tricky balancing act as the Senate kicks off its confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, this morning. In tension is the party base’s desire to hammer Sessions for his controversial past—particularly on issues of race— with senators’ lengthy professional and personal relationships with the Alabama Republican.

January 10, 2017
Trump

The Cultural Significance Of The Trump Establishment

The unapologetic white male has returned, and you could hardly find a more threatening and throwback version of that than Trump—a rich, voluble, egomaniacal, middle-aged pussy hound. To write him you would need some combination of authors like Norman Mailer, Terry Southern, Harry Crews and Gore Vidal, all notably out of step with current cultural norms.

January 9, 2017
Obama, Race

Did We Expect Too Much From Obama On Race?

Obama’s real and lasting impact on race relations in America will be seen in less sensational policy decisions: who he brought to the federal benches, his efforts to protect the Voting Rights Act, measures to expand access to health care and quality schools.

January 9, 2017
NAACP, Sessions

Alabama NAACP Not Backing Down After Sessions’ Office Lashes Out

“We are trying to stop Jeff Sessions from becoming the Attorney General of the United States,” Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, told AlterNet. “We are not backing down at all.”

January 8, 2017
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event to mark Nowruz on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the White House in Washington, D.C. Nowruz is a holiday that is celebrated by more than 300 million people in diverse ethnic and religious communities across the Middle East, Central and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Farewell, Michelle Obama, You’ve Made Us All Proud

So, farewell, Mrs. Obama. Please know that, as an American — and particularly as an African American — I am proud of how you’ve conducted yourself as first lady. You, madam, are gorgeous — in many more ways than one.

January 7, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King’s Optimism Is Tonic For These Parlous Times

Progressives don’t have the luxury of merely singing the old hymns or citing the old speeches. There are battles to fight to preserve hard-won gains. Martin Luther King was no naive dreamer. But he always believed in an America that was better than the one in which he lived.

January 6, 2017
Flint, Dakota Access Pipeline

Flint, Standing Rock Prove The Impact Of Environmental Issues On Communities Of Color

Media could apply the lessons left by scant coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Flint to empower these communities and bring attention to the many other ongoing situations of disproportionate impact that desperately need attention

January 2, 2017

Sorry, Liberals. We Have To Talk About Economics — And Race.

Ignoring race to focus solely on economics helps the GOP, and that won’t even be an option considering whom Trump’s policies will target, argues columnist Greg Sargent. But author Ian Haney-López asserts that the Democratic Party presenting itself as “a coalition of minorities, each with discrete identities but united by a few shared interests” won’t reverse the trends that have fed massive inequality either. Instead, Democrats must confront the right’s white identity politics for what it is: a scam against the entire American working class.

January 2, 2017
GOP, Right-Wing, Trump 2016

12 Moments Of Right-Wing Horror And Absurdity In 2016

It’s a little hard to celebrate the end of 2016, a truly awful year, when in 20 days, a petty, vindictive man with the maturity and impulse control of a five-year-old and the ossified views of a dinosaur will be president.

January 1, 2017
Sessions, AG

Sessions Likely To Put His Own Spin On ‘Justice For All’

Jeff Sessions is one in a long line of reprehensible characters likely to inhabit the Trump White House. But if he is confirmed as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, Sessions will be in a position to provoke extraordinary harm in the lives of ordinary Americans.

December 30, 2016
White Genocide, Neo Nazi, White Nationalist

‘White Genocide’: Debunking The Latest Breitbart-Promoted Racist Buzzword

The false claim that there is a genocide against white people is a key rallying cry used by organized white supremacists to justify racist violence targeting people of color, Muslims and Jews. With the rise of Donald Trump, who promptly appointed white nationalist Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, those forces will soon have a direct line to the White House.

December 28, 2016
Trump, Christmas, Holiday Season

The Spirit Of The Season Is Lost On Trump Supporters

Donald Trump’s America, it seems, is a land of explicit bigotry, of a political incorrectness that looks a lot like racial prejudice, of a white supremacy bursting out of its confines in the civic attic.

December 16, 2016
Richard Spencer, Neo-Nazi, White Nationalist, Twitter

Why Did Twitter Restore Accounts Of White Supremacists?

Twitter accounts belonging to white supremacists that were suspended earlier this year have been reinstated and have since gone back to sending out bigoted tweets.

December 12, 2016
Trump Facist

A Handy 14-Point Guide To Identify Fascist Leaders

Throughout the campaign, comparisons of Trump to fascist leaders have been treated as unserious and even irresponsible. Now, as we watch him assemble a cabinet of frightening far-right nationalists, white supremacists, militarists, and free-marketeers, Eco’s list emerges as a must-read.

December 8, 2016
Texas A&M students protest white nationalist Richard Spencer

Texas A&M Students Protest White Nationalist Leader’s Speech

The university said its leaders explored whether it could legally prohibit Spencer’s event, but ultimately recognized its obligation to uphold free speech.

December 7, 2016
White revolt of 2016

Fighting Back Against The White Revolt Of 2016

November 8 was a revolt by 58 percent of white voters that was spearheaded by a segment of the electorate that had been energized by the appeal of white nationalism and right-wing populism.

December 7, 2016