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Friday, April 28, 2017
Racism

A 2-for-1 For Racists: Post Hateful Fliers, And Revel In The News Coverage

They’ve left their propaganda at campuses ranging from Clemson University in South Carolina to the University of Minnesota to the University of California in Los Angeles. In response, they’ve gotten coverage from local newspapers as well national outlets like CNN and the Washington Post. Universities have felt compelled to respond as well, like the University of Michigan, which unveiled an $85 million diversity and inclusion program just days after racist fliers were found on its Ann Arbor campus.

March 24, 2017
Trump, Tone

Why Trump Changed His Tone

Donald Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday was a bold attempt to push forward his trademark nationalist agenda—protectionism, restrictions on immigration, a military buildup—but it was also notable for the ways in which he tried to protect himself from charges of racism and xenophobia.

March 1, 2017
Racists

Trump’s Harsh Words Are Encouraging Violent Racists

These bad men emboldened by Trump are not representative of everyone who voted for him, the same way the Orlando nightclub shooter is not representative of all Muslims. But they do exist, and they must be condemned, to the same extent that a Muslim man would be condemned had he shot two white men in Kansas.

March 1, 2017
Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin Had To Be Guilty Of Something, Right?

Five years ago, a black boy was shot for nothing. And many Americans made him a blank screen upon which they projected their racialized stereotypes and fears. They could not allow him to be a harmless child walking home. No, they needed his guilt.

February 27, 2017
Trump border tax

Trump’s $5 Trillion Attack On America’s Values And Reputation

Even if Donald Trump doesn’t go through with the trade wars that Steve Bannon — his Rasputin with a splash of Goebbels — seemed to promise again last week, the damage inflicted by their war on American values will be immediate and then possibly permanent.

February 27, 2017
A reporter talks to police dressed in tactical gear as they block a downtown street during a march by various groups, including "Black Lives Matter" and "Shut Down Trump and the RNC". REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Trump Administration Is Giving Cops Unprecedented Power

Two weeks after signing two orders on immigration, President Trump signed three orders on crime and law enforcement, including one that targeted transnational drug cartels. Although immigration and drug enforcement have their own federal agencies, many cops seemed eager to jump into the fray, setting the stage to begin a roll back of the modest gains made in holding police accountable.

February 17, 2017
Right-wing, Trump supporters

How I Escaped Being A Right-Wing Extremist

When I was young, I was taught that liberals and Democrats were brainwashed and trained to ignore the truths about what was really going on in America. Arguing with a liberal was a complete waste of time, my dad would say. No child should be taught that the only options in this life are to “hate or be hated.”

February 10, 2017
Resistance, Women's March, Princess Leia

The Sisterhood Stands Against Trump

Oh, brother — civil war is churning and burning, and an awakening is in the air after a deeply wrong election, which the loser won. Yes, sisters are stepping up to save the day. That’s what President Trump hates most: when women judge, challenge, or dare to defy him — or get three million more votes on Election Day.

February 10, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Russia, Special Prosecutor

Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General After Fierce Battle With Democrats

Jeff Sessions who has served two decades in the Senate from Alabama, was confirmed by a 52-47 vote after strong pushback from Democrats concerned about his record on civil rights. In a rare move for a senator recently confirmed to a Cabinet position, Sessions took to the floor of the chamber and called for members of Congress to have some “latitude” in their relationships with members of the other party.

February 9, 2017
Warren

Try As They Might, Senate Republicans Cannot Silence Elizabeth Warren

Silenced on the Senate floor by Republican colleagues, Elizabeth Warren took her criticism of Trump’s attorney general nominee out to the hallway — and found much larger platform. The action prompted a tide of support on Facebook for Warren under a hashtag #LetLizSpeak after she went outside the chamber and read the letter in a video posted on the site that drew more than 5 million views.

February 8, 2017
Obama onstage for his farewell with wife Michelle and daughter Malia

America Rarely Lets You Forget That You’re Black

I’ve always known African Americans face challenges — discrimination in health, housing, hiring, and a racially biased system of “justice.” But at some level, I had grown comfortable in a nation paced by Oprah, LeBron, Beyonce, and Barack. So when we hit this season of reversal, I was more surprised than I should have been. I had forgotten about being black. Meaning, I had forgotten that for us, setback is nothing new.

February 8, 2017
White Trump Supporters, America

Is Trump’s America Really Our America?

The Donald and his thuggish regime of demagogic nativists from the far-right fringe are hoping we’re the timorous America. They shout that the people voted for the fair-haired strongman, and now they expect him to save them from bloodthirsty terrorists sneaking into America from Muslim nations. But wait — first of all, the majority of us did not vote for him. So spare us the lie that you have a “mandate” to discriminate.

February 3, 2017

Watch: Al Franken Dismantles Sessions’ Dubious Civil Rights Record

The Minnesota senator slammed Republicans for attempting to recast their colleague as a voting rights champion. “I know Senator Sessions. We served together since I joined this body… and I know his record on voting rights,” Franken bellowed. “He’s no champion of voting rights.”

February 2, 2017
Children, Protests, Women's March

What Do We Tell Our Children?

Trump has been behaving, in word and deed, in ways that most of us raise our children to understand are unacceptable. How do we explain this to our children? Well, we tell them what we’ve always told them. We do not lie. We do not bully. We do not hate. Because we are Americans, and this is our country to save.

February 2, 2017
Immigration, Sanctuary Cities

A National Sanctuary Campaign Rises To Defy Trump’s Xenophobic Agenda

Trump’s decree targeting sanctuary cities comes amid concerns that already-existing sanctuary cities and towns were not doing enough to protect their residents under the Obama administration, which oversaw an unprecedented number of deportations and erected family immigrant detention centers that continue to imprison children with their mothers.

January 29, 2017
Trump voters

Bigotry And Xenophobia Now Have Free Rein

Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was a triumph of racial resentment and fears about demographic change, a primal scream from whites who are anxious about an America that is becoming increasingly diverse. But for all the xenophobia that Trump encourages, his supporters will be disappointed to learn that white Americans are headed, inexorably, for minority status, based on legal immigration and birth rates.

January 28, 2017
Sessions

A Look At Jeff Sessions’ Shameful Past

You can learn a lot about Jeff Sessions from the 585-page transcript of his 1986 confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. As a young U.S. Attorney angling for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench, Sessions was less than lawyerly, and often equivocating, in his responses to questions about his record.

January 24, 2017
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