Coates, Chait and the Iraq War Understanding of Gratitude

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 12:00 pm

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jonathan Chait have had a fascinating exchange on race over the last couple of weeks. Chait has been arguing from a perspective of culture. Coates, while spending time on culture, has also tried to get Chait to see the connection between culture and the lived history of the African American community. And Chait repeatedly fails to even acknowledge that (large) part of Coates’ thesis.

Hard Time: Black Panther Robert H. King’s Life of Resistance

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 6:08 pm

A new 40-minute documentary film by Canadian History Professor Ron Harpelle, entitled Hard Time, focuses on the life of Robert Hillary King, who spent 29 years in continuous solitary confinement until his conviction was overturned and he was released from Louisiana’s infamous Angola State Prison in 2001.

Along with Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, Robert King is one of three Black Panther political prisoners known as the Angola 3.

Torture, Racism, Drones & Unlawful Killings: UN Human Rights Committee Releases Report on US Government

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 3:18 pm

he United Nations Human Rights Committee completed its review of the United States’ compliance with a major human rights treaty. It takes issue with the government’s interpretation that the treaty only applies to persons when they are inside the country and also expresses concern with drones, racism, gun violence, excessive use of force by police, Guantanamo, NSA surveillance, mandatory detention of immigrants and impunity for those who commit torture and unlawful killings.

Paul Ryan Sloppily Blows Racial Dog Whistle Again

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 2:40 pm

One of the problems with stupid people is that they do not realize they are stupid. Congressman Paul Ryan thinks, for some reason, that people are not going to call him out on his tragically obvious attempts at stealthily playing racial politics.

Damon Linker Misses The Point Entirely On Homophobia

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 9:30 am

It does not matter if the Bible justifies homophobia.

Podcast: ‘MICATS 3′ Trial & Building ‘Community Power’ Against Tar Sands Oil Companies

By: Sunday February 9, 2014 8:30 am

Three members of a coalition in Michigan fighting against the transportation and refining of tar sands oil were found guilty by a jury of the charges of trespassing and resisting and obstructing an officer. They had not been allowed to raise the issue of the risk tar sands oil poses to the environment during the trial and were immediately jailed with their bond revoked.

Never have truer words been spoken…

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 1:30 am

And now we come to a family member of the victims, who opposes reopening the case, but sums up attitudes towards past injustice in this country vividly.

Mike Huckabee Is Either a Clueless Fool or a Brazen Liar

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 11:42 am

In their zeal to defend Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, many conservatives and religious right figures are being extremely hypocritical about free speech. I mean aren’t these some of the same folks who blow gaskets when they even hear about stores saying “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas?”

Racism Is Not Over, Bob Dylan Getting Sued

By: Monday December 2, 2013 6:30 pm

We don’t trust each other to the point where it’s reflected in our rhetoric and by what dominates our attention. Controversy sells! How often do good things get covered? To what scale? We’re inundated with the sideshow in a circus with no main act.

What do we actually stand for?

Dinesh D’Souza: America ‘Will Survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House’

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 12:17 pm

Dinesh D’Souza, ironically the author of The End of Racism, tweeted that Barack Obama was a “Grown-up Trayvon.”

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