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A Last Chance for Resistance


Unless we act now, Americans will remember 2017 as the year their naive belief in the recovery of democracy died under the heel of despotism.

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What’s the Matter With Iowa? Dark News From Red-State America


A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

Smoke ’Em Out









Posted on Mar 17, 2017 ENLARGE    

Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies


Scapegoating immigrants absolves the true culprits—neoliberal capitalism and corporate greed—from blame. But this is too simplistic.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought


The president presides over an America in which “analysis and historical memory have given way to a culture of spectacles, sensationalism and immediacy,” says journalist Henry A. Giroux.

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Dear Rep. Steve King: Our Civilization Isn’t White and American Babies Aren’t ‘Other’


Rep. Steve King of Iowa goes full-on racist again, supporting hate-speech master Geert Wilders in the Dutchman’s quest to reverse globalization and ban Muslim immigration.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Footage in Documentary Prompts New Questions About Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson (Video)


Details in the film are bringing fresh scrutiny to the circumstances of the teenager’s 2014 death at the hands of a police officer in the Missouri town.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE

Get Used to It, America: Brown People Are Here to Stay


Guided by the xenophobic ideology of such advisers as Steve Bannon, President Trump is pushing back against inevitable changes.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 READ MORE

Dave Chappelle Addresses Rural Ohio City Council About Policing Concerns (Video)

Following an incident of police brutality in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where Chappelle lives, the comedian highlights the need for local political participation.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Russell Brand Pokes Holes in Trump and Fox News’ Anti-Immigrant Narratives (Video)

“Isn’t it so extraordinary to learn that there’s no real correlation between immigration and violent crime?” the “Trews” host says.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Trump’s Revised Executive Order Is Still a Racist Muslim Ban


Whether or not the new travel ban stands up in the courts, it is a piece of sordid bigotry.

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Sikh American Shot in His Driveway by White Gunman


Sikhs are not Muslim, but they often are targeted in Islamophobic hate crimes.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Talk of ‘Unity’


The president played on themes of harmony in his first address to Congress, but recent incidents of violence and bigotry tell a different story.

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Justice Department Appears to Be Retreating on Voting Rights


The DOJ, now overseen by Trump appointee Jeff Sessions, says it has abandoned the Obama-era position that a Texas voter ID law intentionally discriminated against minorities.

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The Return of American Race Laws


The campaign to deport millions is a first step toward the clash of civilizations that the white supremacists in the White House believe is inevitable at home and abroad.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE

The Fight Against Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism Won’t Be Won by This White House


The Trump administration has failed to address threats of violence against Jews and Muslims in the U.S.—but Americans committed to justice can do what the president won’t.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 READ MORE

James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness


At this frightening moment in American history—with a racist in the White House and amid rising levels of racial hatred—there is no more important writer than Baldwin.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Most Shameful Act So Far


The president’s false assertion of massive voting fraud is intended for one purpose.

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Small Survey Finds Negative Feelings Among Police Toward Black Lives Matter


A law firm canvasses 200 police officers about race relations on the job.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2017 ENLARGE

‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ Creator on Using Art as a Wake-Up Call


Playwright Bryonn Bain, who turned his own harrowing experiences into a one-man dramatic production, joins director Gina Belafonte for a Truthdig interview.

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Melissa McCarthy Skewers Sean Spicer Again on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The comedian, whose first impersonation of the White House press secretary went viral, zeroes in on President Trump’s travel ban and the Ivanka Trump-Nordstrom debacle.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

When the U.S. Feared a Real ‘Bowling Green Massacre’—Planned by a White Supremacist


The feds found assault rifles, body armor and a possible kill list when they arrested an Ohio man said to be bent on “race war” in 2012. But the case drew little attention.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE

The Coretta Scott King Letter the GOP Wouldn’t Let Sen. Warren Read

Before the confirmation vote for attorney general, Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Republicans when she sought to highlight Jeff Sessions’ racism.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

‘This Land’: The Pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Woody Guthrie at the Super Bowl


By beginning with “God Bless America” and then switching to “This Land Is Your Land,” Lady Gaga offered a subtle but radical critique of the president’s policies.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 READ MORE

Russell Brand: Donald Trump Represents the End of the Illusion That Politics Is Inoffensive (Video)

Speaking of the president’s travel ban, “The Trews” host says Trump’s “grotesqueness” reveals long-concealed truths.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

ACLU Lawyer Lee Gelernt Joins Samantha Bee to Discuss the ‘Muslim Ban’ (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host talks with the attorney who argued against Trump’s executive order to ban people from seven countries from entering the U.S.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Life in the Poorest Parts of America Is Not All ‘Urban Carnage’


A new book about the conflict between police and residents in South Los Angeles paints a much more humane, complex picture of poverty than President Trump does.

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American Psychosis


The barrage of lies from demagogues such as Donald Trump creates profound cognitive dissonance among the population that ends in a nationwide collective mental illness.

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security


If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

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Teens Report Surge in Bullying in Wake of Divisive Election Campaign


In a survey of 50,000 teens, 70 percent reported abusive behavior largely targeting race, sexual orientation and immigration status.

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Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America


An unwavering noncooperation with the systems of corporate control is essential. We must not be seduced into trusting the power elites, including the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE

The Inauguration of White Supremacy


The surprise awaiting the working-class Reagan Democrats is that Trump doesn’t think they are really white, either.

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 READ MORE

Is MLK’s Legacy to the 99 Percent Being Reversed in the Age of Trumpian Reaction?


We need the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. now more than ever.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE

The ‘Hidden Figures’ Jeff Sessions Wants to Keep in the Shadows


A new movie reminds us of past racial injustice as a new administration tries to turn back the clock.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE

U.K. Violence After the Brexit Vote Might Hold Lessons for America


A divisive vote, with jobs and immigrants the most combustible issues, leaving many anxious about intolerance and the violence that can stem from it. Sound familiar?

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE

Hollywood Gets a Clue About Inclusion, Meryl Streep Gets Political at 2017 Golden Globes (Video)


This year’s Golden Globes outperforms recent Academy Awards in terms of minority representation, and Globes honoree Meryl Streep denounces Donald Trump’s campaign-trail “performance.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

Alabama NAACP Not Backing Down After Jeff Sessions’ Office Lashes Out


Protesters say they want to prevent the senator from becoming attorney general because of his racist track record.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE

NAACP Stages Sit-In at Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Office


A group of protesters sought to bring attention to Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general and his record on race, civil rights and criminal justice reform issues. Six were arrested at the Alabama senator’s office Tuesday.

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 READ MORE

NBC Hires Megyn Kelly, Racist Attitudes and All


The right-wing TV personality might have done some battle with Donald Trump and Roger Ailes, but her views on race are thoroughly Fox News-y.

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

White Supremacist Groups Will ‘Revolt’ if Trump Disappoints Them, Leaders Say


Vocal members of the loosely organized racist coalition calling itself the “alt-right” fear that Trump will not deliver the formally institutionalized white supremacy they desire.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 READ MORE

War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump


With Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the scourge of authoritarianism has returned not only in the toxic language of hate, humiliation and bigotry, but also in the emergence of a culture of war and violence that looms over society like a plague.

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In ‘Accidental Courtesy,’ a Black Musician Strikes Up Conversations to Confront White Supremacy


A new documentary follows pianist Daryl Davis as the simple act of engaging in conversation with an adversary takes on transformative potential. Though he claims more than two dozen converts, Davis’ methods have stirred up their share of controversy.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE

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Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte Talk About Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, the KKK and More (Video)

The two activists shared a platform on Dec. 4 in New York, where they joined Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now!

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

These 15 Election Takeaways Reveal the Electorate That Gave the U.S. President-Elect Trump


To start, a small percentage of Americans in both parties nominated the presidential candidates—who were disliked by a majority of the country.

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Meet the Inspiring Activists at the Head of the Women’s March on Washington


“Three of the four co-chairs represent the most targeted groups by the [coming] administration,” Linda Sarsour told The Huffington Post. Carmen Perez is Mexican-American, Sansour is Muslim American and Tamika Mallory is African-American.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE

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