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Shadows Trump Hope

The humorist explains Clinton’s New Hampshire win without polling data or political science but with candid insight into the dark recesses of American prejudice.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE
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Disappointment Doesn’t Have to Be Normal

Is it foolish to think that a nation stained by centuries of slavery and racism is prepared to elect a black president? Rarely phrased so bluntly, that’s the central question posed by Barack Obama’s candidacy—especially for many African-American voters, whose doubts are informed by having seen many an oasis turn out to be a mirage.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE

Supreme Court Rules Against Mandatory Minimums

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The Supreme Court decided on Monday that federal sentencing guidelines, a kind of back seat judging considered by many to be racist, should be treated as “advisory” and not at all mandatory. Justices Alito and Thomas, to no one’s great surprise, were the only dissenters.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE

Paris Is Burning Again

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French youths rioted for a second night in the suburbs of Paris, injuring nearly 80 police officers and torching more than 70 buildings and cars. Police officials said the violence was “far worse” than two years ago, when rioters set fire to 10,000 cars and 300 buildings over three weeks.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE

Nicholas von Hoffman on ‘The Conscience of a Liberal’

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Why is it that so many voters continue to elect reactionaries who do their best to disenfranchise them? The answer, says Paul Krugman in his new book, is racism.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE

Time Is Running Out for Brother and Sister

Troy Anthony Davis and Martina Correia are fighting for their lives. He faces death by lethal injection at the hands of the state of Georgia, and she has breast cancer. Their parallel battles against insuperable odds deserve the public’s attention.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE

United by Hate

How did thousands of African-Americans come to descend on the town of Jena, La., on Thursday for a march and rally that brought to mind the heady days of the civil rights movement? The answer says as much about what has changed over the past half-century as it says about what hasn’t.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE

Tipping the Scales of Justice in Jena

The Jena Six, teenage victims of good old-fashioned, Deep South racism, have won a crucial battle in their struggle against prejudice.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE

Russians Get a Lead in Beheading Case

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Russian authorities have arrested a student for allegedly posting a video of the apparent execution of two men by a neo-Nazi group, although authorities still don’t know who recorded the video or carried out the attack.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE

Russia Investigates ‘Nazi’ Beheading Video

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Russian authorities are investigating a gruesome online video which shows the apparent execution of two men by a group calling itself “National Socialists of Rus.” According to the BBC, Russia has experienced a rise in ethnic violence over the last few years.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE

Al Sharpton Joins Forces With Wal-Mart CEO

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott have found common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Appearing at the annual conference of the Hispanic organization La Raza, the unlikely cohorts gave speeches demanding a revival of the immigration debate. Sharpton raised the specter of racism and criticized presidential candidates who, he said, wink at voters of color and then often fail to deliver.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE

Two Races, Two Systems of Justice in Louisiana

Last week in Detroit, the NAACP held a mock funeral for the N-word. But a chilling case in Louisiana shows us how far we have to go to bury racism.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE

Giuliani’s South Carolina Meltdown

Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE

America’s Love-Hate Relationship With Immigration

America has always had an immigration “problem,” just as it has always been a beacon for the downtrodden who seek a better life here and, in doing so, make it a better country.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE

Unfair at Any Speed

This just in: Driving while black is still unsafe at any speed, even zero miles per hour. The same goes for driving while brown.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE

Don Imus Was the Tip of the Iceberg

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If Don Imus’ Rutgers smear marks the boundary for what is considered indecent on radio, conservative pundits beware. Here is a sampling of the racism, sexism, homophobia and hate pumped out by talk radio every day.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Slur Suit DOA at Top Court

The Supreme Court dismissed a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by Robert Jordan, an African-American former employee of IBM in Maryland who said he was fired a month after protesting to higher-ups about a racist comment made by a white co-worker in 2002.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE

The Imus Distraction

Truthdig’s resident analyst of racial politics argues that the firing of Don Imus will not alleviate the more pressing problems plaguing the black community.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE

Imus Moves to Al-Qaida Network

The satirist says the embattled shock jock has found the perfect venue for his hate-filled rhetoric.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE

MSNBC Drops Imus

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MSNBC announced it will no longer air “Imus in the Morning,” as the uproar over the radio host’s racist comment continues and several prominent sponsors withdrew advertising. CBS, which controls the radio version of Imus’ show, has not said whether it too will cancel the program or merely stick with a suspension.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE

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In Their Place

After 400 years of abuse, African-Americans continue to struggle with an inequitable America. If we’re serious about leaving no child behind, we should start by offering black families a fair shot in life.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE

The Fox Attack on Black America

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The Congressional Black Caucus has agreed to cosponsor two debates with Fox News, one for Democrats and the other for Republicans. But as Robert Greenwald and the folks at Fox Attacks demonstrate in this video, the network has a history of attacking black America.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Author Schools Colbert on Race

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In this recent clip from “The Colbert Report,” author Michael Eric Dyson instructs the show’s self-professedly “colorblind” host about the differences between race, bigotry and racism.  Displaying his keen sense of racial sensitivity, Stephen Colbert claims that the only way he knows he’s a white man is “because I have a late-night talk show.” 

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

New York Bans ‘N-Word’

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The New York City Council has symbolically banned the use of the word nigger. The resolution, though unenforceable, is meant to defy the word’s popularity among young people, though, as the BBC points out, an “edict from elected officials” is unlikely to have much of an impact.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE

Genealogists Uncover Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond Connection

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The Rev. Al Sharpton is descended from a slave once owned by Strom Thurmond’s family, according to genealogists working on behalf of The New York Daily News. Sharpton called the revelation “probably the most shocking thing in my life.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE

Virginia House Finally Regrets Slavery

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Stopping short of a full-blown apology, Virginia’s House of Delegates voted unanimously on Friday to issue a statement of “profound regret” over the state’s role in the slave trade, “the historic wrongs visited upon native peoples” and “all other forms of discrimination and injustice….”

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE

Imus’ Anti-Semitic Rant

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Don Imus veered into Mel Gibson territory on the Nov. 30 edition of his morning radio show, when he referred to the “Jewish management” of CBS Radio (which owns Imus’ flagship station) as “money-grubbing bastards.”

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

Marie Cocco: The Race That ‘Macaca’ Made

The unraveling of Virginia Sen. George Allen’s reelection campaign may have begun with a single offensive remark caught on tape, but his competitor’s Lamont-style netroots insurgency is just as responsible for making the race tight.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE

Buchanan Misses White America

Pat Buchanan

While out pimping his book, Pat Buchanan made an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, where he exposed himself with a statement as racist as it was whiny: ?I?d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.?  (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

Fear Mongering with a Dash of Racism From Sen. Burns… Again

Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, a man who not so long ago referred to his house painter as a “nice little Guatemalan man,” has delivered yet another stunning one-liner. Ready for the punch line? At a campaign event with Laura Bush, Burns talked about the war on terrorism, saying “faceless” enemies “drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night.” Nice.

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: The N.Y. Times’ Unwitting Racism

The newspaper thought it was striking a blow for racial tolerance by bemoaning the phenomenon of “sassy, overweight’’ black actresses in TV commercials. Instead, it just betrayed its own biases about people of color.

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE

Will Racism Bring Violence to World Cup?

Soccer fans mocked with monkey noises and spit on Nigerian forward Adebowale Ogungbure as he left a soccer field in Germany in late March. It sounds like a story from another decade, but this type of violent racism might just destroy this year’s World Cup. The NYT offers a must-read piece about the recent surge in racist sentiment among European soccer fans.

Posted on Jun 3, 2006 READ MORE

Molly Ivins: ‘Yes, I Am Actually Calling Them Racist’

“By all means, reform immigration with this deep obeisance to the Republican right-wing nut faction and their open contempt for ‘foreigners.’ But do not pretend for one minute that it is not a craven political bow to racism.”

Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE

The ‘Slave Side’ of NFL Sundays

James Prior

In his new book, “The Slave Side of Sunday,” former NFL player Anthony Prior writes about the legacy of racism in professional sports. “We are not looked at as leaders, rather, just a labor force where the money is generated. Plantation capitalism is still alive today,” he tells Truthdig contributor James Harris. (Audio and text interview with the author.)

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE

The ‘Slave Side’ of NFL Sundays

James Prior

In his new book, “The Slave Side of Sunday,” former NFL player Anthony Prior writes about the legacy of racism in professional sports. “We are not looked at as leaders, rather, just a labor force where the money is generated. Plantation capitalism is still alive today,” he tells Truthdig contributor James Harris. (Audio and text interview with the author.)

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE

“The Slave Side of Sunday” - James Harris Interviews Anthony Prior

In his new book, “The Slave Side of Sunday,” former NFL player Anthony Prior writes about the legacy of racism in professional sports. “We are not looked at as leaders, rather, just a labor force where the money is generated. Plantation capitalism is still alive today,” he tells Truthdig contributor James Harris.

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE

FX Plays the Race Card

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From F/X

In a new reality series, a black family and a white family switch skin colors. But do they switch perspectives?
UPDATE: The show’s producers, under fire from its participants, alter parts of the show that were deceptive.

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE

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