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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
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‘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.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE

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

Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad Against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail


The American right wing has substituted hysteria about socialism with hysteria about Islam.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE

Is Stephen Bannon a White Supremacist, or Is He Just ‘Using the Alt-Right’?

In the wake of Donald Trump’s decision to appoint the Breitbart News executive chair as chief strategist, political and media forces have clashed over whether Bannon embodies the racist ideals espoused by many of his supporters.

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Nov 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Waiting for the Barbarians


The collapse of our democratic institutions, the pillaging of the economy by the elites and the surrender of our most basic constitutional rights will be enshrined permanently into law by a crisis.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE

The Authoritarian Politics of Resentment in Trump’s America (Video)


Too often during this election season, a discourse of “bad manners” has paraded as insight while working to conceal the effects of power, politics, racial injustice and other forms of oppression.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE

I’m Done Trying to Empathize With Poor White Trump Voters


Amid all the calls for compassion for this pro-Trump demographic, an important point gets lost: Study after study shows that no matter how wealthy or educated nonwhites might be, whites fare better in life—even the poor ones.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE

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Christian Assyrian Woman Is Harassed as ‘Terrorist’ for Speaking the Language of Jesus


So this is Trump’s foreigner-hating country: Using Aramaic in public is now equated with terrorism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE

Who Is Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s Pick for Attorney General?


The senator from Alabama has given his career to the pursuit of racist policies. As enforcer of the federal government’s civil rights laws, he would be in charge of investigating Black Lives Matter.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE

Pro-Trump PAC Spokesman Cites Japanese-American Internment as Precedent for a Muslim Registry

“We’ve done it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion ... We did it during World War II with [the] Japanese,” Carl Higbie tells Fox News.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Kali Nicole Gross Dissect a Startling Crime

The historian and author of “Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Dismembered Torso” tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about tensions between black Americans and the criminal justice system today and in the past. Transcript added.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Investigative Reporter Greg Palast: GOP Stole 2016 Election Using Voter Suppression, Purging Ploys


“It was stolen in Florida, it was stolen in Arizona, it was stolen in North Carolina, Pennsylvania. Possibly Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan,” Palast told Truthdig.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE

Through a Looking Glass, Darkly


In the interest of forcing our collective faces back to the instructive commentary offered by the deep, dark, truthful mirror, I present this cartoon as a battle cry, calling to action the hearts and minds of better men and women poised and ready to fight peaceably for a kinder and more tolerant future.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE    

Hate Crimes Are Up, but the Government Isn’t Doing a Good Job of Tracking Them


After a bitter national election, there is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence. The data kept on crimes charged by racial and religious antipathies won’t reassure anyone.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

What Immigrant Communities Can Do to Prepare for President Trump


The election of the Republican candidate, who made fear and xenophobia a central part of his campaign, has spurred advocates to pledge to fight for the dignity of all families.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

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‘Love Still Trumps Hate’: Protesters Make a Show of Humanity in New York City (Photos)

By Michael Nigro

When Kim Ball heard the chants of “White silence is white violence,” she began to weep. As protesters passed her on 14th Street, one random protester, a female student, approached and gave her a hug.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

SNL: ‘Hillary’ Pays Tribute to Leonard Cohen; Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle on Racist Voters (Video)

Two powerful skits aired on “Saturday Night Live” after the election, one which simultaneously bid goodbye to Hillary Clinton and Leonard Cohen; another which pointed out just how blind white liberals were during this election.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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It’s Worse Than You Think


The election of Donald Trump, whose appeal to voters is based on magical thinking, paves the way for the rise of a police state unlike anything seen in American history. Its fangs will appear the moment Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE

Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump


Millions of people around the world are committed to opposing the Republican’s dangerous and divisive agenda. Their work, like the work of the incoming administration, has just begun.  

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE

We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast


The first thing that occurred to me when the reality of a Trump presidency became apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year-old?”

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

The Hatred That Donald Trump’s Lies Will Leave Behind


Whether Trump wins or loses, he will leave behind a toxic legacy of increased racial and religious hatred, which he has deliberately stirred up in order to take the focus off his policies—policies that would hurt workers and would throw even more money at the super-wealthy.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE

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