White Terror: Toni Morrison on the Construct of Racism
Ipek S. Burnett | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-19
"To lose one's racial-ized rank is to lose one's own valued and enshrined difference," writes Toni Morrison in The Origin of Others. In a 2016 post-election essay entitled "Mourning for Whiteness," this sense of loss and the ensuing disorientation become Morrison's focus. In today's America as "people of color" are increasingly occupying everywhere including the Senate,…
Why Corporate Media Doesn't Talk Honestly About Racism
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-19
Media conversations about racism are rarely accurate, let alone honest, facilitating the status quo and hindering systemic change. A discussion between Dylan Rodriguez, Eddie Conway, and Jaqueline Luqman…
Supreme Nihilism: the El Paso Shooter's Manifesto
John O'Kane | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-19
Mick Mulvaney staunchly defended President Trump after the shootings in Ohio and Texas, claiming he was horrified by the actions but had said nothing that could be construed as provoking them. Trump did come out strongly two days later against hate groups and "white supremacy," a little late for many who contend these shootings demonstrate his inflammatory rhetoric was at least partially to blame for the incidents. Hopefully this will be a real change from his irresponsibly-quick tweets that often lead to reversals and clumsy apologies for misguided claims and send many of his supporters ducking for cover; or his…
Saints, Sinners and Hypocrites
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-19
In today's climate of increasing Neo Nazi thought and behavior in Europe and here at home, a must see film is director Marc Rotthemund's Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005). | Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose, …
The Proud Boys Take Over the Streets of Portland, Oregon
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-19
Antifa marches at Trump's inauguration and the condemnation is almost universal, including from some on the political Left. No one is harmed, but initially charges are brought against Antifa. The Proud Boys, a neo-fascist, far-right group march in Portland, Oregon (an "unpermitted" march), although they have committed acts of violence, and they are allowed a presence on the streets. Now, just…
Trump: Racist and misogynist, but fascist? The danger of crying "wolf"
Bob Price | indybay.org | 2019-08-19
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Guardian columnist Owen Jones attacked by fascist thugs in London
wsws.org | 2019-08-19
The attack is the latest on prominent left-wing figures and political organisations.
Black August Forum: Down with the Racist Prison System!
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-08-19
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'Racism Witch Hunt!' Trump rips into NYT leak scandal, calling it 'evil propaganda machine'
rt.com | 2019-08-18
US president Donald Trump ramped up his attacks on the "failing New York Times" on Sunday, accusing the paper of engaging in a "Racism Witch Hunt" following leaked comments from the news outlet's executive editor. | "The failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from the Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt," the president said on Twitter. |…
Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-18
| As a media critic in the 1990s, you could reliably expect every talk about the censorious effects of elite media's corporate and state fealty to be met with the question, "But what about the internet?" | There was an earnest desire to see the power inequities reflected in corporate media–the racism, sexism, class and other biases–designed out of existence by some new delivery mechanism. You could say the same desires, denials, conflicts and questions are writ large in US society's engagement with…
Women in India Are Defending Democracy in Face of Rising Hindu Nationalism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-18
| With fascism on the rise, Indian women are organizing to foster communal harmony and safeguard constitutional rights.
Sanders' Criminal Justice Plan Would Radically Cut Prison Population
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-18
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of color, addicts or the mentally ill. | "We have a system that imprisons and destroys the lives of millions of people," Sanders told The Associated Press before the planned released of his proposal Sunday. "It's racist in disproportionately affecting the African American and Latino communities, and it's a system t…
13 arrested, 6 injured after Portland protests descend into violence
rt.com | 2019-08-18
Police have arrested 13 people on a range of charges, including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon, after right-wing demonstrators squared off with Antifa counter-protesters in Portland, Oregon. | Speaking at a press conference in the wake of the protests in Portland, which were marred by sporadic incidents of violence, city mayor Ted Wheeler hailed police for doing "an exemplary job of de-escalating the situation." He described the demonstration as a "largely peaceful event" despite the emergence of multiple videos documenting attacks mostly by Antifa on right-wing demonstrators…
'Their Racist, Anti-Immigration Crusade Knows No Bounds': Trump White House Tried to Stop Immigrant Kids From Attending Public Schools
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-18
"America's teachers and school staff will not stand for this. If they try to block students from attending our schools they will hear from us. Immigrants are welcome here." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_stephen_miller.png …
If Elected in 2020, Sanders Vows to 'Go to War With White Nationalism and Racism in Every Aspect of Our Lives'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-18
"Too many people have fought over the years, too many people have died against racism to allow it to resurface and flourish in America." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_3.png …
113 MPs accuse Johnson of "fascism" and demand the recall of Parliament
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-08-18
In a two page letter to UK prime minister Boris Johnson, 113 MPs from across the parties have accused him of deploying the language of "fascism". Their prime concern was the consequences of a no-deal Brexit. They demand the recall of parliament. This follows speculation, reported by The Canary, that the Johnson-led government could crash out of the EU before parliament returns from the summer recess.The letter: On the first page of t…
Why racism breeds resistance
Richard Kossaly | workers.org | 2019-08-17
Based on a talk titled "White supremacy over the White House: Why racism breeds resistance" by Richard Kossally at a Workers World Party Aug. 1 forum in New York City. Donald Trump has been at it hard this past week or so. He has always been a horrible human being. . . . | Continue reading Why racism breeds resistance at Workers.org…
The great land robbery: How federal policies dispossessed black Americans of millions of acres
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-17
This mass land dispossession is part of the pattern of institutional racism and discrimination that has contributed to the racial wealth gap in the United States.
VIDEOS show Antifa attacking bus, cornering right-wing protesters as Portland rally turns violent
rt.com | 2019-08-17
Footage has emerged of several violent attacks by Antifa on right-wing demonstrators in Portland, Oregon. The clashes come as President Donald Trump threatened to designate the left-wing movement as an "organization of terror." | Scuffles broke out in Portland after left-wing counter-protesters gathered in large numbers on Saturday for a rally of the right-wing Proud Boys, which Antifa consider neo-fascists. | üö® BREAKING üö® Antifa has major CLASH with Proud Boys on Portland bridge in traffic | A serious assault took place on PB's after they busted the door of the…
ALEC fails to denounce dangerous and racist views of its leaders and members
Scott Zimmerman | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-17
It has been a banner week for extremist politicians linked to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). | ALEC's Washington State Chair, Rep. Matt Shea, promoted and maintained close ties to an extremist group training children and young men for battle in a "Biblical warfare" while schooling them in the "biblical teachings" of racist preacher John Weaver, according to a new exposé published by The Guardian. The revelations come just weeks after the W…
After 10 years, federal executions set to resume
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2019-08-17
Attorney General William Barr is moving the United States backward. He is taking hard-fought civil rights gains to the dumpster. Just like President Donald Trump, he has nothing but racist contempt for people caught up in the so-called criminal justice system. Barr suddenly announced in a Department of Justice press . . . | Continue reading After 10 years, federal executions set to resume at Workers.org…
Weekend Read: Slavery shaped America's pathology on race and whiteness
splcenter.org | 2019-08-17
Four hundred years ago this month, the White Lion, a warship commanded by English privateers, docked at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia.
SPLC Responds to FRC and ADF's Attack Op-Ed
splcenter.org | 2019-08-17
On August 17, 2019, a former Family Research Council (FRC) staff member, who currently works at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — two organizations designated as hate groups by the SPLC — attacked the SPLC in a USA Today OpEd for its hate group designations.
'Outrageous': Trump DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Legalize Firing Workers for Being Transgender
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-17
"The equality principle is so simple and obvious; it's a disgrace the government is affirmatively arguing for a narrow, pro-discrimination interpretation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1058060204_0.png …
Trump DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Legalize Firing Workers for Being Transgender
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-17
| In an escalation of the Trump administration's attacks on the LGBTQ community, the Justice Department Friday night filed a brief urging the right-wing Supreme Court to legalize the firing of workers solely for being transgender. | Buzzfeed described the Justice Department's move, which was widely condemned by rights groups, as one of the Trump administration's "most aggressive steps yet to legalize an…
To Fight White Supremacist Violence, Let's Not Repeat the Mistakes of the War on Terror
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2019-08-17
National security experts are calling for a war on terror akin to the fight against Al Qaeda and ISIS. But that campaign has been a disaster.
History often proceeds by jumps and zig-zags
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-08-16
The main conflict here — since the 1940s — has been between India and Pakistan. Disagreements are deeply rooted in the political culture of each country. The rise of the far right in India has only inflamed the conflict further. | Source…
Uncle Sam was Born Lethal
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…
Trump uses Medicaid as weapon against disabled immigrants
John McDevitt | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-16
The administration's contempt for disabled people is only matched by its virulent racism and anti-immigrant bigotry.
Is White Supremacism a Mental Illness?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
"The most noxious element of neoliberalism is the reduction of all social issues to personal responsibility." –Henry A. Giroux "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch." — Quentin Tarantino Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It's not because there's a shortage of kitchen…
Marjorie Taylor Greene: How an Outspoken MAGA Fan Built a Following in a World of Extremists
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-08-16
Originally a MAGA supporter but now an emerging MAGA star, Marjorie Taylor Greene has deftly leveraged social media and confrontations in public to increase her visibility. Now she's entering politics as a GOP candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.
The Great Land Robbery: How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black Americans of Millions of Acres
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-16
Over the 20th century, black people in the U.S. were dispossessed of 12 million acres of land. Half of that loss — 6 million acres — occurred over just two decades, from 1950 to 1969, a period largely associated with the civil rights struggle. This mass land dispossession, which affected 98% of black agricultural land owners, is part of the pattern of institutional racism and discrimination that has contributed to the racial wealth gap in the United States. Many of the driving forces behind this land theft were legal and originated in federal policies, as documented by Vann Newkirk, staff writer at Th…
White terrorism in the US — through the lens of Dayton, Ohio
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-16
mass shootings Jonathan LockhartIssue 1233 United States Ku Klux Klan White Supremacy gun violenceI was born and raised i…
Bulgaria: Jock Palfreeman denied parole
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-16
Andy FlemingIssue 1233 Bulgaria Jock Palfreeman Bulgarian Prisoners Rehabilitation Association (BPRA)Anti-fascist activist Jock Palfreeman was denied parole on July 17 on his 20-year prison sentence for murder in Sofia, Bulgaria.
'Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia' – CounterSpin interview with Ruha Benjamin on racism and technology
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-08-15
Janine Jackson interviewed Ruha Benjamin about racism and technology for the August 9, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
Talks break down between Women's Soccer and Federation over pay equity
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-15
After three days, mediated talks between World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team and the U.S. Soccer Federation, aimed at settling their equal pay dispute, came to a crashing end. The USWNT's gender discrimination and equal pay lawsuit will now likely head to jury trial following the breakdown in New York. "We entered this …
The Challenges of Breastfeeding as a Black Person
aclu.org | 2019-08-15
How our workplaces and healthcare system create barriers to breastfeeding. | The fight to protect individual choices about reproductive care, including breastfeeding, is an ongoing battle. The central lesson of the reproductive justice movement is that choice means little without access. That lesson applies equally to breastfeeding. | Though laws, in the workplace and other contexts, are in place to protect the right to breastfeed, many low-income women and w…
Steve King Is Racist, Misogynist–and Not that Different From Other Republicans
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-08-15
Steve King Is Racist, Misogynist–and Not that Different From Other Republicans…
SPLC publishes Opportunity Costs: Unequal Justice in Alabama's Community Corrections Programs
splcenter.org | 2019-08-15
A new investigative report published today by the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals serious flaws in Alabama's community corrections programs, an otherwise promising system for diverting people from the state's prisons.
Letter from the US: White supremacist terror unleashed
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-15
Barry SheppardIssue 1233 United States US mass shootings gun control White Supremacy Donald Trump's racismThree…
BDS condemns antisemitic, fascist forces in Germany and worldwide
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-14
BDS condemns antisemitic, fascist forces in Germany and worldwide: BNC StatementOur nonviolent movement opposes all forms of racism and racial discrimination. | Right To BoycottAugust 14, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
Venezuela's Maduro Reshuffles Cabinet as Supreme Court Strips Three Opposition Lawmakers of Immunity
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-14
The National Constituent Assembly will also evaluate bringing forward legislative elections.
Fetishisizing White Supremacy
Timothy Malone | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-14
"White Supremacy" has captured the nation's attention. On August 3, a white supremacist mass shooter left 22 dead in El Paso. On Wednesday August 7, presidential candidates Joe Biden and Corey Booker made speeches referencing White Supremacy. That same day, Fox host Tucker Carlson announced he is 'going on vacation,' after claiming that White Supremacy …
Philippines: On the proposal to revive the Anti-Subversion Law
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-14
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following August 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | The proposal of General Ano, secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, is one more manifestation of the frenzied drive of the tyrannical Duterte regime to impose a thoroughgoing fascist dictatorship on the people in a vain attempt to end the armed revolutionary movement as well as the broad legal opposition through red-tagging, harassments, threats, abductions and murders. | In line with the Duterte tyranny, the most vi…
Brother Says He Reported White Nationalist State Department Official to the FBI
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-08-14
The brother of white nationalist U.S. State Department Official Matthew Q. Gebert reported him to the FBI in July over concerns about his radicalization, he told Hatewatch.
"River of Fire": In New Memoir, Sister Helen Prejean Reflects on Decades of Fighting Executions
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-14
The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to resume the death penalty after a more than 15-year moratorium. This week Attorney General William Barr proposed fast-tracking executions in mass murder cases, and last month ordered the execution of five death row prisoners beginning in December. The federal government has executed just three people since 1963 — the last being in 2003. The death penalty is widely condemned by national governments, international bodies and human rights groups across the world. Experts say capital punishment does not help deter homicides and that errors and racism in the…
SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-08-13
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.
Unequal Justice: John Roberts' Dark Legacy of Voter Suppression
Bill Blum | progressive.org | 2019-08-13
Plaintiffs are litigating voting rights cases in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and several other states. Some will succeed, some will fail, but all will be more uncertain and expensive thanks to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-13
BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
How to Be an Antiracist: Ibram X. Kendi on Why We Need to Fight Racism the Way We Fight Cancer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-13
In his new book, "How to Be an Antiracist," professor Ibram X. Kendi urges readers to break out of the false framework of "racist" and "not racist," instead laying out what it means to be antiracist: viewing racial groups as equals and pushing for policies that create racial equity. Kendi says, "We can't just talk about racism as an original sin. We have to talk about racism as the original cancer, as this original disease that has been killing America."