Dismantling Collective Amnesia

Collective Amnesia

Jessica Ann Mitchell: Anyone who reads Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest masterpiece on The Atlantic will realize that it goes beyond the traditional conversation about reparations. It’s a beautifully woven story that works towards dismantling collective amnesia.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

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Lawrence Wittner: As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. This deterioration resulted largely from the fact that tenured and tenure-track faculty were replaced with adjuncts and contingents.

The Trouble With White People

Trouble With White People

Scot Nakagawa: A growing body of research indicates that an increasing number of whites believe racism continues to plague us, but that whites, not people of color, are the new targets.

Casual Racism v. Institutionalized Racism

Institutionalized Racism

Tina Dupuy: We’re less willing to talk about or even acknowledge institutionalized racism as a real thing. A word is easy to rally and tweet against: the long-term systematic subjugation of a people based on their skin color is…well…not as easy to solve with a catchy hashtag.

Deeper Than Words: Donald Sterling’s Racism and the Model Minority Myth

Donald Sterling Racism

Soya Jung: The model minority myth creates real incentives for remaining silent in the face of anti-black racism, but this obscures the ways that we have benefited from black liberation struggles, and how our struggles intersect.

Working Families Need a Better May Revise

Working Families Safety Net

Ashley Thomas: A strong safety net means that families have support during times of crisis, and many California families have experienced a financial crisis lasting eight years. The Governor needs to reinvest in social services and provide a strong safety net to vulnerable families.

Boney Fingers v. Soft Hands Work

Hedge Fund Managers

Jim Hightower: If it’s a big payoff you want from a job, go for what my Uncle Emmett called “soft hands work.” I recommend hedge-fund huckstering! Those guys (and they’re nearly all guys) never get a callus and do nothing of social value, yet they make the biggest haul of anyone.

Michael Sam Gets Drafted, and the NFL Has Issues

Michael Sam Gets Drafted

Dave Zirin: The NFL’s homophobia is in an institution that equates being gay with being “controversial”, or “political”, not realizing that this is their problem, not Michael Sam’s.

Kentucky Governor’s Lawyers Claim Gay Marriage Is Bad for Business

Outlawing Gay Marriage

Berry Craig: Beshear’s defense of the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment reminds me yet again of Mark Twain’s evidently apocryphal comment about my native state: “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky because it’s always 20 years behind the times.”

Military Bans Nappy Hair

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Rev. Irene Monroe: With African American servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their white, Asian and Latina sisters to serve and die for our country, the last thing the military should be squawking about is their hair.

Check Your Privilege, Princeton Tory

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Scot Nakagawa: The fact that many struggled to win the privileges we enjoy doesn’t make those privileges just and right. Privileges never are just and right in a truly democratic society.

Latino Workers Look to Aida Alvarez for Change at Walmart

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Venanzi Luna: Despite the growing number of Latinos in the US and Walmart being the nation’s largest employer of Latinos, we continue to face issues in the workplace that have not been addressed.

Who Makes the Game? Donald Sterling Asked the Right Question

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RJ Eskow: The “plantation” isn’t the only analogy for Sterling’s mindset. His attitude toward the players also resembles that of baronial landlords toward tenant farmers, or mine owners toward miners who were paid in “credits” for the company store.

Lien In: New California Bill Seeks to Curb Wage Theft

Curb Wage Theft

Steven Mikulan: Few things say “class war” more eloquently than wage theft, the practice by unscrupulous businesses of short-changing their employees by undercounting work hours or shaving off time for breaks that were never taken.

Donald Sterling Confirms Race Still Matters

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Randy Shaw: Donald Sterling is a racist who has no business owning an NBA team. Yet he was allowed to do so by the same passive approach to racial bias that has become business as usual in much of the nation, and particularly in the world of sports.

Value of Family Hits Home With Latinos

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Steve Moya and Alvaro Huerta: To provide an even playing field for all Latinos, especially those in low-income communities, we need to better collaborate to support targeted communities with an emphasis on families.

The Sterling Shuffle: Unpacking White Jewish Racism

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Sterling’s racist references to shiftless black untouchables are simply yet another snapshot of how caste, ethnicity and the bootstraps mythology play out in “post-racial” America.

No Right Turn: Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

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Scot Nakagawa: A growing majority among us would like conservatives to get over their wishful thinking and come to grips with this fact.

America’s Sweatshops on Wheels Find Light at End of Tunnel

Port Truck Drivers

Julie Gutman Dickinson: It’s been a long, dark road for America’s port truck drivers, but finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Slowing the Mad Dash to Privatization

Privatization of Public Services

Vivian Rothstein: What if we had no government services and everything we used to get from government was run by private corporations? McDonald’s could be running the welfare system, Target the public schools and Walmart our mass transportation networks. What would be wrong with that?

Is 911 ‘Still a Joke’ for African-Americans?

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David Love: According to a study by the Chicago Sun-Times, it takes 911 dispatchers over three times longer to send out a cop car in the predominantly black South Side of Chicago than downtown and the North Side.

Fifty Years Later, Latinos Still Fighting for Civil Rights

Latino Civil Rights

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: The discriminatory intent toward Latinos is thinly veiled, if veiled at all. More generally, anti-immigrant laws diminish the value of our civil rights and respect for our liberties.

Supreme Court Weighs Unions’ Future

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Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi: In the coming weeks the United States Supreme Court will render a decision in the case of Harris v. Quinn that could paralyze labor’s ability to organize workers throughout the country.

Network for Social Justice Unionism

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Roshan Bliss: I will fight to the death for the right of a teacher to have good compensation and job security and due process as much as I will for my students to have text books or proper health care and the things that they need to do well.

The Myth of the Pro-Labor Democrat

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Are there really any politicians who could qualify as “labor Democrats” or should this category be consigned to the status of fiction?

Model Minority Suicide: Five Reasons, Five Ways

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Scot Nakagawa: The belief, that the black poor are just entitlement junkies, has negative consequences for all poor people because the tough “love” solutions this belief inspires, like cutting back on food stamps and other programs, see no color.

Let’s Cheer for NFL Cheerleaders

Raiderettes Sue Raiders

Jim Hightower: Finally fed up, members of the Oakland Raiderettes cheerleading squad have sued their team’s corporate hierarch for gross labor violations.

No Race on Noah’s Ark?

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Sharon Kyle: Whether we are talking about Liz Taylor playing “Cleopatra” or Russell Crowe standing in to represent every man, the outcome is the same – disproportionately high rates of unemployment for people of color.

Targeting the Black Jobs Crisis

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Joe Rihn: Over the last 40 years the economy as a whole has seen a shift toward low-wage and part-time jobs. As a result, 30 percent of black workers in Los Angeles County are currently making less than $12 an hour.

America Cleans Up Its Homophobic Lexicon

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Rev. Irene Monroe: As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demeans us.