March on Washington Anniversary Summons Painful History

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Joseph Palermo: Today, the ideological kinfolk of the white segregationists of 1963 are doing everything in their power to disfranchise African Americans and re-segregate or destroy public schools under the guise of school “reform.”

Origins of “Gook”

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Soya Jung: The word “gook” was created as a tool of American war and conquest – a tool used to ensure the dehumanization of subject peoples, so that they could be killed and disappeared and stolen from with impunity.

Why Are Asians So Racist?

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Scot Nakagawa: Asian immigrants almost never arrive here with an understanding of “Asian” as a race nor of the racial attitudes that prevail in the U.S. They have to be taught.

Don’t Get Complacent About Social Security

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: If you’re a Democrat who cares about the political fate of your party, complacency about Social Security would be an even bigger mistake.

Jesse Jackson, MLK, Malcolm X: Civil Rights Dynasties in Shambles

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ith the imprisonment of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic march on Washington, it seems that the children of civil rights icons are not in the best of shape these days. In fact they are, well, a hot mess, and appearing more like fodder for [...]

Some of My Best Friends Are…

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Scot Nakagawa: Even as the racial demographics of the U.S. tilt toward people of color, the minority of white people in this country who don’t have friends of color is still greater than the total number of non-whites in the U.S.

Racism Is Like Cell Phones

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Soya Jung: We need to remember that race, like technology, adapts in ways that can feel normal, as long as you have the privilege to keep up.

The Dubious Seizure of Laurel Greenstein’s Home

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Dan Bluemel: Now, at nearly 60 years of age, she is broke, beset with medical issues, unemployed and homeless. She currently stays at various homes of friends, but has had to spend a few nights in her car.

Stop Picking on Single Mothers

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Nick Capo: Most single mothers or functionally single mothers need a society that will provide help—ample funding for parental leave, prenatal care, child support, and day care.

Where I Come From

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Soya Jung: There are many different paths to political consciousness. But it always happens as part of asking ourselves, “Why?” and fighting alongside others to change the conditions in which we find ourselves.

Predator Economics Threaten Heartland Native Communities

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Georgianne Nienaber: It was just a matter of time before “man camps” would pose a threat to sacred native lands and bring sexual violence, prostitution, and increased drug traffic into the heartland of Native culture.

United In Peace Ride and Festival: Getting at the Crux of Peaceful Protest

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Anthony Samad: We can use Trayvon Martin’s death to launch a national peace movement that goes beyond single incident. Violence touches our lives everyday, in nearly every city in America.

Three Things Asian Americans Owe the Civil Rights Movement

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Scot Nakagawa: We did not just pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. Instead, we owe a great debt to the Civil Rights Movement. I say the upcoming anniversary of the March is as good a time as any to start talking about it.

The Politics of Respectability, System Justification, and Those Sagging Pants

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Frederick Sparks: We exist within a social-political and media framework that repeatedly pushes the notion that the disadvantaged are largely responsible for their own plight, that victims must have played some role in their own fate, that those who are better off are better off because they are better people.

Bill O’Reilly, Rev. Al, Lil Wayne & Black America

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Jasmyne Cannick: If Bill O”Reilly feels that strongly about Rev. Sharpton, maybe he should ask himself why Blacks still need Rev. Sharpton and his ilk in 2013.

Mama Brigade: We Believe That We Will Win

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Melina Abdullah: As the darting eyes of this growing, interlocking body of young people begin to settle on the prize – on the toppling of the racist, classist, oppressive regime — I am renewed, relieved and resolved to take my rightful place as a part of the Mama Brigade, pushing the young ones forward.

Truth That Comes From Trayvon’s Murder

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Tom Hall: Complacency kills. There was a time when the world watched oppressed Americans march in the streets, sit in at auto plants and lunch counters, and face the guns of National Guard troops. Now, comfortably oppressed Americans watch as other people, in Benghazi, and Tahrir Square, and Tiananmen Square, remind us of the spirit we have lost.

Blaming Youth When Adults Should Have Known

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Anthony Samad: The youth see that and see their futures tied to an unjust world. It’s one thing to negotiate their dignity; it’s another thing to negotiate their lives.

Why My Car Was Riddled with Bullets

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David Love: We can and must condemn the carnage in our communities, and the self-hatred and internalized oppression, even as we identify and challenge the racism in the courtroom, the boardroom, the classroom, the death chamber, and in those “Stand Your Ground” and Voter ID laws. It’s all connected.

How Racial Profiling Feels

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Dan Bluemel: Being routinely stopped by police and searched for no apparent reason, or followed through a neighborhood only to be asked why they are there, are indignities the average white person will likely never suffer.

Zimmerman Verdict: Why Outrage Turned to Rage

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Anthony Samad: The people’s outrage is legitimate and we have the “right to protest for right,” as Dr. King once said. But protest takes many forms and that’s where we have to be wise.

The Roots of White Rage

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Carole Emberton: The idea that fear is at the heart of the matter has emerged as a popular explanation for Trayvon Martin’s murder. There is another emotion with perhaps even greater historical valence for understanding these events: rage.

‘To Solve a Problem You First Have to Admit You Have One’

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Berry Craig: The right-wing, white guy punditocracy is in high dudgeon over President Obama’s comments about Trayvon Martin.

Will Trayvon’s Killing Catalyze a Movement Like Emmett Till’s Did?

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Peter Dreier: The eerie parallels between the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the murder of Emmett Till 58 years ago remind us that despite many years of racial progress, our criminal justice system remains a bastion of bias and bigotry.

Protesting Solitary: Living with Love in a Cage

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Dan Bluemel: Modjeski’s husband exercises three hours a day. Since being in isolation, his memory, at 38 years of age, has begun to fail him. It’s the little things that are beginning to slip away, like how to spell simple words.

Matthew Shepard and Trayvon Martin: Bigotry Knows No Boundaries

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Rev. Irene Monroe: A young man has become the symbol of the horrific result of such stereotyping, and is fast becoming the symbol for a movement. Just as Matthew Shepard’s death galvanized a nation, Trayvon Martin’s death is doing the same.

Why Should Latinos Support Justice for Trayvon Martin?

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Rudy Acuña: Now the jurors will write their books and Zimmerman will turn whiter, and appear as a guest of honor at right-wing functions. His claim to fame is that he murdered a 17-year-old kid who looked different.

‘Southern Avenger’ Scandal Puts Paul Family Racial Track Record Back in Spotlight

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David Love: As Kentucky Senator Rand Paul weighs the possibility of a 2016 presidential run, his past—and present—record on racism manages to catch up with him again.

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