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Bob Lord: Black America’s Vanishing Wealth Is Bad For All Americans

The racial wealth divide gives billionaires more power over all of us. The answer? Reparations.

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: The Republican Party is a Criminal Enterprise

The Republican Party and allied organizations are guilty of engaging in a lengthy and widespread conspiracy to deny the right to vote to millions of American citizens – low income, … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 3 Comments

Reginald Andrade: I Was Reported to Police as an ‘Agitated Black Male’ — for Simply Walking to Work

Last month, I walked across the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to get to work. It was an ordinary stroll. But to a bystander, the sight of an … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Zenobia Jeffries: A Way to Talk About Race, 6 Words at a Time

The Race Card Project eases people into conversations around the uneasy topic of race and racism. . If you were asked to sum up your thoughts about race in six … Continue reading

September 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tony Norman: They All Call to Ask, ‘What Do Black People Want?’

There’s a genre of letters and phone calls that every black person with a media platform gets on a regular basis. They all begin with the correspondent declaring his or … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: The Slaves of my Ancestors

Slaves Waiting for Sale by Eyre Crowe – Richmond, Virginia, 1853. . DICK, STEPHEN, CHARITY, AND LUCY were their given names — these beloved “Negroes.” They were the propertied slaves owned … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Should I Give Up on White People?

You deserve to be punished with several fists to your face! You’re nothing but a troublemaker! I’ve had enough of your Racist talk! You’d better watch what you say and … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kenya Downs: The Koch Brothers Vs. God

The fossil fuel lobby preached its gospel in Virginia. Now, black churches are fighting back.  Rev. Paul Wilson fastens enough buttons on his jacket to stay warm on a chilly … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries: The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership

Many people of color are faced with uneasy support for a civil right that began as a way to oppress them.  . Siwatu-Salama Ra, 26, will likely spend the next … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Steven Singer: Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos

Lesley Stahl: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? Education Sec. Betsy DeVos: I’m not sure exactly how that happened… I’m more misunderstood than anything. . … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Legalizing Tyranny

Mr. Fish / Truthdig. The students I teach in prison who have the longest sentences are, almost without exception, the ones who demanded a jury trial. If everyone charged with … Continue reading

March 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sam Hamill: Remembering Gwendolyn Brooks

When I was a boy on a Utah farm, I listened to Chicago blues and dreamed of the city’s big shoulders and wide arms and the roads leading up from … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Clara Wilkins: The dangerous belief that white people are under attack

In August, the Justice Department decided to investigate instances of bias against whites in university admissions. Since then, campuses have been flyered with “It’s okay to be white,” and in … Continue reading

January 2, 2018 · 4 Comments

Mike Schneider: Faith, Poetry, and James Baldwin

Prague Writer’s Festival, 2017 .1. America on the Hot Seat A large pleasure it was this November (10th through 16th) to visit Prague (with my friend Jan) as tourists, Americans … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 6 Comments

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