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Aviva Chomsky: How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence

Protesters are eager to expend extraordinary energy denouncing small-scale racist actors. But what about the large-scale racist actors? As white nationalism and the so-called “alt-Right” have gained prominence in the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Alison R. Parker: Mother of Heather Heyer urges action — “If I gotta give her up, we’re gonna make it count.”

In a poignant and rallying message, Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, spoke beautifully about her daughter’s life — and how all of us can honor her … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 8 Comments

Zenobia Jeffries: Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot

Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are? In July of last year, after The New York Post ran … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck — Virginia is for Lovers, not Nazis

. “I’m absolutely disgusted by this weekend in Charlottesville. But I maintain….love will prevail y’all.”  Trae Crowder is an American comedian and author. Crowder grew up in rural Celina, Tennessee, near … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Todd Gitlin: Frightbart

The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point. The home page of Breitbart.com, the quasi-official voice of Steve Bannon’s White … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Return of American Race Laws

The warmup act for a full-blown American fascism and orchestrated race war is taking place in immigrant and marginal communities across the United States: Racial profiling. Random police stops. Raids … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: Napatree Point

A mile from where I live is a beach where in winter I walk the dog, console myself with the ocean’s beauty and ponder the imponderables, like what to do … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 8 Comments

Robert Reich: The Onslaught of Tyranny

A president intent on developing a base of enthusiastic supporters who believe boldface lies poses a clear threat to American democracy. Donald Trump has just finished the last of his … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · 4 Comments

W.J. Astore: The Trump Cabinet of Billionaires and Generals

There’s an obvious trend in Trump’s cabinet picks: billionaires and generals. The billionaires favor private enterprise, capitalism unconstrained by regulations (especially those pesky environmental ones), and a view of the … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Trump is attacking my family. And yours.

When I went back to Llano, Texas for my sister’s funeral a dozen years ago, I was surprised that the Baptist church was full of Latinos. But then I realized … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 21 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: The Playbook of Dictatorship

What Americans have to be Vigilant About My family endured the Nazi years in Germany. My grandfather was an entrepreneur in the publishing business, and he was very aware of … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 7 Comments

Video: Richard Spencer — “Hail Trump!”– Nazi Rally Celebrates Victory of their Candidate

  . The racism and anti-Semitism of Donald Trump’s supporters were clear on Saturday at a Washington, DC celebration of his electoral victory. “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Apologia

To all people of color, to Latinos and African Americans, to the refugees fleeing war and persecution, to immigrants from around the world, To Muslims and Jews, to those of … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · 9 Comments

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