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Anjana Susarla: Why ABC reacted so swiftly to Roseanne’s racist tweet

ABC Entertainment, which produced the revamped version of “Roseanne,” is the latest company to learn the challenge of doing business in an age when citizen activism is amplified by social … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: This Is America

  . This week saw both more achingly quotidian crimes against African-Americans – cops called for Shopping/Napping/Airbnbing While Black – and, aptly mirroring them, the release of the searing video … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Audio: Gwendolyn Brooks at the Library of Congress

From the Archive of Recorded Poetry at the Library of Congress The twenty-ninth person appointed Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks reads selections … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Zenobia Jeffries: The “Redneck Revolt” Is Showing Up at Gun Shows and KKK Rallies to End White Supremacy

This rural White organization put out a call for working-class Whites to “reject the idea of whiteness.” Last year, following the presidential election, I wrote a column suggesting that people who … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Caroline Orr: “How do you sleep at night?”– Former NFL player schools head of Trump’s diversity coalition

The head of Donald Trump’s “diversity coalition” got righteously schooled Sunday afternoon when he tried to defend Trump’s attacks on the First Amendment rights of NFL players. The controversy started … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Matthew Chapman: UN Issues Rare Warning about Racism in America

A United Nations committee on racism flagged America for a rare formal warning usually reserved for developing nations experiencing ethnic violence. Despite Donald Trump’s campaign promises to restore international respect … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 4 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

Joe Sexton: Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

Last Wednesday, July 19, was something of a busy news day. There was word North Korea was making preparations for yet another provocative missile test. The Supreme Court, in its … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: War & Pierce perform “I Lived To Tell About It”

. Chris Pierce and Sunny War met through a mutual friend, the composer and producer Jared Faber who thought that the two accomplished musicians would hit it off. Pierce, War and … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert C. Koehler: Fire Burn, Caldron Bubble

America serves up its news in a caldron from hell, or so it sometimes seems. The fragments are all simmering in the same juice: bombs and drones and travel bans, … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Too Many Getting Shooted, Still

Sorry, but the bleak news keeps coming. Friday, another white cop got away with another murder of a black man, the third such travesty in about a month. Ray Tensing’s … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Conscience asks the question

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

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