Discomfort: Minnesota School District Censors Classic Literature

From a recent article in the Guardian, we learn that  A school district in Minnesota has pulled To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum, arguing that the classic novels’ use of racial slurs risked students being “humiliated or marginalised”. The article noted that there had been no specific complaints raised from students (or, evidently, their parents) about the […]

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Double Standard: Trump’s Racism & Misogyny

Over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, Ed Brayton muses about the stark differences between Donald Trump’s response to accusations of wrongdoing against those he likes–rich or powerful white male cronies–and his attitude toward minorities who have actually been vindicated by the evidence. As Brayton points out, when Trump finally commented about Rob Porter, a close aide who was forced to resign […]

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Atlanta Gay Bar Burkhart’s Closes Following Racist Online Posts

Burkhart's Pub in Atlanta, Georgia

Following viral national attention last month, Burkhart’s Pub in Atlanta, Georgia permanently closed this week. The uproar began after owners Palmer and Mary Marsh published explicitly racist social media postings on their personal Facebook accounts. As we reported last month, the owners publicly posted racist messages such as: “If the South had won, we would be a hell of a lot better off.” […]

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Dr. William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign

Dr. William Barber

Dr. William Barber is the impressive and impassioned clergyman who began the “Moral Monday” movement in North Carolina–a movement that has since spread to other states. I regretted missing his speech when he came to Indiana recently, and was interested to see this article about the lessons of Martin Luther King day in The Nation. After quoting King’s admonition that we either […]

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Atlanta Gay Bar Owners Face Racism Allegations

Burkhart's Pub in Atlanta, Georgia

The owners of Burkhart’s Pub in Atlanta, Georgia face allegations of racism after social media postings dating back to 2015 emerged this week showing a troubling pattern of derogatory language about people of color. Owners Palmer and Mary Marsh – both open Trump supporters – haven’t denied allegations against them and in at least one recent Facebook post, appear to have […]

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Us Versus Them: Shithole Edition

shithole

When reports of Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” remark hit the media, various  outlets  reported “gasps of disbelief” by Congressional Republicans. Give me a break. Anyone who is genuinely surprised to discover that Trump is a racist is too stupid to tie his own shoes. David Leonhardt ticked off  the evidence in his column for the New York Times: • Trump’s real-estate company […]

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Shithole: Trump’s Racism is the Latest Version of U.S. Imperialism

Donald Trump's KKK racism problem

When he called Haiti, El Salvador and the entire continent of Africa “shithole countries,” Donald Trump didn’t just openly expose his racist beliefs, he contributed to the long history of American imperialism against countries with predominantly darker skinned populations. That tradition actually predates the nation’s founding as the Atlantic slave trade existed well before the United States, but that didn’t […]

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Tucker Carlson Laments How Hard It Is To Be White in America

Tucker Carlson and Chadwick Moore

In a segment doing nothing to dispel the argument he targets white nationalists as his core audience, Fox‘s Tucker Carlson agreed with a guest in a segment Wednesday that white people have it just as hard as black people and criticized outlets aimed at minority audiences for “attacking white people.” Speaking with former Out Magazine writer Chadwick Moore – the man who […]

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Normalizing Segregation: The Ongoing Charter Schools Problem

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

George Wallace, the former Governor of Alabama,  is most remembered for his defiant opposition to school integration, and his statement “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” Reading about his efforts today, we tend to assign him to the wrong side of history and dismiss him, but I’m beginning to worry  that his statement was more predictive than defiant. A few […]

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