|Monday, May 14|
|·|| Egyptians, not Greeks were true fathers of medicine |
|Sunday, April 15|
|·|| Imus and White Privilege: Don't Blame Rap Music |
|Thursday, March 15|
|·|| U.S. and Britain are Fueling Violence in Zimbabwe |
|Monday, December 18|
|·|| The Sober Racism of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto |
|Thursday, December 14|
|·|| Schools report shows young people's lives are blighted by racism |
|Tuesday, November 28|
|·|| Myths that divide |
|Wednesday, October 11|
|·|| Stop scape-goating Muslims |
|Tuesday, September 26|
|·|| It's Not Race or Class -- It's Race and Class |
|Thursday, August 24|
|·|| Matthew Harrison Speaks on Colorism Research |
|Monday, July 10|
|·|| French Soccer and the Future of Europe |
|Saturday, June 10|
|·|| Why White People Are Afraid |
|Tuesday, May 30|
|·|| Of Immigrants and 'Real Amurkans' |
|Tuesday, May 16|
|·|| White and Might Make Right |
|Monday, April 24|
|·|| The Absurdity (and Consistency) of White Denial |
|Wednesday, March 22|
|·|| 'Crash' and the Self-Indulgence of White America |
|Monday, February 06|
|·|| Does the right to freedom of speech justify printing the Danish cartoons? |
|Tuesday, January 31|
|·|| Chocolate City? |
|Wednesday, January 04|
|·|| A race to the bottom |
|Thursday, September 01|
|·|| White People's Burden |
|Monday, June 13|
|·|| Don't take the blue pill |
|Racism Watch: The Ultimate Logic of a Society Built on Mass Murder|
Monday, January 07 @ 18:11:15 AST
|A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford|
January 07, 2012 - blackagendareport.com
“Mass murder is at the core of the American national religion.”
As a native-born American, I grew up watching cowboy and Indian shoot-em-ups in which the highlight of the movie was when the white guys in the circled wagon train shot the Indians off their horses until all the red men were dead, and very silent. Indians didn’t do a lot of screaming in pain when they were shot; they just expired. Same thing with buck-toothed Japanese, line after line of them, charging into U.S. machine guns, falling instantly silent and dead. It was somehow quite clean, almost antiseptic, these cinematic rituals of death, all staged for the broadest popular consumption to demonstrate the inevitability – and cosmic justice – of ultimate white victory over the darker races.
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|Racism Watch: Why White People Get Mad|
Wednesday, December 05 @ 08:16:58 AST
|By Margaret Kimberley|
December 05, 2012 - blackagendareport.com
"The Mayflower's cultural heirs are programmed to find glory in their own depravity, and savagery in their most helpless victims, who can only redeem themselves by accepting the inherent goodness of white Americans." – Glen Ford
"Most white Americans can only think of themselves and their country as the pinnacle of enlightenment and civilization."
In 2003 my Black Agenda Report colleague Glen Ford wrote "The End of American Thanksgivings: A Cause for Universal Rejoicings," a brilliant piece of commentary which cast a spotlight on the horror which inspired the holiday that came to be known as Thanksgiving. Mr. Ford documented the genocide visited upon the original inhabitants of this country which is inextricably intertwined with the Thanksgiving myth that is so revered by most Americans. The facts that he presented are easily known to anyone who cares to seek them out. The celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday is not only a celebration of slaughter but it is used to this very day to keep all Americans secure in their love of white supremacy.
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|Racism Watch: Justice, Not Drama, for Trayvon Martin|
Thursday, March 22 @ 15:33:30 AST
|By Margaret Kimberley|
March 22, 2012 - blackagendareport.com
"Al Sharpton and Michael Baisden have announced that they will attend a rally in support of the Martin family."
The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida has thankfully become a national news story. Martin was killed as he went about his daily business, under circumstances which usually don't result in death for anyone but black people. While Martin was returning to the home of a family friend in a gated community, a "neighborhood watchman," a trigger happy rent-a-cop, shot and killed the seventeen year old. The killer's assertion of "suspicious behavior" boils down to just one thing. Martin had a black face, and that has always served as reason enough to be deemed suspicious.
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|Racism Watch: Hollywood and Race: Still Stuck in the 1950s|
Wednesday, February 22 @ 15:58:17 AST
|By Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr.|
February 22, 2012 - counterpunch.org
This Sunday, nearly 40 million people are likely to tune in to see who captures an Oscar at the annual Academy Awards ceremonies. Winning the award can add millions to a film’s box office and supercharge the career of an actor, director, screenwriter or editor. According to the Academy’s 2009-10 fiscal year tax filing, the Oscars generated $81.3 million in revenue. This is a big deal.
It is avidly watched by the moviegoing population of this sprawling and diverse nation of more than 300 million people, and by millions more around the world. Hollywood sets styles, captures imaginations, touches dreams. Worldwide, movies provide people with much of what they think about America.
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|Racism Watch: The Origins of Racism|
Friday, July 08 @ 14:36:12 AST
July 08, 2011
Racism is so embedded in our society that many people assume it has always existed. But, says Yuri Prasad, it is really a modern phenomenon that developed with capitalism.
The plague of racism continues to scar the world that we live in, even though there is no scientific basis whatsoever for the division of society into races. Race is a social construct that benefits our rulers.
The idea that people with different skin colours have different ideas and interests is a common sense one. The implication of this for many people is that prejudice is natural, and that any attempt to get rid of it is doomed.
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|Racism Watch: Your House Is On Ground Zero (And Quite Without Permission)|
Sunday, September 12 @ 17:24:07 AST
|By Tim Wise|
September 07, 2010 - timwise.org
In all the rancor over whether or not one group of Muslims should be allowed to build a cultural center and worship space near the site of the 9/11 attacks -- which were committed by a separate and totally unrelated group of Muslims --there is one thing above all else that no one appears anxious to point out: namely, that for any white Christian to say "Ground Zero" is off limits to anyone is possibly the most deliciously and yet grotesquely ironic thing ever suggested.
After all, there is scarcely a square foot of land upon which we tread that is not, for someone, Ground Zero. I am sitting atop one now: a killing field for Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Creek; a graveyard in which are buried the bones -- and if no longer the bones, then surely the dust -- of peoples whose evisceration occurred not so long ago, and is still remembered by those who have not the luxury of forgetting.
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|Racism Watch: Racism, Reparations and the Politics of Blame: Pardon You|
Friday, May 07 @ 17:03:10 AST
|By Tim Wise|
May 07, 2010 - counterpunch.org
As a writer, there are times when you have something to say, and yet no particular "hook" upon which to hang the missive you are burning to release. In these moments, it is often best to wait, to hold on to the material you find so compelling, secure in the knowledge that soon enough something will happen--some personal experience or news event--that will render the intended screed relevant at long last.
Apparently, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. believes not in this sagacious advice. To wit his recent essay for the New York Times, in which he addressed the issue of reparations for slavery, imparting therein the completely unoriginal and long-recognized wisdom that Africans were implicated in the enslavement of their continental peers. This, to Gates, is a revelation of monumental proportions, which demonstrates the complexity of the slavery issue, and implacably muddies the matter of who should pay whom for the damage done. Resolving this last point is, Gates wants you to know, far more difficult than the apparently simple-minded who clamor for repair might believe.
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|Racism Watch: Why the Oscars are a Con|
Wednesday, February 10 @ 23:12:01 AST
By John Pilger|
February 10, 2010 - johnpilger.com
Why are so many films so bad? This year’s Oscar nominations are a parade of propaganda, stereotypes and downright dishonesty. The dominant theme is as old as Hollywood: America’s divine right to invade other societies, steal their history and occupy our memory. When will directors and writers behave like artists and not pimps for a world view devoted to control and destruction?
I grew up on the movie myth of the Wild West, which was harmless enough unless you happened to be a native American. The formula is unchanged. Self-regarding distortions present the nobility of the American colonial aggressor as a cover for massacre, from the Philippines to Iraq. I only fully understood the power of the con when I was sent to Vietnam as a war reporter. The Vietnamese were “gooks” and “Indians” whose industrial murder was preordained in John Wayne movies and sent back to Hollywood to glamourise or redeem.
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|Racism Watch: In South Africa, Apartheid is Dead, But White Supremacy Lingers On|
Wednesday, June 10 @ 09:40:52 AST
|By Robert Jensen|
June 9, 2009 - counterpunch.org
Apartheid is dead in South Africa, but a new version of white supremacy lives on.
"During apartheid the racism of white people was up front, and we knew what we were dealing with. Now white people smile at us, but for most black people the unemployment and grinding poverty and dehumanizing conditions of everyday life haven't changed," a black South African told me. "So, what kind of commitment to justice is under that smile?"
This community activist in Cape Town said that, ironically, the end of South's Africa's apartheid system of harsh racist segregation and exploitation has in some ways made it more difficult to agitate for social justice today. As he offered me his views on the complex politics of his country, Nkwame Cedile, a field worker for People's Health Movement, expressed a frustration that I heard often in my two weeks in the country: Yes, the brutality of apartheid ended in 1994 with free elections, but the white-supremacist ideas that had animated apartheid and the racialized distribution of wealth it was designed to justify didn't magically evaporate.
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|Racism Watch: The State of Black America: From Oscar Grant to Barack Obama|
Friday, January 16 @ 05:06:04 AST
|By Ron Jacobs|
January 15, 2009
I was out in Oakland, CA. this past weekend for a friend's birthday. Naturally, I visited Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley--my old stomping grounds--while I was there. Things have changed there while remaining the same. The area is certainly much more ethnically diverse. Gentrification has slithered in, but its presence is quite minimal when compared to other sections of Berkeley, Oakland or San Francisco.
Peoples Park looks better than it has in years, with its native plant life dominating the east and west ends of that small piece of turf where so many battles have been fought. Doorways that used to shelter street people have been blocked off and some benches have been removed from areas where those same folks used to relax.
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|Racism Watch: Reflections on Conservative Scapegoating|
Monday, September 29 @ 19:28:46 AST
|Racism as Reflex|
By Tim Wise
September 29, 2008
If hypocrisy were currency, conservatives would be able to single-handedly bail out the nation's free-falling financial system in less than a week, without the rest of us having to front so much as a penny.
So on the one hand, folks like this always tell others--especially the poor and people of color--to take "personal responsibility" for their lives, and not to blame outside factors (like racism, or the economic system) for their problems. But on the other hand, these same persons then demonstrate that their own ability to blame others for their personal setbacks, or the nation's problems, knows no rival.
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|Racism Watch: Apart from the noose, this is an everyday story of modern America|
Thursday, September 20 @ 01:50:14 AST
|The racial tensions which flared in a small southern town have laid bare the bias infecting the nation's justice system|
By Gary Younge
September 17, 2007
The Guardian UK
The four-hour drive from New Orleans to Jena takes you over long bridges, across still bayoux and deep into the remote backwoods of Louisiana. It's a journey that starts in the city that has become a byword for racial division and infrastructural neglect, following Hurricane Katrina. It then heads north-west through Opelousas where, as in so much of the south, people are literally segregated to death. There are two Catholic churches in the centre of town - Holy Ghost, for African Americans, and St Landry, for whites. In between is the cemetery where, by law and then by custom, blacks and whites have been buried according to their race - separate and finally equal, if only in the afterlife. And finally, it lands in the small town of Jena, surrounded by forests of pine where, it seems, even the flora can be racialised.
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|Racism Watch: When a hate crime can't be called a hate crime|
Thursday, September 13 @ 19:28:23 AST
|by Mary Shaw|
September 12, 2007
Earlier this week, I learned about the case of a young black woman in West Virginia who had been kidnapped and tortured for several days. According to CBS News, "Megan William, 20, was forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink from a toilet. She was sexually assaulted, doused with hot water, choked with a cable cord and stabbed in the leg, according to criminal complaints."
Talk about man's inhumanity to man!
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|Racism Watch: International slavery museum: a refreshing approach to history|
Monday, September 03 @ 22:13:47 AST
|Dan Swain is impressed by a museum that unravels the links between Liverpool and the slave trade|
August 28, 2007
Dan Swain is impressed by a museum that unravels the links between Liverpool and the slave trade
The new International Slavery Museum in Liverpool quotes prominently the former slave William Prescott asking us to “remember not that we were freed, but that we fought”.
This is a refreshing change from much of the coverage of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, which has tended to focus on the actions of a few white abolitionists, relegating the slaves themselves to passive victims.
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|Racism Watch: The legacy of Frantz Fanon|
Wednesday, May 23 @ 09:32:22 AST
|Sheila McGregor looks back at the |
life and work of the radical psychiatrist
May 22, 2007 : socialistworker.co.uk
The World Social Forum in Kenya earlier this year was marked by a resurgence of interest in the ideas of Frantz Fanon, a thinker whose works have for many years been neglected.
Fanon was a North African writer and psychiatrist who became famous in the 1960s for his radical critique of colonial racism and its impact on colonised people.
His devastating description of how racism destroyed people, not only physically, but also in terms of their mental and emotional lives, inspired leaders of the Black Power movement in US.
But Fanon's name was also inseparable from his most controversial and uncompromising stance – his defence of the right of colonised people to use violence in their fight for liberation.
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