The True Story of Rastafari

by Lucy McKeon David McFadden/AP Images A mural of Leonard Howell in Tredegar Park, near where the first Rastafari community was formed in the 1930s, Spanish Town, Jamaica, January 4, 2014 In the postcard view of Jamaica, Bob Marley casts a long shadow. Though he’s been dead for thirty-five years, the legendary reggae musician is easily […]

Racism is most odious when it’s government policy

   by  Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan   Roseanne Barr’s abhorrent tweet, comparing Obama presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape, once again put race front and center in the national discourse, where it should remain. Racism’s most odious form, though, is when it appears as official policy, as is the case with the “Black […]

Trump Says Settlers ‘Tamed a Continent.’ Now for Indigenous People’s Side

Members of the Coeur d’Alene, or Schitsu’umsh, Tribe on the Desmet Reservation in Idaho circa 1907. (Wikimedia Commons) This knowledge seems rudimentary, and yet it’s not: The same ships that transported the “American dream” from 15th century Europe likewise delivered a nightmare to indigenous lands now known as America—a nightmare that would persist for centuries for […]