Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Attorney Talks of New Movement in Activist’s Case

by Emily Wells A new front may be emerging in the fight to free African-American political activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. The fatal shooting of Faulkner happened in the early hours of Dec. 9, 1981, during a confrontation, witnessed by Abu-Jamal, between […]

Albert Einstein Called Racism “A Disease of White People” in His Little-Known Fight for Civil Rights

  Albert Einstein’s activities as a passionate advocate for peace were well-documented during his lifetime. His celebrity as a famous physicist and one of the world’s most recognizable faces lent a great deal of weight to his pacifism, a view otherwise not given much consideration in the popular press at almost any time in history. […]

Detroit’ Is One Of The Most Irresponsible And Dangerous Movies Of the Year

The film is egregious, both in what it includes and what it omits.   By Mary Phillips Assistant Professor, Lehman College, CUNY   The church was packed. “Watch accurate justice administered by citizens of the community,” a flier announced. “Review and watch the evidence for yourself.” Nearly two thousand black people and a smattering of whites […]

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Amerika

2016 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction IBRAM X. KENDI Masha Gessen, Chair of the judges’ panel for the 2016 National Book Awards for Nonfiction, presents Ibram X. Kendi with the honor.       Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books) ISBN: 978-1568584638 National Book Foundation: Who did you […]

The Abandonment

by PAUL STREET Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow is properly understood as a classic text on and against the regime of racist mass incarceration and criminal- (felony-) marking that arose and became deeply entrenched in the United States during the last third of the previous century.  There were three key problems, however, with professor Alexander’s use […]

Lynching by Any Other Name

From the early 1900s until 1938, the NAACP flew an anti-lynching flag from its Manhattan headquarters. / Photo: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Visual Materials from the NAACP Records by CHRISTOPHER LEBRON On June 2 Jasmine Richards, founder of the Pasadena, California, chapter of Black Lives Matter, was convicted of “felony lynching” and sentenced to […]

‘The Gentrification Song’ Is The Inner-City Blues Amerika Deserves From Rap

When Biggie Smalls is nearly banished from Bed-Stuy, the writing is on the wall. An outside mural dedicated in 2015 to the deceased hip-hop icon and Brooklyn native Notorious B.I.G. barely avoided permanent removal last month after the building’s landlord threatened to do away with it for major renovations. Consider it another anecdote in America’s urban makeover. […]

How White Amerika have Reaped 500-plus years of Cruelty toward People of Color

Many people are shortsighted to this phenomenon because of the concept of time, and believe that white America has, and is getting away with their crimes against humanity in the past and to this day. However, that is far from the truth. White America is suffering rapid decline, mental torment and retribution for the years […]

Reparations is Dead: How to Resurrect It

by Dr. Jahi Issa and Reggie Mabry The moral case for Black reparations has effectively been made, but the legal argument has met much frustration in the courts. The authors believe that the period after 1808, when U.S. participation in the international slave trade was outlawed, is key to clearing the legal hurdles to reparations. […]

If Whites Want to Segregate, Dammit Let’em

They constantly, decade after decade, century after century, threaten to separate from Blacks or pass laws to oppress us as if we are suppose to shiver in fear or they are hurting our feelings. The only feelings of Black folks they are hurting are the Black folks who love massa. Most Blacks do not give […]