How the Government’s Surveillance Practices Criminalize Communities of Color

“We’re demanding more transparency and accountability around existing law enforcement surveillance practices, and urging our Congressional leaders of color to intervene on our behalf to prevent further exclusion, dehumanization and violence.” Steven Renderos, Ramla Sahid Photo: Frank Serpico (@franklyfrank) via Twenty20 SHARE The Trump administration’s executive orders singling out immigrants and refugees of color, including the “Muslim ban” recently upheld by […]

Amerikan Crime; December 26, 1862: The Lynching of 38 Dakota Men―The Largest Mass Execution in U.S. (united snakes) History

Lynching of 38 Dakota (Santee Sioux) men, December 26, 1862.   THE CRIME On December 26, 1862, in the midst of the U.S. Civil War (April 1861-May 1865), and in the same week that the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, President Abraham Lincoln ordered 38 Dakota Santee Sioux men sent to the gallows in Mankato, Minnesota. […]

From Microaggressions to Legalized Lynching: Weaponizing Police Against Black People

by Cherise Charleswell Thanks to social media’s ability to help news headlines (and those stories that don’t even make it out through mainstream media) go viral, Black people and other people of color are beginning to receive some vindication. For many years, our testimonies about our lived experiences with micoaggressions and overt racism have often been […]

NYPD Prey on Black and Brown Youth

by  Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford New York City police are using a 42,000-name “gang” database to prey on Black and brown youth, said Sadiki “Bro Shep” Olugbala, of the Stop The Raids Coalition. Hundreds of Black and brown youth are being locked up” in massive police sweeps, “with no real legal […]

Amerikkka Was Built on Busting Up Families…

by Raymond Nat Turner , BAR poet-in-residence Amerika was built on busting up families. They’re just making Amerika great again. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes”    — Jefferson […]

Bears Ears, The Land of the Navajo

  Navajos in Utah want protection for lost ancestral lands. Under the power of the Antiquities Act, President Obama designated Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, protecting tens of thousands of cultural sites amid breathtaking landscapes. Watch our report from several years ago presenting the case for preserving this very special place.

Separating Migrant Families Is Barbaric. It’s Also What the U.S. Has Been Doing to People of Color for Hundreds of Years.

 109 Image: New York Public Library Digital Collection by Shaun King June 20 2018 LIKE MOST OF you reading this, I am deeply appalled at what I see happening right now in the United States — immigrant children being snatched away from their parents and sent to separate detention centers, often locked in cages with strangers, […]

Case #40: Native American Boarding Schools, 1870-1970s: “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”

THE CRIME: The cultural genocide of the Native Americans The near extermination of the Native Americans in the centuries following 1492 is one of the great historical crimes committed by the rulers of this country—or any country. Credible estimates of the indigenous population in North America in 1492 are between 12.5 and 18.5 million. Through […]

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 […]

The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an Amerikan Folk “Hero”

A century after killing and scalping ten Native Americans, she was memorialized in what might well be the first public statue of a female in America Junius Brutus Stearns, “Hannah Duston Killing the Indians” (1847). Oil on canvas. (Colby College Museum of Art, Gift of R. Chase Lasbury and Sally Nan Lasbury.) by By Barbara Cutter On a […]