“Boundary Safeguards and Restrictions in Southern States” (1619 – 1898)

  [Reading is from the Appendix of “Black Labor, White Wealth” By: Dr. Claud Anderson] 1619    Maryland Segregation Policy            Recommended that blacks be socially excluded. 1642     Virginia Fugitive Law                Authorized branding of an “R” in the face of runaway slaves. 1686     Carolina Trade Law                Barred blacks from all […]

100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. ‘Solitary’ Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

Bill Berkowitz – October 6, 2017 There are nearly 100,000 people being held in solitary confinement today in America’s prisons. They are locked up in cramped, often windowless cells for nearly 24 hours a day. They eat alone. They exercise alone in small fenced-in areas known as cages or dog runs. They are almost completely […]

Police have killed twice as many Americans since 9/11 than ISIS and al-Qaida combined

  By Frank Vyan Walton     Ever since Donald Trump decided to reignite the issue that was originally started when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick choose not to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, we’ve been told that millions of Americans are disgusted by his and others’ “disrespect” for the […]

The Black Panthers Didn’t Fight Symbols

“Johnny Reb’s footprint on the landscape is tiny compared to the 5,000 state and federal prisons and jails that crater the nation.” New York state prison guards assaulted and seriously injured 69 year-old former Black Panther Herman Bell , this week, a totally unprovoked beating timed to sabotage his chances for parole after more than 40 years behind bars. […]

Civil Rights Legislation did not end Structural Racism

BY HAKEEM MUHAMMAD     The civil rights movement is often romanticized as having been victorious; the mainstream public discourse purports that racism, as a factor impeding black social mobility, is increasingly on the decline. It is claimed that America is coming closer to achieving Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream with each passing day. Such a dangerous […]

Seeking justice for the mass hanging of black soldiers after the bloody 1917 Houston riots

By DeNeen L. Brown A scene from the court-martial of 63 members of the all-black 24th Infantry on trial for mutiny and murder of 17 people in Houston on August 23, 1917. At the time, it was the largest murder trial in U.S. history. (W.C. Lloyd)   u.s.Before the sun rose on Dec. 11, 1917, thirteen […]

Black Lives Matter in Cuba

By: Andrew King Afro-Cubans in Havana Plaza | Photo: EFE   It is precisely because of Cuba’s anti-racist and pro-worker policies that the U.S. government has labeled the country “a violator of human rights.” As activists unite to confront white supremacy in the United States, it is important for us to study other societies outside the […]

A radical’s oral history of Detroit in 1967

Rebellion By Michael Jackman @michaeljackman The Tony Spina Collection, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University National Guardsmen patrol Detroit during the summer of 1967. This perspective on the events of the summer of 1967 comes from a few Metro Times fellow travelers in the form of John and Leni Sinclair, and Fifth Estate staffers Harvey […]

‘Detroit:’ The Real Story Behind One Of The Most Horrific Police Brutality Events In History

By Malaika Jabali While Kathryn Bigelow’s film focuses on one horrific act at the Algiers Motel, where police killed three Black teenagers, the events that lasted over the five-day uprising is a crash course in America’s dark history with state violence and the overall oppression of Black and Brown people.   If you’ve read Turner House — the debut […]