A Letter to My Nephew

by James Baldwin January 1, 1962   James Baldwin’s thoughts on his nephew’s future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962. Over 50 years later his words are, sadly, more relevant than ever.   Dear James: I have begun this letter five times and torn it […]

How Amerika Ignorez Itz Appalling History of Racism

A classic study on American race relations is the subject of a new documentary. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: IndependentLens In 1944, Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal conducted a highly controversial study on race, titled “An American Dilemma.” Now his research is the focus of an equally provocative Independent Lens documentary on PBS. Llewellyn Smith’s […]

Racialization and Incarceration: The Politikz of Polarization and Containment in Amerika (2016)

The following article by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson was written for (and will appear in) the book The Racialization of Murder, co-edited by StanDoyle-Wood, Bedour Alagraa and Gurpreet Johal, and due out in 2017. There is an organic link between racialization and incarceration in Amerikkka. Both are tools that serve the interests of capitalist power and social control. […]

Fascination and Fear: Covering the Black Pantherz

Fifty years after the group’s founding, a look back at The Times’s coverage reveals the influence of the F.B.I.and how reporting on race and activism has evolved. By GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO The Black Panther Party was founded 50 years ago in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 15, 1966. Within two years, it had chapters across the country. The Times […]

“War against the Pantherz”: The Life and Workz of Huey P. Newton, Founder of the Black Panther Party (BPP)

 By Hugo Turner Dedicated to My Friend and Comrade Marland X aka @CharlieMBrownX Huey P. Newton was a visionary, a poet, a thinker, a writer, a gangster, but above all a revolutionary. Without his brilliance and daring the Black Panther party would never have been created. 50 Years after it’s creation the Black Panther Party […]

A Story 4 Today Which Won’t be on Telievision

 Today the state may honor Dr. King, but back in the day when he waz alive, it was quite another story. Government surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr.    by Matthew B. Johnson [This presentation was an invited address, delivered on Sunday January 15, 2006 at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County in Maplewood, New […]

Tha Need to Validate Young Black Men

In recent weeks, there have been a number of news stories about young black men who were accepted to numerous elite colleges, including any and all of the blue chip, Ivy League schools of their choice. All of these positive news stories have provided a welcome respite from the usual fare, the portrayals of black […]