The Newest Jim Crow

Recent criminal justice reforms contain the seeds of a frightening system of “e-carceration.” By Michelle Alexander CreditCreditIllustration by Yoshi Sodeoka; Photographs by Juanmonino and SensorSpot/E+, via Getty Images In the midterms, Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to legalize marijuana, Florida restored the vote to over 1.4 million people with felony convictions, and Louisiana passed […]

‘Coming of Age in Mississippi’ still speaks to nation’s racial discord, 50 years late

Anne Moody penned her memoir at the urging of baseball great Jackie Robinson. Most memoirs are soon forgotten. A rare exception is Anne Moody’s “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” which was published in 1968. It spoke to the day’s pressing issues – poverty, race and civil rights – with an urgent timeliness. Instead, 50 years […]

Amerikan Crime: August 28, 1955: The Torture and Lynching of Emmett Till

THE CRIME On Sunday, August 28, 1955, two white supremacists, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, tortured, mutilated, and murdered Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black youth. Emmett, nicknamed Bobo, was a typical fun-loving teenager from Chicago who was visiting relatives near Money, Mississippi for summer vacation. His mother Mamie Till-Mobley recalled that he liked “art, math […]

The Con of Diversity

  In 1970, when black students occupied the dean’s office at Harvard Divinity School to protest against the absence of African-American scholars on the school’s faculty, the white administration was forced to respond and interview black candidates. It asked James Cone, the greatest theologian of his generation, to come to Cambridge, Mass., for a meeting. But […]

Capitalism and White Supremacy: The Two-Headed Dragon that Must Be Slain I Matthew Dolezal

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A Tale of Three Apartheids and the Land Conundrums

“White settlers were convinced that the lands they appropriated in the ‘dark continent’ and other lands were theirs by right.” The word apartheid achieved global notoriety during the height of White rule in South Africa. It then extended at least to one other country where blatant state-sanctioned bigotry went hand in hand with “democracy”: Israel […]

Modern Black Codes and the Cops That Enforce Them

by Bryan K. Bullock 27 Jun 2018 Modern Black Codes and the Cops That Enforce Them “The police respond as if the black person is guilty of whatever transgression the white person said they committed.” Recent online videos have shown African Americans being arrested, sometimes violently, in places like Starbucks and Waffle House, but also […]

The Case for Delegitimizing the Police

by  William C. Anderson The Case for Delegitimizing the Police “Once you come to understand the institution’s ties to white supremacy, it becomes clear the system is toxic and cannot be fixed.” The institution of policing doesn’t deserve the unquestioned authority and purpose people give it in the United States. Fraud, corruption, and violence are […]

A Tale of Three Apartheids and the Land Conundrums

by Kweli Nzito  A Tale of Three Apartheids and the Land Conundrums “White settlers were convinced that the lands they appropriated in the ‘dark continent’ and other lands were theirs by right.” The word apartheid achieved global notoriety during the height of White rule in South Africa. It then extended at least to one other country […]