The Straight Line from Slavery to Mass Incarceration

The US model of mass incarceration can only be understood as an extension of slavery, said Martha Escobar, author of Captivity Beyond Prisons: Criminalization Experiences of Latina Immigrants. “Bringing non-white bodies into this country to labor for a predominantly white society has been the model that has carried over as immigrants entered the United States,” said Escobar, […]

How Real Estate Segregated Amerika

Real-estate interests have long wielded an outsized influence over national housing policy—to the detriment of African Americans. by   Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor  Richard Nixon, HUD Secretary Romney, and D.C. Mayor Washington tour a neighborhood damaged by riots after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. (Wally McNamee / Corbis / Getty Images) In a year of many […]

‘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 […]

Racial Terror by the Rules: On Anti-Black Psychic Violence as a Kind of Governmentality

by Zoe Samudzi racial terror   Illustration from ‘The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo’ by Tom Feelings One of the most egregious but canonically crucial colonial acts was to make God and Jesus white men. Jesus, in this imagination, is not a brown-skinned Jewish man from Judea (today’s Occupied Palestine): he’s a fair complected man […]

Australian Football Players Wore Blackface In Not ‘Intended To Be Racist’ Venus And Serena Costumes You mess with the GOATs, you best not miss

You mess with the GOATs, you best not miss Australia is at it again with racist antics targeting Serena Williams. You may recall Mark Knight’s failed cartoon attempt to demean the acclaimed tennis player via Australian newspaper The Herald Sun. Days after Knight claimed the very racist caricature was not at all racist, two Tasmanian Penguins Football […]

Learning from our Elders: Kwame Somburu and Scientific Socialism

by Colin Jenkins A dear friend of mine passed away in 2016. He was a lifelong revolutionary activist and quite possibly the most interesting man in the world (sorry, Dos Equis guy). His name was Kwame Somburu, formerly Paul Boutelle. I came into Kwame’s life through chance when, after a journey that resembled more than a […]

Amerika’s Sick Slaveowner Mentality Is Alive and Well

A billboard of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco’s Union Square. (Eric Risberg / AP) The slave patrols live. Just ask any of the people at Nike who answer the phones and are dealing with an avalanche of angry white callers throwing the N-word around and complaining about Nike treating Kaepernick with respect.  Trump, Pence, […]

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 […]

‘I can think of nothing more Amerikan.’ — Beto O’Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful

‘I can think of nothing more American.’ — Beto O'Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful pic.twitter.com/bEqOAYpxEL — NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 21, 2018

Think Confederate monuments are racist? Consider pioneer monuments

‘Early Days.’ Detail of Frank Happersberger’s pioneer monument, San Francisco, California, 1894. Photo by Lisa Allen. Cynt In San Francisco, there is an an 800-ton monument that retells California history, from the Spanish missions to American settlement. Several bronze sculptures and relief plaques depict American Indians, white miners, missionaries and settlers. A female figure symbolizing white […]