What the Nazis Learned from Amerika

  BY JESSICA BLATT Until the recent presidential election cycle, most of us had never heard of the “alt-right.” To those of us who had (likely because we spend too much time on social media), the term evoked a murky fringe. We thought of alienated, white 20-something men in their parents’ basements, spreading hateful propaganda and […]

The Utopian Dream of Portland (Oregon) Is Lit by Flames of Racist Hatred

by Susan Anglada Bartley When I moved to Portland 17 years ago, freshly graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in History and Literature of Marginalized Communities that I studied to earn with people so brilliant, people who worked so hard, researched so deeply that I should probably not […]

TKO! Dismantling the racist machine: Ward crushes Kovalev to retain the unified light heavyweight boxing title

by Malaika Kambon When Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling via TKO 124 seconds into the first round of their legendary re-match, it was June 22, 1938, in a sold out Yankee Stadium arena. Seventy million people listened in on their radios. He was the heavyweight champion of the world and a hero in Afrikan communities. Public […]

If you truly knew what the N-word meant to our ancestors, you’d NEVER use it

BY BRANDO SIMEO STARKEY | The Undefeated A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War. The narratives came from the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration, a program that employed researchers from 1936 to 1938 to interview former enslaved people, […]

Caricatures: A Societal View On Race

  A history of Nubian-Melaninite caricatures in the United States The nature of caricatures show, to a great extent, what the racial societal views are of that time period. The coon caricature is one of the most dehumanizing of all of the insulting figures invented to describe Nubian-Melaninites in the United States. The coon was […]

When Portland banned blacks: Oregon’s shameful history as an ‘all-white’ state

By DeNeen L. Brown A Ku Klux Klan parade, East Main Street in Ashland, Ore., in the 1920s. (Oregon Historical Society) In 1844, all black people were ordered to get out of Oregon Country, the expansive territory under American rule that stretched from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains. Those who refused to leave […]

The Bible Belt Is the Lynching Belt: Slavery, White Supremacy and Religion in America

by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA   The following is an excerpt from the book AWAY WITH ALL GODS! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World, by Bob Avakian (available from Insight Press). The book was published in 2008.     For a number of years now, I have been […]

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle Part II

by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo From her vantage point in SNCC, Karen Spellman saw the birth of the modern Black Power Movement. She says “most Black people equated the concept of Black power with Black pride, Black consciousness, self-determination, controlling our own destinies and an end to repression.” Whites and conservative Blacks […]

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted

Michael M. Santiago for BuzzFeed News Places like Troy used to be lily-white, and most of their police departments still are. That’s a problem for the black and brown people moving from big cities like LA and New York in search of quieter places to raise families. by  Albert Samaha It started with a noise […]