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The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy

What is Polite White Supremacy? Polite White Supremacy is the notion that whites should remain the ruling class while denying that they are the ruling class, politely. Affectionately, it’s called #PWS for short. It has been referred to as the Casual American Caste System, Delicate Apartheid, [...]

Ferguson, 1 Year Later: Why Protesters Were Right to Fight for Mike Brown Jr.

A year ago today, Mike Brown Jr. was killed by former police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black male, had been shot at least six times, twice in the head, by a white police officer. His dead body was then left [...]

Ferguson’s Inheritance

As the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s killing rapidly approaches, within days of the fiftieth anniversary of the Watts Rebellion, we are invited to reflect on the connection between state repression and African-American mobilization past and present. Each generation has a moment when its members share [...]

Georgia is Segregating Troublesome Kids in Schools Used During Jim Crow

A Department of Justice investigation found that Georgia is giving thousands of kids with behavioral issues a subpar education and putting them in the same run-down buildings that served black children decades ago. By Marian Wang | Originally Published at ProPublica. July 29, 2015, 2:02 PM | [...]

Sandra Bland’s Sister Responds to Suicide Allegations

Law enforcement officials in Waller County, Texas, have concluded that the cause of Sandra Bland’s death in police custody was suicide. But Bland’s family and friends dispute claims she was suicidal, and say there is no evidence she previously tried to kill herself before her [...]

Henry A. Giroux | The Racist Killing Fields in the US: The Death of Sandra Bland

By Henry A. Giroux | Originally Published at TruthOut July 19, 2015 00:00 | Illustration Credit; Sandra Bland. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout On July 9, soon after Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, moved to Texas from Naperville, Illinois, [...]

President Obama: You Forgot Women and Mass Incarceration

By Michele Goodwin | Originally Published at Huffington Post. July 17, 2015 11:17 am EDT Updated: July 17, 2015 11:59 am EDT | Photographic Credit; Daniel Acker/Bloomberg. Getty Images Female incarceration is invisible in the U.S., veiled in the broader realities of mass incarceration, hidden and often [...]

The Fall and Rise of the Confederate Battle Flag — From South Carolina to the Halls of Congress

History offers enduring lessons, one being that each and every day our past is forgotten. Some of this is accidental, or incremental. Before we can capture a moment it fades from consciousness. Rarely is it debated. And what is seen is often scrubbed clean. Much [...]