Posted in Analysis Reparations

Ancient Christian thinkers made a case for reparations that has striking relevance today

Particularly notable is the fact that Tertullian makes the case for reparations to be paid to the descendants of the Israelites who had been forcibly enslaved centuries earlier. by David Lincicum, University of Notre Dame Sunday,…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke White Privilege

Clogged pipeline for minority and women-owned businesses

by Wade Rathke March 15, 2021 Pearl River     If the Jeffersonian story of America was the small yeoman farmer, the contemporary story of America is often of small businesses. These are the main streets…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Reparations

There was a time reparations were actually paid out – just not to formerly enslaved people

by Thomas Craemer, University of Connecticut Friday, February 26, 2021 No guessing who in this 1864 depiction may have been compensated after slavery ended.  API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images   The cost of slavery and its legacy of…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Reparations

Slave-built infrastructure still creates wealth in US, suggesting reparations should cover past harms and current value of slavery

by Joshua F.J. Inwood, Penn State and Anna Livia Brand, University of California, Berkeley Sunday, February 14, 2021 The Port of Savannah used to export cotton picked by enslaved laborers and brought from Alabama to Georgia…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Racism White Privilege

AstraZeneca told to justify unequal vaccine pricing amid soaring profits

“Why is the global south paying more than rich countries for your #Covid19 vaccine?” Global Justice Now asks the pharmaceutical giant, which has pledged not to profit from the vaccine during the pandemic. by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus White Privilege

People over 75 are first in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The average Black person doesn’t live that long.

Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 and up can leave out Black Americans, who tend to die younger than their white counterparts. In one majority-Black county, this age gap raises questions about how to make the…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias White Privilege

“Sense of entitlement”: Rioters faced no consequences invading state capitols. No wonder they turned to the U.S. Capitol next.

Armed far-right mobs met little law enforcement resistance when they repeatedly attacked state capitols. You can draw a direct line from that kind of impunity to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6. by…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News White Privilege

Bond modification sought after alleged Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse drinks beer, flashes white power signs with so-called ‘Proud Boys’

“The defendant’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, January 14, 2021…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Racism Right Wing Militias

Black woman ‘heartbroken’ after vicious attack by racist MAGA Mob in downtown Los Angeles

“All of a sudden I’m just getting cornered by 30, 40 people,” said Berlinda Nibo. “That’s what started all of them to jump in.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Fears of racially…

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Posted in First Nations Op/Ed Racism

On Wounded Knee: We fight to mend the Hoop

“There was no honor in these murders,” says Manny Iron Hawk, whose grandmother survived the massacre at age 12 by hiding in a ravine. by Abby Zimet, Further columnist Wednesday, December 30, 2020 On this date…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Racism Reparations

Statue of Robert E. Lee removed from U.S. Capitol

‘An important step forward’ “Confederate images do not represent who we are in Virginia, that’s why we voted unanimously to remove this statue,” said state Sen. Louise Lucas. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, December 21,…

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Posted in Columns Racism Wade Rathke

Urban highway dividers

by Wade Rathke December 20, 2020 Pearl River   Remember way back when, back in 2018-19 in the “before” times, when Amazon was jacking up cities, large and small, to compete for their headquarters location? New…

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Posted in Columns Film First Nations Racism Review

‘Small Signs’, a powerful look at the underbelly of a tourist town

by Madrone Kalil Schutten, Ph.D., Guest column for the Meteor Friday, October 23, 2020 Small Signs: A Protest in Flagstaff, Arizona is a documentary on the pulse of the second wave of the civil rights movement….

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Community Journalism First Nations First Peoples News Racism

‘Small Signs’, Flagstaff resident releases documentary on summer of protests in Flagstaff, AZ

by Mac England, video produced by Levi Stallings Friday, October 16 Flagstaff, Ariz   This summer there were over 50 marches, actions, and demonstrations in Flagstaff, Arizona sparked as elsewhere in the country by the death…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020 Racism

‘Well that is incredibly racist,’ says Kamala Harris campaign after David Perdue’s dogwhistle attack at Trump rally

“This kind of vile, race-baiting trash talk is what President Trump has unleashed from sitting Republican members of the Senate,” said Perdue’s Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, in response. by Jon Queally, staff writer Saturday, October 17…

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Posted in Columns Hightower Racism

Republicans unleash their inner Jim Crow

Endangered GOP incumbents are launching increasingly racialized attacks against their challengers. By Jim Hightower | OtherWords October 14, 2020 If you’re a rich Republican who’s done nothing in the House of Representatives for so long that…

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Posted in Columns Racism Wade Rathke White Privilege

White Christian Privilege

by Wade Rathke October 3, 2020 Atlanta   As always, there are things you know, things you think you know, and then the dreaded assumptions that mask as both, but are neither. It’s those assumptions that…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 Racism

Citing post-election period as possible ‘Flashpoint,’ FBI memo warns of far-right, white supremacist violence to come

Trump’s encouragement of white supremacist groups and his claims that the election will be rigged by the Democrats present a “recipe for disaster,” one critic said. by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, October 1 One day…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 Racism

Trump riles up Minnesota supporters with attack on Somali refugees

“This is the overlap between white supremacy, the climate emergency, misogyny, and human rights abuses.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 1 Just 24 hours after refusing to condemn white supremacists during the first 2020…

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Posted in Labor News Prisons Racism

Disaster work is often carried out by prisoners – who get paid as little as 14 cents an hour despite dangers

Prison systems have long championed the work of incarcerated persons in emergencies and disasters as a demonstration of the value of prisons to local communities and the state. Prisoners clearing vegetation to prevent the spread of…

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Posted in Columns Racism Wade Rathke White Privilege

Racial Authoritarianism

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, September 9 New Orleans   Rochester, New York is an interesting place in its own right. The heart of downtown is a semi-wasteland, but along the edges there are bike and running trails…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Racism

White House moves to end racial awareness/diversity training.

Even though racism infects many US police departments WH memo says there is ‘no place’ for awareness and “Un-American” diversity training in US Government. “187,000 Americans are dead from Covid-19, and the White House is spending…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Racism

Tens of thousands attend march in Washington on 57th anniversary of historic Civil Rights rally, today

‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ “We’ve been here before, but this time we know that it is necessary to redefine public safety in order to save black lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, August…

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Protesters hold signs during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 26, 2020. Two people were shot dead and a third injured on the night of August 25 as anti-police protesters clashed with armed vigilante groups during a third night of demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo: Kamil Krzaczynsky/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Policing Racism Right Wing Militias

Far-right militias and white supremacist groups infiltrating US police departments for years, says Brennan Center for Justice

The study comes amid unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the latest high-profile police shooting of a Black man and the shooting deaths of two protesters by an alleged far-right militia member. by Julia Conley, staff writer…

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