Tag Archives: Black people

“Racism” returns to America. Where Did It Go?

If the public issues of racism are back, and surprisingly to some, then this means racism must have gone somewhere, right?  It is important to remember that many of us are very segregated in our lives, particularly by class.  Racism … Continue reading

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Prisoners and the Formerly Incarcerated, to Educate or Not?

PBS Newshour recently profiled the well-known Bard Prison Initiative in five New York state penitentiaries.  157 Prisoners have earned B.A. degrees over the past six years, with some going beyond that.  Does it please more people than infuriates?  It has … Continue reading

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Ten Million Movement: Beyond COINTELPRO, the Demand for Civil Rights Continues in America

March 8th, 2011 marks the 40th Anniversary of the anonymous group of activists who broke into a Pennsylvania FBI office and uncovered a counter-intelligence program known as COINTELPRO.  This program played an essential role in destroying the American Civil Rights … Continue reading

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Touchdowns and Lockdowns: Transcending Racial Politics in Prison Through Sports

(Ed.  This article first appeared in AlterNet, and is being re-posted upon request, inspired by the NFL playoffs.) Jesse Owens and Joe Louis dared to disprove the Master Race theory. Jackie Robinson took the spikes at second base because he … Continue reading

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