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Advice to Young People: Don’t Normalize Racism

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By Mark Naison (August 19, 2019) If there was a piece of advice I would give to young people, it would be the following: Don’t normalize racism. Speak out against it and challenge it wherever you see it, whether it is in a classroom, a dormitory, a locker room or at your family dinner table. Do so with kindness when…
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White Supremacy has Always Been Behind White Terrorism in the US

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By Mark Naison (August 12, 2019)   When I think of the ideology of white supremacy–which has affected everything in US History from immigration policy, to citizenship, access to voting rights, marriage laws, the ability to play in professional sports leagues, and much much more– what makes the largest impression, in the context of the El Paso shooting, is how it…
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Choosing Non-Violence in an Awful Time

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By Mark Naison (August 3, 2019) As I sit here in shock and mourning over the mass murders in El Paso, once again engineered by a white supremacist, I feel compelled to share some thoughts about why, when I decided to start a new organization to fight racism, I wanted it to be strictly non violent. There are two reasons…
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No Panic at the Supreme Court

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By Mark Naison (July 27, 2019) Last week, I had the opportunity to spend time with someone who just left a position as a law clerk to a Supreme Court Justice. There are many things I learned from the conversation that I can’t share publicly, but two things stood out that I can pass along First, an atmosphere of civility…
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What Political Weapons Does the Left Bring to the Fight?

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By Marc Cooper (July 23, 2019) No question that the monkey-see-monkey-do footage from Trump’s North Carolina rally is chilling. The sweaty chanters are clearly prime recruits for an explicitly fascist movement. No defense of Tump or his supporters, but the heated and over the top rally goers are a very small percentage of actual Trump voters. i am not (yet)…
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What Could Happen if Trump Tries to Deport Children and Families

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By Mark Naison (June 22, 2019) Do not assume that Donald Trump’s planned deportation raids will produce the results he intends- unless his goal is the bring the nation to the edge of Civil War. In places where public sentiment is strongly against such policies, I.C.E. Agents may face such massive civil disobedience that they will need US military escorts…
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Donald Trump, Power, and the Path Not Taken

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By Mark Naison (December 17, 2018) Because of things we have in common-age, race, gender and size- I often compare myself to Donald Trump. Why didn’t I turn out the way that he did? Why am I not, in my public persona, filled with rage and bitterness? Why is spreading happiness more important to me than appealing to people’s fears…
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The Great Crusade of Our Time

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By Mark Naison (November 5, 2018) There are going to be a lot of people who are going to wake up November 7 shocked at how many people voted for candidates who embraced a message of hatred and division. I won’t be. I am an historian of race and immigration in the United States. Electoral majorities passed the Jim Crow…
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It’s Hard to Intimidate Righteous People

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By Mark Naison (October 27, 2018) My heart goes out to the families and friends of those killed and wounded in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, and to everyone who feels a little more vulnerable and a little less secure as a result of this horrendous act. Everyone stoking the flames of hatred bears some responsibility for the political climate that…
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“I Hope You Get Out”: Low Key Police Abolition

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By James Rotten (October 12, 2018) I met S. at the Alamo Drafthouse to have lunch and see Monsters & Men, which centers around a murder by cop. When it ended, she left and I stayed to pay our bill. There was just one other person in the theater, sitting next to me, with one empty seat between us. I’ve…
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Dr. Ford Represents the Resilience of the Wounded

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By Mark Naison (September 27, 2018) I didn’t watch Christine Ford’s testimony, but the pain it has inspired among so many friends, which they have expressed with an eloquence and courage that has moved me to the core, is something I will never forget. This is a profound historical moment. I just ask for the wisdom and strength to show…
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