Tag Archive: racism

The Link Between Broken Windows Policing and Deportation

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By Mark Naison (March 30, 2017) Of all the new information presented during last nights forum on Defending Bronx Communities at Fordham University, what I found most disturbing was the revelation of how the DeBlasio Administration’s imposition of “Broken Windows” policing- arrests for minor offenses such as jaywalking, drinking in public and jumping over turnstiles- has led to deportation of…
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Herein the Poet Contemplates the Power of the Word “Fascism”

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By Ana Castillo (March 2, 2017)   Herein, while the poet considers ending her long vocation as a wordsmith, she contemplates the power of language, specifically a 20th century political term bandied about by the president’s arch-enemies, that is, the free press, two rogue Republicans, all Democrats (or any woman who wears white), and all who undermine the new Nationalist…
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The Attacks on Jewish Centers are at the Heart of Authoritarianism in the US

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By Chris Crass (February 28, 2017) Antisemitism positions Jews as socially acceptable targets for working and middle class Christians (religiously and culturally) to unleash violence and hatred, to release the anger and resentments of crushing economic and political inequality. Antisemitism instructs and encourages working and middle class Christians to see Jews as the conspiratorial puppet masters of society, all the…
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The Right Heart is More Important than the Right Analysis in Fighting Racism

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By Chris Crass (November 14, 2016) The goal, for those of us who are white and want collective liberation, is to help support, encourage, resource, listen to, invite and bring in as many white people as possible into liberation values, culture, action, community and movement. If white people are expressing outrage or shock about Trump, I understand why people of…
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There is No Hierarchy of Freedom and Liberty: Another Gift from Audre Lorde

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By Christian Matheis (November 14, 2016)     In the 19th and 20th century, when the U.S. was formally, legally segregated under Jim Crow laws, regressives cried “freedom! liberty!” in order to paint a false moral picture of their ill-gotten, mean-spirited grip on political and economic power. When activists responded with efforts to desegregate, those who opposed civil rights often…
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Let Me Tell You Why I Feel So Drained

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By Yoko Arisaka (November 12, 2016) Let me tell you why I personally feel so drained about this whole mess that is the now… These are some of the actual things that were said to me in my 20’s: “Can we fuck or should I apologize?” “Hoo, relax, girl, man, you do need a pussy massage!” “Heard that Asian chicks…
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The Time to Build a More Caring and Just Society

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By David DeHart (November 11, 2016) It’s pretty difficult to sum up in words the disappointment and anger that comes from the election of a neofascist to president. We are going to see a lot of terrible things happening in the next few years, we are already seeing how bigots have been emboldened in their violence. But what is important…
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White People, Save Yourself: Election 2016

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By Teka Lark (November 8, 2016) Thousands of poor Black families were hurt owing to Bill Clinton’s welfare reform, which also criminalized poverty. 2.5 million people were deported under Obama. Totally cool with your support for Hillary. I get it, but please don’t think your vote is helping me as a Black woman. The Democratic Party does not care about…
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Why I Avoid Using the Term “White Privilege”

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By Mark Naison (September 26, 2016) In challenging racism, even in ways that get in people’s faces, I usually avoid the use of the term “white privilege”. Here is why: Addressing “whites” as privileged not only erases vast differences in their economic status, including the downward mobility and hardship many have been experiencing in the last 20 years, it fails…
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Ask Every Police Chief: Do you condone racism?

By Chris Crass (July 12, 2016) Rather then the standard in media of asking Black people about their forgiveness of the police who killed their babies, or asking if they are anti-police, and the standard of nearly every Black person in the country needing to hold a press conference expressing that they aren’t calling for violence against police, but rather equal…
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