Guest Voices

"Three Mexican countries" is About Controlling the Narrative

By Teka Lark (April 3, 2019) When I see things like, “Three Mexican countries…” often I hear people discuss how ignorant people are. “How can you have power and be so ignorant to not know the name of countries?!” I am not sure if the people saying these things are saying them because they too are playing the game. I...
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Putting Our Hopes in Mueller was Lazy Politics

By Arun Gupta (April 2, 2019) While I stayed away from the Russia controversy because I thought it was overblown, I did write an article in December 2016 pointing out of course Russia would want to destabilize the U.S. Putin is a brutal authoritarian and Islamophobe who persecutes journalists and the LGBT community. He carried out a program of such...
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Du Bois Was Right About White Nationalism in 1920: It's a Global Threat

By Joseph Orosco (March 18, 2019) In 1920, one of the big controversies in racial justice issues was the tension between Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois.   Garvey believed that Black folk in the US would never be treated with justice and the best plan was to return to Africa to build new states in which they could be...
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It's Not Enough to Hold Another World in Our Hearts--We Have to Make It Now

By Lara Messersmith-Glavin (February 7, 2019) Unless you are deliberately teaching your kids about race and gender and class and ability, unless you are actively countering the narratives they receive from every direction in this culture, then what you are really telling them is that racism, misogyny, heterosexism, class shaming, body shaming, and ableism are ok. Straight parents—it isn’t enough...
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I'm Not Your Blackface

By Teka Lark (January 31, 2019) I think one of the most important things to know is who you are and the second most important thing to know is who others think you are. I like to think of the world and my life as a journey, but I am aware that many people, entities, systems, view each individual as...
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The US has Avoided the Task of Anti-Black Racism

iramiBy Irami Osei-Frimpong (January 30, 2019) Heather Heyer died for going to a rally against White supremacists. She didn’t wake up that day to die. She woke up that day to go to a rally against White supremacy. But she paid the price. That’s simply what justice costs. Our unwillingness to pay that price is why we ended Reconstruction. I...
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This is Why Women Stay Silent When They Are Uncomfortable

By Elle Stanger (January 23, 2019) I asked a man to stop bothering the three women at the table across from him while they were trying to eat; he was asking about their work, clothing, and the final straw was when he asked if they wanted to date his friend or him, They were giggling and trying to shut down...
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Inclusion Isn't a Free-for-all for Bigotry: Exclusionary Feminisms and the Alt-Right

By Rachel Wagner (January 15, 2019) In one of my groups, there’s a discussion going on about whether or not it’s “exclusionary” to ban TERF and SWERF views (presumed “feminist” views that exclude trans-women and women who engage in sex work). Those “radical feminists” who wish to exclude trans women and sex workers from feminist spaces are upset that they’ve...
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Bookchin Helped Us Understand the Roots of the Ecological Crisis Today

By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (January 14, 2019) Murray Bookchin would be 98 today. Calling himself at times both a “Pleistocene Bear” and a “relic from a different age,” Murray was in many ways ahead of his time. He introduced ecology to the Left in the early sixties–before even Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring he would tireless point out–even raising climate change as...
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The Wall is a Symbol of Isolation and Racism

By Rachel Wagner (January 8, 2019) Has anyone else noticed that Trump only talks about one issue at a time, like for months? For a while it was Hillary. For a while North Korea. Healthcare for a while. There were others. Now it’s nothing but wall wall wall. This successive “single issue” approach is likely intended to just keep us...
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Surviving Misogynoir

tekaBy Teka Lark (January 8, 2019) When I have events I never have music. I don’t like music. I came of age in the 80s and 90s. I came of age when music was getting pretty mean and I knew immediately that I did not like hiphop. I didn’t like hiphop, because it seemed to specifically be talking about how...
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No Race or Gender Justice Without Class Politics

By Irami Osei-Frimpong (December 18, 2018) Race IS a deformation of class. As gender IS a deformation of class. So if you keep class politics, but don’t go after race politics, you’ve ignored all of the ways in which class politics comes in as race politics. If you go after gender and don’t go after class, you’ll have created two...
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What Does the Research Say About Black Intimate Partner Violence?

By Tommy J. Curry (December 14, 2018) Many, if not most, Black academics do not really want to solve domestic violence. Over the last few days, I have seen Black academics posting articles from Blavity, The Root, and blogs discussing domestic violence. You want to know why they post from these sources because very few Black people actually study intra-racial...
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Did Bundy Really Quit the Militia Movement?

By Jess Campbell (December 11, 2018) Ammon Bundy did not leave the militia movement. Read what he said. Read more than the headline. Even if he did leave the militia movement, he would not be a friend to any of us who are trying to build communities accountable to any standard of human dignity. He built his name off of...
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Bush 41: The Graceful and Polite Oligarch

By Marc Cooper (December 1, 2018) Good grief! I just love the way liberals –and others– are now slavishly and shamelessly canonizing Bush 41 — one of the most mediocre presidents in history. And the very embodiment of POLITE Elitist, Corporate and Oligarchic Rule. Driving home last last night I had the misfortune of tuning into MSNBC and almost driving...
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Veterans Have Fought In Wars--And Fought Against Them

File 20181105 74760 kqu38h.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1By Michael Messner (November 11, 2018) A member of Veterans for Peace marches during the annual Veterans Day parade in New York, Nov. 11, 2017. AP/Andres Kudacki Michael Messner, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences If President Donald Trump had his way, the nation would be celebrating the centennial of the World War I...
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We Once Thought the Internet Could Liberate Us

By Jason Wilson (November 9, 2018) 1. “MAGAbomber” Cesar Sayoc was an active Twitter user — he used it to spread memes and issue threats. He was well connected with other Trump supporters on the platform. 2. Tree of Life Synagogue shooter, Robert Bowers, announced his intentions on Gab, a site that was set up in response to mild and...
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The #Resistance Has No Vision

By Arun Gupta (November 8, 2018) Everyone should be deeply disturbed what happened in the election. One seasoned electoral activist told me it was “A blue wavelet with a strong red undertow.” The Democrats lost crucial Senate and gubernatorial races, made only modest gains in state legislatures, and had a middling performance in the House. This election should have been...
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Take Your Victories Where You Get Them

By Marc Cooper (November 7, 2018) I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t expecting a revolutionary seizure of power in the midterms. I was hoping that a significant step would be taken to stop forward movement by Trump. It did. Taking the House by the Dems means that Trump is a legislative lame duck for the rest of his...
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For Fellow White Women, After the 2018 Mid-terms

By Nicole Berland (November 7, 2018) To other white and white-passing women, here goes a long and potentially unpopular post: I’m stoked on many of the results from yesterday’s election, but, per usual, the returns saw the majority of white women voters cast our ballots for Republicans who legislate against women’s interests in places like Texas, Georgia, and Florida. Whether...
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We Can't "Debate" with the Cruel and Sadistic

By William J. Jackson (November 1, 2018) I’m so tired of that tacky azz saying that has gained popularity among the pompous left: “If someone disagrees with you, it doesn’t make them evil”. Fool. We ain’t talking pizza toppings. We’re talking about if a person’s life matters, the school to prison pipeline, rapist and murderous cops investigating themselves. We’re not...
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In Mourning Pittsburg, Let's Not Forget Systemic Racism and Violence

By Sean Gelles (November 1, 2018) Hopefully it’s not too soon to address some of the reactions I’ve been seeing to the tragic racist attack in Pittsburgh on October 27th. I’ve been seeing a lot of ideas expressed which are the result not of conscious reflection but of sheer panic and dread. Perhaps right now is not the time to...
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We Shouldn't Assume Birthright Citizenship is Safe

By Joe Lowndes (October 31, 2018) I’m unsure whether the question of whether Trump has the Constitutional authority to revoke birthright citizenship is the right one. Almost all legal scholars from left to right appear to agree that he doesn’t. But it also seems like whistling past the graveyard to say that this is merely a ploy to rally the...
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Vote--but then Get Organized to Beat American Fascism

By Arun Gupta (October 25, 2018) Trump is a (white) nationalist. FOX News is his ministry of propaganda. Journalists are being murdered. Transgender people may be eliminated. 13,000 children are in concentration camps. Bombs are being sent to political opponents. Brownshirts violently attack people in three cities in a week. Families fleeing violence and poverty are dubbed terrorists and criminals....
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The Context to the Honduran Migrant March

By S. Brian Willson (October 23, 2018) The massive forced flight of people from Honduras is not new; it is the legacy of US intervention in the country. Since the 2009 US-backed and Hillary-supported coup in Honduras, the post-coup regime has perpetuated a system based on disregard for human rights, impunity, corruption, repression and the influence of organized crime groups...
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