Monthly Archives: August 2017

Bibliography: Anti-racist (page 01 of 01)

This annotated bibliography is reformatted and customized by the Center for Positive Practices for the Educators website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Joaze Bernardino-Costa, Elena Papamichael, Allyson Livingstone, Radiah Harper, Sharlene Swartz, Dane Isaacs, Tianlong Yu, Michalinos Zembylas, Jaana Pesonen, and Deanna M. Blackwell.

Pesonen, Jaana (2013). Anti-Racist Strategies in Finnish Children's Literature: Physical Appearance and Language as Signifiers of National Belonging, Children's Literature in Education. This article examines anti-racist strategies employed in Finnish children's literature. The examples from four stories illustrate that certain physical characteristics and cultural markers can become strong signifiers of nationality, that is Finnishness. The characters in these stories have to cope with experiences of exclusion and loneliness before the people around them learn that difference and diversity do not change the fact that all humans are worth the same. However, the paper argues that the intended positive outcome of books with a strong anti-racist agenda threatens to be lost as heavily accentuated moral lessons often become counterproductive. The paper demonstrates some of the changes that have taken place in Finnish children's literature during the past two decades and addresses significant cultural and societal issues that affect children's everyday lives.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Literature, Racial Bias, Physical Characteristics

Zembylas, Michalinos; Papamichael, Elena (2017). Pedagogies of Discomfort and Empathy in Multicultural Teacher Education, Intercultural Education. To show the potential and limitations of pedagogies of discomfort and empathy in anti-racist and multicultural teacher education, this paper engages in an in-depth analysis of two "critical moments" that are drawn from a series of teacher workshops. The purpose of the analysis is to show how discomfort and empathy may be combined together pedagogically in the context of multicultural and antiracist teacher education. The contribution to the literature is to highlight the importance of foregrounding attention to teachers' discomfort and its pedagogical implications in multicultural teacher education.   [More]  Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Workshops, Teacher Education, Multicultural Education

Arber, Ruth (2015). Deconstructing Religious Identity, Difference, and Belonging: Implications for Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education. Increasing numbers of Australians identify with a multiplicity of religion groups or have no religious affiliation. Despite this, the representation of religious groups other than Christian–and the implications of this for anti-racist pedagogy in Australian schools–is seldom explored. This article interrogates the ways in which the most prominent of these minority religious groups (Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish) were spoken about in two Melbourne newspapers and considers the implications of this interrogation for multicultural pedagogy in globally integrated local school contexts, such as those in Australia. Methodologies of social cultural theory and critical discourse analysis (CDA) are used to investigate newspaper discussions from the different viewpoints of their experiential, systemic, and normative focus. I find that notions of religious identity described in the media are stylized in form and an almost-silent normative self-identity is defined against clichéd typologies made within a crucible of race, identity, and belonging.   [More]  Descriptors: Religion, Self Concept, Racial Bias, Discourse Analysis

Yu, Tianlong (2012). "What Is It that I Don't Know": Learning with White Teachers in Anti-Racist Education, Multicultural Education. In this article, the author shares reflections on a difficult learning journey. Tianlong Yu first describes the difficulties and resistance students demonstrated in understanding anti-racist education in general. He then shares his attempt to understand such student difficulty and resistance through an analysis of the social and educational contexts that situate and confine students. Finally, a discussion of the pedagogical efforts that were made to help students learn in anti-racist education. An emphasis on autobiographical examination was adopted which, the author believes, has great potential to assist students and teachers in the growth process.   [More]  Descriptors: Whites, Resistance (Psychology), Social Justice, Racial Bias

Blackwell, Deanna M. (2010). Sidelines and Separate Spaces: Making Education Anti-Racist for Students of Color, Race, Ethnicity and Education. The way in which anti-racist education is currently conceptualized and practiced holds very few benefits for students of color. By using whiteness theory and the politics of identity and difference, many educators have developed pedagogical interventions that are concerned with bringing white students into a consciousness about racism and white privilege, and examining the effect of racial-identity politics on classroom interactions. Their aim to cultivate an anti-oppressive educational environment for all students is undermined by their preoccupation with identity politics, whiteness and white students. Thus, in both theory and practice, students of color are often rendered invisible on the sidelines or their personal stories are used to benefit white students and white educators. Scholar-practitioners in this field have not adequately considered what counts as anti-racist education for students of color. In this paper, I tell stories about my own experiences as a black woman graduate student as a way of "talking back" to the disjunctures between pedagogical intentions and the disappointing realities of anti-racist classrooms. I identify the pedagogical obstacles that block instructors from positioning students of color as a central educational concern alongside their white classmates, and argue that anti-racist educators must reexamine their principles and practices from the standpoint of students of color. Finally, I turn to black feminist standpoint theory to discuss the importance of racially separate spaces as a pedagogical intervention that can make education anti-racist for students of color.   [More]  Descriptors: Graduate Students, Educational Environment, Personal Narratives, Minority Groups

Acosta, Melanie M.; Hudson-Vassel, Charisse; Johnson, Bridgette; Cherfrere, Gernissia; Harris, Michelle G.; Wallace, Jana; Duggins, Shaunté (2017). Beyond Awareness: Black Studies for Consciousness and Praxis in Teacher Education, Equity & Excellence in Education. Critical Studyin' is a Black Studies-inspired, morally engaged pedagogy. With roots in anti-racist teaching, it is focused on race, ideology, and education. This study explores the learning experiences and outcomes of seven, preservice educators after taking a course that was based on Critical Studyin' and offered in a College of Education at one university in the Southeastern region of the United States. Researchers employed constructivist grounded theory techniques to the analysis of semi-structured interviews and course documents. Findings highlight the development of students' critical consciousness and agency as they engaged in critical interrogation of the complex relationships among race, culture, and classroom teaching. This study highlights the potential of Black Studies as a pedagogy teacher educators can enact to orchestrate disruptive learning experiences and environments necessary for anti-racist teaching. It adds further support for culture-centered approaches in educator preparation that scaffolds preservice educators in their development of justice-oriented perspectives and practices in education.   [More]  Descriptors: Black Studies, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education

Davis, Ashley; Livingstone, Allyson (2016). Sharing the Stories of Racism in Doctoral Education: The Anti-Racism Project, Journal of Teaching in Social Work. Across-racial group of social work doctoral students engaged in an Anti-Racism Project. Through shared journaling and group discussions, participants explored and interrogated experiences of racism related to doctoral education. A thematic analysis of qualitative data surfaced several themes: experiences with racism as a doctoral student, noticing the presence of White privilege, learning to teach as an anti-racist educator, and anticipating the job market. Through critical reflection, participants identified ways that schools of social work can better support doctoral students and prepare leaders committed to promoting racial justice.   [More]  Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Racial Bias, Social Work

Lynch, Ingrid; Swartz, Sharlene; Isaacs, Dane (2017). Anti-Racist Moral Education: A Review of Approaches, Impact and Theoretical Underpinnings from 2000 to 2015, Journal of Moral Education. Racism is a moral issue and of concern for moral educators, with recent social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter highlighting how far we are from obliterating racial oppression and the unearned privilege whiteness confers. To contribute to a more formalised approach to anti-racist moral education, this article systematically reviews 15¬ years of peer-reviewed scholarship concerned with anti-racist education, to establish the definitions and aims of anti-racist education drawn on, the theoretical frameworks underpinning these, the methods used in education efforts, and their intended impact. It also considers the geo-political aspects of knowledge production in the field, such as author country location and implementation context of empirical studies. It concludes with implications for moral education in classroom and community contexts and advocates for anti-racist moral education that comprise three interconnected components–making visible systemic oppression (visibilising), recognising personal complicity in oppression through unearned privilege (recognising) and developing strategies to transform structural inequalities (strategising).   [More]  Descriptors: Racial Bias, Multicultural Education, Moral Development, Literature Reviews

Rampal, Michelle (2015). Practical Pluralism: Toward Anti-Racist Competencies in Music Educators, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education. The specialized curricula of music education degree programs afford relatively few opportunities to cultivate educators' abilities to recognize, acknowledge, and incorporate students' multiple lived realities within the music classroom. This is especially problematic in an age where public schools serve an increasingly diverse population of students. While many researchers are challenging established curricula and traditional music education practices, arguments stop short of outlining specific competencies that may be helpful for music educators to acquire. This paper examines and synthesizes literature between domains of educational sociology and music education in an effort to introduce anti-racist pedagogy into a music education setting. Through these efforts, I propose music educators consider adopting anti-racist competencies that could engage and promote the unique identities of all students in their classrooms. In doing so, music educators can assume a powerful role in shaping school culture, providing a space to explore the intersections of culture, power, and identity.   [More]  Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Cultural Pluralism, Racial Bias

Bernardino-Costa, Joaze; De Carli Blackman, Ana Elisa (2017). Affirmative Action in Brazil and Building an Anti-Racist University, Race, Ethnicity and Education. This article highlights the black movement's centrality to building anti-racist universities in Brazil. It examines the questioning of the racial democracy myth within Brazilian universities as well as in the Brazilian mainstream media since the beginning of the new millennium. This debate was referred to the Supreme Court, which affirmed the constitutionality of racially oriented affirmative action measures. After the Supreme Court pronouncement, the Federal Government approved Law 12.711/2012 that instituted affirmative action within every federal university in the country. Even if it seems to be a victory in the anti-racist struggle, in this new law the racial dimension is a category tagging along behind that of social class. Considering that, the article concludes by calling for the need to redeem the original meaning of the debate, namely the anti-racist struggle.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Blacks, Social Justice, Affirmative Action

Da Costa, Alexandre Emboaba (2016). The Significance of Post-Racial Ideology, Black Political Struggle, and Racial Literacy for Brazilian Anti-Racist Education Policy, Policy Futures in Education. This paper furthers current analysis of anti-racist, critical multicultural, and decolonial educational reforms in Brazil through a focus on the significant role played by post-racial ideology, black politics, and racial literacy in policy design and implementation. The paper first details the ways in which post-racial commonsense and anti-black racism have been central to the Brazilian social formation and continue to constitute crucial obstacles to fundamentally reshaping the curriculum, educational institutions, educators' racial literacy, and classroom pedagogies. The article then contends that understanding the politics of race and education in Brazil necessitates acknowledging emergent anti-racist policies and discourses as the product of decades of black political struggle by activists, educators, and community organizations to make racism and racial inequality public issues. In this way, the policy documents and discourses shaping recent educational reforms in Brazil should be understood as political interventions within a particular historical conjuncture and racial formation. Such an analysis reveals contemporary black Brazilian efforts in education as mobilizations that go beyond a "politics of identity," recognition and apolitical multiculturalism and towards building more transformative anti-racist and decolonial proposals that directly challenge the nature and effects of anti-black racism in society.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Ideology

Zembylas, Michalinos (2015). Rethinking Race and Racism as "Technologies of Affect": Theorizing the Implications for Anti-Racist Politics and Practice in Education, Race, Ethnicity and Education. This article draws on the concept of race and racism as "technologies of affect" to think with some of the interventions and arguments of critical affect studies. The author suggests that critical affect theories enable the theorization of race and racism as affective modes of being that recognize the historically specific assemblages which are practiced in schools and the society. It is also argued that rethinking race and racism as technologies of affect, a vision of anti-racist politics and practice in education can be formed in ways that go beyond recognition or resistance, but rather attend to the production of pedagogical spaces and practices that create ways of living differently. The education implications of this idea are discussed in relation to how teachers and teacher educators can begin not only to analyze the affective mobilizations of race and racism, but also to engage in political struggles that harness the affective forces of anti-racist action in everyday life.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Racial Bias, Critical Theory, Race

Whitten, Amanda; Sethna, Christabelle (2014). What's Missing? Anti-Racist Sex Education!, Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning. Contemporary sexual health curricula in Canada include information about sexual diversity and queer identities, but what remains missing is any explicit discussion of anti-racist sex education. Although there exists federal and provincial support for multiculturalism and anti-racism in schools, contemporary Canadian sex education omits crucial anti-racist work, and foundational anti-racist education frameworks are silent about the sex education curriculum. To show how race is discussed in sex education, a content analysis based on a keyword search of Ontario public secondary school health provincial curricula and federal sex education policy was conducted. English language curricula created within the same nine-year range (1999-2008) were selected from Ontario and Canada to maximise the congruency of politics and country of origin. Content analysis findings point to major deficiencies and provide the basis for future anti-racist sex education policy recommendations. As anti-racism critically examines the institution of education, and sexual health curricula are an increasingly politicised example of potentially transformative education, anti-racism must be incorporated into future sex education work.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sex Education, Social Justice, Racial Bias

Harper, Radiah; Hendrick, Keonna (2017). Doing the Work: A Discussion on Visioning and Realizing Racial Equity in Museums, Journal of Museum Education. As museum educators move forward to promote racial and cultural equity in the field, it will be critical to consult those who have been doing this work to learn from their experiences. In this discussion, Radiah Harper and Keonna Hendrick reflect on Ms. Harper's experience advocating for racial and cultural inclusion in museum education, while considering the tools museum educators will need to employ to make immediate and long-term changes in their practice and institutions to support anti-racist work.   [More]  Descriptors: Museums, Nonschool Educational Programs, Advocacy, Inclusion

Hornung, Rebecca (2012). Whiteness in Social Work Education Authentic White Allies, ProQuest LLC. This dissertation is guided by the following questions: How do People of Color define and experience White people as "authentic" allies? What does a White ally look like to People of Color? How do White allies view themselves as "authentic" White allies? What experiences lead White people to anti-racism and anti-racist praxis? How do White people translate what they know about racism into an active and courageous anti-racist praxis in their own lives? What kinds of educational experiences in the social work classroom might foster or hinder students from learning how to translate anti-racist knowledge into anti-racist praxis? Using narrative methods, I explore some of the answers to these questions. Findings from this study offer ways to design deeper and more meaningful social work/social justice pedagogy that will better prepare social workers to be active, anti-racist practitioners and allies in all aspects of their work. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.%5D   [More]  Descriptors: Social Work, Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Minority Group Students

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counterpunch.org: Three Steps to Restore Our Democracy 2017-08-14 In a democracy, the people rule through representative government. Yet in our last federal election 40% of eligible U.S. voters chose not to cast their ballots. Such opting out by citizens should come as no surprise given the systemic flaws that breed skepticism and distrust. Do we have a democracy in America when corporations, billionaires,

Detroit Metro Times: ICYMI: Expert on Detroit's 'illegal foreclosures' featured on 'Democracy Now' 2017-08-10 Michael Jackman | | | | |: If we've been talking about Bernadette Atuahene a lot recently, it's because the researcher has uncovered a pattern of inflated assessments and just-out-of-reach exemptions now…

counterpunch.org: Why I Cannot be a Zionist: an Open Letter to Emmanuel Macron 2017-08-11 As I began reading your speech on the commemoration of the Vel d'Hiv round-up, I felt grateful toward you. Indeed, in the light of the long tradition of political leaders, both Left and Right, past and present, who have denied France's participation and responsibility in the deportation of Jewish-origin people to the death camps, I

Truth-Out: When It Comes to Police Brutality, Trump Preaches What Sessions Practices 2017-08-09 Ebony Slaughter-Johnson |: In a recent speech, President Trump encouraged police brutality. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is creating the conditions to make it happen.

Truth-Out: Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Under Investigation for Trumpcare Threat 2017-08-15 s.e. smith |: Zinke suggested Alaska might come to regret voting against Trumpcare.

The Ledger: Shapiro: Why the Left protects Islam 2017-08-02 Ben Shapiro Creators Syndicate |: Richard Dawkins is no friend to conservatives. | The atheist author has spent much of his life deriding Judaism and Christianity. He once stated, An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf. Dawkins says that even moderate religious people make the world safe for extremists.

counterpunch.org: Gone Are the Ties That Bind: We All Live in a Cut-and-Paste World 2017-08-14 Business is the main driver of social change in the current period, and flexibility and agility are today's catchwords, taking precedence over continuity. The marketplace puts a premium on short term relations in business since they favor the bottom line.

rabble.ca: When Trump threatens nuclear war, we need to take him seriously 2017-08-13 President Donald Trump threatened nuclear war this week, just six months into his presidency. Speaking from his luxury golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump warned: North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.

Truth-Out: On Guam, Resistance Grows to US Military Presence as North Korea Threatens Missiles Off Island's Coast 2017-08-11 Amy Goodman |: Advocates for Guam discuss escalating tensions.

counterpunch.org: Trump's "Fire and Fury" Wouldn't Be the First for North Korea 2017-08-11 Leave it to Donald Trump to threaten to rain "fire and fury" on the North Korean people the same week the world observed the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. government's vindictive atomic bombings of Japanese civilians. In case anyone missed the message, Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis warned that the Kim Jong-un regime's actions

Kankakee Daily Journal: Why the Left protects Islam 2017-07-29 |: Richard Dawkins is no friend to conservatives. The atheist author has spent much of his life deriding Judaism and Christianity.

counterpunch.org: The Obvious Frame-up of Zach Randolph 2017-08-14 NBA star Zach Randolph, 36, was arrested in Watts August 9 "on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman." So said the NY Times account of the arrest. The charges are preposterous on their face. Zach Randolph, who just signed a $24 million contract with the Sacramento

Truth-Out: Is Foxconn a Fantasy? The High Cost of Bringing Manufacturing Jobs to Wisconsin 2017-08-11 Sarah Newell |: Who are the real winners of Foxconn's investment in Wisconsin?

Truth-Out: Ten Years After Financial Crisis, Our Elites Have Learned Nothing 2017-08-14 Dean Baker |: Turning the story of the housing bubble into a story about the financial crisis is an effort to make issues that are quite simple seem very complicated.

counterpunch.org: Donald's Fury and North Korea's Fire 2017-08-11 "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." President Donald Trump, August 8, 2017 So: the day after . . . . "The Korean People's Army strategic force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping

Huffington Post Canada: Free Speech Means Allowing All Ideas A Place In Our Society 2017-07-28 It is only then that we can have thoughtful, rational conversation and debate to determine a universal truth that we can all live by.

counterpunch.org: Trump Versus the Venezuelan Revolution 2017-08-14 Trump's threats against Venezuela escalated recently from the economic to the military: after announcing sanctions he threatened that all military options were "on the table." Trump's actions were perfectly timed to lend support to the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, whose ongoing violent rebellion aims to topple the government of democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.

counterpunch.org: Why Israel and Saudi Arabia are United Against Al Jazeera 2017-08-14 When Qatar's Al Jazeera satellite channel has both the Saudis and the Israelis demanding its closure, it must be doing something right. To bring Saudi head-choppers and Israeli occupiers into alliance is, after all, something of an achievement. But don't get too romantic about this. When the wealthiest Saudis fall ill, they have been known

counterpunch.org: Does It Really Matter If Netanyahu Ends Up Behind Bars? 2017-08-11 "Background noise," was the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the decision of his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, to become a state witness. The following day, the prime minister's press officer declared-for the hundredth time-that "Nothing will happen, because nothing happened." Despite the relentless effort to paint a business-as-usual atmosphere, this time

counterpunch.org: How Capitalist Central Banks Have Been Creating the Next Financial Crisis 2017-08-11 As central bankers, finance ministers, and government policy makers head off to their annual gathering at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this August, 24-26, 2017, the key topic is whether the leading central banks in North America and Europe will continue to raise interest rates this year; another topic high on the agenda is when the three

counterpunch.org: Religion: a Source of Solidarity or Division? 2017-08-15 Religion is commonly seen as a positive force, and it is for countless people. As a hospital chaplain, I witnessed many people whose faith provided comfort, strength and connectedness in the face of illness, injury and death. Religious belief is certainly a source of empowerment and community for all kinds of people. But much of

Press Sun-Bulletin: Don't let Trump start a nuclear war 2017-08-12 President Donald Trump threatened nuclear war this week, just six months into his presidency. | Speaking from his luxury golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump warned: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

counterpunch.org: Venezuela Agonisties 2017-08-14 It is truly heartbreaking to watch what is occurring in Venezuela. After the calamity has swept through, the history of events will be explained by a narrative that mostly will be wrong. All kinds of things will be blamed: socialism, communism, capitalism, Chavezism, and a host of other misdiagnoses. The combination of actual causes will

Truth-Out: Economic Update: Faith and Labor Fight Inequality 2017-08-15 Richard D. Wolff |: How faith and labor could undo inequality and more.

counterpunch.org: Despite Media's Claims, North Korea Can't Strike Continental US 2017-08-15 Last month, North Korea conducted two missile tests that were designed to demonstrate that the isolated country had achieved a major advancement in its missile technology. North Korea's missile tests on July 3 and July 28 were immediately declared by the mainstream press to be successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which puts part or all of the US in range of a strike. Hawkish "experts"

counterpunch.org: The Tempest of American Power 2017-08-11 In Shakespeare's late masterpiece, The Tempest, Antonio proposes murdering Alonso, the King of Naples, and seizing the throne. He remarks that he and his co-conspirator, Alonso's son Sebastian, had been, cast again (And by that destiny) to perform an act Wherof what's past is prologue; what's to come, In yours and my discharge. (The Tempest

counterpunch.org: 'Bernie Bros' and 'Alt-Left' Are Propaganda Terms Meant to Disempower 2017-08-15 The 2016 Presidential Primaries ended more than a year ago, but the divisive and destructive rhetoric that was developed during it remains prevalent. During the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the Bernie Bros narrative, a resurfacing of the Obama Boys narrative used during the 2008 Primaries by Clinton supporters, became a novelty for political opponents of Bernie Sanders. It served as

Truth-Out: I Grew Up in Tom Price's District: The Sex Ed He Promotes Is Dangerous 2017-08-14 Anusha Ravi |: When it comes to pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and domestic and sexual violence, luck and privilege shouldn't be what we rely on.

Truth-Out: Donald Trump's Slander Against Syrian Refugees 2017-08-13 Mark Karlin |: A new book presents Syrian refugees' testimonials.

counterpunch.org: Venezuela: Target of Economic Warfare 2017-08-11 Most people are horrified to watch Venezuela seemingly on the verge of outright civil war, or worse, an invasion by U.S. military forces. The death toll continues to rise in the violent street protests led by the right-wing opposition, following the July 30 vote on a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution. U.S. President Donald

Truth-Out: We Need a Mass Movement to Prevent Nuclear Conflict in the Korean Peninsula 2017-08-10 Simone Chun |: Let's mobilize to stop Trump's moves toward war.

counterpunch.org: 'The Palestine Exception': War on BDS is now a War on American Democracy 2017-08-11 There is something immoral in Washington D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy. The US government is declaring war on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The fight to defeat BDS has been ongoing for several years, but most notably since 2014. Since

Truth-Out: White Supremacy in the Age of Trump 2017-08-15 Keri Leigh Merritt |: Never forget that the US has a long history of upper-class whites using racism to their advantage.

New York Magazine: A Week of Reckoning 2017-07-28 Consider the violence the president has done to the structures of American democracy in just the past seven days.

counterpunch.org: Dispelling Nostalgic Nationalist Myths 2017-08-15 Historically, the Partition of 1947 fragmented the writing community by redistributing its members into two separate territorial nations. One of the significant consequences of the Partition was the migration of Urdu writers of Muslim origin to Pakistan. So the chime of Independence was, as Aijaz Ahmad observes, "experienced the whole range of Urdu literature of

counterpunch.org: Overcoming Nuclear Crises 2017-08-11 Prefatory Note This jointly authored essay was initially published in The Hill on May 30, 2017 under the title, "Averting the Ticking Time Bomb of Nukes in North Korea." We did not choose such a title that is doubly misleading: our contention is not that North Korea is the core of the problem, but rather

Truth-Out: Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities and Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Levels 2017-08-15 Amy Goodman and Juan González |: Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses reparations after Charlottesville.

counterpunch.org: Fascism Here We Come: the Rise of the Reactionary Right and the Collapse of 'The Left' 2017-08-15 The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over this last weekend is an important moment in American politics, symbolizing the ascendance of the reactionary right and showcasing the dangers of its toxic assault on democracy, equality, and the rule of law. News outlets on early Sunday reported that one person was killed on August 12th

counterpunch.org: Capitalism and Its Discontents: What Are We Living For? 2017-08-11 "Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should also remain silent about fascism?" -Max Horkheimer, from the essay "The Jews and Europe", December 1939 Aren't we all tired of capitalism? Haven't most of us gotten sick of the drudgery, the monotony, the exploitation, sucking up to our bosses and management who pretend to care

Truth-Out: Eleven Steps for States to Rein in Health Care Costs While Building Toward Single-Payer 2017-08-11 Steven Rosenfeld |: The biggest cost drivers are drug prices and the medical billing industrial complex.

Patheos: The Briefing: Dawkins' Free Speech, Chinese Atheism, and New York's Judges of Love 2017-08-07 Christian Podcast Central: I'm Albert Mohler and this is The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview. | Today we're going to find out why atheist Richard Dawkins was disinvited from an event with a California radio station, why the Chinese Communist Party is so determined that communists be atheists, and why a group of retired New York State judges has formed itself as judges for love.

Patheos: 'Why Is It Fine to Criticize Christianity But Not Islam?' 2017-07-28 Cranach: New Atheist Richard Dawkins, banned from Berkeley for offending Muslims, asks, Why am I allowed to criticize Christianity but not Islam?

counterpunch.org: Holocausts R Us 2017-08-15 Late last century, I spent a few years teaching what is quaintly called 'Social Studies' at a small private high school in Southern California. High school subject matter is ordained by the State and is organized by grade: thus tenth grade is World History and eleventh is American History.

Truth-Out: Tar Sands Pipeline Companies Oversee Hundreds of Oil Spills 2017-08-12 Tim Donaghy and Lawrence Carter |: Companies behind proposed pipelines have spilled 63,000 barrels.

AlterNet: Don't Privatize the Afghan WaróJust End It 2017-08-15 Trump's mercenary supporter Erik Prince has a self-serving proposal for Afghanistan. It must be condemned and rejected. Erik Prince, the notorious founder of the military contracting company formerly known as Blackwater, has been making the rounds of media outlets to promote his idea for privatizing the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Prince, whose company was renamed Academi, and who now chairs a Chinese-owned company named Frontier Services…

counterpunch.org: Social Justice Quiz 2017: Children — Ten Questions 2017-08-15 Question One. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 14.8 percent or 46 million people are living in poverty in the US. How many of those people living in poverty are children? 1/ 4 million 2/ 8 million 3/ 12 million 4/ 14 million Question Two. What percentage of children live in a poor family in

The Daily Banter: 56% of Republicans are Ready to Suspend the 2020 Elections 2017-08-10 The only thing shocking about this number is that it's so low.

counterpunch.org: India Celebrates Democracy, Kashmir Cries Hypocrisy 2017-08-15 India wants to reap the benefits of Islamophobia from which the world is suffering. the Indian government has to reconcile its own people to body bags coming from Kashmir. If the Indian people were told the truth that Kashmiris don't want to be with India, and the struggle here is sustained by them primarily. the

counterpunch.org: Racism and Capitalism: the Barriers to Decent Health Care 2017-08-15 Most discussions assessing the effects of racism on health attempt to suggest solutions, ranging from combatting provider bias, to changing the insurance system, to reducing income inequality. However, we should start by asking a fundamental question: Is it possible to erase the inequalities and deficiencies in health and health care in our capitalist system? Is

counterpunch.org: The De-Putin-Nazification of America 2017-08-11 Sometime circa late July, as the hundreds of thousands of de facto vassals that cater to the needs of New York City's simulated aristocracy were navigating the sweltering hell that subway system has recently become, approximately one hundred miles to the east, deep in the heart of Resistance territory, where villas rent for up to a

legal Insurrection: Far left uses 'intersectionality' to defend indefensible Islamism 2017-08-09 Andrew Sullivan on far leftists: "anything that is predominantly 'of color' is preferable to anything, like Judaism and Christianity, that can usually be described as 'white'" | We are seeing this strange far left love affair with Islamism in many places, all under the banner of intersectionality.

The Objective Standard: Richard Dawkins, KPFA, and the Illiberal, Un-American Left 2017-08-02 Treating ideas as beyond criticism is anti-liberal, and shaming people—such as Dawkins—for identifying evils inherent in Islam is un-American.

counterpunch.org: The Practical Libertarian's Case for Single Payer Healthcare 2017-08-14 This year, there have been serious discussions about healthcare policy in America. The Republicans' attempt to repeal Obamacare generated much backlash. The images of disability activists protesting in Congress circulated the world. For many foreigners, it's a surprise that the richest country in the world doesn't have any form of universal healthcare. In fact, many

New York Daily News: The story of Nelson Rockefeller's death and the spin that kept the (sexy) truth out of the headlines 2017-08-14 Nelson Rockefeller had met a 22-year-old reporter named Megan Marshack, who seemed to have won his interest by plying him with cookies.

Truth-Out: Is Provoking a Nuclear War With North Korea Grounds for Impeachment? 2017-08-09 Amy Goodman |: Allan Nairn discusses US-North Korea tensions.

counterpunch.org: Bakke, Fisher, Sessions, and the Future of Affirmative Action 2017-08-14 To fully understand the actions of the Trump administration vis-a-vis affirmative action in college admissions, two legal cases need to be considered. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the University of California v. Bakke that while affirmative action was legal as a way to address racial segregation in higher education, a quota that set aside

Berkeleyside: Opinion: Canceling Richard Dawkins' talk violates KPFA's claim to 'free speech radio' 2017-08-02 KPFA has taken Dawkins' comment about Islam out of context; he is critical of all religions. Despite KPFA's mistake, the author will continue to support the radio station. | Marg Hall is a Berkeley resident, a former student of theology, a lifelong progressive activist and, despite everything, a supporter of KPFA. | When KPFA canceled their scheduled benefit speech by Richard Dawkins, I was deeply unsettled. Why the intense reaction?

counterpunch.org: Fire and Fury: Six Places the US Could Invade That Aren't North Korea 2017-08-15 Historians rarely like to predict the future. Nobody likes to be proven wrong, and saying I told you so is often cold comfort. But with mainstream media outlets in hysterics over the imminent threat of war in the Western Pacific, a little perspective would not go astray right now. The US is not about to invade North Korea.

counterpunch.org: A Dangerous Nuclear Ignorance 2017-08-15 Michael Shermer's recent piece in Scientific American recalls the "necessity" of using atomic weapons against Japan and makes comparison to the current US-North Korea conflict. Rather than actually examine the roots of this conflict and the moral issues surrounding nuclear issues today, Shermer reduces Korea to four sentences and spends the remainder of the article

Inquirer.net: AFP chief says Maute Group acknowledged by Islamic State 2017-05-26 Frances Mangosing | |: Gen. Eduardo Año, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)

Entrepreneur: Why an Anonymous Messaging App Might Land you in Trouble 2017-08-11 Many people don't take criticism positively and that'

counterpunch.org: Bluefin Tuna at the Brink 2017-08-14 Bluefin tuna at 3%, that's it! Pacific bluefin tuna has unique worldwide status as one of the most awe-inspiring remarkable creatures on the planet. They grow to 12 feet and 1,500 pounds and live up to 35 years whilst swimming super-fast, crossing the entire ocean in 21 days. They are the essence of nature's wonderful

Truth-Out: London's "Land Banking" Ventures Expose Startling Wealth Inequality 2017-08-10 Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead |: No place is feeling the bite of the UK housing crisis quite as savagely as London.

counterpunch.org: Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville 2017-08-15 1. Let's start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and much appreciated. That people can watch TV news about Charlottesville, remember that I live in Charlottesville, and

Truth-Out: The US Military's Bloody "Successes" : Training Foreign Militaries to Start Coups 2017-08-10 Nick Turse |: US-trained foreign military officers are often found to have committed human rights abuses.

counterpunch.org: Anyone But Bibi: the Corruption of Netanyahu 2017-08-14 The vultures are circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting for his end. So are the human carnivores — the politicians. They sing his praises, swear to defend him with all their heart — but in their heads they are already calculating who might be his successor. Each of

Truth-Out: Pentagon Ready for 'Full Range' of Options, Despite South Korea Pleas to Rule Out War 2017-08-15 Sam Knight |: The president of South Korea urges peace.

Truth-Out: Republicans Consider Relaxing Constraints on Telecom Giants 2017-08-11 Sam Knight |: This is a move to reclassify mobile internet access.

Truth-Out: Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism 2017-08-14 Amy Goodman |: Brandy Gonzalez, who survived the car rampage, weighs in on the weekend event.

counterpunch.org: Education and Ideology 2017-08-14 Education is one of those words that has a positive connotation for almost everyone – usually generating a warm and fuzzy feeling that suggests a richer and brighter future. But that is just an idealization of the concept. As I have stated before, as far as the state is concerned, education has two major purposes: to

Truth-Out: When All the World's a War — And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers 2017-08-15 Rebecca Gordon |: When we declare war we limit our understanding.

counterpunch.org: The Terrorism of Moral Indignation 2017-08-11 To be sure, the whole of Western culture is complicit, but what astounds is the complicity of what defines itself as left. Notably, the complicity of those among the left's comfortable and intellectual "tendencies," usually called "liberals." But in general, a whole language has vanished from the Western left's vocabulary: class struggle, international solidarity, peace among peoples, social justice, exploitation, poverty.

counterpunch.org: Trump & Sex: From Up-Market Hedonist to Down-Market Moralist 2017-08-11 President Donald Trump's July 26th Tweets calling for the reinstatement of the ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military caught many by surprise. Over a period of 13 minutes, he proclaimed: After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow .Transgender individuals

Express.co.uk: If it doesn't offend somebody it's not free speech, says FERGUS KELLY 2017-08-03 Fergus Kelly |: PROFESSOR Richard Dawkins divides opinion. Lots of people delight in his clinical dismissal of a belief in God.

Sunbury Daily Item: Challenging Richard Dawkins 2017-08-04 Kerry Walters Faith Matters |: Celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins was back in the news recently when public radio station KPFA in Berkeley, CA, cancelled an interview with him.

counterpunch.org: White Skin Privilege 2017-08-14 White privilege is a thing. It's just not the same thing the corporate Democrats use to boss us around with. The concept of white privilege was not invented by some liberal university professors. In fact, the concept of white privilege was created by a white man: a radical activist and historian who barely attended college.

Christian Daily: Berkeley radio station scraps Richard Dawkins event over 'abusive' Islam comments 2017-07-30 A radio station in Berkeley, California, has canceled renowned atheist Richard Dawkins' speaking engagement to promote his latest book on Aug. 9 over an "abusive" comment on Islam which caused a stir among the public.

counterpunch.org: Eye-Gouging and Redneck Punching: White Privilege From Calhoun to Trump 2017-08-11 The oft-misrepresented "working class white" and the much mythologized "hillbilly"ódifferent groups linked culturally due to their mutual associations with economically-insecure whitenessóhave taken hard hits of late. This new flurry of blows arrived during last November's alleged "Rust Belt Rebellion" that led to the election of Donald Trump, as well as J. D. Vance's diagnosis of

MENAFN.COM: No-platforming Richard Dawkins: how a US radio station stuck its head in the sand 2017-08-10 MENAFN |: A notoriously vocal critic of religion and the author of, Dawkins' invite was rescinded because,, his comments on Twitter and elsewhere had 'offended and hurt… so many people' in relation to their religious identity.

Patheos: Richard Dawkins' Canceled Event in Berkeley Has Been Rescheduled Nearby 2017-07-27 Friendly Atheist: Days after a Berkeley (CA) radio station canceled an event with him for daring to criticize Islam the same way he criticizes Christianity, Richard Dawkins has found a new venue to talk about his forthcoming book Science in the Soul.

counterpunch.org: The Rise of Neoliberal Culture and the Making of an Indecent State and Society 2017-08-11 Maybe it was in the 1990s and the chaos of Somalia when the notion of "failed-states" made its way into the headlines. Somalia's public institutions collapsed under the turmoil of corruption and warlords competing for turf and power. Any semblance of social justice withered under the horrors of civil conflict and exploitation. The criteria associated

counterpunch.org: The Clintons, Trump and White Backlash 2017-08-11 In the mid-1980s Klan leader, White nationalist and one-term Representative from Louisiana David Duke traded in his KKK garb for a business suit and a corporate haircut in order to merge his version of White nationalism with then resurgent capitalism. Neoliberalism links a malleable conception of freedom as what those with social power want to circular social apologetics.

Berkeleyside: Opinion: KPFA should not have canceled Richard Dawkins' speech 2017-08-02 Dawkins' criticism of religion in general and Islam, in particular, is rational and measured. Don't censor him; let the public hear and question him. | Adam DeAvilan is a Berkeley resident and a middle school teacher in Oakland. | I am quite disappointed and concerned that Richard Dawkins was disinvited from speaking at the KPFA event that was to be held Aug. 9 in Berkeley. My partner and I were looking forward to attending.

Green Left Weekly: Charlottesville survivor: 'There's no doubt this was terrorism' 2017-08-15 Democracy Now!'s show on August 14 takes an in-depth look at the Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 that erupted into violence, resulting in three deaths. After a torchlit march of hundreds on the University of Virginia campus, more than 1000 white nationalists descended on the city on August 11 to oppose a plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Truth-Out: When Deportation Is a Death Sentence: One Domestic Worker's Fight for Survival 2017-08-13 Sheila Bapat |: Reina Gomez needs to be in the US to live; the US needs her labor.

counterpunch.org: Argument as Life: Notes on My Father 2017-08-11 As my plane climbed into the sky over Portland on its way to Indianapolis, the pilot tilted the jet so that we could all get an Instagram-perfect view down on our local volcano and I flashed back to an afternoon in 1992 when my mother, Doreen, and father, TH St. Clair, had made one of

counterpunch.org: Trump's End 2017-08-11 "He's not going anywhere." — Michael Moore Some are hopefully expecting the Trump Days to end before he tweets us into a nuclear blitz with North Korea. President Trump's declaration that "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States" of course resulted in another threat from North Korea. The New York

counterpunch.org: Fascists Fall for Trump, Their Nazi Dream Date 2017-08-14 The Metroplex was a beautiful abandoned building turned into a thriving punk rock club and the de facto Island of Misfit Toys in the 1980s. I saw shows there by the Dead Kennedys, the Circle Jerks and a million others (including, oddly, Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones). I did my first interview with a

counterpunch.org: Minority Rule in Trump's America 2017-08-11 Donald Trump's slogan "America First" is vile; it smacks of nativism and appeals to the insularity and anti-intellectualism of an appallingly large segment of the public. It has always been clear too that Trump's eagerness to get along with Russia stems from more than common sense; that it involves some sort of cover up of

counterpunch.org: Whether India or Elsewhere, to Give up Is to Give In: To Give in Would Be to Let Them Win 2017-08-14 It would be easy to say, "fuck India." It is easy to say, "fuck India." Fuck the whole squalid scene of humanity crawling through its own sludge. From Theni, across the southern belt with its searing heat, with its endless advertisements for cement across to Madurai and beyond. Yes, the multi-billion-rupee cement industry hellbent on

counterpunch.org: Name the System: Some Semi-Random Summer Reflections 2017-08-11 Every once and awhile a moment of political insight breaks out on the "P"BS NewsHour — a de facto outpost of Wall Street's think-tank the Council on Foreign Relations. One such instant occurred two nights with the following dialogue between Weekend "NewsHour" host Hari Sreenivasan and the show's special correspondent Jeff Greenfield.

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