Vantage Point by Dr. Daniels
An Inside Outside Strategy Toward A Third Force in American Politics, The final Essay in a Series of Three on the Impact and Consequences of the 2016 Presidential Election.
The season of resistance to “eradicate the virus of Trumpism” is unfolding with a fury. The Women’s March on Washington may well be remembered as one of the great moments of resistance and calls for transformation in American history. And, Trump’s ill-conceived and awkwardly rolled-out, Islamophobic ban on Muslims was met with massive demonstrations at airports and seats of government across the country and the world. Protesters have also filled the halls of Congress, disrupting hearings of the likes of Jeff Sessions...
VIEW ALL VANTAGE POINTS
By: Daniel Peterson - The inequity of opportunity attacks Black America perhaps even more seriously now, given its extremes than the economic reality which encouraged Dr. King to shift the focus of his movement from civil rights to economic justice, as omitted in his last, tragically sterilized effort to organize a “Poor People’s Campaign.”Read More
By Sophia A. McClennen A powerful new film confronts our country's racism past and present - About two years ago April Reign decided to encapsulate her frustration at yet another slate of white Academy Award nominees by launching the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The hashtag turned into a rallying cry for increased diversity not just in Oscar nominations but throughout the film industry.Read More
Dr. Maulana Karenga
There is an increasing sense among those most thoughtful and active among us that the important issues raised and the struggle rightfully waged against the tragedy and catastrophe we call Trump, marginalizes and misses the major issues that define and…Read More
Walter L. Fields Jr.
b Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition at work Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed The first step toward recovery is acknowledging you have a problem. So, in the aftermath of the…Read More
Rev. Jesse Jackson
By Rev. Jesse Jackson, Chicago Sun-Times Confirmation hearings for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, named by Donald Trump to be attorney general of the United States, will begin on Jan. 10, before Trump is even inaugurated. The rush and insistence on only two days of hearings reflect Republican efforts to cram the nomination through before Americans understand what is at stake.Read More
By Basil Wilson, Carib News - When Barack Obama was elected to the Presidency in 2008, there was some evidence that America had entered into a post-racial zone. But the election of Obama in 2008 and 2012 was only part of what was occurring in America. At the same time that the Democratic Party...Read More
I usually don’t pay much attention to the Academy Awards unless African American actors are nominated and win or unless African American themed films have an opportunity. This year, I am paying much attention, what with Fences, Hidden Figures, and Moonlight among the nominees for Best Picture, and with Denzel Washington (Fences), Ruth Negga (Loving), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) up for best actor/actress or supporting actor/actress roles. To be sure, I think that there should have been more nominations for Hidden Figures, and that Denzel should have been nominated for a directing award. But we all know the Academy “ain’t fair”. Let’s see what the outcomes are.Read More
By Barbara Krauthamer - In the 19th century, slaveholders advertised widely for runaway slaves and often hired men to track and capture fugitives. African-American communities offered sanctuary space to the runaways.Read More
By Kathy Roberts Forde and Bryan Bowman
The US criminal justice system is riven by racial disparity. The Obama administration pursued a plan to reform it. An entire news organization, The Marshall Project, was launched in late 2014 to cover it. Organizations like Black Lives Matter and The Sentencing Project are dedicated to unmaking a system that unjustly targets people of color...
By The Shutdown Collective
In the weeks immediately after Donald Trump won the presidential election, many people expressed serious concern about the content of his policies and platform. This isn't surprising. Having lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million...
By Flint Taylor, Truthout On the heels of the much ballyhooed meeting that an obsequious Donald Trump conducted this week with local law enforcement officials from across the country, the president titillated the gendarmes with a threat to destroy...Read More
By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout
For the part 40 years or so, neoliberalism has reigned supreme over much of the western capitalist world, producing unparalleled wealth accumulation levels for a handful of individuals and global corporations while the rest of society has been asked to swallow austerity...
Angela Davis Watch the full speech by Angela Davis at the Women’s March on Washington. “Over the next months and years, we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice, to become more militant in our defense…Read More
By Daina Ramey Berry Chapter 3: Adolescence, Young Adulthood, and Soul Values Average Appraised Values: Females: $517 ($15,189 in 2014); Males: $610 ($17,934 in 2014) Average Sale Prices: Females: $515 ($15,131 in 2014); Males: $662 ($19,447 in 2014) They abolished…Read More
By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor ‘The movement to resist Trump will have to be a mass movement, and mass movements aren’t homogeneous.’ Photograph: Patsy Lynch/Rex/Shutterstock Above Photo: ‘The movement to resist Trump will have to be a mass movement, and mass movements…Read More
A National Sanctuary Campaign Is Rising to Defy Trump’s Nightmare White Supremacist, Xenophobic Agenda
By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet Defying a multi-pronged assault from the Trump adminstration, Black, Latinx and migrant organizations gathered inside Chicago’s city hall on Thursday to demand that officials expand existing sanctuary policies so that they materially defend the safety…Read More
By Brandon Capece (Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs) With the confirmation of former CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson to the office of secretary of state, the Trump administration is poised to relive the mistakes of the Reagan…Read More
Jason Johnson Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images I don’t believe in assigning President Trump silly nicknames. There is no combination of orange, hand, marigold or pumpkin jokes or references that either makes me chuckle or truly demonstrates who or what…Read More
By Mark T. Harris An Inauguration Day protest at Westlake Park in Seattle, Washington. (Photo: derek.simeone/flickr/cc) As someone once said, a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth puts its boots on. In the 2016 presidential election,…Read More
By Kelly Hayes Activist Kelly Hayes speaks at the Women’s March in Chicago, Illinois, on January 21, 2017. (Photo: Aaron Cynic) Activist Kelly Hayes speaks at the Women’s March in Chicago, Illinois, on January 21, 2017. (Photo: Aaron Cynic) I…Read More
By Tom Boggioni / Raw Story Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D) wowed a hometown crowd Saturday afternoon, speaking at Atlanta’s March for Women and tellingare doing the same type of work he did…Read More
By Jim Sleeper / Open Democracy Photo Credit: Cris Foto / Shutterstock As Donald Trump rampaged through the Republican primaries last March, I argue here and on the New York National Public Radio station’s Brian Lehrer Show that neoliberal Democrats…Read More
Connect With IBW
Martin Luther King/Malcolm X Community Revitalization Initiative
Pan African Unity Dialogue
Immigration Policy Reform
Call to Action
Click to Read Report
Collaborative of progressive, African-centered scholars, think tanks and research centers dedicated to utilizing theoretical and applied research to address issues of vital concern to people of African descent and enhance the development of Black communities.
Haiti Support Project
An Initiative committed to “Building a Constituency for Haiti in the United States,” focusing on mobilizing/organizing African Americans and other people of African descent to strengthen the process of democracy and development in the world’s first Black Republic.