Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

North Carolina’s Tea Party nightmares

By Commentaries/Opinions, Rev Jesse Jackson

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North Carolina — once poster child for the New South— now displays the nightmares spawned by the Tea Party right no longer restrained by the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s conservative gang of five disemboweled it in the Shelby case. In North Carolina, Republicans took the General Assembly in 2010 and the governorship in 2012. The takeover received rather unprecedented support from one right-wing multimillionaire, Art Pope — who, according to progressive publication The American Prospect, singlehandedly provided about 80 percent of the funding for the state’s conservative groups. Upon taking control, the Republicans began systematically dismantling the …

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The Business of Mass Incarceration

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By Chris Hedges Debbie Bourne, 45, was at her apartment in the Liberty Village housing projects in Plainfield, N.J., on the afternoon of April 30 when police banged on the door and pushed their way inside. The officers ordered her, her daughter, 14, and her son, 22, who suffers from autism, to sit down and not move and then began ransacking the home.

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Criminalization, Race and Food Access in a Time of Hyper-Afrophobia

By Commentaries/Opinions, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

By Dara Cooper

Black and Brown people deserve the right to LIFE, liberty and the ability to pursue happiness.  Black and Brown people deserve the right to access quality food.  Those rights are connected.

Last week, thousands of people marched the streets all over the country for Trayvon Martin, after the teen’s murderer was acquitted, in part, because of racist imagery painted of Trayvon, making this dead young Black male guilty of his own murder.

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

On race, Supreme Court is out of touch

By Commentaries/Opinions, Rev Jesse Jackson

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In its decision Monday on affirmative action, the Supreme Court punted. It reviewed the University of Texas affirmative action program — in which race is admittedly “a factor of a factor of a factor” in admission, one of many factors used with a university committed to the educational benefits of a diverse student body — and said the lower court had to give it even stricter scrutiny. Or in essence, take another, harsher look and come back next year. In making the decision, the court once more revealed how out of touch it is with reality. The 14th Amendment to …

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