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People react as President Trump speaks to supporters at a rally on August 15, 2019, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Henry A. Giroux: Neoliberal Capitalism Sets the Stage for Fascism

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By Kelly Wilkins, Media For Us — We spoke with cultural critic and one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy, Henry Giroux, about his latest book, The Terror of the Unforeseen, in which he warns that the economic tyranny of neoliberal capitalism and a culture of cruelty and objectification set the stage for Trump’s rise and the emergence of fascism. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Media…

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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg speak during the Business Roundtable (BRT) CEO Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., on December 6, 2018. Since its inception, BRT has been at the forefront of corporate resistance to pro-consumer, pro-union legislative efforts.

A Bunch of CEOs Want to Fix Capitalism. You Can’t Fix Anything Built on Slavery.

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By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout — Anyone who cracked open the business pages of the major papers on Monday morning was confronted by an avalanche of self-congratulation from the CEO caste and its idolaters. The Business Roundtable (BRT) — a large cohort of massive businesses that has been bending the economy to its will since 1972 — announced that it is “rewriting how it views the purpose of a corporation,” according to The Washington…

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Pennsylvania officer puts 14-year-old Black girl in chokehold

Pantaleo May Be Out But the Chokehold Isn’t

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was finally given the official boot by his department. He was fired for violating department policy. The issue was his use of the chokehold in the slaying of Eric Garner. Police departments nationally scrambled furiously in the aftermath of the chokehold death of Garner in 2014 and the non-indictment then of Pantaleo to publicly declare that they do not use the…

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Conservatives Are Flipping Out Because the New York Times Said Slavery Was Important

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By Jack Mirkinson, Splinter — In the past few days, the New York Times has been rolling out the 1619 Project, a hugely ambitious effort to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to American shores and place slavery at the center of American history. Conservatives—as they are wont to do—have been completely losing their minds about it. The project, led by New York Times Magazine staff writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, is…

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A plaque in Virginia commemorates the arrival of "twenty and odd" African in 1619

Bearing Human Cargo: 400 Years Since the Arrival of the First African Slaves in the American Colonies

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By Albinko Hasic, History News Network — Scholars of the African diaspora speculate that between 1525 and 1866, more than 12.5 million people were stolen from the African continent and transported to the New World. Of those that traveled, only 10.7 million survived the treacherous and excruciating journey known as the Middle Passage. Spain and Portugal were the initial European powers to engage in the horrific yet profitable trade, but others soon…

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Gun Laws in America

How Slave Owners Dictated the Language of the 2nd Amendment

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Southern aristocrats wanted armed militias mainly to control their slaves. So they wanted language in the new nation’s constitution protecting that right. By Nicolaus Mills, Daily Beast — Mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have highlighted once again the importance of the Supreme Court’s 2008 landmark decision District of Columbia v. Heller declaring that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a gun. Writing for the Court’s…

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Counting money

What are Reparations, How Could They Happen, and Why Do They Matter?

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Here’s what you need to know. By Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue — For over 250 years, people of African descent were enslaved in the United States. Tricked and stolen from their homes, subjected to the brutal Middle Passage, and held in bondage for generations, emancipation was a welcome relief from slavery but didn’t fully undo the damage it causes, nor have the various hard-fought advances in civil rights that have…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Hungry for Sanity – No More Trump

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Have you ever been hungry? Not the missed-a-meal, wanna overeat hungry, but the stomach-churning, bout to steal a loaf of bread hungry. Not the luxury of choice, but the sheer desperation of not having eaten for so many hours that food is nothing more than a memory. A dictionary describes hunger as “an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food.” Synonyms include starved and starving….

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Brexit Rally

From Brexit to El Paso: The Geopolitics of White Hate

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By Sikivu Hutchinson, The Humanist — On the bustling streets of Kensington in London last week, one of the Black women I asked to comment on the recent election of Boris Johnson (who has been branded as Donald Trump’s British mini-me) vehemently declined. “I wouldn’t be able to without cussing,” she said, her response encapsulating the rage and distress Johnson’s election has elicited for progressive people of color. The backlash…

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Jay-Z

Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick

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The former quarterback caused a problem for the league—which turned to the celebrated rapper for assistance. By Jamele Hill, The Atlantic — The hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell held a joint media session at the Roc Nation offices in New York to seal a once-implausible partnership that isn’t being received as positively as both parties probably hoped. I assume neither Goodell nor Jay-Z expected to…

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