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Andrew M. Cuomo

No mo’ Cuomo! The governor resigns

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By Herb Boyd Special to IBW Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned Tuesday afternoon, a decision that was inevitable given the weight of more than a hundred pages of an attorney general report, the credible testimony of 11 women and their allegations of sexual harassment as well as a criminal complaint filed by one of his aides. And this may be only the beginning of the charges against the three-term governor, his…

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Illustration by Malachi Lily (Cropped)

Grief belongs in social movements. Can we embrace it?

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A Black activist reflects on intergenerational trauma, community, and coming to terms with death in movement building. By Malkia Devich-Cyril, In These Times — The morning my mother died was cold and dark, and the snow fall outside was frenzied and piling high. I’d put my headphones on in the night to block out the loud hiss and moan of my mother’s oxygen machine. I was tired. Less than six months after…

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Hands behind bars

Transatlantic slave trade: Legacy of entangled affair between imperialism, racism, slavery

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To legitimize slavery and its atrocities, western imperialism birthed racism, idea of superiority of whites over Black people. By Ahmet Gencturk, Monthly Review — Fourteen years after the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain, the bitter legacy and enormous cost of the transatlantic slave trade for millions of enslaved Black people resurfaced last week when Jamaica announced its plan to demand reparations from the UK. To…

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Illustration of the importation of captive Africans at Jamestown in 1619, Howard Pyle, 1910.

The history of systemic racism that critical race theory opponents prefer to hide

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By Clyde W. Ford, HNN — Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a lightning rod for conservative ire at any discussion of racism, anti-racism, or the non-white history of America. Across the country, bills in Republican-controlled legislatures have attempted to prevent the teaching of CRT, even though most of those against CRT struggle to define the term. CRT actually began as a legal theory which held simply that systemic racism was consciously created,…

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Mary Smith, pictured near her home in Irving, Tex., quit her job to avoid going back to the office after the pandemic.

Many Black women felt relieved to work from home, free from microaggressions. Now they’re told to come back.

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By Natachi Onwuamaegbu, Washington Post — After seven years of corporate life, Mary Smith had a routine: putting extra effort into her hair (so as to not appear too Black) and her demeanor (ditto) and her clothes (you can probably guess). But once she got a taste of the work-from-home life during the pandemic, Smith knew she could never go back. Her scalp was free from constraining hairstyles, and she…

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Masked George Washington statue.

Rise of the right: White supremacy and the myth of the “White working-class”

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By Anthony Dimaggio, CounterPunch — America’s battle over “critical race theory” reminds us of an ugly truth about the enduring white supremacy that’s long defined this country. In a potent racist backlash moment against the rising Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, many states have moved in Orwellian “Big Brother” style to entirely ban discussions of structural and institutional racism from K through 12 and college classrooms. And much of the…

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Charles Barron

Charles Barron is back: His unique rise to power, East New York’s forgotten socialist dynasty, and the never ending narrative wars

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How the Barrons have been shattering narratives for two decades By Michael Lange — “The socialist left is on the rise, particularly in neighborhoods where Black and Latino residents are being gentrified out of existence” declared Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Jeffries, the fourth ranking House Democrat (and potential future speaker of the house), represents New York’s 8th Congressional District, which includes predominantly black neighborhoods like Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York….

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Dusk falls over the US Capitol building on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The Perils of “Minority Rule”

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Minority rule has metastasized like a cancer and is now pervasive throughout the US political system. By Steven Hill, Common Dreams — After a strong start with his ambitious Covid relief bill and vaccination rollout, President Joe Biden’s momentum has slowed considerably. Like President Barack Obama before him, he has now hit the buzzsaw of…Republican minority rule. Much attention has been focused on Senator Joe Manchin’s stubborn defense of the filibuster…

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American flag burning in Haiti

White Supremacy and Western Imperialism Is at Root of Haiti’s Continuing Struggles

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If you are confused, bewildered and perturbed by the bizarre drama unfolding in Haiti, you are not alone. By Mohammed Nurhussein, Black Star News — I turned to the New York Times for clues, knowing fully well the answer would be the usual contempt with which the paper dismisses African issues. Words like the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, corruption and aid dependence were recurring themes. “Haiti’s troubled history goes deep, lying…

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Black Lives Matter demonstrators continue the long battle against racism in this country.

The fourth R in education: Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic and racism

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By Jo Allen-Eure, People’s World — Racism. “A belief that some races are by nature superior to others, in which discrimination can be practiced, based on this belief” (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2019). This cruel practice of acting out hateful feelings toward groups of people who are of a darker hue (especially Black, brown, Indigenous, and Asian), is ripping this country into shreds. This practice has drawn support from many sectors…

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A group of black southerners raise their hands as they take an oath during a voter registration drive in Belzoni, Mississippi, in June 1966.

Welcome to Jim Crow 2.0

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Voter suppression efforts will only get worse. By Charles Blow, NYT — In the wake of the Civil War, liberals in the North went about establishing Reconstruction, passing the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, greatly expanding the rights of Black people in America, and putting severe restrictions on Southern states before they could be readmitted to the Union. But of course, the Northern liberals soon grew impatient with and tired…

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