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The decline and fall of the American Empire

By Editors' Choice

Instead of opening doors for American big business or supporting America’s diplomatic position in the world, the U.S. war machine has become a bull in the global china shop, wielding purely destructive power to destabilize countries and wreck their economies. By Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies— In 2004, journalist Ron Suskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we…

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Trump Administration’s ‘1776 Report’ Justifies Slavery, Three-Fifths Compromise

By Editors' Choice

The report excuses America’s founders for owning slaves and defends the racist Three-Fifths Compromise as necessary to form a “durable union.” By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, HuffPost — On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, only two days before President Donald Trump leaves office, the Trump administration released a report from its “1776 Commission” that excuses slavery, justifies the racist Three-fifths Compromise and rails against socialism and “identity politics.” The “1776 Commission” —…

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s challenge to the Movement As the Fascists Storm the Capital

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Eric Mann— “Dr. DuBois was a radical all of his life. Some people would like to mute the fact that he was a genius who became a Communist in his later years.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Today, even Dr. King, who fought the fascists in Montgomery and Cicero would be shocked to see armed white fascists march in plain and the “Civil Rights Movement” cannot be found because…

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Vantage Point: In His Own Words, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Quest for Reparatory Justice

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Vantage Point Radio

Vantage Point January 18, 2021 — On this MLK Day edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks about Dr. Martin Luther King’s quest for reparatory justice Topics In His Own Words Dr. Martin Luther King’s Quest for Reparatory Justice Special Invited Guest Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Lead Sponsor, HR-40, Houston, TX Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box   Ways to listen…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Being Ella Baker Even After the Election: Valuing Our Victory, Continuing Our Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In our rightful celebration and valuing of our victory in saving ourselves and America from its Trumpian self, we must remember and recommit ourselves to continuing our larger struggle. For although we removed Trump, the monster side of America from office, the millions of people who support, enable and voted for him for a second term offer ample evidence the system itself is deeply flawed…

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As the Country Examines Its Moral Compass The Faith Community Declares Reparations and HR-40 in an Overdue Season

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The poison that resides in the soul of America is being exposed in this moment of proclamation that Black Lives Matter. It is in this moment that U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has embraced Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Why We Can’t Wait” as the framing for the passage of HR-40. HR-40 demands remedies and reparations for the centuries of injustice and trauma suffered by African Americans in the United States….

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Isabel Wilkerson’s World-Historical Theory of Race and Caste

By Editors' Choice

By comparing white supremacy in the U.S. to the caste system in India, her new book at once illuminates and collapses a complex history. By Sunil Khilnani, The New Yorker — As the summer of 1958 was coming to an end, Martin Luther King, Jr., was newly famous and exhausted. All of twenty-nine years old, he had been travelling across the country for weeks promoting his first book, “Stride Toward…

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A demonstrator next to a fence bearing names of black people killed by police, Washington DC, June 2020.

America’s ‘Untouchables’: the Silent Power of the Caste System

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More than a century and a half before the American Revolution, a human hierarchy had evolved on the soil of the future United States. To comprehend the current upheavals one must understand the human pyramid encrypted into us all: the caste system. By Isabel Wilkerson, The Guardian — In the winter of 1959, after leading the Montgomery bus boycott that arose from the arrest of Rosa Parks and before the trials and…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Lifting Up Lowery, Vivian and Lewis: Living the Legacy, Freeing the People

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — The recent passing of Rev. Joseph Lowery (October 6, 1921 – March 27, 2020), Rev. Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian (July 30, 1924 – July 17, 2020, and Rep. John Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020), three major leaders of the civil rights phase of the Black Freedom Movement, rightfully causes and encourages us to lift them up and to recount and reflect on…

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Ben & Jerry's statement on White Supremacy: We Must Dismantle White Supremacy

Ben & Jerry’s releases a statement on White Supremacy

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Statement by Ben & Jerry’s — All of us at Ben & Jerry’s are outraged about the murder of another Black person by Minneapolis police officers last week and the continued violent response by police against protestors. We have to speak out. We have to stand together with the victims of murder, marginalization, and repression because of their skin color, and with those who seek justice through protests across our…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

We Must Protect the Right to Vote in the November Elections

By Rev Jesse Jackson

The Republican Party is doing everything it can to suppress the vote in November. Why? They fear higher turnout, especially among people of color, will cost them the election. By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — The coronavirus does not discriminate, but people do. The coronavirus is not partisan, but politicians are. When we should be coming together to address a shared crisis, some are intent on driving us apart and…

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Fast food workers and union members carry signs as they stage a protest outside of a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 12, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the historic Memphis Sanitation Strike that was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What Happened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream of Economic Justice?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Economic justice was always central to Martin Luther King Jr.’s agenda. But society has moved backward on that issue since his death. By Michael K. Honey, Time — When Memphis sanitation workers went on strike in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. knew they had a lesson to teach America. “You are reminding the nation,” he told attendees at a March 1968 rally there, “that it is a crime for people to live…

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