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Ben Jealous

The Insurrection and the Lost Cause

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ben Jealous — A violent insurrection engulfed the U.S. Capitol just six months ago. One United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died and other Capitol police are still healing. Investigators are still going through video and social media documenting the attempt to disrupt congressional affirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory. Just six months ago. But many Republican leaders are already trying to rewrite the history of that day…

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Trump loyalists storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 6 wasn’t the end — the right is trying a hostile takeover state by state

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s clear that the Republican assault on democracy is actually just beginning. By Heather Digby Parton, Salon — On Sunday night, CNN aired a two-hour documentary called “Assault on Democracy” chronicling the evolution of the American right’s most recent embrace of conspiracy theories and authoritarianism which led to the insurrection of January 6th. Unlike most of the recent TV examinations of this phenomenon, CNN didn’t simply go back to the day Donald Trump descended the golden…

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Lawmakers protect police at the expense of demonstrators

By News & Current Affairs

By J.S. Adams, Contributing Writer — Over the past 10 months, protesters fighting for racial equality have faced challenges from police departments and governments. Now, they face more challenges, as state and federal lawmakers introduce legislation aimed at cracking down on demonstrators. The majority of them, on the Republican front, say this is in direct response to violent riots the country witnessed following the death of George Floyd. Some have…

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White Terrorism: From Post-Civil-War Lynchings to the Present

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Walter G. Moss — The violent occupation of the U. S. Capitol building on January 6 shocked many people into realizing White terrorism is scary. Soon afterward, D. C. Mayor Muriel Bowser  “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that the essential question was how seriously our country will take threats of “domestic white extremism” and terrorism. Todd later added that “right-wing [White] terrorists perpetrated the majority of all plots…

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Capitol Riot

Nailing the Capitol Terrorists Won’t be Easy

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson— Two things are certain about the Capitol terror attack January 6. And one thing isn’t. The certainties first. One, Trump will not be charged with incitement to riot. Yes, there have been soundings from DC federal prosecutors about the possibility of an incitement to riot charge against him. But this is just shop talk and media copy. The second senate acquittal of Trump pretty much took…

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Vantage Point: Election, Insurrection, Inauguration Revisited • Mission of Black Lives Matter LA

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point February 1, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Bill Fletcher and Dr. Melina Abdullah. Topics Election, Insurrection and Inauguration Revisited The Mission of Black Lives Matter LA Guests Bill Fletcher, Labor/Social Justice Advocate. Author, Political Commentator, Washington, DC Dr. Melina Abdullah, Scholar/Activist, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter, LA, Los Angeles   Ways to listen Live (Radio) —…

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We Have to Let White Supremacy Die in Order to Truly Live

By Editors' Choice

By George Yancy— In a climate of white supremacist violence and blatant contempt for a robust democratic vision — where distrust, deception and unabashed lying run thick in the halls of power — Lindsay Graham and other Trump enablers are rubbing salt in the wound by calling on people to simply “move on.” To truly move forward, however, we will need a form of accountability that is oriented toward social…

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Vantage Point: Post Election, Insurrection and Inauguration – The Analysis of Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point January 25, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Topics Post Election, Insurrection and Inauguration The Analysis of Dr. Julianne Malveaux Special Invited Guest Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Author, Political Economist, Washington, D.C. Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box   Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays…

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Stay home on inauguration day

N’COBRA issues strategic call to reparations supporters to comply with public emergency orders “Stay home on inauguration day”

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America is the premier mass-based coalition organized for the sole purpose of obtaining full reparations for Descendants of Africans Enslaved in the United States. Since 1987 we have been the primary grassroots vehicle behind legislation  (HR40 and the more recent Senate Companion Bill) for Reparations for African Americans. On January 20th this nation will inaugurate its new President and Vice President of the…

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Nkechi Taifa

Of Terror and Promise: On This MLK Day, There’s No Better Time to Call for Reparatory Justice!

By Editors' Choice

By Nkechi Taifa— The terror Blacks feel is in our bones. For me, it began when white storm clouds of terror hung over the home of Mose Wright late one August night in 1955, when white, armed terrorists demanded his great-nephew, 14-year-old Emmett Till, be handed over to them. I was scarcely eight months old. Young Emmett had made the mistake of being from Chicago and, not heeding “The Talk” his…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Was the insurrection an inside job?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — If you watched the disgraceful invasion of the United States Capitol and the horrific destruction that took place on January 6, you observed a legion of limited-intelligence low-life louts. But you’d be mistaken if that’s all you thought of the Trump-incited mob. Those people could not have infiltrated the Capitol without the help of some “law enforcement” officers in the Capitol. Somebody had to open…

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A Major component of the problem we face in reform of policing

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kim Bellware— Police officers and at least one police chief from departments across the United States are facing termination, suspension or other discipline for their proximity to or alleged involvement in a chaotic gathering in Washington on Wednesday that ended in a riot at the U.S. Capitol and left five people dead. Departments in California, Washington state, and Texas are among those that have announced investigations into their officers based…

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