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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Undiscussed Dimensions of Mass Killings: Transforming A Profoundly Sick Society

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — PART 1. We don’t have to be familiar with Frantz Fanon to concede that social conditions create, shape and even determine social consciousness. Nor do we have to be conversant with Kawaida philosophy to realize that ideas do not drop from the sky, grow from the ground or float in from the sea. They come from the society in which we live and learn to…

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'This Is Us': In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude Delivers 'Incredibly Powerful' Statement on US History of Racism and Violence—And You Can't Just Blame Trump

‘This Is Us’: In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude on US History of Racism and Violence

By News & Current Affairs

‘This Is Us’: In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude Delivers ‘Incredibly Powerful’ Statement on US History of Racism and Violence—And You Can’t Just Blame Trump By Jon Queally — Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude received praise overnight for comments made on MSNBC Monday as he called on the American people to acknowledge that while blaming President Donald Trump might be easy to do—especially given the available evidence—for the racist-inspired massacre at…

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Former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini

Former neo-Nazi warns mass shootings are part of an uprising: ‘This is going to get worse’

By News & Current Affairs

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story — Former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini, who created The Free Radicals Project, explained on CNN Sunday that these mass shootings from white supremacists are just the beginning. He explained that the white supremacist manifesto the El Paso shooter left is something that he’s heard before. “I think that manifestos have been very similar since 2009 when James von Brunn walked into the D.C. Holocaust Museum and left a…

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Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va

Historian works to ‘humanize those enslaved’ at Fort Monroe

By News & Current Affairs

By Lisa Vernon Sparks, Daily Press — HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A trove of historical records tells us Fort Monroe in Hampton was built on the backs of thousands of African slaves. But little was known about their identities or who they were — until now. Meet Amos Henley, 23. Skilled, but unpaid for his efforts, Henley was among hundreds leased out by slave owners to the Army — and…

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Gayle King interviews Ralph Northam

Slavery vs Indentured Servitude: Which aids racism?

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Perhaps the main reason so many people objected to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam calling the first 20 Africans to land in Virginia in 1619 indentured servants, and not slaves, is that they believe the conditions of slavery were so much harsher than those of indentured servitude, that calling these Africans indentured servants amounts to a cover-up of their reality. That is because the popular image that we have been sold…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Excising America’s Cancer of Racism: Turning Left from the Far Right Lane

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is all there, the beginning of another myth-making drama of an America honestly engaged in coming to terms with its racist past and present, openly discussing the grievous hurt and harm White racism causes to its victims, and making a united front and consensus call for the resignation of a governor caught with his white Klan cape up and his blackface guard down in…

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Ralph Northam admits he was in 1984 yearbook photo showing figures in blackface, KKK hood

Why the GOP Really Outed Northam

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — First there was a murky outfit calling itself Big League Politics that plastered all over the place Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s now infamous medical school yearbook shot of him horsing around in either a Klan outfit or Blackface or both. Then a pack of Virginia GOP legislators piled on and demanded his resignation for his supposedly dastardly racism. Then Trump jumped in with the inevitable tweet…

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Peter Cvjetanovic along with neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia on \ in Charlottesville, Va. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

‘White supremacy’ is really about white degeneracy

By Commentaries/Opinions

Today’s far-right populists relish the idea that they can be morally contemptible, yet still prevail. By Keith Kahn-Harris, The Guardian — The concept of “white supremacy” is having a moment right now, and understandably so. White resentment, entitlement and bigotry never went away, but it is closer to the political mainstream now than it has been for decades. The rhetoric of the likes of Donald Trump, Viktor Orbán, Steve Bannon and…

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The KKK assembled in Portland, Maine, in 1923. Library of Congress

Charlottesville belies racism’s deep roots in the North

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Brian J Purnell, The Conversation — A southern city has now become synonymous with the ongoing scourge of racism in the United States. A year ago, white supremacists rallied to “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville, protesting the removal of a Confederate statute. In the days that followed, two of them, Christopher C. Cantwell and James A. Fields Jr., became quite prominent. The HBO show “Vice News Tonight” profiled Cantwell in an episode and…

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Peter Cvjetanovic along with neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia on \ in Charlottesville, Va. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

A year after Charlottesville, white nationalist views creep into politics

By News & Current Affairs

The far right movement may seem all but dead, but a crop of political candidates are introducing ideas into the mainstream. Vegas Tenold, The Guardian — No one would argue that the last year hasn’t been a rough one for the white nationalist movement in America. In fact, a not insignificant number of column inches has been written about how the movement is all but dead. The leader of the…

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