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The statue depicts Roosevelt on horseback, with a Native American man and an African man

How Do We Address a Statue of President Roosevelt That Affirms Racist Hierarchies?

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By Nick Mirzoeff, Hyperallergic — Almost two years after the 2017 fascist rally at Charlottesville around a mediocre statue of Robert E. Lee, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) opened its exhibition Addressing the Statue for an unspecified run. The statue in question is James Earle Fraser’s massive “Theodore Roosevelt Equestrian Memorial,” situated outside the Museum’s main entrance, depicting Roosevelt flanked by his gun carriers, a stereotyped Plains Indian and a generic African. It…

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Activists rally in support of proposed "Green New Deal" legislation outside of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's New York City office, April 30, 2019, in New York City.

The Green New Deal Can Help Us Fight White Supremacy

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By Nicholas Powers, Truthout — We had a direct existential threat with…Nazi Germany,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said at a 2018 event. “We chose to mobilize our entire economy…. We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100 percent renewable energy.” She was promoting a Green New Deal, but her war analogy eerily fit our current political situation. The left is facing a two-front struggle: On one side is…

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Wade Nobles, PhD

Resistance to the Idea of Reparations May Be Simply Psychological

By Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Wade Nobles, PhD — Part I The newly wide-ranging discussion of reparations is being stimulated by the recognition of the 400th anniversary of the introduction of kidnapped captive Africans at the birth of the American colonies (1619) to later become the United States (1776). This new/old discord has been re-enlivened. The call to be “repaired” from the damage caused by white enslavement has been openly and covertly rejected woth…

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Slave Patrol

Slavery and the Origins of the American Police State

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

From the beginning, some Americans have been able to move more freely than others. By Ben Fountain, Medium — They were called patrollers or, variously, “paterollers,” “paddyrollers,” or “patterolls,” and they were meant to be part of the solution to Colonial America’s biggest problem, labor. Unlike Great Britain, which had a large, basically immobile peasant class that could be forced to work for subsistence wages, there weren’t enough cheap bodies…

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FBI agents walk past a memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh

Inside the White Supremacist Movement

By Editors' Choice

Michael German, a former federal agent, spent years infiltrating white supremacist groups. Here’s what he has to say about what’s going on now. By Joe Sexton, ProPublica — Late in 2017, ProPublica began writing about a California white supremacist group called the Rise Above Movement. Its members had been involved in violent clashes at rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and several cities in California. They were proud of their violent handiwork,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Us Reminiscing at Half Century and Four: The Architecture of Our Work and Will

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — On this our 54th anniversary, I remember and raise up the momentous marking of our 50th anniversary. I said then and reaffirm now with four added years this. September 7 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of our organization Us, the introduction of the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and Kawaida philosophy), and the establishment of the African American Cultural Center….

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People explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

A brief history of the enduring phony science that perpetuates white supremacy

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By Michael E. Ruane, The Washington Post — The mysterious and chronic sickness had been afflicting slaves for years, working its way into their minds and causing them to flee from their plantations. Unknown in medical literature, its troubling symptoms were familiar to masters and overseers, especially in the South, where hundreds of enslaved people ran from captivity every year. On March 12, 1851, the noted physician Samuel A. Cartwright…

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The Bloomington, Indiana Farmers’ Market.

White Supremacy Is Terrorism, Not a Difference of Opinion

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An Indiana city learns that a weak response to white supremacists has predictable consequences. By Edward Burmila, The Nation — In big cities like Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles, a farmers’ market might not be a center of economic and social life. But in Bloomington, Indiana—with a population of 80,000 when Indiana University is in session—the farmers’ market has run for 45 consecutive years, and it’s a big deal.…

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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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A demonstrator protesting the murder of Michael Brown is arrested by cops in riot gear on November 30, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Documents Show FBI Targeted Ferguson Black Activists Over White Supremacists

By News & Current Affairs

By Igor Derysh, Salon — The FBI ranked black nationalists and animal rights activists as bigger threats than white supremacists and terror groups like al-Qaida among their official counterterrorism priorities, according to leaked FBI documents obtained by The Young Turks. The documents show that the FBI’s official Consolidated Strategy Guide, which lists the bureau’s counterterrorism priorities, continues to focus on “black identity extremists,” well after the bureau assured Democrats in Congress that it would stop using…

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