Tag: racism

Is white America ready to confront its racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a ‘crisis’

In his new book, philosopher George Yancy uncovers just how unprepared even well-meaning whites are for a courageous conversation about race George Yancy’s new book, Backlash, grew out of “Dear White America”, a piece on the pervasiveness of white racism that he wrote for the New York Times’ philosophy column, The Stone. After the piece …

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Starbucks has a racism problem, but the police, both racist and authoritarian, are worse

At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial …

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Swamp thing vs other swamp thing, racism, and Obama-stalgia

James Comey Jill Abramson reminds anyone who needed reminding, that Comey is no hero. Sure, the focus should be on Trump, his maladroit and possibly illegal attempts to strong-arm Comey to drop his investigation of then national security adviser Michael Flynn; his heavy-handed demands for loyalty; his many references, some blacked out, to Vladimir Putin; …

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Open Carry Racism: The Right-Wing Fever Dream That Made the Trump Era Possible

The fearful times we live in didn’t just drop out of the sky. The idiosyncratic pantheon of Trump administration staffers continues its exodus, a stream of comic book villains exiting stage right. The combination of venality, incompetence, and pathological narcissism, however, remains. And the world lives in the Trump era’s bubble of strangely dilated time: everything …

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Muslim Cop Alleges ‘Blatant Racism’ in San Francisco Police Department

Other officers suggested he was a terrorist and called him derogatory slurs. A San Francisco police officer who emigrated from Afghanistan and is Muslim has alleged that he was harassed on the job and retaliated against after reporting racist and homophobic comments by his colleagues.

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Prediction: Betsy DeVos will revoke guidance against racism in school discipline

Under Trump, the Department of Education has steadily been working to erode the civil rights of vulnerable students. Trans students, students with disabilities and victims of gender-based violence have all suffered under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And now the next population of students that will be hurt is students of color (especially black students).  She’s set her …

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Barbara Lee Lets Betsy DeVos Have It for Her Indifference About Racism in Schools

"You just don’t care much about civil rights of black and brown children." Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on Tuesday hammered Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over what she said was a lack of concern for the civil liberties of students of color. In particular, Lee grilled DeVos about the discrepancies in punishments for the …

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Philippine President Duterte Mimics Trump’s Racism and Sexism in Defensive Insults at the U.N.

Duterte attacked human rights officials this week. When it comes to disturbing rhetoric, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is no stranger to the practice of stunning his viewers with a diverse range of obscenities. Be it misogynist invectives, promising cash prizes for killing rebels or boasting about committing murder, Duterte is notorious for openly uncouth proclamations. …

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Donald Trump’s Racism Was on Full Display at the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant

If contestants' skin was too dark, or they rejected his advances, they were out. A new book excepted in Mother Jones that delves into the details of Donald Trump’s visit to Moscow in 2013 to oversee the Miss Universe pageant includes a slew of disgusting new revelations about the president. One in particular puts his …

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How Racism Can Harm Your Health

Health impacts from racism are often dismissed or kept silent by health scholars and health care workers. Witnessing and hearing stories about racism can impact your health. The feelings evoked can make you ill if not processed. The recent news of Tina Fontaine’s trial and the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, a white farmer accused of …

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