racism Category Archives

Mumia Abu Jamal: Either Life Sentence or a New Hearing

Published on 28 Mar 2008 at 6:41 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under Prison Industrial Complex,racism.

Mumia Abu Jamal, a former memeber of the Black Panther Party was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner by a (nearly) all white jury. This controversial trail has been the center of international debates on the death penalty, the prison industrial complex, and racism in the American […]

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Africans are “less intelligent,” says Nobel Prize laureate

Published on 20 Oct 2007 at 11:39 pm. 19 Comments.
Filed under academia,Africa,racism.

Molecular biologist Dr. James Watson shared the 1962 Nobel prize for medicine with Francis Crick and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins for their description of the double helix structure of DNA. Is it possible that Watson’s findings also concluded that the genetic structure of Europeans is fundamentally different than that of people of African descent? A […]

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Tonight, on the 10 o’clock Noose

Published on 12 Oct 2007 at 2:59 pm. 5 Comments.
Filed under collective action,racism.

The heightened racial tension spurned by the controversial Jena 6 trial has had many impacts on both White communities and communities of color. On one hand, it has raised the level of consciousness among the youth. You see evidence of this in the students who wear black in solidarity to take a stance against injustice, […]

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U.S. Judicial System: Falling Through the Crack

Published on 6 Oct 2007 at 10:42 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,Prison Industrial Complex,racism.

This week the Supreme Court addressed a case, which brought the issue of the disparity in sentencing between powder cocaine and crack cocaine into the forefront of national politics. For those of you who aren’t aware of the imbalance, it goes a little something like this: federal law enforces a 100-to-1 disparity between crack and […]

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Mychal Bell Goes Home

Published on 28 Sep 2007 at 3:33 pm. 13 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,collective action,racism.

Mychal Bell, a central figure in the saga that is the ‘Jena 6,’ posted a $45,000 bail today and has returned home to await trial in juvenile court on charges of assault in December.

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Jena 6 National Day of Action: Take Action, Wear Black!

Published on 20 Sep 2007 at 1:08 am. 33 Comments.
Filed under collective action,news/politics,racism.

We’ve already written extensively about the Jena 6. Long story short, six young black men in Jena, Louisiana are facing 20+ year prison sentences in a clear case of neo-Jim Crow “justice.” If you need a recap, look back at our posts, 20 Years for a School Yard Brawl? or Subtle racism versus ‘Ima lynch […]

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French President Sarkozy reminds us that “the African has not fully entered into history” and Mbeki writes him a congratulatory letter

Published on 16 Sep 2007 at 12:47 pm. 16 Comments.
Filed under Africa,diaspora,history,news/politics,racism.

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. About a month ago, French President Sarkozy spoke at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar where he asserted (among other equally myopic, ahistorical, neocolonial and racists arguments) that: The problem of Africa, and allow a friend of Africa to say it, is to be found […]

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UVA Newspaper Shows Cultural Insensitivity

Published on 10 Sep 2007 at 11:14 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under Africa,ignorance,poverty,racism.

The Cavalier Daily, an independent newspaper on the University of Virginia’s campus, has left many students of color in uproar. The newspaper’s resident cartoonist, Grant Woolard, has made a number of offensive cartoons around both race and religion during his tenure. However, it was his most recent cartoon “Ethiopian Food Fight” that has left the […]

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Subtle racism versus ‘Ima lynch you n*gga’ racism

Published on 10 Sep 2007 at 10:21 pm. 32 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

I found out about the Jena Six last night– after a night of enjoying waffles and listening to live music at a chicken and waffles joint here at my school. After hearing a summation of several events that happened last year– Wait – here’s a quick run down: in a town in Louisiana called Jena, […]

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Same Song Blues

Published on 29 Aug 2007 at 12:53 pm. 30 Comments.
Filed under collective action,news/politics,racism,radical politics.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Foster’s execution overturned!!! *see bottom of the post “Silence struck us,” is how my grandmother, reaching into the vaults of her memory, described the tenor of a Greenwich Village nightclub just moments after a 23-year-old Billie Holiday, in spite of death threats on her young life, sang “Strange Fruit.” The lines—Southern tress bear […]

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