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A Georgetown professor explains how Martin Luther King Jr. 'has been severely whitewashed'

Michael Eric Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University, and author of "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America," reveals what a lot of people get wrong about Martin Luther King Jr. Towards the end of King's life, he became more radical and eager to challenge the notion that …

Black History

Bernie Sanders calls for 'fundamental' changes in Democratic Party platform

Sanders, who gained an unexpectedly large and loyal following in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, argued that the party is at a "pivotal" turning point in which it must appeal to young and working class voters in order to expand its ranks.<p>"For the sake of our country and the world, the …

Middle-class

Trump’s budget sabotages America’s best chance to add millions of high-wage jobs

Trump guts clean energy funding as Beijing plans to invest $360 billion by 2020, creating 13 million jobs.<p>President Trump’s budget slashes investment …

Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party

A new poll found he is the most popular politician in America. But instead of embracing his message, establishment Democrats continue to resist him<p>If you look at the numbers, Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America – and it’s not even close. Yet bizarrely, the Democratic party – …

Middle-class

The Justice Department to black voters: Don’t bother

TEXAS IS suffering the first consequence of the Trump administration’s indifference to voting rights, which is a polite way of characterizing the ongoing Republican campaign to disenfranchise young and minority voters who tend to support Democrats.<p>In one of his first significant moves since taking …

Government

How much did Russian hacking affect congressional races? And how deeply was the GOP involved?

Why is the speaker so blasé about Russian meddling? Maybe because he knows it helped the GOP win close races<p>If there's one thing you can say about the Donald Trump presidency so far, it isn't boring. From horror stories at the border to Trump's semi-triumphant teleprompter speech and Attorney …

Donald Trump

Democrats demand transcripts from Michael Flynn's talks with Russian ambassador

Senate judiciary committee Democrats ask attorney general to recuse himself from any internal inquiry into contact between Russia and Trump campaign<p>Pressure is mounting on the US security agencies to disclose vastly more about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia as the president is signaling a …

Donald Trump

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.

The Justice Department just got a new boss: Jeff Sessions. He is raising alarms in the civil rights community. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is concerned about his “record of hostility” toward the Voting Rights Act and the enforcement of civil rights. The NAACP-Legal Defense …

Rights & Freedoms

A history of sanctuary cities: How Black Americans protected fugitive slaves

Frederick Douglass called on free and enslaved people to defy state and federal laws that protected slavery<p>Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the issue of “sanctuary” cities and states. Local communities, including some college and university campuses, …

Black History

White terrorism is “different,” says white congressman — and unfortunately, he’s right

Onetime reality TV star Rep. Sean Duffy humiliated himself in CNN interview — but in a twisted way, he has a point<p>As I have written about many times, here at Salon and elsewhere, whiteness is the complexion for the protection.<p>Last week Donald Trump's administration decided to divert some federal …

Reality TV

Building the realm of alternative facts: Trump’s lies are enabled by years of right-wing media

After decades of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and Breitbart, conservatives can no longer tell fact from fiction<p>The latest polling shows that Donald Trump is the most unpopular new president in history. Most new presidents, even when elected only by a plurality like Bill Clinton, or under dubious …

Donald Trump

Repeal without replace: a dangerous GOP strategy on Obamacare and climate

House Republicans are explicitly saying that protecting public and environmental health isn’t worth a few jobs or a small cost.<p>House Republicans have introduced a bill to rewrite the Clean Air Act. The bill, which has 114 co-sponsors (all Republicans), would revise the Clean Air Act such that:<p><i>The</i> …

Clean Technology

There’s a fake populist in the White House — and real populism is the only force that can defeat him

Donald Trump is already massively unpopular — Democrats must seize the moment with an authentic left populism<p>Donald Trump likes to think of himself as a record-setting kind of guy, and before his inauguration, he confidently predicted that there would be "unbelievable, perhaps record-setting …

Donald Trump

From “All Lives Matter” to Donald Trump’s white nationalism: The politics of fake empathy

How “All Lives Matter” and Trump’s Holocaust “mistake” feed off the old links between racism and anti-Semitism<p>False empathy is often used to mask bigotry, prejudice and racism.<p>Established in 2005, International Holocaust Remembrance Day was created by the United Nations "to serve as a date for …

Rights & Freedoms

Open Letter to White People Who Are Obsessed With Black-on-Black Crime

Dear Caucasian Brethren,<p>I decided to sit down and write this letter to you because every time I try to have a nuanced conversation with you, I am …

Crime

Americans overwhelmingly support Bernie Sanders’ economic policies — so how’d we end up here?

Most Americans want single-payer health care, economic justice and action on climate change. That day will come<p>During a CNN town hall held by Sen. Bernie Sanders last Monday, the Vermont senator and progressive icon tried to drive home a point that he has frequently made in the past: There is …

Middle-class

How Black America Saw Obama

I stood in Grant Park on election night 2008, along with more than 200,000 other people, and watched as a man I’d known as a fellow member of a Chicago church, a man I’d worked to help get elected, took to the stage. He would be the first black president of the United States of America. My joy at …

Aretha Franklin

While Trump tweets out insults, Obama publishes an article about clean energy in a scientific journal.

In the piece, which appeared in Science on Monday, the president outlines four reasons that “the trend toward clean energy is irreversible”:<p><b>1.</b> …

Van Jones: 'The Clinton days are over'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Clinton family's grip on the Democratic Party has come to an end and it's time for a new generation of leadership to lead the party, CNN political commentator Van Jones said.<p>"You have to understand, I think that the Clinton days are over," Jones told CNN's Jake Tapper in an …

Government

We Did Not Sell Each Other Into Slavery

The single most effective White propaganda assertion that continues to make it very difficult for us to reconstruct the African social systems of …

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to lead the progressive movement

Sanders is already planning a progressive Tea Party — and Warren may be preparing a 2020 run for president<p>While the Democratic Party is still reeling from the shock of Donald Trump's upset victory in November, progressives are already planning for how to effectively react to the upcoming Trump …

Middle-class

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

When ship maintenance spoils a cruise vacation, passengers have little recourse.<p>3:05 p.m. April 13, 2018<p>The brand of the shoe doesn’t matter — nor …

Divorce

A media resolution for 2017: Stop asking clueless celebrities to comment on race relations

Don’t turn to the celebrity #AllLivesMatter crew to speak about the typical black American experience<p>If I ever need advice on how to throw a football or what type of Creatine to take, I’ll call Cam Newton. If I need help putting together a rap album, I’ll summon Lil Wayne. These people are experts …

Lil Wayne

Obama cried at send-off, says he could have been re-elected

President Obama admitted he cried at a recent senior staff send-off dinner — and is now claiming that he’d be able to get re-elected if he had run …

David Axelrod

Merry Christmas, Hillary Clinton

I want to say Merry Christmas to Hillary Clinton.<p>I am grateful to you for running a campaign on principle, patriotism, decency, honesty, intelligence, optimism, maturity, experience, care, and civility.<p>I am grateful to you for suffering such abuse from so many quarters for so many years and always …

If Republicans Repeal Health Law, Paying For A Replacement Could Be Tough

Leading Republicans in Congress have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement won't hurt those now receiving benefits.<p>Republicans will seek to ensure that "no one is worse off," said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in an interview with a Wisconsin …

Health Care

Is Donald Trump a traitor? His path to the White House suggests a pattern of profound disloyalty

There’s a word for someone who colludes with a foreign power to subvert democracy and overthrow political norms<p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Donald Trump urged a foreign power, Russia, to interfere in the American election in order to undermine his Democratic rival …

Donald Trump

Elizabeth Warren calls for an investigation into Donald Trump’s global conflicts of interest

Donald Trump may be denying a conflict of interest between his sprawling private business and his job as president-elect, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren has some questions.<p>In a letter released today, cosigned by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Massachusetts senator urged federal regulators to investigate if …

Donald Trump

The Democrats' Best Good-Cop/Bad-Cop Duo: Obama and Warren

I was delighted to discover this morning that President Obama has suggested he may not abide by the tradition of the out-going president maintaining silence regarding his successor.<p>I had been planning on writing an open letter to President Obama saying, in sum, "Yes, there is that tradition of the …

8 New Reasons The Electoral College Shouldn't Vote For Trump

Soon after the election, I was one of those arguing that Republican electors should vote for someone other than Donald Trump when the electoral college convenes on December 19. My contention was simply that Trump is fundamentally unfit to be president. Many Republicans declared Trump unfit during …

Donald Trump