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The 'Nina' Trailer Is What Happens When White People Tell Black Stories

Hollywood's race problem, in a nutshell.<p>On Wednesday, the trailer for Zoe Saldana's upcoming Nina Simone biopic was released, and Black Twitter wasn't happy about it. There's nothing extraordinary about the straight forward one-minute teaser for "Nina," but what has sparked the outcry is the fact …

Film Industry

White Americans are nearly as blind to their racism as ever before

Along time ago, after a church service on a bright Sunday morning in the small town where I grew up, I heard one of the deacons tell another that he didn't believe colored people really wanted civil rights and integration. "If God had meant white people and black people to mix he would have made …

Black History

Hillary, Bill and me: on growing up in the shadow of Monica Lewinsky

Bill Clinton taught me about blow jobs. Indirectly, but: in early 1998, 16 years old, I lived in a sleepy semi-rural suburb in upstate New York, where I spent a lot of time reading mid-20th century British novels. My parents discouraged me from watching R-rated movies, we did not have cable …

Feminism

6 things Bernie Sanders would do to crack down on fracking, even if Congress doesn’t go along

Bernie Sanders wants to halt fracking not just on public land but on private land too. How would he actually do that? Grist talked to the Sanders …

Fossil Fuels

Column: This is what happens when you take Ayn Rand seriously

“Ayn Rand is my hero,” yet another student tells me during office hours. “Her writings freed me. They taught me to rely on no one but myself.”<p>As I …

Hunter Gatherers

The “electability” argument is bogus: Why Bernie Sanders isn’t the second coming of George McGovern

Establishment dems have for months warned that a Bernie nomination would be disaster. Here’s why they’re wrong<p>Bernie Sanders' rising fortunes have for months been sowing establishment alarm about his electability and its down-ticket implications. This includes a lot of pointed and unflattering …

The Constitution was designed to weed out demagogues. Now it encourages them.

Recently Peter Wehner, a veteran of several Republican administrations, called presidential candidate Donald Trump “precisely the kind of man our system of government was designed to avoid, the type of leader our founders feared — a demagogic figure who does not view himself as part of our …

Political Science

I worked on Wall Street. I am skeptical Hillary Clinton will rein it in

I owe almost my entire Wall Street career to the Clintons. I am not alone; most bankers owe their careers, and their wealth, to them. Over the last 25 years they – with the Clintons it is never just Bill or Hillary – implemented policies that placed Wall Street at the center of the Democratic …

Wall Street

Unorthodox Trump smashes Fox News influence over rightwing media

Donald Trump would be the first to tell you he’s a man of many accomplishments. Somewhere down that tremendous list is one he probably didn’t predict: breaking the grip of Fox News over conservative media and scattering talking heads, bloggers and politicians across various tribes of pro- and …

Republicans

Our real Sarah Palin nightmare: We debate sideshows and phony problems — while this very real threat looms undiscussed

While we waste time debating whether science is real, a terrifying biodiversity loss continues under our noses<p>It’s an amazing fact that the contemporary world is marked by a growing number of problems that are genuinely <i>global</i> in scope. Some of these problems even have existential implications for …

Obituaries show that sexism follows women to the grave

If you’re a woman who has spent her life navigating sexism at home, at work and out in the world for most of your life, perhaps you are looking forward to the sweet respite afforded to us in death – silence from a world of misogynists and mansplainers. But guess again, my friends, because there is …

Feminism

The Paris attacks did not take place | Politics

Between early January and late March 1991, the distinguished French philosopher Jean Baudrillard published three essays in the French daily Liberation, which he sequentially titled, "The Gulf War will not take place", "The Gulf War: Is it really taking place?" and finally, "The Gulf War did not …

Middle East

Israel's new UN ambassador is a rightwing thorn in Netanyahu's side

Danny Danon, friend to Mike Huckabee and Glenn Beck, says his prime minister has been soft on Palestinians – but as the general assembly meets this week, Palestine’s own diplomats are not complaining about his appointment<p>Danny Danon, Israel’s young, sharply dressed new ambassador to the United …

Israel

Don’t be “that guy,” Matt Damon: Why his lecture on sexuality and silence rubs people the wrong way

Ellen DeGeneres says Damon’s “a good guy” — but he’s also speaking from a position of power<p>“I know you and I know you’re not that guy.” Yesterday, that was Ellen Degeneres addressing her guest, actor Matt Damon, who once again made the kind of oblivious remarks that could only fall from the mouth …

Donald Trump Proves What's Wrong With Bankruptcy Laws in America

On the opening day of Trump Plaza in Atlantic City in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor celebrating his new investment as the “finest building in the city and possibly the nation.” Thirty years later, the Trump Plaza folded, leaving some 1,000 employees without jobs. …

Finance

5 amazing ways Pope Francis made Republicans squirm yesterday

In his speech to Congress, the pope made one thing very clear: Republicans aren’t acting very Christian<p>Despite all the talk that Pope Francis’ address to Congress wouldn’t be political or partisan, it turns out it was both. And, as I predicted here in Salon, it definitely leaned to one side of the …

Watch: Stephen Colbert expertly returned Donald Trump to his rightful position as a comedy side show

Stephen Colbert was put on Earth to interview people like Donald Trump.<p>Maybe that’s why a lot of people were disappointed when he actually did, last night (Sept. 22) on the <i>Late Show</i> on CBS. Pieces on Yahoo and Slate, for instance, take Colbert to task for going easy on candidate Trump, and both …

Donald Trump

Constitution 101 for Presidents

"Isn't your Constitution just a myth?" a German Fulbright scholar asked me during my keynote address. I was taken aback, then responded: "You mean as compared to the national myths that some other countries have embraced?" He looked dumbfounded, while the audience murmured knowingly. Yet his point …

No, Joe Biden, abortion is not “always wrong”: When the conversation stops at “life begins at conception,” women and girls suffer

The veep speaks in favor of choice, but misses the underlying morals<p>So have you had just about enough of old men giving their opinions about private moral choices women make regarding their reproductive autonomy? This is a trick question — It doesn't matter, because they will <i>never</i> stop sharing …

Bill O’Reilly is “killing” American history: The latest installment in his fact-free fantasy series

<b>(Fox News)</b><p>“Killing Reagan” hits bookstores this week. If it’s anything like “Killing Jesus,” its rife with dubious assertions<p>Eric Boehlert<p>September 22, 2015 9:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Media Matters<p>Fact-checkers get ready, there's a new Bill O'Reilly book arriving in stores this …

El Salvador

The despicable backlash against Ahmed Mohamed: It’s nothing new for white America to see the gifted “other” as its greatest threat

When the left and right start sounding alike on racism and xenophobia, history has taught me to listen<p>For a period of about 24 hours Ahmed Mohamed was a genuine feel-good story, the story of the Internet coming together to help a 14-year-old black Muslim kid who’d been wrongfully arrested for a …

Viola Davis and the 'white feminist' backlash

By most accounts, Viola Davis’ speech at the Emmys was an instant classic. She directly addressed the lack of diversity on television, saying, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”<p>But Davis’ words about race made one actress feel uncomfortable.<p>Sunday night, …

Intersex Surgeries Are A Human Rights Violation, Says U.N. Group

But some doctors and bioethicists argue that calling intersex surgeries "torture" could end up doing more harm than good for kids born with ambiguous genitalia.<p>This week the United Nations convened its first meeting to address the issue of human rights violations against people with ambiguous …

LGBTQI

Bernie Sanders is a socialist, but he's not a Socialist

As Bernie Sanders climbs the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination, and with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the Labour …

The internet is making racial insensitivity in pop culture almost impossible to fight

Today’s pop stars embrace their roles as political figures. Taylor Swift and Beyoncé identify as feminists. They speak out on gender equalityand …

Frederick Douglass Agreed With Bernie Sanders on Race in America

In a <i>New York Times</i> op-ed, Princeton University History Professor Sean Wilentz disputed claims that United States Constitution was a pro-slavery document. He argued, "Northern Republicans, led by Abraham Lincoln, and joined by abolitionists including Frederick Douglass, resolutely denied it."<p>But …

Every Reason Your School's Gendered Dress Code Is Probably a Sexist Mess

Dress code conflicts announced the beginning of the school year with a bang. Usually, I'd provide an example, but it makes more sense to talk about the Missouri Legislature, where a few weeks ago, a dress code for interns was proposed, to much dismay and no small amount of ridicule.<p>"Removing one …

Feminism

The Republican base’s “patriotic” treason: The shocking new poll that exposes the dangerous extremism of the American right

A chilling new poll reveals just how sympathetic Republicans would be to a military coup<p>Last week, as the nation observed the anniversary of 9/11, one could not help but look back at that time and contemplate the reaction by our fellow citizens and foreign nations. Rick Perlstein wrote a very …