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Audiences Want Diversity In Hollywood. Hollywood’s Been Slow To Get The Message.

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  • Movie and TV executives continue to treat successful projects with diverse casts and creators, like “Black Panther,” as the exception rather than the rule.
  • Related: Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse?

Marina Fang, Huff Post

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02/27/2018 | The conventional wisdom in Hollywood is that movies by and about people of color don’t perform well with audiences. But the massive box office numbers for Marvel’s “Black Panther” are just the latest piece of evidence that that’s simply not true. And as a new study from the University of California, Los Angeles, demonstrates, entertainment executives have been slow to recognize that “diversity is essential for Hollywood’s bottom line.”

The findings of the report on diversity and representation, released Tuesday, match those of similar studies that have shown incremental improvements over the last few years, obscuring a lack of lasting, systemic change in Hollywood.

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Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse? Roberto Pedace, the Conversation / Salon

It may not be misogyny or white privilege. The problem may be the international box office.


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Weekend Read: It’s past time for white supremacy to die

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  • In the last year we’ve seen the growth of the so-called “alt-right,” a rise in neo-Nazi groups and, in response, a spike in black nationalist groups.

The common thread?

White supremacy.

This weekend we're bringing you an editorial by our Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich from our latest Intelligence Report, reminding us that if we want to reverse a trend that saw hate groups rise for the third year in a row, we must dismantle the white supremacy that's embedded so deeply in American society.

  • Related: Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On

Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Leadership Conference (SPLC)

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February 24, 2018 | There were two dynamics that determined the fate of America's radical right in 2017: the election of President Trump and the fallout from the Charlottesville, Virginia, deadly white nationalist rally.

Extremists rode a wave of euphoria from Trump's January inauguration until August 11, finally having found an uncucked politician who reflected the world they wanted to see: a world where racism was sanctioned by the highest office, immigrants given the boot and Muslims banned. Riding high, a wide range of extremists who usually don't get along — from heavily armed militias, to polo-attired white nationalists, to Klansmen, to neo-Nazis — all joined forces in mid-August in Charlottesville.

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Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On, Sharona Coutts, Rewire 

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  • Far-right groups attacking the SPLC claim that the group has lost its credibility because it has targeted groups such as the Family Research Council and others on the far right.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

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Close Encounters of the Racist Kind: A Guide to the Modern Far-Right

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  • Pseudo-scientific research, lost Aryan super-civilizations and biblical giants.
  • Related: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives

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January 11, 2018 | On December 6, 1830, Andrew Jackson used his second State of the Union address to defend the Indian Removal Act, the administration’s sole legislative victory. He described the law promulgating the expulsion and resettlement of southeastern Native American tribes as the “happy consummation” of U.S. Indian policy. To his critics who “wept over the fate of the aborigines” — and who, it turned out, accurately predicted the horrors of the forced migrations known collectively to history as the Trail of Tears — Jackson offered an archeology lesson. Any “melancholy reflections” were ahistorical, he said, because the Indians were neither innocent victims nor first peoples, but perpetrators of what Jackson’s modern admirers might call “white genocide.”

Jackson knew this because the evidence was everywhere in plain sight.

Alexander Zaitchik is a journalist living in New Orleans.

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Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Horace Campbell on U.S. Disregard for Black Lives, from “War on Terror” in Africa to U.S. Army Widow at Home
  • There is a collaboration between the United Nations peacekeeping forces and the government of the Congo to ensure that the situation remain destabilized so that the Congo can be looted.
  • Part 2: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood
  • Propaganda of conservative activists and politicians flnng around assures white Americans that their racial resentment is valid, despite evidence to the contrary.
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Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse?

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It may not be misogyny or white privilege. The problem may be the international box office.

Roberto PedaceThe Conversation / Salon

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12.27.2017 In 2014, a hacker group leaked confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including a controversial email written by an unnamed producer.

In the email, which went viral, the producer questioned the decision to cast Denzel Washington as the lead in “The Equalizer”:

“I believe that the international motion-picture audience is racist – in general, pictures with an African-American lead don’t play well overseas… But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pictures with decent-size budgets.”

Roberto Pedace, contributing writer, the Conversation, an independent, not-for-profit media outlet that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.

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Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives

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  • Part 1: Horace Campbell on U.S. Disregard for Black Lives, from “War on Terror” in Africa to U.S. Army Widow at Home
    • There is a collaboration between the United Nations peacekeeping forces and the government of the Congo to ensure that the situation remain destabilized so that the Congo can be looted.
  • Part 2: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood
    • Propaganda of conservative activists and politicians flnng around assures white Americans that their racial resentment is valid, despite evidence to the contrary.

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Part 1: Horace Campbell on U.S. Disregard for Black Lives, from “War on Terror” in Africa to U.S. Army Widow at Home

There is a collaboration between the United Nations peacekeeping forces and the government of the Congo that Nikki Haley doesn’t have a clue about to ensure that the situation remain destabilized so that the Congo can be looted.

Horace Campbell, Democracy Now!

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https://www.democracynow.org/images/story/31/39131/w320/_S2_Africom1.jpg October 24, 2017 | We continue to examine the U.S. military presence in Africa and what happened during the ambush of U.S. Special Forces by militants in the West African nation of Niger, which is now the subject of a military and FBI investigation. We are joined from Luanda, Angola, by Horace Campbell, who is currently spending a year in West Africa as the Kwame Nkrumah chair at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. He is a peace and justice scholar and professor of African American studies and political science at Syracuse University.
 

Amy Goodman: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, was we continue to examine the U.S. military presence in Africa and what happened during the ambush of U.S. Special Forces in the West African nation of Niger, which is now the subject of both a military and FBI investigation, with the death of four [U.S. soldiers], five Nigerien soldiers, and at the same time, you have President Trump attacking the African-American congresswoman, friend of the La David Johnson family. The widow herself feels under attack, as well, by the president of the United States.

Horace Campbell  currently in West Africa as the Kwame Nkrumah chair at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. He is a peace and justice scholar and professor of African American studies and political science at Syracuse University.

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Part 2: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood

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Evidence and polls do not seem to alter the perceptions of some white Americans who consider their personal experiences indicative of the norm. This comes as no surprise, given the propaganda being flung around by conservative activists and politicians who want to assure white Americans that their racial resentment is valid, despite evidence to the contrary.

Sonali KolhatkarTruthdig / Rise Up Times

October 26, 2017 | Fifty-five percent of white Americans believe there is discrimination against whites in the U.S., according to a recent NPR poll. But when asked about specific instances in which they personally experienced discrimination, less than 20 percent responded that their whiteness hurt them in job applications, pay equity and promotions and college applications. Reality does not match the perception of the poll respondents, but it does reflect an increasingly common belief—one that Donald Trump has promoted and exploited virulently—that white victimhood is a large-scale problem.

A recent email from a white listener of my radio program offers a perfect example of this type of dissonance. She complained that I focus too much on white supremacy in my news coverage and that in doing so I am “promoting the destruction of the middle class.” She went on to complain that at the McDonald’s she had visited that morning, all 12 employees were Hispanic, and not a single one Caucasian. She lamented the fact that everyone in the computer engineering department of her local university is “mostly Asian or foreign,” and that almost all of her local female leaders are Jewish or have Jewish husbands. She railed about the corporate media and banking industry being mostly run by Jews (“just a fact,” she offered almost apologetically). She also noted that while she is against allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country, she does support the Black Lives Matter movement and had voted for Barack Obama. Ultimately, she said, she isn’t seeking privilege or supremacy—she just wants a decent job to pay her bills.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku) and Pacifica stations KPFK, KPFA, and affiliates.

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GOP tax bill: A new mechanism for reinforcing white power

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  • Why do Republicans love their massively unpopular tax bill? Because it punishes nonwhites, and that never fails.
  • Related: To many, America’s racial wealth gap remains invisible.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

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12.11.2017 | The empire has struck back. It almost always does.

Fiscal policy is not race-neutral. It prioritizes certain groups and interests while punishing and disadvantaging others. The Republican Party's new "tax reform" bill is no different.

This legislation takes hundreds of billions of dollars away from poor and working-class Americans and gives it to the (already) very rich. As I have suggested in an earlier essay, the Republican tax bill has no redeeming social value. It can be understood as a Malthusian effort to kill off the "useless eaters," with the goal of creating a social-Darwinist dystopia where the amount of money a person has is taken as the ultimate indicator of human worth. On the surface, the Republican tax plan is simply legal theft. But its deeper goal is to radically remake American society by undoing the changes made by the civil rights movement, the Great Society and the New Deal.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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To many, America’s racial wealth gap remains invisible, Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

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  • Economic progress has been agonizingly slow for black Americans — but many whites don’t see it that way
  • Related: The Road to Charlottesville: Reflections on 21st Century U.S. Capitalist Racism

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How Millions of White Americans Have Bought Into a Racist Myth About Black America

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Black-on-black crime is a myth that was decades in the making.


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October 27, 2017 | Days after President Donald Trump mocked professional athletes taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality inflicted upon communities of color, namely former San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick who first kneeled in 2016, others followed suit. As national media coverage of the athletes’ protests intensified and the president doubled down on his provocations, which soon gave way to threats, the condemnation came. Outlets like the Washington Times implicitly questioned why did the athletes not turn their attention to a more pressing cause: the danger of “black-on-black crime.”

The Washington Times article is only the latest in a long line of attempts to use the racist trope of black-on-black crime to specifically discredit the Black Lives Matter movement and to invalidate very real concerns about police treatment of black communities across the country. Implicit in those attempts is a suggestion of the inherent criminality of black Americans.

This argument is a lie decades in the making.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson is a freelance writer and a former research assistant at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her work has appeared in AlterNet, U.S. News and World Report, Equal Voice News, and Common Dreams.

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John Kelly’s Historical Amnesia About the History of the Civil War  and Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: John Kelly’s Civil War history fail speaks to a much bigger problem
  • Kelly only said what many white Americans believe: Slavery wasn’t that important and the Southern cause was “noble.”
  • Part 2: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy
  • Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders.

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AIM Leader Dennis Banks Walks On

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Dennis J. Banks: 1937 – 2017 Dennis Banks addresses the rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Native News Online photo by Weldon Grover.

Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul twin city area. At the tail-end of the Civil Rights Movement, AIM became a powerful force in Indian Country bringing attention to the dismal living conditions and abuse American Indians faced in the United States.

Levi Rickert, Native News Online

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October 30, 2017 | Dennis J. Banks (Ojibwe), whose American Indian name was Nowa Cumig, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), actor, lecturer and author, has walked on and has begun his journey to the spirit world from complications developed after open heart surgery last week. He was surrunded by family and friends at the time of his death. He passed away at 10:10 p.m. – CDT. Banks was 80 years old.

His family released this statement:

“Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on October 29, 2017.

Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online.

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