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To Defeat Racism, We All Need to Dismantle Racial Capitalism

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  • Poor and working people can build power by banding together across racial boundaries and fighting for radical issue and electoral campaigns. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
  • White people must stand alongside us on the front lines.
  • Challenging the “White Ally” Model

Rafael Diaz, In These Times

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 August 25, 2017 | This month’s white supremacist rally and deadly attack in Charlottesville again reminded millions of white Americans that racism did not, in fact, end with the 2008 election of Barack Obama. In the wake of the recent events in Virginia, there has been lively debate over white people’s proper role in joining in the fight against white supremacy. This is understandable. After all, people of color have reason to question whether those who took so long to acknowledge the existence of racism can be trusted to fight against it.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Moyers%20%7C%20Talking%20About%20Race_1.jpgBut white supremacy is a system that does more than just oppress people of color. It serves to divide us and keep poor and working people from building the power necessary to create a more equitable world. We should be wary of calls for white folks to step to the side because they’re not victims of racial prejudice. This approach isn’t just wrong-headed—it lets white people off the hook. They need to fight on the front lines for racial justice alongside the rest of us.

Rafael Diaz is a lifelong Pennsylvanian and organizes in Lancaster and York counties for Keystone Progress, Student Action, and Lancaster Stands Up.

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5 Things the Mainstream Media Missed About Charlottesville

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Neo-Nazis and white supremacists scuffled gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • We can’t ignore the long history of white supremacist violence—and anti-fascist organizing.
  • Related: How To Fight Establishment Propaganda Machines Like NPR  And Win

 

Shane Burley and Alexander Reed Ross, In These Times

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August 19, 2017 | While the media focused closely on the spectacle of white polos and khaki pants worn by the killer, most sources missed a long backstory of far-right political violence.

White supremacists’ coup on the culture may have hit its zenith with the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally—a convergence of far-right groups that ended with racist attacks, dozens of injuries and three dead. In the firestorm of controversy that followed the fascist onslaught in Charlottesville and Trump’s open support for keeping the Confederate monuments in place, a number of important issues have gone under-reported across mainstream news outlets.

Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. His work as appeared in places such as In These Times, Truth-Out, Labor Notes, ThinkProgress, Roar Mag, and Upping the Anti. He is the author of forthcoming book Fascism Today: What It Is and How We End It (AK Press, 2017).

Alexander Reid Ross is a lecturer in geography at Portland State University and the author of Against the Fascist Creep (AK Press, 2017). His articles have been published in ROAR Magazine, Waging Nonviolence, Think Progress, and Truthout.

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How To Fight Establishment Propaganda Machines Like NPR  And Win, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 




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  • Part 1: NPR Attempts To Undermine WikiLeaks’ Credibility With Deliberate, Brazen Lie
    • These deep state propaganda networks have got to go.
  • Part 2: How To Fight The Establishment Propaganda Machine And Win
    • Don’t let anyone tell you that this cannot be done.

 

Trump Is Using Old Jim Crow Tactics to Usher in a New Era of Racist Violence

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  • To defeat this administration’s racist governance-by-suggestion, we need movements—not just policy.
  • If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. —Sun Tzu
  • Related: From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

Stephanie Guilloud and Emery Wright, In These Times 

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August 18, 2017 | IThe Trump administration is having a hard time governing by legislation. We can count the administration’s failures in Congress as cold comfort, but it is imperative to work harder to understand what is really happening on the political landscape. Executive orders, tweets, public speeches, briefs and memos are the signals of governance that point towards repressive state policy and brew social hostility on the ground. The Trump administration is governing by suggestion, and the impact is deadly.

Charlottesville is erupting and, similar to the social eruption in Ferguson three years ago, this is not a moment to call ourselves “protesters.” We are community members who are horrified and outraged at heightened, organized and violent white supremacy, whether it manifests as police murders or Nazi rallies.
Stephanie Guilloud and Emery Wright are Co-Directors at Project South and long-time organizers for racial and economic justice in the U.S. South.

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From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer, Odysseus, Angry Humanist

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  • So here I ask that each of us pull our heads out of those fluffy and, mostly white, clouds of privilege and see the world our choices have created. Stop supporting the status quo with silence and quick indictments of the disenfranchised. Stop changing the subject. Stop complaining about our hurt feelings. Stop listening to everyone except the people who are suffering. We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.
  • Related: White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It"


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The Racist Origins of Private School Vouchers

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In a letter, (Education Secretary Betsy) DeVos laid out a far less activist philosophy for the civil rights office. | AP Photo

  • As people of faith and conscience, we have the duty to invest in educational equity and protect all our children’s futures. We hope this resource empowers your efforts to ensure that all Americans, regardless of race, gender, class, or ability, are able to secure a quality education.
  • Related: The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer, Odysseus, Angry Humanist

Claire Markham, Center for American Progress

http://images.alternet.org/images/managed/storyimages_picture8_1268251845.jpg_310x220 Summer, 2017 | Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed a school reform policy that would provide federal funding for private school voucher systems nationwide. Although proponents of the voucher system claim that it empowers parental choice, they often leave out a troubling history in which vouchers were used to perpetuate a system of racial segregation and discrimination in the South. 

 

A new issue brief released by the Center for American Progress elaborates on the relationship between racial and economic segregation and the rise of America’s voucher system. In the years following Brown v. Board of Education, white communities used public funds—in the form of vouchers—to relocate their children to private schools. Consequently, students of color found themselves left behind in public schools that lacked proper resources and resulted in barriers to black communities’ economic and social well-being. “Policymakers must consider the origins of vouchers and their impact on segregation and support for public education,” the brief states. “No matter how well intentioned, widespread voucher programs risk exacerbating segregation in schools and leaving the most vulnerable students and the public schools they attend behind.” You may also be interested in this column illustrating six ways Secretary DeVos is enabling discrimination and undermining civil rights. 

Claire Markham, The Faith Team, Center for American Progress

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The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer, Odysseus, Angry Humanist

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  • So here I ask that each of us pull our heads out of those fluffy and, mostly white, clouds of privilege and see the world our choices have created. Stop supporting the status quo with silence and quick indictments of the disenfranchised. Stop changing the subject. Stop complaining about our hurt feelings. Stop listening to everyone except the people who are suffering. We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.
  • Related: White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It"

 

From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

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  • So here I ask that each of us pull our heads out of those fluffy and, mostly white, clouds of privilege and see the world our choices have created. Stop supporting the status quo with silence and quick indictments of the disenfranchised. Stop changing the subject. Stop complaining about our hurt feelings. Stop listening to everyone except the people who are suffering. We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.
  • Related: White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It"

Odysseus, Angry Humanist

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3rd December 2014This is an exercise in dismantling whiteness, white supremacy racism, race and the ideologies that create the socioeconomic disparities we see between people of color and their European counterparts. For this to work, you must read a lot, not just my whimsical ramblings but the many articles and studies I’ve linked throughout this document. Many of my perspectives come from the content of those works, but there is also a fair of amount of insight to be gained simply by existing within a nation that never really feels like home.

I have put great effort into coupling my opinions with historical references and other sound affirming data, but I am human; so there may be some mistakes here and there. I simply ask that you not dismiss the entirety of what is said for having read something perceived as wrong on your part or said in error on mine. I will, at times use sarcasm, humor, and dialogue to clarify a point, but I do these things not because this topic is in any way something to take lightly. They are tools to soften the blow for you, the reader, and me the bareknuckle writer. I am neither trying to http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2015-05-06_at_10.41.19_am_0.png?itok=r5Y8N1gNdraw blood or break my hand in the process of dropping some rather heavy accusations, facts, and opinions on some sleeping heads.

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White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It" Tim Wise, AlterNet

  • It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.
  • Related: ‘We Must Actively Stand Up’: John Angelos’ Response to Racism at Fenway Park

 

Special Report | The Philando Castile Acquittal: Week Ending June 24, 2017

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"I can't keep up with the number of people whose existence is being reduced to a hashtag, at the rate cops are realizing their GI Joe fantasies." --Anon

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Philando Castile Verdict a Painful Result of Laws Rigged to Protect Cops, Shaun King, New York Daily News / Common Dreams

According to American case law, if cops believe their life is in danger, it does not matter if it truly is or isn't, all they have to do is believe it. The decades old cases of Tennessee v Garner and Graham v Connor both shaped for future juries what police could and could not get away with.

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  • Part 1: There Is No Justice In America For Black People Killed By Cops
  • “The system continues to fail black people,” (Castile’s mother, Valerie,) said Friday after the verdict. 
  • Part 2: Thousands March In Saint Paul After Philando Castile Verdict
  • Protestors marched through the city after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter.

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  • Jun 19, 2017 | To protect the White supremacy narrative, you all have been duped.
  • You’ve been lied to.

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This Lying, Murdering Whore Called America, Michael Harriot, the Root

  • 6/16/17 | I bet America celebrated a little bit. I bet she even smiled as Philando Castile descended into the infinite darkness, still loving her, confused and wet with pieces of his own brain fluid.
  • America is a bitch.

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https://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/Baraka_MilitarizedCops.jpeg?itok=hfzzc5nz Philando Castile, Charleena Lyles: The Body Count in the U.S. War against Black People Continues, Ajamu Baraka, Black Agenda Report

Tue, 06/20/2017 | Add the name of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant woman from Seattle, to the list of victims of the U.S. State. Her name will soon move down the column, since killer cops “are inherent in the logic of repression that has always characterized the relationship between the U.S. racist settler-state and black people.” Killing Black people comes easily, especially at this stage of capitalism in which their labor is no longer needed.

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The week in patriarchy: the latest US shootings are an awful reminder of how normal they feel, Jessica Valenti, the Guardian

Friday 16 June 2017 | In a time when shootings are commonplace, this week didn’t necessarily feel remarkable. It felt normal and that makes me fear for my daughter

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  • June 22, 2017 | On Wednesday, Cleveland police officer Gregory King testified in the 2015 shooting death of Brandon Jones that his partner, Officer Alan Buford, should not have shot Jones.
  • King said he was never in fear of his life from Jones, who was unarmed.

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Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization, NationAction, the Nation

  • Last year, activists were able to kick Urban Shield out of Oakland. Now they’re fighting to get rid of this potent symbol of police militarization for good.
  • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools

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Thousands March for Justice for Black People Killed by Cops

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  • Part 1: There Is No Justice In America For Black People Killed By Cops
  • “The system continues to fail black people,” (Castile’s mother, Valerie,) said Friday after the verdict. 
  • Part 2: Thousands March In Saint Paul After Philando Castile Verdict
  • Protestors marched through the city after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter.

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Valerie Castile looks at a photo button of her son Philando during a press conference on the state Capitol grounds in Saint Paul, Minnesota, July 12, 2016. Eric Miller / Reuters 

“The system continues to fail black people,” (Castile’s mother, Valerie,) said Friday after the verdict. “My son loved this city, and this city killed my son. And the murderer gets away! Are you kidding me right now?”

Julia Craven, Huff Post 

06/16/2017 | It’s happening again.

I have to write about Philando Castile, the 32-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer last July. I have to compose myself, sit at this laptop and write something profound about another black life taken by a police officer, another officer found not guilty for killing a black person.

And, you know, I have nothing much to say.

On Friday, St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty in Castile’s death. In audio recording from just before the encounter, Yanez can be heard saying: “I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over. The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery.”

Julia Craven: Civil Rights Reporter, HuffPost

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Part 2: Thousands March In Saint Paul After Philando Castile Verdict

Protestors marched through the city after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter.

Carla Herreria, Huff Post

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06/16/2017 | Protesters rallied in front of the state Capitol in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Friday after a jury found a police officer not guilty in the July 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile.

Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer in the suburb of St. Anthony, shot and killed Castile, who was black, during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the car with him and filmed the aftermath of the shooting. Yanez was found not guilty of several charges Friday, including manslaughter. 

Carla Herreria is an Hawaii-based Huff Post reporter.

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