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Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist

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  • The story here is that KSTP blew this story badly, and needs to admit it and take its lumps. Then the people at KSTP need to ask themselves how they'd like to live in the kind of world they have constructed for Gordon.
  • We called KSTP for comment and here's what its recorded answering service advised us: "If you have a tip and suspect welfare fraud, press 4."

Jason Linkins & Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

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  • 11/07/2014 | About a week and a half ago in Minneapolis, a man and a woman posed for a picture together, as men and women do all across this great land of ours. But what began as a thoroughly commonplace event in our society ended in a Charlie Foxtrot of garbage journalism, courtesy of the local Minneapolis ABC affiliate, KSTP.

In the photo above, you see Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and a man named Navell Gordon. Gordon is a convicted felon who is currently on supervised probation. He works for an organization called Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. He does so because, having lost his voter privileges to a criminal past he regrets, he now spends time teaching others the hard lesson his mistakes taught him, about how the precious right to vote was part of the cost he paid. Hodges, along with Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, are supporters of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. (Here is a picture of Harteau posing with Gordon, one piece of information among many that didn't make KSTP's report.)

Jason Linkins: Washington, DC-based professional actor and writer 

Ryan Grim is the Washington bureau chief for the Huffington Post and an MSNBC contributor. He is a former staff reporter with Politico.com and Washington City Paper. He is the author of the book This Is Your Country on Drugs.

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Twelve Ways Jim Crow is Winning in 2014

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  • With the winding down of marijuana prohibition, widespread gay rights victories and more, Republicans - and their kindred spirits among the Democrats - now need the outright destruction of democracy itself to win an election.
  • America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal 

Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis, Common Dreams

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voter_rights_fighters.jpg?itok=YPGo3wnlSocial justice activists mobilized by the Moral Monday Movement rallied in downtown Raleigh earlier this year as they championed the importance of voting rights. (Photo:  Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)

Friday, October 31, 2014 | Jim Crow is already the big winner in this year’s election.

The corporate elite needs him to gouge the planet, wage perpetual imperial war and rule the rest of us.

So the voting rights of millions of student, elderly, black, Hispanic and other citizens are being lynched.

 

Harvey Wasserman's Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show is at www.progressiveradionetwork.com, and he edits www.nukefree.org. He and Bob Fitrakis have co-authored four books on election protection, including How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election, at www.freepress.org.

Bob Fitrakis is a Political Science Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department at Columbus State Community College. He and Harvey Wasserman have co-authored four books on election protection, including Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election?, As Goes Ohio: Election Theft Since 2004 , How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008, and What Happened in Ohio.

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America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal, Joan Walsh, Salon

The glee with which the GOP relies on Obama-hate to turn out its base shows the disturbing racial reality of 2014.

 

America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal

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The glee with which the GOP relies on Obama-hate to turn out its base shows the disturbing racial reality of 2014.

Joan Walsh, Salon

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Friday, Oct 24, 2014 | When I first heard President Obama’s remarks on the 2014 midterms to Rev. Al Sharpton on Politics Nation Monday — insisting he’s fine with the red state Democrats who are distancing themselves from him because they “are all folks who vote with me” — I had two contradictory thoughts. Either Obama was being awfully gracious, or else he was mad as hell, and happy to bear-hug cowardly red state Democrats so hard it might hurt them.

Republicans certainly thought they hit political gold. Right away Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus Tweeted gleefully: “All of the Dem candidates running from Obama ‘are all folks who vote with’ & ‘have supported’ his agenda.” The mud-slinging right-wing Washington Free Beacon pounced: “President Obama dealt another blow to red state Democrats on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday.”

Joan Walsh joined Salon in 1998 to become the first full-time news editor and became editor in chief in February 2005. At the end of 2010, she became editor at large, to write full time. In the last couple of years she's had the privilege of debating conservative zealots on TV, from Bill O' Reilly to Dick Armey to Pat Buchanan.

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5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies

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  • For those of you … who want a peek into the book before committing to the full 420 pages, here are five of (the author's) key arguments.
  • A Short Guide To 'The Half Has Never Been Told'
  • This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege

Braden Goyette, Huffington Post

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o-3418198-570.jpg?6 10/23/2014Edward Baptist's new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism", drew a lot of attention last month after the Economist said it was too hard on slave owners.

What you might not have taken away from the ensuing media storm is that "The Half Has Never Been Told" is quite a gripping read. Baptist weaves deftly between analysis of economic data and narrative prose to paint a picture of American slavery that is pretty different from what you may have learned in high school Social Studies class.

Braden Goyette: Senior Editor, Huffington Post

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This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege, Abby Zimet, Common Dreams

  • “Just because he’s black, it doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house,” bristles Westby. "This is wrong. Now please leave our neighborhood."
  • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege

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  • “Just because he’s black, it doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house,” bristles Westby. "This is wrong. Now please leave our neighborhood."
  • For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

Abby Zimet, Common Dreams

 

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Friday, October 10, 2014 | For everything you need to know about the justice (sic) system in America, a brief impromptu video wherein Jody Westby, a take-no-prisoners white attorney, comes to the aid of Dennis Stucky, an older, disabled, black handyman who gets stopped by cops for walking while black in an uber-fancy D.C. neighborhood. Check out Westby's imperious don't-give-me-this-crap tone when she sternly tells the cops to back off - and then imagine the bloody scenario if she was a black male - a group, says a new study, 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than their white counterparts. 

 

“Just because he’s black, it doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house,” bristles Westby. "This is wrong. Now please leave our neighborhood."

 

Abby Zimet, staff writer, Common Dreams

 

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For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism, Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

  • The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later. 
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart
  • 'Dear White Racists' is One of the Best Explanations of White Privilege You Will Likely Ever Read

 

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