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The New Jacobins…..

The Tea Party movement has associated itself with the wrong revolution… they have more in common with the French Revolutionaries than the American. Their character, tactics and goals are consistent with and reminiscent of, the extremists of the French Revolution, organized around a debating society known as the Jacobin Club that took power during the most critical part of the Revolution and will be forever remembered for ushering the infamous period known simply as “The Terror”. Continue reading

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On Privilege, Projection and Pathology: A recent debate between Jonathan Chait and Ta-Nehisi Coates reveals the misconceptions that rule America’s understanding of race and poverty

I agree with Ta-Nehisi Coates. Conservatives and liberals alike prefer to focus on perceived deficits in black and brown people than on structural racism and the concepts of white supremacy that undergird it as the principal reasons for disparate conditions and outcomes for many blacks and Hispanics. White privilege means not having to think about the many ways the lives of those who are classified as white are enhanced and protected by the subjugation and exclusion of racial minorities. White privilege provides white ethnics escape from the stigma of poverty – as historian Nell Irvin Painter aptly distinguishes, “Not all black people are poor, but among the people in America defined by race, black people tend to be the poorest.” Continue reading

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A Hallelujah Moment! Justice for Clarence Aaron and Seven Others Serving Time for Crack Cocaine Offenses

Clarence Aaron has been in prison for 20 years, at 42, he’s spent almost as much of his life behind bars as he spent a free man. We can’t give him back the years he lost or the years lost by the other seven men and women who were victims of racially biased crack cocaine sentencing laws, but we can move affirmatively to reduce the injustice to future generations. Continue reading

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