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OP-ED: Castro was problematic but his crucial role in the fight against white supremacy is lost on white liberals

On one side I’m seeing celebrations because to them a totalitarian* dictator has finally died (peacefully in his home at age 90), and their argument is that he was evil because many Cubans died, were exiled, and were denied basic freedoms under his regime. Other tamer arguments are that he was a poor leader because his economy fluctuated from ruin to stabilization.

On the other side of this argument (worth noting: from primarily Black and Brown people)…


Added by The Establishment on December 2, 2016 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Paris Contre Trump: an Anti-Trump Protest in Paris

In spite of the 40-degree weather, close to 1000 protesters gathered in the streets of Paris last Saturday. The reason was simple, to publicly display their frustration, anger and hurt surrounding the election of Donald Trump. Whether chanting in English, French or Spanish, the protesters expressed their thoughts with passion. Of the many, one chant was repeatedly returned to:

Muslim rights are human rights!

Muslim rights are human rights!…


Added by The Establishment on November 28, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Student's 'White People Stay Colonizing' presentation examines how teen slang & dance crazes appropriate Black culture

Black academics are slaying in more ways than one these days, and Taylor Amari Little is no different. AFROPUNK covered this budding intellectual earlier this year because of her nonprofit The Temple Project, whose purpose is to remind people that the homeless members of the… Continue

Added by The Establishment on November 21, 2016 at 11:55am — No Comments

Acts of resilience: 4 glimmers of black hope to come out of the Reagan Era

Before Donald Trump won the 2016 election last Tuesday — becoming the 44th white, cis male to hold the office in the United States — he was already drawing comparisons from the press with another incendiary and controversial commander-in-chief, whose policies were detrimental to the lives of black Americans and working poor — Ronald Reagan.

From the disproportionate and punitive impact of his “supply-side” or “trickle-down” economic policies on the black…


Added by The Establishment on November 17, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: 'I'm Terrified for reproductive and LGBT rights

I was laying in bed late Tuesday night, my room pitch black, bile rising to the back of my throat. My phone buzzing from a succession of frightened, confused, and empathetic texts. Trump had won. Too angry to cry, a wave of hopelessness washed over me: Do I still have the right to control my own body? Do my gay and queer friends still have the rights to their families? Are my trans sisters in even more danger than before?

Let me be clear—I'm not afraid of…


Added by The Establishment on November 10, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Organize, build, educate. We must stick together in the face of hatred

Donald Trump is the new President-elect of the United States of America. How did we get there? Voter suppression is real. Many also see the failure of the neoliberal Democratic…


Added by The Establishment on November 9, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Black Women: Let's vote, but we must also be there for each other

Several years ago, as I stood in the doorway of my assigned polling place, ready to make a stand and cast the very first presidential vote of my life, I found myself unexpectedly stunned and awed by what I saw before me:

There were four voting booths; three were occupied, leaving the second from the left empty, and vacant for me. The voters in question were hunched over slightly as they scribbled and marked their choices as to whose hands to leave this country of…


Added by The Establishment on November 8, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Brazilian students face police brutality as they occupy schools to protest budget cuts

Brothers and Sisters,

As you might know by now, we live in a non-democratic state since the elected president was taken out of power by a coup last August, in Brazil. It was a parliamentary coup, with full support from the Supreme Court that ousted President Dilma Roussef. In 2014 we elected Roussef for presidency, although her party had kept an incestuous alliance with PMDB (a conservative party), it was better than the alternative, Aecio Neves, whose name was…


Added by The Establishment on November 7, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Une pub du média français Spicee s'amuse de la violence policière envers les noirs

Une des publicités du média en ligne français Spicee annonce avec sarcasme: "Cette semaine, j'ai tiré sur aucun black dans la rue. J'étais trop occupé à regarder des documentaires sur - Stanley Aldridge, policier américain".

Ce "sarcasme" a heurté certains internautes, en particulier des noirs, qui trouvent déplacé de faire du marketing et de vendre un produit en s'amusant du racisme qu'ils subissent au quotidien.

Sur la défensive, le média…


Added by The Establishment on October 27, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Black women storm the internet to show #WhatADoctorLooksLike after Delta Airlines discrimination scandal

Dr. Tamika Cross is like any other doctor. She got her degree from a reputable medical school and now practices in Houston, TX, where she’s an OB-GYN. And like any other physician, when they’re on a plane and someone needs medical attention, generally she steps up to the plate to offer her professional opinion. Unfortunately, Delta Airlines had trouble seeing the doctor past her skin tone because Dr. Cross happens to be a Black woman. Her story’s gone viral since she first…


Added by The Establishment on October 17, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

[FR] 'Violences, Racisme & Religions' - Un livre captivant célèbre le philosophe Cornel West sur fond de Blues et de Jazz

Le philosophe américain Cornel West propose une analyse sans concessions des causes de l'injustice dans un système capitaliste teinté de suprématie blanche. Un travail tout à fait d'actualité et particulièrement pertinent en cette période où de plus en plus d'afro-descendants se conscientisent et remettent en question l'ordre établi et les propagandes d'Etat.

Dans son livre …


Added by The Establishment on October 17, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Leaked documents remind us that Hollywood is paying Black & Brown actors and actresses chump change compared to their white counterparts

The equal pay debate has been raging since the 60s, and the fact that in 2016 Black men and women are still being paid less than their white counterparts is outrageous. On Tuesday, Variety uncovered and published the salaries of many television stars, and in the midst of controversy over the film and television industry’s treatment of minority actors, the numbers don’t paint a surprising picture, but the picture is disheartening nonetheless. The men and women representing… Continue

Added by The Establishment on October 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Black Seattle woman founds nonprofit Dignity for Divas to help homeless women re-gain their sense of confidence and self-worth

After experiencing a bout of homelessness herself, Nikki Gane founded Dignity for Divas to help women who have suffered from a lack of shelter and a loss of hope. Dignity for Divas works to help and remind homeless women that they are beautiful and important. With programs like Diva Duty, in which Diva Survival kits consisting of hygiene products are distributed to women throughout the city, or Welcome Home bags, for women who are transitioning from temporary shelters to…


Added by The Establishment on October 6, 2016 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Réponse au Musée du Quai Branly Concernant le Livret Pédagogique de l'Exposition 'The Color Line’

A l’attention de la direction de la communication du Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac.

Nous avons bien reçu vos explications.

Nous nous réjouissons que la rapidité de notre réaction et la célérité avec laquelle vous avez retiré ce livret de la circulation aient permis…


Added by The Establishment on October 6, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Support the campaign to Abolish Columbus Day—because celebrating native genocide is racist, period

The Zinn Education Project has launched an effort to get schools and communities to change Columbus day to Indigenous Peoples Day. We all know that Christopher Columbus was a racist, xenophobic murderous colonizer, but that has stopped the United States from celebrating his conquest with a day of his very own. Meanwhile in North Dakota, Indigenous people and allies are attempting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, on land that would still be theirs had Christopher…


Added by The Establishment on October 5, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

WTF - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re: "Rape not as bad as abortion"

*TW: rape, sexual assault, child abuse

French Magazine Marie-Claire called out the fact Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re is still part of Vatican leadership in spite of his comments condemning the abortion of a 9-year-old Brazilian girl who was raped by her step-father. In the years since these comments, the Vatican still defends this stance, due to the belief that the fetus is a person and that the fetuses’ innocence and pregnant woman’s life are of equal…


Added by The Establishment on October 4, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

[FR] Le Musée du Quai Branly "apprend" aux enfants que certains esclaves avaient une vie "agréable" et que les discriminations raciales aux Etats-Unis se sont terminées en 1964

Un livret pour enfants du Musée du Quai Branly commence avec plusieurs paragraphes douteux affirmant que certains esclaves avaient des vies "agréables" et que le Civil Rights Act de 1964 a marqué "la fin de la discrimination raciale" aux Etats-Unis. Certains invités du vernissage outrés parlent de révisionnisme. 

La grande institution parisienne Musée du Quai Branly vient d'inaugurer 'The Color Line', une…


Added by The Establishment on October 4, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

Major French institution teaches kids that some U.S. slaves had "pleasant lives" & that racial discrimination ended in 1964

Musée du Quai Branly's booklet for kids starts with several questionable paragraphs stating that some slaves had "pleasant lives" and that the Civil Rights Act from 1964 marked "the end of racial discrimination"... Many say this is revisionist "History" at its best.

Major Parisian institution Musée du Quai Branly just launched 'The Color Line', a very ambitious exhibition about the History of…


Added by The Establishment on October 4, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Socialist Alternative activist and formidable Fox News opponent Darletta Scruggs talks student debt crisis, worker’s rights, and changing the system

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chicago-based activist and organizer Darletta Scruggs. Back in April, Scruggs drew national attention after challenging and shutting down Fox News host Neil Cavuto during a conversation (below) about student loan debt, higher education, access, and governmental corruption. The Socialist Alternative and…


Added by The Establishment on August 19, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: How revolutionary self-care becomes an act of radical activism

This year during Black History Month, a 23 year old Black Lives Matter activist, MarShawn M. McCarrell committed suicide on the steps of the Ohio State House. Hours before he took his life MarShawn posted on his Facebook saying “My demons won today, I’m sorry.” This reality breaks me. It made me think about how I talk about my dreams but never my nightmares. As millennial blacktivists we’re constantly throwing ourselves on the line for our causes not realizing the…


Added by The Establishment on July 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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