Two Museum Directors Say It’s Time to Tell the Unvarnished History of the U.S. | At the Smithsonian

(excerpt) “It’s all about white supremacy and racism. The notion of people, that you’re concerned about African-American and Native people, reducing them so they are no longer human,” Bunch explains. “So for African-Americans these monuments were really created as examples of white supremacy—to remind people of that status where African-Americans should be—not where African-Americans wanted …

“We Will Coup Whoever We Want”: U.S. Empire’s Mask Slips Off

Built on the colonial genocide of indigenous peoples and Africans, the U.S. has been and continues to be a genocidal empire that’s comparable to Nazi Germany. The fact that now is the moment when a U.S. oligarch like Musk feels the need to so openly boast about U.S. imperialism shows that as the U.S. struggles …

The White House Was, in Fact, Built by Slaves

Long ignored by historians, the enslaved people of the White House are coming into focus through a new book by Jesse J. Holland Source: The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Told | History | Smithsonian Magazine (Thanks Dr. Bramhall for the links!) Along with the Capitol and other iconic …

A John Lewis Documentary Probes Tensions Between National and State Power

For any American even mildly ignorant of the rich, complex legacy of Civil Rights within our decidedly disunited country, Dawn Porter's John Lewis: Good Trouble should be mandatory viewing. Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun …

‘Their Great Soul-Hungering Desire Was Freedom’ | SLABTOWN: Civil War-era refugee camps

Brandeis Magazine Mary Armstrong was born into slavery on a farm near St. Louis, Missouri. At the end of her life, she told an interviewer that her owners were “the meanest two white folks who ever lived.” The master, William Cleveland, Armstrong remembered, used to “chain slaves up to whip ’em, and rub salt and …

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man

In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald's only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic …

The Fascist Messaging of the Trump Campaign Eagle

The Trump campaign had plenty of images to choose from — a search on Shutterstock for “American Eagle” yields almost 70,000 results, whereas “US eagle” yields 7,200 and “Patriotic Eagle” 26,500. However, the campaign chose the only emblem facing to its left, like the Nazi version. This form of the eagle is used by neo-Nazis …

How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic | The New Yorker

For the previous forty-two years, a thousand or so laborers at the local processing plant, in Selbyville, had been represented by Local 27. Just two years earlier, the workers there had ratified a new five-year contract. But, Hill told the crowd, in the middle of the pandemic, as the number of infected workers soared, the …

The McGirt Case Is a Historic Win for Tribes – The Atlantic

Here is the 5-4 opinion from Justice Gorsuch in McGirt v. Oklahoma. Roberts dissented joined by Kavanaugh, Alito, and Thomas. https://t.co/hVq97zjcWh — SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) July 9, 2020 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Hulbutta recently graduated from Columbia Law School and is studying for the California bar. For many Native people, becoming a lawyer is kind of a thing. Congress …

Dakota Access Pipeline must be shutdown

Federal judge rules Dakota Access Pipeline must be shutdown and be drained of oil by August 5. read Five Spills, Six Months in Operation: Dakota Access Track ... https://theintercept.com/2018/01/09/dakota-access-pipeline-leak-energy-transfer-partners/ The Dakota Access pipeline leaked at least five times in 2017. The biggest was a 168-gallon leak near DAPL’s endpoint in Patoka, Illinois, on April 23. …

‘Complete disaster’: Trump’s fraught ties with Native Americans on display at Mount Rushmore – POLITICO

The president had a poor track record with Native Americans even before he decided to celebrate July Fourth at a landmark built on land stolen from an Indigenous tribe. Source: 'Complete disaster': Trump's fraught ties with Native Americans on display at Mount Rushmore - POLITICO

Trump’s Sinister Appropriation of the Nazi Triangle Camp Badge

And there is now enough evidence to conclude that there is an intentional connection being made between the past and the present. Even in this one moment, there are some disturbing coincidences that go beyond just the one-time use of the triangle camp badge. Even the campaign’s use of significant but coded numbers seems to …

This SF civil rights footage was lost in a basement for 35 years. Now it’s required viewing.

But perhaps what’s most refreshing about “The Black Power Mixtape” is the contrast between how race is displayed today in the media, where the press coverage in itself becomes such a large part of the daily news narrative and a subject of constant criticism. The detachment and often bewilderment of the Swedish documentarians is a …

Archives Department acknowledges role in distorting Alabama’s racial history – al.com

The Alabama Department of Archives & History said in a statement today that the agency was created in 1901 partly "to serve a white southern concern for the preservation of Confederate history and the promotion of Lost Cause ideals." The statement says systemic racism remains a reality in America even though most people believe in …

China’s Genocide Against Tibet & East Turkistan

China is intensifying its DNA terrorism against not only its own people but Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians and Manchurians. There is of course no choice when the jack-booted thugs stop you in the street, march into your place-of-work, or breakdown your front door. You comply and give up your blood and saliva or face torture and …

Brooklyn Art Book Fair

Brooklyn Art Book Fair is an annual artist book and zine fair occurring in early summer at the McCarran Park Play Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, V-BKABF will now take place from Thursday June 25th through Sunday June 29th. Overwhelmed by the rich selection? Have no fear. As …

Diagnosing Donald Trump, and His Voters | The New Yorker

Contributors to the book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump entertain the possibility of applying a variety of diagnoses and descriptions to the President. Philip Zimbardo, who is best known for his Stanford Prison Experiment, and his co-author, Rosemary Sword, propose that Trump is an “extreme present hedonist.” He may also be a sociopath, a …

Rancor Erupts In ‘LA Times’ Newsroom Over Race, Equity And Protest Coverage

Staffers at the Los Angeles Times say editors have failed to fulfill promises of racial equity at the paper including in hiring, pay and the coverage it offers readers. Some journalists have used terms such as "internal uprising" to describe their anger over racial inequity at the paper. LISTEN: Rancor Erupts In 'LA Times' Newsroom …

Mashpee Wampanoag members build Native American dwelling in Chatham

CHATHAM — A native hut will soon stand outside the Atwood Museum to educate and remind visitors about who lived on the land before settlers arrived on America's shores. Mashpee Wampanoag member David Weeden and his son Attaquin have started to build a wetu, or wigwam, an original Native American home outside of the Atwood …

Why Minneapolis Was the Breaking Point – The Atlantic

In Minnesota, St. Paul police killed Philip Quinn, a Native American man in the midst of a mental-health crisis, in September 2015. One week later, Duluth police killed Robert Christian, a white former fullback for the Wisconsin Badgers who was enduring a mental-health crisis of his own. Two months after that, in November 2015, Minneapolis …

Nationwide Uprising Against Failed State Triggered By Police Killings | Desultory Heroics

The nationwide uprising sparked by the murder of George Floyd and other recent racially-motivated events is a response to the bi-partisan failed state in which we live. It comes in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic and the largest economic collapse in the US in more than a century. These three crises have disproportionately impacted …

99 Years After the Tulsa Race Massacre, an Artist Reflects

Steps from my front door is the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. This land was once called Black Wall Street. Imagine over thirty-five bustling blocks of mostly Black homes and businesses being firebombed, in one of the wealthiest Black communities in the United States. Imagine being one of hundreds detained, shot, or worse …