Anti-Black Racism Still Threatens American Democracy | Race Files | THE MIX ends its run

Scot Nakagawa: Poor black people continue be miner’s canaries and prophets of destruction, their experiences of oppression and exclusion still the tip of the spear of threats to democracy, the security of our citizenship, the stability and security of our economy. ...As our great vulnerabilities are being exposed by a regime that will displace many …

Claudia Rankine's Racial Imaginary Institute | Age of Consent (warning)

Rankine has won numerous prizes, including a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Citizen, which was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Just a few months after we spoke, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, which she plans to use to found the Racial Imaginary Institute.  (The …

Caribbean Artists Mine Their Immigrant (mixed) Identities | Black Cowboys

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — “How do you prepare yourself for the possibility of becoming invisible?” This question is part of a much longer title, “A History of Massacre (How do you prepare yourself for the possibility of becoming invisible?) ‘A hundred years after the U.S. occupation began, the deoccupation has yet to come…,’” a …

narrative films | Isaac Julien: On Political Expediency | In The News

Before I sat down to speak to Isaac Julien on a leather couch outside his installation “Other Destinies” at the Royal Ontario Museum, I crashed a class field trip where Julien gave a tour to a group of University of Toronto students writing about his work. He introduced the work before he guided us through …

5 of the worst whitesplaining excuses for racism | In The News: Harvard, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Top Photo: 2016 found a number of white folks giving half-assed apologies for racist behavior. READ: 5 of the worst whitesplaining excuses for racism | Fusion ***** In the News In Covering Civil Rights, Reporter Enhanced His Words With Film Rachel L. Swarns and Darcy Eveleigh, Feb. 4, 2017, The New York Times The copper-jacketed …

I Am Not Your Negro | James Baldwin Biography.com

“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” —James Baldwin James Baldwin was an essayist, playwright and novelist regarded as a highly insightful, iconic writer with works like The Fire Next Time and Another Country. Quick Facts NameJames BaldwinOccupationWriterBirth DateAugust …

Of Folk and White Folk (Forward Back to Babylon)

By Travalanche (MIX guest writer) I saw this bar graph on social media this morning and found it very telling. It explains a lot.  The chart shows Democrats and Republicans differing wildly in their perceptions of whether the Trump administration is “uniting” or “dividing” the nation. How can that be? They’re looking at the same …

Love Lives In Whitefish, Montana, But So Do Neo-Nazis #AltRight

Excerpts: Gradually, Montana became home to the highest concentration of hate groups in the nation. In the Flathead — which includes Kalispell (more industrial, more sprawling, population 22,000), Whitefish (a quaint grid of a resort town, population 7,000), and Columbia Falls (a former timber town, now filling with those priced out of Whitefish, population 5,000) …

What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was a prisoner of war | History the Slaveholders Wanted Us to Forget | Teaching Civics | Are you sick?

excerpt: That same year, the Department of Justice slapped the Trump Organization with a major discrimination suit for violating the Fair Housing Act. “The Government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color,”’ according to the New York Times. “It also charged that the company had required …

Trump's Use of "Pocahontas" blatant act of racism

Published February 15, 2017 WASHINGTON - The following statement was released by a newly formed group called Indigenous Women Rise following President Trump referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas during a meeting at the White House last Thursday: President Trump recently resurrected his racist 'nickname' for Senator Elizabeth Warren, referring to her as "Pocahontas".  Reducing …