Teachers battle white supremacist crusade to ban books from libraries / by Mark Gruenberg

Q-Anon Pastor Greg Locke of the Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., led his congregation in a book burning in February. | Screenshot via YouTube WASHINGTON—It’s not quite the book burning—yet—of Nazi Germany before World War II, but white supremacists are on a crusade to ban books from libraries and schools around theContinue reading “Teachers battle white supremacist crusade to ban books from libraries / by Mark Gruenberg”

Chinese Exclusion Act 2.0: The new Cold War fuels anti-Asian racism / by Cindy Li

Ringo Chiu via AP TORONTO—Last April, the Toronto Star ran a hit piece on Bill Yee, a retired British Columbia provincial court judge and a member of the province’s Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee. Yee had stated in an interview on A-1, a Toronto-based Cantonese radio station, that the Canadian response to the Uyghur situation in China is not basedContinue reading “Chinese Exclusion Act 2.0: The new Cold War fuels anti-Asian racism / by Cindy Li”

When Workers Swapped Segregation for Solidarity / by Toni Gilpin

This detail from the comic below celebrates the solidarity between Black and white farm equipment workers in Louisville who struck together and socialized together, winning the highest wages in the South and challenging segregation beyond the workplace too. Graphic: Annabelle Heckler Solidarity: we celebrate it in song, emblazon it on picket signs, and insert theContinue reading “When Workers Swapped Segregation for Solidarity / by Toni Gilpin”

Lynching made a federal hate crime, bill named for Emmett Till / by Mark Gruenberg

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., speaks about the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, which was named after a 14-year-old boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP CHICAGO—In a move celebrated by the Black community of Chicago’s South Side—along with foes of racial injustice nationwide—Congress made lynching a federal hate crime, and namedContinue reading “Lynching made a federal hate crime, bill named for Emmett Till / by Mark Gruenberg”

A Citizen of the World (Still) Speaks / by Robert Koehler

I decided to honor Martin Luther King Day this year by reading — and trying to absorb, more fully than ever before — the entirety (nearly 7,000 words) of the iconic speech he gave at Riverside Church a year to the day before his assassination. The speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,”Continue reading “A Citizen of the World (Still) Speaks / by Robert Koehler”