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Husky Ancestor Hauling Sleds for Humans 10000 Years Ago

A genetic study shows that today’s Arctic sled dogs have something curious in common with polar bears

Occupied Territory: Why Chicago’s History Matters

It’s important for people to understand that when people first founded these police departments, they were not designed to promote some sort of public safety. They were designed with very specific political repressions in mind.

When France Extorted Haiti – Greatest Heist in History

To me, there’s never been a more clear-cut case for reparations than that of Haiti.

Waiting to Vote

Long waits at polling places are disruptive, disenfranchising, and all too common. Black and Latino voters are especially likely to endure them.

The Black-White Wage Gap Is as Big as It Was in 1950

Recent research indicates little progress since the Truman administration.

In Memoriam: Howard Croft

An activist in multiple arenas, Howard Croft's impact in the struggle for DC statehood, for peace, racial justice, workers rights, can only begin to be captured by the multiple voices of those he touched and engaged through the years.

House Democrats, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of

It should come as absolutely no surprise that House Democrats are finding common cause with Liz Cheney and other GOP warmongers to block any efforts to reduce even moderately the footprint of the U.S. military in the world.

Patriotism and the American Left

Don’t mistake the showy right-wing flag-waving and loud anthem-singing for patriotism. True patriotism resides with people who hope and believe that this country is capable of living up to the values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.

In Memoriam: Howard Croft

An activist in multiple arenas, Howard Croft's impact in the struggle for DC statehood, for peace, racial justice, workers rights, can only begin to be captured by the multiple voices of those he touched and engaged through the years.

The Democrats’ New Climate Plan Is Weirdly Isolationist

Sunrise Movement activists protesting for a Green New Deal.
Shaped by mass demand, Congressional Democrats’ June 30th report on the climate crisis is a welcome improvement. But, in addition to its weak response to fossil fuel expansion, the report adopts an America First strategy to solve a global problem.
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Culture

poetry

Say Thank You Say I’m Sorry

Jericho Brown NY Times Book Review
“I’d like us to rethink/What it is to be a nation,” writes the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

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Black Achilles

Tim Whitmarsh Aeon
In this essay, Tim Whitmarsh challenges what most of us were taught, and what we think we know, about the Ancient world and the idea of "race."

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Five Books About Food and Black Identity

Joseph Lamour Mic
The debate over Aunt Jemima and other food mascots and their own problematic brand marketing stirred up a lot of curiosity about food and race; these books about food and Black identity add to the conversation.

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Native Americans Protest Trump Trip to Mount Rushmore

"I hope people begin to understand that these were racist white men." Writer Simon Moya-Smith says the Black Hills in South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, have always been a holy place for the Lakota Nation.

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“Make AMERICA Again” | Langston Hughes Poem Let America Be America Again

This Op-Ed celebrates Langston Hughes’ iconic poem, "Let America Be America Again,” by situating it in the context of current political traumas: the Trump administration’s assault on American values of equality, pluralism, and human dignity. Featuring found media footage and excerpts from public poetry readings by activists Nikki Giovanni and Michael Moore, this Op-Ed is a rallying cry for all Americans to join the Resistance.

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The Chicks | March March

“If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you.” - unknown. Use your VOICE. Use your VOTE. By The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks).