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Tidbits - Apr. 22, 2021 - Reader Comments: Earth Day; Chauvin conviction, Black Lives Matter; Exterminate All the Brutes; Afghanistan troop withdrawal; Teaching Climate Justice; May Day; zoom events; Job Opening; Call for Creative Activists!

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Why Paul Robeson’s Voice Still Rings True Today

Tayo Aluko The Progressive
Those who desecrated the Capitol in January called themselves patriots. Millions supported them, including members of both Houses. This again reminded one of Robeson, because seventy-two years earlier, another angry mob might well have lynched him.

Killings by Police Declined after Black Lives Matter Protests

Jim Daley Scientific American
New study shows police homicides have significantly decreased in most cities where Black Lives Matter protests occurred. The #BLM movement can take some satisfaction in its possible impact on police homicides.

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Cedric Robinson and the Origins of Race

Minkah Makalami Boston Review
As more of Robinson’s books come back into print, the reviewer argues that reading them with his seminal work Black Marxism can enrich our understanding of racial capitalism and offer additional tools for fighting our present political impasse.

The Confederacy Finally Stormed the Capitol

Elie Mystal The Nation
President Trump should be impeached, removed from office, and then arrested for inciting his supporters to besiege and invade the US Capitol. Because the rioters were white, they were allowed to walk away. But just imagine if they had been Black.

Naomi Osaka: Athletes, Speak Up

Naomi Osaka New York Times
We’re affected by bias and racism, just like everyone else. Musicians sing and write about social movements all the time. Actors voice their opinions. Yet when it comes to athletes, we are often met with criticism for expressing our opinions.

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The Long Shadow of Racial Fascism

Alberto Toscano Boston Review
Recent debates have centered on whether it’s appropriate to compare Trump to European fascists. But radical Black thinkers have long argued that racial slavery created its own unique form of American fascism.
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