Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s Blistering Keynote at Hampshire College’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony

After this commencement address at Hampshire College, author and Princeton University professor Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor endured a campaign of intimidation and abuse when alt-right media websites, followed by Fox News, smeared the views she expressed. Demons loathe the light of truth & reason. It sickens them to the core & they react in the most vicious ways. I applaud this sister for her courage & convictions.

We will win this battle against Darkness. Believe.

White Supremacists Get Schooled in This Incredible Viral Twitter Thread

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(Twitter user @JuliusGoat posted this incredible thread in response to the Unite The Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, and quickly got hundreds of thousands of retweets and likes. Read it and share widely, it’s epic!)

 

Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression.

Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry. Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for ‘male health care.’

The law never:

Enslaved their great-grandparents
Robbed their grandparents
Imprisoned their parents
Shot them when unarmed

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Donald Trump Has Been a Racist All His Life — And He Isn’t Going to Change After Charlottesville by Mehdi Hasan

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“RACISM IS EVIL,” declared Donald Trump on Monday, “and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

OK, “declared” may be too strong a word for what we heard from the president. “Stated” is perhaps a better descriptor. “Read out” might be the most accurate of all. Trump made these “additional remarks” with great reluctance and only after two days of intense criticism from both the mediaand senior Republicans over his original remarks blaming “many sides” for the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The words were not his own: they were scripted by aides and delivered with the assistance of a teleprompter. The president reserved his personal, off-the-cuff ire on Monday for the black CEO of Merck, not for the white fascists of Virginia.

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Are People Really Stupid? by Fred Russell

 

On the face of things – judging from the general level of knowledge and understanding, not to mention the intellectual pursuits, of most of the human race – one is tempted to say that the overwhelming majority of mankind lacks the intellectual capacity, the intelligence, to contribute to human progress. And it is in fact a very small elite that has carried us beyond Neanderthal Man, without whom, if the truth be told, we might still be living in caves. It is, in a word, appalling to contemplate the level at which ordinary people use their minds – what they read, if at all, what they watch on TV, the movies they go out and see, and the ease with which they are seduced and manipulated by the technicians of the psyche, namely, politicians and advertisers. The impression one gets when contemplating these tens and hundreds of millions of people glued to their TV screens for the reality shows and sitcoms or fiddling with their smartphones from morning till night is of complete empty-headedness. This is not to say that such people cannot be shrewd, resourceful, or, for that matter, simply decent. It is to say that at the average level of intelligence displayed by the human race, the great intellectual achievements of mankind seem to be beyond the scope of the vast majority of men and women. But are people really stupid? And if they aren’t, who or what has held them back?

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Plea Deals: A Deal with the Devil

A plea deal is an arrangement to resolve a case without going to trial. This is an option most often taken by those who cannot afford bail  (most notable poor people of color) and want to go home instead of wait days, months, even years locked up in jail. An estimated 177,624 innocent Americans pleaded guilty in 2013 alone. Does this sound like a just system to you? People often think that the reason there is a disproportionate number of Latino & African American people in our prisons is because they did something egregious & they’re just criminally-inclined. Nothing could be further from the truth. You take the recent planting of drugs by the police in the black/latino communities & the subsequent arrests of innocent people & you combine that with this wicked plea deal & it is clear that this system is designed to contain & ‘disappear’ people of color. It is systematic & must be resisted.