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ColorLines and RaceWire will be at the Inaugration

by Jonathan Adams on January 13 2009, 10:39AM

Image by Shepard Fairey Everybody we know is getting on the bus to Washington, D.C., to be a part of Barack Obama’s historic inauguration. We’ve just learned that ColorLines has been credentialed to cover the event, so we are…


Demand justice in the killing of Oscar Grant

by Jonathan Adams on January 13 2009, 10:14AM is launching a campaign for justice in the murder of Oscar Grant. It’s been 12 days since the shooting and despite eyewitness videos that show what happened, the officer who shot him hasn’t been arrested or questioned by…


Choc-O-Bama: Racist Dessert?

by Jonathan Adams on January 12 2009, 1:25PM

H/T Guanabee Remember that weird AXE commercial to advertise their new irresistible spray “Dark Temptation” when all the white girls couldn’t keep their hands off the chocolate man. Well, now, you can eat Barack Obama. Maybe we should add…


Prince Harry’s Racist Remarks

by Jonathan Adams on January 12 2009, 10:31AM

A video of Britain’s Prince Harry, third in line to the throne, spewing racist remarks has found its way to the press. While filming a video diary in 2006, Harry calls a fellow soldier a “Paki,” and another a…

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Israel Suspected of Using Illegal White Phosphorous in Gaza

by Jonathan Adams on January 12 2009, 9:11AM

Human rights groups are calling on Israel to stop using white phosphorus in its war on Gaza. The use of the deadly chemical in wars is only legal in areas that are not densely populated by civilians, Human Rights…


Mukasey Attacks Immigrants’ Legal Rights in Eleventh Hour

by Jonathan Adams on January 8 2009, 11:27AM

Despite the fact that Attorney General Michael Mukasey has only been the Justice Department head for little over a year, he appears committed to the Bush administration’s de-prioritization of civil rights by denying due process to immigrants, asylum seekers, and…

Topics: Immigration

Officer Accused of Oscar Grant Shooting Resigns; Council Mandates NYPD Report of Race in Police Shootings

by Jonathan Adams on January 8 2009, 8:13AM

Council: NYPD to Report on Race in Police Shootings “The New York City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to require the Police Department to file annual reports about the use of deadly force by officers, including the race, gender and…

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta to be Surgeon General

by Jonathan Adams on January 7 2009, 1:49PM

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, has been tapped to join the Obama administration as Surgeon General. The Atlanta-based neurosurgeon and son of Indian immigrants has plenty DC experience having served during the Clitnon administration as an adviser…


Jeffrey Wright Tased by Lousiana Cops

by Jonathan Adams on January 7 2009, 9:12AM

Back in July, we reported that Jeffrey Wright—and fellow actor, Josh Brolin—were peppersprayed and tased by police after a bar fight in Shreveport, Lousiana during the filming of their movie, W. Here’s video, courtesy of TMZ, of the incident:…

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Venezuela Responds to Attack on Gaza; Scandal Rocks Indian Stock Market

by Jonathan Adams on January 7 2009, 8:10AM

Asian Immigrant Families Using Technology for Sons “Researchers are finding the first evidence that some Asian immigrant families are using U.S. medical technology to have sons instead of daughters, apparently acting on an age-old cultural prejudice that has led to…

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“We Don’t Speak Mexican Here”

by Jonathan Adams on January 6 2009, 3:15PM

h/t ImmigrationProf Check out this piece from ABC News tonight. They’ve done a few of these social experiments in their “What Would You Do?” series on race, but this one focuses on anti-immigrant sentiment and language. Watch the clip….


Roland Burris Denied at Capitol Hill

by Jonathan Adams on January 6 2009, 2:52PM

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JetBlue Passenger Forced to Cover Arabic T-Shirt Awarded

by Jonathan Adams on January 6 2009, 2:05PM

Just days after a Muslim family was thrown off an AirTran plane, the ACLU announces a victory against racial profiling on airplanes. An airline passenger forced to cover his T-shirt because it displayed Arabic script has been awarded 240,000 dollars…

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5 Things You Can Do Right Now About the Oscar Grant Shooting

by Jonathan Adams on January 5 2009, 2:06PM

Oscar Grant, an unarmed man, was killed by an Oakland police officer. Here are five things (compiled by Makani Themba-Nixon) that you should do right now to respond to the senseless death of this 22 year old Black man. Video…


ACLU Loves The Accidental American

by Jonathan Adams on January 5 2009, 12:03PM

ACLU of Northern California named The Accidental American one of the Six Books We Loved in 2008. The Accidental American is about all of us living in the United States. It isn’t only immigrants such as Mamdouh, and my own…


Richardson Withdraws Name for Scty of Commerce

by Jonathan Adams on January 5 2009, 9:37AM

The new administration appears to want as few issues as possible in what proves to be a grueling first 100 days. It’s no wonder Bill Richardson withdrew his name from nomination for Commerce Secretary due to an ongoing grand jury…


Still Not Safe to Fly While Brown

by Jonathan Adams on January 5 2009, 9:13AM

It’s 2009, but innocent people are still being harassed in the new year. Nine Muslim passengers on a New Year’s Day flight on AirTran were kicked off a flight after others flying reportedly heard remarks about airport security. Because…


Check Out These Ten Young Progressive Intellectuals

by Jonathan Adams on January 2 2009, 2:07AM

Andrew Golis at Talking Points Memo put together a list of people who make him hopeful for the future, and Rinku Sen, President of the Applied Research Center, is among them. Rachel Maddow and RaceWire favorite, Jay Smooth, also make…


Have Any Good Ideas for Change in America?

by Jonathan Adams on December 30 2008, 9:46AM users have submitted over 5000 ideas and over 200,000 votes on innovative projects for the new administration. The voting ends tomorrow, Dec 31, and if we want to have any racial justice ideas move to next round we should…


Ken Blackwell Defends Barack the Magic Negro CD

by Jonathan Adams on December 29 2008, 10:20AM

Embedded video from CNN Video While the current chairman of the RNC criticizes Chip Saltsman’s song about Barack Obama, Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State and one of two Black men vying for the seat agrees with Saltsman and…