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Rodney King: Seventeen Years Later

by Jonathan Adams on March 3 2008, 9:53AM

The New York Times reminded me today that “on March 3, 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.” Only…

Topics: Media

Waterboarding? Torturing People of Color Isn’t New

by Jonathan Adams on February 29 2008, 11:37AM

From Alternet When I read about the increasing acceptance of waterboarding as a form of torture, I vividly recall how in 1968 members of the Memphis Police Department believed I could tell them information about civil rights insurgents arriving to…

Topics: Global Affairs

GOP: How Racist is Too Racist?

by Jonathan Adams on February 26 2008, 10:46AM

Originally on Politico, Republican strategists are polling American voters to avoid “undisciplined messaging” that may appear racist or sexist. The Republican National Committee has commissioned polling and focus groups to determine the boundaries of attacking a minority or female candidate,…

Topics: Politics

Debating for Change: Race, Politics, and Jim Crow

by Jonathan Adams on February 19 2008, 12:00PM

A closer look at the actions behind the debaters’ rhetoric in The Great Debaters.

Topics: Arts & Culture

MVL: Health Care for All

by Jonathan Adams on February 19 2008, 9:36AM

Originally posted at Movement Vision Lab: Check out this rally where immigrants demand health care for all….

Topics: Health

ICED: I Can End Deportation Video Game

by Jonathan Adams on February 18 2008, 10:02AM

Breakthrough is taking the fight for immigrants rights viral! The video game called ICED uses a multiracial cast of young avatars with varying degrees of citizenship to teach the video game players about the hard decisions many immigrants face…

Topics: Immigration

After Super Duper Tuesday, the Race Debate Continues

by Jonathan Adams on February 6 2008, 12:37PM

As political pundits continue to discuss last night’s results, the stories about race and gender also persist. The Nation Huffington Post Huffington Post New York Magazine…

Topics: Politics

Women of ‘The View’ Weigh In on CNN

by Jonathan Adams on January 23 2008, 2:15PM

Following the CNN story about Black women’s votes in South Carolina that outraged readers, Whoopi Goldberg and her co-hosts on “The View” took on this hot topic. Hear the women talk about race, “the elephant in the room.”…

Topics: Politics

Now Gang Wars are in the Voting Booths?

by Jonathan Adams on January 22 2008, 1:45PM

Despite burying the race hatchet last week, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to create headlines—after the Nevada caucus and before the South Carolina primary—speculating about how each candidate’s race will help them woo the Latino and Black votes. Again…


Black/Brown Presidential Debate in Las Vegas

by Jonathan Adams on January 14 2008, 1:49PM

On Tuesday, January 15, MSNBC will broadcast a live debate among the Democratic candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada. Co-sponsored by the 100 Black Men of America, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, IMPACTO, the Nevada Democratic Party and the College…


Iowa Caucus Causes Confusion

by Jonathan Adams on January 3 2008, 8:40AM

Are they really that important? Like many of us, Kenyon Farrow wants to know what his vote is really worth. So, if his election may be fraught with such tension, hope, ambivalence or disillusionment for Black people in America, why…


New Orleans Police Attack Demolition Protest

by Jonathan Adams on December 18 2007, 10:04AM

Despite the attack on New Orleans culture made evident by the recent arrest of traditional jazz funeral procession band players, the city’s residents took to the streets in true New Orleans style to peacefully demonstrate against plans to demolish…

Topics: Katrina

Two LSU Indian Students Dead: Let’s Not Jump to Conflict

by Jonathan Adams on December 17 2007, 12:03PM

Last Friday, two Indian PhD students at Louisiana State University were killed. While many things are still unknown about the murders at this point, the combination of murky details and sticky race relations have created a peculiar climate in Baton…


Restucture Loans Don’t Repossess Homes

by Jonathan Adams on December 10 2007, 10:04AM

Right now, Jesse Jackson is marching on Wall Street calling for bankers to take responsibility for the looming economic crisis brought on by subprime lending practices. Also called predator lending, Jackson argues that it was large bankers like Goldman Sachs…

Topics: Economy

FUREE Wins, Saves Historic Brooklyn Home

by Jonathan Adams on December 3 2007, 11:18AM

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) announced at a press conference in Brooklyn yesterday that the city will not use eminent domain to destroy 227 Duffield Street, a house widely believed to have been part of the…


LiveBlogging the Heartland Presidential Forum

by Jonathan Adams on December 1 2007, 11:36AM

The Center for Community Change had an historic event on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Five Democratic presidential candidates met with a forum of community leaders from across the country to talk about the issues most important to people living…


Race: It’s Complicated

by Jonathan Adams on November 20 2007, 8:44AM

Despite Disney’s history of racist characters (Thanks Carmen), Maya Wiley points out that Disney’s most recent success, High School Musical, silences the racial and class tensions of their multiracial cast. At the Movement Vision Lab, Wiley writes: Examining race, talking…


MVL: The Gulf Coast Needs a Revolution

by Jonathan Adams on November 20 2007, 8:08AM

At the Movement Vision Lab, Scott Douglas questions the prioritized protests of the War in Iraq by many in the United States as they simultaneously turn a blind eye to the Gulf Coast. He says the answer is race. He…

Topics: Katrina

Movement Vision Lab Examines Racial Justice

by Jonathan Adams on November 19 2007, 11:15AM

The Center for Community Change (CCC) recently launched its Movement Vision Lab, and we partnered with them to produce the Movement Vision Lab’s racial justice week. The pieces tackling big ideas for change, from writers such as Maya Wiley and…


El Dia de los Muertos

by Jonathan Adams on November 2 2007, 6:13AM

I have never been a fan of Halloween. Something about trick-or-treating and candy and costumes never appealed to me even as a young child. But after looking at the ridiculous Halloween party pictures where young white students dressed in…