Thursday, August 27, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Why We Cannot Speak of Economic Injustice Alone | Opinion | teleSUR English
Our ally Bill Fletcher says it well.
Our ally Bill Fletcher says it well.
One can delude one’s self into believing that race can be avoided; but at the most awkward moments, it rears its ugly head and tears movements apart.
The campaign of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America has surfaced as a critically important issue that has faced progressives in the USA since the 19th century: can the question of economic injustice stand alone as the platform for a progressive movement? In fact, it is the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has elevated this question to a national discussion point.
There is an important segment of the progressive movement (including but not limited to white progressives) who strongly believe that economic injustice and (a relatively narrowly defined version of) class can and must serve as the unifying feature of a progressive movement in the USA. They hold that other issues are a distraction or are, particularly in the case of race and gender, divisive. In order to address the question of divisiveness, we are instructed to believe that hammering away at matters of economic injustice (including inequality, unemployment, etc.), will bring us together.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The attack on Mexican American children by Donald Trump is impossible to implement. They are US Citizens. Yes, US citizen children were deported in the 1930’s in the program euphemistically known as “repatriation.”
There is no such thing as an anchor baby. They are US citizens.
There is no such thing as “birth right citizenship”, they are US citizens.
It is offensive in the extreme that Trump and seven of the other Republican candidates for President would introduce these arguments. They are seeking to create categories of " Others"- Someone the US could deport.
This is Dog Whistle Politics, as described well in Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class. (2014) by Ian Henry Lopez.
It is remarkable and disturbing that the US press is treating these racist claims as legitimate political discourse. See posts below.
These are examples of strategic racism, that is a system of racial oppression created and enforced because it benefits the over class- in this the many billionaire funders of the Republican Party. Strategic racism as described by Ian Haney López is the development and implementation of practices because they benefit a group or a class.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
A Good Chunk Of GOP Field Wants To Repeal The 14th Amendment
Seven candidates now support re-examining birthright citizenship.
Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post
Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- In the fall of 2010, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the most hawkish anti-immigrant voices in Congress, launched a legislative campaign to end the scourge of "anchor babies," as he called them.
The target was the 14th Amendment, which grants everyone born in the United States of America the right of citizenship. The Iowa Republican saw something more nefarious: a scheme by those outside the country (Hispanics, specifically) to get a foothold in the country by coming here and having a child. And so he debuted a bill to end birthright citizenship, which he has continued to introduce in subsequent sessions.
It was highly controversial then and remains so. The latest version, introduced in the 114th Congress, has just 27 co-sponsors.
But the push does have support in the high ranks of the Republican Party. And if this week is any indication, it may be on the path toward becoming a part of the GOP's immigration platform.
On Sunday, business mogul Donald Trump came out in support of ending birthright citizenship -- and on Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined him.