Politics

Killer Mike Delivers Emboldening Speech in St. Louis on Darren Wilson Grand Jury Verdict

Last night, Run the Jewels performed in St. Louis. They were already scheduled to perform there, and didn’t change their… Read More

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‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ Is a Protest Film… If You Want It to Be

Two days ago, Ghoncheh Ghavami was released on bail from prison in Tehran after five months of incarceration, when health complications arose due to a hunger strike. Her crime: having attended a male volleyball game. In October, four Iranian women had acid thrown in their faces for not being properly veiled. Also in October, Reyhaneh Jabbari, who had allegedly stabbed a man in self-defense while he sexually assaulted her, was executed by hanging. In Iran, death by stoning, albeit very rare, is still a permissible punishment for adultery. Yet in Iran, over 60 percent of university students are women. More than 70 percent of engineering and science majors are women. Oh, but also, in 2012, 36 universities in Iran banned women from 77 courses. In April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “We will not accept the culture of sexual discrimination.” A few days later, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that gender equality was “one of the biggest mistakes of the Western thought.” … Read More

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Ida B. Wells, Anti-Lynching Crusader, Was the Godmother of the Social Justice Internet

“Let me give thanks for your faithful paper on the lynch abomination,” Frederick Douglass wrote to Ida B. Wells, introducing her pamphlet on lynching, ‘A Red Record.’  “Brave woman! you have done your people and mine a service which can neither be weighed nor measured,” he went on.

Once one apprehends the extent of the prophetic journalism and anti-lynching activism of Ida B. Wells, it becomes difficult to see her as anything but one of the greatest Americans ever, at the pinnacle of the category of “unsung heroines.” Wells, who was born a slave and died in a new century as a lauded activist, editor, speaker, and journalist, is deserving of far more public memorializing than so many of the mediocre leaders whose busts decorate our marble halls. … Read More

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NBC Kills Upcoming Cosby Comedy Series in Light of Rape Allegations

NBC has announced that Bill Cosby’s (furiously) anticipated comeback on NBC will not be a comeback: the untitled comedy is not… Read More

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Progressive, Tea Party, or Anarchist: Whose Side Is Katniss Really On?

Since I began turning its pages, I assumed The Hunger Games was a rallying cry for like-minded progressives and radicals. This was thanks to its pretty upfront indictment of state-inflicted violence and, in particular, of hunger caused by gross economic inequality. Occupy Panem! I thought. Redistribute the wealth! … Read More

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Leslie Feinberg, Transgender Marxist Pioneer, Dies at Age 65

Famed transgender activist, communist and author of Stone Butch Blues Leslie Feinberg passed away November 15 from complications of Lyme disease, babeisiosis,… Read More

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Ted Cruz Has a Very Scary Coloring Book

There’s not a whole lot to say about this, so, here: It’s been

Beautiful, right?

The book was… Read More

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Men Take Advantage of Girl Pretending to Be Drunk in Viral Video — But Is the Video Taking Advantage of a Viral Phenomenon?

In a video mirroring and sort-of deepening — but mostly cheapening — the discussion started by last month’s now-infamous catcalling-in-NY video, a girl walks around Hollywood Boulevard with a drink in hand, pretending to be cripplingly inebriated and lost, while someone carrying a hidden camera follows close behind, recording men’s flagrant attempts at exploiting the situation. While the girl in the catcalling video was fully alert — which didn’t stop one man from following her for quite a while — this video further excavates the intentions behind the “innocent catcall” by pretending to weaken the recipient of male attention. So far, this sounds pretty serious. … Read More

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Watch: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became the Notorious RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always been a badass thinker in front of and behind the bench, but her meme-ification into “… Read More

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Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Seemingly Nazi Propaganda-Influenced “Only” Lyric Video

So, if you’ve seen the “Only” music video, directed by Jeffrey Osborne, it probably triggered recollections of a great… Read More

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