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Jussie Smollett Survived an Attempted Lynching: This Is America

Rosa Clemente and JLove Calderón; Color of Change Latino Rebels
Early Tuesday, actor, musician, and activist, Jussie Smollett was attacked at a Chicago Subway by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs and with “This is MAGA country” as they beat him, tied a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him

Women's March 2019 -- Portside Readers Weigh-In

Jay Schaffner Portside
Last week Portside posted Rosalind P. Petchesky's piece, An Appeal to Jewish Women to Support the 2019 Women’s March and Its Leaders. Preserving the unity and diversity of the anti-Trump movement is crucial. Here are responses from Portside readers.

Friday Nite Videos | December 7, 2018

Portside
Bernie's Ideas Aren't on the Fringe Any More. Line Riders | Beethoven's 5th. Trump's Favorite Things! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody. Roma | Movie. PETA: Don't Drag Us into This.

PETA: Don't Drag Us into This

 
Late Night writers Amber Ruffin and Jenny Hagel take a moment to ask PETA to rethink comparing phrases that mention cruelty to animals to racist and homophobic slurs.

books

Tough Guys

Kenyon Gradert Dissent
The author enlivens a type of working-class society where capitalism compensates poor men with the role of tough guy, all in the writer's effort to "bring the left to life."The End of Eddy does so in a style both plainspoken and visceral, using Louis's own childhood trials--like his protagonist much abused as a gay kid in a dead-end factory town --as a window onto the pathologies of a cloistered working-class existence.

Why the South Still Has Such high HIV Rates

Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Joseph B. Richardson The Conversation
As AIDS and public health researchers, we are among those who are alarmed by areas in the southern United States where the numbers of cases have not declined and even more by the areas in which increases have occurred.

In Trump, Extremism Found Its Champion and Maybe Its Demise

Adam G. Klein The Conversation
Trump has empowered narratives that would otherwise have no place in electoral politics. Trump also forced America to see these threats in the light of day. That could be their undoing. Exposed, these guises of bigotry have been (or for progressives, must be) recognized, decoded and even classified – as the “alt-right” – by the press and public.
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