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Tidbits - Aug. 5, 2021 - Reader Comments: Simone Biles; Racism and GOP; KKK - Bosses Tool; Affordable Housing; Who is Calling for Cuomo's Resignation/Impeachment?; Decrease Vaccine Hesitancy; New Medicare4All Group; Syringes for Cuba Campaign Update

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Reader Comments: Simone Biles; Racism and GOP; KKK - Racist and Bosses Tool; Cigna Workers; Affordable Housing; Who is Calling for Cuomo's Resignation/Impeachment?; Decrease Vaccine Hesitancy; New Medicare4All Group; Syringes for Cuba Campaign Update

The Ku Klux Klan Was Also a Bosses’ Association

Chad Pearson Jacobin
The KKK should be understood not just as a white supremacist organization, but as an employers’ organization: it violently resisted the revolutionary gains of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and sought to keep the black masses toiling in submission

Trump 2020: “Get Your Guns, The Blacks Are Coming”

Max Elbaum Organizing Upgrade
white couple with guns “Fanning the flames of racial animosity lies at the core of Trump’s election strategy, as it did in 2016.” This is why when activists say, “white supremacy is on the ballot” and “anti-Black racism is on the ballot” in 2020, they are dead right.

American Fascism: It Has Happened Here

Sarah Churchwell The New York Review of Books
Many of Trump's critics see fascist tendencies in his rhetoric glorifying violence and disregarding the rule of law, democratic processes, and civil liberties; Trump and his supporters regularly embrace traditions of American fascism themselves.

The Massacre That Spawned the Alt-Right

Shaun Assael and Peter Keating Politico
The supremacists who emerged from the Greensboro trials understood they were free. … Free to work together to stockpile weapons, terrorize neighborhoods and commit violence up to and including murder—so long as their opponents were communists.

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The Last Time a Wall Went Up to Keep Out Immigrants

Linda Gordon The New York Times
A new history of bigoted opposition to immigrants through the manipulation of fake science shows the most vociferous baiters of emigres in the past were among the most privileged U.S. ruling class members.

The Freedom Summer of 1964 Launched a Voting Rights Revolution

Ray Uyeda Teen Vogue
June marks the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when more than 700 college students - whose average age was 21 - traveled mostly from the North to Mississippi to work with local Black-led organizations to support their civil rights work.

The Skokie March That Wasn’t - Lessons for Today

Isaac Brosilow Jewish Currents
Skokie and the Nazis - there were massive counter-demonstrations, black and Jewish solidarity, Holocaust survivors who vowed to confront the Nazis in the streets, and a grassroots of proud, leftist Jews.This untold history offers lessons for today.
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