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The Electoral College’s Racist Origins

Wilfred Codrington III The Atlantic
More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.

Noel Ignatiev, Scholar Who Called For Abolishing Whiteness, Dies at 78

Sewell Chan Los Angeles Times
Noel Ignatiev, a provocative scholar who argued that the idea of a white race is a false construct that society would be better off without, died Saturday in Tucson. His best-known book, “How the Irish Became White,” was influential and controversial

You Must Never Vote for Bloomberg

Charles M. Blow The New York Times
No black person — or Hispanic person or ally of people of color — should ever even consider voting for Michael Bloomberg in the primary. His expansion of the notoriously racist stop-and-frisk program is a complete and nonnegotiable deal breaker.

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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Hitler: Still Messing With Our Heads

Christopher Clark London Review of Books
Two new books on the fascist leader walk different paths; one identifying Hitler as key to virtually every juncture of the party’s rise and fall while the other looks more toward his racial worldview as profoundly preoccupied with ‘Anglo-America.

ASYLUM!!!

Roberta Schine Portside
My work as an immigrant rights activist helping asylum seekers and targeted immigrants. We help them prepare for — and we accompany them to — their deportation, detention and asylum hearings. The current success rate for asylum cases is 2%.

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Middle Class Racism

John Russo and Sherry Linkon Newgeography
A core problem in discussions of racism IS the focus on individual attitudes rather than on structural inequities.

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Building America

William P. Jones The Nation
This new book offers a history and analysis of the contributions of black workers to our society. It shows just how key a knowledge of black workers' history is to an understanding the working class's fortunes and history overall.
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