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The Capitol Riot Reveals the Dangers From the Enemy Within

Eric Foner The Nation
The belief that America previously had a well-functioning democracy is an illusion. The riot by supporters of President Trump, aimed at preventing the counting of electoral votes, reveals a darker side of the history of American democracy.

Friday Nite Videos | January 8, 2021

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'May My Story Be an Inspiration': Warnock's Victory Speech. Ossoff Claims Victory in Georgia Senate Runoff. How Trump’s Capitol Speech Incited an Insurrection. Police Treatment of MAGA Mob vs. BLM Protesters. Stop Saying 'This Is Not Who We Are.'

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Caste Does Not Explain Race

Charisse Burden-Stelly Boston Review
The recent publication of Isabel Wilkerson’s widely acclaimed Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents returns to caste to explain U.S. racial hierarchy when wealth polarization, racial strife, and white supremacist revanchism are again on the rise.

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The Long Shadow of Racial Fascism

Alberto Toscano Boston Review
Recent debates have centered on whether it’s appropriate to compare Trump to European fascists. But radical Black thinkers have long argued that racial slavery created its own unique form of American fascism.

Friday Nite Videos | October 2, 2020

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The Supreme Court. The Good Lord Bird | Miniseries Trailer. What the Proud Boys Stand for, in the Founder's Words. What It's Like to Be Evicted in the Middle of a Pandemic. How to Drugs.

The Good Lord Bird | Miniseries Trailer

Starring and produced by Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke, who plays the abolitionist John Brown, the seven-episode series is based on the novel The Good Lord Bird. Premieres on Sunday, October 4 on Showtime.

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