10 books for our current political moment

We can hardly predict what the next four years hold for us, but the signs are anything but encouraging. We need to steel ourselves for the fight ahead, learn from the past and find comfort and encouragement anywhere we can, including books.

Here is some recommended reading for your holidays that feels just right for our political moment: Continue reading “10 books for our current political moment”

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s rallying cry for the Trump age

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We’ve heard a lot of prescriptions for how to behave in the wake of what was for many of us a devastating election. We’ve been told to come together behind our president and respect the office. We’ve been told to try harder to understand the pain of white people who voted for Trump, and deemphasize the pain of people of color and women who are terrorized by his rhetoric and policies. We’ve been told not to overreact, that his future behavior may defy every ounce of evidence he’s shown us of who he is and what he stands for. Continue reading “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s rallying cry for the Trump age”

Abandoning voters of color would be immoral and shortsighted

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As we survey the wreckage from the 2016 election, the lessons we draw will have implications for years to come. Everyone has a pet theory about why things went so terribly wrong for Democrats in a year when most thought victory was assured. The decisions made in the wake of this election will determine whether the left can stem the tide as Republicans now control the vast majority of state legislatures as well as the federal government. They will determine whether the Democratic Party will be a vibrant, relevant vehicle for implementing progressive policy in the future. They will determine how effectively we can fight in the meantime and protect the people who have the most to lose under a Trump presidency.  Continue reading “Abandoning voters of color would be immoral and shortsighted”

White people, we need to step up in the fight against Trump

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The nightmare has become reality. A bigoted, misogynistic sexual predator has gone from punchline to president-elect of the United States. Like many people, I’ve spent much of the last week wallowing in the immense grief this news has caused, and focusing on the self care that is important for activists to stay in the fight long term.

 

And fight we must. The discussion about what should have been done differently has only just begun. We must continue that conversation and ensure that we take the right lessons from this experience. But we also have work to do to prepare to greet the era of Trump with the full force of a defiant movement that will not let his hatred represent our country and endanger our people.

Continue reading “White people, we need to step up in the fight against Trump”

Wednesday watch: Supreme Court v. the American Voter

Republicans who have seen their base dwindle have focused in recent years on egregious attacks on voting rights designed to disenfranchise poor and minority voters. While they claim they are protecting the integrity of elections, voter fraud has not been proven to be an actual problem, and in moments of candor they have more or less admitted the real reason behind these laws.

This will be the first election since the Supreme Court struck down provisions of the historic Voting Rights Act. This op-doc from the New York Times shows how this decision happened and just what is at stake for voters and for our democracy at large.

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Why don’t white people believe people of color about racism?

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After the tragic police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, some white people fell into a typical offensive behavior pattern. Despite damning video evidence, they want to know more about the story. They insist that if black people only behaved a certain way, and taught their children to do the same, they wouldn’t have to worry about being killed by police.  Continue reading “Why don’t white people believe people of color about racism?”

5 podcasts by women of color you should know

I’m on vacation right now, and as a serious podcast nerd I am most certainly spending a lot of time catching up on my favorite podcasts. There’s a lot to love about the medium, but one of the best things is the platform it gives to people who are sadly underrepresented in traditional media. Here are five of my favorite podcasts helmed by women of color that I highly recommend.  Continue reading “5 podcasts by women of color you should know”