Joe Arpaio is a symbol of domestic terrorism

Ahead of Trump’s speech in Phoenix on Tuesday, there was much speculation that Trump would pardon Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court for defying an order to stop his deputies from detaining people on suspicion of being undocumented. While he didn’t pardon Arpaio on Tuesday, Trump hinted during his speech [...]

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White Supremacist Attack in Charlottesville

the terror in Charlottesville, a so-called Unite the Right white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville this weekend, that erupted into violence, resulting in three deaths. Thousands of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to participate in the rally on Friday night and Saturday and oppose a plan to remove a statue of Confederate General [...]

Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot

In July of last year, after The New York post ran the headline, “CIVIL WAR: Four cops killed at anti-police protest,” I wrote the column “How We Report on Structural Racism Can Hurt Us—Or Heal Us.” I could have easily written the same article today. That column recalled the Kerner Report, the findings of President [...]

A New Generation of White Supremacists Emerges in Charlottesville

https://www.propublica.org/images/ngen/gypsy_big_image/20170813-charlottesville-follow-630x420.jpg White supremacists encircle and chant at counter-protesters after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new [...]

The Misguided Attacks on ACLU for Defending Neo-Nazis’ Free Speech Rights in Charlottesville

Each time horrific political violence is perpetrated that is deemed to be terrorism, a search is immediately conducted for culprits to blame other than those who actually perpetrated the violence or endorsed the group responsible for it. It’s usually only a matter of hours before the attack is exploited to declare one’s own political views [...]

False Equivalency of Blaming “Both Sides”

President Trump’s comments about “both sides” being to blame for the violence during the white supremacist, Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA, During the 1950s, segregationist politicians often condemned the "extremists on both sides." By that, they meant the Klan & the NAACP. In 1958, Gov. Orval Faubus of Arkansas, the chief architect of the Central [...]

Newly Released Documents Reveal U.S. Approval of Indonesian Genocide

Newly declassified documents reveal diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, knew about—and supported—a mass extermination campaign by Indonesia’s government in the 1960s that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians—by some estimates, more than 1 million people. Beginning in 1965, Indonesian military and paramilitary forces slaughtered accused communists and dissidents after overthrowing the democratically [...]