Hebrew Charter Schools Teach American Students to be ‘Representatives of Israel’

by on January 3, 2016

With the school privatization movement taking over public school districts across the United States, wealthy donors have seized on education reform to finance the creation of publicly-funded classrooms that teach young children to look to Israel “as a model for both democracy and diversity.”

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The Hidden Colors of Frances Cress Welsing’s Historical Legacy

by on January 3, 2016

Frances Cress Welsing’s theories of race relations as genetic warfare are part of a legacy of counter-revolutionary efforts by Black elites, and should not be celebrated.

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The “Gentrifier” Myth

by on November 18, 2015

Some notes on the forces behind DC’s changing social landscape

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Grading TFA

by on October 17, 2015

Teach For America gave us an unexpected gift in the form of a press release. We decided to evaluate their work for them.

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The Movement Lives in Ferguson

by on October 9, 2015

Teach For America, Black Leadership, and Disaster Capitalism

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Deray is no Malcolm X

by on September 17, 2015

Deray McKesson will be giving a lecture at Yale this October, entitled Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. Naturally, the fallout from the announcement has been both petty and uninspired. Conservatives are having a field day, while liberal media outlets like Buzzfeed are feasting on the growing feud between Deray’s camp and members of the Black Lives…

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Were US Slave Owners Really Paid $300 Per Slave?

by Jon Booth & RL Stephens II on September 3, 2015

In the latest reminder of why you shouldn’t get your history from twitter, a series of tweets claiming that slave owners were compensated $300 per slave began making the rounds on social media last month. $300 in 1865 was about $4,576 in 2014. slave owners were given that when slavery was abolished, per slave #BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool…

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The Open Veins of West Baltimore

by R.L. Stephens II on August 14, 2015

I mentioned my time in West Baltimore the day after the Freddie Gray riots on Doug Henwood’s show yesterday, and I thought now would be as good a time as ever to publish my more complete thoughts. This article was written in late May 2015 and has not been updated. Special thanks to Siobhan McGuirk for…

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Did You Know Bill Clinton Was Accused of Rape?

by on August 11, 2015

Bill Clinton was accused, on camera, of rape by Juanita Broaddrick. The story came to light as part of the fallout from Paula Jones’ 1994 sexual harassment case, which Clinton settled out of court for nearly 1 million dollars. As Jones attempted to make her case, her attorneys began deposing women from Clinton’s past who could…

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Dear #BlackLivesMatter: We Don’t Need Black Leadership

by R.L. Stephens II on August 10, 2015

Black Lives Matter, a loose network of activists around the country, is currently facing backlash for storming the stage at Bernie Sanders’ events. Black people have a long and powerful history of taking over white political spaces in an effort to advance our interests. But how do these contemporary activists compare to Black insurgency of…

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