Ahmaud Arbery and the Legacy of White Fear

If the casual brutality heaped on enslaved people is so much ancient history that it numbs the mind, reflect for a minute on what Ahmaud Arbery suffered in his last moments: horrific chest, armpit wounds, and a detached wrist. Three white men pleaded self-defense as they tried to make a so-called “citizen’s arrest,” for what they perceived to be the crime of roaming around a partially built house. A jury of their peers, who were all white, save one, disagreed.

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There’s a huge hole in the debate over how Democrats can save themselves

Politico reports that some Democrats want Biden to draw a sharper contrast with Republicans. They want him to attack Republicans for opposing popular items in his Build Back Better bill — expanded access to health care, lower prescription drug prices, more support for families and children — and frame this as the response to GOP attacks on Biden over inflation.

But Politico also reports this:

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Democrats argue that Biden’s willingness to make more aggressive attacks against Republicans will be key to their success in 2022.

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Gayl Jones’s Epic of Liberation

Detail from a map by Joan Blaeu, 1686. (Getty)

Upon its publication in 1975, Gayl Jones’s literary debut, Corregidora, was met with great acclaim. Jones’s mentor and teacher, the poet Michael Harper, had introduced her work to his friend, the editor and novelist Toni Morrison, who published Corregidora and also Jones’s second novel, Eva’s Man, the following year. Still in her mid-20s, Jones was immediately heralded for her genius by readers as diverse as James Baldwin and the New York Times critic Raymond Sokolov.

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The Fight for Italian Reunification Inspired the International Left

On November 27, 1871, Italy’s King Vittorio Emanuele II gave an impassioned speech at the Italian parliament, finally ushering in the complete unification of his country. For centuries, the peninsula had been divided into a patchwork of regions, mostly dominated by the monarchies of Austria, France, and Spain. Napoleon had worked to change this arrangement after the French Revolution, but, after Habsburg diplomat Count Klemens von Metternich’s reversal of his reforms at the Council of Vienna in 1815, the three foreign dynasties largely regained their strongholds.

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Added IRS Funding Spells Bad News for Minority Communities

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Posted: Nov 28, 2021 12:01 AM

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The Biden administration is scrambling to come up with ways to pay for its trillions of dollars of social program proposals. One such way they’ve proposed to do this is to give the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more funding to go after potential tax cheats. Proponents say more money for the IRS will pay for itself by allowing the agency to go after millionaires and billionaires who are underpaying on their federal tax returns.

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Just the Worst People

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Posted: Nov 28, 2021 12:01 AM

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There is nothing worse than a progressive. That’s it, no qualifiers necessary; that not only sums it up, it’s the whole thing. How else to explain their actions? Without suffering a closed-head injury, being bad people is the only other way to explain how the left acts. Rude? Can the truth be rude?
Where to start with something like this? The choices are too plentiful.

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Project Censored, Part 2: The New Normal Is More Normalized Censorship

Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2022, edited by Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff, is available for preorder now. Published in collaboration with Random Lengths News, this is the second of two parts. Read the first five stories on the list here. 
6. Canary Mission Blacklists Pro-Palestinian Activists, Chilling Free-Speech Rights
Before the “critical race theory” moral panic fueled a nationwide uprising to censor discussions of race in education, there was an opposite moral panic decrying “cancel culture” stifling certain people—especially in education.

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The New Confederacy

Let’s talk about the neo-Confederates of today, the party of the Confederacy. For a lot of leftists, that’s the Republican Party because they believe there was a big switch, and the Republican Party is now the party of the Confederacy. But this is not true. The Republican Party, in fact, remains anchored to its Lincoln tradition, while the Democrats remain the party of racism.

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Lawyers left racism out of the trial over Ahmaud Arbery’s death. Here’s why.

From the moment video footage of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder went viral on social media in May 2020, many viewers labeled it a lynching.
They concluded that racial animus guided Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan to pursue Arbery and shoot him without cause. For many who saw the video, that a Black man who was jogging down the street in the middle of the day was then cornered and shot dead by three white men unquestionably constituted a lynching motivated by the color of Arbery’s skin as he traveled through a mostly white suburb of Georgia.

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The Revolution of 2020: How Trump’s Big Lie reshaped history after 220 years

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There are few words as overused as “revolution,” which has many Merriam-Webster definitions and here means “a fundamental change in political organization.” While people who discuss politics are prone to dramatic talk of “revolutions,” few of the American presidential elections described that way really merit the term. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “revolution” of 1932 changed the nature and role of government in American life, and Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980 undid at least some of those changes.

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