“Sonali’s Columns” archives

Jun 24 2015

Yes, There Is Anti-Black Racism Among Asians

Published by Truthdig.com on June 24, 2015

The perpetrator of the Charleston terror attack, Dylann Roof, wrote on his website about Asians: “They are by nature very racist and could be great allies of the White race.”

Many Asians took umbrage at this characterization. And certainly it is racist to say that an entire ethnic group is “racist by nature.” But Asians cannot deny that anti-black racism …

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Jun 23 2015

How Politicians, Media, and the Gun Lobby Enable Racist Terror

Published by Telesurtv.net on June 22, 2015

On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, killing four African-American girls. The incident shocked people around the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement, making leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. even more determined to end segregation.

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Jun 18 2015

Why Rachel Dolezal Infuriates Us

Published by Truthdig.com on June 17, 2015

When the controversy around Rachel Dolezal came to light Friday, I couldn’t help but be struck by her story, and the more I read, the angrier I got. While some in the fight for racial justice see it as a distraction from larger issues like police violence and housing and employment discrimination, many, including myself, view Dolezal’s story as another example …

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Jun 12 2015

Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality

Published by Truthdig.com on June 10, 2015

Just two days after Michael Brown was killed by policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., 25-year-old Ezell Ford was fatally shot in South Los Angeles by two officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. Ford had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and was well known to residents of the area. Police say a struggle ensued when he was confronted. …

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Jun 04 2015

Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

Published by Truthdig.com on June 04, 2015

For ordinary Americans who realize that the government is likely spying on us all but don’t understand the extent of the issue and what to do about it, the recent debate over the USA Patriot Act in Congress has been confusing.

Three key provisions of the Patriot Act expired Sunday: Section 215, which was used to legally justify the collection of …

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May 29 2015

Our Gang Problem Is Bigger Than We Think

Published by Truthdig.com on May 29, 2015

It was not long ago that gang violence was considered the scourge of urban cities in the U.S. The mantra of the 1980s, that “America has a gang problem,” was an invocation used to justify excessive policing in poor communities of color and led to reams of research papers on how to solve the problem. Many nonprofit organizations that were focused …

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May 21 2015

If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

Published by Truthdig.com on May 21, 2015

It is not often that members of Congress get the opportunity to weigh in on international trade. But negotiations over fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in recent months have given elected representatives the chance to voice their opinions on how the government should engage with other countries financially. For example, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released a Read more

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May 14 2015

Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime

Published by Truthdig.com on May 14, 2015

A father from Ivory Coast wanted to reunite his son with the rest of his family living in Spain. But the Spanish government denied him a family reunification visa. Desperate, he paid a Moroccan woman to smuggle his 8-year-old onto Spanish soil. On May 7, 2015, she attempted to do so by placing the boy, tightly folded into a fetal position, …

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May 08 2015

Mumia’s Life Matters

Published by Truthdig.com on May 08, 2015

I first heard the deep and haunting voice of Mumia Abu Jamal more than 10 years ago, as he offered cutting analysis of the political issues of the day through his brilliant commentary. The fact that an African-American man convicted of killing a police officer and waiting to be executed was continuing his journalistic work from behind bars, and doing it …

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Apr 30 2015

Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore

Published by Truthdig.com on April 29, 2015

On Monday, the day 25-year-old Freddie Gray was laid to rest in Baltimore after fatal injuries sustained during an arrest, The Daily Beast reported that members of the Crips and Bloods had declared a truce and united to protest Gray’s death. Hours after the report was published, the Baltimore Police Department issued a press release citing a “credible threat” …

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