NRA TV Whitesplains Martin Luther King to John Lewis

It's always amusing to hear white people explain to black people what Martin Luther King really stood for, and doubly so when the person they're explaining to was one of the closest people to him and marched alongside him. Like the folks from NRA TV: … [Read more...]

Why No Form of Protest is Ever the Right Way to Do It

Every year on Martin Luther King Day, far too many white people share happy, peaceful quotes from King. We see him as the nice civil rights activist, as opposed to that extremist Malcolm X. This is mostly a fiction, as is the notion that white people will ever accept even the mildest form of protest. … [Read more...]

The FBI’s Extraordinary Chutzpah

On Martin Luther King Day, the FBI decided to express its support for the late civil rights leader for whom had at least an indirect role in murdering. This is what they put up on Twitter: … [Read more...]

Michigan Mayor Caught on Tape Saying Racist, Sexist Things

Those of us who work on church/state matters know Warren Mayor Jim Fouts quite well. He has zealously worked to keep public property in his cite a Christians-only zone. Turns out his problems go much deeper than that, as new audio recordings show. … [Read more...]

VA Town Battles Over MLK and Robert E. Lee

In the tiny town of Lexington, Virginia they have always held a parade to honor Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, both confederate heroes, just before Martin Luther King Day. This year, those wanting an MLK Day parade got the only permit to hold a parade. Much stupidity ensues. … [Read more...]

Trump Cancels Visit to African-American Museum

Donald Trump was supposed to make a visit to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, but after his ridiculous attacks on civil rights hero John Lewis, that has now been canceled. Scheduling conflict, of course. … [Read more...]

Arizona Wingnut Wants to Outlaw Social Justice Events in Schools

Rep. Bob Thorpe, a member of the Arizona state legislature, has submitted a bill that would ban any class or event in both secondary schools and on college campuses that advocates for social justice for a particular group of people. HB 2120 is the most astonishing bill I've seen in as long as I can remember. … [Read more...]

Brooks: Criticism of Sessions Part of ‘War on Whites’

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama is leaping to the defense of his fellow Alabaman Jeff Sessions against those who dare accuse him of racism. And Brooks knows the real reason that civil rights heroes like John Lewis are doing so -- they're part of the "war on whites." … [Read more...]

Hatch’s Desperately Absurd Attempt to Defense Sessions

Orrin Hatch, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that is holding the confirmation hearings for Trump's pick to be attorney general, Jeff Sessions, made a spectacularly ridiculous argument in an attempt to defend Sessions from accusations of racism. … [Read more...]

Tucker Carlson…Alpha Male Warrior?

Tucker Carlson is replacing Megyn Kelly in her time slot on Fox News. Media Matters takes a long look at the deep and abiding affection that white supremacists and MRA types have for Carlson, which strikes me as rather bizarre. But here's the evidence: … [Read more...]

Sessions Lies About Handling Civil Rights Cases

I was sort of half-watching the Rachel Maddow show tonight and she was introducing a guest who had written an op-ed that I had not yet seen about Jeff Sessions lying about having handled several civil rights and desegregation cases. I knew before she said his name that it had to be Gerry Hebert. … [Read more...]

American Goes Nuts on New Zealand Flight, Forcing it to Land

An American -- go figure -- on a flight from New Zealand to San Francisco got upset because he was sat between two Pakistanis and became insulting and abusive. In the age of cell phones, of course it was caught on camera as the guy made a complete ass of himself. … [Read more...]