Coal Ash is a Civil Rights Problem

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I have long argued that environmental justice, the undeniable idea that poor and minority communities bear most of the burden of our environmental problems, is a crucial issue that needs far more attention. So I'm happy to see that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is putting the spotlight on the inequities of America's coal ash disposal problems. … [Read more...]


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Trump vs Smiley Doesn’t End Well for Trump

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Tavis Smiley went on one of the Sunday morning talk shows this past weekend and called Donald Trump an “unrepentant, irascible religious and racial arsonist." Trump quickly responded on Twitter by calling Smiley a "hater and racist." Because "I know you are but what am I" is the level on which Trump operates. I'm waiting for him to declare himself rubber and everyone else glue. But Smiley makes a very good point: … [Read more...]


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KKK Murderer: I Found Jesus, Let Me Go Home

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Almost 25 years ago, the "exalted cyclops" of the KKK murdered a young black girl by shooting her in the chest with a crossbow. He's been in prison ever since. But now he wants out and he thinks they should let him out because -- wait for it -- he found Jesus. And now all the hate in his heart has been expunged forever, washed clean in the blood of the lamb. … [Read more...]


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Gov. LePage Gets an Important Supporter

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Maine's Tea Party dipshit Governor Paul LePage may be floundering to explain his blatantly racist remarks about blacks from New York coming to Maine to sell heroin and impregnate white women, but he's found one powerful supporter: Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. And that should really help support LePage's claim that his comments weren't about race at all. … [Read more...]


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Pale, Male and Stale, Part Deux: The Solution

I wrote last week in response to an article saying that the atheist movement has become "pale, male and stale." I was challenged to go beyond that actually provide a list of women we need to be pushing to the forefront and giving a larger platform, which I'm going to do here. I'll also be providing a list of names of African-American, Latino and ex-Muslim atheists I think should be given more attention. Feel free to add more names in the comments, as I'm sure I'll miss a great many. … [Read more...]


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Peterson: Racism Doesn’t Exist, Never Existed

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Jesse Lee Peterson, the ultimate Uncle Tom, has a great idea for a New Year's resolution to eliminate racism: Just pretend it doesn't exist. Because he claims there is no such thing and has never been any such thing. Yeah, I guess slavery never happened. And the KKK never existed. And blacks weren't lynched because white people thought they were subhuman. Nah, racism is a myth! … [Read more...]


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How Did Paul LePage Get Elected Governor of Maine?

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Maine has never been a hotbed of right-wing politics. It hasn't voted for a Democrat for president since 1988 and is seen as such a safe Democratic state that no one even bothers to campaign there much. But somehow this Tea Party buffoon named Paul LePage managed to get elected governor and he's done nothing but embarrass the state since. And he even got reelected in 2014. Baffling to me. His latest bit of racist stupidity: … [Read more...]


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What My State Government Did to the People of Flint

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I haven't written anything yet about the appalling story of what happened with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, so I'm glad to see that Dave Gorski has a comprehensive post about the whole situation -- the causes, the effects, the horrifying incompetence and apathy of state officials who have done extraordinary damage to the children of that city by exposing them to lead poisoning to save a few million dollars. … [Read more...]


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Peterson on White Supremacist Show: Liberals Are ‘Children of Satan’

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A black man goes on a white supremacist radio show? Yep, gotta be Jesse Lee Peterson, who thinks that women should not be allowed to vote and that racism not only doesn't exist, but never existed. Sean Hannity's buddy and Dennis Prager's hero, Peterson is far, far worse than just a run-of-the-mill Uncle Tom. So going on a white supremacist radio show is pretty much routine for him. … [Read more...]


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Oregon Hummer Humpers Get Neo-Nazi Support

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As a general rule, if you find yourself getting the support of neo-Nazi racists, you're probably on the wrong side of...well, everything. And the Hummer humpers who took over the bird sanctuary building in Oregon -- you know, the kind of guys who drive Hummers because they think it makes them look all soldierly and manly -- are getting the support of a prominent white supremacist leader. … [Read more...]


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More Racists Learning the Cost of Being Openly Racist

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Two more people, one in Minnesota and one in Pennsylvania, have been fired after publicly complaining about "niggers," one on video and one on Facebook. You'd think these people would learn, but it seems they never do. If you put something like that on Facebook, or go on a very public rant about it that someone can record on their cell phones, it isn't going to end well for you. … [Read more...]


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Tamir Rice and America’s Legacy of Racism

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As I'm sure you know by now, and as anyone paying attention could have predicted, a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who shot and killed 12-year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland (more accurately, the prosecutor decided that the grand jury would not indict him). Stephen Henderson, an editor at the Detroit Free Press, correctly puts the killing in the context of America's troubled racial history: … [Read more...]


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