Race, Racism, and White Nationalism

May 30, 2015, 0:01
Leonard Zeskind

Leonard Zeskind

 is president of IREHR. For almost three decades, he has been a leading authority on white nationalist political and social movements. He is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in May 2009.  more...

Website URL: http://www.irehr.org
Missouri State Auditor Thomas Schweich

Opinion: Does anti-Semitism infect the Missouri Republican Party?

03.23.2015

Racism, anti-Semitism and homophobic bigotry are present to some degree in most every social club, neighborhood association and political party in the United States.  It is a fact of life that bigots are everywhere, even when they do not know they are bigots.  Someone somewhere will undoubtedly use the term “Jew me down” to describe price haggling, even when they have never met a Jewish person and are not really aware of what they are saying.  Just as there will be someone who will say that so-and-so “gyped me,” to describe getting cheated, unaware that the term demonizes the Roma people, who are often known as Gypsies.  Then there are racists like the Oklahoma SAE fraternity members who sang a racist, insulting song.  In this society, at this point in time, some of such behavior is called out and the perpetrators apologize, and they are often punished like the SAE members ejected from school.

Not in the Republican Party of Missouri, however.

Benjamin Israel

Remembering Benjamin Israel

02.27.2015

A founder of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, Benjamin Israel, died at his home in St. Louis on February 23.  He was 64, and had been battling cancer for a long time.    Benjamin was dedicated to the fight against the white supremacist movement, against racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry and for the rights of working people to organize.  He had unbounded energy for work he believed in, and an intense intellectual curiosity marked his everyday life.  His second marriage in 1990, to Virginia Walker, made him obviously happy and satisfied, and allowed him to make a greater contribution to the community around him.  He was a man of principle in a world that bought and sold morality dirt cheap.

All Out for Moral March on February 14 in North Carolina

All Out for Moral March on February 14 in North Carolina

01.26.2015

The 125 North Carolina NAACP branches and the 160 other social justice organizations that compose the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition have called for a Moral March on Raleigh.  They will march on February 14 for voting rights, labor rights (including raising the minimum wage), education equality, health care for all, criminal justice reform, and equal protection under the law.  They will march forward against those political forces that are trying to push them back.  This is the ninth annual mass mobilization, and they have changed the consciousness of the people of North Carolina.

One and all who care about equality before the law and the arc of justice should attend this march.