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Scholar Jonathan Metzl: White supremacy is literally killing white people.

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Working-class whites are suffering but still willing to defend racism, says author of "Dying of Whiteness."

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

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April 11,
2019 | In 1935, W.E.B. Du Bois, one of America's greatest thinkers and historians, wrote about the distinctive situation of poor white people in his landmark book "Black Reconstruction in America":

It must be remembered that the white group of laborers, while they received a low wage, were compensated in part by a sort of public and psychological wage. They were given public deference and titles of courtesy because they were white. They were admitted freely with all classes of white people to public functions, public parks, and the best schools. The police were drawn from their ranks, and the courts, dependent on their votes, treated them with such leniency as to encourage lawlessness. Their vote selected public officials, and while this had small effect upon the economic situation, it had great effect upon their personal treatment and the deference shown them. White schoolhouses were the best in the community, and conspicuously placed, and they cost anywhere from twice to ten times as much per capita as the colored schools. The newspapers specialized on news that flattered the poor whites and almost utterly ignored the Negro except in crime and ridicule.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Our Approach to Zionism: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state?

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  • Part 1: Racism and Israel's election: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state?
  • Israel’s descent into an apartheid state seems inevitable.
  • Part 2: Our Approach to Zionism
  • Jewish Voice for Peace is guided by a vision of justice,equalityand freedom for all people.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Racism and Israel's election: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state?

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Until a compassionate left emerges in Israel and reshapes the dominant culture, Israel’s descent into an apartheid state seems inevitable, even if it happens more gradually than many on the right would wish. These lessons apply equally to the coming decades of American politics as well.

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Michael Lerner, Salon / Tikkun

April 9, 2019 | Israel’s election on Tuesday came down to a battle between a prime minister who promised to annex part (or possibly all) of the West Bank and its several million Palestinians into Israel, but without giving them equal rights to Jews, and a former army general and chief of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who boasted about how many Palestinians he had killed, or had his army kill, in past invasions into Gaza.

How did this happen?

The answer given by the Israeli and American left give is clear enough: Israel is a racist society and most Israelis are racists. In his March 13 Ha’aretz column, Gideon Levi put it forcefully: “Netanyahu is not the problem. The Israeli people are. The apartheid did not start with him and will not end with his departure.”

Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun, co-chair with Indian environmental activist Vandana Shiva of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. He is the author of eleven books, including two national bestsellers.

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Part 2: Our Approach to Zionism

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Jewish Voice for Peace is guided by a vision of justice, equality and freedom for all people. We unequivocally oppose Zionism because it is counter to those ideals.

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Spring, 2019 |

“Solidarity is the political version of love.”
 Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz,
 Jewish American feminist, author and activist (1945-2018)

We know that opposing Zionism, or even discussing it, can be painful, can strike at the deepest trauma and greatest fears of many of us. Zionism is a nineteenth-century political ideology that emerged in a moment where Jews were defined as irrevocably outside of a Christian Europe. European antisemitism threatened and ended millions of Jewish lives — in pogroms, in exile, and in the Holocaust.

Jewish Voice for Peace opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.  JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.

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Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

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  • Are we willing and able to stand up to Islamophobia on days when there are not brutal terrorist attacks on Muslims in mosques? Or only when we see it quoted from the online manifesto of a deranged mass murderer?
  • Related: Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger

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March 15, 2019 | “It’s the Birthrates.”

So begins the online manifesto of the man accused of shooting and killing at least 49 Muslims in a terror attack targeted at two mosques in New Zealand.

“Even if we were to deport all Non-Europeans from our lands tomorrow, the European people would still be spiraling into decay and eventual death,” it continues. “In the end we must return to replacement fertility levels, or it will kill us.”

Mehdi Hasan is a columnist and senior contributor at the Intercept. He is the host of the Intercept podcast “Deconstructed.” Hasan is also the host of Al Jazeera English’s “UpFront.”

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Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger, Jeff Minick, Intellectual Takeout

  • https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/fire-2593636_1920.jpgSome journalists and commentators, anxious to prove American bigotry and blind to their own, throw gasoline onto the pyres of hatred.
  • Related: The Real Roots of American Rage
     

 


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Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years.

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  • Israeli politics during the successive Netanyahu governments has become a parade of hate speech, with right-wing politicians competing over who will do the worst to “the Arabs.”
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  • Related: Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, Hate.

Joshua Leifer,  the Forward / Portside

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/ February 26, 2019 | Much like Donald Trump’s election, the merger between the right-wing settler Jewish Home party and the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit — encouraged and facilitated by Prime Minister Netanyahu — marks less a break with the status quo than its unmasking.

There was once a time when even Likud members felt obligated to object to the Kahanists’ explicit, violent racism; for instance, in the 1980s, when Brooklyn-born rabbi Meir Kahane would take the Knesset podium, Likud MKs would exit the hall. (Kahane and his party were later banned from parliamentary politics for racist incitement). Those days are long gone.

Joshua Leifer is an associate editor at Dissent Magazine. His pieces have been published in Haaretz, The Nation, n+1, Jacobin, and Jewish Currents.

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Special Report | The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Fraud, Hate. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/users/user1368/stand_with_d017nn7ucaazm1r.jpgPart 1: The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments ~ Glenn Greenwald.
  • Look at what … Omar has actually said … and there's not much with which to argue.
  • Part 2: We Know What Hate Looks Like: Standing With Ilhan.
  • What people are afraid of is that there are two Muslims in Congress … that are fearless.
  • Related: Wake Up, American Jews: You’ve Enabled Israel’s Racism For Years.

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