GOP to Low-Income Americans: Tough Noogies

by Marc Jampole   AS MANY OTHERS have pointed out, the Republican Party hasn’t wasted any time letting the other shoe drop. They’re dancing their standard two-step of first creating a deficit by cutting taxes on the wealthy and then wailing that the deficit is hurting the economy — of course, the only way to fix it by […]

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Towards A “Truly Disadvantaged Alliance”

by Myriam Miedzian Photo credit Pax Ahimsa Gethen   SLAVERY WAS AN OPPRESSION unique to black Americans, who are and have since the end of slavery been the victims of systematic and extreme racism. Other groups have suffered as well, but not remotely as severely. That is why the “People of Color” (PoC) phrase is problematic. It lumps together […]

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Taylor Swift, Queen of Looking Backwards

SILENT AS WHITE NATIONALISTS CLAIM HER WORK AND IMAGE By Hannah Weilbacher TAYLOR SWIFT, the pop star who made her break with country ballads, is the queen of looking backwards. Throughout my nine years of committed fandom, her reflective and honest songwriting has helped me process emotions, memories, and difficult moments. Looking backwards is her strength, and […]

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The “Double Genocide” Theory

THE NEW AND OFFICIAL FORM OF HOLOCAUST DENIAL by Dovid Katz from the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents Photo at top: A scene from the June 1941 Lietukis Garage Massacre in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania. An eyewitness wrote: “The behavior of the civilians present (women and children) was unbelievable. After each man had been killed they […]

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“Marshall” — Civil Rights and Old-Fashioned Shul Jews

by Elliot B. Gertel Discussed in this essay: Marshall, a film directed by directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Michael and Jacob Koskoff. THE WELL-WRITTEN and finely-acted movie Marshall may have taken some liberties in depicting Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) and Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), the Bridgeport, Connecticut Jewish attorney who helped out with a noted […]

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The Committee for the Proper Use of Senseless Violence

by Lawrence Bush   LAST NIGHT I WATCHED Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation (2016), which tells the story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slavery rebellion in Virginia. The film is soaked through with the intense physical, sexual, and spiritual violence of American slavery — the nearly four-hundred-year-old tradition of American slavery — and it inflamed me. […]

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“Zionism is Racism”

The United Nations General Assembly declared that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination” on this date in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35, with 32 abstentions. The resolution was passed one year after PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the General Assembly for the first time, with a holster on his […]

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STAT$: Poverty Looms Large in the U.S., 2016

FIFTY YEARS OF CENSUS POVERTY STATISTICS by Allan Lichtenstein   THE CENSUS BUREAU’S release of the official poverty statistics for 2016 in mid-September highlighted a return of the overall poverty rate to its pre-Great Recession level, as well as noticeable reductions in poverty rates across the board, including for blacks, Hispanics, children, females, and single mothers with children. […]

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Fantasyland vs. The Counterculture

by Lawrence Bush Discussed in this essay: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, by Kurt Andersen. Random House, 2017, 462 pages.   WHEN MY SON Jonah was about 8, he articulated his first generalization about human beings, based on his perceptions of our none-too-diverse community in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. “Dad,” he said, “I think there […]

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