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Wise: Getting Serious About White Deviance
Nov 03, 2000
To Whom It May Concern: With great excitement, I recently discovered your organization's work for the betterment of mankind, through the applied science of racial research. As someone who has been investigating the disproportionately pathological tendenc
Weisbrot: Clinton in Colombia: The Ugly American
Oct 04, 2000
When President Clinton announced his trip to Colombia, he said his purpose was "to seek peace, to fight illicit drugs, to build its economy, and to deepen democracy."
PRAGUE, September 25-- With thousands of people converging from throughout Europe to demonstrate against the IMF and World Bank at their annual meetings, many people here in Prague are wondering what all the fuss is about. Security is tight, and residents
That I'm no Biblical scholar is an understatement of monumental proportions. And yet, recently I found myself--for reasons I'll explain shortly--thinking of the following verse from the book of Matthew, if memory serves:
Weisbrot: World Bank Can't Seem to "Think Different"
Sep 07, 2000
The World Bank spends millions of dollars each year on public relations, promoting the idea that the organization is well-run, accountable, transparent, and working for "a world free of poverty" (the slogan on their web site). This effort has grown more i
I am a Jew. And according to what others of my faith tradition tell me, I should be beaming with pride at the fact that Al Gore--a Southern Baptist whose denominational leaders once said God didn't answer the prayers of folks like me--has picked a fellow
Workers at Verizon Communications had a lot of reasons to go out on strike against the nation's largest provider of local telephone and wireless services: loss of jobs to non- union sub-contractors, forced overtime, overbearing management. And a level o
Weisbrot: Police Abuses Won't Stifle Protests
Aug 13, 2000
"When protest becomes effective, governments become repressive." Tom Hayden summed it up in an axiom three decades ago, while describing his own trial on conspiracy charges for organizing protests against the Vietnam War.
The electoral victory of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday, greeted with celebration by the country's poor majority, may have implications beyond Venezuela's borders.
In 1992, white supremacist Jared Taylor lamented the ostensibly growing influence of people of color in the U.S. when he wrote:"The old, standard history united Americans...It emphasized one point of view and ignored others. It was history about white peo
The Supreme Court's unanimous decision yesterday to strike down the Massachusetts Burma law says more about the pro- business bias of the present Court than it does about the legal principles involved in the case.
Wise: Membership Has It's Privileges: Thoughts on Acknowledging and Challenging Whiteness
Jun 22, 2000
Being white means never having to think about it. James Baldwin said that many years ago, and it's perhaps the truest thing ever said about race in America. That's why I get looks of bewilderment whenever I ask, as I do when lecturing to a mostly white au
Weisbrot: Labor in 2000: No Place to Go?
Jun 07, 2000
In the movie version of Steven King's classic, "The Dead Zone," Christopher Walken reads the mind of the mother of a demonic serial killer. His psychic powers discern that she had long been aware of her son's vicious murders. His eyes widen with shock and
We Southerners are famous for wishful thinking: in fact, you could say it's something of a regional pastime. This should come as no surprise given our interminable heat in the summer which leaves nearly all wishing for rain to cool things down, and yet ne
Wise: "Seeing the System: Alan Greenspan, Unemployment, and the Validation of Radical Analysis
May 10, 2000
"What's the difference between a radical and a liberal?" It is a question I'm regularly asked at lectures, usually by college students struggling with their own sense of the world, trying desperately to figure out where they stand on the seemingly endless
Weisbrot: Four Dead in Ohio: Thirty Years Later
May 05, 2000
May 4 will mark thirty years since four students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University were murdered by Ohio National Guardsmen. It is no exaggeration to call it murder, since the students were unarmed and-- given how far they were from the
Weisbrot: Protesters 2, Multinational Monsters 0
Apr 22, 2000
It's amazing what an organized group of people can accomplish when their cause is just and they are willing to be stubborn and creative about it. Last December they knocked the wind out of the WTO in Seattle. Now this diverse and expanding movement has go
The Clinton administration claims to have learned something from the outpouring of protest against the World Trade Organization (WTO) last December. "Those who heard a wake-up call in Seattle got the right message," said President Clinton. Maybe so, but t
They are two places that at first appear wholly unrelated to one another; but of course, rarely are things as they seem. On the one hand, we have New York City, whose police-thanks to acquittals in the Diallo shooting trial-have been given carte blanche t
Wise: "When Anti-Racism Strikes Out"
Feb 26, 2000
When it comes to discussions of racism, or any other kind of "ism" for that matter, sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. Such was the case recently when it was reported that Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker had cut loose with a string of r