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Saint Patrick’s Battalion

David Rovics sings his song remembering the hundreds of Irish recruits in the US invasion of Mexico in 1846 that turned on their commanders and fought on the side of Mexico. While this event is little known in American history, what is even less known is that some of the soldiers in John O’Reilly’s battalion…

Third World Wide

Seattle-based hip hop artist Gabriel Teodros performs his song Third World Wide that connects the issues that affect people of color in the US with those struggling against injustice around the world. As if to emphasize the point that racism is far from over, during his recent trip to England to perform at the University…

Caught your attention, didn’t it? Mine too. This morning I came across Steve Silberman’s twitter headline pointing out that when people typed “I Am Extremely” into the Google search bar, one of the top suggestions was “Terrified of Chinese People.” Fascinated to see what fools these mortals be, I clicked the link only to discover…

As Jawaharlal Nehru wrote of his native land but as a stranger in the process of discovery, “India is a geographical and economic entity, a cultural unity amidst diversity, a bundle of contradictions held together by invisible threads.” These invisible threads were the spiritual beliefs of the people, the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita and the…

Jon Stewart Needs Your Help!

Last night Jon Stewart hosted the Israel/Palestine peace activists Anna Baltzer and Dr. Mustafa Barghouti. The angry response from the Pro-Israel crowd resulted in a backlash against the show for even having the discussion (including the show’s first heckler in eleven years). Baltzer, an American-Jewish author, has put out a public letter asking that people…

What Does Arab Racism Look Like?

Aldous Huxley wrote in his Collected Essays that, “Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.” In Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World, Stanford historian Londa Schiebinger highlights the role that such intentional ignorance played in the dissemination of knowledge (and the lack thereof). Whether this…

I Only Have One Thing to Say

Read Greg Laden’s Blog.

An Anthropologist in District 9

Inexplicably, a UFO appears over one of Earth’s remote cities. Hovering a few hundred meters above the terrified citizens, a government mission to board the craft is executed only to find the strange beings living in disease and desperation. A decision is made to save their lives and relocate the aliens to the city’s outskirts.…

Today in History: Emmett Till Murdered

An op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times discusses the legacy of the murder that became a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement: Fifty-four years ago today, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy visiting family in Mississippi, was abducted, mutilated and slain after he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Several days later, his horribly…