Opinion

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“Gone with the Wind” days in Virginia

In the 2006 Senate election in Virginia, incumbent Republican George Allen was defeated by Democrat Jim Webb after undergoing what is called here his "macaca moment."

How capitalist health care lets women die

The United States ranks 41st in maternal mortality. Between 1987 and 2006, the U.S. rate doubled, from 6.6 deaths per 100,000 births to 13.3 deaths.

Racial profiling of Muslims continues charges speaker

 Racial and religious profiling and assaults on constitutional freedoms enacted by the Bush Administration have continued unabated.

Tea party’s ugly reality: racism, sexism, homophobia

The struggle for health care reform showed us what we are up against, and what we are fighting for.

Beware of the new racist counteroffensive

The election of Barack Obama has triggered a racist counteroffensive in much the same way as the North's victory in the Civil War spurred a counteroffensive by the former slaveholders and their allies.

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Does Detroit have a future?

Last month I visited Detroit and once again saw first-hand what can only be described as an economic and human catastrophe.

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Hair-raising display at CPAC

The 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference, which took place this past weekend, showed the nation two things: the right-wing fringe, while still small, has become more activist and, secondly, it has become even more extreme. It was more than tinged with fascist ideology. The conference embraced it.

African American equality and immigrant rights: united we stand

All workers have a big stake in fight for immigrant rights and should reject those who are trying to use that issue to drive a wedge between people -- black, brown and white.

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The tea party movement’s backward march

The Nashville tea party convention was an orgy of racist hate, aiming to bring down Barack Obama and take our country back to the policies of Reagan, Bush or worse.

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One family’s “American Violet” experience

When I saw "American Violet" recently, it really hit close to home. I kept flashing back to my family's own encounters with the law.

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